Hello everyone, it’s me, Jaime! I wanted to let you all know that I read Daily Grind last night! My review will be coming shortly, 5 stars all the way! One thing I noticed though is everytime I read a book by Anna I get really hungry! All the great food that is mentioned in each story along with the yummy coffee – by the time I am done with each story I have so many differenty types of food I want to try and now a couple new espresso’s too! So, I think it’s only fitting and of course because you asked that Anna wrote about food this month…without further ado. Here is the post and next month we will be giving away some eCopies of Daily Grind so keep an eye out!
One of the commenters on my December guest post suggested I talk about what foods I like and don’t like. Truth is I love food so much. Anything from a cheap diner meal to the swankiest of swank gastro experience, where waiters put napkins on your lap—and everything in between.
I’m pretty easy to please, food-wise, which is probably frustrating to some since the answer to “What are you in the mood for?” is often, “Whatever’s good.”
It’s probably easier to say what I don’t like and what I can’t eat, to be honest.
I don’t like peas or lima beans. And while I love them, I can’t eat melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew) or avocado due to an oral allergy syndrome reaction.
I’m still really bummed about the avocado. That one’s more recent. They’re not serious allergies at the moment—basically OAS causes my mouth and throat to itch—but I don’t want to take any chances of them becoming more serious, so I avoid, even if I weep at the loss of guacamole.
Truth is, you can tell my tastes pretty well from the food my characters eat in my books. Some of the places in the Takeover novels are made up (Like Grounds N’at), but many others exist and are places I’ve been.
Off the top of my head, I mentioned The Sharp Edge Bistro in Takeover. It’s not too far from the building I now work in for my day job. (There’s a funny story about that, which I may write about later.)
Though not set in Pittsbugh, Due Diligence has places I ate at while I was out visiting that part of the world. The burger joint Fazil and Todd end up in while at Pike Place Market is the Pike Place Bar & Grill,
and the Woodinville Cafe really does have mountainous M&M hot chocolates. Luckily, I had a local with me when I went and only got half the whipped cream.
For Daily Grind, I included the Silk Elephant again because I love it so. The Turkish place Rob and Brian have lunch at on the corner of Forbes and Braddock is Istanbul Sofra, and Rob and Brian also go to Church Brew Works, which really is in an old Roman Catholic Church with the brewing equipment up where the altar used to be.
Pittsburgh has a huge restaurant scene and a ton of culinary options just about everywhere and man, there are so many places I haven’t been! So, you’ll probably see lots more Pittsburgh restaurants in my books. And you can pretty much be sure that what my characters eat is probably something I like.
Write what you know, after all!
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Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.
With a penchant for suits and ties both on herself and others, she enjoys coffee, tea, good books, and fine wine—as well as the best diner fare and pies made with lemon. Give her a Ruben, and she’s happy.
She fell in with a roving band of romance writers at Seton Hill University, earned and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and never looked back. She also has a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
Thank you Anna for Stopping by and we will see you next month – Can’t wait to see what goodies you bring us!