2014 was overall a pretty hard year for me personally, but there have been a few aspects that I’ve loved. The first is completely unrelated to food – this year I’ve read an impressive number of books, with my total number at 58. The second would have to be our location – being in Canberra has opened up the possibility of visiting the Eastern states, and I’ve been lucky enough to have eaten some amazing food in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne. This post will highlight my favourites of the year.
The third and final aspect would have to be our holiday to Malaysia, which was my first visit to Asia and definitely not the last. I was able to experience some of my favourite dishes in their cultural settings. It was fab.
In my blogging life, I’ve had the excellent opportunity of participating in the 101 Human Brochure campaign, organised by Visit Canberra. During the three months of the campaign, I did some amazing, unique things such as touring Parliament House and their gardens, drinking at Menzies Bar at Old Parliament House and visiting the various Art Galleries in Canberra. It was pretty special.
This year, I also headed to Brisbane for the 2014 Eat Drink Blog Conference, which highlighted something for me in regards to my blogging life – I don’t aim to ever make this a paid gig. I am more than happy for this to continue as a hobby – plus I love my full-time ‘real-life’ job. I feel very lucky that I realised this this year. I’m also aiming to relieve the pressure I place on myself to blog regularly – sometimes it won’t happen and that’s ok.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve looked back on my posts of 2014 and created one list, featuring my favourite dining experiences of 2014. These are the meals that I’m still talking and (c)raving about.
Canberra & Surrounds
Friendly service and an abundance of Malaysian favourites on the menu, including nasi lemak.
A and I regularly frequent Sanur’s for their fantastic Balinese food. We’ll miss this restaurant when we’re in Perth!
(which is also the most popular post on CFJ for 2014!)
Hip and happening Penny University is pretty-much always busy. It’s definitely worth waiting for a table, as the food and coffee are fantastic. I recommend the oozing nutella muffin!
Well-made Campos coffee and lavish breakfasts – what else do you need?
Amazing desserts including sundaes and churros.
Rick Stein’s Mollymook restaurant showcases seafood spectacularly.
It took me a while to get there but they have a new fan – the blackened chicken with buttermilk slaw (pictured) is possibly my favourite dish of the year
Healthy, yet exciting food. Local Press is a gem.
Sweet Bones has opened my mind to what vegan food can be – delicious and moreish! I’ll miss frequenting this cafe, but I’ll mainly miss their boneyard burritos and amazing banana bread
Wood & Coal’s spit-roasted pig with creamed honey and maple sauce is devine. Try it!
Fantastic French cuisine is found in this suave Braddon restaurant. The highlight is the Beef Wellington and I highly recommend pre-ordering this dish to try.
Sydney & Surrounds
Fantastic food and coffee in a beautiful setting – picture perfect!
Mini egg benny rolls are the next best thing.
My favourite steakhouse.
One of the best dining experiences I’ve had this year – it was a complete experience.
The best wagyu A and I have ever tasted – it made us understand the hype of a good wagyu steak.
Living up to its hype – Melbourne’s Mamak is as good as Haymarket’s. Melbourne, you’re so lucky!
Unique, delicious breakfast options – with fantastic coffee. I’m still thinking of this amazing breakfast months later.
Greek indulgence but without the frills – Gazi is exceptional.
Food that’s pretty as a picture that also tastes fantastic.
An excellent fine dining experience at one of Australia’s best restaurants. Worthy of the hype.
My time in Canberra is coming to a close and I look back on my year here and can safely say that I have experienced some fantastic food. The food scene is consistently expanding and I can’t wait to return in a year or so and see how much further it has come.
I am so excited for 2015 – especially the aspect of moving home to Perth. I’ll be further away from my new favourite haunts in Sydney and the East Coast, but I’m excited to see what Perth has been up to while I’ve been away for 17 months.
Once again, thank you to my readers and I look forward to another year with you and CFJ in 2015!
May it be our best year yet!