Mark and Rani, Brooklyn, NY

Mark was featured on Refrigerator Spy in August 2013.
Check out the link to compare his pre- and post-co-habitation refrigerator.

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How many people does your fridge need to feed?
Mark: Two.

What do you usually eat for breakfast? 
Rani: I have oatmeal, pretty much everyday. Sometimes with prunes.
Mark: Crispix, or a yogurt with granola. I used to eat at work. But if we’re shopping, it makes more sense to eat here.

Is there anything you eat every day?
Rani: Yogurt.
Mark: Prunes. Rani got me into prunes.

Every week?
Rani: Dal.
Mark: Toast. Rani: Oh yea, eggs and toast is the other staple.
Mark: And a peanut butter banana smoothie: peanut butter, banana, yogurt, cocoa.

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What item are you forbidden from purchasing right now?
Rani: I usually eat more fish, but I’m not really eating any right now.
Mark: There’s probably something that you don’t really want me to get, right?
Rani: Do you think you eat less meat now?
Mark: No, I didn’t eat a lot of that before.

What’s the most delicious thing in here?
Rani: The cheese.
Mark: We don’t have ice cream, so….
Rani: We do have ice cream. It’s old, though.
Mark: We don’t even have anything in our fridge! Like, what is this stuff? It’s just a bunch of grains! I guess peanut butter.

The most disgusting?
Rani: Tea tree oil suppositories.
Mark: Do we have turnips in there? 
Rani: Yea.
Mark: Turnips.

The oldest?
Rani: Beer from before I moved in.
Mark: It’s like two years old. We don’t drink beer. Someone left it over here.

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Anything you regret buying?
Mark: We buy a lot of stuff we don’t really eat, right?
Rani: What are you talking about? Mark: I kind of regret buying that mayonnaise. It’s not that good.
Rani: It’s this fancy organic mayonnaise we got at the co-op. I got it because Mark likes things in glass, rather than in plastic.
Mark: Spectrum Organic Mayonnaise. It tastes weird.
Rani: I’m really into kimchi, but lately, in pregnancy, I’m not eating it. It’s just in the back. I’m wasting it.

What's your guilty pleasure?
Rani: Macaroons.
Mark: I feel guilty about eating cookies. I made some today and I tried a recipe with less sugar. It was a vegan recipe but I added butter and milk to make them taste good.
Rani: They were called “world’s healthiest chocolate chip cookies.” They weren’t that good.

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Where do you do most of your food shopping?
Rani: The Park Slope Food Coop. That’s my thing. Mark would not go if it wasn’t for me.
Mark:  I would much rather go to Fairway. They don’t make you work; there’s not a thousand people; they have fresh fish…
Rani: If you eat meat and fish, I guess that’s where the co-op lacks. For me, it satisfies all my needs. And I know it’s responsible.

How often do you go grocery shopping?
Rani: Usually once a week. On Sundays.

Is there anything in here that we would have found in your childhood fridge?
Rani: Peanut butter, definitely.
Mark: Frozen peas. Apples.
Rani: We always had applesauce.

What do you wish you had in here?
Rani: Plain yogurt. We ran out.
Mark: Lame. I say key lime pie.

Mark and Rani

Rani is a midwife working in reproductive health and she’s holding some yogurt and chutney. Mark is a manager of online content for a cable network. He’s holding the same Parmesan cheese he held for his first Refrigerator Spy interview in August 2013. Rani would like to note that it is direct from Italy and has been in Mark’s fridge longer than she’s lived in their apartment. Mark would like to note that the cheese is diminished and also a little damp. Mark and Rani live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.