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The Year in Delicious: Top 10 Savories of 2014

The Year in Delicious: Top 10 Savories of 2014

Goodbye, 2014. Hello, 2015! It’s time once again to reflect upon the dishes that defined my year in delicious. While The Astronomer and I didn’t travel abroad in 2014, domestic jaunts to Honolulu, Las Vegas, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as local explorations around Los Angeles, made for some memorable face stuffage. A rough bout with “morning” sickness kept me on the gastronomical sidelines for quite a few months there, but thankfully I managed to rebound, finishing out the year on the tastiest of notes.

Thank you for reading Gastronomy (for the past 8 years!), and without further ado, here are the 10 best savory dishes that I ate this year…

POT at the Line Hotel - Koreatown - Los Angeles

“Beep Beep” from Pot at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles, California

A decadent melange of sea urchin, yuzukosho, and Kewpie mayonnaise served over rice, dreamt up by Chef Roy Choi. The yuzu’s tang and spice played off the richness of the uni and mayonnaise with aplomb.

Pig & The Lady - Honolulu

Coffee Can Bread from The Pig & The Lady in Honolulu, Hawaii

Chicken liver mousse always hits the spot, but add to it pickled grapes, pink peppercorns, candied almonds, and chrysanthemum leaves, and you’ve got an unstoppable combination of flavors and textures. This was one of a slew of damn delicious dishes at Chef Andrew Le’s eclectic Honolulu spot. These grindz had me feelin’ fine. (Full review to come!)

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Happy Mid-Autumn Moon Festival 2014

Mid Autumn Moon Festival 2014

Celebrating in high style at Highland Park’s Good Girl Dinette.

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In the meantime, pie.

This #pie is my pie! Stuffed with cherries from K&K Ranch and made with <3 by @goodgirldinette. Happy 4th!

Apologies for the quiet. Should be lively again soon! In the meantime, pie. Bake it. Buy it. Eat it. It’s summer’s must-have.

Let’s Talk Shop: #KitchenParty’s “Blog to Book” & Chinese American Museum’s “Let’s Dish It Out”


May 8, 2014 from 5 to 6 PM PST
UPDATE: In case you missed it, the Hangout is live for viewing here.

Chatting with author Cathy Chaplin (+Gastronomy Blog) about how she turned her blog into a book.  If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, come check out the show. We’ll also be chatting about where to eat in LA! How you can participate:

  • Leave a comment/ask a question on our event page
  • Upload a photo of your favorite LA eatery
  • Tweet us out at #kitchenparty

KitchenParty is a weekly interactive and live-streaming web series on Google+. The show is produced by Each week the live web series brings you the culinary world’s most innovative movers and shakers live and in person so you can chat with them. The format of our show allows you to ask questions, share recipes, upload photos of your culinary creations or simply sit back and enjoy the show!

Chinese American Museum

Let’s Dish it Out! A Discussion on Asian American Foodies
May 13, 2014 at 7 PM
Los Angeles’ Chinese American Museum
Reserve your seat: [email protected]

Asian Americans utilize social media more than any other ethnic group in the United States. This may explain why there appears to be a disproportionate number of Asian American food bloggers and “Yelpers” in Los Angeles. This panel explores the growing influence and role of Asian Americans in contemporary Los Angeles food trends. Are Asians Americans truly the new “taste-makers” in Los Angeles, or even nationally?

Moderated by Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen, a formerly underground kitchen gone legal, the panel will include:

  • Cathy Chaplin, writer of ” The Food Lover’s Guide to Los Angeles” and creator of
  • Robert Ji-Song Ku, author of Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA, co-editor of Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader, and Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at Binghamton University.
  • Eddie Lin, author of Deep End Dining and Los Angeles Magazine’s Digest blog.
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