Saturday, December 31, 2016

10 best food things in 2016 - International edition

One of the many gorgeous Georgian supra (banquets) we had
I did an uncharacteristic amount of travel this year, and as a result, had some amazing food-related experiences I couldn't fit on my normal year-end list (which was already packed). I don't know that I'll ever blog about these places individually, so here are my top picks, which you probably already know about if you follow me on Instagram, but hey, a round-up never hurt anybody.

Visiting a qvevri maker in Georgia (qvevri are the ceramic vessels essential for the distinctive Georgian winemaking technique, most notably prolonged skin and stalk contact)

1. Georgia, as in, the country, especially the meal at Culinarium and trying natural, native wines at Vino Underground.

Bun Bo Hue
2. Bun Bo Hue at Chu Ha, Ho Chi Minh City.

rack of goodies at Ploughman's Bakery, Okinawa

3. Ploughman's Bakery bread, Okinawa. (More in my stories for Hong Kong Tatler Dining and AFAR Magazine.)

4. Hide rice, in Ureshino, Saga, on Kyushu island. (Blog post here.)

5. Tokado Coffee, Fukuoka - a coffee from Mare Blanche in Haiti.

At the truffle festival in Alba

6. Alba/Piedmont - Da Gemma, the truffle festival and Piazza Duomo (which is open for Sunday lunch during the truffle festival and makes for an excellent day in Alba.)

7. Oat porridge at Farmgate Cafe, English Market, Dublin.

8. Nahm, Bangkok. The entire meal was a triumph.

9. Madera at Rosewood Sand Hill, Northern California, especially the breakfast fried potatoes and roast duck, and touring the market with Madera's passionate chef, Peter Rudolf.

10. Khua Kling Pak Sod, Bangkok.

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