Last week I made the The Great Food, Wine & Beverage Bloggers announcement, where each week I will spotlight a “Great Food, Wine & Beverage Blogger who contributes insightful and humorous food, wine and beverage experiences making our world a better place to eat and drink.
Our second spotlight blogger is a food, wine and travel writer whose work has been published in more magazines than I can count. She is world traveled, speaks four languages, possesses a unique confident savior-faire, she is undeniably savvy and she is from New York. Now I feel it’s important to say that she is from New York because when I sent her the list of questions to answer I got this as a reply: “This is great! It’s like the Proust Questionnaire in the back of Vanity Fair.” Only someone as hip and progressive as they are in Manhattan would ever deem to even utter that my little questions are like “the Proust Questionnaire in the back of Vanity Fair.” So with that said I introduce to you my very worldly, very forward thinking friend Gail Casale who writes the blog eten ‘n drinken.
SFFW: How did you start food blogging?
Gail Casale: I began writing a “singles” column for a local paper and then a wine column for Elements Magazine. Wine pairing became a passion for me and blogging is a great outlet to test my written pieces.
SFFW: Do you do anything else other than blog about food-wine-beverage?
Gail Casale: Absolutely! My love of food and wine fuels my passion, and writing about is fun. But, my little addiction cost money so, off to work I go.
SFFW: What is the most challenging thing about blogging?
Gail Casale: Finding the time.
SFFW: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from food-wine-beverage blogging for you?
Gail Casale: I’ve gotten to know some great people who share my love of the culinary arts; that are a helluva lot of fun!
SFFW: What is your most memorable blogging moment?
Gail Casale: That I was retweeted!
SFFW: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
Gail Casale: Now this is a tough one. But I’d have to say, poached eggs over steamed asparagus w/a Honeybell beurre blanc to start would work. Some grilled country bread brushed w/ whipped butter and a bowl of fresh mixed berries. Served w/a small pot of Earl Grey tea followed by a glass of Prosecco. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!
SFFW: What super-action-figure-hero would you like to be and why?
Gail Casale: Underdog! Because “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!”
SFFW: Do you have any bizarre kitchen habits?
Gail Casale: I always have the TV on while I’m cooking.
SFFW: What is the best food advice you have to share?
Gail Casale: Cook slow
SFFW: What is your one obsessive culinary habit?
Gail Casale: Pairing my daily menus
SFFW: If you could choose to be any food, what would it be?
Gail Casale: A lemon
SFFW: If I came to your home and looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
Gail Casale: Butter, water, fruit, smoked salmon, vanilla non-fat yogurt and tons of condiments!
SFFW: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
Gail Casale: A can of sardines.
SFFW: What is your beverage of choice?
Gail Casale: Wine.
SFFW: What is your favorite comfort food?
Gail Casale: Pizza.
SFFW: What is your culinary claim to fame?
Gail Casale: Introducing my nephews to wine pairing and they got it, and loved it!