1. Who are you what do you do?
Co-founder of the blog DISGRASIAN. It’s a blog written by me and my friend Diana Nguyen. It’s sometimes called an “Asian American blog.” If you’ve heard of it, then that’s our claim to fame.
2. Wheres you favorite place for lunch?
I never go out to lunch in LA, I’m always chained to my computer. When I lived in New York years ago, I loved going to a “fancy lunch” now and then, to some place with a Michelin star or two that had champagne and oysters and was significantly cheaper in which to dine during the day than at night. In LA, I dunno. Let’s put it this way. If I drive by Pink’s at lunch time and there’s no line, I’ll always stop to get a chili-cheese dog with mustard, no onions.
3. Where’s your favorite place for dinner?
Son of a Gun. I interviewed the chef-owners, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, back when they were opening Animal. I love that they’re these sweet stoner dudes quietly building a food empire in Los Angeles. Son of a Gun is their second restaurant in LA and its focus is seafood. I live for the fried chicken sandwich and the linguine and clams. The linguine and clams–which is in a creamy uni sauce with chili flakes for spice–is maybe one of my favorite dishes anywhere in the world.
4. Drink of choices
Manhattan. But pretty much anything with high-quality brown liquor is fine by me.
5. Last meal would be?
Man. This question only makes me think of Troy Davis, who was just executed in Georgia for a crime he likely didn’t commit. He refused his last meal, I think? Yeah, this question only makes me think of death-row. And when I think of death-row, I think of Texas, where I’m from. (My brother’s Boy Scout leader was on death row and then killed by lethal injection, for putting a hit on his wife.) So, I guess if I was in that scenario, I’d ask for Chicken Fried Steak. With lots of white gravy.