Let's introduce ourselves and get to know one another better


#1

This is an idea that ElsieDee suggested in a separate thread that I found to be helpful to really get to know one another better and adding a human touch so we aren’t just a user ID to one another. So let’s write a short intro of ourselves to the community:

  1. Where are you?
  2. What food-related topic are you most passionate about, that you want people to ask you about and you can’t stop talking about it?
  3. What’s a great food experience you have had?
  4. A little tidbit about you

I will start off:

  1. San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, USA
  2. Eating in Hong Kong
  3. Enjoying time with a visiting old friend at a Bolinas oyster farm on a peaceful afternoon while staring at the sun reflection dancing in the water in the bay.
  4. I am a terrible farmer. I planted 20+ tomatoes seedling this year and I got 5 cherry tomatoes total, and in the process set a new all-time-low for myself. I am glad I don’t farm for a living.

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(Elwood) #2

I’ll play.

  1. The least offensive part of New Jersey

  2. Eating.

  3. Twenty years ago, I “discovered” barbecue because of a girl, a magic ATM machine, and faith in forward momentum.

  4. I’ve seen every episode of Charmed.


#3
  1. Northern Ohio
  2. Food preservation and gardening
  3. The Big Island, at sunset, whales off shore and having a picnic with my husband
  4. I’m in charge of our community garden

#4
  1. Long Island, NY
  2. Home cooking, using the most sustainably and ethically raised foods I can find
  3. The discovery that muenster on good rye left sitting on a car dashboard in Florida is so good that decades later it’s what pops into my head as my most memorable meal ever, every time I’m asked. I love finding great bar food, extra points if it’s a neighborhood hole in the wall we can walk to.
  4. I can trip over lint. For real. I am also the woman at a formal affair most likely to emerge from the rest room with toilet paper stuck to her shoe and her skirt tucked into the back of her panty hose.

#5

Really?! What exit?


(Elwood) #6

Why 98 of course.


(Giovanna) #7
  1. Coastal Massachusetts, 10 miles north of Boston.

  2. Cooking. Cookbooks. Italian cuisine.

  3. a) A long time memory of a lobster dinner, sitting on a yacht in the middle of Marblehead Harbor, on a Summer evening, with my boyfriend.
    b) Startling a waiter in a French restaurant when I ordered tripe. I was about 12 y/o. My parents were asked to approve my choice.

  4. I’m a Master Gardener with the MA Horticutural Society,


(Chris) #8
  1. South London, England
  2. SE Asian food
  3. Being taken for a breakfast of roti canai in Penang by a local.
  4. I’m writing this at work because I’m working my notice ( what are they gonna do, sack me?)and will be off
    Travelling to Asia for two years in January.

(For the Horde!) #9
  1. I am in New Jersey, but I regularly go to Philadelphia (at least once a week), and I have a San Francisco root.
  2. Online, I am passionate about cookware in general, particularly kitchen knife. In real life, I am actually passionate about different cuisines (eating and cooking), particularly: Chinese, Japanese, Southern barbecue, Indian, baking in general…etc.
  3. There are so many for me to pinpoint a few. Sorry.
  4. I was watching “Walking Dead” the last two nights.

#10
  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Southern Italian food
  3. Absolute silence as the family happily chows down on a meal I made.
  4. I grow all my own vegetables, specific regional Southern Italian varieties.

(Natascha) #11
  1. In a small college town in the middle of nowhere for most of the year; Berlin in the summers.

  2. Most anything food-related.

  3. When the man I was dating made such delicious spaghetti I had 3 helpings. Or when he brought over lamb chops he’d marinated for 24 hours, then cooked them for me. Needless to say, I married the guy :smile:

  4. I moonlight as a torch singer.


(Cindy) #12
  1. Southeastern PA – more specifically, one of Philly’s western 'burbs.

  2. I truly enjoy the local restaurant scene, small as it is, and I’m always happy to offer dining suggestions to out-of-towners.

