The Best Things I Ate This Year
After 365 days of noshing, here’s a recap of The Best Things I Ate This Year.
Truffle oil on anything typically takes the win. Though celery-based items don’t necessarily jump out at me, the server convinced me it was absolutely exquisite—and it was. It was velvety and creamy with bacon nibs sprinkled over top, and the truffle oil drizzles made it.
Closing in on peach season, I was lucky to snag this dessert. Warm, brown-buttered peaches sat atop a sweet cream with a sprinkling of candied pecans, creating the most delightful bite. Yes, I returned to enjoy this gem once more.
Lubo served up one of the most majestic appetizers I munched this year. Swirling on the plate was a balsamic reduction surrounding roasted garlic cloves and basil to highlight a handful of prosciutto-wrapped chèvre. Spread it on the crusty baguette they provide, or dive in with a fork!
All they had to tell me was of the curry. This lovely ladle of hearty soup with Indian roots made it hard for me to share with a husband who also leans toward curry. Spiced nice with the right amount of kick among sweet potatoes, puréed lentils and basmati, I soaked up every last drop with one of their rosemary biscuits.
It appeared to be descontructed s’mores, so it instantly won me over. Bread pudding on a menu almost always gets the pick for me, but what sets their apart from others is the monstrous toasted honey-esque marshmallow glowing over top.
As a part of Virginia Beach Restaurant Week this past year, I finally ventured to EAT with a friend. I landed on this lovely dish of rockfish basking in the most dreamy, earthy fennel broth that, frankly, I’m still dreaming of.
Sounds simple, though tastes near-perfect. Biscuits for dessert, you ask? Our waitress gushed that their pastry chef knows her biscuits, so I of course complied. Divine, chillled strawberries pillowed between homemade whipped cream and biscuits. The powdered sugar didn’t hurt.
I’ve had my fair share of shrimp and grits this year, but nothing came close to my brunch at Thirty 7 North. The tomatillo-onion relish tossed with the lightly charred shrimp rested on a creamy dollop of grits. The dish paired nicely with their Bloody Mary bar.
I happened to stumble upon this pie company after a visit to the Williamsburg Outlets. Craving more of a treat, I went the sweet route and honestly, the name hooked me. It was tart, yet sweet and the ideal swirling of berries in the most buttery crust. Its single serving size—cute in itself—also gave me an excuse to not share!
While there was an impressing spread of food offered at our CoVa Best Of Party, I haven’t been able to shake the craving for another of Eurasia’s ice cream sandwiches. Earthy and sweet, yet salty from the maple bacon, this handheld treat was an easy pick.
Goodness gracious the folks at My Mama’s Kitchen know how to barbecue! The succulent slivers of pulled pork, dangerously tender, juicy all wrapped in a peppery and spicy combination of a sauce. Simply put, it was done right.