Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Best of 2010


I was listening to my local NPR station last week when they were discussing 2010 favorites, which got me to thinking about some of my favorites of the year. This is all rather random, but here's what I came up with.

Books I Read:
General fiction . . . (tie) Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Mystery . . .  The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
Nonfiction . . . Down To This by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

Music:
Band . . . Muse
Artist . . . Lady Gaga
Album . . . We Are Born by Sia
Song . . .  Keeper by Butterfly Boucher
Artist Discovery . . . The Rescues

Visual:
TV Show . . . True Blood
TV Movie . . . Pillars of the Earth (miniseries)
Theater Movie . . . The Girl Who Played With Fire (original Swedish version)
Note: For the record, I don't think that 2010 was a great year for movies or TV!!!

Food:
Restaurant . . . 1900 Mexican Grill (Charlotte)
Food Rediscovery . . . Eastern North Carolina BBQ :-)
New-to-Me Food Discovery . . . (tie) Vosges Mo's Bacon Bar and Deep Fried Sushi
Dessert . . . gourmet cupcakes
Coffee . . . Dean & Deluca's almond hazelnut soy latté
Coffee Shop . . . Dilworth Coffee (original location)
Farmers' Market . . . (tie) Stadium Village (Indianapolis) and Atherton Mill (Charlotte)

Miscellaneous:
Facebook Game . . . Verdonia
Vacation . . . Kauai
Weekend Getaway . . . Georgia Sea Islands

So . . . what were your favorites? Did you discover anything new that you really liked? Or re-discover something you hadn't had in a while?

P.S. Today's photo is the view of Phillips Place from the Dean & Deluca parking lot. :-)