The Next Great Bite’s Favorite Bites of 2014

Next-Great-Bite-Best-Bites-of-2014As 2014 come to a close, it is a time to reflect and take a look back on the year. Here are my favorite bites of 2014. They include bites from the DC, Maryland and Virginia area but also some of my travel bites from Charleston, SC, New Orleans, LA and Tampa, FL.

Dining in DC, Maryland and Virginia

Mussels a la Vodka
Graffiato, Washington, DC

Mussels a la Vodka Graffiato, Washington, DC The pot of mussels, shrimp and sausage with the zesty tomato vodka sauce is served with a side of polenta fries, sprinkled with fresh grated parmesan. You may not want to share!

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Foodie Travel: Charleston Culinary Tour, Charleston, SC

Have you ever gone on a food tour when traveling to a new city? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. It is a great way to learn the city’s history, some interesting facts and a great way to discover their culinary scene. While in Charleston, my husband and I went on the Charleston Culinary Tour. They offer a variety of tours of different areas in Charleston. From tasting local cuisine to touring behind some of the city’s famous kitchens.

HoM, Charleston, SC
HoM, Charleston, SC. Left, Green Gobble’n Turkey Burger. Right, Fried calamari on sundried tomatoes and goat cheese.

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Foodie Travel: Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is becoming one of the hottest foodie destination in the south. It has numerous chefs who have been nominated and won James Beard Awards for excellence in cuisine. If you are thinking of taking a trip to this beautiful, southern city, be sure to make reservations (and make them early because they book quickly) to some of  these restaurants.

Husk

Reading the menu will make you hungry. James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock changes the menu with what ingredients are in season. Located in a charming, historical Charleston building, Husk prides themselves on their farm to table cuisine. Their motto: “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door.” The kitchen did not disappoint on my visit. The wait staff was great; very helpful in describing the menu items and steering you to choose what you are craving. Husk makes my favorite restaurants list!

Husk Restaurant, Charleston, SC
Husk Restaurant, Charleston, SC. Top row; cornmeal dusted catfish with pan roasted cabbage, red peppers and sweet corn. Middle row; house-made cocktail, sweet corn soup with fried ricotta dumplings, arugula salad with summer berries, candied pecans and ginger vinaigrette, braised pork in a rich broth with butter beans, peas and kale. Bottom row; buttermilk chess pie with strawberries and whipped cream, chocolate fudge cake with carmel chocolate chip milkshake, malt custard and smoked brittle.

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