Daphne Oz

Any pre-shoot routines with your co-anchors? What are they? 

Carla [Hall] and I have to get in before the boys since we do hair and makeup first, so we’ll catch up on what happened the night before. She always has some wild and ridiculous story that could only happen to her. Then the boys arrive and we do our rundown and rehearsal with the executives and producers, which is typically where the day’s slew of inside jokes and double entendres begin – it’s just like being back in the dorm.

One great thing we don’t know about each of your co-anchors…

Carla Hall loves to compliment strangers and has no idea how many pairs of glasses she owns.

Michael Symon drinks a green juice every morning.

Clinton Kelly sometimes wears the same sweater home after shooting and back to work the next day. GASP!

Mario Batali makes his sons breakfast each morning and goes to every parent teacher meeting and after-school activity.

Best food item ever sent to the set…

Eric Ripert brought these special Carolina shrimps to the show that were hands down the most succulent, delicious little devils anyone of us had ever tasted.

What are your vices?

Perfect New Jersey bagels, homemade cookie dough and cake batter, lattes with whole milk, and red wine.

What are five things you’re loving right now?

Cozy sweaters, Christmas music, online shopping (and sales!), anything and everything baby, Anita Ko jewelry and stacked rings in general.

What are your favorite cities for food, and where do you go in each?

Los Angeles: Not really a restaurant, but I love Pressed Juicery in LA. Their spiced almond milk is to die for. I’m a cardamom fiend, and this shake is the most delicious (and caffeine-free!) chai you’ve ever had. Malo in Silverlake makes amazing Mexican food. Their Salsa Crema should be illegal it’s so addictive; same goes for the margaritas. I love the chopped vegetable salad at The Ivy. The grilled artichoke at Newsroom Café is my all-time favorite (they get the perfect char, and their aioli dipping sauce is a gift from beyond). Cube makes this tomato, peach and burrata salad that is crazy good. Gjelina has my favorite pizza anywhere – The Marinara. It’s vegan, and even without the cheese it puts everyone else to shame. Make sure to ask for the extra oregano and chili flake on the side. And Osteria Mozza’s butterscotch budino would be my last dessert on earth.

Philadelphia: Pure Fare (amazing paleo and gluten-free everything, great coffee and juices that are ice cold and perfect), Hip City Veg (easy, fast and healthy), and Vedge (all vegan everything) are my go-to “healthy” spots in Philly. But when I go out to eat, I’m not always on the hunt for the healthiest of the healthy – I like a good balance. I love Vernick. It has an old-school marble bar with killer cocktails and unreal food; the seasonal toasts are creative and perfect, and I love the pots of seafood roasted in their wood-burning oven. Talula’s Garden has beautiful outdoor seating and a creative menu that is constantly updating with what’s in season. And Osteria is my other must in Philly. My husband John and I always start with the mixed vegetable antipasto…to make up for the decadent and totally worth-it pizza we order next!

New York City: Victory Garden has that great, goat’s milk frozen yogurt I was telling you about – and delicious salad options. Hatsuhana for amazing quality but affordable sushi. I love the fish tacos on fresh corn tortillas at Móle in the West Village. For me, they’re the perfect balance of healthy and indulgent, so long as I don’t devour the entire basket of chips before they arrive. I eat at ABA for homestyle Turkish food – a fresh shepherd’s salad, lebne, hummus, grape leaves, lentil soup, and the doner kebab with pilaf is perfection. Candle Café makes a paradise casserole that is sweet potato, sautéed greens and a grain with gravy – so hearty and so good for you. Esca’s crudo options are insane – I’ve missed them so much while I’ve been pregnant! I love Café Mogador for delicious Moroccan inspired mezze and mint tea. Lovely Day and I Sodi are both, well, lovely. It is worth every minute of the hour commute and wait to get to Di Fara Pizza – they don’t mess around. Num Pang for delicious Bánh Mi sandwiches. And of course, Buvette – where we did our photo shoot – has an incredible brunch that is great for leisurely weekend dining when you want to pretend you’re tucked away in Paris.

San Francisco: Bar Tartine for their amazing toasts and perfect croissants, The Slanted Door for the best Vietnamese cooking ever, and Swan Oyster Depot for fresh seafood in the most amazingly laid-back of settings. And the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market where I make a beeline for Cap’n Mike’s Holy Smoke Fish for his open-faced sandwich on Acme bread with homemade cream cheese, the best smoked fish, pickled onions, capers and relish.

What do you always bring to a dinner party? What do you always put out when having one? 

I like to make the host or hostess a little personalized gift basket. I’ll do a little mix of culinary finds, chocolate and wine or a mini candle for the kitchen in lemon verbena or herb scents to help get rid of cooking smells, and sometimes vitamins or immune boosters like colloidal silver, especially if we’re hitting cold season. I arrange them in a little galvanized tin bucket and wrap in cellophane. It’s personalized, thoughtful and unique, which is the best way to appreciate someone else’s hard work.

When I’m hosting, I always make sure to have a cheese platter, honey, grapes and an assortment of crackers. I also put out a signature cocktail, or a couple of selections of wine and bubbly in a beverage tub filled with ice so guests can help themselves. I find it puts them at ease, and frees me up to do any last minute things. And of course, candles and a vase of fresh flowers go a long way towards setting the right ambiance!

If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook (or order in)?

Julia Child, Gerhard Richter, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, and Bob Hope. I would order in pizza and beer and then just shut up and let them talk and listen in. It would be wild!

*For Daphne’s Recipe for German Chocolate Cake, Click Here

*Daphne Oz, photographed at Buvette by Danielle Kosann