Well whatdya know, it’s the end of the year. Time to dredge out my Best of 2011 list – remember the one I’d started compiling with uber enthusiasm back in January…lovingly massaged in new entries till about May…squished in a couple more over summer…and by the time mid-September rolled around, finally came to a slow screeching pathetic halt. Yeah, thaaat list.
But I hadn’t forgotten about the list, not for a minute. I promise that I’ve always thought about it after I written a post…more often than not after I’ve already published it…but I’ve thought about it nevertheless and it stands strong at where it stands today. If there have been no new entries since September, it’s not because of my crapfaced memory, but because the bar was hardass high (set by yours truly). Going back to the time I laid down my seemingly ludicrous but actually, admittedly awesome criteria, this is what went down back in January:
…‘best’ is not a term that I’ll throw on any random fritter that crosses my path and happens to taste ‘yummy.’ Best is a title only conferred on those foods that result in
(a) a EUREKA! moment = they make me stop mid-way between a sentence or a thought when I take the first bite, and go, OMG/GASP/some incoherent version thereof of OMG or GASP.
(b) HYPNOSIS = they leave me significantly enchanted for the rest of the meal…all I’d be thinking about is, ‘how the heck did whoever make this, make this? And can they make bottomless mounds of it so that I can endlessly cram my face with it?’
(c) PROLONGED HIGH PULSE RATE = they leave me all jittery with excitement like an overcaffeinated junkie, just waiting to tell someone, anyone, about what I just ate.
—inafryingpan, Jan 19, 2011.
So this is where the list stands people:
Sundry eats from Boulevard Cafe, Sugarbox [sadly I hear the white chocolate oreo truffle is no longer in production. whose not-so-brilliant idea was that?], Choco’a, Mango Tree, Aapa Kadai, Eric’s, Shikidim, Singapore Deli, Sabah Lebanon, Shiraz, and Daily. In some cases, it was everything that made it to my table that bowled me over…and in other cases, it was just a few, or even just one specific thing that hit the spot. I’m not rehashing what it was for each of those places here, I’ve labored over an entire post for every one of them – so be a sweet muffin and…READ IT.
I’ve also shoved up a slideshow […the horrors of being a consultant. I’d be paralyzed without my slides – the essential tool to saying so much when you have nothing much to say at all.]
Hit your left and right arrow keys to circle through this baby.
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2011 has been a crazy year of food, fun, frolick and all the other f-words thrown in…and 2012 will ring in with a big fat bang in…
Before you jump to conclusions, no, I’m not slacking off in the first month of the year. It’s just that January is sorta gonna be this amazing month when my sister gets married and my food blog gets…GASP…shoved on the back burner and will simmer away silently until the water boils away and the bottom of the pan becomes kinda nasty and black and corroded and so lonely without my incessant rambling.
God I love drama.
But January is gonna be great, even though my blog will miss being scribbled all over for a bit. In the meantime, what I’d LOVE is for everyone to dish out a little bit of fryingpan love right back at me…tell me your favorite hole-in-the-wall hidden eats anywhere in the UAE, in a comment, on my facebook page, over twitter, in an email…over anything BUT the phone because social media has robbed me of the ability to have a human untyped spontaneous conversation that exceeds 140 characters.
Party it up people – turn up the music, surround yourself with your favourite peeps, and whatever you do, make sure it’s downright yummy cause you know you deserve it.
Rock on in 2012.