Best meal I ever ate:
La Bernadin. We tried the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing. It was heaven on earth. Every dish was artistically prepared, bringing something new to the table each time. The sommelier's (there are four of them) were on the money when pairing each dish with a wine. It was truly a spiritual experience!
My current drink of choice:
At the moment I find myself making Clarita's most often. I think it's origen lies in Spain. My version consists of freezing cold Stella Artois, a little bit of 7-up, and a squeeze of lime. It takes the edge off the Miami heat. Other than that I enjoy a good glass of wine every now and then. My favorites right now are Gewurtztraminer from Alsace, and Grunerveitliner (not sure if I spelled that right). I eat alot of seafood so those compliment it deliciously.
I really wish I could:
I really really wish I could go to culinary school. But that's not enough. From there I would live in another country for a few years to learn their culinary secrets, maybe france, japan, or Peru. Then I would come back home and cook only for my family and friends. I have no desire to open my own restaurant, or even to cook in one. But that would be my dream, which is put on hold for a really long time due to the fact that I have three small children.
My "Go-to" dinner party dish:
Not to sound too overly simplistic, but there is something about an artisan cheese board that get's me excited. I love going to a gourmet store and trying all the different cheeses and choosing a select few to satisfy my guests with. Sometimes I like doing a tasting of maybe three cheeses of the same category (bleu, goat, etc) Doesn't everyone love cheese? My next staple at almost every party, ceviche. Not the Asian fusion inspired crap that every chef is serving up at their restaurants, but the true Peruvian simple kind. It is the best, in my opinion.
My favorite comfort food:
I love meatloaf! I have a recipe that is incredibly delicious and juicy. Any time I have a bad week I dig out my recipe and make some deliciousness. It is the food that keeps on giving. Meatloaf sandwhich leftovers, anyone? But since we're on the subject of comfort food I have the need to promote a restaurant. If you ever find yourself in Savannah, please go to Mrs. Wilkes Boarding house. They are only open from Monday-Thursday for lunch only!! You will dream about this restaurant for years to come. I know I do. Fried chicken , greens, gravy, biscuit heaven!
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
These are the top 5 restaurants here in Miami that I adore and frequent the most: 1. River Oyster Bar 2. Ortanique 3. La Perla del Rincon del Mar (Peruvian) 4. Cafe Pastis (simple southern french food) 5. Caffe Di Notte (Italian) . Like I said, these are the restaurants that I frequent most often. Obviously there are other greats in this city that are equal to or better than most of my choices, but due to distance, price, and service these are my picks. Unfortunately I don't have the budget to eat at Azul everyday.
My most tattered cookbooks:
Most tattered cookbook by far, Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House. I picked this one up while eating at her restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.