Vexing Conundrum, crusader against evil ubiquitous vegetable gums, destroyers of all that is right and good in food; foe of insidious snobs and phonies; devotee of Knorr's spinach veg dip and bread bowl (aka: "food of the gods")..
Arlington, VA; "the ragamuffin, drunken people and psychotics are forbidden to enter the Tower" (#1) and those "carrying baleful biology." (#6) http://www.engrish.com/2009/11/entering-the-tower/
Best meal I ever ate:
It is a real toss-up between Amoo's (McLean, VA) Lamb Chops and Chilean Sea Bass vs. the utterly inimitable Pad Kee Mao at Pan Asian Noodle House near Dupont Circle in DC
My current drink of choice:
Bombay Sapphire Gin and a bit of Schweppes tonic with a wedge of lime, on not-too-many rocks in a Double Old Fashioned Glass, hopefully sipped on a patio with a balmy 72 degrees at sunset.
I really wish I could:
fly, be invisible, read minds (really?....REALLY?!..), sing in a rock band, tour the globe First Class, eat lots of lobster, crab imperial, fried shrimp and shrimp cocktail, beef Wellington, bearnaise sauce, and smoked baby back ribs (WITHOUT gaining weight) -- oh, and help all the little children, and bring world peace (which would involve, at a minimum, total elimination of evil, ubiquitous vegetable gums in all food products!)
My "Go-to" dinner party dish:
Tuscan Beef Stew or anything involving artichokes, spinach or cheese!
My favorite comfort food:
my mom's biscuits with my sausage gravy (i use milk), or grits and fried eggs for breakfast -- any other time, smoked pork ribs with a spice rub or with bourbon bbq glaze! Also, comfort food is Wok-charred fresh rice noodles in Pad Kee Mao with minced chicken, eaten alongside fiery Som Tum. How many comfort foods? Add juicy Chicken Tikka, Saag, Sri Lankan Egg Hoppers and Pol Sambol. I go crazy for Lebanese Toum on Marinated Roast Chicken in Lavash, too. My newest favorite food is Lao Crispy Rice Salad with Lao Sausage.
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
funny post from "a cat" on chowhound: >>"""I know a lethal food combination which means don't try it at home. Mustard seed + very salty water = death. I hope I have been useful. """<<< -- a cat 5-10-10
My most tattered cookbooks:
is there an AA for cookbook addicts?