Best meal I ever ate:
Peninsula Grill in Chlston, S.C. 12/2001: New Zealand Rack of Lamb w/ a mint pesto & the best Coconut Cake in my life
My current drink of choice:
Imperia Vodka Extra Dry Martinis w/ Big Tasty Olives
I really wish I could:
Afford to travel to eat at all those places I see Anthony Bourdain go to on the Travel Channel.
My "Go-to" dinner party dish:
Rosemary Pork Loin with a Port Wine Sauce.
My favorite comfort food:
Shrimp & Cheese Grits.
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
Nicholaus (NJ); Hearth (NYC); Cafe Absinthe (Chicago); White Swan BBQ (Smithfield, N.C.); Tria (Philly)
My most tattered cookbooks:
Molly Stevens' All About Braising; Giada De Laurentis' Everyday Italian; Moosewood Restaurant's Lowfat Cookbook; Lidia Bastianich's Italian American Kitchen