2007 was a great year. For food, that is.
I was fortunae enough to travel to Europe this summer, and to New York in December. At home in Edmonton, I sampled the fare at several new restaurants (or at least, “new” to me), and discovered some now-favorites.
In no particular order, here are a few of my culinary highlights from the past year.
Eating the best pizza of my life first at Vancouver’s Bridges, then in a small sidestreet restaurant in Florence.
- (With Mack’s help) Throwing my first ever dinner party!
- Many a good meal at my beloved Blue Plate Diner.
- The discovery of a stellar diner in Calgary, a wonderful lunch spot in downtown Edmonton, a historic house for more than just tea, a comfortable greasy spoon, and a chic cafe for fab pizza and panini sandwiches.
- Exhausting my cupcake phase: first in Calgary; then in Vancouver; Edmonton; and finally New York (and of course, I made my own too).
Experiencing the gold standard for eating out at Becco in New York, which balanced the line between fine dining and comfort.
Asiago, Parmesan and Mozzerella Pizza from Bridges
Navona Notte from a restaurant with that namesake
Panna Cotta amidst a candlelit table
Comfort food at its best – the Herbed Meatloaf from Blue Plate Diner
Frittata from Diner Deluxe
Chicken Cordon Bleu from Shine Bistro
Cranberry Brie Sandwich from Arbor Restaurant in Rutherford House
Poutine from Route 99 Diner
Vegetarian Panini Sandwich from Leva Capuccino Bar
From Calgary’s Buttercream Bakeshoppe
From Calgary’s Crave
From Vancouver’s Cupcakes
From Edmonton’s Whimsical Cupcakes
From New York’s Magnolia Bakery
An Ina Garten recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing
An invitation to participate in a Market Fresh Cooking Class with Judy Schultz and Gail Hall, which started to get me thinking about seasonal cooking and utilizing farmer’s markets.
With my fellow Journal winners, Gail Hall, and Judy Schultz
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2008!