Closing Out a Delicious 2014

mini bacon chocolate ice cream sandwich

I’ve been writing my year-end recaps the last few years (here’s 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013). Last year as I looked back at my Year of Gratitude, I said, I just know that 2014 will be delicious. And it was!

This has been a very memorable year for me. I spent a lot of quality time with my family and friends. I took 6 months off from the “real world” to be a full time student. I started a new job that I love. I ran, practiced yoga, got injured, and tried to be an adult about it. I wrote a couple of freelance articles and pitched a few more. And I ate so much mouth-watering food, attended dozens of cool events, and baked to my heart’s content. It was a sweet year.

I’m recapping some of my favorite moments (and recipes)  per quarter. I didn’t blog about everything, and I am very grateful that I have so many to choose from.

Jan, Feb, March – I did a lot of travelling during the first three months of the year. I went to Kyoto, Tokyo, Hudson Valley, and Seattle.

nijo

mt fuji

salmon nigiri uni
beekman inn cheesecake stuffed strawberries

seattle pike place

grilled cheese with orange marmalade

I also made this melty cheesy salty sweet Grilled Cheese with Orange Marmalade.

April, May, June – These few months were very fun. I finally got my masters degree at Harvard (and Aretha Franklin sang during our graduation), my family visited me in Boston, and I went to New York (twice!)

aretha franklin family red line
maja blanca maharlika boozy brunch NYC sotto 13

That’s maja blanca (corn and coconut pudding) from Maharlika, a Filipino restaurant in NYC, and our table during a boozy brunch with my girlfriends.

mini goat cheese cheesecake

Oh and I whipped up these irresistible Mini No Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Roasted Cherries.

July, August, September – This quarter I started working for Genuine Interactive, a super cool ad agency in the South End. I went to the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, taught a Food Blogging Class, and made a bunch of delicious desserts like the Bacon Chocolate Shortbread Ice Cream Sandwiches pictured on top…

genuine lobby

newport mansions

milky way bites brownies

… and these fudgy dark chocolate Milky Way Brownies.

October, November, December – the last three months of the year just flew by. I attended Taste of Perkins, I went to New York again, then I blinked and it was the holidays! I had some fun parties and spent the holidays with friends.

taste of perkins onstage

amtrak essentials veuve cliquot

Above: my Amtrak essentials, and champagne and Christmas gift exchange with friends. Below: my girlfriends and me at Laura’s annual FancyFest party.

fancyfest

garlic shrimp spaghetti

There was also a lot of spaghetti twirling during these last few months: Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti.

I have the usual resolutions for 2015 (stop looking at my phone when I get into bed so I don’t get sucked into another hour of social media creeping, never skip a Monday morning workout again, eat more veggies, start saving more) which I really hope I don’t break, but the big one – THE BIG ONE – is that this coming year, I’m going to try to stop stressing about things I cannot control. I’ve always been sort of a control freak, planning everything, writing down countless lists, only doing things that I know I can fully plan for. But I know that’s not always possible. So I’m just going to be a little more relaxed about things :) But I’m still going to plan out out detailed itineraries and jot down daily to-do lists…

Thank you for reading my blog and sharing this little corner of the Internet with me. Thank you for indulging me and my ramblings in different emotional states. Thank you for liking my food and my stories. You guys make the big wide world seem smaller and warmer and happier. THANK YOU from the bottom of my chocolate-covered heart.

I wish you all a love-filled 2015!

   

32 Responses to “Closing Out a Delicious 2014”

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    Sharon posted December 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I hear you about not stressing over the things you can’t control. :) Story of my own 2014…hah. <3

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 30th, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Haha let’s have the same resolution then! Happy New Year!

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    Sues posted December 29, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    What an awesome year!! Hope 2015 is even better :) :) I think I need to copy your resolution, too!

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 30th, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Thanks Sues. Hope to see you more in 2015! Happy New Year!

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    Mike@TheIronYou posted December 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

    What a great year you had Bianca, full of awesomeness! I can’t to hear about all the amazing things you are going to do in 2015!!!
    Happy New Year my friend!

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 30th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you, Mike! Happy New Year!

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    Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted December 30, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Love this! I’m heading to Seattle early next year, reading your adventures has gotten me excited!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted December 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Aww seeing the Beekman Arms sign made me homesick for my sister who lives in Rhinebeck. I’ve been to the Beekman Arms many times. You have certainly traveled a lot and cooked a lot and done a lot – congratulations!

    Happy New Year!

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella posted December 30, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    You’ve had such a tasty year! I’m glad that I’ve just eaten because otherwise I’d want one of everything! Happy New Year Bianca! :D

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted December 31, 2014 at 7:58 am

    It looks like you’ve had a wonderful year in many years! All the best for another delicious year in 2015!

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    Joanne posted December 31, 2014 at 8:09 am

    It has definitely been a GREAT year and I love your resolution for 2015. I am definitely a queen of stress also, and it needs to stop!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen posted December 31, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Wow! What a fabulous year you’ve had, Bianca! I enjoyed reading it all. :) And, ohmygarsh…I remember that Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Orange Marmalade on that fabulous seeded bread! It’s soooo tasty! Thanks for sharing your recap of 2015, my friend. Wishing you a loved-filled 2015, too!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen posted December 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

    LOL! I meant to type, “recap of 2014”! I have 2015 on the brain today. ;)

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 31st, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Haha thanks girl. Happy New Year to you as well! Cheers!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted December 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    What a fun year filled with lots of delicious food!

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 31st, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Thank you, Laura! Happy New Year!

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    Sam @ The Second Lunch posted December 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Huzzah! What a wonderful year! Happy New Year to you as well – hopefully I’ll get to actually see you this year, and not just in passing :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied January 2nd, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Happy New Year! Yes! And Come to Genuine for the next meeting ;) xo

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor posted December 31, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    So much deliciousness this year! You are one of my favorite bloggers to follow. I always love following along on your adventures. Happy New Year, Bianca!

    • Bianca Garcia replied January 2nd, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Happy New Year, Ashley! Thank you so much. I love reading your blog as well. Cheers to another delicious year! xo

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted December 31, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    This is one of the absolute best year-end posts I have read. I love that you shared a mix of personal stories, along with recipes, and your goals for 2015 too. Stop stressing definitely needs to be on my list as well. You are awesome! Congrats on a delicious year.

    • Bianca Garcia replied January 2nd, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks, Erin! Happy New Year! Cheers to another fabulous year! xo

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    Choc Chip Uru posted January 2, 2015 at 4:04 am

    2014 may have been an awesome year, but seems like your 2015 is going to be even better :D
    Happy New Year my friend and keep eating!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Samantha Angela posted January 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Sounds like an amazing year. I look forward to seeing what your 2015 brings!

    • Bianca Garcia replied January 3rd, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you! Happy New Year to you!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted January 2, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    With a photo like that to begin the story, you win my heart (wowzas!). Here’s to hoping 2015 is a great year for you!

    • Bianca Garcia replied January 3rd, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks, Pamela! Happy New Year to you!

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    Monica posted January 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Happy New Year, Bianca! Hope you had a great holiday and here’s to more deliciousness in 2015!

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    Megan posted January 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Happy new year, Bianca! Wishing you all the best for 2015!

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    Molly Galler posted January 5, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    What an incredible year! Cheers to a delicious 2015!

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    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings posted January 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Congratulations on a wonderful year! Kudos and big congrats to getting a masters degree – from Harvard no less! This is just the beginning of good things ahead…Cheers!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted January 13, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    A little bit of a belated happy new year to you! I hope your 2015 is as wonderful (and better!) as 2014:-)

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