Looking back at 2012, we wanted to pick out some of the highlights from this first year of our blog:
Most popular post: Our analytics department (A) has done some number crunching and has come up with the most popular post of 2012. To our surprise, our post on cream tea won by a country mile. In fact, we've been consistently surprised by the choices of our readership and we'll try to carry our insights forward in our content next year.
|Our cream tea in Leeds|
Best Restaurant: We have sampled the menus of a good few restaurants this year, but after careful consideration, A's birthday treat at Duck and Waffle has to take it. The combination of outstanding food and amazing views, plus the trendy factor, takes the prize for 2012. It's not cheap (the wine list in particular is horrendously expensive) but we think it's worth it for a treat.
|Inventive presentation of mini battered sausages at Duck and Waffle|
Best Cafe: This too was a tricky one, but we've plumped for Gail's Bakery. While Gail's is technically a chain, it doesn't feel like one and that's its secret. Having sampled the branches in Exmouth Market, Soho and Hampstead Village and drooled over the pastries at the South Kensington shop, we are confident that this is one of the bast pastry places in our fair city.
|A delicious spread at Gail's in Exmouth Market, featuring Ai Weiwei|
Best Recipe: The duck eggs benedict were a strong contender, but really there is only one winner: Persian yoghurt cake. Once we discovered this recipe in Pomegranates and Roses earlier in the year, it's been a signature dish. It's been so popular, in fact, that several of A and C's friends have made it themselves and we can't do a party at A's flat in the Docklands without one.
|One iteration of the outstanding Persian yoghurt cake|
Best Travel Post: Turkish breakfast. C was particularly impressed by Turkey's breakfast offering. She enthused about them in one post, and we then recreated it at home in another. The range of flavours and textures, along with the fact that they really are quite healthy, made for a winning combination and one that we can't wait to try again.
|Some elements of Turkish breakfast (note the teacup is Western and not Turkish)|
Best Photograph: We think the picture speaks for itself, taken at Borough Market in July.
|Amazing pretzels at Borough Market this summer|
Finally, we'd like to say a big thank you to our readers for helping us make our little experiment a success. We hope you keep reading as we continue to eat our way around London (and elsewhere) in the coming year. Russia and China, we know you're reading!