I am visiting my mother this evening and want to take her out for a tasty meal. She frequents the Smithy & Mona Lisa in Monroe & Newtown CT, so I would like to take her somewhere she has not been. All types of food OK. Thanks in advance chowhounds!
In the latest episode of Roots, Jason Stratton tells how he went from studying avant-garde poetry in Spain to becoming the award-winning chef of Seattle's Spinasse, Artusi, and Aragona. Roots takes a deep biographical look into the world's most influential chefs to reveal their inspirations, Ancestry.com style except not really. **UPDATE: Stratton recently announced his departure from his killer restaurants, citing a need for a sabbatical out in the great wide world. Dude is gonna read some books and nod thoughtfully at art like whoa.