In Photos: Most Memorable Meals of 2016

Hi, my name is Kimi, and I am that person you have to wait on to finish taking photos of food before you can begin eating. As a once aspiring travel blogger, I have been trained to take photos to accompany whatever it is I’m going to write about it. Food and meals included. It should also come as no surprise that I am very motivated by food and see it is an acceptable currency for almost anything.

I often shape my travel itineraries around food, and I love to start off my time in a new destination with a food tour or cooking class to get acquainted with the local fare. After all, food is the quickest introduction to what fuels a nation, its agriculture, and customs surrounding a meal. On a personal level, meals serve as benchmarks throughout each day and a time when I can pause for a moment of silence.

All of that said, here’s a collection of my most memorable meals from 2016. Bon appetit!

Yokohama Strawberry Festival snacks

Sweets from Yokohama’s annual strawberry festival. Pictured here are the chocolate cupcake with a light cream cheese frosting and strawberry on top, chocolate covered strawberries, and a strawberry mousse with graham crackers at the bottom.

Chicken Tibs Desta Ethiopian Kitchen - Atlanta

Chicken Tibs with a side of wheat bread from Desta Ethiopian Kitchen in Atlanta, GA.

urbanpl8 atlanta

Grilled chicken pesto sandwich with a side of sweet potatoes from Urbanpl8 in Atlanta, GA.

Cafe Tresbe Tacos - San Juan Puerto Rico

Chicken tacos and some light reading at Cafe Tresbe in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Farm to table, home cooked meal at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Ajiaco, a famous Colombian soup served with chicken, potatoes or yuka, capers, cream, and a small corn on the cob from La Puerta Falsa in Bogota, Colombia

pho cadao san diego ca

The best pho, a bowl of Vietnamese soup with charbroiled pork, sweet basil, cilantro, thin rice vermicelli noodles, green onion, and bean sprouts, I’ve ever had from Pho Cadao in San Diego, CA.


Grilled chicken marinated in tomato sauce accompanied by grilled root vegetables and green tea soy milk from Natural House in Tokyo.

Fluffy, creamy cheese tart from Bake Cheese Tart in Tokyo.

Creme brûlée pancakes from Eggcellent in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Yasai ten seiro lunch set from Honke Owariya in Kyoto, Japan. It consists of cold soba noodles with a soy sauce based dipping sauce, vegetable tempura (carrot, eggplant, daikon, okra, mushroom, root vegetables), and a small dish of green onions, grated daikon and wasabi.

Momiji Tempura aka fried maple leaf purchased from a street stall in Osaka’s Minoo Park


Timpano from Nonnina in Chicago, IL. A specialty dish of baked pasta with eggs, sausage, meatballs, mortadella, maccheroni, mozzarella, tomato, braised pork, and salami. Not for the faint of heart.

The best vegetable momos (dumplings) in Nepal can be found at Kaiser Cafe inside Kathmandu’s Garden of Dreams.

What are some of your most memorable meals?

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