Meet and Eat: Amalia Safran, Serious Eats Intern
Guilty pleasures? Food court Chinese food. There is something about entering a shopping mall and seeing the Chinese food counter that I can't resist, even if it's terrible Chinese food. And also anything salty and sweet in the same bite, like chocolate chip cookies with sea salt on top.
Describe your perfect meal. A meal that starts off with a warm bread basket and butter. It's nice when friends or family are at the table, too.
What food won't you eat? I will really try anything and usually enjoy it, but I did not take seconds on blood sausage when I was in Argentina.
Favorite food person? Michael Pollan because he combines food, politics and journalism in a riveting way. But I also can't get enough of Anthony Bourdain, especially on Parts Unknown.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? I think it was after I discovered how good hamburgers could actually be at Burger Joint when I was in high school. I started reading up on restaurants and wanted to try everything.
What do your family and your friends think of your food obsessions? My parents just want me to bring home good food and empty the dishwasher if I've cooked at home. Friends like to check out new places with me and are always willing to mess around with recipes.
Favorite food sites or blogs? On top of Serious Eats, I always go to Smitten Kitchen for recipes. I also can be caught on Food52, Food & Wine, Eater NY, and Food Porn Daily when I want to drool over pictures.
Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? My friend Oliver always has a good suggestion and always knows about new food events going on. Besides that, I really learn about restaurants from websites and conversations in passing.
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? Definitely breakfast, and I can't help but always want a bagel. Sometimes it's an everything bagel with egg and cheese, other times it's a sesame bagel from Absolute Bagels with cream cheese and lox.
Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? I do enjoy cooking, though it usually ends up being some combination of vegetables, tofu, soy sauce and rice. I don't know if it is my best dish, but it's easy, quick, and I'll eat it if no one else does.