What a year it has been! I’ve been thinking about this recap post for quite some time, and to be honest, I’m not sure how to quite capture it all in one manageable blog entry.
S and I started 2014 in Taiwan – we were in the beautiful city of Kenting, the southern-most tip of the island. Here was the first sunset of 2014:
I wrote a series of posts about this Taiwan trip – check them out here: parts one, two, three, four, and five.
After returning to San Diego, we had one of the best meals of our year, at George’s California Modern. My favorite dish from that meal was actually a salad, with chanterelle mushrooms and a perfectly-cooked soft egg:
Earlier this year, S and I were ecstatic to discover that one of our favorite sandwich chains, Firehouse Subs, has come to the West Coast! Firehouse was basically one of our college staples, and we really love this restaurant’s dedication to high quality ingredients, as well as the Southern flair in their flavor profiles. We were so excited to meet one of the founders of the restaurant, Robin, and we’ve been regular customers at Firehouse for the past year!
Speaking of sandwiches, Supernatural Sandwiches opened up a shop on Miramar Road – it’s also quickly become one of our favorites!
Throughout the year, we’ve also made several trips up to LA/Orange County. Just a few of the yummy things that we ate there included…
…this yummy marinated beef sandwich at Four Sea Restaurant in Irvine…
…the famous Iced Milk Drink at Half & Half Tea House…
…and this delicious bowl featuring four types of uni from Maruhide Uni Club.
Our big trip this year was to Chicago, which quickly became one of my favorite cities (yes, I’ve only been there in the summer). I had so many amazing meals there, but the highlight was definitely Topolobampo, by Rick Bayless. S and I still reminisce about that mole negro:
You can read about my Chicago trip recaps here: part one, two, three, four. I’m still not done posting, by the way!
Over the summer, a snow-shaved ice pop-up shop called Iceskimo opened up on Convoy St, and we became frequent customers!
They now have a brick-and-mortar shop, which I actually haven’t had a chance to visit yet (I blame it on the cold weather). Hopefully it will warm up soon enough for me to crave some ice!
One recurring theme on this blog is S and my love for Korean BBQ. This year, we decided to venture out of the all-you-can-eat realm a little bit and checked out a couple of non-AYCE KBBQ places around town.
First up, Dae Jang Keum, which actually uses a charcoal grill instead of gas. I loved that you can order an entire ribeye steak!
We also paid a few visits to Buga Korean BBQ, which had the best brisket in my opinion, out of all the KBBQ places that I’ve visited so far.
We also checked out Gyu-Kaku, which is a Japanese BBQ place, for my birthday!
We also had a few fancy meals in addition to our Restaurant Week outings, which included an anniversary celebration at Juniper & Ivy:
And also a spur-of-the-moment, super fun date night at Table No. 10!
In addition to dining out, I also tried to expand my cooking and baking repertoire this year. Looking through my posts, I realized that lemon was featured in several recipes. My favorite was this Meyer lemon cream cheese coffee cake that I made as part of a campaign for Alex’s Lemonade Stand:
I also finally got a mini donut pan! The first thing that I made with them were these mini cinnamon sugar donuts:
I also finally acquired some high quality matcha powder and made these cute little matcha shortbread cookies!
In addition to baking sweets, I also shared a few simple dinner recipes, including a round-up of some of my favorite slow-cooker dinners:
Another simple recipe that I shared was spaghetti with meat sauce – my personal version of it.
And, I’m also quite proud of the Valentine’s Day dinner that I put together for S and me!
You know we’re carnivores… so of course I was particularly happy with the steak that I made.
There are so, so many more moments that I wanted to include in this round-up, but I think I’ll end with one of my year’s highlights, the South Bay Food Crawl hosted by CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High!
S and I loved getting to know a little more about this city which we now called ‘home’. The food and culture in the South Bay is often overlooked when thinking about San Diego, but we truly loved how simple yet rich and vibrant it is! We are definitely planning to do another food crawl there soon.
So with that, I will leave you with the best wishes for the new year! May your 2015 be filled with happiness, success, and of course, lots of good eats!