We are ecstatic to introduce you to the first ever Dear Food intern, Rory Phillips, a student at George Fox University (Natalie’s alma mater). He’s going to be contributing regularly to the blog as well as completely dominating our social media. We’re only slightly worried you’re going to like him more than us. To help you get to know him a little better, we had him answer a few completely normal questions. Try not to judge him too harshly by the last one.
Name: Rory Phillips
Hometown: Salem, OR
Major: English with a concentration in Professional Writing
Dream Job: Film critic for a nationally renowned paper, or a professional blogger—can’t lose!
Favorite Breakfast: Word of Mouth Bistro, arguably my favorite restaurant in this season of life, has this garden vegetable omelet that they top with crumbled feta and pair with fresh-baked wheat bread and a house-made jam. This probably would work as my last meal too.
Favorite Thing to Cook: Anything new to me that might be a challenge! Last Christmas, I made a traditional pavlova with a raspberry compote and eggnog pots de creme, along with an assortment of thematic Christmas cookies personally decorated.
Go-To Movie Candy: Junior Mints. Dark chocolate and mint are two of my favorite, plus I get a cut of fresh and sweet breath afterwards. How can I lose?
All-Time Favorite Movie: ‘Moulin Rouge!’ It’s audacious, hilarious, lovely, romantic, and altogether unlike anything I’ve seen before.
Who would play you in the Rory Phillips Movie?: It’s gotta be Joaquin Phoenix. The man can play himself and create an organic character. Truly one of the greats.
Biggest Pet Peeve: Eating lunch before noon. Eat at 11, 11:30, I don’t care. Just don’t call it lunch. We all know it’s just second breakfast. Get real.
Which Hogwarts House Would You Live In: I actually took the Pottermore test, and I am an official Ravenclaw. No complaints.
Darth Vader or Darth Maul: That Darth Maul fight scene, though! Still, Vader is the complex villain between the two, and he got there first. Sorta.
What’s Your Straight Up Jam?: I’ve been really into ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ lately, so probably “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Suede.
Typical Friday Night: I love getting together with a small group of friends; homemade food, coffee and board game night are my go-to’s!
Fried Rice or Chow Mein?: The edge goes to fried rice. I’m more of a plain white or brown rice, honestly.
Favorite Cheap Chinese Food: Near my home, a delightful little place called China Faith serves up a mean – and relatively inexpensive – egg foo young smothered in a brown gravy blanket.
You can pick one cheese for the rest of your life, what is it?: Why would you ask such a painful question to dwell on? I would have to go with brie. It’s basically the anti-nacho cheese: It’s just phenomenal to share with others, and it’s so underrated in how versatile it is. Goat, feta and cream are honorable mentions.
What is your Chipotle order?: I’ve actually NEVER been to Chipotle. And I downright have no excuse—there’s one like five miles from my house! Unforgivable. Wrap up. Drop the microphone. Peace.