Phenomenal eggs Benedict and catfish hash (what?) are the undeniable stars at Portland's Bridges Cafe and Catering.
Martini Madness invades Sonoma.
Fruit salad with rosewater tahini yogurt for brunch at Public in NYC.
Booze Battered Shrimp, a recipe worth breaking your diet for.
[recipe] Deviled Eggs from The Spotted Pig (NYC) ~ not just a how to, but some great OCD-esque taste tests and pix
Plat de Côtes de Boeuf. Red wine braised beef short ribs with caramelized Savoy cabbage, glazed sweet carrots, parsnips & jus de boeuf at Bouchon Beverly Hills.
Japanese ramen with a Chinese twist at Naga Naga in Los Angeles.
The pork bun from Fatty Crab in NYC. One of the many notable things I ate in 2009.
Chili cheese dogs are the cat's meow at Los Angeles' Pink's Hot Dogs.
Spoon Bread from the Historic Boone Tavern in Berea, KY [recipe included]
Lamb curry, hot naan and rice are first-rate at Knoxville's Sitar Indian Restaurant.
Chef Bruce Hill painstakingly practices the art of Japanese persimmon preserving.
Roasted Nut Crusted Fried Brie with Red Bell Pepper & Ancho Chile Jam - something different for your cocktail, dinner, New Year's Eve or Super Bowl Party!
How can a seafood platter be without sashimi? The raw fish was generously sliced, and ready to be savour.
fresh scallop covered with creamy coating then baked.
raw, vegan, organic pie by Mooifood in Los Angeles. cinnamon almond crust, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and peanut butter...all finished off with a pecan caramel topping.
Fried Chicken with Garlic and Curry Leaves
Potted Foie Gras, Maldon sea salt @ Launceston Place, Kensington, London
Shredded duck and beetroot soup at Restaurant AED, a stylish organic eatery in Tallinn, Estonia
Gently Poached South Australian Squid, Garlic Custard, Baby Radishes, Native Violets, Roasted Squid Broth of Quay Restaurant
Sea scallops with celery root-Yukon Gold puree at the elegant new Meritage restaurant.
Garlic bread toasted with olive oil and parsley at Il Cane Rosso.
At Los Angeles' Good Girl Dinette, American diner meets Vietnamese comfort food.
Smoked Foie Gras Macaron at Brooklyn Fare in NYC, one of the best meals of 2009
Vanilla Mousse with Raspberries and a story on The Ghost of Christmas Past
Awesome Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad @ St John Restaurant, London
hot tea that accompanied a wonderful Turkish meal (a restaurant review)
Coa Mexican Restaurant in Glendale, Wis., has a variety of tacos, including (from left) veal in a spicy tomato sauce with fried potatoes, grilled carne asada with pico de gallo and avocados, and the al pastor taco, with marinate
The French toast at Canelé in Los Angeles is luxuriously thick and custardy. Easily one of the city's best.
A vegan turkey that looks like the real thing from Vinh Loi Tofu in Los Angeles. It's shaped like a bird with little legs and a hole for stuffing, plus it even has crispy "skin"!
Chicken pot pie crepes: restaurants and bloggers take the humble pot pie to gourmet heights.
Mont Blanc flambee, meringue and chestnut with vanilla-whiskey ice cream at Eastside Inn, London.
Heston Blumenthal's super slow-cooked bolognese, featuring star anise and garlic. Time it takes to make? A whopping 12 hours.
Why go out when you can have P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef at home?