Interview Series: Helen

Pictured above is the wonderful Helen Goodman.  She if from Lexington, Massachusetts.  She likes chocolate, slow-cooked meats, and wild animals.  She has a fantastic blog, Chocolates I Have Known, where she reviews all of the chocolate she has come across in her travels.  If you find an interesting chocolate, send it to her.

Helen has exquisite taste – from pickles to beer to cutting boards.  She always eats breakfast and likes to go to bed early. Helen can always tell you the best places in NYC to eat. She could copy edit your grocery list and make it poetry. And she’s an organizational genius. You want to know Helen.

We asked her a few questions and these were her answers.

nosurefooting: What does the evil version of you like?

Helen: The evil version of me has weird compulsions to put taboo things in mailboxes (I haven’t though.)

nsf: Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Helen: Dark Chocolate – not too dark, though.

nsf: Biggest fear?

Helen: Murder!

nsf: If you could be a bird which bird would you be?

Helen: An owl.

nsf: Favourite book – of forever or right now?

Helen: The best book I read recently was My Korean Deli by Ben Ryder Howe.  This white guy from a prestigious literary review opens a deli with his Korean mother-in-law.  It’s a memoir.

nsf: The elements to the perfect date.

Helen: Good hair, good hair, and good hair.

nsf: Favourite song to listen to when you are at a party?

Helen: To be honest, Party in the USA.  By Miley Cyrus.

nsf: Best time of day to take a nap?

Helen: 4pm.

nsf: Guilty pleasure music?

Helen: The Garden State soundtrack? Yes, still.

nsf: Last great film you saw?

Helen: Cave of Forgotten Dreams by Werner Herzog was pretty cool.

nsf: Best thing you’ve bought in the past year?

Helen: My best money spent is always on eating out.

nsf: Your ringtone?

Helen: It’s on vibrate 99% of the time. For that 1%, Bossy by Kelis.

nsf: Favourite TV show?

Helen: Of all time: Six Feet Under.  Right now: Top Chef Masters.

nsf: Favourite breakfast food?

Helen: A green apple, every day, usually with granola.

nsf: Dream travel destination.

Helen: Scandinavia.

nsf: If you went on America’s Got Talent, what would your talent be?

Helen: I can make myself sneeze.

nsf: What do you sing in the shower?

Helen: Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel.

nsf: If you had a time machine where would you go?

Helen: Forward.

nsf: Best comfort food?

Helen: Chili. Stuffed cabbage. Soups of all kinds.

nsf: First purchase you’d make if you won the lottery?

Helen: The perfect apartment.

nsf: Favourite drink?

Helen: Whiskey by itself.

nsf: What would be the title of your biography?

Helen: It would be a business manual called The Story of Helen Goodman: Sweetest Gal Around, But Boy Can She Strike a Deal.

nsf: If you could be any character from fiction, who would you be?

Helen: Blair Waldorf. Gossip Girl started as books, if you recall.

nsf: Have you ever read Don Quixote?

Helen: No.

nsf: What can’t you live without?

Helen: Pets.

nsf: Favourite chocolate bar you’ve ever reviewed?

Helen: The MarieBelle Aztec Hot Chocolate Bar, 60% cocoa. You can get it at their store on Broome St.

nsf: Chocoalte bar that you dream about finding?

Helen: Something with pickle brine, or anchovy paste. Something funky.

nsf: Favourite beer?

Helen: Here are three: Ommegang “Zuur”; Ommegang “Three Philosophers”; Lagunitas “Brown Shugga.”

nsf: Best take-out place in NYC?

Helen: No. 7 Sub in the Ace Hotel, on Broadway near 29th.

nsf: Tell us about the best pickle you’ve ever had.

Helen: I can tell you that the best pickle maker is McClure’s in Brooklyn. But my favorite thing they do is actually not a pickle – it’s a spicy bloody mary mix, and I drink it (without vodka, of course) with breakfast sometimes. But it’s also good with vodka.

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Two Sarah Lawrence grads armed with their cameras, who have a penchant for making things pretty, following their eyes, following their hearts, even if they aren't always standing on their own two feet.
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