Everyone is doing “Best of 2008” lists, so why should I be the exception? This site has only been going since the end of July, but I do have roughly 125 posts to work with, so hopefully I can pull out ten that aren’t absolute garbage. I say ten because top 10 lists rule. The Kitchn has been putting out some mean top 10 lists lately – go check that site out if you don’t already.
Also, this has nothing to do with anything I’ve been talking about, but here is a cool list of top 10 techniques every chef should know. Some of these are things you may use every time you cook, but it’s worth taking a look at and they have videos to help if you want to learn now.
Anyways, before I list my “Favorite Posts of 2008”, I’d like to say thanks to everyone who has taken a few minutes out of their day to check out this site, and thanks to my supportive friends, girlfriend, and family. The response I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive and I’m flattered that people still want to check this site out on occasion, particularly the people I’ve never met.
I’m excited about 2009, I think it’s going to be a great year. But 2008 isn’t going to be a pushover. Looking back it’s amazing how much I had going on. There were many great meals, the most memorable being Holeman & Finch, Allegro, Top Flr, Il Mulino, and Rathbun Steak. I traveled more than I ever have, hitting up spots all over the continent including Puerto Vallarta, Aspen, Chicago, Montana, and Martha’s Vineyard. It was also a good year for personal development – I ran my first full marathon, completed a triathlon, and really ratcheted up food and wine as a hobby, manifesting itself mostly in the form of this site and an empty wallet. Oh yeah, and I have a demanding (and fun) job!
But I’m determined to make 2009 better, and I look forward to the challenge and the excitement. I hope your journey in 2009 is a fantastic one and will see you along the way.
Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2008
- Thai Style Hot and Sour Soup – My first post, I like the pictures, and the soup was very easy and delicious
- Maurice’s Racist BBQ – It was fun being the undercover investigator on the scene!
- Holeman & Finch – Favorite restaurant of 2008, and I was happy with the iPhones photos.
- Pizza (Nov 4) – I had many pizza posts, but I was especially happy with how this one turned out
- Asian Chili Sauces Explained – This one gets me the most Google hits; people wanna know about this stuff!
- Super Stuffed Pork Tenderloin – This guest post was funny, and it’s very cool how many people want to contribute
- Mooozarrrreeeellllaa – Making cheese, finally successful
- You Say Tomato – A lot of my summer posts involved growing tomatoes, this goes into getting started + salsa
- Bon Appetit Texas Beef Brisket Chili – Quite different and tasty
- Italian Tomato and Lamb Feast – One of my most involved meals of the year, lots of fun