by Maggie LaMaack
Now that the weather is taking a turn for the freezing, we thought we would check in with with Lizzie Breyer (@lizzie_b), expert on all things to do and eat while you are hiding from the elements. Lizzie is a marketing manager at General Mills, and restaurant chair for Share Our Strength Minneapolis. She also bakes delicious things, loves going to local restaurants, and has likely read a more books this year than you have in your lifetime.
LOL/OMG: When and why did you join Twitter?
@lizzie_b: I joined in October 2008, when I was in business school in Charlottesville, Va. I felt like I needed more contact with the outside world, beyond that relatively small town. I also needed stuff to talk about that was more interesting than discounted cash flows and subprime mortgages. I would say I was a fairly sporadic user until I moved here. I got to know a lot of the community managers at General Mills, and they really introduced me to the awesome, vibrant Twitter community that exists in Minneapolis. Plus, it turned out to be a really great way for me to interact with my Share Our Strength chefs and build those relationships.
What is the best thing and the worst thing about Twitter?
Best thing: I have never been able to stick with a blog, at least since I wrote one for a living. I was the dating columnist/blogger for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for two years, and I had to post an entry every single day – I think it ruined me for blogging ever again. I like that Twitter allows me to make a point without the pressure of having to craft a whole entry. It scratches my writing itch just enough. And even better – it’s writing as an entry point to an actual, real-time conversation, not just one-way blog posts you put out into the ether and pray someone comments on!
Worst thing: The moment when your boss comes up to you in front of a whole crowd of senior executives at your company and asks you about your horrible Tinder date last night, because he apparently follows you on Twitter, which you did not so much realize.
Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t know from following you on Twitter.
I won a Webby Award in 2010! I am a legitimate Internet person! Surprisingly, it was NOT for my groundbreaking work with Nelly (#mustbethehoney). It was for a collaboration with Yahoo. I know, it’s equally surprising that Yahoo won a Webby award.
You have 160 characters to write yourself a brand new bio. Go!
I live at the airport. It’s a good opportunity to catch up on Twitter.
Give us your top three of each:
Local Twitter accounts:
1. This is a cheat, but everyone at @stripclubstp – @carnalartistry, @debrouillard52, @cushy651, @laurelelm, @timlearytweets, @ryanecklund and of course the inimitable @tniver. Their tweets are as delightful as their food. And sometimes they see from Twitter that I want doughnuts and save them for me.
2. @mandyapolis – My partner in dining crime. She has the BEST display names.
3. @sjacobs – One of the first and best IRL friends I made from Twitter. We are the same person, basically.
Non-local Twitter accounts:
1. @rainbowrowell – I love her books, and I love hearing her talk about them, and she is generally adorable. Also, once we had a really good Twitter exchange about toast.
2. @rhettmiller – My future husband, the lead singer of the Old 97s, who has the best swivel hip moves you’ve ever seen. Also, sometimes he live-tweets bad movies such as Vampire Dog starring Norm MacDonald.
3. @thebakerchick – The source of about 95% of the recipes I use. Also, she dressed her son up like Harry Potter for Halloween this year and it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
Best books you have read this year:
1. “1Q84” by Haruki Murakami – This is basically the size and weight of a phone book, but once I got into it, I could NOT put it down. @katiesisneros and I went to a coffee shop and sat on a couch next to each other silently reading it in parallel.
2. “An Untamed State” by Roxane Gay
3. “The Empathy Exams” by Leslie Jamison
Local meals you have eaten this year:
1. The first pop-up at Saint Dinette – A sneak peek at some pretty amazing stuff coming from the Strip Club crew. I still dream about that beurre blanc sauce and those churros.
2. Brunch at Corner Table, right before they stopped serving brunch. (PLEASE START AGAIN! PLEASE!) They literally brought us so much food they had to pull up an extra table to hold it all. The johnny cakes with apricot compote, the maple sweet potato doughnut … heaven.
3. Pretzel-crust Little Caesars pizza, Glam Doll Donuts, Butcher & the Boar brats and Franzia in the parking lot of Midway Stadium before seeing the Replacements with many of my favorite Twitter people.
(More serious answer to #3: The tasting menu that Shoyu did for my table at the Taste of the Nation dinner. Three words: Foie. Gras. Nigiri. If you are flying through MSP, you MUST go to Shoyu. Or go to Surdyk’s Flights and get the prosciutto-pecorino sandwich. It’s very hard to decide.
Any last words?
I am waiting patiently for the following emojis to be created: Taco, spoon, and bed. In that order of importance.