Which restaurant dishes would I gladly enjoy again and again because they were deliriously delicious and magically memorable?
Oh, so many.
When putting together this list, though, I left off any foie gras dishes (since restaurants are banned from selling them in California now) and any dishes that I deliberately chose not to photograph in order to just enjoy the moment (Le Bernardin in New York).
Here, in no particular order, are the 10 dishes of 2012 that were my most favorite:
MONTREAL, CANADA — Bundled up tightly in a trench coat, boots, gloves, scarf and a wooly hat, I have left the still sunny Northern California climate to make my way around Canada’s second largest city in the chill of early November.
I am joined by eight other food writers from around the globe, all of us hosted on this trip by Tourisme Montreal.
Our mission? To eat, drink and get to know Montreal’s vibrant food scene.
Naturally, we are more than up to the task.
I should have realized just how serious Montrealers take eating when I disembarked the plane at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and went through Canadian customs. When the agent realized I was a food writer visiting his country for the main purpose of eating, he asked to see my itinerary, then proceeded to point out which restaurants on the list he had visited and which he particularly liked. If that isn’t an auspicious beginning to a trip, I don’t know what is.