It may not be on your calendar but today is a very important day. It is a day worth celebrating with ice cream cake, bubbly and of course, presents. That’s right, today is my birthday!
Last year I dished about how food bloggers get to make their own birthday cake (and we love it – trust me!). This year I wanted to do something a little bit different. I’m following the lead of many of my favorite bloggers like Lauren and Kit and taking this opportunity to share a little more about myself through a listicle. And food.
I could tell you that I’ve lived in five countries or that I have two brothers, but if you read Sweet Sundays you may already know that. Food can be an incredible storyteller so I’m hoping that by giving y’all some insight into my favorite foods, you might learn a little more about my story!
A quick scan of the rest of this post might leave you with tons of questions. Where are the skittles? Why aren’t there more sweets? If I’m being totally honest, candy and ice cream could be a whole separate blog post so I skipped them for now. Maybe I’ll pull that list together for when I turn 29. Plus, since I hardly make savory foods, I thought I’d stick to non-sweets in this list to give you a different view of what I eat. Well, mostly non-sweets.
- French toast – To me, this is the ultimate brunch food. Nothing beats french toast made with day old baguette topped with dark amber maple syrup and fresh berries.
- Huevos rancheros – I saw someone else order this at brunch once and immediately changed my order to the same thing. I’ve been ordering it (and loving it!) ever since.
- Runner up: the shrimp and grits from Matchbox in Washington DC.
- Bananas – this one was an easy one. I eat at least a banana a day and when I don’t have one at breakfast, my entire day is thrown off.
- Kiwis – this might be the only food I know of that literally makes my mouth water at the thought of eating it. And now I’m craving kiwis. Great.
- Runner up: green apples
- Tuna tartare – before I loved sushi, I loved tuna tartare.
- Fried calamari – I can’t remember a time that my dad didn’t order fried calamari when it was on the menu. That’s likely why I love it so much. If you aren’t a fried calamari fan, try DBGB’s version. It comes with a side sauce packed with flavor that I could eat by the spoonful.
- The buffalo short ribs at Green Pig in Arlington VA – I’ve been eating these since Green Pig opened over five years ago and I will continue to eat these every time I go back to visit! The tower of short ribs sit on a bed of blue cheese and despite not generally liking blue cheese, I love it on this plate!
- Runner up: steak tartare
- Manchego – my mom always keeps a giant block of manchego in the fridge. Whenever I’m home, manchego and green apple slices are my go-to afternoon snack. I’m not sure if she keeps all of these things in the fridge because I like them or whether I like them because they were always around. Either way, I’m obsessed.
- Burrata – This is cheese, stuffed with another cheese. It’s basically perfection that was made even more perfect. Needless to say I’m a fan.
- Runner up: Haloumi
- Steak Frites – I wanted to put steak and fries on this list on their own, but I realized that a) I was running out of room and b) they are so much better together.
- Risotto – As much as I hate making it, this is one I love to order when I’m out and about.
- Duck Confit – Here’s a trick when you want to look super fancy. I order duck legs already confit-ed from D’artagna, keep them in my freezer and then reheat them on broil when I want to serve them.
- Tortellini – I’m not sure why but tortellini have always been my favorite pasta. Not convinced that tortellini belongs on this prestigious list? A few weeks ago I had tortellini stuffed with burrata at Centrolina in Washington DC. So yeah, tortellini can be pretty darn fancy.
- Carbonara – I don’t often make dinner at home but when I’m craving something hearty and filling, I go for this. The funny thing is, I was Facetiming with my youngest brother recently and he was in the middle of making it too! If our matching red hair didn’t indicate that we were related, our shared obsession with carbonara is probably a sign.
- Mashed potatoes – Mashed potatoes are single handedly the reason that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Where are the mashed potatoes on July 4th? Or Easter? It’s probably for the better that they aren’t served more often because then I wouldn’t be able to pick a favorite.
- The duck confit salad at L’Express in Montreal – Okay, so I know duck confit is already on the list but trust me, this one deserves a mention on its own. I’ve been eating at L’Express for over a decade and when they recently pulled it off the menu I got rather emotional. Pieces of duck confit on top of the most light and airy salad was a magical experience that I can only attempt to recreate at home.
- Pad see ew – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am horrible at finding the time to cook dinner after work. That’s one of the reason I’ve loved Daily Harvest because their smoothies are my go-to kind of healthy dinner. For when I’m not in the mood for a smoothie, Thai food becomes my next best dinner. The upside of being a regular delivery client is that my pad see ew is at my door within 30 minutes from the time I order. *insert praise hands*
- Rice – When I was a tween on vacation in Hawaii, our hotel was serving rice and soya sauce as part of the international breakfast buffet. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the combination ever since! No joke, I could eat rice every day for the rest of my life. And not just rice and soya sauce either. I’m talking rice pilaf, pineapple fried rice, shrimp fried rice, sticky rice. Not you brown rice, you aren’t invited.
- The 4×4 roll at Willoughby & Co in Cape Town – If you find yourself in Cape Town, swing by this unassuming joint in the heart of the V&A Waterfront Mall for the best sushi EVER. And I’ve eaten a lot of sushi in my day so I know what I’m talking about.
- Runner up: Hot dogs
- Crème brûlée – A perfectly chilled custard topped with a crisp, sugary top gets me every time. Add in a fun flavor like lavender and I’m sold.
- S’mores anything – This one doesn’t need much of an explanation. S’mores all day every day.
- Molten chocolate cake – My mom used to make mini molten chocolate cakes whenever we had dinner parties. She would get up halfway through dinner and pop them in the oven and whenever I’d see her push back her chair I would get sooo excited.
- Creme caramel – Similar to the crème brûlée but topped with delicious caramel. This was my guilty pleasure as a kid (when my parents would allow it) and it still is today (when I’m having a long week).
- The sticky toffee pudding from The Smith in Washington DC (and New York City) – Ooey, gooey, sticky and delicious. Pretty much everything you want in a pudding.
- Runner up: Cream puffs
- Chenin Blanc (especially those from South Africa)
- Pinot Gris (especially those from Oregon)
- Strawberry milkshakes (especially those with malt)
- The lavender hot chocolate at Maman in New York City (and Toronto)
- Runner up: The hot chocolate from RareSweets in Washington DC
Well, there you have it, 28 of my favorite foods. If you made it this far, bravo. I hope you learned something new about me and maybe even got hungry!