Birthday Post 2011

Today is my birthday and it’s been a fabulous year full of food, friends, family, travel and life! I’ve been reflecting on all the amazing times I’ve had over the past year and feel super blessed to have the life I do! Here are some highlights & awards:

Favorite Restaurant: Angelini Osteria (going there  tonight for my birthday din-din) Fresh, delicious, flavorful gourmet Italiano with an L.A. feel. Love the vibe, the intimacy and the food. I haven’t been to Mozza or Bocca, but I have a feeling this place isn’t easily topped.

Favorite Restaurant Runner Up: Cucina Urbana in San Diego. This is like the Bottega Louie of S.D. but it doesn’t have the pretense, anorexic-looking hipster Los Angelinas and the food was a notch better. Smaller portions, better, quirkier ambience.

Best breakfast: My Dad’s house. Seriously, my Dad makes the most amazing waffles ever. Sadly I don’t have any pictures, but hopefully I’ll fix that this weekend!

Best pastry: Lobster Tails from Court Bakery in Brooklyn. Crunchy, light and flaky on the outside, creamy, thick and sweet on the inside. Amazing pastry. Sadly you can’t find them anywhere near California (if you know of any place that has them, send me a message).

Favorite Dessert from my kitchen: Coconut Creme Pie. I was really impressed with my pie. I did not however, use fresh coconut or my own crust, but nonetheless, this was the best dessert I think I made all year.

Favorite meal from my kitchen: Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagna. Though, I’m super proud of my risotto, I thought this lasagna turned out amazing for my taste buds.

Favorite meaty meal: Lamb chops with apricot preserve and baked carrots.

Worst dish this past year: Egg soufleé a la microwave. This was quite possibly the most disgusting thing I’ve single-handedly made in my life. SO bland, mushy, uncooked, and simply revolting. So glad I’ve ditched the microwave too.

Favorite moment when I ate too much and got sick: Max’s Birthday Party catered by Ciao Cupcake. I think I ate 10 cupcakes that day, no joke.

Cooking goals for this birthday year:

  • Lobster Tails. I need to learn how to make them and give them as Christmas presents
  • Pad Thai (made it before years ago and it came out super dry)
  • Paneer from scratch
  • Mozzarella from scratch
  • Ice cream cake- always wanted to make an ice cream cake.
  • More curry!
  • Fondant-covered cakes
  • Healthier recipes! Now that I’ve started Weight Watchers, I can still eat whatever I want in moderate portions, but I want to learn some recipes that have fewer points and are healthier.
So happy birthday to me, and here’s to more eating, healthier recipes, and lots of cooking!

(PS: I’ve started noticing WordPress is now beginning to run ads on my blog. Not cool. So not cool.)

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