Big things are happening today. BIG.
I’m kicking off a new feature here on What’s Gaby Cooking and it’s all about some of my most favorite people in the entire world. Since starting this site 5 years ago, I’ve been able to meet some insanely fantastic people in this creative community… and it’s high time that you know them too!
Today I’m starting things off with a bang…. and introducing you guys to my best friend 🙂 You might already know him, as he’s not only my BFF but world renown photographer, my favorite partner in crime, not to mention he was the best man in my wedding. He’s shot for Food Network, Target, Goop, Huckleberry and Better Homes and Gardens to name a few. He has a cookbook all about food On a Stick! plus another one teaching you the ins and outs of food photography. His blog celebrates food, drink and everything in between, and he’s one of my most cherished friends!
Meet Matt Armendariz!
Gaby: Who are you, what do you do and where do you live?
Matt: My name is Matt Armendariz, I live in Long Beach, California, and I take photos of food. Oops, I mean, I make photos of food.
Gaby: What’s your favorite part of your job?
Matt: It’s all good…no, really! I get to work with creative people, fun props, travel all over the world, and I get to eat the food. Try beating that. Just try.
Gaby: What is the #1 place on your travel bucket list?
Matt: Probably the Maldives or Marrakesh. Or any other place that begins with M.
Gaby: If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Matt: Champagne, Paris is Burning on DVD, and an iPhone charger.
Gaby: Where is your favorite weekend getaway?
Matt: My backyard. You’ve been here, you know what I mean.
Gaby: Beer or wine?
Matt: One doesn’t choose. You have both.
Gaby: What’s your go-to outfit?
Matt: Harem pants, Manolo Blaniks and a vintage 1987 Azzedine Alaia wrap dress that is TO DIE FOR.
Gaby: What’s the most adventurous things you’ve ever done?
Matt: You cannot ask a gay man this question in a public forum. Just don’t.
Gaby: Go-to karaoke song!
Matt: Anything Rick Astley, Journey or The Eagles. I’m damn good, too.
Gaby: You’re all alone on a weeknight – what do you have for dinner?
Matt: I’d probably make myself a cheese plate with fruit and mostarda and then open a nice bottle of bubbles and watch TV. OR I’d drink beer, fire up the pizza oven and make pizza just for myself. I’ve done it before, trust.
Gaby: If you had to pick a last meal, what would it be?
Matt: Anything my mom decided to cook. That’s the food I want to eat as I leave this planet.
Gaby: What’s your favorite way to eat avocados?
Matt: With my mouth.
Gaby: Favorite TV show?
Matt: I have too too many shows I enjoy watching. That’s a whole separate interview, really.
Gaby: Favorite cocktail?
Matt: Right now it’s a toss up between anything with Pimms or a classic Negroni.
Gaby: I recently just started drinking coffee, I know, totally late to the game. Are you as obsessed as me? How do you take your coffee?
Matt: I have a photo of me at age 4 drinking coffee with lots of cream and sugar. I’ve since grown up, and there is nothing greater than waking up in Australia and ordering a flat white. Or having a cafe con leche in Barcelona. But I’m not a coffee snob, as long as it’s good I’ll drink it.
Gaby: Harry Potter or Hunger Games?
Matt: I don’t know what those are. But it sounds like it hurts.
Gaby: If you were one of the Real Housewives on Bravo, who would you be and why?
Matt: Probably Kandi from Real Housewives of Atlanta. She actually has a talent, she’s level headed, funny without being too silly, and seems solid, oh so solid. And homegirl is RICH! RICH I TELL YOU! But you don’t watch RHOA so why am I even answering this?
Gaby: If you could have one superpower, which one would you have?
Matt: To make my best friend actually watch the one Housewives franchise that she actually doesn’t watch, despite my repeated pleas. I mean, how many times do I gotta ask?
Gaby: If you could only have one form of social media for the rest of your life… what would it be?
Matt: Crayons and construction paper.
Gaby: Last and certainly not least…. if your life was turned into a movie, which actor/actress would play you!?
Matt: Kandi Burruss. You asked.