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Rachel Heath, What Are You Eating?

Rachel A. Heath

The lead vocalist of Sonoran black metal band Doth is also a vegan baker for The Insane Cupcake Posse, a baking crew a friend and she started back in 2008 where they make vegan goodies and give them out at local shows on a donation basis

What'd you eat for dinner last night? Last night, I had Green with my friend who just made bank off of a screen printing job and decided to treat me. Thanks, Devlin! I loaded up on their best vegan specialties, such as the special barbeque chicken sandwich, spicy buffalo "wings" and a White Wedding tsoynami. Goodness gracious, I wish I had that meal in front of me right now. Perfection.

Favorite food: I love burritos. I'm sorry, but they are the perfect meal. Breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, a burrito is always satisfying, delicious and easily customized.

Least favorite food: I'm not a huge fan of eggs. Even the idea of them grosses me out.

Favorite dessert: Crème Brule, mostly because I associate this creamy after-meal delight with fancy, French-inspired dates...that other people go on with their significant other. Want to take me on a date?

Favorite local restaurant and meal to order there: Well, I really like Chopstick Express (939 E. Guadalupe Road). They have really perfected the art of fried tofu. Go in there. Order any fried tofu item (though I do prefer the orange or honey tofu). Sit down. Watch a daytime court case on their extremely elevated television. Experience a flavor apocalypse. P.S. It's free to upgrade a large to a combo, which includes fried rice, cream cheese wontons and a spring roll.

Favorite local bar and cocktail to order there: My favorite local bar is the Palo Verde Lounge because a lot of my friends play punk/hardcore shows there from time to time. I'm not of age, so I usually just rat around outside the front door and listen to their sets. If I were of age, I'd probably be drinking PBR's. That seems to be the drink of choice for my "of age" homies. If I were of age and wanted to get fancy, I'd probably go with an "All my Ex's live in Texas Kool-Aid."

Favorite thing to cook at home: I really enjoy making fancy pizzas at home (from scratch, obviously). Fingerling potatoes, goat cheese, caramelized onions, garlic and bell peppers are some of my favorite toppings to incorporate into my pies. It's really fun to do and fairly easy as well. I usually invite some friends or family over and make it a collaborative effort.

Favorite memory involving food: 5-year-old me coming back from a long day of lake activities, sun burnt and happy, to catch a whiff of Southern-style delights that were close to being taken out of my grandparents' mobile home oven. Fried chicken, baked beans and scalloped potatoes adorn the table minutes later, and it's time to dig in.

Recipe or food tip to share: I don't usually kiss and tell when it comes to my recipes. But I'm not opposed to giving advice: don't be afraid to spice. Spices add so much to a dish, and they give you creative licensing to make your treat or feast taste completely unique.

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