NYE Celebration + Food Resolutions

Typically, I don’t make plans for NYE. I tell people it’s just another day for me. Deep down, I don’t anticipate that the new year will be much different. Perhaps I avoid self-reflection in fear of disappointment (remember my birthday?). I am also reluctant to set goals I don’t intend to keep.

Nevertheless, I did celebrate this year and I did make a resolution.

Photo: Rachelle J. Icasiano

But first, the meal.

My mopey bum did not want to venture far so I kept all festivities within walking distance. Making reservations at Boneta Restaurant in Gastown was a no brainer; it is one of my favourite spots in Vancouver where I’m often found sipping cocktails concocted by a wonderful bartender. They present seasonal, local and organic ingredients in a modern and artistic fashion.

There’s also comfort in dining where the staff knows me by name. I was greeted wholeheartedly by the owner and the headchef. After warm exchanges, I was led to my table with a glass of bubbly in hand. Rodney, the manager assured that I must try Jeremy’s latest creation: a labour intensive pheasant dish.

Here was the evening’s menu:

Amuse Bouche: Butternut Squash Arancini, Mushroom Soup, Leek Fondue

Appetizer: Grilled & Crispy Squid, Warm Curried Lentils, Cilantro, Coconut Froth & Yogurt

Entrée: Pheasant Ballotine, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Mitake Mushrooms, Spaetzle, Thyme & Lemon Jus

Entrée: Pork Loin, Cabbage Roll, Apple, Cippolini Onion, Oyster Mushrooms, Cider Sauce

Dessert: Caramel Cake, Coconut Cream, Banana Puree, Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream

Mignardises: House-Made Salty & Sweet Soft Caramel, Catalan Cakes

Following a fantastic meal with expertly paired wine, I slipped off to a loft-crawl nearby. Naturally, what happens during NYE stays where it occurred.

The morning after.

Resolutions, goals, and plans bombarded me from all directions; self-improvement promises were all the buzz in the media and my social network. I resisted.

Until now.

This year, I resolve to improve my relationship with food.

In other words, I resolve not to abuse my food and not let it abuse me. Still a bit vague? I desire to make conscious, relevant, and sustainable goals that will incorporate into a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s what I mean.

I will NOT:

  • feel guilty after treating myself or indulging occasionally.
  • obsess over fat content, but focus on the type.
  • over-consume.
  • count calories.
  • be lured by miracle foods, trends, and fad diets.
  • drink too much coffee.
  • … ok, and liquor.

Instead, I WILL:

  • source local and sustainable ingredients but not obsess or judge others that don’t.
  • share the kitchen with other that desire to cook (so I’m a little protective…)
  • focus on portion size and break up my meals.
  • eat slower and savour every bite.
  • drink slower and appreciate every sip.
  • find healthier dessert alternatives (I have an untamable sweet-tooth).
  • kill my own food more often.
  • eat from all food groups, including carbs and meat.
  • eat butter… and bacon.
  • continue to drink lots of water, eat lots of whole fruits, vegetables, and grains.
  • continue to avoid processed or genetically modified foods and soda pop.

That’s all I can think of at the moment.

What are your food resolutions for 2010?

  1. January 04, 2010 by PT

    “eat buter… and bacon.”

    NICE!!! =D

  2. January 04, 2010 by admin

    @ Pete: I’ll try my best.

  3. January 04, 2010 by Geoffrey Wu

    Few questions:

    a) What camera do you use as the photos are f*cking brilliant?

    b) Tx for the mention!

    c) This post is awesome

    d) AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Enought said, bye for now!

    Geoff from Geoff’s Twitchen!

    Keep the wok rocking!

  4. January 04, 2010 by admin

    @ Geoff: That’s an Olympus ep1. You’re welcome and you are equally awesome!

  5. January 04, 2010 by Nastassia

    You dinner pics look amazing! Sounds like you had a lovely NYE. Your resolutions are perfect especially the part about eating butter and bacon =). With this new year I also want to try to eat a little healthier and know where my food comes from, and as much as I wish I could control my love of sweet that will be a challenge for 2010. happy new year mel!

  6. January 04, 2010 by admin

    @Natassia I think it’s great you want to know where your food comes from :) I’m in the same boat about the sweets, sister! Sigh! Happy new year to you too!

  7. January 04, 2010 by justcooknyc

    umm, “kill your own food”? do you get a lot of opportunities for that? i like the drink slower and eat slower resolutions… i should try those. happy new year, btw.

  8. January 04, 2010 by admin

    @ Justin: I will have to find more opportunities! Fortunately, I live on the West Coast and we have lots of local, live seafood. Happy new year to you too!

  9. January 04, 2010 by Eleanor Hoh(wokstar)

    You ate all that, looked very delicious, made me salivate. I’m puzzled by the hype about butter and bacon. Good for you with all the resolutions. I’ve not worked on mine yet, got till Chin. NY, yay.

  10. January 04, 2010 by admin

    @Eleanor: I usually shy away from butter and bacon to watch my figure and all that crap. I need to find more balance :) Looking forward to Chinese NY!

  11. January 05, 2010 by Divina

    Hello Mel. Everything looks awesome and the photos are really great. I don’t seem to keep my own resolutions but I will try. :D

  12. January 05, 2010 by catty

    great resolutions, lovely! I haven’t made any. someone asked me the other day what my top 5 “to-dines” was this coming year and I didn’t even know that! I think I’m a little blahzay, I take what comes and don’t obsess over what does not. I do love your list though, realistic and REAL (totally different to realistic!)… will check in with you to see how they all pan out! :)

  13. January 05, 2010 by Eric

    Hi Mel,
    just poking around your site, I like it.
    I will get in touch with you soon.

  14. January 06, 2010 by andrew wong

    very sound resolutions

  15. January 07, 2010 by Geoffrey Wu

    Hi Mel,

    Love the new URL – & I dropped you a msg on facebook, did you get it? Are you interested in my proposed offering?

    Happy Eating

  16. January 07, 2010 by Rose

    Happy New Year! Love the new site btw. That meal looks good. Granted, I am hungry and about to go workout, but still…pheasant? I’m loving the little birds right now. Ah, resolutions. Blech. I like yours. I concur with your attitude of re-focusing on what matters to you. Refining what makes you YOU and what you’re passionate about. I really believe that what you put in your body is reflected in not only how you look, but how you feel. :)

  17. January 08, 2010 by midge

    Are all foodies territorial about their kitchens? I am definitely guilty and perhaps am subconsciously trying to find others to assuage the guilt.

  18. January 26, 2010 by TheGoodCustomer

    Hallo Mel,

    Been meaning to comment some time ago…
    I think this is a fabulous post!
    This new re-vamped blog of yours is beautiful… very polished. And as usual your photos look amazing.

    I wish you all the best in 2010. You’ll go far, girl… I can feel it. :)

    Much love, Ange

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