She may be a professional food writer, published author, and accomplished blogger
, but don't expect Alyssa Shelasky to be lecturing you about the salmon crudo any time soon. As one of the few food critics with a head much like ours on her shoulders — perennially blown-out, looking forward to dinner, and over-thinking last week's episode of Breaking Bad
— she's the type of girl you kinda dream of being best friends with... who also happens to have stumbled upon a career that affords her some of the world's most wonderful eats. (Seriously, we're looking for a new BFF, Shelasky!)
The Grub Street
editor and accidental foodie had a very public relationship with a very public Top Chef
winner (we'll let you Google-connect the dots), all of which was recounted in her blog-turned-book,
, a memoir of her journey into the kitchen and her whirlwind romancer. She's the type you'd totally want to dish over a plate of pecorino-topped pasta with, which is why her favorite New York spots are a mix of pop-'em-in-your-mouth snacks and pastrami sammiches, as well as an Italian dinner at a spot Tory Burch recently touted
. Milkshakes, mangos, and over-the-top Mother's Day dinners? This DUMBO resident's got it all.