It’s that time of the year again; recap time and a list of my favorite bites and food highlights from the past year. 2014 was a great year of eating, shared with amazing family and fabulous friends. Not so great for my waistline, but some serious deliciousness all around. My summer trip to Italy was definitely a highlight, while the Vancouver food scene’s constant evolution is producing some stunning and delicious food. December is not even half over, but here is my gastronomic year in review. Click on the mosaic further down for descriptions and a larger image. Merry Christmas y’all and have an amazing new year.
Not a big fan of tortillas or sturgeon, but this sturgeon taco at Rob Clark’s The Fish Counter was incredible
The American Classic Burger with a slab of foie gras at Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar (Las Vegas)
After a week of Vegas fare, this steamed Chilean sea bass knocked it out of the park
Every year, I crave at least one massive live Alaskan king crab feast. This year’s feast was extra special because my “Parental Units” flew in from Toronto for this meal.
Coppa di testa with ginger at Roscioli (Rome)
A sampling of Chef Pino Posteraro’s housemade charcuterie was highlighted by his 3 year old “pata negra” style ham. I’ve eaten a lot of jamon, prosciutto and ham in my day, this ham was ridiculous.
The best chips, not fries, in Vancouver are at The Fat Badger
The arrosticini (grilled mutton skewers) were epic at Margherita Due (Pianella)
Spaghetti Carbonara. The real deal from Roscioli (Rome)
The Montreal smoked meat experience I had at Estrella’s was the best MSM sandwich I’ve ever had
Dirty Burger (DP) + foie gras + fried chicken skin + fried egg = Gang Bang Upstairs at Campagnolo
Veal tongue and burrata at Bufala Pizzeria
Made some chitarroni with the kids and it was an exceptional plate of pasta
Rustichella d’Abruzzo Primograno spaghettoni + mullet bottarga = the perfect lunch
The “salad” at Au Comptoir with duck prosciutto, confit gizzards and foie gras was quack-alicious
At our reunion dinner pop-up, I tasked one of the boys to make my old chicken liver parfait. The parfait was like hanging out with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a while.
Japanese A5 Wagyu at Octopus’ Garden was such an unexpected and luxe treat
Made that day burrata (the best I’ve ever had) from Puglia
I cured some sockeye roe with sake, soy and maple. Unbelievable.
White truffle wine dinner at Notturno was a delicious and luxurious experience
I hadn’t had a nice rack of lamb in forever; this dinner at home hit the spot perfectly
Roman tripe, the epitome of Roman comfort food
The best late night snack at home; stracciatella, shaved truffle, good olive oil
Life changing Margherita pizza at Pepe in Grani (Caiazzo)
Foie gras, wagyu and uni sushi pockets by Sada
I eat a fair amount of sushi, but the madai that night at Zest Japanese Cuisine, was exceptional
Ethereal pizza fritta with ricotta at Pepe in Grani (Caiazzo)
Sfogliatelle straight from the oven (Naples)
Dim sum at Chef Tony’s is unique, delicate and delicious
A perfect January day; oysters, wine and good friends at Taylor Shellfish Farm in Bellingham