December 31st, 2012


Best Food 2012


2012 - Food, a set on Flickr.

1. Amma's Bhubhus roti (banana puri) - sublime
2. Kheema/kismuri chappatti taco (improvised from leftovers of my mom's home cooking)
3. Anna's Szechuan eggplant & garlic shrimp w/ broccoli
4. Tin roof sundae @ Humphrey Slocum
5. Chicken Tikka Masala pizza, Margaroni pizza SF Pizzeria (R.I.P.  So devastated that they closed.)
6. Satsumas from Fraidy's citrus box
7. Chilaquile AND huevos rancheros @ Angi's (amazed she made both)
8. Various high-end bourbons @ Mattch's wedding
9. Cinnamon crunch toast dessert @ Mission Bowling club
10. Chicken tikka masala burrito Curry Up - best food truck in the city
11. Arepas/pork shoulder - Angi again (New Year's Eve party)

Worst Food 2012
-that durian Aliza got for Rosh Hashanah. ugh the smell.. the texture... nuke it from space just to be safe


Best Books 2012

Read maybe 100 books this year and skimmed/flipped through another 50. These were my favorites.

  1. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
  2. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
  3. Richard Henry Dana Jr.: Two Years Before the Mast and Other Voyages
  4. The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of al-Qaeda
  5. The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
  6. Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq
  7. The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession
  8. Paramedic to the Prince
  9. Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia
  10. Al Qaeda in Its Own Words
  11. Transit Maps of the World
  12. The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
  13. Professional Idiot: A Memoir
  14. Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power
  15. High Crimes: the Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed
  16. The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
  17. Earthworks And Beyond: Contemporary Art In The Landscape
  18. This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie
  19. Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar
  20. The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq
  21. Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West
  22. Move First, Think Later: Sense and Nonsense in Improving Your Chess
  23. Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate
  24. Garner's Modern American Usage
  25. Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
  1. The Bear Who Wanted to Be a Bear
  2. Iggy Peck, Architect
  3. Strega Nona
  4. The Gruffalo
  5. Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup
  6. Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport
  7. The Giant and the Spring
  • Joseph Anton    - it could have been so good! if someone else had written it.