- What’s the best layered food? Lasagna. It combines so many things I love.
- What’s the best rolled food? Sushi.
- What’s the most recent cuisine you’ve tried for the first time from an ethnicity not your own? So my best friend lives about an hour away from us, kind of on the other side of Pittsburgh–we pass through the city to get to her house, unless traffic is bad, in which case we take the long away around. But anyway, every year, for one week in August, a park near her town hosts International Village, an international food festival with booths from tons of different countries. It’s a little simpler than it sounds, just because a lot of the countries have overlap in what they eat and they kind of present a very simple example of the cuisine, but that’s probably partly out of necessity because it’s not like a booth in a park gives you a lot to work with in terms of cooking. I try to avoid the temptation to just eat, like, haluski, lo mein, tacos, and rigatoni and branch out instead, and it did help that this year seemed to have more variety. I tried Filipino pancit, a noodle dish that kind of reminded me of a stir-fry. And because I love pasta, I thought it was great. Come to think of it, my favorite foods in other cuisines tend to be that culture’s take on pasta.
- What’s a food that scares you? Honestly, I’m not sure that anything does, aside from the really, really adventurous and obscure things–I’m talking meat sourced from unusual parts/organs of the animal, insects, stuff like that. I am a vegetarian, but even if I weren’t, I’d be willing to try almost anything. I willingly tried escargot at a pretty young age, and I always say that should I travel to another country, I’d be open to at least tasting dishes with meat in them to get a sense of that cuisine. Obviously, vegetarianism is important to me or else I wouldn’t do it, but I also think it’s important to experience other cultures.
- What’s something you eat solely because it’s good for you? I have my weaknesses, like the previously mentioned pasta, but other than that, I actually like eating fruits and veggies and do a decent job of incorporating them–I definitely don’t get as much as I should, but I’m not eating trash, either. But I will say the one thing I eat on occasion, usually with other things, is avocado. I don’t like it, and I think the hype around it is stupid. It has no flavor. It’s overrated. But you throw it on sushi or a sandwich, whatever. Not like it’s changing the flavor of the thing, so I’ll tolerate it.
As always, from Friday 5.