"I thought there'd be more food there, but there wasn't. I filled up on Chateauneuf du Pape in place of food."
"I quit smoking weed a couple years ago, and every time I eat these hash browns I'm like, 'I wish I could eat this while I'm baked.'"
"I grew up being totally obsessed with going to Maine and getting a lobster roll. Everything you eat when you're a kid, you get very picky about it when you're older. It's got to be exactly the way you remember it."
"A burger without fries is not a burger."
"We had a bottle of red wine. We might have had a second bottle of red wine."
"I hate the food at the Waldorf; I never like eating there. So I just had a fruit salad."
"I walked in there and just ordered every panini on the menu. I didn't like the music they were playing ... I was just like, 'Let's put Led Zeppelin on.'"
"At one point I was like, 'Oh no! I got syrup on my bacon pizza!' and it was just pornographic."
"I had a popcorn and a little Coca-Cola. I don't really drink sodas, but when I have popcorn or pizza I need a little. It's the perfect combination."
"Alcohol has so many empty calories. You get a nice little buzz from it, but I’d rather have a pork chop."
The 'Top Chef Masters' judge was recently in the East Bay visiting his mother and penned a couple of impromptu reviews for Grub Street NY.
"So much of the last four weeks was just about seeking comfort, largely through the food that I put into my mouth."
"I was so horrified by the thought of what I was going to be eating that I decided to make a base in my stomach to protect myself."
"I had handmade mozzarella, braised broccoli rabe, beans and bacon, potatoes and pepperoni, spicy egg sandwich with roasted peppers and provolone, and lasagna."
"Before lunch I went to In-N-Out Burger. That's so bad."
And he finds Chinatown lobsters for $5 a pound.
"I remember a time I ate Shepherd's Pie at the Spotted Pig. It was so delicious, I ate so much of it that I couldn't move. And I felt so sluggish and all I wanted to do was curl up by the stove."
"I cooked dinner for six people in my house, mostly Moroccan traditional food."
"I had twelve-grain toast with smoked salmon that my mother had gotten from Barney Greengrass."
"Crunch, you know, is one of those universal human irresistible things. "