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Five Questions With Yassmin Sarmadi and Tony Esnault
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Photo by Priscilla Iezzi

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEAL?

Sarmadi: Ghormeh sabzi, an herb stew by my mother

Esnault: My grandmother showing me how to hunt and prepare every part of a rabbit

CHEESE OR DESSERT?

Sarmadi: Just about any raw-milk goat cheese makes me incredibly happy.

BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN L.A. AND O.C.?

Esnault: It’s a different energy. People here are less stressed, more open and hospitable.

WHAT DO YOU COOK MOST AT HOME?

Sarmadi: Pasta. It’s satisfying and can accommodate my mood.

Esnault: Usually a vegetarian option of quinoa, fresh vegetables, rice, or pasta

SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT YOU?

Sarmadi: I’m not decadent and don’t overindulge.

Esnault: I enjoy riding a little too fast on motorcycles sometimes.


Photograph by Priscilla Iezzi

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