Meet and Eat: Tiffany Tay, Serious Eats Intern
Name: Tiffany Tay
Location: New York, NY
Occupation: Tax consultant meets pastry cook
Guilty pleasures? Anything high in carbs/sugar. And Taiwanese shaved ice with adzuki red beans, mung beans, peanuts and taro chunks. Warning: I will finish the entire bowl no matter how full I get.
Describe your perfect meal. Oooh, that's hard. All I can say is whatever I'm craving at the time but done really, really well. Followed by some Taiwanese shaved ice.
What food won't you eat? I'm up for trying most things, though maybe not some insects/innards.
What would you like to try but haven't yet? Pok Pok, Mission Chinese, more of Tartine Bakery's menu, Kim Boyce's Bakeshop, Macrina Bakery, street food in Thailand/Vietnam/Taiwan.
Favorite food person? Right now, it's Chuck Hughes. I gravitate towards non-U.S. chefs since they often offer new perspectives on food that I don't usually see. His enthusiasm is downright infectious. Plus, his savory and sweet dishes always look so delicious on the small screen.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? When I asked my friends what they wanted to eat for dinner, and they looked at me funny. We hadn't finished lunch yet.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? They all want to be taste testers. The parents think I should go get a proper job.
Favorite food sites or blogs? A lot. Daily: Serious Eats and The Kitchn daily. Every few days: Tastespotting. Weekly: 101cookbooks, Smitten Kitchen, David Lebovitz, Sprouted Kitchen, Homesick Texan, Green Kitchen Stories...and more, but these are the main ones.
Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? My ex-pastry chef and his fiance. I'm always in awe of just how much knowledge they retain on what's new in the food industry.
And what's the best recommendation they've ever given you? Mmm...I actually haven't gotten around to following up on a lot of their recommendations (because of cash flow, not because they don't sound good). Though, I suspect the one on dining at the bar of Del Posto and ordering the dessert tasting would be the best one thus far.
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? That's easy. Breakfast! I'd eat breakfast any time of the day. Usually at home, usually carb-focused (like cereal, granola, a bread I made or a runny egg over crusty bread). If not at home, you'll find me in line at a favorite bakery in whatever neighborhood I happen to be.
Do you ever cook? Just about every day. I get an itchy whisking hand if I don't cook or bake something for awhile.
What's the best dish you make? No such thing as best dish. Only the most scrumptious, inspired dish of the moment.