Editor's note: All over the Serious Eats sites, we've been chatting with all our lovely columnists, helping you get to know the folks behind the articles you read every day. Here's one of our Queens writers, Sara Markel-Gonzalez, who's taught us about tacos and albondigas and nieves and so much more.
What do you write about on Serious Eats: New York, and why is that of particular interest? I write about Queens, and the amazing variety of food to be found there.
What are your guilty pleasures, foodwise? Mac and cheese from a box, onion dip, Mr. Softee.
Describe your perfect meal. Anything that my husband makes. He's a chef, and very talented. I am lucky to live with someone who can just throw together a seriously great meal, even after working all day. Most memorable dish to date: huevos rancheros with a side of latkes. Mexicans and Jews united on the plate.
Where in New York are you a "regular"? Why there? We are regulars at Himalayan Hut (Desi-Chinese) in Jackson Heights, and bring people there all the time. I am obsessed with the fried masala noodles and the masala french fries. Yes, I love fried things with masala spice.
What food won't you eat? I don't eat any fish or seafood. Sad but true.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? My family and friends love my food obsession, since it means they can join me on my adventures, and help me in my research.
Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? Luckily I have lots of help. Either my brothers, or my neighborhood friends, who are always willing to recommend places or answer random food questions at any time of day. I am surrounded by people that that love food.
You're moving out of New York. What do you eat and drink on your last day here? Easy. I'd walk down Roosevelt Avenue and stop at all of my favorite places for snacks along the way. Pupusas, samosas, empanadas, llapingachos, esquites, raspados, a pandebono, and a taco or two. And maybe some cake.