The Best Things I Ate in 2015


2015 was a preeettyyy delicious year around here, and I hope 2016 is just as tasty and fun as this year was. Til then, how about we reminisce a bit? Here are the best things I ate in 2015:

The rigatoni at Domenica. We ordered it as an extra plate to share with our vegetarian friend at the table, but we all ended up going crazy for it. Sometimes simple is best. The chef, Alon Shaya, was nice enough to share the recipe when I asked. Remind me to share that with you in a later post! The whole-roasted cauliflower was also amazing. I can’t wait to return to New Orleans and visit his new restaurant, Shaya.

The ahogada torta at Xoco in Chicago. I should eat more sandwiches that come with a dipping sauce, especially a carnitas one with a tomato-arbol chile broth.

A brown butter bourbon cocktail at The Restaurant At Meadowood in St. Helena, California. Danny and I visited on our honeymoon, and this was our first experience at a Michelin three-star restaurant. Expensive, amazing, and totally worth it. All 12 courses were a whirlwind of playful and delicious food, but man, that cocktail was such a surprise. It was everything I never knew I wanted in a drink. I reached out to the restaurant and got the recipe, which I hope to make soon, and share with you, of course.

A shredded kale salad with yogurt-tahini dressing from 27, the restaurant at Freehand Miami. It inspired me to make a miso-yogurt salad dressing at home. This place was great! Definitely check out The Broken Shaker, a tiny and mighty bar on the other side of the pool.

These peach pie bars. I love bar cookies that feel like pie but don’t make me roll out a pie crust.



Kouign amann, a crusty, buttery croissant-like pastry, at b. pattisserie in San Francisco. Oh, and their tomato-herb shortbread, too. I devoured those cookies on the drive up to Napa Valley.

The Rebel Within at Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco. A soft-boiled egg inside a savory muffin! How do they do it??

The muffaletta at Cochon Butcher. Big and all-around perfect sandwich. Can I go back to New Orleans now?


Sangria de cava

A Boulevardier at Station House. They’d aged a big batch of them during Negroni Week. I had two or three of these. So good!

The sangría de cava at Jaleo in D.C. We also tried the red one, but this is the one I’d order again first!

Fresh apple turnovers from an apple orchard in Iowa.

Caramel pork ribs, which my family calls Danny’s Ribs. They have become our go-to recipe for a crowd.

Rocky Road for dessert at Edison in Tampa. The menu details say it’s LN2 marshmallows, Valrhona guanaja crémeux, marcona (almond) nougat, vanilla bean ice cream. I will tell you it looked like a gorgeous chocolate galaxy and tasted like melt-in-your-mouth heaven. This was an excellent way to end and A+ dinner.

What were the best things you ate this year?



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