Films - There was not a plethora of food related films out this year (2013 seemed to be full of them). My favorite was Chef with Jon Favreau. Honorable mention goes to The Grand Budapest Hotel for all of the scenes involving the pastry shop, Mendel's. Take a look at the instructive video to make M. Gustav's favorite treat, Courtesan au Chocolat.
Books - Two favorite cookbooks I have encountered this year are Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and 12 Recipes by Cal Peternell. I still want to get my hands on Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton and A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus by Renee Erickson, Jess Thomson and Jim Henkens. Food: A Love Story by funny man Jim Gaffigan is also supposedly a laugh riot and is on my reading list. I heard a refreshing excerpt about not being a "foodie" from Meghan Duam's collection of essays, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, on Dinner Party Download. Worth a listen. Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried is a marvel.
Television - In Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain's journey to Iran somehow hit home with me.
Songs - Best song involving sex and food: Breakfast Can Wait by Prince
Bites - Odd Duck, Josephine House, Olamaie, Dai Due, la V, Via 313, and Epicerie. Honorable mentions include Salt & Time and the Austin Food & Wine Festival booth at ACL Fest with food from the Gilmore Boys. I have not yet been to Gardner, Jacoby’s, Fixe, or Peached Tortilla on Burnet Road yet and can't wait to go. I am looking forward to 2015 to try the soon to open Launderette, the new Bryce Gilmore project on Burnet Road, Wu Chow, Bribery, Cantine and so many more.
Sips - New coffee shops that I loved this year include Patika, Seventh Flag Coffee Co., Vintage Heart Coffee, and Cuvée Coffee. Caffé Medici and Houndstooth Coffee are favorites that have been around a while, but both opened new locations this year. Let's not forget the tea from Zhi Tea and The Steeping Room; always wonderful. For cocktails, Half Step, Drink.Well and Contigo scored high for me.