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Wait, I have a blog?

Hi readers. Yes it’s true. I am actually suppose to contribute to this blog, and it has been over a month since my last post. Shame. Starring Michael Fassbender. A lot has happened over the last couple of weeks. I tried Burmese food, Jersey Mike’s and Bobby’s Burger Palace for the first time. I organized a holiday sweets exchange at the office. Four couples I know got engaged, and I accepted the role of groomsman. I ran more than 1 mile straight for the first time on my own free will since high school. I got my wisdom teeth pulled out. I poured boiling hot pasta water on my right index and middle fingers. I found out I would be moving onto a new client early this year. I made lemon chess pie, lobster rolls and rack of lamb for the first time. And lastly, I went to a tasting of new menu items at a friend’s restaurant.

Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Catfish Soup from Yoma

Coconut Chicken Soup

New Years Eve Hot Pot at my Sister’s

Hot Pot Protein Spread

Omni Parker House Boston Cream Pie

Homemade Lobster Rolls

Rack of Lamb with Pale Dinner Roll (from scratch) and Steamed Green Beans

Pan Seared Scallops with a White Wine Sauce and Penne with Pepperjack Cream Sauce

Food wise I still find myself day dreaming about dropping everything and going to culinary school or start planning a restaurant/food venture and getting in way over my head. I took a look at my post with last year’s food resolutions and got somewhat depressed about things I didn’t get to accomplish. So with that, here are food resolutions for 2012.

1. Make noodles and pasta from scratch (rolled over from 2011)
2. Make dumplings and spring rolls from scratch
3. Make Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Ad Hoc at Home (also rolled over from 2011)
4. New ethnic food to try: Russian
5. Meat to try: alligator
6. Fruit to try: durian
7. Dish to eat that I surprisingly never had: eggs benedict
8. Dish to make: souffle
9. Restaurants to try: Neptune Oyster, B&G Oysters
10. Additional skills to learn: properly eating a crab, scaling and breaking down a whole fish, making legit bbq ribs on a charcoal grill

What are your food resolutions for 2012?

Groupon, Livingsocial Addictions & a DC Restaurant List!

Well, my time is really winding down quickly in Washington DC. In addition to finding housing in Boston, finding a replacement in DC for my apartment, and getting rid of furniture, I am trying to use my remaining Groupons, LivingSocial Deals, etc. Today I’ve managed to use 2 and sell 2. Let’s take a look at the damage.

Yama’s Mediterranean Grill Used- Lunch with Co-workers
Wing Hub Used- Beer, wings, chicken tenders, and fries
Kushi Sold to Co-worker
Kushi Sold to Co-worker
Kinkead’s– Well known DC establishment by brothers who also have a restaurant in Boston called Sibling Rivalry that I look forward to trying
The General Store– Odd hole in the wall restaurant by well known local chef that was featured on Diners, Dive Ins, and Dives. Southern food with a twist.
Morrison Clarke– Hotel restaurant, which I wouldn’t have bought except it was on sale during the height of my addiction
Comet Ping Pong– Pizza joint featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. Restaurant is also decked out in ping pong tables due to the owners love of the game.
Sticky Rice– Funky sushi and Japanese influenced dishes. Would make a purist cry. better known for atmosphere than food. I liked it enough the first time.
Meskerem– Ethiopian cuisine. I just promised myself I would try Ethiopian cuisine before I left DC. I hope they represent.
Zentan– Susar Lee’s restaurant at the Donovan Hotel.
Charlie Palmer Steak– Capital Hill staple filled with lobbyists and government officials.

A lot of eating in just a little over a week left. I’m sad I didn’t get to return to Kushi, which made a real splash when it showed up on the dining scene. It made the new 2011 list of top 100 restaurants in Washington DC. These dining deal sites have really burned a hole in my wallet the last year, but I’ve deeply enjoyed being encouraged to try new restaurants and also getting a larger sampling of the menu. I will look forward to some of the new places I can try in Boston now that I’m not a broke college student.

As for the list of restaurants I regret not being able to try in the DC area:
Bourbon Steak
Blue Duck Tavern
The Source
Cafe Atlantico/Oyamel/Zaytinya
Tabard Inn
Ray’s the Steak/Ray’s the Classics
Thai X-ing
Granville Moore’s
Tune Inn Restaurant & Bar
Taqueria Distrito Federal
Pasta Mia
Florida Ave Grill
El Pollo Rico

Food Resolutions Down in Flames

We’re 5 days into 2011 and most people are still going strong with new year resolutions and goals. Food resolutions are an important aspect of the typically unrealistic expectations people set for themselves with weight loss as the end goal. I’d estimate that by February most people have strayed, but if you want to bow out in style, here’s a list of ways to make your slip up worthwhile.

5 Ways to Break Your Food Resolutions in Style

  1. Office Craving: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Conveniently located at your vending machine or convenience store, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups offer more interactive eating than a typical candy bar along with the perfect creamy peanut butter to milk chocolate ratio. An all American favorite for children and adults.
  2. Late Night Getting Home With No Food in the Fridge or Pantry: Chinese Take Out – Readily available in most areas, Chinese take out offers cheap and fast instant gratification. Gravitate towards carb centric dishes like lo mein, fried rice and chow foon as they travel especially well for lunch the next day so you can carry your failure flag with pride.
  3. Inability to Resist Happy Hour: Beer and Wings – Cold beverage, hot finger food and reduced prices help put TPS reports on the back burner.
  4. Feeling Depressed: Ben & Jerry’s AmeriCone Dream – Relationship troubles or conflicts at work can all be solved with reassuring image of Stephen Colbert accepting you for who you are. Cry yourself to sleep with a sugar induced coma.
  5. Seasonal Affective Disorder: Ramen – Quick and easy to make, warm and comforting, salty and versatile. Jazz your ramen up with protein like eggs, beef or chicken to help get over long, dark nights.

If you’re still going strong with your resolutions. Please ignore my list and just imagine this weirdo standing between you and your guilty pleasure.

I’ve got my eyes on you.

Here are my food related goals for 2011

  1. Stay active on food blogging and to keep cooking through the Cafe Boulud Cookbook.
  2. New ethnic food to try: Ethiopian
  3. Food to make from scratch: Pasta and Noodles
  4. New recipe to try: Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
  5. Learn to cook better tasting stand alone vegetable side dishes

What are your food resolutions for 2011?