women chefs are cooking tempting meals in Bangkok: Amanda Gale
Mediterranean food at Cy’an (in Christina
Ong’s Metropolitan Hotel) and Sylvia Bruzeau creates vegetarian regional
specialties from Vietnam and Thailand at Tamarind Café.
Berkeley, California. Opened in 1971, by Alice Waters and
an assortment of idealistic friends, this neighborhood bistro
was named after a character in Marcel Pagnol's 1930's trilogy
of movies. The Restaurant and Café pay homage to the sentiment,
comedy and informality of these classic films. From the beginning,
Alice and her partners tried to do things the way they would
like them done at a dinner party at home: everything is fresh
and delicious. Reservations required.
Zarela Martinez enjoys
happy memories of growing up in the state of Veracruz, Mexico where
she recalls lively, civilized, relaxed conversations with free-spirited
friends who had just shared a delicious meal. Now you can have
that same experience via Zarela’s restaurant and catering
services in New York, her public television cooking
series, home designs, cooking classes, cookbooks and recipe greeting
cards. Viva Zarela!
Anselmo, California. This is an upscale Mediterranean
restaurant where dinner reservations are a must. Formerly of
Greens and the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, Chef
Diana Adkins-Glassman's specialties are Mediterranean and vegetarian,
with emphasis on Spanish and Moroccan flavors.
Arzak, San Sebastian,
Spain. Travel and Leisure writes: “Eating your way
through Elena Arzak Espina’s degustation menu is like taking
your taste buds to Cirque du Soleil—so modern, so cheekily
entertaining. Today, she may well be the most exciting woman chef
on the planet…”
Fassia, Marakesh, Morocco. Owned and run by sixteen
women from Fez (the only male employee parks the cars), this beautiful,
intimate restaurant serves wonderful steamed lamb shoulder and stuffed
fish. Ask to be served in the garden; best of all, in the private
pagoda! Reservations are required.