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Old 07-06-2008, 10:25 AM   #2
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I'll be brave and go first!


Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Randi. I am the Foodee Board moderator, a role I truly relish. (heh - couldn't resist.) I'm 52 (Don't think of that as old! Think of it as more than half a century of food experiences) and I live in central New Jersey. I am an AVP and marketing/promotion specialist with a large insurance agency, and have been with the company for 18 years. I'm divorced, and my only immediate family lives in Indiana - my sister and her family.


Tell us a bit about your relationship with food. Are you a 'foodie' and, if so, what do you think makes you a foodie?
Oh, I'm a foodie alright. I think about food all the time. It probably has too much importance in my life. I spend my days thinking about what I am going to have for my next meal. When I go on vacation, it's all about the native foods. I wonder if I am food-centric because growing up as a fat child, so many foods were forbidden.


Is there a special food, or type of food that would elect you president of its fan club?
How could lobster NOT elect me president of its fan club? But I think that shellfish in general should be included in that club (lobster, crab, scallops, clams, shrimp). I adore them all, and could make them proud.

Oh, and here's a little secret - I would cheat on lobster with crispy poultry skin. In a heartbeat. *swoon*


What are the freakiest or most fun food facts about you?
My relationship with menus. Oy! People who know me, know I can never make a decision about what to order. I think the only time it's easy for me is if there is a "combo" or "tasting" plate so I can try more than one thing. I always feel that narrowing it down to one dish isn't about what I want most, it's more about what am I not going to get to try!!

Another freaky thing is - I have a love/hate relationship with buffets. Yes, they seem like the perfect solution to my dilemma above. I get to try everything! But, there are 3 problems. First, the food is usually not very good. There are exceptions, of course, but generally buffet food is "eh". And second (this is the freaky part, I know) is that with buffets come the responsibility of "getting your money's worth". This I blame on my very frugal Mom. When we were growing up she taught us how to eat properly at a buffet. Skip the breads, go for the expensive foods. Stuff like that. Ugh. And third, along with getting one's money's worth - there is there is the limitations of one's tummy. I get so disappointed when I get full, and I haven't had everything I'd like yet from the buffet. In my younger days I would get overfull and hate it. Now I am smarter, and I stop. But it took years to realize what the balance should be between eating as much as I can versus eating as much as I want.

One more food fact about me: Just as it is pretty hard to find the perfect guy, the perfect bite is almost as elusive. I think, in both cases, my expectations are too high. I think I have a reputation on the boards for loving fancy, exotic meals, but seriously, I am often disappointed with restaurant meals. In reality, the simplest foods make me indescribably happy. The taste of in-season Jersey produce - tomatoes, corn, blueberries. They are only at their peak for a short time, but what a glorious time! I could give dozens of examples of really simple foods that rarely let me down. I think that's a good topic for another thread.


Do you like to cook?
I love to cook, but don't do it much for myself. I am inspired by an appreciative audience. Some of my specialties include pan seared scallops, fetuccini alfredo, lasagna and meatloaf.


Do you think more about food or sex?
That's easy. Food. I can have food all day long, so I think about it all day long. Even during sex. Kidding. Kidding. (sort of.)
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