1. What is the name of your blog? Just Add Cheese
2. Could you describe your blog in one sentence? It’s a lighthearted look inside our food-obsessed lives.
3. How did you get into food blogging? By the time we finished our five-year stint at Northeastern we had enjoyed more than a few of Boston’s best restaurants, with the help of our well-deserved co-op cash of course. We knew we wanted to start a blog together after graduation and our shared love of food became the natural subject. Thus, Just Add Cheese was born.
4. What’s the toughest part of writing about food? Jacki: Sometimes I have to remember I can’t just say ”holy shit, I love it!” for every third dish I post on the blog. After a while it can be hard coming up with different adjectives to describe the sensation one gets from eating something truly amazing. Meesh: It’s also difficult being critical sometimes. Cooking is a craft and I’m no Devra First or Jody Adams, so I feel almost under qualified to give negative feedback. That’s why we tend to focus on positive experiences. We like to find what’s good and spread the word rather than focus on the flaws.
5. What’s been your favorite food moment? Jacki: David Burke invited us to dine at Fishtail the other day. That was pretty awesome. Meesh: Eating at Volt in Frederick, Maryland was one of my all-time favorite dining experiences. As far as Boston goes, one of my favorite food memories is dining at Oleana on the outdoor patio with friends. Jacki: Agreed, that was a great night. MmmMmm Baked Alaska.
6. Do you have a top restaurant? If so, what’s the name and is there an item you generally order? Meesh: Eastern Standard’s cheese plate. Actually, I love everything at Eastern Standard. Oh, and Symphony Sushi and I just had our 7 year anniversary. Jacki: Oh man this is tough. Toro and Coppa are definitely at the top of the list. My breakfast hero will always be Friendly Toast (but NEVER on a Sunday) and the one food item I can’t live without is Mike & Patty’s Bacon & Egg Fancy. Every other breakfast sandwich wants to be it, but no one can compare.
7. What’s one U.S. city you’d travel to just for the food? Austin! We went once for Austin City Limits and spent most of our time there at the music festival. We didn’t really get a chance to try all the great food trucks and authentic Mexican we hoped to, and have been dying to go back ever since. We still can’t comprehend the idea of meat in a cone, but Mighty Cone really is the best thing ever.
8. Is there a food you absolutely despise? Meesh: Chicken! I mean I’ll eat chicken, and there is good chicken. I had some today. But for the most part, it’s just dry and flavorless. The fact that you can’t eat it raw is kind of sketchy, no? Jacki: I’m personally not a big fan of oysters. I’ve been trying to acquire a taste for like 3 years now, and I know everyone else loves them but it just doesn’t work for me. Cold, slimy, salty, BLAH. Unless it’s fried, I can work with that.
9. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten? Jacki: When living in Thailand I ate a whole assortment of insects; they were usually cooked and seasoned and sold on the street, and most commonly consumed when I was drunkenly persuaded to do so. Meesh: Eating Pig Trotters at Craigie on Main was a crazy experience. I was literally peeling the skin off the pig’s knuckles, but it tasted absolutely delicious.
10. Are you more likely to stick with what you know, or do you try something new each time? A little bit of both; if a restaurant is known for a specific dish or something totally unfamiliar we’ll usually go for that but at the same time we can’t resist our favorites. If we see French onion soup or Bolognese on the menu, there’s no way we’re not ordering it. That’s why we like to go out in groups so we can try everything.
* We also like food porn. We post in on Fridays.
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