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"Sometimes I'll stress eat healthfully -- like, salad, salad, apple, smoothie. And then I'm in the bathroom for three hours."
That's comic and podcast host Phoebe Robinson, talking about her go-to snack when work stresses her out: fruit and veggies.
This week on The Sporkful we're hanging out with Phoebe over lunch.
Phoebe and Dan will trade strategies for eating big meals in tight jeans, and we’ll talk about how to share food on a first date in a way that isn’t creepy.
"I'm so down with sharing food," she tells Dan. "But don't feed me. It's too out of a movie. It just feels weird."
Race is a big part of Phoebe's stand-up comedy and her two podcasts: 2 Dope Queens (with comic Jessica Williams, formerly of the Daily Show, above left) and Sooo Many White Guys. But it's also something Phoebe (above right) confronts personally in restaurants.
"If [a restaurant is] in an area that’s not particularly open to people of color, then I just won’t eat there," she says. "It’s a bummer because I’m sure I miss out on some good food, but I don’t want to be stared at."
Phoebe's former boyfriend is white, and she says it could be tricky to find a restaurant where they were both comfortable. But, she adds, at least in restaurants nobody heckled them.
"It was always worse walking around [on the street]. I had this one guy go, 'Why aren’t you dating an African prince?'" Phoebe recalls. "And you’re like, can we just get a night off where…no one is paying attention to us?"
This episode contains explicit language.
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Interstitial music in this show by Black Label Music:
- "On The Floor" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
- "Fresh Air" by Erick Anderson
- "New Old" by JT Bates
Photos courtesy of Phoebe Robinson