Best meal I ever ate:
Slim Jims at a country store in the middle of a 40 mile bike ride (we had foolishly skipped lunch).
My current drink of choice:
Loose Cannon (or maybe Elijah Craig, straight up)
I really wish I could:
Speak 10 languages - for food, I'd pick English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, and Turkish. No slight to Indian cuisine, but my impression is that you could get along fairly well in India using English.
My "Go-to" dinner party dish:
Barbecue pork shoulder (which takes 12-plus hours to make and explains why I don't have many parties).
My favorite comfort food:
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
DC area only - Vidalia, Hong Kong Palace, El Charrito Caminante (judging by how often I eat there), Rocklands (yes, Rocklands), and Hai Duong. Elsewhere: Mother's (New Orleans), Oklahoma Joe's (Kansas City), Sims BBQ (Little Rock), Cuz's (Pounding Mill, Virginia), Birreria Zaragoza (Chicago). (Of course, any list limited to the five best is silly).
My most tattered cookbooks:
Joy of Cooking (the edition by the son that everybody hated); Craig Clairborne, NYT International Cook Book; Cheryl & Bill Jamison, Sublime Smoke; Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee, Eating Korean; Rima & Richard Collins, The New Orleans Cookbook. Most treasured cookbook (though I'm pretty sure I'm never cooked a single dish from it): Recipes from Possumneck, Mississippi (my father-in-law's home community)