Antoni Porowski on His Growing Food Empire and His Pathological Need to Be Loved: WATCH

Queer Eye food guru Antoni Porowski sat down with Fast Company to talk about what he’s learned since the show has become successful, and his growing food empire which now includes a revamped New York diner, and a cookbook.

Admitting that he has “a pathological need for everybody to love [him],” Porowski first sounded off on Guacamole-gate, the social media storm that ensued after he said he added Greek yogurt to his guacamole: “The biggest lesson from that was that it’s actually physically impossible for everybody to love me and that’s been the best thing, because when you have so many more eyes on you there are going to be so many more opinions.”

He took the publication into his restaurant, The Village Den: “I had no knowledge going in so it kind of feels like the wild wild west for me. It’s hard. It’s because I want to be in control of every component. So I think it’s asking a shit ton of questions. Not acting like I know everything. And being able to say ‘I need help. I need to figure this out.’ It’s relinquishing whenever I can and also knowing my opinion. It’s a tricky balancing act. I feel like I’m still figuring it out as I go.”

And talked about his new cookbook: “It’s very personal. … You get to look back on your life through food.”

Porowski said that at the beginning of filming Queer Eye he took much of the criticism to heart, urging producers to make the recipes more complicated, but then realized that the show wasn’t about him, it was about “what the hero needs.”

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Neil Patrick Harris says these are the best restaurants in the US

Neil Patrick Harris and Husband favorite restaurants

It’s an established fact that celebrities go to the finest eateries in town. So it only makes sense that a powerhouse couple like Neil Patrick Harris and his chef husband David Burtka know some of the best restaurants in America.

Luckily, the duo have been enlisted by OpenTable as their most recent Tastemakers, putting Harris’ Hollywood connections and Burtka’s chef palette to the test.

The Tastemaker lists are designed by OpenTable, a restaurant booking company, so that people can get restaurant recommendations from the most in-the-know people in the world.

With one actor, one Food Network star, and two adorable twins, the Harris-Burtka family have an opinion or two about where’s good to eat. For Harris, food has become an important part of the family network.

He told OpenTable: ‘Discovering incredible restaurants has become a passion of mine, since I met my better half, and most of our favorite memories revolve around food.

‘We spend a lot of our time trying new restaurants in our home – New York City – as well as cities we come across in our travels.’

Check out David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris’ favorite restaurants in America.

1 Quince

Quince San Francisco Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Quince, Facebook

This San Francisco eatery has an elegant atmosphere with a seasonal menu, handcrafted by Michael Tusks, which focuses on locally-sourced food and wine. When it comes time to order, definitely go with either the tasting menu or a la carte plates like the suckling pig or the black cod.

2 Roast – A Michael Symon Restaurant

Roast Michael Symeon Neil Patrick Harris -3

Photo: Roast, Facebook

This isn’t your average hotel restaurant. Michael Simon’s Detroit steakhouse is a surefire hit – a place that has it all. It’s menu highlights meats of all kinds that pair well with amazingly tasty sides.

3 Gandy Dancer

Gandy Dancer Michigan Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Gandy Dancer, Facebook

Set in a historical landmark, this is one of Michigan’s best restaurants. This place is wonderful for events and big parties. This establishment is known for fine food, which has a menu that focuses on seafood and wonderfully cooked steaks.

4 El Pinto

El Pinto New Mexico Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: El Pinto, Facebook

The decor of this New Mexican restaurant is as impressive as the food. Located about 20 minutes outside of Albuquerque, this massive hacienda boasts many rooms. The terra cotta fountains, plentiful chips, salsa, guacamole, and green chile are what make this restaurant a true wonder.

5 Girl & the Goat 

Girl and the Goat Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Girl and the Goat, Facebook

I have been here a few times, and every time I come to Chicago, I simply can’t skip out on this place. Top Chef winner Stephane Izard creates innovative and creative food. With its small plates, you’ll have to resist yourself from ordering the entire menu. Strong, flavorful food that is better after every single bite.

