Meet and Eat: Gracie Dulik, Serious Eats Intern
Name: Gracie Dulik
Location: Palo Alto, CA / Durham, NC / New York, NY
Occupation: Student at Duke University
Guilty pleasures? I can't resist a classic grilled American cheese sandwich on white bread. Also in the running are salt and vinegar flavored potato chips, microwave popcorn and hot dogs grilled until they are just about burnt. And I have an unhealthy love affair with butter.
Describe your perfect meal. Something fried. Bacon. Avocado. Steak. Melted cheese. Sriracha. Runny egg yolk. Crusty sourdough bread. Butter. Molten dark chocolate.
What food won't you eat? I am very particular about the textures of my food, so things that are too weirdly slimy generally gross me out. I have a hard time eating Jello or most puddings and some fruits and vegetables that get mushy when they are cooked (like eggplant, yuck).
Favorite food person? Anthony Bourdain, because he is absolutely fearless and eats some things I don't think I could ever have the stomach for myself. I'll have to look past his feud with Paula Deen because I continue to admire her undying penchant for deep-frying whenever possible.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? It was an evolving process, probably beginning with large family meals at our favorite dim sum restaurant in San Francisco and continuing onto my youthful habit of eating four In-N-Out burgers at a time.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? My family is big on eating and cooking so they are used to my fetishes. Many of my friends do not understand my particular food cravings that must be satisfied ASAP, but it usually ends up benefiting them when they come along for the ride.
Favorite food sites or blogs (besides SE)? Anywhere I can waste a significant amount of time looking at pictures of delicious food. Food Porn Daily never disappoints (that's why I set it as my Internet homepage).
Who's your go-to person when you need restaurant recommendations? Depends on the city I'm in, but I can usually always trust my mom to point me in the right direction. She is an amazing home cook and totally approves of my quest to secure the best possible meal.
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? It is a tough choice, but I keep coming back to breakfast. It can have so many variations: salty, sweet, meaty, bagel-y. At school in Durham, North Carolina I love Foster's Market for home-style Southern brunch, while at home in Palo Alto you can't beat the Creamery Fountain & Grill for classic diner hashbrowns.
Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? I would classify myself as a relatively beginner cook, but eager to get better. I am extremely biased towards my own scrambled eggs.