Prana & Pie’s foodtastic column, 20 Things About the Cook, is a feature that focuses on a foodie, food blogger, chef, cook, kitchen master, grillmeister or other type of food-loving person, and 20 things about them that one wouldn’t otherwise know. The column’s latest featured cook, Victoria (Tori) Haschka, is the spunky food and travel writer behind Eat Tori, her blog that spans the globe looking for tasty eats. For more about Tori, check out her bio below.
1. Until I was a teenager, I would only eat things that were white.
2. I currently live in London, but was born in Sydney, Australia. On grey London mornings I’ll load up the beach camera that works over Bondi and look at the waves while I drink a cup of tea.
3. If someone brings to me a cup of Earl Grey tea in bed, I’m pretty much theirs for life.
4. I met my husband when I was 21 at a lesbian bar. (It was the birthday drinks of a good friend. He was one of the black belts at their Tae Kwon Do school.)
5. I don’t call my husband “The Hungry One” because I was running out of cute nick names.
6. I have a big toe that breaks at inconvenient times. The first time I broke it I was in community theatre at fifteen. It was twenty minutes into the second performance of a two week run. It was not good timing. My character developed a little bit of a limp.
7. The next time I broke it was kicking up into my first headstand in yoga. I got excited, fell down and broke it again. It was a crowded class and I couldn’t get out without making a fuss. It was not convenient.
8. I have a deep and abiding love for dry rosé. It might be because it goes well with my favourite foods (cured meats, bouillabaisse, tapas), or it might just be that I’m a girl who likes pink drinks.
9. I have a pretty crazy fascination with sharks. I *may* even have a google alert for “shark attack”.
10. I was a band geek in high school. I played the flute.
11. I lasted six months of a law degree before I ran for the hills.
12. Before I was a freelance food and travel writer I worked as a communication and marketing adviser for the Australian Arts Council. I have a huge passion for Australian theatre and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts.
13. I thrive when I have a plan. The first major list in our lives was a quest to eat at the ten best restaurants in the world. That’s partly how Eat Tori started; as a way to chronicle our adventures. We’ve ticked them all off (though we’re still paying some of them off…)
14. The current list is a ‘baby bucket list’ – it’s a short list of things we want to do before we become three. Seeing the great pyramids was one, as was living overseas, skiing over an international border and seeing the sunsets of Santorini . The next big one is safari.
15. We celebrate the Oscars in a big way. Every year we hold a festival with friends. We all try and see as much that’s nominated as possible. Everyone has to send in their predictions the day before. I create dishes inspired by each of the films nominated for best picture. We watch the ceremony together and there are perpetual trophies for who got the most picks.
16. Earlier this year we went to Cairo, in the week after Mubarak was ousted. We were stuck in travel insurance purgatory (they wouldn’t cover us if we went, wouldn’t cover us if we cancelled). We took a risk and were the only tourists at the great pyramids. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced.
17. I could never jump out of a helicopter or a plane (The Hungry One has been skydiving and used to jump out of helicopters when he was as a Bondi life saver). But I have eaten fermented shark meat in Iceland. I never need to do that again.
18. I’m lucky enough to live a five minute walk from one of the best food markets in the world (Borough markets in London).
19. My absolute favourite song is Nina Simone’s ‘Ooh Ooh child’. My mum says she had the LP on repeat when she was feeding me as a baby.
20. My ultimate comfort food is either a toasted ham and cheese sandwich or a large plate of pesto pasta.
Victoria (Tori) Haschka is a Sydney born food and travel writer, who grew up only wanting to eat white noodles and somehow became obsessed with cooking, travel and restaurants. Her blog Eat Tori chronicles the adventures of her and The Hungry One, and their mutual quest to find the best, whether at home or away. You can follow Tori on Twitter or find her on Facebook.