My Best Bites of 2013

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The flying fish cutters from Cuz’s fish shack in Barbados were one of my favorite bites of the year, bar none. Especially with that bangin’ Bajan hot sauce. Can’t wait for more travels in 2014!

For us crazies in editorial-land, the end of the year only means one thing. No, it’s not holidays or parties or even mistletoe (dang it!), though those are fun too. It’s time for LISTS! Lot and lots of lists. Honestly creating these can get exhausting, but as evidenced by good ol’ Google analytics, people love ‘em. They’re serviceable for readers, and quite frankly, useful for me as a writer. Especially one like this, which serves as a sort of diary of all the awesome things I’ve seen and eaten this year. More importantly, it reminds me of all the inspiring people who created these awesome bites that stand out so strongly in my mind.

Because I’m the Food Editor at LAist, My Best Bites of 2013 piece is based here in L.A., however I  was able to sneak in a few honorable mentions from around the globe at the end there.

Posting this here is also the start of more frequent posting of my work here on my personal site. You’ll be seeing a lot more of me in the new year. But for now, enjoy your holidays. I’ll see you in 2014!

Fresh smoked King Chinook salmon, butchered at a roadside stand by First Nations fisherman Doug Rigdon. The absolute BEST I've ever tasted! That color!
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Breakfast ramen Bang Bang w/@giovannireda @krismorningstar's @terrineLA teaser @ilanhall's @thegorbals. The sweet maple fried garlic with lime took it over the top & added awesome acid. Also fab: shrimp pancake topped w/ a perfect sunnyside egg. Avail on weekends 11-3.
Spot on chilaquiles for brunch this morning with @letmeeatcake @joshgoldman2 at @brilliantshine. The stunning rancho-style patio is perfect for day drinking & evening cocktailing in SaMo. And the food is darn good too! Can't wait to go back for dinner.
Repost from @ilanhall @knifefightesq. Miss out on any of the scrumptious eats from this week's four-way Mexican standoff? Catch up on the latest episode of #KnifeFight RIGHT NOW at esquiretv.com/now. #esquirenetwork #instagood #instamood #instago #instamood #knife #igers #bestoftheday #photooftheday #picoftheday #chef #kitchen #instadaily #follow #me #followme #like
@zoenathanloeb's amazing @huckcafe was one of the first pieces I wrote on food in LA, and my excitement for her work hasn't tapered one bit with the release of her incredible Huckleberry cookbook. Find an interview with Zoe + a recipe for bacon cheddar muffins at the link in my profile! Bonus: the cookbook was shot by the fabulous @mattarmendariz. Match made in pastry heaven? I think so!
Ooh lala! Creamy avocado dip (w silken tofu for protein) and creole sweet tater fries. Recipe in my profile. It's one of my fave #vegan #vegetarian #eatclean dishes!
Tune in tonight to see two LA faves @BizarraCapital and Chichen Itza throw down in a battle of calves' liver and cactus on @knifefightesq! Bring on the nopales!
I picked some pink peppercorns in a vineyard, and then  @sonyamasinovsky made 'em look all painterly and purdylike in this gorgeous wooden bowl. Can't wait to show you what we made with them!
Shakshouka in a skillet: it's what Saturday mornings are made for.
Celebrating the harvest with the team from @Tastemade. No filter needed in wine country this time of year. It's just too gorgeous as is!
Spanish tuna nicoise on top,  chicken cobb on the bottom, and a Hot Lei (coconut water, pineapple, lemon, honey, cayenne) to finish. Boom!
Bento and I bid you a very restful holiday weekend.
Maple glazed heirloom carrots and radishes for a late lunch here at Casita de Krista. Now, time for yoga!
Totally in love with @MatteisTavern Asian-inspired grilled avocado with fresh wasabi and ponzu. Perfect for Labor Day Weekend #grilling! Recipe link in my profile.
My #CurrentObsession: the wacky and whimsical food "vehicles" @Barton_G_LA...and the redonkulously good churros with Chinese 5 spice hot cocoa that come in them! Link to story in my profile.
#LunchAlDesko: kale salad with seared bison, Saint Agur blue, raisins, radishes, and red grapes. Finished with @jacobsensaltco for good measure:-) Cc @bonappetitmag.
Happy #NationalDogDay to the most regal Shiba in all the land and my bestest of friends, Mr. Bento Beans.
Behold, the coffee cake of your dreams @republiqueLA -- moist and fluffy as can be, topped with ripe CA figs and *just* the right crumble. Thanks for saving me a slice, @letmeeatcake!
As far as Monday evenings go, this is pretttttty good. Really enjoying @zoenathanloeb's @huckcafe cookbook and quality time with Bento. Polka dot pages FTW!

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