  3. A great food experience – about 2 years ago on a trip to Italy, my husband and I were invited to meet the family that produces our favorite Prosecco and to have lunch with the entire family at their home. Everything that was served was either raised, grown or foraged right there. For us, it was like being in a scene right out of a movie. There was a huge language barrier but it hardly mattered at all. We left there feeling like we had spent the better part of the day with family, and we still keep in touch with each other.

  4. A tidbit about me – I think I was Italian in a former life.


(Natascha) #13

Love the Philly restaurant scene as well! I have rezzies @Vernick for the next 2 Sundays.

Scorrrrrrrre!


(Cindy) #14

I keep saying I need to get into Philly more often, especially to destinations like Vernick. Lucky you!!! Enjoy!!!


(Natascha) #15

I hope they have sweetbreads on the menu. Their facebook page had an entire tray of them, and they posted this pic as a tease… but frankly, everything they make is great.


(Natascha) #16

PS: Sorry, didn’t mean to hijack this thread.


#17
  1. Smack dab in the middle of Connecticut
  2. I’m passionate about all things food and beverage. I love to share recipes and great restaurant tips–even in line in the supermarket. Who needs to talk about the weather when we can chat about FOOD? :smile_cat:
  3. Recreating something my very Sicilian hometown is known for–scacciata.
  4. I’m as passionate about music as I am about food.

Scacciata in NY
#18
  1. San Francisco Bay Area
  2. crazy about the high quality raw material
  3. many, one of them will be Pujol in Mexico city, wearing sneaker and T-shirt, had to wait outside until they verified our identities, then they put us in a corner. when we use our credit card to pay, a local guy dress up really nice next to our table, whisper to his partner “americana”. what am I supposed to do? I can’t bring formal clothes when I travel light, and I can’t bring stack of cash with me all the time.
  4. I can’t bake

#19
  1. Northern Massachusetts, just a little ways from the NH border.

  2. Food. Trying new stuff, cooking with new stuff, learning about new stuff.

  3. Making my first apple pie for the family Thanksgiving dinner when I was 14yo with a homemade crust, and my father giving me a rare compliment saying “One of the best pies I’ve ever had”, and Mom saying “OK, you make the pies from now on.” Which I have. So much so that when I went to Chicago in my early 20s to visit my brother one Thanksgiving, I had barely arrived at his apt. when he asked “When are you going to make pie?” And while I had given him the ingredients to get so I could make pie, I didn’t think to ask if he had a rolling pin to roll out the pie dough. Nope - but a full wine bottle worked well enough. And then we drank the wine with the steaks he cooked while the pie baked. :smile:

  4. (LONG response) I must give off an aura of “She’s someone who can and will help you”, because people seem to have no problem asking me in supermarkets how to use an item. For example, last fall, I’m poking through the meat case at a local Market Basket supermarket, and a young woman came up to me and asked “I want to make a roast beef - do you know which of these are better and how I should cook it?” (As she stood looking at the chuck roasts.) So I described which cut would be better, and how to roast it until medium rare. Told her that the chuck roast in her hand is better for braising (“What’s that?”) and told her it would be better for pot roast. She noted I had a chuck roast, and she asked how I was going to cook it, and I told her, pointing out some sites she could find online on my phone (which she wrote down). She beamed at me, turned to her husband standing quietly behind her who had also been listening and said “We’re going to have pot roast tonight!” and he replied “Damn straight we are!” Moments later, another woman sidled up to me and said “OK, I’ll admit it - I was listening in - what can I do with this?” and she was holding up another cut of beef, and I gave her some ideas. She said “You don’t work here at Market Basket, do you?” I replied, no, I didn’t. She said “They should pay you a LOT of money - you’re good at this!” LOL

  5. (a.k.a. #4b) (SHORT response) I love going to supermarkets when I’m visiting another city.


(Cristin) #20
  1. Baltimore
  2. Another food preservationist over here. I’m also a little obsessed with finding new uses for scraps and using up all of something.
  3. Cooking with my mom and my sister. Especially at thanksgiving. We usually end up laughing so hard someone ends up on the floor. The year we ended up tossing the turkey at each other while taking bets on the weight was pretty intense.
  4. I also crochet compulsively.