Five years ago today, I walked out of the law firm and into the unknown.
What began as a shapeless but exciting restart on life quickly formed into an unexpectedly self-guided and fulfilling journey flooded with amazing people, places, lessons, and adventures. Year after year, life has exceeded my wildest expectations.
While I’ve enjoyed getting lost in the busyness of my new life as a photographer and writer, I’m incredibly saddened that it has left me less and less time to be a blogger. If you’ve been a regular reader in the past, then you’ve been reading with less regularity lately. And I’m sorry for it. So, before allowing myself to be swept away into the next calendar, I am putting on the brakes, as I have done for the past four years, to regroup, reflect, and record.
Of course, this post is far from being a thorough review of 2015 (although, if you manage to finish reading this post, you might think I gave you one). The advantages of immediacy have long expired, and so a detailed accounting is not possible at this late hour. Rather, it is my chance to recite, even if with broad strokes, the moments, places, and faces that have touched me recently. I want to remember them, and share them, because they have been an important part of my life.
But, of course, more than just a journal entry, this, here, also inaugurates a series of year-end posts that, together, offer a comprehensive look at the very best of what and where I’ve been eating in the preceding twelve months. In what has become an anticipated tradition on this blog, which I started 11 years ago, and which attracts more eyeballs than all of the other posts in the preceding year combined, the three posts that follow this one will enumerate my favorite dishes, desserts, and restaurant meals of 2015.
But before I do that, let me first tell you about my year, and, as I have done in the past, list for you all the restaurants I visited.