6 Lidia’s Restaurant

Lidia's Kansas City

Photo: Lidia’s, Facebook

Lidia Bastianich, acclaimed chef and TV personality, created Lidia’s, which is the quintessential restaurant for rustic northern Italian cooking. Set in an old train station, the farmhouse atmosphere is perfectly rustic and elegant at the same time.

The dishes are flavorful and will leave you beyond full of delicious food. When ordering, go for the pastas, especially the pasta trio that’s cooked tableside. If you can find room in your stomach, you’ll have to try anything with the gorgonzola sauce or the mushroom arancini.

7 Momofuku Las Vegas

Momofuku Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Momofuku, Facebook

Okay let’s be honest, have you ever had a bad meal at Momofuku?! David Chang brings his seasonal, always changing, Asian-inspired menu to a bigger, badder and tastier level. Always great food done Vegas style.

8 Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Morimoto, Instagram

Looking for the best sushi in Orlando? This is your place. The dining room is like a Vegas nightclub, but the food is as authentic as eating in Japan. Whether you sit down and share dim sum on lazy Susan’s, or order straight from the gigantic sushi bar, this iron chef does it right.

9 Angelini Osteria

Angelini Osteria Neil Patrick Harris

Photo: Angelini Osteria, Facebook

If you’re in the mood for Italian cuisine, this is your place to go. Make sure to book ahead because this tiny Trattoria fills up fast. From homemade, rolled pasta to perfectly cooked Bistecca Florentine, this LA favorite is a no brainer.

10 Vetri Cucina

Vetri Cucina neil patrick harris

Photo: Vetri Cucina, Facebook

With a tiny dining room and a multi-course tasting menu, Ventri never disappoints. It’s over-the-top, expensive and probably some of the best Italian food you will ever have.

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This guide to Dublin’s top eateries will be your (Panti) bliss

Dublin is a food capital. I know this, and finally find myself in the Irish capital, after following Irish travel bloggers GastroGays, who specialise in food: local recipes, produce and eateries.

Dublin is also home to the famous and trailblazing Queen of Ireland, drag queen Panti Bliss – hence my clever headline (in my opinion).

With my inspiration set, it was time to explore my own path and discover the greatest dishes on offer in the various restaurants and pubs around the center of the city.

In sight of a balanced experience, I spread myself over quick-eat Fish & Chips shops to fine dining establishments and everything in between.

Secret Food Tours offer a great way to pit-stop at wide range of eateries on your journey through Dublin is time is of the essence, and for us it was a 48-hour race.

As the name suggests, the stops on the food tour are secret, adding an element of mystery.

We’ve been allowed to share some of the possible stops to give you an idea of the tour style:

The Temple Bar is a famous sight in Dublin

The best Fish & Chips in Temple Bar

This might not set the best tone for the calibre of this feature, but sometimes hearty and familiar food is the way to go – and the twist at Burdocks blew us away.

Introducing: Battered Smoked Cod fried in beef lard, and chips.

Not often is the cod used in traditional battered fish smoked, and by god it was beautiful. Somehow making the fish tender, with a tendency to melt, this went down a treat.

Also, who can turn down some freshly fried chips drenched in salt and vinegar?

Pick up some local produce at Fallon & Byrne

One of the great benefits of Secret Food Tours is the free samples.

So while you’re tasting local cheeses over the deli counter from county Galway and Waterford explore the halls here to find fresh produce, artisan chutneys, meats and alike.

Did you know honey is one of the biggest exports out of Ireland? You heard it here.

Now for the big players…

Dublin’s fine dining and high-end gastronomy options are on the sharp rise. While the city is fabulous for cafe culture, around the world street food and brunch the house down, I got the feeling the higher price-mark establishments had only recently bedded down roots here.

That said, the next two restaurants we visited prove Dublin was dying for them to arrive.

Glovers Alley: Art deco Miami meets French-inspired Irish gastronomy

That was a mouthful. But if I had to describe Glovers Alley in a bitesize chunk, that’s it.

Glovers Alley is the most exciting restaurant on the Dublin scene. The interior design alone is reason to visit: it’s sleek, sophisticated and uses my favorite shade of green throughout.

