A Year in the Life of Delicious – 2005 in Review

It’s that time of year.

It’s time to review everything we’ve done over the last 12 months or 52 weeks or 365 days, or if you’re a little obsessive like me, 31,536,001 seconds. Thank God for that leap second tacked onto the end so I can finish everything! :) We smile and get nostalgic and sentimental about the wonderful moments and file those away in our memories for posterity; we cringe and shake our heads as those embarassing experiences unfold in this moment of sobriety and we try to dump those miserable moments out with 2005’s pasta water, vowing that we will never, ever, I promise on my empty bottle of Stoli, never be that stupid again.

(Until, *ahem*, we find ourselves being that stupid again, most likely starting with some New Year’s Eve afterhours party – LOL!)

I thought about picking my favorite post from each month, but really now, that’s like asking me to name my favorite child. Could you imagine the hurt feelings now and the therapy that would be required years later? Wait a second…I don’t have kids, and blogs don’t have feelings. Damn, maybe I need therapy. ;) Besides, sometimes the best posts, i.e. the blog entry itself, i.e. photos, writing, etc., are not necessarily the best food moments.

Really though, every Delicious food moment that I’ve had this past year is worthy of mention. Even the experiences that did not taste very good always ended up teaching me something. Lovingly including every single post in a warm, fuzzy, hand-holding circle around a giant campfire would just be way too koom-bah-yah, so I’ve selected just three highlights from each month.

January
Delicious Life, Year in Review - January
My 2005 New Year’s Weekend went from a three day new year’s weekender bender in downtown Los Angeles, to spending a day of reflection at home with family.

There were a few birthday bashes, one of which included setting Spongebob Squarepants ablaze.

My sister got engaged, which was the moment my loving relationship with Benito had to end.

February
Delicious Life, Year in Review - February
When Hahl-muh-nee (grandmother) visited from Korea, I did a lot of Seoul Searching, and it was from then that I started paying a lot more attention to my roots.

I learned how to appreciate pork belly, bamboo fungus, and baby eels in celebrating the Chinese New Year with my sister’s in-laws.

Argentinean empanadas taste like giant Chinese wontons.

March
Delicious Life, Year in Review - March
An evil Girl Scout disguised as one of my co-workers hoodwinked me into selling my dieting soul, reminding me that Thin Mints freeze very very well.

My Korean American identity crisis completely fell apart at Sagan in Buena Park

We discovered a secret feudal Japanese hideaway in West LA, Nanbankan.

April
Delicious Life, Year in Review - April
An indecent proposal blossomed into a regular monthly orgy.

I had my first pizza-gasm at Abbot’s Pizza Company.

Matzoh ball soup was my first pass at Passover.

May
Delicious Life, Year in Review - May
3 Sprinkles cupcakes in 1 sitting were way 2 sweet.

Flattery will get you everywhere, even a recipe for bibimbahp

My family preferred Cheesecake Factory over my white chocolate ricotta cheesecake

June
Delicious Life, Year in Review - June
Though Zip Fusion scored a big fat zero with me, the nasty comments about my post made me just a little bit tougher, so I love this entry.

It’s the month of firsts: day of summer, uni spaghetti at Blue Marlin Japanese Bistro, much-talked-about Mario’s Peruvian, ooh-la-la Moroccan at Chameau, making my first souffle, and ricotta gnocchi!

Amuse Cafe didn’t amuse me at all, and not a few days later, the restaurant closed down! (Not related, I swear, but that would be kind of interesting – LOL!).

July
Delicious Life, Year in Review - July
It’s all about Westside small plates when my first absolutely miserable experience at Orris was redeemed on the second visi
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and I fell in lust with the chef of Violet while telling him his cream of onion soup sucked. Stupidstupidstupid!

It was Ladies’ Night for Liz and the four Jenns and myself

Fourth of July in Hermosa Beach was naughty, baby. Naughty!

August
Delicious Life, Year in Review - August
It’s the season for summer vacation travel, so I trekked through the Himalayas via Katmandu Kitchen, dodged flailing flesh and finger cymbals in Morocco via Koutoubia, and followed Harry Potter and his wizard friends to Ibiza on their summer off from Hogwart’s.

I met some ladies in red velvet in preparation for a bridal shower of historic proportions.

It’s also a trip down my childhood memory lane, re-creating my five childhood food memories and saying good bye to the man who joined us for dinner every night via a tiny glowing box.

September
Delicious Life, Year in Review - September
I met a blind date out at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market and continued the fun in K-town.

Katrina kicked me in the ass with a heavy dose of reality, and my old employer kicked me in the ass with a pinkslip.

My sister got married and boy, is that whole week full of fun.

October
Delicious Life, Year in Review - October
My fame timer started ticking, with 60 seconds of my fifteen minutes in an interview.

Hot Thai spices and a very large Vietnamese sausage planted the seeds of a change-in-heart toward southeast Asian food.

As my working life in Culver City gasped for its final breaths, my last gastronomical requests were granted at Honeys Kettle Fried Chicken and Mori Sushi.

November
Delicious Life, Year in Review - November
My vacation in Chicago kicked off at Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill

I got absolutely demolished by a whole army of histamines. Twice. (Still waiting for an appointment with my allergist – damn HMO bureacracy.)

We had a baby just a few days before Thanksgiving.

December
Delicious Life, Year in Review - December
I got to count down another two minutes in my fifteen minutes of fame…with a nod from the LA Times and a nomination for Gridskipper’s URBs (congratulations to Chez Pim for the win!)

My final executive summary of my Midwest Vacation

As is always the case around this time of year, I overdid it a little with the Holiday spirits.

So that’s 2005 in a few tasty highlights. With a glass of champagne in one hand and the whole bottle in the other, I’m looking forward another delicious year!

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