Culinary Q & A with Bianca Osbourne

BiancaOccupation: Cook at the Common Lounge, deejay- with my 2 best girlfriends, we’re called Girls Club- and, of course, aspiring food writer!

What did you eat today?

Curried Corn soup, cucumber salad (at a candle party, no less) and grilled shrimp and tofu with rice. It was a great day for food!

What do you never eat?

Bananas, the texture and the shape conjure up dastardly images in my head. I’ll leave it at that.

What is your personal specialty?

Months ago, it would have been soup; but being the middle of summer, I am quickly becoming a salad gourmet.

Complete this sentence: In my refrigerator, you will always find:

Condiments, my roommate and best friend loves condiments. Need a sauce? Come to my place!

What is your weekday meal standby?

I eat terribly during the week, with work and dj commitments; I tend to eat on the run. So my weekday meal standby is anything fast, smoothies are a big weekday feature. I use my weekends for cooking, so leftovers also play a big role in my weekday meals.

What is your favourite kitchen item?

I don’t own a lot of kitchen gadgetry, but I would have to say the Magic Bullet. That little gem makes smoothies possible; and clean up is a breeze. And no, I wasn’t paid to say that!

World ends tomorrow. Describe your last meal.

Surf and turf with the works. Lobster, Shrimp, Halibut, Mussel Meuniere, French bread; and the juiciest T-bone steak, the size of my head. And DQ ice cream cake for dessert, but the crunchy fudge center would be half the cake, instead of the standard 1 inch thickness.

Where do you eat out most frequently?

Doan’s, my friends and I love the downtown Doan’s patio. You will find us there most Saturday’s afternoons, restoring ourselves with huge bowls of Pho, green onion cakes, spring rolls and Vietnamese coffee.

Where’s the best place to eat in Edmonton?

That’s a toughie, Edmonton has some great spots. I really like Viphalay’s Tom Yum Pho. I recently had brunch at Murrieta’s and it was amazing. I could go on forever, but those were the first to come to mind.

If you weren’t limited by geography, where and what would you eat?

Greece, Mediterranean food is the bee’s knees. Enjoying minted lamb, lemon-y potatoes, and a Greek salad with juicy kalamatas and fresh feta with a view of the ocean, is what I call heaven.

Bianca blogs at What’s for Dinner.

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