Eat Drink Love: 2014

Hello 2015.

It’s a been a busy New Year with moving plans and a new job. Still, I need to carve out some time to look back at the yummy food and drinks that ended up in my belly.

#kvpinmybelly Burmese fried rice at @RangoonRuby in #PaloAlto. NOM!
I loved this. Burmese fried rice at Rangoon Ruby in Palo Alto.

This year marked a couple of culinary milestones.

I found a foodie paradise in Peru. I had a blast eating my way thru Lima and Cusco.

Smoked mussels at Fiesta in Miraflores. The menu was amazing. It included traditional Chiclayo-style dishes. This was one of my favorite spots for dinner in Lima.

It was also the site of one my dumbest decisions in Peru.
Bring on the peppers!

I was curious about the tiny pepper garnish one of our dishes. A server brought out a tiny bowl of the peppers. I popped one in my mouth. That tiny bite packed quite a fiery punch. I spent the next ten minutes guzzling cocktails and water. Mark couldn’t stop giggling. Painful, but still tasty.

I also enjoyed our lunch surrounded by ruins at Huaca Pucllana.
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I am still craving this dish: Lomo Saltdado.

Mark fell in love with lucuma, a native Peruvian fruit that pairs nicely with cream and coffee flavors.
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He bought a pint of lucuma ice cream at Mitchell’s in San Francisco.

We also made chocolate.
Making Chocolate

I fought off elevation sickness with coca teas and coca sours in Cusco.
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My next lesson: stop drinking coca drinks at least four hours before bedtime.

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Back in the Bay Area, I finally figured out how to shuck an oyster. I loved our picnic at Tomales Bay Oyster Company.
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It was a bittersweet year for oysters in the Bay Area. We said good-bye to the Drakes Bay Oyster Company.

We had another crabbing adventure in Pacifica.
#kvpinmybelly - Grilling sausages & crabbing in #pacifica. Good times! Park ranger told my buddies that propane grills were allowed on the pier. She fined another group for using charcoal.

Finally, there’s evidence that we are professional drinkers. The writing is on the wall at Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.
#100happydays Writing on the #rum wall @smugglerscovesf! http://brain.queenkv.org/2014/07/20/100-happy-days-wall/ Celebrated w/ 1938 rum from #Jamaica. NOM! #kvphappy #foodspotting #kvpinmybelly

I posted more of my food and drink photos over on Flickr. Enjoy!

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