QnA with DnU: Sophia Del Gigante
There are many food blogs out there on the interweb, but what draws me into [*NY Foodgasm*] is the fantastic recipes, amazing photography, the incorporation of good-for-you foods, and, of course, alcohol. A healthy portion of that alcohol is local craft beer—a rare combination. Founded by Sophia Del Gigante, a graphic designer by trade, in 2011, *NY Foodgasm* is out “…to prove that less fat has lots of flavor! You can enjoy *every* meal and live a healthy lifestyle. My mission is to make being and eating healthy fun because life should be fun!”
Did I happen to mention, for her birthday she’s having a Bourbon party?
1. Many of your recipes creatively combine craft beer and/or liquor with healthy ingredients. How did that get started?
>*(Sophia)*: Healthy or not, we are alive, and if we are living we should be enjoying every minute. I’m not gonna give up my craft beer or liquor! I have a passion for craft beer, especially local craft brews. The movement and the culture of it is… um… intoxicating! [Laughs] So I decided to integrate beer or liquor creatively into different recipes. I even have a Beer Month on my blog!
2. What has been your favorite alcohol-based recipe so far?
>My fave so far is tied between my [“**Blue Point** Blueberry Muffins”]—fat free, too!—and the [“**Great South Bay** *Blood Orange Pale Ale* Chicken”].
3. When it’s time for a drink, what’s your favorite craft brew and cocktail?
4. With the local breweries adding more beer styles all the time, are there certain beers that you are really interested in cooking with?
>Oh man, I am always keeping up to date with the local breweries; I am so excited to try *Devil’s Plaything* by [**Greenport Harbor**]! Notes of citrus and chiles—hell yeah! Like, I seriously contemplated driving over an hour on a random Friday—it’s that serious! I was thinking this would lend itself well to some tacos—maybe marinate some chicken with this beer and some citrus and chiles, grill it up, and top with some citrus-infused sour cream and some salsa fresca. Party!
5. Cocktail olive, maraschino cherry, fancy umbrella or lemon twist?
>Straight up, bitches, but if you wanna make it pretty and sweet add in a maraschino cherry for me!
Thanks, Sophia! Besides her [site], you can find *NY Foodgasm* on [**Facebook**], [**Instagram**], [**Pintrest**], and [**Twitter**].