I have a love-hate relationship with this time of year. I love it because it is a time of reflection and renewal. I hate it because, as I get older, it also brings with it the realization that life is about constant change–children grow up too fast and people we love don’t live forever. There is always a bit of sadness in looking back and realizing that another year is gone. Thankfully, the idea of a clean slate at the beginning of a new year holds an incredible amount of hope. Whether we proclaim a New Year’s resolution or simply make a quiet promise to ourselves, this time of starting anew can be exciting…even exhilarating.
Each year, I make a restaurant bucket list. Part of the process of making this list includes reviewing the list from the previous year. It is a fun walk down my food memory lane. In 2014, my list included both new and established places in my community and beyond. I believe life is too short to eat at chain restaurants, so you will not find them here. I have had the great fortune of getting to know some of the owners and employees of these amazing places. It isn’t just about eating for me–it’s about community.
I remember each meal, and I enjoyed every bite! I look forward to tackling my 2015 bucket list. I promise to share a few of them with you…and if you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments. Happy New Year! May your 2015 be filled with delicious local food and drink!