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 Courtney Chiu


I’m a junior studying art history and biochemistry. Born and raised in Brooklyn, I developed a diverse palate and a love for food from all different cultures. My favorite hangout spots in my hometown are the farmers markets, Smorgasbord, Food Truck Rally, and my favorite bakery, “Baked,” in Red Hook. I am a blogger for Brit+Co., a creative lifestyle community where I write about food and DIY projects. The lifestyle gurus who have influenced the way I cook and eat include Blake Lively, Martha Stewart, and Gwyneth Paltrow. I am guilty of stress-baking, sometimes eating dessert for breakfast (in addition to lunch and dinner…), and carrying around a mason jar full of Cheerios just in case I get hungry. In addition to those food-related activities, I enjoy skiing, archery, making needlepoints, watching soccer, and going to art museums.

Kinsey Drake

IMG_2082I’m a freshman at Tufts from Palo Alto, California with interests in biology, chemistry, and history but undeclared in terms of major. I love baking and cooking all kinds of vegetarian food, as well as experimenting with food science, in addition to writing for Tasty Tufts, I also post recipes on my food blog, Kinsey Cooks. My culinary inspirations range from Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen, to Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen, to Lidia Bastianich of Lidia’s Italy. I think there’s nothing better than a thin-crust wood-fired pizza and I’ll never say to no to a visit to the newest ice-cream shop in town. On campus you can find me running around outside, reading the latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated in the dining hall, and baking cookies in my dorm kitchen.

Kyle Paul


I’m a freshmen from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Currently I’m studying academics (aka undecided), though my dream job is making Disney films. I am a certified stormtrooper, Mumford & Sons enthusiast, and food experiencer. I’m not allowed to eat sweets because I don’t like them, but I supplement with savory delights. I once had dinner with the actor who plays the Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Favorite food movie: Babette’s Feast. You had me at, “let’s go get tacos.” 

Annaick Miller


I am a junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Communications and Media Studies. Born in Berkeley, California, I was raised with an appreciation of (and possibly an obsession with) diverse foods from many different cultures. I love sampling new food and will try virtually anything anyone puts in front of me. Staples always found in my kitchen include sunflower seed butter, balsamic vinegar, kale, and sriracha. When I’m not eating or cooking (a rare occurrence), you can find me running outside, reading, or drinking massive quantities of coffee with friends.

Lauren Samuel 

Tasty Tufts pictureI am a sophomore with an interest in education, anthropology, and the education of anthropology. I am easy to satisfy but difficult to please. Although I am known for being incredibly open and excited when it comes to food from anywhere and anyone, there is nothing I appreciate more than the completing a dish whose tastes marry so perfectly that you have to look up and say “wow.” I am a sucker for soups, carrot cake, and/or medium-rare steak with friends because, really, the communicable culture of food is what it’s all about.

Jay Sheintop


I am a sophomore who is still undecided and undeclared when it comes to majors, as well as to what I love more: sweet or savory (maybe I have both teeth?). I love animals, so you may find me on the pre-vet track, and starting now, you’ll also find me on the tracks of the T ready to eat my way through each stopping station! Growing up in a small town in Connecticut, where we had more pharmacies and banks than restaurants, I gained most of my knowledge of food by watching the Food Network (who needs Dora to teach you how to explore the world when you can learn how to explore your kitchen with Paula Deen?!). I may have a slight phobia of snakes, but even the most peculiar looking foods do not scare me; in fact, they do quite the opposite. From my small suburban beginnings in life, I have become more determined to try new and exciting foods of different cultures to which I was never exposed. I cannot wait to explore surrounding areas of Boston to experience these different cultures through one facet that all of them share: food! If I am not eating, I am talking about food, and if I’m not talking about food, you’ll probably find me singing along to some Ri Ri or Ciara (classy, I know). 

Min Yi Tan

unnamedMy name is Min Yi and I’m a Singaporean from the Class of 2016! My home country ranks “eating” as one of its national pastimes, and food there is an exciting fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian styles, a reflection of the demographic. After a semester abroad in Istanbul, I’m back at Tufts without a meal plan, ready to cook and eat my way to gustatory pleasure. I believe in the power of food to connect people, provoke emotions and invoke memories. And I can’t wait to explore this with you.


Shoshana Weiner

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI am a junior majoring in geological sciences and French. When I am not outside, I am probably snacking on anything and everything (while studying of course), or baking for friends. I am a notorious stress baker and my housemates enjoy it when I am making m&m cookies at 1:00 am. MY favorite cookies are monster cookies. They have EVERYTHING in them, from the pb to chocolate chips and oatmeal. Dangerously delicious. I am thankful that one of my biggest passions is running and that I enjoy being active in the fresh air! I am all about trying new foods when traveling, even if it is a trip into downtown Boston. Although, nothing is quite like my mom’s homemade pizza!

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  1. Sol Gittleman #

    Very enjoyable reading, Thanks!

    November 30, 2014

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