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My previous story-like "about" page was way out of date, so I'm going to redo this in fake FAQ form. People don't ask me these questions, but for the purpose of telling you about myself and because I'm too lazy to think of something else, let's assume they do.

Actually, people really do ask me this question: What camera do you use?

As of August 2014, I'm using a Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC macro lens with a Canon 7D, purchased out of desperation during my trip to Honolulu when my over three-year-old Canon 20D broke. The 7D initially seemed like a too-pricey camera for my needs, but it was worth the investment. Even if you don't think you'll need to do video, it's nice to have the option—mostly when you're in the presence of a puppy doing something adorable. Before the 20D I used a Canon Rebel XT, and before that (June 2006), a Canon Powershot SD450.

I also whack all my photos with a Photoshop stick (er, I mean, I "POST PROCESS" THEM).

Where'd the name of your blog come from?

The title of this blog is derived from The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten, which was recommended to me by Morten (English website). It's a hilarious book in which Steingarten sacrifices the health of his viscera in order to...eat everything. I highly recommend it.

Do you actually eat everything?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no, which I suppose makes the answer a flat out "no". I'm not an adventurous eater à la Anthony Bourdain, and my penchant for sweets and solid foods is obvious in the way I obsess over their superior deliciousness over other kinds of foods. I also have some standards as to what should or shouldn't be eaten (Hershey bar, no, Valrhona bar, yes!), although those are quite flexible (wait, a free Hershey bar?).

My problem is that I can eat a lot to the point that I should count my blessings that I haven't turned into one of those obese people who requires heavy machinery just to get out of the house. (Solution: tear down the house with a bulldozer, move into a supermarket/restaurant.) Of course, I'm far from resembling one of those super-svelte girls who can literally eat anything (oh, how awesome that would be). I have a problem with willpower; if you put food I like in front of me, I'll probably eat it despite whether my stomach has any more room.

Do you cook a lot?

Euh...

No, not really. I can cook, but I don't most of the time because I usually prefer to eat out (as my cooking tends to fit in the category of "not so good"). I like to make sandwiches, but I don't think that counts as cooking. My favorite thing to make is probably ice cream...not that that takes much effort. (I mean, the ice cream machine does most of the work.)

I learned to cook while majoring in Food Studies at New York University (graduated in May 2007), so training has occurred. Minimal training, that is. I'm quite sure that cooking in any professional manner is nowhere in the horizon. However, sitting on my ass for long periods of time while in front of the computer looks like a major part of my future.

YEEAH!!

Basic info:

Name: Robyn
Age: 28
Gender: Female (I hope that wasn't hard to figure out)
Location: NJ
Homepage: diskobox.net
Email: roboppy@gmail.com (IMPORTANT GOO: If you are from a restaurant PR company, PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL ME, as I will probably just put you on my junk list. For all other e-mails, unless your e-mail is urgent, I may not reply to it for a few days. Please be patient and only assume that I haven't received it/am dead if you don't hear from me in a week. Thanks!)

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Camera Info

May '10: Canon 7D with a Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC macro lens
Aug '07 - May '10: Canon 20D
June '06 - Aug '07: Canon Rebel XT
Before June '06: Canon SD 450
I "post process" all my photos in Photoshop to make them suck less. Of course, you need a camera to take semi-decent photos first, but without Photoshop, I am nothing.

links

Please don’t hate me if I haven’t included you. I tried to whittle this down to a manageable list, but there are just too many food blogs out there that I like! I shall update this list every so often.

Blogs

A Hamburger Today
A Hungry Girl's Guide to Taipei
The Amateur Gourmet
An American in Ireland
Appetite for China
Baking Bites
Beef Aficionado
The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Bionic Bites
Blondie and Brownie
Boots in the Oven
The Boy Who Bakes
Brave Tart
Candy Blog
Cha Xiu Bao
Chubby Hubby
Chuck Eats
Comme un Lait Fraise
Dan Delaney
David Lebovitz
Deep End Dining
Dessert Comes First
Dumneazu
Eat Drink & Be Merry
Eat to Blog
Eat Your Kimchi
The Eaten Path
Eating In Translation
Eating Asia
FastFoodr
Fifteen Pickles
Food In Mouth
French Revolution
Fries With That Shake
Grab Your Fork
Great Food Photos
Goldilocks Finds Manhattan
Hello Sandwich
I live in a Frying Pan
i nom things
The Impulsive Buy
Just Hungry
Kathy YL Chan
The Kitchen Pantry
Law and Food
Lingbo Li
Lingered Upon
LUNCH
Maps and Fragments
Me So Hungry
Michele Humes
Ms Adventures in Italy
My Camera Eats Food
My Inner Fatty
No Recipes
Noona Blog: Seoul
One Wall Kitchen
Ono Kine Grindz
The Paupered Chef
Paris Breakfasts
Real Cheap Eats
The Scent of Green Bananas
Seoul Eats
Slice
Smitten Kitchen
So Good
Street Foodie
Sui Mai
Suicide Food
Sustainable Table
Swirl and Scramble
Tamarind and Thyme
The Tasty Island
Thursday Night Smackdown
Tommy Eats
The Ulterior Epicure
umami
U.S. Food Policy
The Wandering Eater
We All Go Poopie
World to Table

Non-Blogs

Brooklyn Chowder Surfer
Edible Queens
Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down
Serious Eats
VendrTV

Recurring Eating Companions

These friends have lent me their stomach acids on numerous occasions.

Chichi
Colin
Diana
Eric
Greg
Kåre
Kathy
Melissa
Morten
Olivia
Tristan
Veronica