Number 1: Caldo Gallego at the Arias/Fox Christmas Eve Brunch
It was tucked away on a sideboard, and I’m so glad I didn’t miss it. It’s a traditional soup from Northern Spain and of course is chock full of pork delicacies. For more information and the actual recipe, check out the link on Brandon Eats.
Soup for a Cold
Number 2 and 3: The Belmont Butchery
They contributed to two of my top 10 food moments of this holiday season. Prime Beef Tenderloin for Christmas dinner so tender you could cut it with a fork. Hand-made cotecchino sausage for New Year’s Eve – Traditional to Northern Italy and Emilia-Romagna, Cotecchino with lentils is a crucial part of the Italian New Year's Eve's meal- some say that the sliced sausage symbolize the coins that may come to you in a prosperous new year.
Number 4 : Pommes Lyonnais
Lovely russet potatoes sliced thinly with my mandoline and carefully layered one atop another. A bath of heavy cream and garlic and sea salt and an hour in the oven yields one of the tastiest way to eat a potato.
Number 5 Roaring 20’s Blue Cheese at Kinsey and David’s House
Number 6 A LARGE bucket of buttery popcorn at the Westhampton Theater during a viewing of The Queen for our 6th Anniversary
Number 7- A large flute of Champagne from Bin 22 after the movie to toast 6 years of marriage.
Number 8 – A holiday party at the home of one of Richmond’s premiere catering stars- it lived up to the hype- those boys can throw a party. It just goes to show that practice does make perfect.
Number 9- Homemade pasta on New Year’s Eve- only the 2nd time in 5 years that the Pasta maker has seen daylight- it was quite something to be working side by side with my two-year-old who put his Play-dough through a similar kneading exercise.
Number 10 – 12 types of homemade cookies and a peppermint trifle from my lovely wife Susannah.