Representative chowder:Manhattan Clam Chowder. Nimble and brave, the perpetual underdog. Its stinging broth and feisty horseradish bite could unhinge New England's steely ranks. (Remember 2008? Manhattan does.)
I'm an ex-economist, ex-Californian who moved to New York to work in food media in 2007. Dodgy career choices aside, I can't help but apply the rational tendencies of my former life to things like: recipe tweaking, digging up obscure facts about pizza, and deciding how many pastries to put in my purse for "later."