Lesley Arfin

girls writer

Last night at the 70th annual Golden Globes – HBO’s Girls stole the show with a win for best comedy or musical series as well as a win for best actress in a comedy series (Lena Dunham). The show also premiered last night on HBO with a bang…pun intended. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the week than to sit down with one of the show’s writers – Lesley Arfin – to get an epicurean’s take from this edgy tastemaker. If you’re reeling from last night’s premiere and are still craving a taste of that relatable, off-beat voice that defines this new fan favorite show, you’ve come to the right place.

Describe your ideal food day…

It starts with a very early morning McDonalds breakfast. Is there anything more perfect than a classic Egg McMuffin and a hash brown? But substitute their coffee with some Intelligentsia and we’re good.

If I must be forced into eating lunch rather than a Kind Bar (Almonds and Apricot) on the go, I guess I’ll have some sort of tuna salad or beet salad or tahini salad – whatever. Let’s get that salad part of the day moving along. I’m not a huge fan of lunch, unless I’m in the writer’s room in which case lunch is the best part of the day.

For dinner, I’d go to Pies ‘n’ Thighs, off the top of my head. It’s a perfect meal in whatever combo you like it. Just leave room for pie and don’t be a pussy and not ask for whipped cream – and yes, you would like a slice of cheddar cheese on your apple pie. Or maybe Keens Steakhouse instead. I think red meat is a perfect ending to any evening.

What’s your drink?


What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?

Like if I knew I was dying? It would be at my mother’s house and it would be Thanksgiving dinner. All my best friends and family would be there, no one would feel weird and everyone would get drunk and laugh and cry because they would all be so sad that I was dying.

How do you start your day?

I check my phone and look at texts and emails but don’t answer them. I make a hot cup of coffee and sit at my computer and get down with the day’s business. One day I hope to throw meditation into that mix.

Where do you travel for inspiration?

New York City, India. One day I’d like to go to Nepal.

What won’t you travel without?

Big, gorgeous sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, black Gucci loafers.

What won’t you write without?

Warmth. I can’t stand to write if I’m feeling cold. I have space heaters and candles and all kinds of soft cardigans.

Your favorite LA food spots…

Escuela Taqueria, Randy’s Donuts by the airport, Square One, 101 Coffee Shop, Alcove Café, Little Dom’s, Terroni, Swingers Diner

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