Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Best of 2012





2012 has been a milestone year for me as far as my blog is concerned. Although I started this journal in late 2010, it was only this year that I started getting involved actively in this cyberspace of mine. As a result, it has grown significantly in 2012 in terms of post counts, readership and follower counts.

I always believe that food and wine connect and bond people together. We are born needing and wanting food (Ok... no wine yet) . As we grow up, we move on to really desiring food and wine and for some of us, that desire to eat good food and sip fine wine turns into a completely passionate relationship that is life-long and lasting.

Those with practical foodie and wine skills become chefs and sommeliers.  The rest of us fall into the category of those who merely eat whatever these skilful food creators put on our plates or wine that the sommeliers or wine critics recommend.

But there is yet another category of person who is neither chef nor sommelier nor mere eater or social drinker but a sociable mix of all things food or wine related. These passionate people have food and wine on the brain, not just on their plates and glasses. They passionately share their love of food and wine with the world.

This year, through this blog, I am glad and honoured to know many such people and bloggers around the world whom I really admire and respect for their passion and energy for food, wine, family and love. Through this blogger community, I learnt and shared lots of food and wine knowledge and ideas. For this, I Thank You all very much and I wish that we continue the sharing and building of this community in 2013 and beyond!

I will be away with the family for our year-end trip to Australia starting tomorrow until Christmas. As such there will be no post from me during this period. Before I go for my break, I thought it would be a good idea to summarize and share with all of you my blog's top 10 recipe posts in 2012 in terms of pageviews.

Here we go...





60 comments:

  1. I always like a year end roundup :) So many sou vide posts! Harvey Norman just brought in two sou vide machines a couple of weeks ago - the cheaper one cost Rm2.8k a pop! Happy holidays and great to have known you via blogging :)

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    1. Hi Esther! If you are interested in the Sous Vide machine, get one when you are visiting Singapore. The price has come down quite a bit since the time I bought mine. But I have no regrets! Trust me, the result of sous vide cooking is truly amazing and this is a must-have in the kitchen for any serious foodie.

      You can visit TOTT at Dunearn Road or Tangs departmental store but Tangs sells only the smaller version. I'm quite sure there will be further discount now during the festive season.

      Let me know if you need further assistance.

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  2. Wow! What a collection! I was getting hungrier every picture I saw.

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    1. Thanks Cathleen! Hope you get the chance to try some of the recipes.

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  3. Hello Alvin,
    Time flies...and 2012 coming to an end soon...
    Your round up....I loves all of it and I agreed with you, food do bond people together, families, friends and even food bloggers like us....it is so wonderful that we share and connect because we loves food...
    Have a wonderful holiday in down under Oz.... take care

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    1. Thanks Mel and I'm glad that you love all the posts. You take care too.

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  4. Alvin, it has been great getting to know you and your food (and wine)! Have a great holiday with your family and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance :) Right now I'm going to check out the Roast Pork Belly post; my new year resolution is to make roast pork belly heh..heh....

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    1. Hi PH! Thank you and you and family have a great x'mas too!

      BTW, I just made the roast belly last night for our residents potluck party and the belly was gone in less than half an hour!

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  5. I always like all your mouthwatering sous vide posts ! Come to think of it , all your posts are all drool-worthy :D What a great line-up , they are the best indeed !

    Have a wonderful holiday with your family down under and when you see Zoe , do say Hi! from me ! lol

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    1. Hi Anne! Thanks for your encouragement!

      Meeting Zoe? Let's see if she email me?! Haha!

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  6. Great post, I'm inspired by your sous vide cooking, fab blog.

    Have a wonderful family holiday and I look forward to more from you in 2013.

    Merry Christmas, x

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    1. Hi Deb! Thanks. Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

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  7. Wow! A delicious, mouth watering round-up! Everything looks absolutely scrumptious!
    Have a great holiday with the family! Merry Christmas!!!

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  8. Wow Chef, so many juicy and delicious looking meat dishes! Now I know where I can go to when I need a good recipe for my beef ribs, yours look amazing! Great work! Have a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year! Have a blast in Aust!!

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    1. Thanks Bee! The sous vide beef short ribs is my 2nd girl's favourite!

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  9. Hi Alvin, I'm so glad to have discovered your blog this year. Thank you for always leaving me nice comments on my blog too. I enjoy reading your posts very much, with its lovely photos and all, and I have a lot to learn from you too. :)

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    1. Hi Yen! The feeling is mutual! Thanks for your support for the past months!

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  10. Love the pictures and the post. I think I belong to the 3rd category where I have passions for the food and drinks and I just love sharing them with others. I'm glad you drop me a comment which led me to this nice blog of yours. Have a great holiday and cheers!

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    1. Hi Eiling! You missed out your Cigar and Chocolates!

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    2. Lol.. thanks for the reminder... haha

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  11. I am finally posting a comment after staring at the photos for the past 10 minutes. Top class food! I can't see anything I wouldn't like to eat. Warmest Christmas wishes to you and your family, Alvin. Enjoy your holiday in Australia!

