Introducing Elena Parker from New York

Travelling all the way from across the pond, Elena Parker, the blogger behind Drawing the Eye (@elenakathyrn) joins #FBC12 from Brookyln, New York.  Elena is a cross-platform producer and writer, and blogs about a range of topics, including food.

What’s your signature dish?

I don’t think I have one yet. I like to experiment a lot — probably the best thing I’ve claimed for myself at a pot luck, even though it’s from Sophie Dahl’s cookbook, was a really great warm winter vegetable salad.

What’s been your ultimate meal to date?

I’ve had so many good meals in New York that it’s hard to call. Right now, the first thing that comes to mind  is the first time I ate at Kaz au Nou in Brooklyn — their jerk chicken is to die for and it’s byob.

What would your last meal be?

Charcuterie and cheese. Olives. Fig jam. Good bread. Mussels. Whiskey. Pie.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Art. I think I pull a lot of ideas from novels, movies and paintings because I just consume a lot of culture. I also have my best ideas on the subway, so maybe just from movement.

Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely?

I follow FOOD52 closely, they’ve got a great e-mail blast that goes out each week which keeps me up to date with what’s going on with their community. I’ve also followed  Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen and Molly Wizenberg’s Orangette for years now.

Do you blog full time? What’s your day job?

I do not blog full time. I am currently a student at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where I am getting a masters in Art and Technology. I also work freelance as a creative technologist in New York.

Future aspirations for the blog?

My blog is more of a documentation of my work (and homework), big projects and what tech I’m tinkering with at the moment. I hope that it serves as a place for me to follow my own progress throughout the years and also as a resource for others doing cross-platform project development. In terms of food on my blog – I am looking forward to playing around with incorporating edibles in to circuits for a class I’m taking this semester, and I hope to be able to do a final project in which I serve a few friends an interactive drink or dish.

Who taught you to cook?

Honestly, I learned how to cook from watching a lot of other people cook. First it was my grandmother, then my other friends in New York, when we’d all get together and try to make a meal on a budget, and then filming Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs for FOOD52 videos for more than a year. It was kind of a process of osmosis more than anything else.

Where do you buy your groceries and why?

Lots of little bodegas and the occasional long walk to the closest farmers market. While I finish up my thesis over the next year, I’ll probably get to know FreshDirect (an online grocery story and delivery service) pretty well, as I’m not sure how much time I’ll have outside of work and school.

What’s the hottest item on your shopping list?  (can be current foodie favourite or a desired gadget/book etc)

I desperately need a blender. I’ve been dying to make smoothies in the morning, but I need to go get myself a decent blender first. I’m also really looking forward to Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen cookbook coming out later this fall. 


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