What a year. Christmas came and went like that. 2017 is barreling toward us with a quickness. How to summarize this year? My CPA license was gotten. Germany was traveled. We spent more time entertaining guests in Portland than we did traveling. Many, many restaurants were frequented. I spent a lot of the last part of 2016 with residual stress that comes from being used to studying for something for the better part of my 20’s and into my 30’s. I still come home thinking there is something I need to do, but there isn’t. It’s glorious, but the feeling is weird. It lessens by the day.
For once there aren’t set plans/goals for 2017 other than some international travel [Japan? Malta/Sicily?] and a couple weddings. I’m just going to let things happen, and see where that gets me. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Some new-to-me and awesome restaurants this year: Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine, Pizza Jerk, Coquine, Jacqueline, Pine Street Market, and Hat Yai.
So what were the top posts this year?
Cannoli Pound Cake
Caldo Verde – Portuguese Green Soup
Porter Braised Chicken Thighs
Green Curry Porridge
Carrot Goat Cheese Shepherd’s Pie
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich
Sweet Potato Spinach Pasta
Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Meatballs
Goodbye 2015. It was nice knowing you. 2015 was another great year full of all kinds of food, but a little less travel and blogging. Tax busy season(s!) coupled with CPA exam studying and a lot of weddings will do that to you.
We travelled around Idaho, Wyoming and Montana keeping things in the country this year for “the big trip”, and if it wasn’t for a quick trip to Vancouver, BC for a Timbers playoff game, I wouldn’t have left the country at all. The Timbers won MLS Cup, and this was the year of weddings [five in total]. New favorite restaurants/this year included: Mediterranean Exploration Company, Ava Genes, St. Jack, Mekong Bistro, and Kachka. SO MUCH GOOD FOOD IN THIS CITY.
Looking back over the top ten posts this year, most of them are from other years like this Icelandic stew and beet and leek soup. It looks like not having a lot of time to blog will do that. Let’s see what was the most popular this year, shall we?
Bozeman and Lewis & Clark Caverns
Thai Basil Pork
Spinach Artichoke Pizza with Sausage & Burrata
Coeur D’Alene & Wallace, Idaho
Chorizo and Chickpea Frittata
Chicken Tikka Masala
Missoula, Whitefish, and Glacier National Park
Chorizo Stuffed Sweet Peppers
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Happy New Year!
A recap is just as relevant on the first day of the year instead of the last day of last year, right?
What is there to say about this year other than it was great? I love being able to document and share it. I love being happy and able to do the things I want to do. There were a few new places checked off the list from travel, but never enough. New favorite Portland spots this year include the whole slew of New Mexican spots [Blue Goose, Pepper Box, and La Panza], Sen Yai Noodles for all of the most legit Thai outside of Thailand, Eb & Bean for the best fro-yo [especially the dairy free rotating flavor!], Pip’s Original Doughnuts because obviously, Milk Glass Market for breakfast, and Pinky’s for their pizza. Blog-wise, I feel like my photos continue to get better, but posts less frequent [Sorry!]. I’m still cooking and eating a lot, I promise. I have a lot of stuff in the queue, it’s just a matter of sitting down to write about it. Priorities. That said, I don’t have any real resolutions. I’m always striving to better myself, to do things I want to do, and just keep things interesting.
I went to the stats to see what’s been popular this year. The travel side of my writing has gotten a lot more attention than in years past, which was a pleasant surprise. It’s definitely something I like sharing about. Eating and traveling are easily my two favorite hobbies.
So here are the top ten most popular posts this year…
Gai Pad Prik Gaeng
Beef Queso Dip
Chorizo & Garlic Shrimp Burgers
Sardine & White Bean Stew
Cheese Tortellini Stew with Sausage
Spring Potato Salad with Horseradish Aioli
Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Mango Puree
Prior Recaps: 2013
Oh, hey 2014. How’d you sneak in here like that? I feel like this year went by even faster than usual, and I have even less to show for it. I always equate my life to food and travel [and more food], and it just seems so different in comparison to last year. That’s totally okay.
Trips this year were Kansas City and Thailand/Cambodia. Is that seriously it? Whoa. I didn’t get to San Diego once. No beach trips. No Canada or Mexico. Two(?) trips to Seattle. Two trips to Spokane. No camping. I lost my grandma. I started a new job. I fell in love with Radar, Burger Week, Genoa [that no longer exist], and Tilt. Cheese and wine have become staples in my diet. Caffeine consumption is at its highest levels since high school. The Timbers went to the playoffs. I saw the US Men’s National Team twice. Reading is a renewed hobby, and I don’t take Roma for nearly enough walks.
I’m ready for what 2014 has to offer, but first a recap…
Crockpot Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches
Chilaquiles and Eggs
Halibut with Gazpacho Salsa
Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Hash
Blackberry Rhubarb Crisp
Bacon Fried Rice
Chocolate Chip Coconut Shortbread Bars
Beef Tagliata with Radicchio and Gorgonzola
Grilled Chicken Fajita Nachos
Happy new year!
Another year, a lot of amazing food. There are definitely no complaints from this stomach. This stomach was able to travel to San Diego, Los Angeles, Cabo, Italy, and Vancouver BC, too, making it even better.
It’s been almost two years of blogging now, and not to get all nostalgic on you [read: I’m totally getting all nostalgic on you], but it’s been really fun. I’ve cooked and baked way more than I used to. It’s made me want to cook even more. I’ve picked up more tips and tricks. I’ve become a little bit more confident. I’ve had to increase my food budget to accommodate the amount of food I eat in and out of the kitchen. I’ve met some really great people because of this
huge little hobby.
So thank you [and the gym membership] for getting me to where I am today. You are awesome.
So let’s take a look back through 2012, shall we? These were the top posts of the of 2012:
Spicy White Bean Chicken Chili
Shredded Pork Tacos
Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Sauce
And now, I’m hungry.