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Most Memorable Meals of 2011

Most Memorable Meals of 2011

2011 was the most amazing restaurant-eating year of my life. I say that not to brag, but marveling at how fortunate I was to eat at some the country's best restaurants. During 2011, in 16 cities across nine states, I ate at almost 200 places, some with tablecolths, others with salsa bars. Many were pilgrimages, either for their chefs, history, or the press about them. And I was lucky to eat at most with my girlfriend Angela. So before embracing 2012's eating adventures, here's a look at the most memorable meals that left the biggest impressions.

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This adventure's scope was due to personal travel, but also to covering festivals in Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, and Barbados. These events, headlined by some of America's well-regarded chefs, were chances to experience cities' food scenes and enabled me to squeeze in visits to spots with storied histories and others new to the scene.

There are so many great restaurants in America with exciting chefs doing interesting things, so many places that have been satisfying customers for years, decades even. Still, at the start of 2011, there were five restaurants that I wanted to eat at more than at any other: Per Se, Le Bernardin, Alinea, The French Laundry, and Masa. We ate at three of those, and in an embarrassment of birthday riches, two in one day. There are others, like Clio, O Ya, minibar, Pizzeria Bianco, and ubuntu, that I've hoped to visit, but those five were important in terms of understanding the bar against which so many other restaurants are set.

Meals at Per Se and Alinea were as outstanding as expected. But there were restaurants not as hyped where we ate dishes that were just as memorable. Some, like O Ya and Meadowood, were in the same price range. Others, like Sushi Zo, aren't conventionally mentioned in the same breath.

Top 10 meals of the year:

  1. Alinea (Chicago)
  2. Per Se (New York City)
  3. Meadowood (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  4. O Ya (Boston)
  5. Franklin (Austin, Texas)
  6. ubuntu (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  7. Sushi Zo (Los Angeles)
  8. Momofuku Ssäm Bar (New York City)
  9. PPQ Dungeness Island (San Francisco)
  10. Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix)

But other memorable meals were nowhere near the prices of many of the restaurants above. Ricky's Fish Tacos in L.A., and Wolfy's in Chicago cost about $10. One of the most memorable dishes of 2011 cost $.59 at Round Rock Donuts. And these were more memorable than individual dishes or tasting menus at places like Benu, Brushstroke, RN74, and Uchi, some of America's most well-regarded restaurants.

As for individual dishes, the top 10 best things I ate all year were:

  1. Boudin blanc at Bouchon (Yountville, Calif.)
  2. Oysters and Pearls at Per Se (New York City)
  3. English Pea at Alinea (Chicago)
  4. Brisket at Franklin (Austin, Texas)
  5. Flautas from Chico's Tacos (El Paso by way of New York City)
  6. Fish Tacos at Ricky's (Los Angeles)
  7. Peruvian-style Kindai Bluefin Toro Tataki at O Ya (Boston)
  8. Porchetta at "Meat in the Middle" event at Lukshon (Los Angeles)
  9. Orange Rind, Green Tomato, and Melon Float at ubuntu (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  10. Jalapeño Sausage at Kreuz (Lockhart, Texas)

But you can't omit the the top five things you drank, so:

  1. Ginger Cocktail at The Aviary (Chicago)
  2. Imperial Cane Sugar Dr Pepper (Dublin, Texas)
  3. The Narwhal at Commonwealth (San Francisco)
  4. Michelada at Taqueria Los Coyotes (San Francisco)
  5. A 2007 flight of vintage Brut Cuvée, Brut Rosé, and Vermeil Demi-Sec with American Sturgeon caviar at Domaine Carneros (Napa Valley, Calif.)

Best burger, best pizza, best taco, best doughnut? The guiding principles, outside haute cuisine, that are behind seeking out the best foods across the country? Tricky. For burgers:Holeman & Finch, Father's Office, Chris Madrid's. For pizza: Una Pizza Napoletana, Pizzeria Bianco, and Flour + Water. Tacos: Ricky's and La Taqueria. And doughnuts: Round Rock.

What else did I learn about the American dining scene? That you can find Green Goddess dressing at Per Se and FnB, that finger limes are becoming big, and that strip malls can serve some of the best sushi in the country. But I'm getting ahead of myself. From Boston and Connecticut to Chicago and Phoenix, and from Los Angeles and up Highway 1 to San Francisco up through Napa Valley, the 96 dishes in the accompanying slideshow noted more than anything else, how much more there is to learn about eating great food across America.


Top 25 Most Popular Recipes of 2020

2020, what a year! Not the year we expected, but it’s certainly the year we got. Many of you have been asking me for this top 25 most popular list of recipes from the past year, so here it is! These are the most visited recipes created in 2020 according to google analytics. It’s always interesting to see which recipes become popular. Some make the list because they were shared early in the year, so they have had more time to gain popularity than the ones I recently posted, so it’s not always 100% accurate. Did you favorite recipe make the list?

