Random Adventures: Best of the Best: 2012

Best of the Best: 2012 Edition

Mellow Mushroom's Pretzels

Mellow Mushroom’s Pretzels- One of our favorite treats from the year!

Happy New Year! Happy 2013! It’s so exciting to be starting a new year. As we look forward with hopeful expectation for the fun things the new year will bring, let us take a moment to look back. Moving on with a new year is fun, but you don’t want to forget the fun that you’ve had in the past year! Even though we’ll find new restaurants, movies and experiences that we’ll enjoy this year, we can’t forget the cool discoveries we made this past year!  We already shared who we thought sported the best fashion of 2012. So, here’s a list of the best of the best of all the things we discovered in 2012! (If you click on the favorite item you can check out a more in-depth account of what we liked about it by checking out the original post)

Best Christian Movie- Courageous

We saw several Christian movies in 2012 and this was by far the best. Sherwood Pictures has definitely stepped up their game with the quality of their 4th feature film.

Best Oscar Season Movie- Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen created a movie that was both charming and thought provoking, which is very difficult to do. Not too mention is contained wonderful performances by some of the best actors of today.

Best “Always Meant To Try” Restaurant- Big Bowl

We had passed Big Bowl on many occasions and had always intended to eat at Big Bowl. We loved the beautiful interiors and the vegetable spring rolls were so yummy!

Best Sports Movie- The Mighty Macs

We seemed to watch a lot of sports movies this year. The movie we enjoyed most was The Mighty Macs, which is based on the true story of coach Cathy Rush and the 1972 Immaculata College Women’s Basketball Team. It was well acted and inspirational.  Let’s face it women in sports never get enough attention for their actual accomplishments, so it was refreshing to see a movie that didn’t sexualize or sensationalize women athletes.

Best Choose Our Adventure- The Circus

Our readers sent us to the circus! We loved the clowns and some of the other performers. We do wish that they would discontinue the use of animals in performance because the animal acts were sad and the human performers, especially the clowns, were great!


Best Food Festival- Taste of Vienna

This food festival was awesome! We had wonderful crepes (Kari’s first) from Crepe Amour and were introduced the pasties from Pure Pasty Co.

Best Reality Show Of The Year- Food Network Star

 and The Great Food Truck Race

We tried a lot of reality shows, in particular a lot of reality food shows, and Food Network Star and The Great Food Truck Race were the best! Food Network star introduced us to Justin Warner and we’re so excited about his new show! The Great Food Truck Race introduced us to the awesome ladies at Nonna’s Kitchenette.

Best National Tour- South Pacific

South Pacific is a wonderful show and recent tour delivered all the gloss and heart of the Lincoln Center revival.

Best Hidden Gem Discovered While Traveling- Jersey Girl Diner

Morristown, Tennessee has hit the jackpot with Jersey Girl Diner.  It’s cute, the food is amazing and the service is wonderful.  The only problem that you’ll have is selecting what from their wonderful selections to order!

Best Local Hidden Gem- Kline’s Freeze

They are closed in the winter. We miss Kline’s Freeze ice cream and we’ll be there for opening day in the spring!

Best Frozen Treat- Sweet Frog

We had to find a way to deal with Pinkberry’s rotating out of our favorite flavors. Sweet Frog is cute and yummy!

Best Surprise TV Show- Craft Wars

Who knew this would be such a great show! Kari’s father reminded us about this show right before it premiered and suggested we post about it! Great suggestion! We just hope they’ll be another season soon!

Best Show That Was Gone Too Soon- United Bates of America

We love united Bates of America and thought it was the best new show of the whole year. Sadly, TLC has decided that there will not be any more episodes. We emailed and showed our support for this show, and if you miss it you should too! It’s so sad that’s cancelled. We love the Duggars, but the Bates family was even more charming. It’s great to see Christian families on television and their show is already greatly missed by us.

Best Live Show Discovered While Traveling- Country Tonite

We loved this show! We are still watching the DVD we purchased of the performance and can’t wait to attend the show in 2013!

Best Takeout- Bon Chon Chicken

We needed some takeout options and we found the best takeout chicken ever! Bon Chon Chicken is spicy, crunchy and juicy! Their kimchi slaw is also out of this world good! Just be prepared that when we say spicy, we mean SPICY!

Best Brunch and Best Dinner- Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi is amazing. Some of our favorite restaurant favorites are their Steak au Poivre (for dinner), Quiche Lorraine and Vanilla French Toast (for brunch), Profiteroles (anytime!!!) and their sorbets are excellent!

Best Family Movie-The Lorax

The Lorax has a great message, cute songs, and beautiful animation. It’s a wonderful movie for anyone of any age!


Best Takeout Pizza- Donato’s

Donato’s pizza was another fabulous discovery from the Taste of Vienna festival. It’s the best thin-crust pizza ever and they don’t skimp on the pepperoni

Best Restaurant Pizza- Mellow Mushroom

We enjoyed Mellow Mushroom in two of its locations ( Bristol, Virginia and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) this year and were always delighted with the results! Big portions, big flavors and fun décor keep Mellow Mushroom high on our list of favorite restaurants. Seriously, their pretzels are amazing!

Best Cupcakes- Babycakes Cupcakery

We tried so many cupcake shops looking for good cupcakes in Northern Virginia and we’re still looking for the best local cupcakes. We discovered the best cupcakes of the year in Abingdon, Virginia at Babycakes Cupcakery. Inventive flavors, great prices and yummy cupcakes made this the best cupcakery of 2012!

Best Ballet- Washington Ballet’s production of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker

It was beautiful! Who wouldn’t love a version of the Nutcracker with Washingtonian influences!

Best Live theatrical Event- Signature Theatre’s prodcution of Dreamgirls

We’re both still singing and doing the choreography. Signature always has great shows, but Dreamgirls was just AMAZING. Nova Y. Payton is a local treasure!

Best Live Theatrical Event- Olney Theatre Center’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Olney Theatre Center’s production of Cinderella was lovely and entertaining. The costumes were amazing!

Best Female Style- Taylor Swift

She was on my (Kari’s) best dressed list multiple times (Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, ACM awards, CMA awards) I love her style and I look forward to seeing what looks she’ll be rocking in the new year.

Best Male Style- Mike Fisher

RJ loved Mike Fisher’s style on several occasions( like the Billboard Music Awards).

Happy 2013! We look forward to sharing our new discoveries with you in 2013!