The 53 Best Things We Ate This Year

Published in Gourmet Live 12.19.12
Gourmet Live and Epicurious staff and contributors name their most savory, succulent, sweet, and all-around stellar meals of 2012
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Limonada de Coco, Mila Café
Cartagena, Colombia

I spent a marvelous 10 days in steamy Cartagena, Colombia, in November, where I ate plate after plate of spicy-tangy ceviches; dozens of sugary-sweet and sometimes sour fruits; and way too many arepas de huevo (deep-fried egg-filled corn cake deliciousness). But the most resonant food memory I have from that trip—the item I find myself craving again and again—is the limonada de coco from Mila Café, a stylish patisserie/restaurant in the El Centro section of the old walled city. An icy blend of lime juice, coconut water, and sugar, whipped to a heavenly froth, it's both as refreshing as a frosty lemonade and as soul-satisfying as a milkshake. Think a tarted-up, less cloying Piña Colada, or the best Key lime pie you ever had—frozen and in a glass. My gosh, it was good.

Kerry Acker, copy chief

PHOTO: Tom Gavin

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