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    1. Thanks Adora! I have always admire your food photography too!

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  12. Have a great holiday in Australia, and well written post, conviviality is an important thing, and food and drink must be good, clean and fair (as Slow Food states!).

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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    1. Yes Alessandra! Good food and wine are definitely must-have for a wonderful conviviality experience.

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  13. Wow all your photos are making me salivate. This post is such a great idea because it's picked out quite a few of the older recipes that I've missed, so am off to check them out now! kudos to you for being such a wonder-dad, cooking like a gourmet for your lucky kids and wife, and for sharing all these experiences with us. I'm sure 2013 will be just as, if not more awesome (:

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    1. Hi Shu Han! Have you started your summer holidays?

      I must show my wife your comment... she sometimes thinks that I'm not doing more at home.. haha :)

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  14. Hi Alvin,

    Nice to know you via blogging for the past few months. Enjoy your holidays and will see you again in 2013!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe! I'm glad to know you too and you have shown me the art of baking for kids!

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  15. Great photos and superb food! Your family is so lucky to have such a great chef residing with them. Looking forward to see more of your wonderful food in 2013. Happy holiday and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Veronica! Thanks.

      I'm looking forward to 2013 too to experiment more recipes and to learn from all of you!

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  16. Awesome...
    Have a wonderful holiday Down Under (hope the weather is kind to you and your family :) )
    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

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    1. Thanks Lisa! The weather has been kind to us so far here in Yarra Valley. We are enjoying the clear blue sky and the long day time.

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  17. Hi, excellent round up, everything look so mouth watering. Thanks for sharing all the superb recipes. Love your excellent presentation and photography. :)

    Nice to meet you in cyber world. Is your mojito recipe in your blog? Would love to try.
    Enjoy your family trip, happy holiday.

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    1. Thanks Amelia and nice to meet you too!

      Nope, I have not posted the Mojito recipe but it's really simple. For me the important ingredient is the rum. I like to use Havana Club 7 Year Old Dark Rum. I find it full of flavour and more elegant to make a good glass of Mojito than the more commonly used Bacardi. Try it!

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    2. Hi, thanks for the rum recommendation, I'll try it out and get back to you. Enjoy your holiday and come back with lots of pictures to share with us.

      Have a great weekend. Best regards.

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  18. hi chef, very glad to discover your blog recently. are you a chef by profession? i see all of your pictures up there like those served in high class restaurants, maybe even better! i guess you must be a wine expert too, ok..anything on wine not sure, i'll chk with you next time, ok? enjoy your holidays and catch up later!

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    1. Hi Lena! Nope, I'm not a Chef nor Sommelier by profession although I love to create good food and pair with fine wine. Thanks for your kind words!

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  19. Nice recap, all dishes look mouthwatering. Enjoy your holidays and looking forward your return.

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  20. Wow, congratulations! You and your blog deserve to be on the limelight. People will indeed look up to your cooking skills (and wine pairing, too), count me in.

    I'm back-reading and reading your previous recipes and posts :)

    Have a blast with your family and enjoy your trip, Chef!

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    1. Hi Lea! So you are back in US?

      Thanks for your inputs all the time no matter where you are. Thanks!

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  21. Have a great trip with your family. Nice recap for us new followers. :)

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  22. Enjoy your holiday and bet you'll be back with photos of your travel:) Meantime, I'll drool over that pork belly:)

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    1. Hi Jeannie! Yes, will uodate my blog with posts of current trip when I get back home.

      Do not just drool over the pork belly, try out yourself!

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  23. thanks for the recap ^^ i'm (almost-)convinced that i should get the sousvide supreme looking at your top posts.. and i don't/can't cook! ^^ looking forward to more of the drool-worthy food, gorgeous plating and styling, and the glam and fab when you get back! have a safe and wonderful holiday with your family ^^

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  24. Bet you are having a swell time enjoying your holiday with your family. By the way, Congratulations! Chef and Sommelier has been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. You totally deserves it! Looking forward to more mouth-watering recipes from you in 2013.
    http://mintyskitchen.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/the-liebster-blog-award.html

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    1. Hi Veron! Sorry for replying late... I just touched down 2 hours ago.

      Thank you for nominating my blog for this award! I am truly excited and honoured!

      Ok. Let me settle down before I look through your questions and prepare for my next post!

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  25. Hi, drop by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday. May the good times of the present becomes the golden memories of tomorrow. Have a nice day ahead,regards.

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    1. Thanks Amelia! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a fruitful 2013 ahead!

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  26. Great roundup! All your recipes and pictures are superb!
    Hope you and your family have a great holiday in Australia.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a great New Year in 2013!

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  27. Hi Alvin
    How was your holiday ? I'm looking forward to your great post during your hols. (I believe you must have visited vineyard and have experienced some great wines too). Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and to your family.

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  28. Hey Alvin ! I bet you and the family had a great time down under ! All those scrumptious food and WINE there ?! :D

    Happy Christmas and a Bountiful 2013 ! Here's to many more awesome posts - Cheers !!!!

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