"Waffle House is my religion. There's nothing else like it. In what other chain restaurant do you get greeted – every time – with a big, hearty 'Good Morning'? Yeah, you sometimes get to see your cook's prison tatts. Yeah, you leave the place smelling like waffle oil. But you LOVE it." - Jenn
5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.
If you live in Houston, Texas, chances are you've eaten some of Chef Bryan Caswell's food.
A native Houstonian, Caswell grew up in the same Gulf Coast region where he now owns REEF, Little Big's and Stella Stola.
Caswell was named one of Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chefs" in 2009, and was most recently nominated for a James Beard Award for "Best Chef: Southwest" in 2010.
It's obvious Caswell knows a thing or two about what makes a good chef - and where you find the foundation for a talented cook, according to him, may come as a surprise.
5 Reasons You Always Hire a Cook with Waffle House on His or Her Résumé: Bryan Caswell
Plans didn't quite work out for that wine tour in Tuscany? Forgot to book that long, summer weekend in Napa Valley? As it turns out, a trip to the local farmers markets is a gastronomic getaway in its own right - where travelers can learn about (and taste) what's grown in the community.
For those vacationers in search of sweet summertime strawberries and juicy watermelon, a trio of food writers and chefs picked their top ten farmers markets across the United States.
Did your local market make the cut? Find out in the FULL STORY
Now that you've nabbed that omnivorous or veggie hottie, what do you feed him or her to seal the deal?
We turned to the chef behind some pretty swoon-inducing food during the Mario Batali Foundation's T-Bones & Tequila Event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen ask asked him about devising a dinner date d'amour.
Previously – Batali talks more about food love
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