Editor's note: And we continue our Meet & Eat interviews with the various folks behind Serious Eats with intern Sarah Wolf. Sarah's with us for the summer, blogging about everything under the sun, from wacky (Bon Jovi Teapot) to serious (On the Scarcity of Women Chefs). She's also put together some great summer holiday menus for serious eaters to dig into. So please give Sarah a hearty hello. --Adam
Name: Sarah Wolf
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Occupation: College student
Favorite comfort food? Rice pudding. I ate almost nothing else when I had my wisdom teeth out and had to forcibly wean myself off it once my mouth healed.
Guilty pleasures? Cookie batter ice cream from Ashley's in New Haven; cheesecake; chai tea lattes
Describe your perfect meal. That's such a difficult question. Right now I think my ideal summer dinner would be a salmon steak sauteed in olive oil and garlic, grilled fresh corn, and maybe some roasted zucchini and onions. Hmm... maybe I should make that this week.
What food won't you eat? Coffee and Coke are my least favorite foods, but really I will eat anything.
What would you like to try but haven't yet? Escargot and blood sausage
Favorite food person? I'd have to say Mark Bittman, what with his simple and delicious recipes, his concern for the environment, and his utterly endearing videos.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? When I got to college and realized that, much to my surprise, I desperately missed cooking dinner.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? "Cool" with a smattering of "ridiculous"—except for my dad, who is at least as obsessed as I am.
Everyone has that one person they call when they need a restaurant recommendation. Who do you call? My dad!
And what's the best recommendation they've ever given you? Usually when my dad gives me a recommendation we end up going there together. I have very good memories of dinner at Franchia, a Korean tea house in Manhattan's Murray Hill.
What is your favorite meal of the day (eg., lunch, dinner), and what's your go-to spot for that meal and what do you usually order? My favorite meal is definitely dinner. But I am a poor student, so my go-to spot is Mamoun's, a Middle Eastern place around the corner from my house that sells delicious falafel sandwiches for less than $3. If I've got guests from out of town I take the trek over to Sally's Apizza for the best pizza in the world.
Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? I cook now that I've finally moved out of the dorms, thus escaping the evil clutches of the meal plan. I think I'm a better baker, though. I make very good oatmeal snickerdoodles and a mean molasses cake.