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Coffee Break: Moshe Aelyon

15 minutes with the owner of RoomTemp

Portrait: Helen Klisser During

Recently, over a hot cup of coffee and a leisurely chat about his new venture, RoomTemp by Moshe, I engaged Moshe Aelyon in an intimate Q&A. As promised, here is that conversation ....

The perfect menu at RoomTemp…

The perfect menu would have 10-12 dishes, served family style, with at least three salads – one with veggies, one with greens and one with grains. I love lush platters with grilled meats and veggies served with chutneys, sauces and dressing- where ingredients like olive oil, garlic, lemon and yogurt playing a key role.

On your nightstand…

Always at least six books. I love to read backs of the books to figure out what I will read next and what is coming up. Nearly 80% of books I read are autobiographies.

On your iPod…

My iPod is very eclectic. It’s primarily jazz. No show tunes (shocking!). Growing up in Istanbul, I was exposed to world music. Having teenaged kids and doing all these bar/bat mitzvahs – has exposed me to a lot of music of this generation as well. 

Reading at the moment…

Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book.  

Favorite cocktail…

My staple is scotch on the rocks. I love White Lillet on the rocks with a twist of orange. As for shaken cocktail, I love vodka, grapefruit juice and whatever else goes in it.

Like to do on weekends…

I love spending weekends exploring NYC neighborhoods like Brooklyn or Harlem. While my nature is to plan everything out and be organized, I love to show up in a neighborhood and just get lost in it – it’s like taking mini trips. Food, of course, is a big part of it. 

Ideal date night…

I love it when someone is in charge and surprises me. Given my personality and my profession, I am always the one choosing the restaurant or the play. It would be ideal for me to do nothing and just show up. I love gifts that are experiences. Those experiences don’t have to be high-brow but they have to be thoughtful and surprising.

Your most prized possession…

A framed collage with close-up shots of just the eyes of my children, my ex-wife and I – on our last vacation together as a family (where we discussed the upcoming changes). I take that framed image with me everywhere.

Favorite family heirloom…

From my childhood days, I remember watching my maternal grandmother cook amazing food with whatever was in the fridge. Like her, I cook from memory and experience instead of strictly following recipes.

Favorite TV show…

Charlie Rose. But I also like a healthy dose of Housewives (laughs). People ask me why I watch such trash – but I am fascinated by it as I observe human behavior unveil. I also love getting lost in a good play.  

Guilty pleasure…

Ciao Bella gelato.

Favorite website/app…

I love to browse T Magazine by New York Times. I am addicted to Instagram! I love being able to take pictures and transforming them instantly. It’s exciting!

Favorite charity…

I have two causes: Children (specifically the creativity in children) and HIV. I have been involved with Harlem Dance School and have provided kids with supplies, like shoes etc., for dance. I also get involved in various HIV related charities in the city.

Stacy Waldman Bass

Favorite home-cooked meal…

I am a sucker for any potato dish. I love mashed potatoes and french fries. Growing up, my favorite dish was a chicken stew with potatoes and tomatoes in it. My grandmother would cook it for hours.

Favorite restaurant in Fairfield County…

I love Barcelona and Sasha – because they make it fun as they capture the urban ambiance. But when it comes to food, it has to be Le Farm – no question about it. Bill Taibe is pioneering something in this town and it gives me hope that people are reacting to it.

RoomTemp by Moshe

Twitter: @RoomTempbyMoshe | Facebook: /RoomTempbyMoshe

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A self-proclaimed chocoholic and an avid eater with a passion for world cuisine, Fairfield County Foodie loves to try out new restaurants while constantly updating her list of favorite go-to’s. With a passion for cooking, she delights in delicious easy to follow recipes that make her guests feel like she has been slaving over the stove for hours.  Psst… let’s keep this as our little secret, shall we?

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