Welcome to Food Guy Montreal’s 10 Questions with Mayssam Samaha, food blogging queen, and probably the only person I know who will literally travel for food, hence her site Will Travel for Food. I’ve known Mayssam since I started blogging, which is almost a couple years already. She certainly doesn’t hide her passion for desserts, and her long lost love, Anthony Bourdain. I’m a fan as well, but not as big as she is. Here are Mayssam’s answers for this month’s 10 Questions:
1. What are your 3 all time favorite restaurants in the world? (No particular order)
Eleven Madison Park, Eleven Madison Park and Eleven Madison Park ?
Ok seriously now, Eleven Madison Park in NYC, La Pineta, this tiny restaurant on a beach in Tuscany and any of the Momofuku restaurants.
2. What would be your last meal?
It would have to involve a lot of food, desserts of all kinds I would think, but also a good spaghetti pomodoro, and a smörgåsbord of my favourite cuisines: Lebanese, Japanese, Indian, Peruvian and Thai dishes.
3. If you were hosting a dinner party, which one guest would you invite? Dead or alive.
Anthony Bourdain, Julia Child or my grandfather.
4. What is your signature dish?
Dessert. Any dessert. I love baking and I always bring dessert when I’m invited.
5. What is your favorite junk food?
Fries and chocolate cake, although I don’t know if the latter could be considered junk per say. Fries definitely but I don’t waste my time (or calorie intake!) on bad fries, they have to be really good.
6. What single food do you or would you go out of your way to have?
I will go out of my way for any delicious food, it’s no coincidence my blog’s named Will Travel for Food!
7. If you could eliminate one food from the world, what would it be and why?
Chocolate with mint in it, especially anything resembling After Eights. I find the combination just horrendous.
8. Single best childhood food memory.
Eating kebbé with a side of cucumbers in yogurt and garlic at my grandparents, licking the batter whenever my mom was baking, eating tiny fried fish at the beach in Lebanon.
9. Describe the kitchen you grew up in.
I grew up in a house filled with cooking and pastry making. My mom is a great pastry maker and baker and I loved spending time in the kitchen watching her when I was a kid. Our house was always filled with the smell of something baking or cooking.
10. What is your go-to comfort food?
Chocolate cake, hmm I sense a recurring theme here ? but yes, I must say that chocolate is very comforting to me, especially in dessert form.
Bonus: 11. Describe your perfect meal.
I know it’s cliché but my perfect meal is one where I am surrounded by people I love. In the end, as much as it is about the delicious food you’re eating, it wouldn’t mean anything if you didn’t have anyone to share it with, would it?