Meet the Writers
I’m a member of the class of 2016. I would describe my interests as worldly – I love trying new things, especially tasty new things. I’m focused on the humanities, but I also am interested in nutrition and personal health. My goal is to have as many unique experiences as I can, including trying new foods and traveling to new places, and I want to make sure I’m healthy enough to keep doing it. My favorite foods are the homemade ones, both because of how you feel when you’ve made them and because they always taste better. I’m looking forward to sharing my Dining Hall-friendly recipes as well as tips for how to keep healthy without giving up your favorite foods.
I’m a sophomore who wishes she could just major in cheese.You can often find me yelling at the stove in the Wren kitchen, but when not studying or thinking about food, I love to sing, do yoga, and read. While I’m not the most adventurous of food lovers, there are few things (let’s face it, nothing) better to me than enjoying a perfect, simple meal. Top secret: the way to my heart is a fantastic bowl of pasta. Or rice. Or soup. Actually–just cook and we’ll be friends.
You can talk to me about anything from how it feels like to be a freshman (like me) to computer science to, of course, food. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, a cultural melting pot, I learned firsthand that something does not have to look good for you to eat it, and, shockingly, like how it tastes. I am always on the hunt for new, exotic menu items that are unique to certain cultures and their cuisines. On my spare time I enjoy writing poetry, dancing, and reading about the latest and greatest molecular gastronomy.
Izzy Levenson (Public Relations/Advertising)
I am a sophomore (who is completely undecided as to what I will be majoring in, but that’s the beauty of liberal arts). When not exploring Harvard, Union, Central, Inman, Porter, Teele, and Kendall Squares for good, cheap food, you can find me in Davis Square, still looking for good, cheap food. Having lived eighteen years with a major sweet tooth, I’m excited to be writing about all things edible, though I have a sweet spot (get it?!) for the dessert side of things, especially chocolate. My first sentence as a toddler was, I kid you not, “I want chocolate.” My parents were so proud.
I am a junior majoring in Biology and Spanish. My favorite food is pancakes, although I am also a sucker for all foods Italian. Among my favorite activities are playing the violin, tap dancing, jogging, dog walking, and, of course, eating.
I am a freshman with an interest in education, anthropology, and the education of anthropology. I am easy to satisfy but difficult to please. Although I am known for being incredibly open and excited when it comes to food from anywhere and anyone, there is nothing I appreciate more than the completing a dish whose tastes marry so perfectly that you have to look up and say “wow.” I am a sucker for soups, carrot cake, and/or medium-rare steak with friends because, really, the communicable culture of food is what it’s all about.
I’m a junior majoring in anthropology and environmental studies, with a minor in communications and media studies, and I enjoy exploring how food connects to each of these disciplines. One of my favorite ways to explore new cultures is through their cuisine, but as a Texas native, I’m indisputably biased towards southwestern foods. I believe wholeheartedly that chipotle peppers can make anything and everything taste better. I’ve been a lifelong vegetable enthusiast and can often be found munching on kale or scampering home with a bundle of beets and collard greens. Outside of class, I enjoy writing, painting, cooking eggplant, going on adventures, and filmmaking.
I am a junior majoring in International Relations and Community Health. Growing up in India and experiencing a variety of different cultures first hand, I have a deep passion for different sorts of cuisines and am always willing to try something new. I love all kinds of food, but desserts are really my Achilles’ heel. From Crème Brulee to warm chocolate cake, there is really no better way to end a meal. When I’m not digging into a bowl of food or trying and failing to resist whatever dessert Dewick has to offer, you can find me listening to music (on CD), watching movies or TV, or escaping into a good book.
I am a freshman who is undecided and undeclared when it comes to majors, as well as to what I love more: sweet or savory (maybe I have both teeth?). I love animals, so you may find me on the pre-vet track, and starting now, you’ll also find me on the tracks of the T ready to eat my way through each stopping station! Growing up in a small town in Connecticut, where we had more pharmacies and banks than restaurants, I gained most of my knowledge of food by watching the Food Network (who needs Dora to teach you how to explore the world when you can learn how to explore your kitchen with Paula Deen?!). I may have a slight phobia of snakes, but even the most peculiar looking foods do not scare me; in fact, they do quite the opposite. From my small suburban beginnings in life, I have become more determined to try new and exciting foods of different cultures to which I was never exposed. I cannot wait to explore surrounding areas of Boston to experience these different cultures through one facet that all of them share: food! If I am not eating, I am talking about food, and if I’m not talking about food, you’ll probably find me singing along to some Ri Ri or Ciara (classy, I know).
I’m a sophomore from New York City currently majoring in the humanities and minoring in food consumption. If you find yourself in my hometown, stop by Dough in Brooklyn for my favorite food: the café au lait donut, every bite of which is worth its artery-clogging repercussions. When not studying, I enjoy practicing yoga, cooking, engaging in the visual arts, running, and hunting for good eats!
Min Yi Tan
My name is Min Yi and I’m a Singaporean from the Class of 2016! My home country ranks “eating” as one of its national pastimes, and food there is an exciting fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian styles, a reflection of the demographic. I am torn between which is my favorite part of tasting: the gleeful dance of flavors on your tongue or the heady aroma that you draw deep into your core. (I am also torn between not documenting each plate of goodness and testing my eating buddies’ patience with endless pictures of food…). I believe in the power of food to connect people, provoke emotions, and invoke memories.
Hi, I’m Sarah, class of 2014! I am big on clean eating, and most of my recipes and successes, as well as kitchen disasters, center around organic, fresh, balanced, and healthy ingredients. I love trying (to cook and to eat) international cuisines, and fusion themed foods, as well as simple recipes that are both exciting and accessible for college students. You can often find me practicing yoga, complaining as I walk up the hill, discussing education policy and education reform, and reminiscing about my time abroad in Brazil. My proudest achievement, you ask? Mastering the perfect dining hall grilled cheese sandwich.