TASTE | salads, martinis + sausage biscuits

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I long to want to cook, but I have come to terms with the fact that I just don't. I really don't. I do, however, love food and my appreciation for good food has increased as I have gotten older. The simplest dish can often be the most difficult to execute well. Salads are particularly tricky to pull off. One of my favorites is the Chopped Vegetable Salad at the The Polo Bar (1 East 55th St, NYC, +1 212 207 8562). I do not think any salad has ever been chopped up too much. I also really, really love the Vesper Martini there. That is a darn near perfect meal right there. 

I don't know what it is about eating outside but food is tastier when one does it. When I was growing up my family vacationed at a dude ranch in Southwestern Colorado called the 4UR Ranch. Every Tuesday morning there was a cookout breakfast with scrambled eggs, biscuits, sausage, griddle cakes, etc. I'm not a breakfast person — never have been — but I could inhale a couple of sausage biscuits. No problem. 

One of the best home-cooked meals I have ever had was at my friend Maneesh's apartment in NYC. Maneesh is a first generation Indian-American. Every year his mother and aunties come to NYC and cook a vegetarian feast for Maneesh's friends. Chapati, dhal, salads with coriander and cucumber, the most fragrant rice with almonds. The first time I tried this food I understood that a vegetarian diet can be completely satisfying and utterly delicious. A revelation.