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Top 20 Favorite Bites of 2009

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Kaya Toast at Susan Feniger's Street (and later at Jitlada by special request Thanks Jonathan Gold and Sinosoul)
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Yes, I am saying bites rather than meals, because most of the fantastic food I have eaten this year has been at foodie events. A few may be sips, not bites, but hey--who's making the rules?

Speaking of rules you may wonder what my criteria was. Essentially, if I remembered something without having to think very hard and if I wished I could eat it right now it went on the list. And while some things I ate in 2009 were interesting, like antelope from Saddlepeak Lodge and Jitlada's Fermented Catfish, I don't necessarily want to make a meal out of them right now.

It was hard not to put numerous bites from the same place on this list. How can you choose between Rivera's Tortilla Florales and Tequila Mujer? Or Bouchon's Mac and Cheese and their Pesto BLT bite? And choosing between RH's Duck Confit, Beef Cheeks and Perigord Egg dish was tough (I know, the suspense is killing you)--but I managed. Of course, almost everything Sherry Yard and Susan Feniger make could go on this list...but that's another story. The bites are in no particular order, although Feniger's Kaya Toast at Street was probably my favorite bite. Now, on with the show...