Finalist for Saveur’s Best Food Blog Award!

I got the craziest email last night.

I was quite sleep deprived, actually, so I wasn’t even sure whether to believe my tired eyes or not when I received an email from Saveur telling me that I was a finalist for their annual Best Food Blog Awards in the Best Dining/Restaurant Coverage section.

Thanks to whoever out there nominated me, and thanks to those who worked so hard to narrow down such a crazy huge number of nominations (over 40,000 they said??). It’s a tremendous honor to be among such a small, talented group of bloggers. Even if I don’t win the actual award, in many ways I already feel like I’ve won.

All final winners will be chosen based on number of votes. To vote, please click here. You will have to sign up for an account with Saveur just so they can keep track of the votes.

For fun, I decided to round up some of my favorite restaurant posts from the past few years. It was hard to narrow it down, but I worked together with Bryan on this, and we tried to pick posts from all different sorts of locations.


Ragout of Wild Mushrooms, Farm Fresh eggs, flowers, herbs
Craigie on Main (Boston)
One of our favorite restaurants in the Boston area, we scored the exclusive “ringside seats” for Bryan’s birthday, where we got to watch the kitchen firsthand!
Kyubey Toro
Kyubey (Tokyo, Japan)
The one-on-one interactions with the sushi chef as well as the top-notch sushi makes this one of our most memorable meals in Japan as well as one of our favorite restaurants in the world.
Menton (Boston)
A really unique and educational white truffle tasting meal at the Chef’s Table at one of the best restaurants in Boston.
Kurobuta Kago
Kago (Tokyo, Japan)
Insanely delicious shabu shabu with kurobuta (Berkshire pork) belly from the Kagoshima region in Japan.
Oia Greece
Eating in the Greek Isles (Santorini, Greece)
Pictures and food from one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Joel Robuchon Mignardises
Joel Robuchon the Mansion (Las Vegas)
The craziest, most over-the-top meal we’ve ever had (to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary)
Made In China (Beijing, China)
At one time only available in the imperial palace to royalty, this mouthwatering, delicious specialty was finally brought to the masses in the 1800’s and is still immensely popular throughout Beijing today. This was one of our favorite restaurants (and yes, we tried several places!)
Jia Jia Tang Bao
Jia Jia Tang Bao (Shanghai, China)
The most delicious pork soup dumplings (xiao long bao) that we enjoyed in China, and only $1 US for a dozen!!
Granville Moore Beer
Granville Moore’s (Washington D.C.)
Lines go out the door at this fascinating, historical moules frites Belgian pub in D.C., which serves fantastic mussels, delicious fries, and has one of the largest selections of Belgian beers in the US.
Peking Restaurant (Los Angeles)
Our favorite “hole-in-the-wall” Chinese place in the Los Angeles area – you must try the “beef and scallion roll” (pictured).
French Laundry Amuse
The French Laundry (Napa Valley)
An exquisite meal in a farm house in Napa Valley – our first experience trying Thomas Keller’s creations.
Fried Asparagus with black truffle
Per Se (New York)
Thomas Keller’s urban, East Coast flagship, we visited this place just a month after visiting the French Laundry.
Sturgeon sabayon
Eleven Madison Park (New York)
Having just received three Michelin Stars, Chef Daniel Humm produces dishes that look like works of art and taste like magic.
SAMM (Los Angeles)
Sample Jose Andres’s favorite creations (hello molecular gastronomy and various Spanish and French influences!) by trying a multi-course tasting at this restaurant-within-a-restaurant.
Peter Luger steak
Peter Luger Steakhouse (New York)
Insanely amazing steak at this no-nonsense cash-only steak restaurant right across the bridge in Brooklyn.
Gastronomy Fiesta
The Gastronomy Fiesta
Spain’s Basque region’s most famous chefs (15 total Michelin stars between!) ALL together in the kitchen at once to create a tasting menu of a lifetime at the World Expo in Shanghai.

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  1. says

    Congratulations on being a finalist! I’ll admit I don’t usually like blog posts about meals in restaurants, but yours are always so lovely and smart that I’m a huge fan of your blog. Easy to vote for you for this one!

    Good luck.

  2. scrapper al says

    Congratulations! Saveur is one of my favorite magazines, so to see one of my favorite bloggers nominated there is a happy combination. I admit I follow your blog more for your cooking rather than the restaurant reviews, but I’ve learned a lot about about fine cooking from your restaurant reviews. Congratulations and good luck in the voting.

  3. says

    ahhhhhhhhh congratulations Jen!! You TOTALLY deserve it, and yet again, the Lord has blessed ya in an unexpected way~:D  And yayy!! I’m totally gonna try that Peking restaurant in LA! 
    Dang, all your pictures are way too gorgeous they make me wanna *tear up* 😛

  4. says

    Hi oneeyejack – I was picking favorite restaurant posts, not necessary favorite restaurants. The Kyubey post is especially interesting because it includes video, conversations, etc. There are many other sushi restaurants we tried in Japan that we also love – some arguably have better sushi than Kyubey. Check out the Sushi Mizutani or Sushi Kanesaka posts, for example. However, some posts (like the Mizutani one), have no pictures because they did not allow cameras!

    Thanks for reading!Jen

  5. says

    Ooh, good question! Bryan still like Kyubey the best for overall experience because it’s friendly for non-Japanese speakers. At Sushi Kanesaka, we didn’t get Kanesaka himself – we got a younger, really serious guy who made amazing food but was shy. Sushi Mizutani was legendary – fantastic fish, though he also is less friendly to those who do not speak Japanese. Hard to choose a favorite! Each has its pluses and minuses and it really depends on what you are looking for.

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