I restructure, reorganize, and fight the IRS by night I dream about all things food, particularly those related to baking and CHOCOLATE. Recipe testing for to-be-published cookbooks brings me bliss.

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  • Location: Washington, D.C.....but longing to return to Texas
  • Favorite foods: Authentic Tex-Mex any and everything, huge fan of Southern/comfort foods - what food item isn't improved with a little bit of bacon? Cheese!! I can't get enough cheese! Breakfast foods, and carbohydrates in pretty much any form. Is wine food?
  • Last bite on earth: Just one BITE, not a meal? Impossible to decide. If pressed, as much as I could shove into my mouth from a sampler platter at Chuy's Tex-Mex.

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Midtown, dinner for one

Thanks for all of the great suggestions! I went with The Bar Room at The Modern, and it was AWESOME - gin & grapefruit cocktail with steak tartare followed by pappardelle with lobster. So delicious.

@shoneyjoe - have any stellar tax skills? Oh, public accounting...

Cook the Book: 'River Cottage Every Day'

Grilled cheese with any and everything tossed in there - vary the cheese, add bacon or chiles or tomatoes or avocado...

Equipment: Cookie Sheets

I'm a huge fan of Chicago Metallic! Pricier than the Nordic, but very heavy-duty, easy to take care of, and great results.

Cook the Book: 'Around My French Table'

I just got back from a week and a half in Spain - amazing, amazing food from different regions. I'm still full.

Cook the Book: 'Canal House Cooking Volume 4: Farm Markets & Gardens'

I've been frequenting the Penn Quarter farmers market and Eastern Market over the summer - can't get enough of this summer produce!

Prague Suggestions Please-!

I wholeheartedly support the tredlník suggestion - they make a delicious sidewalk snack! A few of my favorite restaurants from a trip last May:

- Restaurant at U Medvíků with their house-brewed beer. Try the Oldgott, and the X-33 if you're feeling adventurous. Also a great bar!
- The Franz Kafka Cafe was a decent stop for us during our Jewish Quarter exploration - I loved the dumplings! However, service was a little...iffy.
- One of my favorite food stops was in a Tesco grocery store - we picked up picnic supplies and crazy Czech candy.
- If you're in the mood for a break from meat and potatoes, we had a French-inspired dinner at Le Patio that was entirely delicious and RIDICULOUSLY cheap for the great quality of food.

You also can't go wrong with a lot of the little bakeries you pass - stop in and get all the pastries you've never seen before. Delicious!

Prague is a beautiful city - enjoy your trip!

Serious eating in Barcelona, Madrid, Córdoba, Sevilla

Thank you so much for the suggestions, everyone! Keep them coming - I'm mapping out our plan of attack, and I'll get a recap up after the trip.

Cook the Book: 'Farm to Fork'

Tomatoes straight off the vine from my mom's garden - the smell alone will knock you over with the promise of deliciousness.

Cook the Book: 'Fiesta at Rick's'

If Rick's house is full, I'd love to party with Mario or Alton!

Cook the Book: The Good Stuff Cookbook

Just one, really? Twisted Root in Dallas...or Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington...or Shake Shack in NYC...or...ok, I'll stop

Cook the Book: 'The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook'

It's impossible to name just one, it really is, but you can give me rellenos all day long. God, I miss Texas.

Cook the Book: 'Recipes from an Italian Summer'

Panzanella with whatever looks good, which is going to be pretty much any and every thing.

Cook the Book: 'The Book of Tapas'

Gambas al ajillo with plenty of crusty bread to sop up the deliciousness left behind.

Cook the Book: 'Seasonal Fruit Desserts'

Turning anything into a cobbler or crisp - yum. Preferably with a big scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

Cook the Book: 'The Vegetarian Option'

Any kind of grain - quinoa! - with some sauteed veggies mixed in. Or pasta in any way, shape, or form.

Cook the Book: 'Ready for Dessert'

My mom's coconut cream pie, a Thanksgiving staple that should really be enjoyed year-round. Yum.

Cook the Book: 'My Bread'

I've learned to always, always test my yeast to make sure it's ready to do its thing - otherwise, epic bread fail.

Cook the Book: 'Rose's Heavenly Cakes'

My mom's red velvet cake. Can't get enough.