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Blindfold Taste Test with Alex Irvine

What is your favorite food?

The cheeseburger.

What was your most memorable meal?

One that comes to mind is an epic feast with a bunch of Del Rey and Random House people at Nobu in San Diego. The ceviche… the Kobe beef slices over hot rocks… oh God.

What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

Once I had a cheeseburger stuffed with foie gras. Weird.

Is there any food you crave that you cannot get where you live?

It’s pretty hard to find good hole-in-the-wall Mexican (as opposed to fancy Mexican) in the northeast.

What three things are always in your refrigerator?

Pickles, tabouleh, and salami.

Is there anything you won’t eat?

There are quite a few things I’m sort of leery about. I try to stay away from organs–although I like a good pate.

Is there a childhood food you miss?

My mom made this weird stroganoff that I’ve never been able to figure out and am afraid to ask her about because I worry that she’ll tell me it has something in it I don’t want to eat.

Is there anything you ate as a child that you can’t stand as an adult?

My sweet tooth is less and less powerful as I get older. When I was a kid, I could put away a pound of Skittles. Those days are long gone.

What is your favorite restaurant (or top three)?

My three favorite places in Portland: Ruski’s, for outstanding bar food (and memories); Fore Street and Grace, for excellent food and ambience.

What food is better at home than out at a restaurant?

The cheeseburger. Usually.

Alex Irvine’s most recent novels are Buyout, The Narrows, Transformers: Exiles, The Seal of Karga Kul, and the novelization of The Adventures of Tintin. His comics work includes Iron Man: Rapture, Daredevil Noir, and Hellstorm, Son of Satan: Equinox for Marvel, and the Vertigo Encyclopedia for DC. He has also written casual and interactive games. His short fiction is collected in Unintended Consequences and Pictures from an Expedition. He lives in Maine.

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