Well, as the year draws to a close I loosely remember my New Year’s resolution of attempting to try one new restaurant per week and for the most part I was rather successful.
The rush of wanting to experience more came as an immediate effect of possible impending jail time in possible federal prison. In 2009, on September 9th a federal court in Alexandria, VA in conjunction with the FBI Cyber Crime Division decided to issue an indictment naming me and some others for involvement in a music piracy group named Rabid Neurosis aka RNS. The Charge? Felony Conspiracy to commit Copyright Infringement. The Potential Outcome? $250k fine and up to 5 years in jail. As 2009 came to an end, I had traveled a few times to Washington DC and Alexandria, VA and the new year was upon us. My resolution? Live Life. Love Life. I decided to meld my love of photography with my love of food and this website is a result of it. I tried to go to a new restaurant every weekend that I was off from work and I loved every moment of it, thankfully my wonderful girlfriend Annie, was there to share most of the experiences with me. In addition to my wonderful girlfriend, I had many supportive friends that helped the trial process move forward.
As March approached, the impending trial took place a week shy of my birthday. The week long trial came and went, and I was able to walk away a free man. This made the birthday week at Striphouse, Stella Sola and Block7 *that* much tastier. This list represents my top 10 meals and outings from 2010.
01 > Per Se (New York, NY)
This was the most epic meal I’ve ever experienced, the 15 course roller coaster of emotion and flavor was amazing.
02 > Lazy Summer Repast @ Chez Roux (Houston, TX)
A collaboration between the teams of Chez Roux, Just8Project and Bootsie’s make for a 16 course 5 hour epic meal with a great view.
03 > Bootsie’s Heritage Cafe (Tomball, TX)
If the mother rucker wasn’t enough to kick your ass and make you come back for more, the $35 3rd Coast Menu will make you wonder why you haven’t left houston for the next level.
04 > Kata Robata (Houston, TX)
Seth + Omakase = extreme win. I can only imagine what will happen when I add a dash of Hori.
05 > Foreign and Domestic (Austin, TX)
Venison Tartare, Foie Gras Mousse, Squid Ink? Dash of creativity and a helluva lot of win.
06 > Stella Sola (Houston, TX)
mangalitsa x suckling pig and roasted mussels. gotta love what’s coming out of Justin’s kitchen.
07 > Uchi (Austin, TX)
lots of good and even more great, the highlight was the Foie Gras Nigiri
08 > Zaytinya (Washington, DC)
Next level flavors come together in the form of some great sweetbreads and a surprise dish with the brussel sprouts.
09 > Dessert Tasting by Chris Leung @ Bootsie’s Heritage Cafe (Tomball, TX)
Chris has an awesome imagination and it really shines through in his desserts, now sit there and eat 10 in a row and you leave stuffed and hyper at the same time.
10 > The Burger Guys (Houston, TX)
DUCK. MOTHERFUCKING. FAT. FRIES. done.
As I’m sure you can immediately notice, the major player here in my list is Bootsie’s Heritage Cafe in Tomball, TX. Amazing, Amazing stuff coming from their kitchen and I can only imagine what 2011 has in store for them. I can’t wait for what 2011 has in store for myself as well. I’m hoping to head out to more places to stuff my face!
Thanks for reading or looking at my photos!