Just as all little sisters want to be like their big sisters, I think I unwittingly followed in her footsteps when I first discovered how much I enjoy these same things -- morsel marauding across cities and towns in search of the next best thing. Back when she was living in Brooklyn, she was the expert on all the city's hidden gems and new places. Now that she's living in the New Jersey suburbs with her husband and kids, she is now the family's designated culinary navigator for dining out close to home, and I've taken up the role when it comes to New York City. Now we're the dining duo together, and I couldn't ask for a better sister with whom to compare notes. She has always been there for me and offers up the most comforting advice when life get bumpy.
Thanks again to Renee for participating in November's Q&A!
FAVORITE ALL-TIME RESTAURANT
Le Grill, the restaurant located on a terrace of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo in Monaco. My husband, kids, and I were dining there while on vacation in the summer, which is when Le Grill's roof slides back, offering direct contact with the sky and one of the most beautiful views on the French Riviera. Our meal also happened to coincide with the international fireworks competition, so that made the experience that much more spectacular and unforgettable. For dessert, it was my family's first time ever having a soufflé -- a chocolate one and a raspberry, actually, and it was simply heavenly.
MOST REGULARLY FREQUENTED SPOT(S)
Central Jersey: Sirena Ristorante, The Tea Room at Raven and the Peach, David Burke Fromagerie, Copper Canyon
DRINK OF CHOICE
cold brew coffee with a splash of milk and a dash of Splenda from Rook Coffee Roasters
SOMETHING YOU SECRETLY INDULGE
Taco Bell, though I guess it's no secret now!
DISH YOU MOST ENJOY PREPARING
My husband is Jewish, so I really enjoy making potato latkes with my kids for Channukah.
THE HOMEMADE DISH YOU ALWAYS LONG FOR
braised oxtail stew (where the meat falls effortlessly off the bone and the sauce is nice and thick) over white rice
GASTRONOMIC GETAWAY/ADVENTURE OF CHOICE
Spain and Paris -- just so many great food adventures to explore there.
Curtis Stone, Emeril Legassi (before he became overly commercialized!)
MEAL YOU WISH YOU CAN REPEAT BUT SOMEHOW CANNOT
Le Grill (see FAVORITE ALL-TIME RESTAURANT) and a meal in France that I had years ago with my family where we shared a big wheel of raclette cheese.
For most of my life, it was cilantro, but for some inexplicable reason, now I love it!
FAVORITE DESSERT OF ALL TIME
A perfectly crisp and thin sugar and butter crêpe. I spent many years in search of the perfect technique, and I am happy to say I have mastered it!
FAVORITE COOKBOOK/COFFEE TABLE BOOK
The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) series
CULINARY WORDS THAT NEVER LOSE THEIR PANACHE
FOOD BLOG(S) YOU JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF
Four Tines, of course!