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Friday, December 24, 2010


It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to look back on what has been another fantastic year for eating, drinking and generally having a great time.

I may not have travelled as extensively as I did in the last three years, but it has been a no less momentous twelve months.  I got married, published my second book, EATING FOR BRITAIN, and was also fortunate enough to be selected as a judge on The Next Iron Chef.

Back in London, there were three very different DINE WITH DOS HERMANOS events; at Indian Zing, H.Forman & Son and of course, the latest event in October at the newest branch of Hawksmoor, in Seven Dials. There was also the now legendary ‘Blokes Eat Beef” event at Goodman in Mayfair where twenty-six blokes, er, ate beef (thirty six kilograms of it, to be precise) until we all lapsed into a smiley coma. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of more events on my return visits to the U.K. next year.

There was an unforgettable journey through twelve states of the Good Ol’ US of Stateside with my chum, Neal. We ate enough ‘Q to beat the recession by ourselves, before ending up in the best of all American cities in which to eat and drink, New Orleans. I have more road trips planned for 2011 as I research what I hope will be my next book project. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.

Despite my whining, there were still plenty of great meals to be found in my newly adopted home of Los Angeles. Most of them were to be found in the city’s astonishing array of ethnic restaurants and even more remarkably, some of them were even prepared in my own kitchen. I look forward to more investigation of what The City of Angels has to offer in the New Year.

And, of course, there were some journeys to foreign climes in the company of my wife, Sybil. Trips to Portugal, Singapore, Korea and Malaysia, which offered endless opportunities to stuff our faces with almost impossibly great food.

Below, in no particular order, are just some of the highlights of my year in eating. What is particularly noticeable is that many of my favourite tastes also go to support the notion that America's greatest contribution to world cuisine is making sandwiches something of an art form.

2011 is already shaping up to be another memorable year. If it is half as much fun as 2010, it’s going to be a cracker.  In the meantime, let me take the opportunity to thank all of the readers of Dos Hermanos for joining us for the ride and to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

In the words of Jose Feliciano


Porchetta (Porkcamp, Germany)

Blokes Eat Beef (Goodman, London)

Prawn Pathia (Chez DH)

Martini Made By Alessandro Palazzo (Duke's Hotel, London)

Hamburger (Cassell's, Los Angeles)

The "No 19" (Langer's, Los Angeles)

Drop of The Good Stuff (Bushmill's, Northern Ireland)

Gribene Sandwich (Gorbals, Los Angeles)

Fresh Sea Urchin (Quality Seafood, Redondo Beach)

Whiskey Tasting (Bushmill's, Northern Ireland)

Brain Sandwich (Hilltop Inn, Evansville)

White Port & Tonic (Quinto Do Noval, Portugal)

Chilli Crab (Mellben, Singapore)

Samgyetang (Busan, Korea)

Leitão Assado da Bairrada (Pedros Dos Leitoes, Mealhada, Portugal)

Banana Shortbread (Valerie's Confections, Los Angeles)

Chicken Rendang (Rebung, Kuala Lumpur)

Pan Mee (Kuala Lumpur)

Pulled Pork Sandwich (Paynes BBQ, Menphis)

Garlic Soup (Bayona, NOLA)

Pasteis De Nata (Lisbon, Portugal)

Pastrami Sandwich (Johnny's Pastrami, Los Angeles)

Breakfast (Monell's, Nashville)

Shrimp Po'Boy (Parkway Tavern, NOLA)

Rojak (Donald & Lily's, Malacca)

Braised Short Ribs (Chez Moi, Los Angeles)

Dog & A Beer (Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles)

Lobster Roll (Grand Central Oyster Bar, NYC)

Snoots (Roper's Ribs, St. Louis)

Sunday Gravy (Chez Moi, Los Angeles)

Cheese Blintzes (Nate & Al, Beverly Hills)

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Anonymous lisa adams said...

Holy cow! I lost track of the ones I want but the "No. 19" is right up at the top. Pulled pork, garlic soup, pastrami sandwich, and shrimp po-boy round out my top 5. Glad you had a good year; I look forward to seeing what 2011 serves up for you!

Friday, December 24, 2010 1:22:00 am  
Anonymous Sassy Fork said...

Glad you had such a fabulous year! Blessed to know someone as wonderful as you!
Couldn't have been a better year end post than the one you have posted!
Here's wishing 2011 turns out just the way you want it to!!

Friday, December 24, 2010 2:16:00 am  
Anonymous Graham said...


my best dish of the year was from your Beef Rendang recipe. Delish

Friday, December 24, 2010 10:11:00 am  
Anonymous Schooner said...

All looks incredible...just a shame hardly any of it is in the UK!

Sunday, December 26, 2010 9:07:00 pm  
Blogger Alicia Foodycat said...

Thanks to your raves about Hawksmoor, I've got a big lump of East London Steak Company ox cheek, about to be turned into ragu.

Merry Christmas, fellas!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:59:00 pm  
Anonymous Special Dining Offers said...

Some of those dishes look like they could place a heart under some strain. Doesn't make them any less appealing though.

The Americans certainly know how to eat their meat.

Monday, January 10, 2011 3:14:00 pm  

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