My Benriner Japanese mandoline (aka "Benny")
Just gallivanting around town and eating, of course! Every once in a while, I'll head to the beach with my dog, or chase after wines north of the city.
Stellar food, gracious hosts and guests, lots of witty banter
Being able to spark curiosities, bring people together, and create memories through my food...it really just comes down to that.
Korean short ribs, braised or grilled
I've been lucky to have a few, and the first meal I vividly remember opening me up to the world of food was in a tiny little bistro in a tiny little French town outside of Carcassonne. Simple as can be but solid as bones: a smoked trout salad to start, a grilled t-bone steak for an entree, and chocolate fondant to close...of course, all washed down with copious amounts of wine.
Jacques Pepin...I can watch him make a classic French omelette over and over again.
I knew a life of research would leave me miserable (I moonlighted as a college professor before going into cooking).
...always changing, but a recent meal that left my tongue wagging was at Benu. I also loved my corner bodega from my days in New York -- I had a serious addiction to bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll.
Kraft Mac 'n Cheese (yes, from the box)
Coffee or red wine
Salt, lemon, garlic, eggs, hot peppers (in any shape or form)
Anything that brings you back to a warm and fuzzy place (which, as we all know, is different for each person). Mine are kimchi, rice, and spam. I know what you're thinking... "Spam!?" But it's a Korean-American thing and one of those things I remember so fondly from my childhood.
Hong Kong...whether it's a cheap bowl of noodle soup or a fine dining experience, the food is spot on!
I'd like to eat my way through Vietnam one of these days.
Roasted bone marrow with lots of buttery bread
You! Well, could be one of these days :) I have to say my family for sure.
Summer...I still say it wasn't until I moved to California when I truly tasted a tomato.
Vanilla bean with a little sea salt...with salted caramel, even better!
Escoffier's Le Guide Culinaire
Nada! I would be a very unhappy camper if I had to eat the same thing day in, day out...
Miyuk Guk -- it's a kelp soup traditionally served on birthdays but my mom used to make it all the time.
In no particular order: black pepper, coriander, parsley, ginger, gochukaru (Korean chili powder)
It would involve travel and food -- maybe a trip to a local market and then cooking up a delicious meal with found ingredients.
Bi-Rite's ice cream
Dependent on the season...these days it's plums.
Peanut Butter Puffins
I've eaten a lot of weird things like lemon ants & reindeer carpaccio, but cute and furry is a lot harder to do...rabbits are the only exception.