When I read Sandy Wasserman’s blog entry on “You’re not into wine if….” I knew I was going to love the rest of Pulling Corks and Forks. Sandy states some harsh (and hilarious) truths: “those cute little animals on the label that don’t even exist or a funny name of a wine with a sexual innuendo (Menage a trois) or a description of your ex-husband (Fat Bastard). Things that have nothing to do with the wine itself, just marketing 101. Its not about what’s on the bottle, but what’s in the bottle. If this is you, you’re not into wine“. What gives Sandy the right to make these statements? Sandy has been working in the wine and spirits industry for seventeen years…needless to say Sandy’s an expert. So if you’re looking for some wine advice or for a great place to eat in the Phoenix area, you’ve found your blog. We chatted up to learn a bit more about Sandy’s passion for food, wine and spirits.
FriendsEAT: What inspired you to start a food and wine blog?
Sandy Wasserman: Having always like to eat combined with my career in wine & restaurant industry I figured it was a natural progression of life. That and I became a victim of the economy.
FE: What field of food does your blog focus on and why?
SW: More restaurant & wine based. Places for people to go and check that may not get all attention they deserve.
FE: What is a typical day in your life like?
SW: Coffee while checking emails and the web. Then usually making some breakfast. I’m pretty good at making omelettes & potatoes. Then off to the gym to work off all the food I like to eat and some errands. Then it can vary from lunch with friends to some work to visiting some local establishments. Usually will do dinner with friends if I don’t have a previous obligation.
FE: What was your childhood kitchen in New Jersey like?
SW: I didn’t have one as my parents felt I was to young. Wait I bet you mean in my parents house. Basic appliances refrigerator was always full as was the pantry. Bagels, lox, cold cuts, chicken & leftovers. There was never any candy or soda growing up unless my father was hosting a poker game.
FE: What is your kitchen like now?
SW: Kind of scary as it contains a lot of vegetables and fruits (Ya gotta know me to understand). Not a lot of junk food around. Lots of baby back ribs in the freezer. Water filter has been a big difference since growing up. A few gadgets that don’t get used unless one of my culinary friends come by.
FE: What type of people read your blog?
SW: Foodies and wine drinkers I hope. Anybody is welcome though!
FE: What comes to mind when you hear the word bacon?
SW: May I please have some more.
SW: I knew the “favorite” question was coming. Hmm! so many to choose from. Does my friends house count as a restaurant. It should. Ok, Martini House in St. Helena, Ca. great times with friends surrounded by an awesome setting. Good food & wine too.
FE: What is your favorite ingredient and why?
SW: Onions & garlic. I hated them as a kid but they were always around and they grew on me. Now I eat them a lot.
FE: What is your opinion of the current state of Foodtertainment?
SW: Not really into the competitive or cooking shows but like to watch shows about where to go and eat. Also find it ironic to find all these celebrity chefs who have or had their own restaurant doing commercials for chain restaurants. I guess they need to get the money while they can.
FE: What do you think is the future of food blogging in the next 5 years?
SW: Anybody can do it so I see it continuing to grow. I just hope it’s here to stay and not a trend. Continued emphasis on local eateries.
FE: Would you like to give a shout out to the best joint that no one has heard about?
SW: The new Mel Gibson strain of weed, just heard about it on Monday. Oh joint as in food place I get it. That would be Orange Table Cafe in Scottsdale Az. Worth the wait. Again to many to choose from.
FE: What do you think is the most important issue facing foodies today?
SW: Keeping the independent restaurants in business & eating organic to save the planet & eating ethically so animals are not mistreated.