Megan Foster

Favorite local restaurant: The Porch on 18th and K would have to be my number one pick. It’s just good, old-fashioned, home-style comfort food. I have to admit that I really don’t want to know how many calories are in dishes like “pimiento cheese mashers” or the buttermilk fried free-range chicken, but you can always go to the gym tomorrow, right?? The creamy Gouda grits are my favorite, even though I wasn’t sure what a grit was before I started visiting the place. And if you’ve never had The Porch’s fried green tomatoes, they’re better than French fries!

Favorite family recipe: I grew up eating my mom’s German batter bread on Sunday mornings - so much better than French toast! It’s basically a stale baguette sliced over an inch thick and soaked in sugar, milk and eggs, then fried in bacon grease. It’s so good you don’t even need the maple syrup.

Favorite food: I could eat raspberries by the truck load. I get excited when I see the large cartons on sale at the grocery store. They’re so refreshing on hot days and are also surprisingly filling. I eat them straight or throw them in salads, smoothies or even on top of savory dishes like grilled pork.

Favorite dining experience of all time: Prosciutto-encrusted salmon on a bed of creamed peas at Goose & Gander in St. Helena. If it weren’t such a classy establishment I probably would have licked my plate. Then again, I doubt anyone would have noticed. One of the best parts of dining on the second floor is the spectacle of the open kitchen. Chef Kelly McCown runs his crew like a drill sergeant, barking orders and waving his hands. It’s fun to watch and obviously works because the food is excellent. G&G also has some of the most unique cocktails I’ve ever seen - beautifully presented on hand-cut ice and often sprinkled with an array of edible flowers.

What’s your foodie confession? Twinkies. Not sure what’s in them, but every once in a while you just have to have one!

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