A life well fed 2012.

So it’s the last few days of 2012, the year that the world was supposed to end. Yet, instead of the world ending a lot of beautiful things have blossomed. Here is Defining Delicious year in review, the food, the delicious, and the really freakin’ awesome. In no particular order…

1. One of my best girl friends, Kayte Billerman opened up The Good Bite Kitchen, on July 5th. The Good Bite Kitchen is an ALL vegetarian restaurant in the heart of the-middle-of-now where, AKA my hometown Lake Placid. You can people watch, smell farm fresh foods being roasted, and have a slice of homemade cake. A true gem.

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2. My baby brother lands a job a NOMA, you can bribe me now for a reservation, I’m actually not kidding.

 

5. San Antonio opens up some stellar new spots to feed us: Bakery Lorraine, Bird Bakery, Hot Joy (which is a pop-up from The Monterey my fav brunch spot), Nao opened by the CIA, The Boiler House (great spot for wine and pork belly skewers),  The Brooklynite (amazing cocktails and food trucks), Laurent’s Modern CuisineUncommon Fare which was opened by Tim-The- Girl and offers healthy, fresh lunches. We are getting cooler by the minute people.

 

6. Adam Roberts, one of my all time favorite food bloggers The Amateur Gourmet.com writes a book, Secrets of the Best Chefs: Recipes, Techniques, and Tricks from America’s Greatest Cooks. My other all time favorite local food writers John Griffin and Bonnie Walker write a book, The Food Lovers Guide To San Antonio.  Seriously Delicious Words, People.

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7. I land a dream job working for the amazing Chef Jason Dady and his incredible wife Crystal. Talk about a Delicious Life… I’ve spent many days and nights at BIN 555, Tre Trattoria both in Alamo Heights and Downtown, Two Bros. BBQ and The DUK truck. I’ve been basking in the wonderful life talking about, writing about, and eating food that is inspired by passionate people. If you are reading this and wishing you were me, go for it… not my job (back off bitches) but your own dream job. Take life by the meat balls and make it your own homemade version of pasta fagioli.

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8. I met Gail Simmons at The Austin Food and Wine Festival. I read her book and decided these three words were also mine. Food. Travel. Writing. That is who I am, this is what I do, the life I live is created by these words. What are your three words?

 

9. I travelled to Anna Maria Island with my best friend and writer, Kristen Maneri (Orlando Great Dates). We made feasts, we drank wine, we went out for dinners, we met strange locals, and we laughed until our tummy’s hurt.

 

10. THE BEST MEAL OF 2012 was….

The pancakes made by my babies. Hands-down. It’s wonderful when your children are just old enough to crack eggs, beat them (the eggs not the children), and flip an ole flap jack to the depths of it’s crisp edges.  The pure joy of Lilah flipping the cakes, Charlie cracking his first egg and the huge freakin’ mess in the kitchen is and will always be cherished in my mind. Not to mention, the Cornell fresh maple syrup that comes from the most beautiful place in the world, served on the side. It’s more than a meal, it’s a sticky, brown circle of heaven.

Best Meal in San Antonio was at Laurent’s Modern Cuisine, French accents included. The pre-fixe menu is chef inspired each day, the service is phenomenal, and the atmosphere is cozy yet chic.

 

For a great list of New Years Eve menus around The Alamo City check out SAVORSA.com. (Of course, I highly recommend BIN555, Tre Trattoria Alamo Heights and Downtown. They have not-to-be-missed-menus, call TODAY).

 

2012 was full of Delcious Digesting, *and* the world did not end. 2013 is just around the corner and is full of huge possibilities, amazing meals with friends, family, and strange locals. More greatness being cooked up by The Dady’s and their mini empire that I get to be a part of. More books to be devoured, more chubby cheeked kisses to soak up, and more memories to create. Cheers.

 

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And if you are what you eat be Delicious.

Happy NEW YEAR!

 

Guest Post by Great Dates Orlando

This is a wonderful guest post written by a dear friend, Kristin Manieri AKA “The Date Diva.” Kristin is a freelance writer and published author of Great Dates Orlando: a one stop shop of fun, play and food in the Orlando area. I thought this post was fitting to the “Trading Red Roses For Red Meat” occasion coming up on February 14th…  Please enjoy.

A Valentine’s Day Rant

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about me… I am totally ‘bah humbug’ about what most people consider to be one of the most romantic days of the year.

Surprised that someone who constantly touts the benefits of romance and quality time would be so jaded? Excuse my French but Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, is a crock of sh*t.

It’s become a day, hijacked by marketers, that guilts you into spending money on and time with your significant other because not doing so would make you a jerk.

Guess what? Opting out of Valentine’s Day does not make you a jerk… but not having a regular date night throughout the year surely does.

There are a lot of really great things happening around the city over the next week and by all means, do as many as you can. Marc and I are going to Nude Nite on Saturday. If we weren’t going there, we’d surely be going to Harbor Night Romantico at the Portofino Bay Hotel. There’s a free Michael Andrew’s concert happening this Sunday in Park Avenue that’s sure to be stellar. Enzian has created a great event themed around the epic romance An Affair to Remember. All kinds of restaurants have planned special Valentine’s Day menus.

By all means… I encourage you to get out on the town and celebrate.

But then do it again the week after… and the week after that… and the week after that.

What makes Valentine’s Day so lame is that for so many people it stands as the only day ALL YEAR when they really put any effort into their love life. And we wonder why the divorce rate is skyrocketing!

A University of Virginia study finally revealed what I have been trying to tell people for years… that couples who devote time to one another at least once a week are more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates.

So, here is my request: use February 14th as the beginning of a renewed commitment to a regular date night. Read this blog frequently for ideas. Follow me on Twitter for a least 25 more date night ideas each week. And join the conversation on my Facebook page where I you’ll not only get a few more ideas but I hope you’ll share some of your own as well. You might even win a pair of concert tickets or a free dinner.

Put as much effort into your love life as you did when you first met and it will start to feel like it did then too. I promise.

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