Shinbay, Phoenix AZ. For home-cooked, it was Zuni Cafe style roast chicken with bread salad and green beans tossed in browned butter, with crème brûlée for dessert.
My current drink of choice:
Classic Mai Tai: 2 oz Appleton Estate Extra 12-year Jamaican rum, 1/4 oz orgeat, 1/2 oz Grand Marnier, 3/4 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz rock candy syrup, shaken well with 2 cups crushed ice, in a double rocks glass garnished with a spent lime half and mint sprig.
I really wish I could:
Live in Las Vegas without it losing its magic.
My "Go-to" dinner party dish:
Trader Vic's Calcutta Curry. Red Thai curry if I need something quick.
My favorite comfort food:
Chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and biscuits
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
1) Shinbay, Scottsdale AZ. 2) Little Cafe Poca Cosa, Tucson. 3) MOzen Bistro, Las Vegas. 4) Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix. 5) Viva Las Arepas, Las Vegas.
My most tattered cookbooks:
The Best Recipe by Cook's Illustrated; The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum; Nantucket Open-House Cookbook by Sarah Leah Chase