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What were your favorite food moments of 2009?

Here are mine (in random order):

- Breakfast at Bouchon, Vegas

- Tasting menu at Craigie on Main, Cambridge

- Tasting menu at Daniel Boulud Brasserie, Vegas

- Tasting menu at Bazaar, Los Angeles

- Omakase at Sushi Mori, Los Angeles, and finally getting the courage to eat sea urchin

- Giving up dairy, and discovering coconut milk yogurt

- My buddy Dave Smith's Christmas dinner

- Tasting menu at Spago, Beverly Hills

- Dinner at Palate Food and Wine, Glendale

- Private dinners with Erik Kelley

- Discovering swiss chard. Esp. penne with swiss chard and tuna.

- The duck hash and the flatbread at Huckleberry, Santa Monica

- Linguini bottarga at Osteria Latini, Brentwood

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  1. Nice list!

    Here are mine...

    - LeTub – Lunch with my mom (I live overseas, don’t get to see her that often)

    -Venison leg stuffed with foie gras and topped with shaved truffles, friend’s house

    - Tuckers Point Bermuda – Blue Fin Tuna…the same day the fish was caught in Bermuda

    - Babbo, Beef Cheeks ravioli with shaved truffles!

    - Morimoto’s – NYC – Kobe Beef Sashimi Rock Shrimp appetizer and sake martini – hello!

    - Craft – Bacon and Corn – no more to say

    - Meeting Jeffrey Steingarten, Amanda Freitag, Brad Farmerie at Food Network Food and Wine Show in NYC

    - Discovering I am not a bad baker after all, perfected a Dutch Apple Cheesecake

    - Dinner at my Dad’s – Of course I cooked though, it was just nice to spend some time with him

    - Fondue with friends, we call it the inside picnic!

    - Creating a killer BBQ Short Rib Dish

    I know there is more, just have a mental block

    1. Nice idea, jlevine! Here are mine, also in random order:

      Vanilla mojitos at Scargod's house, not to mention so many great meals we made together, but particularly his tortilla soup and wonderful scallops!
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6484...

      Making candied bacon, as taught by fellow Chowhounds!

      Dinners and lunch at La Tavola, Waterbury, CT.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/575315

      Enjoying a Mexican feast (that included tongue!), prepared by Passadumkeg and Scargod.
      <Marco, can you find this great thread with pics?>

      Every meal we ate at Brasserie Pip, Ivoryton, CT, but especially the ones we ate outside on the porch that included steak tartare.
      http://www.chow.com/photos/353179

      Raclette parties with Jay and Sanna:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593107

      Making Tyler Florence's bacon-wrapped turkey for Thanksgiving.
      http://www.chow.com/photos/405660

      Making Kristin King's almond squares (over and over and over again)!
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/644207

      "Providence"--Triple-Sweet corn from Gilbert's Farm in Rocky Hill, CT.

      Making Irish Oats for the first time…then discovering how wonderful they are when made with almond extract and topped with sliced almonds.

      My "Alice Waters breakfast" with fresh picked salad greens from my own porch. Will any of us ever forget the Alice Waters thread?!!!
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603999

      Creating new recipes and sharing them here--reuben soup, Magical Piggy Bars, zuppa di clams casino, strata!

      Making gelato--chocolate, peanut butter, fresh lavender mint.

      My farewell sushi and sashimi dinner for two at Sakura Garden, Glastonbury, CT.

      Bringing home my own Meyer lemon tree (Limona!) and just recently enjoying Meyer lemon curd and scones made from my own little tree.
      http://www.chow.com/photos/322320

      Finally trying almond butter!
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641323

      Watching CBS Sunday Morning (esp. food segments) together/apart.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/668961

      Seeing “Bottle Shock” and “Food, Inc.” after learning about both here on CH—and seeing Julie & Julia:
      Food, Inc: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616597
      Bottle Shock: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/546347

      Making my own steamed cheeseburger at home:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6718...

