now: Galway; usually: outside Chicago
Best meal I ever ate:
Fantastic multicourse, sort of kaiseki-style Asian/French (Japanese ingredients, French treatment) fusion at Aviland in Tokyo c. 1988 stands out
My current drink of choice:
There's an horchata cocktail at Frontera in Chicago that is choice
I really wish I could:
eat as well as I can taste.
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
I used to really love going to Chez Panisse in Berkeley; had many simple but lovely meals there. Gramercy Tavern was also splendid. Lalimes in Berkeley catered the most "foodie" wedding I ever attended. I had an inventive, pristine meal at one of the restaurants in Bellagio (Las Vegas) -- sat at the bar, had 3 different ceviches, 3 perfect little desserts, etc -- great fun. Love the pizza at Emma's in Cambridge, MA -- though The Cheeseboard in Berkeley is also goaty and great.
My most tattered cookbooks:
Madhur Jaffrey, WORLD VEGETARIAN