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Most Memorable Meals of 2015

Pulker's Heuriger Feast

Pulker’s Heuriger

And just like that, its over Johnny.  2015 was yet another year of great eats, great drinks, and yes great chicken wings.  I’m grateful!  Grateful for living in the greatest food city in the world.  Grateful for living with someone who not only supports this addiction but also willing to sleep with that thing.  Grateful for the kids who will eat anything as long as its not made by mom and dad.  Grateful for the friends and family.  What will 2016 bring?  Sicily!  Other than that who knows.  Most likely more chicken wings.  Here are the most memorable meals of 2016…

Momofuku Ko (NYC) – Quite possibly the best meal we ever had in NYC was at this new Ko 2.0 location.  An 18 courser, counter sitting, feast for all senses extravaganza.  Perhaps the best, most unique dining experience NY has to offer at the moment

Momofuku Ko Venison

Bruno Pizza (NYC) – The best meal with the most unassuming name.  While there wasnt anything earth shattering food wise, the entire meal from start to finish was just brilliant.  And before Danny Meyer made the news with his no tipping policy, there was Bruno implementing its own spin on the controversy.

Bruno Pizza Eggplant

Aquavit (NYC) – Emma Bengtsson’s Chef’s tasting menu is quite possibly the most underrated tasting menu in town.  The kicker here is that not only you are presented with tasty opulence coming out one after another, but you also got the anticipation and the arrival of one of the most Instagrammed desserts on the planet

Aquavit sorbet

Caicos Cafe (Turks and Caicos) – An odd mention considering we’ve been here over a dozen times, but still very much memorable in my mind.  Two meals on every visit is our ritual these days, and both meals this past year featured all our favorites and then some. It just gets better and better.

Caicos Cafe - Tagliolini

La Taqueria (SF) – Strange for me to choose this one over the great meals we had at Cockscomb and NOPA.  But this rather hectic light lunch was the one that gave me food envy like no other.  I’ve been eating tacos and burritos for many years, but the carnitas tacos and Carne Asada Burrito here was like eating this stuff for the very first time.  Cliche, but true.

La Taqueria food

Pulker’s Heuriger (Rührsdorf, Austria) – Our first foray into the Austrian Heuriger scene was memorable to say the least.  A wine grower’s wine tavern that serves menuless, fresh, local homemade food.  This one is right by the Danube, in the picturesque Wachau Valley.  This is why you rent a car

Pulker's Heuriger

Hibernia (Anguilla) – Still fresh in our minds, we are still awestruck by this one.  A 30 minute drive East brings you to this foodie paradise.  Brilliantly executed Asian inspired food with a French flair in an absolute stunner of a setting, surrounded by essentially an art gallery.  A dining experience like no other

Anguilla Hibernia Smoked Trio

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Dining in Vienna

3098Our first foray into the Vienna food scene was quite successful.  Hooray for research!  The best I can describe Vienna is like eating at your mother-in-law after shipping her to the Culinary Institute of Mother-in-Laws for a year.  Feel good home cooking at its finest, filled with all sorts of familiar tastes.  Even the touristy places had enough hits to award recommendation tags.  The golden schnitzels, goulashes and cordon blues were the only rays of light during our sunshinless four days.  Here’s the recap…

Pulker’s Heuriger in Rührsdorf, Wachau Valley.  The one place that requires its own post.  Perhaps the most memorable meal of a trip that included a Michelin Star meal.  You essentially say “Ja” to the food option and get a mini feast of various home made goodies.  Pork fat spread, ham, fresh goat cheese, black pudding, fresh pork belly with crackling (revelation!), veggies, various spreads, and great homemade desserts.  All, washed down with the fantastic house whites.  Its slow Food at its finest, in the stunning Austrian wine country.  When its nice out, you can sit at the garden surrounded by vineyards.  Cant recommend this place highly enough.

