Birthdays are a time to reflect and wonder where the heck the last year went. We did the whole "Year In Retrospect" thing last week when Foodspotting celebrated its first birthday, but where would we be without the good people who found the company? That's where our co-founder and CTO Teddy comes in. On this first day of his 30th year, we're dedicating this blog space to chat with The Man himself:
AC Happy birthday, Teddy! Do you want the questions to be frivolous or to show THE REAL YOU?
TG The real me!
AC Here goes nothing then. We know you love us, but what do you think you'd be doing and where would you be if you were not working on Foodspotting?
TG When I started working on Foodspotting I had recently left Get Satisfaction to go rock climbing around the country. I'd like to think I'd still be in a tent in Zion Canyon, UT. That, or out saving the world.
AC Fiona wants to know: What's your favorite online video?
TG I'm currently really into The Beard Cage.
AC I know we were considering seeing Blue Valentine last week while the New York team was in San Fran, but what movie would you highly recommend?
TG I am kind of a movie geek. I just saw a great documentary called Dear Zachary.
AC What has been your most definitive moment related to food?
TG Traveling has definitely had the biggest effect on me. Visiting countries like Morocco, Korea, Thailand, Spain and France have forever changed my perception of food and how it relates to culture. I try to take a cooking class everywhere I go. I took a really fun and interactive class in Marrakech that involved shopping for all the ingredients in the souks. I think we each had $5 or something and we had to haggle to keep on budget. The worst classes are the ones that prep everything for you.
AC Most unusual dish you've discovered on your trips?
TG BBQ eels in Seoul. They squirm around on the grill until they're fully cooked. Take a look.
AC Can I tell everyone that you know the words to Usher's latest album and Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me?
TG I have a secret music crush on Usher. Taylor who?