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Joseph Shabason Is What He Eats: Everything All The Time

In a new monthly feature "You Are What You Eat" I will be talking to Toronto personalities, musicians, artists and other interesting folks about where, how and what they eat. After all, food is the window to the soul.

This month Joseph Shabason (photo front and centre), musician and member of Toronto band Everything All The Time, shares his deepest, darkest food secrets with me. OK, they're neither deep nor dark, but they're fun.

blogTO: What is your favourite breakfast spot in the city?

Joseph Shabason: Saving Grace. Hands Down.

What's your most guilty food pleasure?

Smartfood. I eat an entire bag to myself at least twice a week.

What's one warm & fuzzy, and one really bad food memory from your childhood?

A warm and fuzzy one is eating granola bars on a canoe trip in Algonquin Park. Everything tastes better when you you've been paddling all day. A bad one is my mother making me eat my zucchini when I was about 5 years old. At the time I hated it so much I vomited.

What would you request as your last meal?

Fried crispy noodles with vegetables, tofu and black been sauce from Swatow. Then I would eat a bag of Smartfood for dessert.

Are you a coffee drinker? If so, how many cups per day and what's your go-to coffee joint?

I usually have one coffee a day (sometimes more depending on how crazy the day is). My favorite morning ritual is to wake up and go to The Common to have an espresso before going to the YMCA.

Do you crave salty or sweet?

Salty all the way. The only sweet thing I ever crave is peanut M&Ms.

Do you cook?

I do. When I have time, I love to make big meals that I can freeze for the week. I also love cooking big breakfasts.

If I were a food, I would be a BLANK because BLANK.

If I were a food I would be a clove of garlic because people would love how good I make everything taste.

Weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

A scab from my knee.

What's your favourite meal of the day? Why?

Brunch. I think it's because you always end up eating it with friends.

What is your favourite food related song (e.g. "Strawberry Fields" by the Beatles)?

Lollipop by Lil' Wayne

If you had to pair a song with food, like pairing a wine with food, what two would you choose?

I would pair "But Not For Me" by Chet Baker with a TV dinner for one.

Joseph graces Everything All The Time with his vocal, keyboard and saxophone stylings. The band plays this Thursday February 5th at the Horseshoe Tavern, 9:30pm.

Photo by May Truong


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