I received an email from the Digital Audience Manager @ 7x7.com because they are putting together a roundup of people who are blogging their way through the Big Eat list and wanted to include my blog/photos! Verrrrry excitingggggg! Thank you very much 7x7! YOU ROCK.

I was asked to answer the following questions:
(1) How many Big Eat dishes have you tackled so far?
(2) What's been your favorite item yet
(3) What dish would you nominate for next year.


Here was my response in case you are interested :)

(1) I have dominated all the 100 dishes of the 2012 Big Eat list which was documented on my blog, The Big Eat. Every item has one blog post that went live daily for the last 100 days of 2012, the posts were organized in chronological order according to the 7x7 eating check off list. I also drank through the 2012 Big Drink list, which was documented on my blog > The Big Drink. Every drink has one blog post that went live daily for the last 50 days of 2012, the posts were organized in chronological order according to the 7x7 drinking check off list. I still need to have one last cocktail on the list - the Gin Fizz Tropical at Heaven's Dog (they have been renovating for several months so I don't know when I will be able to drink it). I also created this Facebook page (The Big Eat SF // The Big Drink SF) so that readers could easily follow along on my foodie adventures of simultaneously eating & drinking through the lists.

(2) My favorite item....hmmm....now that's a tricky question because it's impossible to narrow down to just one. So how about if I only had 48 hours to be in San Francisco I would try to do eat the following, you think I'm joking, but I am totally serious....I'll say it once and I'll say it again, gluttony is my middle name >

DAY 1 = SAVORYBreakfast = Secret Breakfast @ Humphrey Slocombe
Brunch = Chicken Porridge @ Out the Door
1st Lunch = $24 Prix Fixe @ Cotogna
2nd Lunch = Porchetta Sandwich @ RoliRoti
Afternoon snack #1 = Rice Burger @ Sandbox Bakery
Afternoon snack #2 = Tonkotsu Ramen @ Izakaya Sozai
Afternoon snack #3 = Dry-fried Chicken Wings @ San Tung Chinese
Afternoon snack #4 = Soft Garlic Pretzels @ Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
Pre-dinner snack = Langos @ Bar Tartine
1st Dinner = Carnitas @ Nopalito
2nd Dinner = Pork Sugo @ Delfina

DAY 2 = SWEETBreakfast = Kouign Amann @ Fourbarrel Coffee
Brunch = Benwaffles @ Bar Jules
1st Lunch = Katsu Curry @ Muracci's Japanese Curry & Grill
2nd Lunch = Fried Chicken and Waffles @ Little Skillet
Afternoon dessert #1= Kelvin-made Ice Cream @ Smitten
Afternoon dessert #2 = Cookies-and-cream Cookie @ Anthony's Cookies
Afternoon dessert #3 = Nojo Sundae @ Nojo Restaurant
Afternoon dessert #4 = Coconut Buns @ King's Bakery
Pre-dinner snack = Seafood Chowder @ Bar Crudo
1st Dinner = Duck and Sausage Jumbalaya @ the Boxing Room
2nd Dinner = Malaysian Curry Laksa Soup @ Betelnut

And of course, my belly/soul (those are the same thing, right?) became obsessed with the universally beloved San Francisco iconic dishes = the Roasted Chicken Salad @ Zuni, the Morning Bun and the loaf of Tartine bread straight out of the oven at Tartine Bakery, the Pizza Margherita @ Delfina Pizzeria, the Salted Caramel Ice Cream @ Bi-Rite Creamery, the Chips & Salsa @ Papalote Mexican Grill, a Dozen Sweetwater Oysters @ Hog Island Oyster Co., the Pho Ga @ Turtle Tower Restaurant and the Super Carne Asada Burrito@ El Farolito. These were unforgettable the first time I tried them and continue to astound my taste buds.

My most memorable moments were (a) being allowed to order the Faux Shark Fin Soup a la carte @ Benu, which is exclusively offered as part of their $180 tasting menu but they graciously made an exception and generously gave me a lot of free dishes! (b) when Chef Melissa Perello specifically prepared one order of the Chicken Liver Mousse Toast @ Frances for me! She is a total badass and I admire her very much & (c) when I ate the last item of my list, which was the Whole Wheat Pasta with Hen & Liver @ Flour + Water, the Chef made only one serving of the dish for the evening, gave me another phenomenal pasta dish, and comped the entire meal! Oh yeah, and one other notable moment was when the comment section got feisty after I left a poor review...I was called a "non-Italian idiot" by Joseph Alfieri, which upon some Google investigation, is the General Manager at Bon Appetit Management Company. That was a good laugh.

(3) I have already nominated the following ten items to be featured on the 2013 Big Eat list on my blog here > the Peanut Butter dessert @ Commonwealth, the MBC Huevos @ Mission Beach Cafe, the Burger with bacon @ Mission Beach Cafe, the Burger with bacon @ Monk's Kettle, the Tea Leaf Salad @ Burma Superstar, the Monger's Choice Cheese Flight @ Mission Cheese, Chicken Tikka Masala @ Naan N' Curry, Pastrami Sandwich @ L&M Market, the Valencia Street on Dutch Crunch @ Rhea's Deli, and the Fried Chicken @ Wayfare Tavern.

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