Who doesn’t like food? *rhetorical question* I don’t want to bring any anti-food negativity into my life. Sweet, savory, spicy, sour, seared, sautéed, solid, sliced … to me, it’s all scrumptious.
The past year I consumed cuisines in ten different countries (eleven, including my own!) and I tried to limit this to my top 16 bites of 2016, but, alas, #food, so I bumped it up to 21.
The welcome drink at The Samaya, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia. With hints of apple, cinnamon and something secret, this drink was delectable and I was a little upset it was only consumable upon arrival – and that they wouldn’t share the recipe with me!
I know, this pizza and the backdrop have you thinking “Italy”, but it’s actually EATaly, in New York City, NY, USA.
While we’re thinking of Italy, these strawberries in Verona were covered in hot, liquid chocolate and topped with fresh cream.
My 28th birthday brunch at Café 1 of a kind, Little Neck, Queens, NY, USA.
The biggest, messiest, MOST DELICIOUS, burger I’ve ever laid eyes upon, let alone ate, at Union Post Brew Bar, Auckland, New Zealand.
A sharp nutty cheese and prosciutto sandwiched in between a pretzel * swoooooooon* , Salzburg, Austria.
All the seafood deliciousness, Au Pied de Cuchon, Paris, France.
Chicken satay and seafood mie goreng, Bali, Indonesia. (Bonus: this meal was only $2.50 US.)
Korean fried chicken with pickled vegetables, The Continental, Miami, Florida, USA.
Pork belly, red onion and tomato served over pasta, Da Mimmo, Bergamo, Italy.
The most delicious banana pancakes that ever were made, Hotel Tugu, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia.
A plate of perfectly cured meats paired with local white wine, Vienna, Austria.
The perfect strawberry and pistachio mille feuille, Aria Hotel, Budapest, Hungary.
A selection of local fish all prepared differently, La Punta Ristorante, Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy.
Robata King Crab (“robata” is Japanese for a type of preparation similar-to barbeque or grilling) Makoto, Bal Harbour, Miami, Florida.
Foie gras over a balsamic reduction, Lyon, France.
Apple strudel with a vanilla and cinnamon sauce, served on a Viking River Cruise, Germany.
Gelato that looks like art? In Budapest, Hungary they call this gelARTo.
Roasted duck in a lime and mint hoisin reduction, Kashi, Rockville Centre, New York.
Pistachio filled and pistachio topped éclair, Paris, France.
Clams in a buttery sauce served over spaghetti, Nice, France.
Disclaimer: I have been hosted as a guest at a few of the restaurants and hotels mentioned in this post, as always my opinions remain my own.