Sixth Anniversary: Top 5 Meals of the Blog Year

11/28/15

Today is this blog’s sixth anniversary! Thank you to all readers in the past year.

While I spent considerable time abroad last year, I stayed within the country’s borders this year. I did manage to spend a fair amount of time in various parts of the country and this list just so happens to reflect that. Five different cities are represented in this year’s list. Here it is!

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Fifth Anniversary: Top 5 Meals of the Blog Year

11/28/14

Today makes five years that this blog’s been active. Woot! Time has really flown by; five years feels like something of an accomplishment and I’m happy to cross this mark.

This past year saw me traveling abroad twice after staying in the country in 2013. Trips to Taiwan and Europe made for some of the most memorable experiences and meals and will surely make an appearance on this post. However, I did have some great meals in LA and some of those experiences will make the list too.

As for I’ve done for each of the last four anniversaries, I’ll recount the top 5 meals of the past 365 days.

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Plate by Plate 2014 Giveaway

Project by Project (what is Project by Project?) is hosting its 12th annual fundraising tasting event, Plate by Plate, next Saturday August 2nd. Located in mid-city’s Petersen Automotive Museum (Wilshire & Fairfax), the event brings together plenty of heavy hitters in the world of LA food & drink for an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink fest.

Proceeds go to a partner charity each year; this year, the charity is mental health provider Pacific Asian Counseling Services. The food fest is priced at $150 GA & $250 VIP, but I have an opportunity to give away TWO free VIP passes ($500 retail value) to one lucky reader. The exhaustive list of participants is below.

For a taste of what to expect (pun intended), see a couple recaps of the events I attended in previous years: 2011 and 2013.

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Fourth Anniversary: Top 5 Meals of the Blog Year

11/28/13

Happy Thanksgiving! Coincidentally, today marks the fourth year anniversary of this blog. This past year was filled with far less travels but still lots of great eats. I’ve stayed within the U.S. this year and, as a result, this year’s list isn’t nearly as worldly as last year’s (in which each of the top 5 were outside of the country).

Thinking back on a year of meals that was very LA-centric, it seemed to be a year of many pop-ups and collaborative dinners. I appreciate the fact that there are so many opportunities to try food from up-and-coming chefs and well-known ones from outside the city. In fact, I was lucky enough to attend meals in LA from 4 of NorCal’s most notable chefs/restaurants this year (Chris Kostow/Meadowood, Douglas Keane/Cyrus, Tim Hollingsworth/The French Laundry, David Kinch/Manresa). I missed out on the ones with Daniel Boulud and David Chang (and others I’m sure), but it’s exciting to see so many coming to LA to eat, see and cook.

Here, now, my five most memorable meals of the past year:

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Plate by Plate 2013 Giveaway

Project by Project (what is Project by Project?) is hosting its 11th annual fundraising tasting event this Saturday, Plate by Plate. Located in downtown’s Vibiana (the former cathedral), the event brings together heavy hitters in the world of LA food & drink for an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink fest.

Net proceeds go to a partner charity each year; this year, the charity is Asian American theater organization East West Players. The food-fest isn’t exactly cheap ($150 GA & $250 VIP), but I have an opportunity to give away two free VIP passes ($500 retail value) to Saturday’s event to one lucky reader. The exhaustive list of participants is below.

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LA Weekly Web Awards 2013: Best Food Instagrammer

Please excuse me for a brief intermission from the usual food/restaurant posts, I’d like to share some exciting news:

I know that pictures of food are one of the most critical aspects of just about any food blog. In an age where everyone is constantly short on time, a picture of a dish instantly conveys so much more emotion than a few lines of text (not to discount the text, which is an integral part of a food blog too). Many of the pictures I upload to this blog are initially shared on my Instagram feed, and I know there are tons of people in LA that love to share their food pursuits just like me. Thus, I’m honored to be nominated as a finalist for one of this year’s LA Weekly Web Awards in the category of “Best Food Instagrammer.” Coincidentally, this nomination follows in the footsteps of last year’s winner and friend Pinoy Panda aka LIMER35, who was actually the one that convinced me to start an Instagram account in the first place.

If you’ve liked the pictures you’ve seen here, please help me by taking a minute to vote. Literally – voting takes under a minute and ends Friday, July 19th. Best Food Instagrammer is category #23, and you can even vote for just one category…as many times as you’d like.

Links below:
My Instagram
LA Weekly Web Awards Poll

Thank you for your continued support!

-Darin