BrightRx: The Best Olive Oil Cake Ever
May's BrightRx is dedicated to spring snacking cakes. As the days get warmer, treat yourself by bringing the picnic home. Enjoy these light, delectable cakes for a special morning, sweet afternoon, or jazz them up for dessert. We asked our friend Patrick Janelle, who is best known for his lifestyle-focused Instagram account, @aguynamedpatrick, to share his favorite snacking cake with us.
Patrick been recognized by the New York Times and The Guardian as a top Instagrammer and was awarded the inaugural Fashion Instagrammer of the Year award by the CFDA. Patrick is a frequent host of dining events, cocktail parties, and gatherings around New York City and is a co-founder of The Liquor Cabinet, a mobile app dedicated to cocktails recipes. We chatted with him about his favorite food, board game, and dream dinner party.
Interview with PatrickWhat do you like to keep out on your kitchen countertop or "kitchen shelfie"?
I always have a bottle of olive oil for quick access, a salt cellar filled with Maldon Sea Salt, a jar of granola, my Soma water filter, a Material magnetic knife stand...and there’s usually a stray onion, a partial clove of garlic, or half of a lemon at any given time.What does living in a golden state meant to you?
Getting up early on a sunny morning without anything on the agenda except a cup of coffee at my neighborhood coffee shop and the most recent issue of The New Yorker.If you could host a dinner party at home and invite 3 guests, who would they be, what would you serve and what music would play in the background?
My dream guest list would be Olivia Coleman, Jia Tolentino, and Dan Levy—all current crushes. Actually, can I just have the whole cast of Schitt’s Creek? I’m big into simple, veg-forward dishes, like roasted cauliflower with lots of herbs and nuts or a braised leek dish I first had at New York’s Pasquale Jones. I’d serve it along with a funky Pineau D’Aunis from the Loire Valley. I’m still perfecting it, but I have a disco-inspired playlist called Dreaming a Dream that I think would be perfect for this evening.If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life (but receive all the nutritional benefits + look fabulous), what would each of you choose?
My biggest problem in life is that I can easily get bored and I want to move on to something else (we’ll have to save all the details for that dinner party), so that’s hard! But for the sake of this answer, let’s go with a really thin-crust pizza diavolo.What is your favorite board game from your childhood?
Monopoly. I’m not great at it, but I’m very competitive. I once was so upset I didn’t win that I started throwing the nearest item—popsicles—at my brothers. But I still love it (and I still might be dangerous around popsicles).