In the industry, it's widely known that chefs put a lot of items on the menu that they don't necessarily get a kick out of making anymore. These are the nachos, tuna tartares and flatbreads of the world. Without a doubt, they are the menu staples, and they certainly do please a whole hell of a lot of people. But while you're happily digging into something cheesy and easy to make (at least for a pro cook), the chef is getting his thrills by putting a few more adventurous, unexpected dishes on the menu. Think chicken foot skewers, whole braised fishes and—gasp—lamb chops at an Indian dosa restaurant. I asked chefs at some of the more popular spots around town what they wish you'd order, even though you really just want the nachos. Give these dishes a shot. You might just learn something.
I like flowers as much as the next girl, but I must admit that receiving a big basket of gorgeous organic vegetables at my desk was pretty much the highlight of last week. The vegetables—from deep-purple Rossa di Treviso to fat Brussels sprouts and super-sweet carrots the size of my index finger—represented the weekly harvest from Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma, who have recently begun offering weekly CSA boxes. Because of Oak Hill's partnership with Marina lunch spot Blue Barn Gourmet (Blue Barn's owner, Sam Josi, is the step-grandson of Oak Hill owner Anne Teller), Blue Barn is the pickup spot for the boxes, delivered each Wednesday.