Best of 2019

December 30, 2019

2019 came and went in the blink of an eye but it was a year filled with my chocolate chip cookie madness in the kitchen, my first overseas vacation (without my instrument), the shingles and lots of restaurant adventures around kc (with my parents in tow for a few of them on their first visit to kc). Here are some highlights from twenty-nineteen: 

Best Meal: Hands down, the best meal eaten was the steak frites at L'Entrecôte in Bordeaux, France.

Best Bite: The ham and cheese croissant I ate at Hofmann Pastelería in Barcelona. Buttery deliciousness. 
Best New Baked Recipe: While I was on chocolate chip cookie overload for most of the year, the classic birthday cake I made last February has become my new favorite cake recipe.
Best New Kitchen "Gadget": I didn't purchase any real gadgets this year but a very happy addition to my kitchen is my first grown-up kitchen table that was purchased while antiquing in the West Bottoms of Kansas City. It's aided in more dinner parties and game nights in my apartment.
Best Cooking Adventure: While I've enjoyed cooking my way through Alison Roman's recipes on NY Times Cooking, I was completely surprised by the paella I threw together quickly last month. It was relatively easy to make and tasted so delicious.
Best New Eatery: Poke is the new craze in KC (the city is a few years behind the rest of the country) and I totally enjoyed the sushi burritos at Pokéloha. Flavorful, the vessel holds together and tasty!
Best Cupcake: I absolutely loved the Chocolate Guiness Cupcake I gobbled up from Dolce Bakery in Prairie Village, Kansas.

2019 By the Numbers:
40 blog posts
11 different chocolate chip cookie recipes baked
3 first-place bar trivia wins (very proud of this)
3 cupcakes eaten
2 cities visited overseas