This week we sat down to catch up with Najwa Squailia - Nurturer, Skilled Witticist, Powerhouse of positive energy! She's got some crazy, delicious ideas for Fire Cider, but she's a bit of a foodie so we're not surprised.
Tell us about what you do here at Fire Cider HQ. I’m over in our Wholesale Accounts & Customer Service department. My side project involves making sure there are enough good snacks and bad puns to go around.
How long have you been part of the Team? Since October 2016.
What is your favorite way to use Fire Cider? I’m a big fan of the straight shot, but I also love to add it to my favorite beverage: fresh, red grapefruit juice with a little maple syrup mixed in. I make egg rolls at home, and want to try adding some Original Fire Cider to a sriracha and soy sauce dipping blend.
Comics, novels or movies? Graphic novels and comics, no question! I spend a lot of time reading with my five-year old. Recent favorites are Nimona, El Deafo, Ms. Marvel, Giants Beware, and Baba Yaga’s Assistant. My partner is a published author, so I should also add: novels.
Two favorite movies? (*hides under desk*) I have a bad habit of falling asleep during movies! Movie-going is actually my excuse to drink cherry slushies and eat giant buckets of buttered popcorn. At home I occasionally watch things on Netflix, and I give high praise to ‘The Get Down’, ‘Hip Hop Evolution’, and ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’.
What's your favorite food/restaurant/cuisine? Since I don’t drink alcohol I make it my job to do a good bit of eating across Berkshire County. We have some great restaurants in our area, and I have favorites on each menu. I’m a little obsessed with the BBQ Chicken Sandwich (served on a PRETZEL BUN) at Methuselah Bar and Lounge in downtown Pittsfield. Ask Caitlin to make you my signature maple-grapefruit spritzer while you’re there!. Across the street at Mission Bar and Tapas, chef James Burden works some special kind of magic on Brussels sprouts with garlic, shallots, herbs, and goat cheese (I’ll save you the trouble, just go ahead and order 2). If I head to Great Barrington you’ll find me happily seated in front of a ‘Silence of the Yams’ roll and chicken katsu at Bizen, or the pork buns and roasted hen-of-the-woods mushrooms at Allium.