When Juanita More isn’t raising money for excellent local causes or hosting wildly successful events around San Francisco (including an impressive eight-year run of her party Booty Call at Q Bar), you can usually find her with another one of her passions — food.
Her blog Juanita Eats Out is dedicated to her love of good eats, and regularly features guest diners and interviews among the many mouth-watering recipes.
This Valentine’s day, she’s putting her money where her fashionably done-up mouth is by taking over the kitchen at HECHO Restaurant in the Castro to create a prix fixe V-Day menu with some of her favorite family recipes, including her grandmother’s bread pudding. More info on that here.
Since Juanita is always asking her friends about food — you can find her interviews with Looking stars Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey here — we thought we’d turn the tables to get a taste of her epicurean inspirations.
Here’s what she had to say:
What is your favorite dessert?
I am a chocolate lover. And, always have some in my apartment. Sometimes just a small piece of a great bar can be so satisfying.
What restaurant would you call your home?
I am not that adventurous when it comes to going out to restaurants. I spend so much time entertaining and cooking in my kitchen that I rarely adventure out to eat. But when I do it’s to get the things that I love the most about dining in San Francisco. I go to Zuni Cafe regularly for lunch, Bull Valley Roadhouse as often as possible and still my favorite spot is Boulette’s Larder at the Ferry Building.
What is the strangest or most inspiring thing you’ve ever eaten?
The most inspiring thing I’ve ever eaten was in the dining room of Chez Panisse — a ribeye steak came to the table which had been grilled over grape vines. I will never forget that sweet smoky smell.
What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?
What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?
Scrambled eggs are my favorite thing to eat when I get home from the club.