My recall of events and experiences isn’t particularly great – once I’ve done something I mentally move on and it’s out of my mind. That’s why it’s nice to have a blog where I can look back and go: oh yeah! I did that!
So in that spirit, and since it’s the last day of this year, let’s look back at 2011…
Alastair and I didn’t really travel much this year (though he did swan off to Barcelona without me!), but in the beginning of 2011 we went to Nelson, where we had a wonderful few days hanging out with Alastair’s mum and stepdad. The plane ride to Nelson took us over the Southern Alps – so scenic.
And finally, we went to Wellington. Okay, no we didn’t, but we did visit the Wgtn pop up restaurant which was almost as good.
Victoria-wise, we also ventured outside of Melbourne a few times.
Alastair and I spent a lovely weekend on the Mornington Peninsula.
Where we had a fab lunch at La Petanque.
We made a visit to Kyneton, where we had lunch at Mr Carsisi.
And a 3 hour round trip to Port Arlington, when we went to my favourite restaurant of 2011 – Loam. (Yes, that post is still coming.)
Other notable eating out posts: my favourite restaurant find was Donwoori for their friendly staff and endless banchan top ups.
In winter, during an evening when fog descended on Melbourne, I went to a dinner where I dined on truffles.
And this year I finally made it to Vue de Monde for a not-so-express lunch. Not the super full on degustation, but it still totally counts.
The Cookbook Challenge
I started the year with good intentions of completing a second year of the Cookbook Challenge. Even though we cut it back to once every fortnight, around the middle of the year I stopped and never got back into it. Oh well!
Meal to Share
I also did Meal to Share with Penny and Celeste but somehow we got distracted during the year. I really enjoyed our posts though, and my favourite one was Chinese New Year where I made egg tarts.
I posted a lot on Instagram, as you saw in my weekly posts. These are some of my favourite non-food pictures.
There were also cat photos in amongst the scenery and food. 😀
Finally, I’ll leave you with this very apt fortune: Eat smart and be happy. Here’s to a fabulous 2012! 🙂