The nods to art deco Miami, circa 1925, are sublime and somehow work in contrast to the french-inspired cuisine, all while Dublin rests outside the window.

Glovers Alley is the axis of history, culture and cuisine.

One more thing: Who can deny the offer of a embellished gold, plush pink and olive green business card from a handsome maitre d’? I’m keeping it forever.

I got carried away, now to the food.

While the menu changes based on the fresh Irish produce in-season in the area, the options remain elegantly light but bountiful and offer an array of palette teasers for all tastes.

I’m a big fan of amuse-bouches, and of those we delightfully accepted – and by which I mean all of them – between each and every course were beautifully hand-crafted works of art.

The Chicken parfait between crisp macarons and chicken skin was impeccable.

The menu tastefully boasts its use of local produce, so with that in mind I chose my dishes in accordance and opted for the Dublin Bay Prawns to start and Suckling pig for main.

I think I have a thing about crispy skin?

To be able to inject French-influence without losing Irish heritage is somewhat an impossible thing to do without sacrifices being made somewhere, but this isn’t the case at Glovers Alley.

The desserts were equally impressive and the eclectic wine menu, deciphered for us by attentive and passionate serving staff, was a perfect accompaniment.

Glovers Alley isn’t somewhere to overlook to get a real taste of the evolving scene in Dublin.

Stack A Restaurant at Urban Brewing: A stone-walled heart with a lot of love to give

The manager at Stack A Restaurant is in love with his work and the art of beer brewing.
This was evident as he guided us around the incredible building. Having arrived in Dublin a mere few years ago, his eyes told us this is where his passion had led – and where he would stay.

How could we be surprised by that? Our passion for food led us to Dublin too. But, it was his energy that told us anything leaving that kitchen tonight would be exemplary of his devotion.

Housed in a working brewery, in the vault of a 200-year old Dublin Dockyard building – given new life in a sprawling cityscape – Stack A Restaurant has the wow factor.

The cavernous quality of the restaurant, at first, isn’t necessarily inviting or unwelcoming, but as warm-faced figures lead us to our table we get a real feel of the ethos at Stack A. The cold interior drives its unique atmosphere, and the staff bring its character.

Inspired by global journeys, by whom we’re unsure, the menu uses local produce – a running theme in Ireland’s gastronomy – to perfect its dishes.

I’m a meat eater, so any meat with a twist is for me. So when I see bacon powder, a sub-ingredient of the Pork Fillet and Pan-fried Atlantic Scallop appetizer, I have to have it.

I didn’t get much sense of bacon powder, but not being a main feature of the dish I should of expected as much, so that’s on me.

The Pork fillet, however, was so tender and sweet while the juxtaposition of the scallop, perfectly seared and warmed-through, made the dish as hearty as I could handle.

Staying on the hearty side of life – I’d calmed down after a few sips of specially chosen wine – of which the Sommelier here selects a range from around the world – I choose the ribeye.

Steak, for me, is the signpost of a kitchen’s skills – and this might be the Irish Beef origin talking, but with top ingredients like this, a top dish was made.

This thick and juicy cut surprised me by how easy it was to slice and how willing it was to allow me a side order of onion rings with no gastro-punishment later in the evening.

We left Stack A Restaurant with a shred of the love its manager has put into making it a culinary jewel in Dublin, and that’s enough to get us coming back for more.

Perfectly catered for special occasions – and even Wedding reception worthy – stumbling down into the basement of this centenary building was a big win for us.

Final thoughts on Dublin culinary culture….

So we managed to squeeze a lot of pit stops in our short time in Dublin. I have to say I’ve done food tours in Toronto, Nashville and now Dublin and I believe they are the best way to get a taste of the culinary culture in the destination of your choosing if you’re short on time.

However, it’s super important to take the time to visit a couple of restaurants for a fuller experience – even if time is escaping you – and give back a gesture of goodwill.

Dublin, we will be back – we never managed to get Brunch?! How did that happen?

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