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* Chicken Tikka Masala to go from Shalimar on Polk, combined in a frying pan at home with fresh okra from Golden Produce

* Antipasto salad with roasted eggplant puree crostini at Cafe Flore in the Castro, and an outdoor table

* Braised short ribs with Meyer lemon gremolata from Alice Waters' Chez Panisse cookbook

* Ordering the secret pea shoot saute at Suriya Thai, plus the Evil Jungle Prince with tofu and -- perhaps -- the best Pad Thai in the city