If 2020 taught us anything in the kitchen, it was how to improvise with what we had on hand, how to keep a stocked pantry, bake without yeast (hello sour dough!), and most of all, to count our blessings. I am so grateful for all of you! Sharing recipes with you all kept me sane and gave me purpose through those crazy months. Thank you for allowing me to share what I love every single day! Your comments, photos on social media, inspiring emails always mean so much to me!

I’ve also shared links to my most popular posts from previous years, so if you are new to Skinnytaste or just want to start cooking more in 2021, these TOP 25 recipes are a great place to start! I never did get around to creating this list in 2018 and I apologize, but the bagel recipe for sure was number ONE! And if you’re new, don’t miss my free weekly meal plans I share every Friday! Lastly, join the Skinnytaste What’s Cooking Community on Facebook for inspiration and dinner ideas to see what everyone else is cooking. Here’s to making 2021 a healthy, happy year!


Most Delicious Foods in the World – Top Ten

Sr.No. Names
1 Pizza
2 Chocolate
3 French fries
4 Ice-cream
5 Steak
6 Crispy fried chicken
7 Cheese cake
8 Chocolate chip cookie
9 Bacon
10 Spaghetti

Conclusion:

From above discussion, we have discussed the top ten best foods of the world that people love to eat. We have concluded that pizza is ranked at 1st position among the best foods, and then chocolate is considered as the 2nd most famous food.


2. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

And she peered into the dish, with its shiny walls and its confusion of savoury brown and yellow meats and its bay leaves and its wine, and thought, This will celebrate the occasion – a curious sense rising in her, at once freakish and tender, of celebrating a festival.

The dish in this scene is Boeuf en Daube, a French stew that Mrs Ramsay’s cook has spent three days preparing. Mrs Ramsay is relieved that the dish is a triumph, its meat tender and its flavours fully melded, but working against its comforting properties are the discordant undercurrents of emotion and conflict that swirl around her table. Woolf mines every detail of the dinner for its deepest significance, but the reader remains grounded at the centre of all those famously elaborate and luminous streams of consciousness, after all, is a hearty beef stew.


With its savory-sweet flavor, creamy-crunchy texture, and eye-catching presentation, The First Mess creator Laura Wright’s maple-rosemary squash bake is the total package—and a welcome addition to any celebratory potluck. See Laura’s recipe here.

To a young Adrianna Adarme, her mother’s traditional tallarines verdes was the ultimate comfort food—and the A Cozy Kitchen blogger still can’t resist the Peruvian-style pesto to this day. See Adrianna’s recipe here.


Your Top 10 Favorite Recipes

What were the 'Rachael Ray' show audience's favorite recipes of 2014? Well, you're about to find out.

From pasta to cookies, the 10 recipes you'll see below were downloaded, discused and enjoyed more than any other in 2014.

Relive the best of the best now, then remake one of them tonight (if, you know, you haven't already!).

It's no surprise our viewers loved Rach's Chicken Pot Pie, which redefines the term "crowd-pleaser." In fact, the recipe is so good, it made our list of the "5 Recipes to Make Before You Die." A comfort food classic -- what's not to love?

This recipe blew our viewers away when it premiered at the tail-end of 2014 -- and for good reason. Not only does it take flavor to the next level, it's super easy to make (not to mention enjoy). If you're looking to find the next great pasta dish, well, you just did.

Did you have a long day at work? Nothing keeps you alert and happy quite like this shrimp-and-pasta dish -- a blast of delicious spicy flavor that will wake your mouth up.

This dish was a big hit with our viewers, especially those who love to entertain. Not only does it taste great, it's also beautiful to plate. If you haven't had the chance to make it yet, give it a try as soon as you can.

This is one of Rachael's favorite recipes on our list, as it combines lots of flavors like parmigiano, lemon, garlic and parsley. The look of the dish alone is enough to make for one of the most exciting dinners you'll have all year.

Our viewers quickly fell in love with this flavorful chicken recipe, which puts the spotlight on a mouth-watering combination of spinach and ricotta. "Yum" doesn't even begin to describe how delicious this dish truly is.

This was another recipe that made our "5 Recipes to Make Before You Die." Even Rach, who doesn't love to bake, couldn't stop raving about this recipe, which is about the closest thing you'll ever find to the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Sweet tooth-lovers, this one's for you.

Looking to turn your everyday chicken dinner into something truly magical? Look no further than Rach's Baked Devil's Chicken, which allows you to add a number of spices into the perfect bread-crumb coating.

Our kitchen staff cracked the list again, and we couldn't be happier for that. This recipe comes from cook Tina's father, known as "Daddy Wu," whose flavorful twist on fried chicken had us raving for months. In fact, we still can't get enough of it.

