Top Ten—Karen Akunowicz, Myers & Chang, BOSTON

A home for the best things in the entire world, ten at a time.

November 18, 2016 ● 2 min read

 Go Karen Akunowicz, GO!

1. Powerlifting

I started weightlifting almost a year ago, and six months ago really started training. I love to squat, bench and deadlift more than anything. The reality is, two years ago I injured my back and spent every day in pain. For the first time in years, I am pain free and my back is bulletproof. 

2. Road trips with my sweetheart

My spouse and I don't spend as much time as we would like to together, so road trips are these blissful, insulated times when we have each other's undivided attention. 

3. Fermented tofu

This funky stuff is what dreams are made of. Full of umami, I turn it into an unctuous sauce that tastes like dairy but is vegan and packs a punch of flavor. 

4. Dresses from Pin-Up Girl Clothing

Make me feel like a babe on my day off. It's nice to remember that under the whites I'm still a girl.  

5. Kat Von D Tattoo eye liner in Trooper 

This is my war paint. I wear winged eyeliner almost everyday — I feel badass and ready for anything as long as I have it on. This stuff draws on cat eyes faster than fast and lasts all day. 

6. Aperol spritz

At the end of my week, I hit Coppa Enoteca for a few of these — they rejuvenate me and lift my spirits. They remind me of living in Italy and having aperitivo before going out to dinner.

7. Lamb sandwich at Flour Bakery

My favorite sandwich at my partner Joanne's beloved bakery. It comes with a tomato chutney that is to die for. 

8. Lost Car Chef Coats

 I love these jackets, they fit like a dream and look really sharp — I love the dark denim ones. These guys are also super sweet, and I love what they do. 

9. My engraved spoons

My old sous chef gave me a bunch of Kunz spoons engraved with my name on them. I really treasure them — it was such a thoughtful gift. 

10. Queeraoke

One of my favorite dive bars, The Midway Cafe, hosts "Queeraoke" on Thursday nights. I don't go very often anymore, but it is one of my favorite spots in the city. 


11. Jessica Jones

Femme Fatale superhero kicking the crap out of everyone? Yes please. It's my favorite show on Netflix. 

Illustration by Liz Noftle | Collage by ChefsFeed