Move over twenty-ten, we’re heading into the new year at full speed! There are just a few days left to say our goodbyes and there’s no better time than the last week of an extra fabulous year to reflect on all the good that took place. Although this year will most definitely be a hard one to beat, I’m so incredibly eager for the next chapter to unfold.
So, without further ado, a few of my favorite highlights from 2010:
I Got Hitched!
First and foremost, I turned in my singlehood this year for an adorable blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jersey boy. Also known as my husband, Grant. As many of you know, we were married this September in Charleston, SC –and it was nothing short of perfect.
El Bulli Hacienda Benazuza
Eating at El Bulli Hacienda Benazuza, Ferran Adria’s restaurant outside of Seville, Spain was without doubt one of my top restaurant experiences. Previously named the world’s best chef, Adria is known for his wacky, scientific style. His take on food is that “Cuisine is not something to be had, but a state to be in”….and that state swept me away to a playful world of spherical olives, mimic peanuts and disappearing desserts.
Noma Named Best Restaurant in World
Taking over El Bulli’s number one spot this year for world’s best restaurant is René Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. Opening the door for Scandinavian cuisine, you will find on Chef Redzepi’s Nordic menu, items that have been foraged straight from the wilderness (so I hear). This is likely something we’ll be seeing much more of in 2011 as many chefs are finding new ingredients the oldest kind of way — seeking out pure, natural foods like wild greens, nuts and even tree bark. You can read more here in The New York Times where they recently highlighted some of the many new ingredients being foraged.
The Cherpumple Was Born
Ok, I don’t know if I would classify this as a highlight, but it was entertaining nonetheless! For those of you who unfortunately missed this gargantuan creation, writer Charles Phoenix developed the “turducken of desserts” – the cherpumple. An outrageous creation consisting of three pies baked inside three cakes and glued together by heaps of cream cheese frosting. Holy sweet tooth!
Eataly Opens in NYC
I have yet to go, but when I do I am going hungry, thirsty and wearing the stretchiest pant I own. Some of our favorite Italian chefs opened a celebration of Italian cuisine in Manhattan, comprised of markets, restaurants and shops with the the nations best Italian foods.
Avocado Ice Cream
One of the first recipes posted here on Daily Crave and one of my favorites. If you’ve never had it, try it. You’ll love it. I promise.
I Got A New Camera
Not just any camera, but my first SLR! Give it up for the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.
Ninety Acres at Natirar
Although Ninety Acres actually opened in December of 09′, it wasn’t until 2010 that I finally got to indulge in the new restaurants “farm to table” experience. If you live in the surrounding area, and you’ve not yet been — go! (And then thank me later.) Even a non-foodie will appreciate the gorgeous setting in the heart of New Jersey’s countryside. The 491-estate set against green rolling hills, previously owned my the King of Morocco, has now been transformed into an elegant spa and an amazing restaurant based on local ingredients sourced directly from the Natirar property.
Chef Natalie Lewis: Open for Business!
Lastly, in 2010 I announced the opening of Chef Natalie Lewis, a personal chef and catering service. A lot of fun was had in the process of creating the new biz, so I thought I’d share with you a couple of photos that didn’t make the cut…
Take two: (There are very few things more fun than doing a photo shoot in the woods with a bottle of wine and a baguette!)
Ok, one more time:
So, here it is — just a few of the delicious happenings of this spectacular year! Happy New Year to you all and here’s to an even more flavor-filled 2011 — Salut!