What is your name and where are you currently?
Scott Meriam, New York City, Upper West Side
Are you where you normally live?
New York City, Upper West Side
What are you currently reading?
I'm an audible user so I’m being read to by Lindy Meck and her funny series of essays in “The Witches Are Coming”. I’m also listening to “My Life In France” by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme.
The Torah; I’m started my exploration of converting to Judaism with online classes hosted by The JCC. In that vein I’ve been reading The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York: A Cookbook by Leah Koenig, Julia Turshen.
What are you currently watching?
Unorthodox was great. lots of cozy older movies that I’ve seen a million times.
I’m a closted gaymer so I just beat Last of Us on Ps4, fingers crossed that the sequel comes out at the end of May.
The BA Test Kitchen team videos are also great so I’ve been watching them evolve and create new content at home which I love seeing.
What are you currently listening to?
Lots of playlists from friends and people on the internet that I know would be my friend if we ever met in person. Including but not limited to Deer Dana, Carlos Rodriguez, Benito Skinner, Ryan Heffington (love his dance classes), Anthony DiCap, Chandelier Creative and Greta Titelman. My own team at WSJ have also (pre covid) been making monthly playlists and keeping that tradition going. I also listen to “Mother Earth's” Plantasia a lot....for my plants. Pre-covid I had a ritual of listening to the same playlist every day for like 4-6 months but that started feeling VERY groundhog day so I mixed it up. I also listen to NPR religiously as well as The Wall Street journals’ podcast. Samin Nosrat has a great podcast about cooking at home that I love and I’ve also gotten into Dolly Parton’s America.
What have you been eating the most? Do you have a recipe to share?
I’ve been eating a lot more vegetables than I typically do and have to pat myself on the back for not wasting all the produce that normally would end up in the trash. I’ve been making a fair amount of roast chickens that morph into soups which evolve into pasta. Pasta water has become my new best friend and is going to be the name of a boat or a vacation home if I ever have either of those.
How are you moving your body/exercising?
I’ve been jogging with little consistency. My dog keeps me out and and about on small walks and my 5 story walk up proves to be the stairmaster I know I need. I like Ryan Heffington’s dance classes as well as Damon Bell’s free body weight workouts on Instagram. Greta Titelman’s Matcha dances are also super fun and make you sweat. I also have been using a lot of bands to keep my arms from turning into jelly. I do most of this with little to no consistency but I’m trying.