My Best Bites of 2013

By Krista,

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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!

Wish I could have these beautiful baguettes from @oddfellowscafe delivered down south. (Oh, and @mkretovics too.)
The cutest little lighthouse on Vashon Island.
Was bowled over once more by all the creative uses of PNW produce this weekend, namely the many iterations of rhubarb. Bread and butter pickled! Rose candied! Butter cream frosting! With vanilla as shrub! There wasn't a roasted cauliflower or brussels sprout in sight. If this is what cooks here can do in shoulder season, I can't WAIT to see what summer has in store. #pnwonderland
Was wowed by dinner here last week, and brunch today (including this lovely arrangement of pickles) was also BEYOND incredible. Had an amazing meal at the new Upper Bar Ferdinand this weekend, too. No joke Matt Dillon and his team are cooking some of the best, most thoughtful food I've had in the US not just this year, but period. End of story.
From the colorful Craftsmans and quaint growers market to the pint-sized lighthouse, everything about Vashon Island is almost too cute to handle. Such a wonderful bohemian island just a short ferry ride from the throws of Seattle. Def a PNW must-see! Check out my Snapchat story over @travelandleisure for more!
OK Seattle, I'm pickin up what you're throwin down. I could definitely get used to this. #pnwonderland #pnw #visitseattle
All of the lights, all of the lights.
There's a darling old school soda jerk inside the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier that serves phosphorous, banana splits, soda creams, and malted Fosselmans shakes like this one! I've had a blast partnering with @skyscanner @theexpate this week exploring Santa Monica and learning new bits about my city, and can't wait to do it again. #seesantamonica #letsgoeverywhere #basecretstreets #letmeeatcake
Wouldn't mind living here one bit, no siree. Have really been enjoying exploring Santa Monica this week with @skyscanner @theexpate and am so stoked for our live Periscope tomorrow am at 10. Be sure to tune in!
Time for one of my fave sweet treats in Santa Monica! Who's comin with me to @huckcafe? #seesantamonica
There's nothing more soothing than the sound of the sea and a gentle breeze blowing through the palm trees. @skyscanner @seesantamonica @british_airways @theexpate #seesantamonica
Being in Santa Monica always makes me feel like I'm a kid again! It's really a playground for adults too, and I'm so excited to share the sights and bites from the city with @skyscanner @british_airways @seesantamonica @theexpate this week. #seesantamonica #bacitysecrets #whponthego

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