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Kim Ann Foxman Eats Out

i-D Magazine – Photography – Collier Schorr / Styling – Holli Smith

Kim Ann has been setting the world on fire with music. As DJ and producer she is making dance floors sizzle everywhere she goes. Her style is by far – more than trend-setting. That new buzz cut she’s sporting these days by hair stylist Holli Smith is the cut for the summer. We met in San Francisco in the late 90’s and will forever remain enamored with each other. During a hot Pride Sunday years ago a big group of us dressed up as animals and paraded around Civic Center. We’ve spent a few Pride’s together since then. This year Kim Ann is coming back to San Francisco to be a part of my annual Pride Event which is benefiting the SF LGBT Center. Kim Ann’s Soundcloud is on constant play at my place and I think you should listen-up and press play too. Here’s a link to an exclusive mix she did for I-d Magazine.

Kim Ann has been an influential part of the musical group Hercules And Love Affair and most recently released the track Creature on the label Mr. Intl Records.

What is your favorite dessert?

Pumpkin pie and I also love mochi with all my heart.

What restaurant would you call your home?

Westville in New York City. Its literally across the street and its so good. I pretty much eat there all the time.

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

The strangest thing I have ever eaten – which I really loved are called percebes, otherwise known as goose barnacles. They look so freaky – like weird claws. I was pretty scared to try one. They are quite an expensive delicacy in Spain because they are very hard to collect. They grow on rocks where the waves are crashing – so its really dangerous to harvest them. You have to twist their weird tube and suck the edible part out, but its tastes really good!!

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?

Honeycombs

What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?

Pizza!

Kim Ann Foxman – Image / Daniel Riera

Matthew Robbins Eats Out

Matthew Robbins

Matthew Robbins is creative director of his namesake business Matthew Robbins Design in New York City. It has become the go-to place for planning weddings, events and celebrations of all sorts.  They specialize in doing it in the most unique and personal way. When Matthew lived in San Francisco I was the lucky recipient of many special floral deliveries. Matthew’s smile has always brightened my day. And, I feel very honored that he took time out of his busy schedule to answer my foodie questionnaire. A few  years back I celebrated my birthday at his showroom in NYC – he really took the time to make the event look and feel like me. Our theme was pink – my favorite color.

Matthew and I on my birthday in his NYC showroom. Image / Jack Meyers

He writes an ongoing blog for the Martha Stewart Weddings website, The Huffington Post, and StyleList.com and has given classes and lectures around the world, including South By Southwest and the upcoming Engage!12. He has been a regularly featured guest on both Martha Stewart Show and Martha Stewart Living Radio. He most recently published Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings – a great guide to your queer or straight wedding.

Matthew answers my foodie questionnaire here:

What is your favorite dessert?

So hard to pick just one. I think my favorite dessert is still a delicious, classic almond torte. I could have this for breakfast, after lunch or dessert. Sort of amazing with an espresso. My second choice would have to be Juanita’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake…. so awesome! I like simple desserts. When they get complicated they lose their magic.

What restaurant would you call your home?

I feel super happy and at home when I’m at Blue Hill Stone Barns in New York. Only thirty minutes from the city but feels like you are hours removed from the craziness. They always create the most beautiful, inspired and delicious things with vegetables…especially in summer! I love the people who run the restaurant and I feel like part of the family when I’m there.

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

I will go for most inspiring as I’m not into strange food. The simplest, inspired by the countryside, most amazing thing ever has to be handmade Umbricelli pasta in Italy with freshly shaved black truffles all over! So good I could just cry thinking about it.

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?

As a kid I lived for Honey Nut Cheerios. I would drizzle more honey on top and add banana…perfection! Loved the crunchy oat flavor with the mushy banana.

What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?

My absolute favorite, being out late, drinking too much, being crazy food is a good batch of yummy, thin and salty french fries. Combine with good champagne and you are really in heaven!

Wesley Taylor Eats Out

Wesley Taylor

I got to meet Wes when he was in San Francisco starring as Michael “Mouse” Tolliver in the world-premiere musical Tales of the City (based on the book series by Armistead Maupin), at the American Conservatory Theatre. In the middle of the second act Wes (as Mouse) sings the coming out song “Dear Mama” – and in the half-dozen times I saw the production there never was a dry eye in the house. My tears continued as my phone starting ringing in my purse – I had too many drinks during intermission in the lobby and forgot to turn it off. He has the most infectious smile and delightfully devilish demeanor. We didn’t get to share any food together while he was here – but we did share some beverages – so I’m gonna count that as food intake.

Wesley Taylor as Michael “Mouse” Tolliver in Tales of the City The Musical

He is currently on Smash, NBC’s new TV series about producing a Broadway show. Wesley plays Bobby, a flamboyant ensemble member who is not afraid to say what is on his mind. (That last sentence was lifted off of Wikepedia – the term flamboyant is an understatement).

“Flamboyant”

Wes Taylor answers my foodie questionnaire here:

What is your favorite dessert?
Banana ice cream on top of brownies…you know, healthy stuff.

What restaurant would you call your home?
Well, the restaurants that I’ve probably spent the most time in are Lovely Day in Soho, Caselulla in Hell’s Kitchen, The Grove in San Francisco, and Kitchen in Hollywood. They make me feel cozy and the food is consistent.