1. Carbonara

This is Rach's husband's favorite recipe, and now, it's yours, too. Rach has made many combinations of this over the years, both on our show and on the Food Network, and it's always a hit, as a family dinner, date-night meal and everything in between. Seriously, there's no better way to top the list than with this classic pasta dish.


Here are some canned food recipes to level up your budget meals

With the New Year came yet another increase in market prices.

Luckily, canned goods remain affordable for most, so here are some budget recipes that Chef Chona Laureta shared on "Good News" to help you level up your next meals.

1. Tuna Patties

For this meal, you will need canned tuna, oil, pepper, onions, bread crumbs, cheese, calamansi, and eggs.

First, beat two eggs and add a dash of calamansi and a bowl of bread crumbs. Mix them together, then add the cheese.

Once that's all mixed together, add chopped onions and drained tuna. Season the whole thing with pepper.

Shape the mixture into one inch-thick patties and fry them in oil.

The meal, which could serve up to three people, should only cost P150.

2. Kimchi Sardines with Garlic Fried Rice

To make this Korean-inspired breakfast dish, you will need cans of sardines, garlic, onions, soy sauce, salt, tomato sauce, pepper, kimchi, oyster sauce, and sugar.

First, fry chopped onions and garlic in oil. Add in some kimchi that could be bought from Korean stores and groceries.

Next, pour the sardines in the pan and add a little water for the sauce. Pour in some soy sauce and oyster sauce and season it with pepper, sault, and sugar.

Let the whole thing simmer for a bit, and then voila! Serve it with garlic fried rice and you're done.

This meal for three should only cost about P160.

3. Ginisang Corned Beef with Vegetables

To make this, you'll need canned corned beef, tomatoes, oil, salt, sayote, garlic, and cabbages.

Fry onions, garlic, and tomatoes in a pan of oil, then add the corned beef.

Drop in the sayote, then season it with salt and pepper.

Let it simmer until the meat is tender, then add the cabbage.

After another minute, it's ready to serve.

This meal could serve up to four people and should only cost P130. &mdashJCB, GMA News


5-minute meals recipes

Have a meal on the table in just five minutes with our super speedy recipes, perfect for a quick lunch or fuss-free dinner, including salads, pasta dishes and more.

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Ultimate French omelette

The omelette is one of the most fundamental dishes in any cook's arsenal, and this recipe will teach you how to get it right every time

Chicken wrap with sticky sweet potato, salad leaves & tomatoes

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Speedy Mediterranean gnocchi

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Goat’s cheese, tomato & olive triangles

Make super easy open sandwiches on wholemeal bread thins to pack in three of your 5-a-day. A great way to enjoy cheese in a low-calorie lunch

Cannellini bean, cherry tomato & red onion salad

A superhealthy salad that counts as 3 of your 5-a-day and is low fat - great for al fresco eating

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Turn a pouch of cooked grains, plus three other ingredients, into an easy, vibrant vegetarian meal in just two minutes!

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Stuffed Moroccan pitta

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Avocado & bean triangles

Top wholemeal bread thins with creamy avocado and protein-rich beans for a healthy, low-calorie, vegetarian lunch that provides two of your 5-a-day

Hummus & avocado sandwich topper

Spruce up hummus with coriander, red onion, tomatoes and lemon and stuff into pitta or serve piled on wholegrain or rye bread

Turkey, pea guacamole & radish wrap

Keep in shape with this lunchbox and picnic-friendly wrap filled with lemony pea 'guacamole', low-fat cream cheese and lean white meat

Open rye sandwich with chicken & avocado

Rye bread makes for a substantial base for a lunchtime meal. Top with guacamole, Cajun chicken and lime

Coronation chicken salad

Rustle up this healthy and filling coronation chicken salad for a packed lunch in just five minutes using our roast chicken cooked beforehand to save time


Our Favorite Fall Recipes & Meals

Find everything from delicious seasonal recipes and our favorite go-to easy meals, plus simple techniques to make family mealtime easier.

Recipes & Techniques

Find a new favorite recipe and some easy inspiration with our collection of seasonal recipes and more.

Bring the flavors of the season to your table with these fall favorites.

Create delicious flavor fast with these easy recipes—ready in 30 minutes or less.

Warm up with one of our classic soup recipes and comforting fall flavors.

The season’s best veggies and greens go into these hearty fall salads.

Add the power of plants to your plate with delicious, nutritious recipes, filled with veggies and plant‑based favorites.

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Whether you make it the traditional way or try it in a skillet, these pizza recipes all come out delicious.

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Whether you like it seared, baked, or braised, these fresh seafood recipes are sure to delight.

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EZ Meals

No recipes needed! Just use our simple step-savers and effortless pairings to make these delicious, easy meals.

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Your next meal’s easy with these delicious choices, prepared fresh daily and ready to enjoy.

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