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The good, the delicious, and the gooey

There’s a show on The Food Network called ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’.  I think it runs somewhere between Sandra Lee making something weirdly boozy, and Alton Brown making chefs cook with both hands tied behind their backs.  ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’ details the best plates, usually cheese topped or caramel dripping, of today’s celebrity chefs.  It’s fun to live vicariously.  You’ll need some snacks for viewing.  Don’t go into this endeavor hungry.

Inspired by The Food Network and Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere, here’s my list of the good, the delicious, and the gooey.

Also… I’m tempted to cut this list very short and say that this mango and coconut dark chocolate bar I’m currently eating in bed is the best thing I have ever eaten.

•  The best Maple Buttermilk Donuts from Top Pot in Seattle.  The key in the thick layer of maple glaze over the dense but cake donut.  They’re hard to share.

This Strawberry Black Pepper Donut, the ones I made in my own kitchen, might have been the best donuts I’ve ever had.  That’s not a humble brag.  They were really delicious.

•  Coffee from Slate Coffee in Seattle.  I’ll be the first to admit that I rolled my eyes at the deconstructed latte served in wine glasses with a shot of espresso, a warm shot of milk, and a small glass of the two together, but… it was perfect.  And the wine glasses brought out the aroma of the espresso.  And the grassiness of the milk really came through.  I pulled up to this place blasting Kelly Clarkson from my rental car and got a HEALTHY amount of Seattle-resident dirty looks.  Chill Seattle.  Why so serious!?

•  Oysters at Maison Premier in Brooklyn.  Something about the seafood tower, crushed iced, briny petite oysters, fancy tropical drinks, and dreamy back patio that makes Maison Premier some of the best oysters I’ve ever enjoyed.

Louisiana oysters are so big and meaty, I’m still trying to build my relationship with them.  So far I’m scared.

•  Best roasted vegetable from Domenica in New Orleans. They make a whole head of cauliflower taste like butter.  Tender, rich, and still somehow a vegetable.

I tried to recreate the recipe with this Whole Roasted Caulifower with Cheddar Beer Sauce.

Cheddar Beer Sauce hides, compliments, and celebrates a multitude of sins.

Read the full list at http://joythebaker.com/2015/08/the-best-thing-i-ever-ate

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