Okay, confessions of a culinary junkie: I love to eat. Truth be told, I constantly obsess over my next meal. I plan vacations around food. I dream of just-caught ahi tuna tossed in a smoky chipotle vinaigrette, and of the yeasty aroma of warm naan bread, pulled straight from the tandoori oven. I have a dangerous penchant for Spanish and French cheeses (all kinds), Marconi almonds, and Black Mission figs. I adore my hometown's (Austin) trailer-food scene, and could eat sushi for breakast, lunch, and dinner. I love Middle Eastern cuisine for its focus on what is fresh and seasonal. My favorite way to eat is with family and friends around a big table with good wine, and lots of small plates filled with different kinds of foods - Spanish "tapas-style". A chef friend once told me that the palate tires of a flavor after only 2-3 bites, so I try to embrace the old adage: "all good things in moderation". Of course, sometimes that is easier said than done.