If you enjoy good writing, striking food photography, uniquely indulgent recipes, and/or the New York food scene, The Crepes of Wrath is a blog you should be reading. Arizona native Sydney Kramer, 26, develops and photographs recipes like Heirloom Tomato and Parmesan Pie and Happy Goth Pops with Berries and Glitter (yes, you read that right), and is able to seamlessly weave bits of her life and all the amazing foods she eats around town into each post. She was recently Yahoo! Food’s Blogger of the Week and nominated in Saveur Blog Awards’ “Most Delicious Food” category. I am a huge fan of Sydney’s for these reasons and more, and I am thrilled to share this Q&A with you.
What was your motivation behind starting The Crepes of Wrath?
I initially started Crepes of Wrath on LiveJournal, if you can believe it, and once there was enough interest in it, we migrated to an actual website. At first it was just a way for me to share recipes with friends and family, but then I got really into it and wanted to make my photography better, improve my writing, yada yada, so a hobby became a full on “thing” (what do I call it? A blog? A business? You be the judge). The main motivation to continue posting, if I’m being honest, is that I have no idea what I’d do with my free time if I didn’t run my blog. I honestly have considered stopping when I get into manic moods where I feel like I have no free time to just lounge like a blob on the couch, but then I think about all of those hours I spend on writing, photographing and recipe testing and think that too much free time would turn me into a monster.
Where do you find inspiration for your recipes?
I love a variety of different blogs and food websites, but going out to eat and living in New York helps a lot, as I’m sure you would agree. It opens you up to a ton of ingredients and dishes that otherwise you’d have never seen before. A lot of what I cook at home is inspired by having eaten something similar out in the world and wanting to recreate it at home so I can enjoy it out of a Tupperware container five days in a row.
Which of your recipes is your absolute favorite? (Okay, okay – top 3…?)
Picking a top three is super hard! The FIRST three that come to my mind are definitely on the top of my list, in no particular order: Smores Cinnamon Rolls, Triple Berry Slab Pie, Pok Pok Thai-Style Wings.
Describe your perfect food day:
Okay, this is going to be a lot of food so let’s assume my stomach is a limitless black hole (or at least, more so than it sadly already is). My day would start with a Montreal-style bagel and lox from Mile End (sorry, New York), then dim sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor. After that, we’d go get oysters (because they’re not like, really filling, ya know) and cocktails at Maison Premiere (and maybe some of their bread with seaweed butter). For lunch (see?) we’d get sandwiches from Meat Hook Sandwich (I’d probably get the roast beef or hot chicken), then we’d take our sandwiches to Burnside to eat and have a few drinks in the backyard. We’d eventually make our way over to Roberta’s, where we’d get some much needed vegetables (they always have amazing roasted carrots and their salads are out of this world) and a pizza, of course. And their smoked ribs. And we’d have to stop by the take-out window and get a bialey and/or a sticky bun for the next morning. Oh, and in a perfect world, I’d get a pint of Americone Dream to eat on the couch when I got home.
Favorite music to cook to:
I’m definitely more of a podcast or TV person – I KNOW. But I rarely have music on while I’m cooking. Usually, I’m listening to old episodes of Get Up On This or Judge John Hodgman or watching reruns of The Office. My husband would probably much prefer it if I listened to music instead of having to hear constant talking in the apartment all day while I putz around but hey, man, you’re welcome to put on some headphones. I need comedy while I’m cooking, I guess.
Favorite food moment in a movie:
Okay, it’s not food but it’s alcohol, which is a close second. It’s from the first Fast & Furious movie where Vin Diesel tells Paul Walker, “You can have any brew you want – as long as it’s a Corona.” Classic. I probably quote that line more than my husband or anyone around me cares to hear.
Fantasy dinner party guests (dead or alive):
I’m going to go with the cast of Wet Hot American Summer because that just seems like a good time and I like to laugh when I eat. It’s a good look, I promise.
Ideal last supper:
A meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which I think is just some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life. It’s other-worldly and that’s what you want from a last meal, right?
Photos Courtesy of Sydney Kramer