Reflecting Back on 2016
I've heard it from so many people: "2016 just wasn't a great year". I agree that it was long and challenging for multiple reasons, but I still feel really lucky when I reflect back on all of the amazing food and travel experiences I had this past year. Here are some of the most memorable moments for me.
- In February of this year my friend Steph and I escaped for a long weekend to London. It had been 10 years since I had last been there and it was fun to explore the city again as an adult. We went to the Tate Modern, saw Beautiful- The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, and we ate some stellar meals. Some of our favorites were Dishoom, Sketch Gallery, Little Social, and Tamarind. We also loved exploring Borough Market.
- Not all bachelorette parties have to be bad. In fact, I was lucky to join one in March in Napa and Sonoma with a great group of women. We hit up Frog's Leap, Flora Springs, and Domaine Chandon while in Napa Valley and then visited Ridge Vineyards, Lambert Bridge, and Comstock Wines in Sonoma. For meals we enjoyed snacks at Bottega, breakfast at Bouchon Bakery, and dinner at Goose & Gander. For lunch we loved the Yountville Deli, Oakville Grocery, and a stop at the Dry Creek General Store in Healdsburg is a must! You can read more about my weekend in Napa and Sonoma here.
- April brought about a very exciting trip to my favorite city of Paris, but also a few days touring the Champagne region in Reims and Epernay, France. In Champagne we went to Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Moët et Chandon, Charles Mignon, Collard-Picard, A. Bergere, and Henri Giraud. In Paris we took a soufleé class at La Cuisine Paris, and had wonderful meals at Ze Kitchen Gallerie, Les Climats, and Frenchie Bar A Vins. You can read more about my to Paris and the Champagne region here.
- While I've been on a lot of planes and trains this past year, I am always happy to be home in D.C. to try some of the newest additions to the restaurant scene. A few of my favorite newbies of 2016 include Tail Up Goat, All Purpose Pizzeria, Pineapple and Pearls, The Dabney, Kyirisan and the Timber Pizza Co brick and mortar in Petworth.
- During one of my trips to San Francisco this year I was able to snag a ticket to Lazy Bear in the Mission District. They offer two seatings per evening and a tasting menu for $185 per person not including beverage pairings. Chef David Barzelay has the dining room set up with communal tables and he encourages you to come pop your head into the kitchen to talk with the chefs while they're preparing one of your 14 courses. This was one of the best food experiences I had of the year. The food was amazing, but the experience was also really fun and not stuffy in the least.
- I am lucky to have a best friend who has a house out in Westhampton that I have the pleasure of visiting over the summer. This past summer I snuck in two trips including one over July 4th weekend and the other over Labor Day weekend. We really enjoy grilling while we are there and staying by the house. It's a perfect weekend for ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, and watermelon.
- After a few weeks of work at both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia I was eager for some time off. I booked a long weekend in Nantucket which turned out to be one of my favorite trips of the year. The island is just perfect, and the food is to die for. I had killer meals at Cru, American Seasons, Dune, Ventuno, Proprietors, and Straight Wharf. You also have to check out Cisco Brewers for beer and oysters. Nantucket is the most ideal escape and I already have my trip booked for August of 2017. You can read more about my trip to Nantucket here.
- I spent most of 2015 renovating my kitchen, and in 2016 I was really excited to have the chance to show it off in Washingtonian Magazine. It was featured in the October 2016 issue in a piece called "The Kitchens of These 3 Local Foodies Will Fill You With Envy". You can read the piece and see the photos here.
- My friend Allie and I escaped for a weekend trip to Kennebunkport, Maine in October. It was a beautiful fall getaway, and we were able to still walk on the beach even if the temperatures were in the 50's. We enjoyed a lot of lobster over the weekend including meals at Earth at Hidden Pond, the Tides Beach Club, and The Wayfarer. It's really hard to beat Maine in the fall. It's just beautiful.
- I finished off the year with an experience of a lifetime. I took a 20 day trip to Australia and had the chance to work my way through the country stopping at some amazing cities, beaches, wineries, and restaurants throughout my journey. You can read about Melbourne here, Adelaide and South Australia wine country here, Hamilton Island here, and Sydney here. It is a trip I will never forget!
I ended the year on a really positive note, and I am entering 2017 with only great thoughts. Wishing you a happy new year!