What’s your job? What do you love about it?
I work in fundraising for higher education. Probably the thing I love the most is knowing that my work results in gifts that will help students attend college and get a quality education for generations to come. I could not have gone to college myself if it hadn’t been for scholarships and financial aid, so I feel like I’m “paying it forward”.
Gray also runs a great blog called SoloFriendly. For excellent info when you’re traveling solo, click here: http://solofriendly.com/
Why do you like Invite For A Bite?
I love the idea of having a way to connect with other women when I’m traveling on my own (or here in my own town) over dinner and shared interests. I love meeting new people and this seems like a great way to do it.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Accidentally? I almost swallowed a shrimp eyeball in Madrid when I was eating paella. I have a new rule now: Never eat anything that still has a face on it. On purpose? I tried frog’s legs once when I was young and brave. I’m pretty grossed out by that now—even though, yes, they do taste like chicken. Oh—and escargots (snails). Overall, I’m not the most adventurous diner.
What’s your guiltiest food pleasure?
Any chocolate dessert that also contains alcohol.
Which women, living now or in the past, would you invite to an ifab dinner party?
Eleanor Roosevelt Nellie Bly
Amelia Earhart Dorothy Parker
Sally Ride Mary McDonnell
Where are you from, and when you’re traveling what food from your country do you miss the most?
I’m from the US. This may sound crazy, but when I go to Europe, the thing I miss the most there is thick yogurt. My favorite is the Yoplait light thick and creamy. I eat it every day.The yogurt in Europe is drippy, almost soup-like. Not exactly stick-to-your-ribs yogurt, if you know what I mean.
Name a country you’ve visited whose food you love. What not-to-be-missed dish should people eat there?
I have not visited a single country whose food I universally love. Some meals are good, and some are not so good; everywhere is pretty much the same in that regard. I will say that I love escargots with a passion. I don’t think I’ve met a plate of buttery, garlicky escargots that I didn’t love. But I’m not sure I’d recommend a particular dish to anyone unless I knew their food preferences really, really well, because it’s all subjective, isn’t it?
If you could be in one place right now, where would it be? Why?
Hawaii. I just visited Hawaii for the first time in February and totally fell in love with everything about it—the climate, the landscapes, the people, the food, the laid-back vibe. I could live there.
Nosy, we know, but what are you having for dinner tonight?
Tilapia, creamed spinach, and couscous salad.