Pulker's Heuriger Feast

Restaurant Sperl – If I can only give you one tip for Vienna its this:  Bring and umbrella.  But my second tip would be to eat at Sperl on your Belvedere Castle day.  Sometimes you just know you are in the right place as soon as you enter.  Best Goulash of the trip – most tender meat with even a bit of heat.  A very respectable Schnitzel (The tables next to us ordered 6 of them.  There were four people).  A rather flavorful creamy asparagus risotto.  And something called Geröstete Knödel mit Ei, essentially bread dumplings with egg and bacon (optional)… although tasted too familiar, it was a feel good familiar.  Our waiter was the Austrian Kevin Nealon2854

Appiano – Best meal in Vienna though also the most expensive (not outrageous by any means).  Austrian with a nice Mediterranean/Italian twist.  Starting with their excellent octopus app is an absolute must.  Quadratini pasta stuffed with beef shoulder was a pleasant surprise.  Pork schnitzel was pounded a little too thin for my taste.  Get the expertly cooked beef shoulder filet instead with mashed potatoes and asparagus…  melt in your fork tender awesomeness.  Our lone Cordon Bleu of the trip was a hit.  Appiano is somewhat isolated, away from via tourista, but close enough to many hotels in the center.  We were the only tourists there.  A month after this visit however, I got a note that they will shut down for the summer for health reasons.  Hoping for a speedy recovery chef2979

Café Central – Did not suck!  There was no mistaken that you are in one of the most touristy spots in town, but it wasn’t bad at all.  Goulash soup was actually one of the better soups of the trip.  Would make for a very nice ragout. “Sacher sausage” essentially a simple Vienna sausage.  Backhendl turned out to be quite acceptable, juicy fried chicken.  But its the torts (top) here that are the real draw, and I wish we could have spent some more quality time with them.  Not bad for a place with over 2500 Trip Advisor reviews.3099Gasthaus Pöschl – A little gem smack in the center.  Not the prettiest and most comfortable interior, but when the food is this good, who cares.  And they are open on Sundays.  Try the Reisfleich,  like a saucy plov with juicy pork cubes.  Veal Schnitzel was one of the better ones of the trip, and a bit more seasoned than the others.  Liver sauteed with potatoes was a big hit with our group.

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Konoba – Not one of the better meals, but I can see why locals flock to this Croatian seafood joint well outside of the center.  Octopus was a far cry from what we got at Appiano. Squid ink risotto had a nice flavor, though no so lucky with the grilled sardines . Platter for two was the saving grace. There was a whole Seabream, calamari, a few overcooked butterflied shrimp, and some filets.  If you go, try to get a table inside the lively room, as opposed to the side by the entrance.

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Street food –  Reserve Sunday lunch for street food, mainly around the church.  Not only its fun and one should always take advantage of street food wherever they go, but many restaurants are closed on Sundays.  Obviously you cant miss the fantastic pretzels and sausages (try the spicy ones).  Also the sausages at the Wurstelstand on Hohen Markt in particular the cheesy Käsekrainer were quite good.  We can use some of that action here in NYC.

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Sperl – Geröstete Knödel mit Ei

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Gasthaus Pöschl

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Appiano

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Appiano Cordon Blue

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Cafe Central – fried chicken

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Gasthaus Pöschl rice with pork

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Pulker’s Heuriger – Slow Fooding Near Vienna

Pulker's Heuriger FeastA Heuriger – not quite an Enoteca, not quite a quinta, far from a restaurant.  Its a Heuriger!  An Austrian wine tavern owned by a wine grower to showcase his wine and allow his guests to experience something the Germans and Austrians call Gemutlichkeit… a place where everyone knows your name and where you can leave all your troubles behind.  Unless your neighbor and her annoying dog got the same idea and frequent the same place.  If that’s the case, perhaps its time to forgive and forget and leave a little “gift” in the pooches Schüssel.

Pulker's Heuriger inA true Heuriger may also serve some menuless food.  “Do you also want food?” “Yes”… now that’s the kind of decisionless menu I can get behind.  An array of homemade spreads, made in this home, not other homes.  Fresh vegetables, and fresh kills brought in by the local hunter a few days ago.  All delivered to your table until there’s no more room to put your ellbogen.  There was a delicately fresh goat cheese, black pudding that could convert you BP hater [insert family relative].  Porky fat spread that you will be hard pressed to find in the states.  There was a cheese spread infused with onions and paprika, salty ham, and pickles with just the right balance.  And just when you thought things can not get any better than this, there she comes.  Roasted pork belly so tender you can cut it with a dirty stare, along with crackling so good, its worthy of a dentist appointment

Pulker’s Heuriger is right off the main road in the village of Rührsdorf in picturesque Wachau Valley. Google maps shows it inside the village, but its actually on the main road, right before the turn.  Couple this one with a visit to beautiful Dürnstein on the other side of the river.  For the first time in history perhaps, those monthly travel magazines paid off, coming up with a nice and timely tip.

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