What is the strangest or most inspiring thing you’ve ever eaten?
There’s this restaurant in downtown LA called The Gorbals. It’s very hip and has a live band, the head chef is Ilan Hall, I think he won Top Chef…and he cooks some pretty “inspiring” Squid.

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?
Captain Crunch, hands down.

What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?
Fast Food. In&Out / Mc Donald’s / Chick-Fil-A (but I’m boycotting because those waffle fries are bigoted).

Image by Corey Hayes

Johnny Dynell Eats Out

Johnny Dynell / Image Jeffrey Dwayne

Johnny Dynell is the NYC DJ and impresario that has been practicing his craft at places like The Mudd Club, Danceteria, The Pyramid, Area, BoyBar, Susanne Bartsch parties, The Tunnel, The Roxy, Jackie 60, Crobar, Mr. Black and Vandam – for over two and a half decades. Currently he is finishing up a voguing album on his Endless Night Music label with rtists like Princess Xtravaganza, Paul Alexander and Jocelyn Brown. He is also gearing up for the legendary (May 11th) Night of A Thousand Stevies 22, “Dreams Unwind”. I love sneaking up on Johnny in the DJ booth – he swears he always pee’s his pants.

What is your favorite dessert?
Chef David Waltuk’s (Chanterelle) chocolate ganache on ANYTHING!

What restaurant would you call your home?
Cafe Orlin in the East Village.

What is the strangest or most inspiring thing you’ve ever eaten?
The most inspiring food I’ve ever eaten was my first Po-Boy in New Orleans right after Katrina.

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?
I liked plain Shredded Wheat with milk but no sugar.

What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?
Unfortunately after the age of 70 pigging out after the club is no longer an option.

Johnny Dynell / Image by Aaron Cobbett

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.

Lady Bunny is most famously known for founding, organizing and hosting Wigstock, the outrageous festival of drag and music that delighted up to 40,000 New Yorkers every Labor Day for nearly 20 years. For you youngsters – you’ll probably best recognize her as a judge  on RuPaul’s Drag U. But it’s the political Bunny that I’m most fond of. Her view and voice are much smarter than many politicians these days. If she was to run for president I’d support her all the way. Lady Bunny answers my foodie questionnaire here. She surprisingly eats more than carrots.

Lady Bunny loves carrots

What is your favorite dessert?

Either coconut cream pie or German chocolate cake. That Magnolia Bakery of Sex And The City fame is in my neighborhood and their german chocolate is better than my momma’s!

What restaurant would you call your home?

New Yorkers eat out so much that it’s hard to choose. But on my block I love Benny’s Burritos, which is a local chain which based the “Bay” style burritos I first tried at Pancho Villa in San Fran. It’s tasty without being overly greasy and there are healthy options like brown rice and whole wheat tortillas. I’m far from a health nut–as you can see–but I don’t like to eat white rice or white flour tortillas and end up with a belly full of fiberless, nutrition-free glue. Are you hard yet?

The Lady Bunny

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

I’ve been cooking a lot recently and trying to avoid white sugar. I recently shocked myself by making this not delicious and overly-fattening dessert: sliced fresh peaches, unsweetened shredded coconut, a little coconut sugar, a small handful of unsalted cashews and just enough of a splash of almond milk to make a dressing.

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?

Captain Crunch original–I hated all of that Crunchberry madness.

What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?
“Tube steak” with extra “head cheese”!

Lead guitarist for the Scissor Sisters and fellow foodie-friend Del Marquis helps fill in the blanks on his eating habits.

Del Marquis / Image Juanita MORE!

What is your favorite dessert?

When I was a child, it was strawberry shortcake every year for my birthday… then I discovered the Cannoli cake, which is a basic vanilla sponge covered and filled with Cannoli cream that our local Italian baker made.

Petit Fours

Nowadays I’d have to say the Petit Four; I love ganache, I love jams and marmalade filling…Almandine or hazelnut based sponge and dense icing, flowers optional but always appreciated!

What restaurant would you call your home?

I’m short on options in my relatively new neighborhood, although this is changing rapidly; but the most consistent place is Dutch Boy Burgers.

Dutch Boy Burger

Every time I come home from tour or travel, I’ll call for take away ten minuets from my house, it’s a ritual.  I get a Dutch Boy Burger (Brioche bun, soaked with juices, medium rare burger, caramelized onions, cheddar) Onion rings (sometimes cooked in Duck fat) and a Vanilla Milk Shake (made with homemade Ice cream from Blue Marble).  If they have the apple pie, I’ll get a slice of that too.

What is the dish that most impressed you?

Kobe Beef at Alinea

It was at Alinea in Chicago; I had a 13 course tasting meal which lasted 3 hours… one of the first dishes to come out was a Kobe beef medallion that was cooking on the plate over a scalding hot river rock, which in turn was on a bed of juniper that was giving off a smoky incense from the heat… I always think about that dish when I think of something that made an impression on me.

What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid?

It was and still is Lucky Charms. This is usually hidden on the tour bus because it is considered contraband by our trainer.  I have to slide it out of the cabinet, grab the milk…and make my cup (safer than a bowl in a moving vehicle) in the back lounge, out of site.

What is your favorite food to pig-out on after the club?

If I’m hungry, I’m not picky.  I mean, I have standards I won’t go below, but it can be a primal scene for sure with few limits!

Del Marquis / Image Juanita MORE!