One of my favorite places to eat in New York is City Bakery on West 18th. I love the selection of salads made from fresh mostly local ingredients and so always found a reason to meet friends or hold meetings there. The baked goods are irresistible but it’s the salads that inspired me, always different, seasonal and delicious. City Bakery is not your run- of- the- mill salad bar and I thought there was nothing like it. That was until a friend took me to Ottolenghi in Notting Hill, London a few years ago. Frank and I had first spotted the food shop while walking around the area. We thought it was just a bakery since its windows were filled with huge meringues, cakes and brownies and although the lines out the door were long, we just weren’t curious enough to go in or be tempted to eat something sweet. The next day I was meeting a friend who told me we were going to her favorite place for lunch – Ottolenghi – the very place Frank and I had walked past.