First of all, I want to thank you for reading, whether you stop by regularly or drop by occasionally. Your comments, and readership means the world to me, and I’m grateful for each and every one of you.
Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year filled with many adventures and excellent eats.
2017 was undoubtedly a delicious year here at SWTI. A Turkish-inspired breakfast and tacos (oh so many good tacos) were some of the memorable meals that made this year’s list. Looking back, a majority of this deliciousness came straight from my hometown state of California, proving that I don’t have to go very far to find good food.
If you would like to read last year’s round up, you can find it here.
Lox bagel in Los Angeles
If there’s smoked salmon on the menu, you better believe that I’m going to order it. Gjusta smokes its own salmon, and it melts in your mouth. Generously piled high on a bagel it’s the stuff smoked salmon dreams are made of. Went here twice in one trip for that lox and am not ashamed of it.
Seafood in Seattle
My good friend Adrienne and I ended our girl’s trip in the best way we knew how: with a giant seafood platter piled high with oysters, king crab legs and shrimp at Elliott’s Oyster House. Nothing better than a seafood tray that takes up most of the table and tastes like it was caught minutes before.
Brunch in Sacramento
The City of Trees is known for its farm-to-fork food scene, and Magpie is a prime example of this. With an excellent brunch that was filled with fresh veggies and locally sourced meat and eggs.
Turkish-ish breakfast in Los Angeles
Brunch at Kismet was easily one of my favorite meals this year. From the brightly colored presentation to the introduction of different flavor combos in the meze dishes (hello citrus-marinated harrisa olives), I was thrilled to finally be able to try this dish after drooling over it in LA Magazine’s breakfast issue.
Fish tacos in San Luis Obispo
Frutiland La Casa De Sabor, a small unassuming roadside stall in the neighboring town of Arroyo Grande doles out incredibly freshly fish tacos on blue corn tortillas and topped with mango salsa. Washed down with a giant pitcher of watermelon agua fresca, this was the perfect post-beach fuel.
Fish tacos in San Diego
This was definitely the year of fish tacos for me and Oscar’s Tacos was an excellent in-between meal snack on an unseasonably humid Labor Day weekend. There are branches all over the city, but we stopped in the Hillcrest one, and I would recommend it since there’s free parking.
Brisket tacos in Austin
I cannot stop thinking about the tender brisket in this taco from Torchy’s. It was the first taco I tried in this capitol city, and the combination of the creamy avocado with the smoked meat made me consider moving to Austin. It was that good.
Pumpkin Dessert (Kabak Tatlısı) in Izmir
The first time my mother-in-law gave me this homemade winter dessert it was love at first bite. The pumpkin is cooked until tender and soaks in the sugar perfectly. It is often topped with walnuts and tahini sauce and I’m going to try to recreate it at home-fingers crossed.
Korean BBQ in Oakland
For a celebratory meal, Mustafa offered to take me to Sahn Maru Korean BBQ in Temescal. The restaurant itself was warm and inviting, and we had a delicious feast of grilled beef and chicken, bubbling tofu soup, and side dishes for days.