Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Peace out, 2013 (WIAW edition)

Another year is just about over and that means its time for the obligatory "best of 2013 food" post! I don't know about you but I happen to love when bloggers share their favorites of the year. I'm a wicked list person so these round ups really appeal to me.

Speaking of lists, here's a super short one of my previous best-of posts:
I'm also linking up with What I Ate Wednesday because I think this will turn out to be quite an epic What I Ate... kind of post. ;)

Okay, let's get down to this, shall we? Here are just a few of my favorite restaurant dishes from the past twelve months:

Assortment of meat from Mama Africa's in Cape Town, South Africa! From L to R: game sausage, springbok, kudu, ostrich, and croc.

Christmas Eve dinner in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Freshly slaughtered goat...yes, I witnessed the entire prep...

A mopani worm at The Boma, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Okay, so maybe this wasn't the best but it was certainly interesting. And terrible. But an experience nonetheless. The rest of our meal at Boma was great!

My first real year eating sushi and I'm totally addicted! A huge party boat with Crossfit friends at Mai Pearl, Foxboro MA.

Fresh and colorful PEZ! From the Pez Factory in Orange, CT.

Ugandan Vanilla Bean, Buckeye State, and Whiskey & Pecan ice creams from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Columbus OH.

Bacon wrapped tater tots, in a cheesy sauce - enough said. Temporarily blanking on the restaurant but via Newport RI.

Aussie barbie for our buddy's birthday! 

I finally got to have one of them famous kabobs from Australia that I was always hearing my babe talk about. He's right - sweet chili sauce, for the win!

Yes, these look like nothing spectacular but HOLY HELL, these sweet pumpkin dumplings from Shanghai Dumpling House in Melbourne were amazing. I kid you not, they tasted like cake batter!! 

How about some of my favorite home cooking recipes?

My first ever roasted chicken. :)

I completely forgot about this sweet potato salad but was addicted to it over the summer. I have a feeling I'll be making it again really soon! It is paleo, by the way.

Fresh raspberries stuffed with chocolate. In my case, I used halved Enjoy Life chocolate chunks to make this paleo friendly. So quick and easy!

Easily one of my favorite paleo wraps - chicken, bacon, and acorn squash in a butter lettuce leaf. Another one that is super simple but full of flavor. 

Paleo orange chicken over cauliflower rice. Amazing! It doesn't look like I shared the recipe here yet but will get on that a.s.a.p. Trust me, you don't wanna miss this one. 

They might look kind of dull but these Paleo Maple Shortbread Cookies taste great!

Ahhh, how could I have forgotten about these paleo chicken nuggets?! No weird pink slime or additives here.

And my favorite dish of all from the past year has to be Lemon and Artichoke Chicken. It is so freakin' good! Don't forget the mashed cauliflower underneath to soak up that flavorful sauce.

Can't get ready for the New Year without a few of toasts!

Choose between light or dark beer from NYC's oldest bar, McSorley's. 

Wine slushie from ShelaLara Winery in Coventry RI.

Year's most interesting beer goes to Cambridge Brewing Company's Banryu Ichi, a sake-beer hybrid.

Angry Balls! Angry Orchard cider mixed with Fireball whiskey. Yes, I ordered it because of the name. But it was amazing!

I tried a bunch of different Newport Storm brews while taking a tour of their brewery in Newport RI.

A Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard and my beloved Shipyard Pumpkinhead made for a fabulous evening.

So many Black Labels in Africa...and in Australia, as our friend Shaun tracked some down for us all to enjoy and relive our African adventures.

Straight outta the tap at America's oldest brewery, Yuengling. ;)

Cheers and happy new year!!!


  1. Happy New Year Meridien- you are by far the blogger whose pallet has had it's perks! haha!

    The pez factory- I didn't even know such a place exisited! Glad you got to try the kebab- it is a classic here. And the dumplings!!

    Looking forward to that recipe!

    1. Happy New Year!! :)

      Yes! My best friend and I came upon the Pez factory while driving home from NYC & decided that we had to make a stop. So many neat dispensers! Gotta get that posted up here sometime soon, as well.

      Yum, I'm craving both of those already...