Meet-Up With Joanne From Eats Well With Others
Happy Sunday foodies. 8) Today we are going to meet Joanne from Eats Well With Others…special thanks to Victoria for the introduction. Well, what can I say other than you are in for an entertaining and leisurely read, along with several ways to connect with an awesome food blogger. Enjoy!
Your bio is quite interesting…wow! you are a busy gal! How do you balance blogging and everything else you are doing in life?
Balance? I guess that depends on who you ask. The easy answer is that I don’t sleep. The real answer is that I’m very organized when it comes to my blog and going to the gym/exercising/marathon training but not so much about anything else. The things I love doing come first because I know I’ll get my schoolwork done eventually and it’s more important to me that I don’t go crazy than it is for me to be first in my class.
You mention that you are a “grocery shopper extraordinaire”…do tell.
I live on a student’s budget so I try to cut corners where I can without giving up quality. It’s really important to me that the produce I eat be organic and so I recently joined a CSA! I spend a ton of money on veggies every week so this actually ended up being cheaper. The majority of my shopping takes place at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods (Whole Foods is actually cheaper than the local supermarket in NYC). I also menu plan like crazy and never go to the store without a list, which cuts down on impulse buys.
Using your medical expertise, what are some things you would do (or say) to lead an obstinate fast-food eater into choosing better foods…opt for a healthier lifestyle?
Well, if the person in question is my brother then I give him a good smack upside the head every time I see him. But that has yet to yield any results. It’s really hard to change people overnight so I think I would advocate making small changes little by little that would eventually lead to big changes. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Eliminating one can of soda or one beer a night. Eating an apple instead of a Kit Kat bar for a snack. Then I would show them their cholesterol levels. That rarely makes people happy.
Love your sprinkles of humor and hints about being single and looking throughout your blog posts. So…what kind of guy pulls at your heart strings? Is it a must that he cooks and or just loves eating? :*
That IS the million dollar question, now isn’t it? Especially now that I’m online dating again. I absolutely up and down refuse to date anyone who cooks. I’m actually super possessive of my kitchen so the less a guy wants to cook, the better. Otherwise I fear we’ll be divorced by the third date. However, he absolutely has to love eating and has to be open to trying new foods. Being a little sarcastic, funny, and smart are also definite musts!
Spectacular, mmm! food photography Joanne…share a few must-dos when you are setting up food to take a picture?
The first and most important rule of food photography is no flash. Ever. Natural light is your friend. Your best friend. Your best friend with benefits. So use it. If natural light is really not an option, then I also have a Lowel Ego light that mimics natural light really well, to the point that you can’t really tell that it’s artificial. It costs around 100 bucks but that’s less than buying a new camera!
Joanne Bruno is a second year MD/PhD student in the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional program. She was born and raised in NYC and likes running through Central Park, eating sushi, and perusing the goods in the Union Square Greenmarket. Her food blog, Eats Well With Others, provides insight into the often ridiculous and always delicious thoughts, ramblings, experiences, and food that she encounters along the way to getting two degrees. She also writes a weekly post for Marcus Samuelsson’s blog.
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