Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown Is What He Eats: The Internet

In the monthly feature "You Are What You Eat" I talk 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 Jesse Brown, writer and host of CBC's Search Engine, explains how in the future humans won't even need to eat anymore due to advancements in internet technology. Or he just shares where and how he eats around the city.

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

Jesse Brown: Pho Linh on College. I traveled through Vietnam a couple of years ago, mostly just to eat, and I got into the local habit of starting the day with a giant bowl of beef soup.

What's your most guilty food pleasure?

Before I fast each year for Yom Kippur I eat a lot of pork at a Korean BBQ joint near my synagogue.

What would you request as your last meal?

Maybe the works from Au Pied du Cochon in Montreal, but I'm vain enough to worry about looking fat in my coffin, so let's say sushi.

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

I have a moderate caffeine addiction and suffer headaches if I don't get a strong shot of something in my first hour of consciousness. My favorite place right now is the White Squirrel, which just opened on Queen at the foot of Trinity Bellwoods. I get the flat white.

Do you crave salty or sweet?

Salty.

Do you cook?

Yes.

Weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

The most obvious thing would be Thit Cho, which is dog, which I ate to be polite when I was invited to a friend's family reunion in Vietnam. But it wasn't all that weird- just kind of oily and rich. I had grasshoppers in Mexico, but they weren't weird either- just crunchy and spicy and good. Kraft singles are weirder than both of those, so let's say Kraft singles.

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

Dinner, naturally.

Search Engine is a blog and podcast about the internet, updated every Monday morning.

Photo by Sheila Heti


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