NT: What food/utensil/technique still confounds you?
NT: If you came back in your next life as a food item, what would it be and how would you like to be served?
NVA: A million buttered, strawberry pancakes and served to all of the kids in Florida who need a breakfast. It would be served near the field we picked those berries in that morning and they could come cook with me and get that sense of the circle of life. Or ... an apple. To Eve. On a mirror.
NT: If you could serve a meal to any famous person, alive or dead, who would it be and what would you cook for him/her?
NVA: Mark Twain. "Pork Havana, My Way."
NT: Aside from any restaurants you own or have financial interest in, which Miami eatery is your favorite and what do you like to order there?
NVA: I love to go to Antojitos (in Homestead) and have her soups and pupusas.
NT: If your significant other gave you a pass, what celebrity chef would you most like to enjoy a naked cooking session with and why?
NVA: No pass.
NT: What's your favorite soundtrack/song to cook to?
NVA: The Buena Vista Social Club series or a blues shuffle featuring Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf.
NT: What is your dream culinary trip?
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NT: What's the hottest thing a date could whip up for you in the kitchen?
NVA: Huevos revueltos with chorizo and chilies, followed by [a] fig tart.
NT: What's your favorite junk food and where do you get it?
NVA: Hot dogs. Wrigley Field.