Eat at a Restaurant

Eating in Bangkok. Two women chefs are cooking tempting meals in Bangkok: Amanda Gale cooks Mediterranean food at Cy’an (in Christina Ong’s Metropolitan Hotel) and Sylvia Bruzeau creates vegetarian regional specialties from Vietnam and Thailand at Tamarind Café.

Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California. Opened in 1971, by Alice Waters and an assortment of idealistic friends, this neighborhood bistro was named after a character in Marcel Pagnol's 1930's trilogy of movies. The Restaurant and Café pay homage to the sentiment, comedy and informality of these classic films. From the beginning, Alice and her partners tried to do things the way they would like them done at a dinner party at home: everything is fresh and delicious. Reservations required.

Al Fassia, Marakesh, Morocco. Owned and run by sixteen women from Fez (the only male employee parks the cars), this beautiful, intimate restaurant serves wonderful steamed lamb shoulder and stuffed fish. Ask to be served in the garden; best of all, in the private pagoda! Reservations recommended.

Insalata's, San Anselmo, California. This is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant where dinner reservations are a must. Formerly of Greens and the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, Chef Diana Adkins-Glassman's specialties are Mediterranean and vegetarian, Dive in

Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain. Travel and Leisure writes: “Eating your way through Elena Arzak Espina’s degustation menu is like taking your taste buds to Cirque du Soleil—so modern, so cheekily entertaining. Today, she may well be the most exciting woman chef on the planet…” Learn more