10 till midnight—here’s my listicle. The best of 2017 on my end:

Best food I had:
1) A spaghetti at Chicago’s Tesori restaurant containing pea, shoots, fennel pollen, garlic, fresno peppers, lemon, and pecorino romano.

2) A masoor daal (kaali daal) that my mom makes which she’s altered to include curry leaves and tamarind. oh my goodness, it’s good.

3) A salad an antie in aramco made earlier this year. It had coarsely cut parsley (like in tabouleh), chopped green apple, chopped bananas, and pomegranate with a yogurt-mayo-lemon dressing.

4) “Cowgirl” maki roll at Blue Sake Sushi Grill — pickle vegan tempura, sriracha-fried onion rings, vegan mayo, bbq paper. Possibly the best sushi I’ve had.

Best dessert I had:
1) Bobby Flay’s Cinammon-Maple-Oat Biscotti (thanks Sofia!)
2) Rock Sugar restaurant’s Caramelized Banana Custard Cake
— Milk Chocolate Ice Cream, Malted Creme Anglaise and Nut Brittle

Best TV show I saw:
Sherlock, hands up, hands down.

Best movie(s) I saw:
1) Dangal (Hindi)
2) Jawani Phir Nahi Aani (Pakistani)
3) The Darkest Hour (English)

Best documentary I saw:
Pakistan’s Hidden Shame

Best ad(s) I saw:
1) Star Plus “mat kar”:

2) Conservation International ad series:

3) Norwegian ad:

Best book I read:
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Best songs I heard:
1) PAF songs redone by Junaid Jamshed

2) Jamie’s Song by Sylvan Esso

3) Interlude by Alice and the Glass Lake / Rebecca Spektor on Eminem’s Revival

Best article I read:

Best lesson learned:
Nothing can change people like loving them can.