A Hamburger Today
Meet and Eat: Paul Cline, Serious Eats Web Developer
Name: Paul Cline
Location: Los Angeles, CA (for the next two weeks), then the open road, and finally NYC.
Occupation: Web Developer for Serious Eats
Guilty pleasures? A fountain Coke and fries from McDonald's. Cat videos and animated gifs.
Describe your perfect meal. Good company is all that's required for my perfect meal. Something simple, good pizza and better friends. Maybe the number of slices divides evenly between the number of friends.
What food won't you eat? Yogurt. Hard boiled eggs.
Favorite food person? Favorite to have a drink with? Anthony Bourdain. I'd bank on him having the best stories. To cook with? Probably Alton Brown; I like the scientific approach he takes...plus, cooking is always better with a couple of bad puns mixed in.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? It's a recent revelation for me; as a kid I think I subsisted entirely on starch and sugar. About 5 years ago, after reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, I started to really think about what I was eating. I tend to "learn by doing", so the outlet for my curiosity was cooking.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? I think they're mostly pleased with the frequency in which I'm willing to cook pizza.
Favorite food sites or blogs? Mostly LA-centric stuff: Eater LA, Squid Ink/LA Weekly, Street Gourmet LA, Los Angeles Times and Jonathan Gold. Before I travel, I usually dig through the relevant Chowhound forums.
Who's your go-to person for restaurant recommendations? I tend to rely almost exclusively on the web. Jonathan Gold's archives are a pretty valuable resource to help you navigate LA. I'm looking forward to tapping the vast resources of the Serious Eats office in New York.
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? Brunch. What's not to like? It's a grown up excuse to drink at breakfast! I'm partial to any spot with bottomless mimosas, but there's a spot in Newport Beach, Sabatino's, that does pigs-in-a-blanket using their housemade sausage and pancakes. It's waaaay too much food, but I'm ordering it anyway.
Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? Yep! I cook breakfast regularly, usually by scrambling whatever vegetables (or other random leftovers) I can find in the fridge in a skillet with a couple of eggs.