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 Jacqueline Raposo, who's been chatting with New York chefs from the Meatball Shops to the rarefied kitchen of Per Se.
Name: Jacqueline Raposo
Location: Washington Heights, NYC.
Occupation: Freelance writer, alternative baker, speaker of words, sometimes into a camera.
Website/Twitter: www.thedustybaker.com, @dustybakergal
What do you write about on Serious Eats: New York, and what do you love about it? I do the "We Chat With..." interview series on New York chefs. I get pumped by meeting the person behind the dish, finding out what makes them most excited about ingredients, why they've chosen to set up shop in New York, and what they crave outside of their own kitchens. Especially at restaurants that can seem intimidating, I find getting to know the chef enhances the personal connection to the meal.
What are your guilty food pleasures? I try not to associate food with guilt, but really good chocolate, oil, prosciutto, wine, bourbon and cheese make me swoon. Also, shelled pistachio nuts drive me bonkers (in a good way).
Describe your perfect meal. Seeing smiling faces of those I love as they pick at platters of aged sheep cheese, melon and prosciutto (probably my favorite plate on earth). Then a thin soup (with an egg) followed by incredibly bright vegetables. Plus wine in abundance. And something sweet. Preferably at a long table under a tree.
Where in New York are you a "regular"? Honestly, I'm mostly a regular at Fairway Market on 130th. Who else has a COLD ROOM?!? I find it the most affordable go-to market in the city for the quality indulgences that threaten my wallet.
What food won't you eat? Cow milk protein and gluten. Been allergic since I was a wee lass, long before alternatives were around, so I can rock most menus without problems.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? They're happy to share in the spoils.
Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? My roommate, Erika. She's a seasoned New Yorker and works in the food publishing industry, so she always knows much more about places to eat than I do.
And what's the best recommendation she's given you? Too many to choose.
You're moving out of New York. What do you eat and drink on your last day here? My choices are connected to memories as well as simple, satisfying bites: The Russian salad plate and infused vodkas at The Russian Samovar on West 52nd, coffee and conversation at Gaia Italian Café on East Houston, plates of market vegetables at any of the Westvilles, and cocktails at Dutch Kills in Long Island City.
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