Q&A With Barbara-Jo McIntosh
Each week, Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose. The minimum response is 20 answers. A Rorschach test, for sure.
Barbara-Jo McIntosh is one cool lady whose passion for books and food combine at her popular book store, Barbara Jo’s Books To Cooks. An award-winning food professional with over 25 years experience in the food and hospitality industry, she is the author of the bestselling Tin Fish Gourmet and a passionate supporter of Vancouver’s gastronomic community. In 2003, Vancouver magazine honoured her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her many contributions to our culinary scene.
Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Uva, Orpheum, Screening Room
Default drink of choice: Whisky.
One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: Drug scene.
Book you’re reading: Paris Edition by Waverly Root.
Last place traveled: Paris.
Biggest fear: Dying before I can speak French fluently.
Most regrettable purchase ever: my Renault Five – Le Car.
Talent you wish you possessed: Patience.
Musical instrument you long to play: Violin.
The game you’re best at: Scrabble.
Mac or PC: Mac Wannabe.
The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: Toss up between the food poisoning in NY or being mugged in NY and I still love NY.
Best concert experience ever: my first-Carole King and James Taylor.
Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Vicar of Dibley.
First memory: My mother and father bathing me in the kitchen sink.
Song that first made you love music: [Ravel's] Bolero
The career path you considered but never followed: Social worker.
The first three things you do every morning: Yoga-eat-email.
Favourite book as a child: A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Biggest hope: To spend alot of time with a wonderful man.
photo by Hamid Attie