I am a big fan of Middle eastern/Mediterranean foods and flavors. My first job in a what most would consider professional kitchen was in an upscale Mediterranean restaurant. I still have occasional work nightmares from my time working there because I was very green, but eventually moved up to one of the lead chefs. In the time I spent there, it introduced me to some dishes and recipes that I was familiar with so I learned a lot. Recipes using grape leaves like dolmas, tzatziki, escalivada, Spanish tapas and sauces like romesco and charmoula were new to me but became some of my favorites.