Meet & Eat: Lizy Yagoda, Serious Eats Intern

Meet and Eat

Getting to know the folks behind the food and drinks you love.

Editor's Note: We have another awesome intern in our midst—please welcome Lizy Yagoda to the Serious Eats team! She first appeared on our site in January with her Prague burger review on AHT, at the same time revealing her love for burgers. During her month at SE HQ she'll help us blog up a storm and hopefully eat burgers. Say hello to Lizy!

20090521-lizy.jpgName: Lizy Yagoda
Location: New York/Philadelphia
Occupation: Student

Favorite comfort food? Fried over-easy eggs, bacon, potatoes, and white toast.

Guilty pleasures? Chocolate pudding with peanut butter mixed in. Sometimes I add crushed Oreos, but only if I'm feeling wild. I also indulge in peanut butter and fluff sandwiches with juice boxes.

Describe your perfect meal. A burger cooked rare with yellow American cheese (none of this white cheese nonsense) on a soft potato bun. I wouldn't be opposed to lettuce, onions, bacon, or fries, just as long as the essentials are

What food won't you eat? I have longstanding aversions to sausage, tomatoes, bananas, sourdough, and pickles.

What would you like to try but haven't yet? I have a perverse desire to try sheep brain. However, I'm sure I'll never muster up the courage.

Favorite food person? Whoever invented Cheez Whiz.

When did you first realize you were a serious eater? When I tried to cure my own bacon in Prague.

What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? I'm pretty sure that all of my friends think I would rather date a pulled pork sandwich than any human male. And they're probably right.

Favorite food sites or blogs? Other than Serious Eats, I really love Reviews of New Food on McSweeney's. It's not often updated, but is always funny and insightful.

Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? My younger sister, Maria.

And what's the best recommendation she's ever given you? DiNics Roast Pork in the Reading Terminal Market. And about a thousand Vietnamese places in Philadelphia.

What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? Lunch. I say lunch because I can include my favorite breakfast foods without judgment or early-morning wake ups. Any diner or small restaurant will do, provided they have turkey club sandwiches.

Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? I think the best thing I've ever made was the peanut brittle I made in high school.

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