2 years ago we published our first Hot Minute Awards – a year long compilation of our favorite food, drink, people and places. I think 2015 slipped right by us, and in reflecting on how monumental our last year has been, we felt compelled to remember and highlight the best of it.
So, without further ado we present our 2016 HOT MINUTE AWARDS:
Favorite Date Nights: Society Fair Demo Kitchen, Scott’s 33rd Birthday, our last date night in DC and our first WNY date night.
Favorite Restaurant Experience (cocktails + food): Red Hen DC, and Aro Bar de Tapas in Buffalo.
Favorite Restaurant Decor: Homestead, DC
Favorite Event: Pink Tie Party, Rammys, Kentucky Derby Party
Best Mexican Restaurant Experience: Hacienda Sisal in Mexico, and Mariachi de Oro in Medina.
Best Winery: Paradise Springs, in Virginia and Freedom Run in Lockport, NY.
Best Winery Experience: Chateau Niagara in Newfane.
Favorite Restaurant Opening: Bonfire DC, Ru’s Pierogi in Buffalo
Best Patio: Brabo in Old Town, Alexandria
Best French Cuisine: Bastille, Le Diplomat
Best Appetizer: Bacon Onion Tart from Central, and the Tuna Package at Zambistro
Most Photogenic Cocktail: the Gaia (no longer available) at Magnolias on King, several from Stanton and Greene, DC
Best Brunch: Earl’s Kitchen + Bar in Tyson’s Corner
Best Bakery/Cafe : Lait Cru Brasserie in Buffalo and Junction Bakery in Del Ray, Virginia.
Vacation Spot: Mexico, Adirondacks
Favorite Cocktail Bar: Buffalo Proper, PX in Old Town
Best Burger: Marble + Rye, Good Luck
Best Opportunity to Overcome Fears: Ziplining in Mexico
Best Dressed: DC Fashion Fool, Simply Sylvia
Best Travel Bloggers: The Gay Traveler, Dining Traveler
Favorite Photographers: Joffoto and Lauren Werkheiser Photography
Local Rochester Blog: Pastiche
Local Buffalo Blog: Yeah! Buffalo
Favorite Instagram Account (and blog): The Farmhouse Project
Favorite Athlete: Tyrod Taylor – in Tyrod I trust!
Our Favorite Posts of 2016: I’m Not Political, I’m Human, The 5 Mistakes we Made Moving Home, Dear Minnesota, The Grand Bedroom Reveal, and of course – our post announcing our move home, The Secret is Out.
And there you have it – the big winners of 2016. Sadly, there are a million other places and people that gave us so much to be thankful for this year, and it was hard not to mention each one. We’ve grown a lot and had our hands full juggling the excitement of finally being home and the grief of leaving DC, but we are better and stronger for it. Scott and I have some major projects lined up for 2017, and we are eager to continue to share all of our dating adventures with you. Thank you all for continuing to read and support us – love and best wishes to you all for an exceptional new year!