I am not rich, but I do enjoy going to restaurants mainly to eat, of course, and to take pictures of the food. My fascination with food photography stems from a lifetime of cookbook reading and genuine enjoyment of the culinary arts. Given my budget constraints, I make a commitment to visit one restaurant a month so by the end of the year, I have at least twelve venues to feature on the blog.
This year I managed to explore sixteen restaurants and also concentrated on visiting places that were closer to home. I am especially glad that we checked out the two Caribbean restaurant/shops practically located in my backyard that I took for granted all these years.
Below is a compilation, listed in chronological order, of the places and dishes my dining companions and I had the pleasure of eating in 2018.
Crispy Turnip Cake, Salt & Pepper Crunchy Potatoes, Fish Crudo “Yusheng”, Kung Pao Chicken, Shrimp Dumplings, Walnut Tart.
Tamal de Cerdo, Pescado a lo Macho, appetizer plate, house salad, pescado a lo macho, lomo saltado.
Prosciutto Crudo Pizza, Calamari Fritti, Strawberry Panna Cotta, Bruschette Miste.
Kong Op Woon Sen, Chicken Pad Thai, Fried Calamari, Thai Donuts.
Smoked Pork Belly, Roast Chicken, with Arugula Salad, Prawns, Bread Pudding.
Pork Belly, Filet Mignon, Salmon Poke Bowl, and Grilled Octopus, Sata Andagi, Black Sesame Ice Cream.
Chicken Roti, Curry Chicken, Rice & Peas, Steamed vegetables, Oxtail & Rice.
Filipino Rice Bowl, Glazed Spare Ribs, Asian nachos, Garlic Beef Tataki, Red Beef Curry.
Patties. Rice & Peas with Curry Chicken, Sui Mein Soup, Jerk Chicken Chop.
Roast Pork and Tomato Curry, Grain Naan. Lemon Basmati, Sprouted Mung Bean Soup, Masala Chai
Diagnóstico Reservado Ceviche, Doctor Miyagi Ceviche, Pork Bely, Lomo Saltado.
Pancetta (Pork Belly) En Caja China, Fried Dumplings with Short Rib and Cream Cheese, Chicharrones, Aji de Gallina Bites, Desserts in Jars.
Mofongo, Flancocho, Churrasco, Camarones Al Ajillo.
Rainbow Poke Bowl, Lemongrass Grilled Chicken Banh Mi Bowl, Pork Belly Banh Mi Bowl, Taiyaki Vanilla Ice Cream, Pork Belly Banh Mi.
From left to right: silkie Japanese Chicken, iced green coconuts, honeycomb, fish ceviche, ham, and tomato sandwich