Chloe is an amazing woman. I met her when we were both shy freshman on Western's campus, living on the second floor of Mathes. A quiet and mysterious place, we bonded over not exactly knowing how to fit into our new little community. We watched hours of LOST and talked about life in North Carolina where she's from. The years went by, and our hangouts developed into wonderful talks about food and life and love. Chloe is a biostatistician (amazingly smart), a cello player, and a chef (amazingly talented). To say the least, I love this lady. We spent the morning together at her "out of West Elm" apartment a few Saturdays ago, enjoying the typical Seattle mist and her brilliant hipster brunch bowl (check out www.welcometokarensplace.blogspot.com for the recipe!).
So, meet Chloe.
*note: interview answers are not word for word :)
- WHAT IS ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOU RIGHT NOW?
Deliberate. I think of it as "beauty in order"
- STAR WARS OR STAR TREK?
Star Trek, the newer movies. They make a lot more sense to me because I feel like there's more character development in those movies than Star Wars.
- DESCRIBE A PERFECT DAY TO YOU.
It would start by waking up really early, blasting ACDC, and baking. I like having quiet mornings to myself. I miss that part of my day when I used to be a baker at The Firehouse (a wonderful bakery in Bellingham...please go there). Then you'd find me eating outside on a porch, with a cup of coffee in hand. After that, friends would come over, we'd cook throughout the day, sipping wine, and enjoying a lazy dinner. We'd go out somewhere later that's loud and obnoxious. And then I'd come home, curled up with a good book, feeling satisfied. Oh, and going to the farmer's market at some point during the day is a must.
- WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY TO LOOK BACK ON?
My favorite memory is when my family and I went on a trip to the Grand Tetons where we rented a cabin. To get there, we were shoved in the car with our silly uncle who would sit in the middle between my sister and I, and who would threaten to eat sardines while laughing like a goof. At night, we would play go-fish, and every time it would escalate dangerously fast, laughing so hard until we would fall off the bed. That was a defining family trip.
- WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO MAKE?
Apple pie, no doubt. It still requires a lot of patience. It's a slow and quiet process, rough and earthy. It's a whole lot more about feeling if something is right than "doing" it right. it's all about intuition. I call it stress pie, it's a stress reliever. It's old fashioned to make, and it makes me feel like I'm removed from arbitrary, modern-day, stress.
- WHO WOULD YOU WANT WITH YOU IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND?
It's a toss up between my dad and my sister. My dad is the parent I am most like, he as an inherent understanding of how I operate. He's also really good at making a joke out of hard situations. My sister is the person I have learned most from about being a decent human being and an adult. We balance each other out, especially emotionally.
Thank you Chloe for such a lovely brunch. You are a beautiful human being! I consider myself blessed to have you in my life. P.S. I have yet to eat that pie you were talking about .... please invite me over after a stressful day.