2014 was interesting in all aspects of my life. Having just lost my father, I realized that I had no more living parent with me. The day I lost my father, I also lost my confidante. I had to adjust and take on new roles in my life. Thankfully, I wasn't alone because my husband, MR, and my daughter, SO, were here for every step I took. Then professionally things started moving as well. I did a complete 360 degree turn, something I don't regret at all. My new job has given me the chance to do things I would never have thought I would do. It has given me confidence I didn't think I could have. And I've also met amazing people who have shown me how much they appreciate me and my work. There's nothing like feeling appreciated. It makes up for the long days and even longer nights of work. Our little family of 3 is doing good. Being a mother of a 6 year old needs some adjusting too. I don't think I was as advanced as my daughter is when I was her age. MR and I are on our 13th year together. Marriage is hard work - don't let anyone tell you otherwise! But with the right person, it's all worth it. So like every year, I like to take time and go through my blog posts of the previous year. It makes me feel nostalgic. So anyways, here are my top picks (these are not ranked in order) for 2014:
1.) Le Manoir in Paris, France (click here for the post)
On our trip to Paris last August, we wanted to eat at least once in a traditional Parisian bistro. Our wishes were granted.
2.) Starbucks in Gare de l'Est, Paris (click here for the post)
After being separated for almost 3 years now, it was time for a reunion. It's true, you know, when they say that you don't know what you've got till it's gone.
3.) Le Wasabi in Metz, France (click here for the post)
There are lots of Sushi places in Metz, unfortunately not all of them are worth trying. Le Wasabi in Metz, France is not a restaurant, but a take-out place. It serves great sushi and most importantly, the freshest sushi I've ever had here. I will forever be thankful because it introduced me to my new found sushi love - Raw Scallop Sushi.
4.) Ippoudo Ramen in Nancy, France (click here for the post)
Japanese cuisine is one of my favorite cuisine in the whole world. There are numerous Japanese places in the area, unfortunately, they all seem to think that Japanese cuisine stops at Sushi and Yakitori. Thank God Ippoudo Ramen doesn't.
5.) Creamy Shrimp and Fish Roe Pasta (click here for the post)
Who said you can't make something great from leftovers??? Not me!
6.) Baked Sardines in a Can (click here for the post)
It was Good Friday and I needed something non-meat quick. I came up with this idea and ever since, I've been keeping cans of sardines in my cupboard at all time.
7.) Strawberry Jam / Confiture de Fraise (click here for the post)
I've never really made fruit jam from scratch. I always thought it was easier to just buy some at the store. But I'm surrounded by wonderful women who make everything from scratch, especially jam. I thought I would give it a try and oh my god - even I was impressed with myself. I gave a jar to a friend who gave me 10 empty jars in return for me to fill for next year. Yeahhhh!
8.) Sunday Family Picnic in Morhange, France (click here for the post)
This was probably not one of our most delicious meal of the year, but it was a memorable one. Our first family picnic of the year.
9.) Mussels in a Buttery Oyster Sauce (click here for the post)
We love mussels. We love garlic. We love oyster sauce. And we love butter. So altogether it was impossible not to love it too!
10.) Kare-Kare (click here for the post)
I've been in France for 3 years now, but I haven't forgotten where I come from. Which is why from time to time I like to make Filipino dishes. I never thought I would make Kare-Kare from scratch, but if I wanted to eat some, I had no choice but to try. As stressed as I was, it turned out to be the best Kare-Kare I've ever had. Kinda makes me want to make some soon.