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Guilty pleasures? Super dark chocolate; tacos of every stripe; duck fat for roasting vegetables.
Describe your perfect meal. Spicy and "ethnic" is where it's at for me. Maybe mapo dofu eaten at a hole-in-the-wall in Chengdu? It's something to aspire to, at least.
What food won't you eat? It pains me to say this, but raw oysters. I last tried them in 2011 and they're still a no-go for me.
Favorite food person? Lidia Bastianich. She's the Italian grandmother I never had.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? At about the age of five, when my mom failed to wake me up in time to breakfast on a batch of her from-scratch pancakes. I cried for half an hour.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? They totally get it. I've surrounded myself with a well-curated group of fellow obsessives.
Favorite food sites or blogs? Orangette, Smitten Kitchen and the Wednesday Chef remain the holy trifecta for me. All three authors create food that I like to cook and eat, and the act of sharing those meals with family and friends seem as important to them as it is to me.
Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? My older brother. A lawyer with a somewhat more flexible budget than my own, he can always be counted on for solid dining leads.
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? Definitely dinner. I get it in my own kitchen, or more rarely in far-flung, cheap restaurants situated in neighborhoods like Sunset Park and Flushing.
Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? I cook every day. I'm good at "kitchen sink" recipes that use a lot of ingredients, yet still manage to come together as a unified whole. Check one out here!