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Monday, December 28, 2009

HS'S BEST TASTES OF 2009: IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR

2009 has been an interesting year. Although, new openings in London have been, on the whole, pretty underwhelming, that does not mean that DH have not eaten well. Instead, we have revisited old favourites and spent more time on the road, both in the UK and abroad as we search for great food.

Personal highlights include a trip to Extremadura to visit a producer of Jamon Iberico de Bellota, a very brief stay in Firenze, during which I was introduced to the Lampredotto, a sandwich made from the fourth stomach of the cow and, of course, the trip around the UK for my upcoming book EATING FOR BRITAIN.

On top of which, we have hosted four very well received DINE WITH DOS HERMANOS evenings at Vinoteca, Brindisa, The Bull & Last and Bentley's and have more venues planned for 2010.

Journeys to the US have added some more good eating, not just in Los Angeles but also as I travelled around on the tour to promote EAT MY GLOBE, which took me to New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Kansas City and Santa Cruz. I have a lot more travels in the US to come. Watch this space

Here then, in no particular order are some of my top tastes of 2009. Of course, if I was to do the list tomorrow, it would probably be entirely different. But, I hope at the very least it makes some of you rather hungry and keen to seek out the very best food you can find in 2010.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone.




ROAST GROUSE AT RULES RESTAURANT (London, England)



ROAST BEEF AND YORKSHIRE PUDDING PREPARED BY ANDREW PORTER AT THE PAVILLION HOTEL (York, England)



RAMEN AT DAIKOKUYA IN LITTLE TOKYO (Los Angeles, USA)



RABBIT PIE PREPARED BY STEWART BLACKMAN OF THE COUNTRY BUMPKIN (Hertfordshire, England)



A BREAKFAST OF SPOTTED DICK AND CREAM AT THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING (Alnwick, England)



SCOTTISH OATCAKES FRESH OFF THE GRIDDLE AT THE ADAMSON BAKERY (Pittenweem, Scotland)



THE "HOLLYWOOD" CUT OF BABY BACK RIBS AT THE AMERICAN ROYAL (Kansas City, USA)



DOUBLE CHILLI CHEESEBURGER FROM MARTY'S (Los Angeles, USA)




HOT WELSH CAKES AT MADDOX BAKERY (The Gower, Wales)



ROAST GOOSE PREPARED BY MY DEAR FRIEND LIZ HASKELL (Los Angeles, USA)



TAYLORS YORKSHIRE TEA & A VANILLA SLICE IN THE STAFF DINING ROOM OF BETTY'S CRAFT BAKERY (Harrogate, England)



THE FULL IRISH BREAKFAST AT THE GEORGIAN HOUSE (Comber, Northern Ireland)



AFTERNOON TEA AT BROWN'S HOTEL (London, England)



"LONDON CURE" SMOKED SALMON AT H FORMAN & SON (London, England)



LAMPREDOTTO SANDWICH MADE FROM THE FOURTH STOMACH OF THE COW (Firenze, Italy)



THE "KING'S LIVER" EATEN WITHIN TWO HOURS OF THE DEER BEING SHOT BY MIKE ROBINSON OF THE POT KILN (Yattendon, England)



ROAST PORK SANDWICH WITH SHARP PROVOLONE FROM JOHN'S ROAST PORK (Philadelphia, USA)



JAMON IBERICO DE BELLOTA CARVED BY THE FARMER (Extremadura, Spain)



ROAST BONE MARROW WITH CHANTERELLE MUSHROOMS AND QUAIL EGG AT THE KITCHIN (Edinburgh, Scotland)



A SUPERB FISH PIE SERVED AT A DINE WITH DOS HERMANOS MEAL AT BENTLEYS (London, England)



THE BEST HAMBURGER IN LONDON AT HAWKSMOOR (London, England)



ROAST HAND OF PORK SERVED AT A DINE WITH DOS HERMANOS MEAL AT THE BULL & LAST (London, England)



SOME OF THE BEST FISH & CHIPS I HAVE EATEN THIS YEAR AT THE GREAT BRITISH EATERY (Birmingham, England)



VENISON PIE AT LA BECASSE (Ludlow, England)



THE FATHER'S OFFICE BURGER (Culver City, USA)



FAGGOTS WRAPPED IN BACON MADE MY SUPERB BUTCHER, N.R. JAMES (Raglan, Wales)



SMOKED BACK BACON AT DENHAY FARM (Dorset, England)



CURRY MUTTON DINNER AT RUSSELL'S ( Birmingham, England)



CRAB STEW KOREAN STYLE AT ON DAL (Los Angeles, USA)



FRESH CLOTTED CREAM AT THE RODDAS FACTORY (Cornwall, England)



KOREAN BBQ "SLIDERS" FROM THE KOGI TACO TRUCK (Los Angeles, USA)




CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA MADE FOR ME BY ITS CREATOR ALI ASIF ASLAM (Glasgow, Scotland)




CAWL (Saundersfoot, Wales)



BEEF COBBLER MADE FOR ME BY NICOLA, THE WIFE OF IAN "MRS KING'S PORK PIES" HARTLAND TO MAKE UP FOR BEING ASKED TO JUDGE THE "SAVOURY VEGETARIAN PIE" SECTION AT THE GREAT BRITISH PIE COMPETITION (Melton Mowbray, England)



ARBROATH SMOKIE SERVED HOT OFF THE FIRE BY IAIN SPINK (Kirkcaldie, Scotland)



A GLASS OF 50 YEAR OLD GLENFIDDICH. YOURS FOR £10,000 A BOTTLE (Scotland)




45 DAY AGED BONE IN USDA RIB EYE AT GOODMAN (London, England)



MORCILLA AND TOREZZNOS AT ASADOR LOS ARCOS (Madrid, Spain)

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10 Comments:

Blogger Lizzie said...

I am very envious of your past eating experiences. Great round-up!

Monday, December 28, 2009 8:23:00 pm  
Blogger noodlecapricciosa said...

terrific round up, a carnivore's paradise.

Monday, December 28, 2009 10:14:00 pm  
Blogger john22 said...

An excellent restaurant to hang out!!

Ok...I know I am a foodie and have travelled quite a bit and been to lot many places but the one city which is always an extension of mine is undoubtedly New York. I am proud to wear my Nike NY cap and cheer my Basketball

team without fail. I have been to almost all the food joints, restaurants, pubs and bars located in Manhattan and I must say they all are pretty good considering this age of twittering and Face book wherein if you fail once your

name pops up on all the social networking websites with negative comments. This is a welcome change becoz ultimately we the customers become the king as shoddy service or bad quality food can easily land the owners into

trouble.

But the one place which has succeeded in amazing me is the newly refurbished Restaurant named Point Break. Formerly named as Nation Restaurant & Bar, Point Break is a new Surf Bar located in the heart of mid-town

Manhattan. Now I remember sometime back I had been to this place when it had the old look and feel and I thought ok..seems to be an average place..what's the big deal? But even during my last visit when it was still in its old

shape it served me excellent food and the service was razor sharp. So last Saturday when one of my friend threw a party and told me the venue to be a swanky new outlet which he was speaking so highly about I thought ok..let's

try this one too. When he told me about the address I wasn't sure it was the same place but when I reached there the whole look and feel from Outside was changed and once I entered in, the earlier known Nation was truly

looking like a break from the past and hats off this guy, I don't remember the name of the owner, but he has rightly renamed it as Point Break!! It appeals to the newer generation guys like me. We had a great time there. The

menu featured old classics and new additions. I loved the wheel o' shots which made me crazy!! I had the fish tacos which was delicious..yummeee and it has got plenty of room for parties, the DJ that they had was great,

excellent sound system as well and the drinks were strong and I had a look at the menu and thought the prices were pretty good.

Guys on top of it the next day when I searched this place on the internet, this restaurant has a Face book page too wherein they post photos and updates of recent happenings/parties and upcoming events/parties/offers too.

They tweet also which is really nice thinking by the owner.

Anyways not wanting to sound like a paid blogger I would say as a foodie this restaurant is a nice one and I would not hesitate to give my recommendation for it to my guests coming in from out of town. Go and try once and do

not hesitate to leave a comment once you are there. I know I am only going to get thumbs up from you all!!!

Ciao…

John Smith, NYC

Monday, December 28, 2009 10:39:00 pm  
Anonymous Ollie said...

God, what a year! That Pot Kiln liver looked incredible when I first saw it, and just as good now. Roll on 2010.

Monday, December 28, 2009 11:40:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

John22

Fabulous, easily the most laboured and obvious restaurant shill of 2009. I congratulate you sir.

S

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 1:10:00 am  
Blogger Gill the Painter said...

Tasty!
The morcilla looks particularly good.

Have a great New Year. Gill.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:08:00 am  
Blogger The knife said...

I thought there will be 4,5...perhaps ten in your best...wow you guys have quite a few 'best' eats. Quite an enviable year huh :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 10:09:00 am  
Anonymous Helen B said...

Is it bad of me that the ones which make me go the most mmmmmm are all the burgers? That double chilli one, lumminy...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 10:23:00 am  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

Thanks all and Happy New Year. Even to John22

S

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 2:21:00 pm  
Blogger Tana Butler said...

Love it all, Simon, and envy your travels.

John22's Blogger profile claims he's 20. How can he be doing those shots? Should we report Point Break (on Twitter as PointBreakNY) to the po-lice for serving minors?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:32:00 pm  

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