Justin Bond and I met in the early 90’s in San Francisco. At that time it seems a lot of us were finding ourselves in our community as artists. Justin has always been the perfect example of the arts . Talent, smarts and captivatingly  beautiful – it’s no wonder Justin has been dubbed “The greatest cabaret artist of (v’s) generation” by  the New Yorker’s Hilton Als.

Justin Vivian Bond

A couple of years back I got to hear Justin cover Bambi Lake’s “The Golden Age of Hustlers” – it was a truly magical moment.

If you haven’t already done so – get a copy of Justin’s latest adventure “Dendrophile” today. It was a joy to have Justin answer my foodie questionnaire.

What is your favorite dessert?

Personally, I love sticky toffee pudding. I’m not a big chocolate person. I like caramel and cake and I like it to be damp and hot. I like just about anything damp, hot, and spongy, preferably with a little cool cream on the side.

What restaurant would you call home?

There’s an italian restaurant here in the East Village in NYC called Lavagna, where I eat first thing upon my return to NY after a tour. The food is delicious, the wine is excellent, and it’s very unpretentious. Usually, I’ll show up with two or three people and end up with a party of ten or twelve. I’ve turned so many people on to it, and everybody loves it. My favorite dish is their Fresh pappardelle with braised rabbit, fresh thyme and Moroccan olives.

What is the strangest or most inspiring thing you’ve ever eaten?

I always get very excited when dishes include flower essences, like rose or lavender. I particularly enjoy Indian desserts with rose water, even though I far prefer savory dishes to sweet ones.

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?

Hands down, Captain Crunch. Not with crunch berries, not peanut butter crunch, just plain Captain Crunch. Followed closely by Fruity Pebbles, and Frosted Flakes.

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