2013 was a great year of eating. Not so great for my waistline, but some serious deliciousness all around. The food scene in Vancouver is constantly evolving and a few local restaurants are truly preparing food at a world class level. December is not even half over, but here is my year in review. Below are some pics of some of the tastiest food I’ve eaten this year. I’ll post some additions if I come across some serious deliciousness in the next 2 weeks. Click on the mosaic further down for descriptions and a larger image.
My creation, inspired by Chef Michael White. Crostini of local sea urchin and local lardo.
A neapolitan pizza I made for my sous chef “Remington Ho.” Sea urchin, guanciale, fonduta, 63* egg.
My favorite wonton noodle. Jim Chai Kee in Toronto.
One of my favorite meals of the year was at The Grove in Toronto. Chef Ben Heaton is doing some great work. Pt 1
One of my favorite meals of the year was at The Grove in Toronto. Chef Ben Heaton is doing some great work. Pt 2
I love me some Alaskan King Crab.
A quick meal at home; squid ink tagliatelle, bottraga, Ravida olive oil.
My favorite new restaurant in 2013. Longtail Kitchen in New Westminster. Exceptional Thai food by Chef Angus An and Chef Justin Cheung.
Killer pastries at Chez Christophe in North Burnaby. The croissants and chocolate are exceptional as well.
My first La Grotta del Formaggio sandwich ever and I’ve lived in Vancvouer for 10 years.
The best coconut cream pie I’ve ever eaten, courtesy of the Vancouver Pie Hole
First Danny’s Market Screamer in a while and especially enjoyable because my brother “Bass Pro Bro” got to experience it.
I’m in love with Partanna Castelvetrano olives.
Cronuts (and versions of them) were a pretty big deal this year.
Dinner at home with the family. Sous vide beef tenderloin, 63* egg, roasted mushrooms, it was just perfect.
My favorite lunch in Vancouver is the Super Bento at Kingyo Izakaya.
Any time of day, the scotch eggs at the Pourhouse, hit the spot.
Beautiful and delicious cream puffs at Beta 5.
Very tasty, but exceptionally pretty dessert at Bambudda.
The cocktails and food at L’Abbitoir are consistently delivering the goods.
Quite possibly my favorite smoked meat sandwich of all time. Estrella’s in Langley is outstanding.
I ate gooseneck barnacles for the first time this year. Simply boiled in salted water, it was an amazing start to a delicious evening of food and wine with friends at home.
Brunch at Wildebeest was ridiculously good. Bone marrow omelette anyone?
This wine + the next picture ( a ton of Burgundy truffles) = Incredible.
This dish (featuring Burgundy truffles by Chef Neil Taylor at Espana) + the previous picture ( ’02 Premier Cru Burgundy) = Incredible.
The desserts at Secret Location are the best in the city. Chef Kira Desmond is doing a fantastic job.
Murgella burrata, salt, black pepper, Serego Alighieri olive oil. Yowza.
A fantastic dish by Chef JC Poirier at Ask for Luigi. Perfectly cooked egg, white anchovy, trout roe.
Farmer’s Apprentice’s chef David Gunawan is cooking up a delicious storm.