Monday, January 2, 2012

breakin it down. our favorite picks for 2011.

Happy New Year! Once again we wanted to look back and document all the things we loved throughout 2011. It was so much fun to reminisce on the past year with Hunkaroonie.

I'm sure you can guess which ones are my fave and which are Hunakroonie's. Or which may be both. Lists are in no specific order.

Top Movies
Hangover: Part II
Something Borrowed
The Lincoln Lawyer
Fast Five

Top Albumns
Beautiful Girls
OAR: King
Adele: 21
Ray LaMontage: God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise
G Love: Fixin' to Die
Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

Top Shows
Modern Family
Extra Virgin Cooking Show
Flipping Out
Pioneer Women Cooking Show

Top Times
Riviera Maya vacation
Chicago winter weekend away
My first tattoo
Atheletes & Race Fans Weekend
My birthday dinner
Snowboarding in Whitefish, MT
Our kitchen featured in BHG Magazine
Walkie Talkie Hide & Seek on Christmas
New Years at the cabin
NYC whirlwind business trip
Celebrating Nan's 75th birthday
Getting a new job

Top Recipes
Nutella filled croissants
Basil cheesecake
White Sangria
BLT's (with garden tomatoes)
Shaved Asparagus Pizza

Top Buys
Electrolux Ultra Bagless 2-in-1 Vacuum
Sony Bloggie Touch
Macbook Pro
Kindle Fire

Top Eats
Parmesan gorgonzola pork chops at Biaggis
Lemon & Rasberry Torte at Cafe Latte
Pollo Champagne (Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Shallots, Sun-dried Tomato & Champagne Cream Sauce) at La Grolla
14 course meal at the chef table at Corner Table
Costini w red pepper jelly, goat cheese & proscuitto at Domacin Wine Bar
Fennel Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper & Smoked Mozzerella Pizza at Black Sheep Pizza
Oysters & costini bread at Mozza Mia
Lemoncello at Mozza Mia
Caramel Rolls at Tobies
Key Lime Pie at McCormick & Schmick's
Smoked Salmon Cheesecake at East 40
Famous Sausage & Cheese Deep Dish Pizza at Gino's East
Caramel Corn at Garrett's
Trout Chowder at Angry Trout Cafe
BBQ Ribs at BLVD
Pickle Dog (pickle wrapped in cream cheese & pastrami) at The Great MN Get Together
Sicilian Iris (bioche filled with ricotta & chocolate chips) at The Purple Pig

Top Blog Posts (most visited)

How I came to be Mrs. Hunkaroonie: Part One
How I came to be Mrs. Hunkaroonie: Part Two
How I came to be Mrs. Hunkaroonie: Part Three
Pineapple Infused Vodka Recipe
Bean Dip Recipe
What makes a house a home

Top Books/Magazines/Websites/iphone apps
Guitar Lessons by Bob Taylor
Blood, Bones, & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Better Homes & Garden Kitchen + Bath Makeover Magazine (Winter 2011 issue)
soundhound iphone app
movie trailers app
fly delta app

Top Kitchen Items
Popsicle molds
Antique juicer
Jelly roll pans
Squeeze bottles (for oils, vinegars, & sauces)
Le Creuset spatula
Espresso machine

Top Misc Products
Mac no-shine powder
Hempz lip moisturizer
EOS lip balm
OPI nail polish, 'You don't know Jacques'
San Pelligrino, Tangerine
Sun Chips, Salsa flavor (dipped in sour cream!)
The Big Ginger or The Presbetyrian cocktail
Sally Hansen nail polish, Get Diamond Shine
Kettle Potato Chips, Jalepeno flavor

So, these were some of our favorite new things, foods, and activities throughout the year. Hope you enjoyed our look back! Here's to 2012...

and our 2010 breakdown here

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