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Let’s Eat With Daniel Donato
RK: What was your favorite food to eat as a child?
DD: Captain Crunch. I still love cereal – just adult cereal, now.
RK: Do you like to cook? If so, what are your favorite seasonings or flavors?
DD: I love to cook! My grandfather always used hot peppers and garlic cloves, when I was younger. I still use these in most meals.
RK: How do you stay healthy when you are on tour or on the road?
DD: I eat a lot of fats in the AM; nuts and avocados. And then I do one main meal between the soundcheck and our show. Very rarely anything fried or heavily processed.
RK: What do you like to read?
DD: I love books on awareness and psychology. “Awareness” by Anthony DeMello is a favorite.
RK: What is one of your favorite local treats?
DD: Anything at Robert’s Western World.
RK: If I could cook anything for you in the world, what would it be? (Even if it’s not on my website!)
DD: Anything that is made with love and expertise!
RK: What brands are your ‘must-haves’ in the house?
DD: Laird Superfoods. These are just fantastic nutrition partners.
RK: If you were at a vintage bar in Chicago, what would you order?
DD: An Old Fashioned. It is the drink that is the litmus test of a good bar or not, for me.
RK: Who would you have dinner with if you could choose just one person?
DD: 50-year-old me. I’d love to see what he’d think of 25-year-old me.
RK: Do you have a favorite club or venue you have played? Want to play?
DD: Robert’s Western World. My dream venue is the Ryman Auditorium. Its about 1,000 feet away from Robert’s Western World.
RK: How do you demonstrate self-care?
DD: I exercise 6 days a week, so that’s physical. Each AM, I record music and put it on my Patreon page – that is my mental care.
RK: What food or drink do you love to indulge in, even if it’s a bit unhealthy?
DD: I consume high levels of caffeine 6 days a week.
RK: Is there a travel destination you are dying to visit?
DD: Montana. I want to live there one day when I have a family.
RK: Do you have a family recipe or tradition you could share?
DD: Yes! Cabbage Latkes!
RK: I found some great places for lentils on the internet I would not have tried pre-lockdown. Can you share any good online food shopping experiences you have tried during the COVID culture?
DD: I’ve gone very whole foods-based in the COVID period. Kale pretty much goes with everything you can imagine.
RK: What is your morning ritual?
DD: My morning ritual can be found on my Patreon page! I record music for 10 minutes from a place of joy and positivity. www.patreon.com/danieldonato
RK: What are some of your favorite Spotify playlists?
DD: My FAVORITE playlist is the Indigo playlist. “A new shade of country.” The new Cosmic Country song just got added to it!
RK: What is something you have done that you would not have tried without a total lockdown?
RK: You often talk about your admiration for your dad in your podcasts and interviews. What do you think his favorite meal is?
DD: His favorite meal is likely from Colonial Bakery across the street from our old beach house in Seaside Heights, NJ. Nostalgia always wins.
RK: Can you share anything you are working on that we may be able to enjoy soon?
DD: My new album and podcast!
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