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      1. re: kattyeyes

        Great list! I want to eat with you.

        1. re: jlevine

          so kattyeyes, when are you sharing those lemons? lol and btw love bottle shock, saw it randomly on tv....

          1. re: kubasd

            I wish I had enough to share! My little crop yielded enough for two batches of Meyer lemon curd and one batch (that my mom made) of Meyer lemon scones...both of which were way outta this world! Maybe next year... ;)

      2. Smoking my first pork butt, ribs and brisket. Well as far as the brisket , my second one.

        1. Also, in no particular order:

          dinner at Raku in Vegas -- probably the best meal I had this year, and only thanks to fellow hounds' suggestion.

          Finding a great, authentic Greek place in Berlin that doesn't break the bank: great souvlaki, great grilled octopus, good fava... just great all over.

          Discovering the Sichuan food gem that is Chopstick Express.

          My man's salt caramel ice-cream.

          Finding a tofu recipe I could eat 2-3 times a week.

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            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              mix together 1/2 tsp of sesame oil, 1 tsp of maggi sauce (available at far corners or any other asian market: it's the funny shaped bottle with the yellow cap), 1 tbsp of oyster sauce, 2 tbsp of soy sauce. add chopped green onion, chili (i used sriracha hot sauce -- a good spritz if you likey da spicey), cilantro, and toasted sesame seeds.

              zap the tofu in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. heat up 2 tbsp of cooking oil (i used peanut oil, but you can use any, except for maybe olive oil) until it smokes, then pore over nuked tofu. then add aforementioned sauce. add a good heaping portion of cilantro. then inhale.

              voila!

              NOTE: the sauce measurements are just guidelines. i find that the oyster sauce is the most important ingredient, so put more of it in. i also add a splash of some rice vinegar, and sometimes a few spritzes of soy mushroom sauce.

          1. - dinner at Gotham Bar & Grill in NYC. the food was as wonderful as i recalled from my prior visits nearly 20 years ago, AND i got to share the experience with my college roommate whom i hadn't seen in 10 years.

            - Fuerte avocados straight from the tree of the sweet older gentleman who now lives across the street from me...he brought them over as a welcome gift when i moved in to my new house a couple of months ago.

            - grilled octopus and fresh whole sardines at Nisi Estiatorio in Englewood, NJ.

            - house-made banana ice cream at BLT Steak in NYC.

            - attempting to recreate the Grilled Vegetable Salad with Shrimp from the Ivy Restaurant in LA, and turning out a version that i think is even better than the original.

            - my first Protein Roll at Station Sushi in Solana Beach, CA after a three-year absence.

            i'm sure there are more...

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Will you post the Ivy knockoff recipe on Home Cooking, pretty please?? and happy new year!!

              1. re: mollyomormon

                ack! i don't really have a formal recipe for it i just screwed around with the seasoning & components. but off the top of my head i can pretty much tell you what i did:

                - lettuce: chopped romaine
                - herbs: fresh chopped mint & parsley - tossed with the lettuce
                - marinade (brushed on the veggies and shrimp before grilling): olive oil, minced garlic, coarsely ground fresh black pepper, chopped fresh thyme, ground cumin, smoked paprika, chile flakes & kosher salt
                - vegetables: corn, zucchini, tomatillos, green onions - *all* grilled
                - avocado: grilled halves (no marinade)
                - shrimp: jumbo Mexican white, shelled, tail-on - marinated & grilled
                - dressing: homemade vinaigrette of olive oil, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, fresh-squeezed lime juice, agave nectar, black pepper & sea salt (don't ask me about proportions, i just do it by taste)

                - toss the lettuce & herbs with the vinaigrette.
                - cut the corn off the cob, cut the zucchini, tomatillo & avocado into chunks, slice the green onions.
                - scatter vegetables over the dressed lettuce. top with the grilled shrimp, and serve with extra dressing on the side.

                does that help?

                oh, and Happy New Year to you too! :)