Markos Papadatos work and voice in music journalism is an inspiration.Â FromÂ reviews of up and coming artists to interviews with hit makers, heÂ gives real insights to music and songwriting. I caught up with the New York powerhouse by phone for a wide-ranging and entertaining conversation about Effieâ€™s Bistro, best places to eat, and how he got started in journalism.
How did you originally become interested in journalism?
Journalism slapped me in the faceâ€¦ I started off at my college newspaper when they were looking for writers, and was hooked ever since. I was studying elementary education at the time, but there were no jobs due to a hiring freeze here in New York. So I was subbing in the daytime, and covering events in the afternoons and eveningsâ€¦ and 11.5 years later I have continued to do so.
What is the most exciting thing about your job
Every day is an adventure! I love getting in the brains of my favorite artists and delve beyond the surface and see what inspires and motivates them. I love being able to interview all these many childhood heroes of mine!
What is the most memorable piece youâ€™ve worked on during your career so far?
LOVE this question!! Two answersâ€¦. one was Phillip Phillips and one was Criss Angel!
1) One of my all-time favorite interviews Iâ€™ve ever written was my interview with American Idol winner Phillip Phillipsâ€¦ As an article of mine, I feel it was a masterpiece, since it was an incredible story about his odyssey (and overcoming kidney stones) and how he won that season, as Americaâ€™s musical gentleman. He is such a nice guy, and an exceptional role model. His emotional win that season, made me cry for joy for himâ€¦ as he was celebrating with his parents, in tears.Â
2) Criss Angelâ€¦ getting my very first interview with him was a dream come true!
Back in my college days in 2009, one of my professors asked me on the first day of class to write two truths and a lie about myself on a piece of paper, as an ice-breaker activity, where the class would have to guess which was the incorrect fact. I wrote down â€œI interviewed Criss Angelâ€ as one of the incorrect facts at the time. When it was my chance, many classmates all laughed since they picked out the incorrect fact right away. The professor, who was also amused, responded: â€œI said to write down two truths and a lie, not two truths and a dream.â€ At that moment the odds were against meâ€¦ but after six years of non-stop hard work and perseverance, I proved everybody wrongâ€¦. Fast forward to 2015, and NOW I HAVE THE LAST LAUGH!!!! I interviewed Criss three times that same year! The â€œpower-journalistâ€ made that DREAM a reality!
What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
My dream would be to someday interview Tim Tebow or Alison Krauss in the music department. She has the voice of an angel. Iâ€™ve interviewed 3/5 of her band Alison Krauss and Union Station (Dan Tymnski, Jerry Douglas and Ron Block), but never her.
Most of us have food experiences or memories that we cherish. Maybe a specific dish mom used to make, or a night out with a loved one that was just unforgettable. What food experience or memory really locked you into loving food?
My momâ€™s spinach pieâ€¦ (hence my momâ€™s famous kitchen, Effieâ€™s Bistro)â€¦Wowâ€¦ itâ€™s my favorite thing on planet Earthâ€¦ she makes the crust very thin, and it is simply delicious and healthy at the same time! Thankfully, she doesnâ€™t use any salt in it, just feta cheese. As a kid, I would eat it every day for school lunch, and I would never get tired of it.
To this day, when I would come home from two hour traffic on the Long Island Expressway in New York, the aroma of my momâ€™s spinach pie would lure me in from the front door to the kitchen, and we would devour it.
What is your earliest food memory?
Same as previous questionâ€¦ Spinach pie at Effieâ€™s Bistro!
What is that one thing your mom cooks that you like to binge on?
I LOVE Greek saladâ€¦ itâ€™s healthy and tasty, and I could live on that!
Tell us about the one memorable meal you had while you were travelling?
While visiting Nashville, I realized that they fry everything there! When I was there four summers ago, I had fried green tomatoes for the first time, which was interesting and totally different.
The same was true was when I went to a local restaurant, they put bacon in everything (The Row, which I do like since it has nice country artist portraits). Iâ€™m not really a fan of bacon, but they would have bacon on macaroni and cheese and inside of itâ€¦ too much heheâ€¦ but I did like fried okra in Nash Vegas.
If you designed your own food tour of New York, which restaurants/bars would be on your list of places to visit?
- Neraki Greek Mediterranean GrillÂ in Huntington, NY (Long Island)
- Anchor Down New YorkÂ (Seafood Bar and Grill) located in Merrick, NY
- R.S. JonesÂ in Merrickâ€¦ which has nice Cajun cuisine.
- GreeKraveÂ in Deer Park, New York, I love for its gyros
- Kalamaki GRÂ I love in Bayside, Queens, for its nice modern style Greek cuisine
- Mariaâ€™s Mediterranean Seafood and GrillÂ located on Bell Blvd in Queens, I like for its Mediterranean cuisine
- Bar-Nightclubâ€¦ I loveÂ Mulcahyâ€™s Pub and Concert HallÂ in Wantagh for its food and entertainment/live music. (I LOVE their CaesarÂ salad with their grilled chicken on top of itâ€¦ and their grilled chicken CaesarÂ wraps!)
What is the one place you have always dreamed of dining?
I feel like I live my dining dream every night at my momâ€™s kitchen, aka Effieâ€™s Bistroâ€¦ so Iâ€™m fulfilled in that department. Nothing compares to her cooking, and I know exactly whatâ€™s in it, since I witness her making it.
What is the weirdest thing youâ€™ve eaten?
Fried green tomatoes
For fun, can you give an example of a â€œtypical dayâ€ of eating for you, whether you are going out with friends or cooking at home.
When Iâ€™m at home, I rely on my chef mom to cook at Effieâ€™s Bistroâ€¦ when Iâ€™m out reviewing shows or covering stories, I try to eat at one of my favorite restaurants at any of the locations listed aboveÂ 🙂Â They are all great.
Do you have a great recipe to share?Â
Yes, my momâ€™s Cinnamon Cookies.
Effie Papadatosâ€™ Cinnamon cookies
1 pound sweet butter
1 envelope yeast
3 cups of flour (more, if needed)
1 small heavy cream (4 ounces)
3 egg yolks
1.5 cup sugar
2 cups fine chopped nuts
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 jar raspberry jelly (8 ounces)
Mix soft butter with flour then add heavy cream, beat eggs and add them in. Add the yeast mixed in little water. Refrigerate at least 1.5 hours. Donâ€™t use mixer, mix with your hands. Take small pieces of the dough like a walnut shape. Spread it apart little by little and make it flat. Wrap the walnut in sugar and cinnamon, all of which are mixed in one bowl. In the inside, spread the jelly and wrap it in a circle. Bake cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you haveâ€¦
I would LOVE to someday have a drink or eat with Tim Tebow, and while Iâ€™m there I would love to interview him as well, since he is my dream male interview in life. I was inspired by him ever since I read his autobiography â€œThrough My Eyes: A Quarterbackâ€™s Journeyâ€. Tim is a man of great character and a true philanthropist, in addition to a hard-working athlete. I would probably take Tim to my momâ€™s kitchen, Effieâ€™s Bistro, if I could, so he could enjoy the best Greek cuisine possible.
The second person would be veteran publicist Ken Phillipsâ€¦. Ken is one of my best friends in the music and entertainment industry, and the best male publicist out there! He has been such an amazing mentor and role model to me all these years, who has celebrated some really cool milestones with me and my journalistic career. I would take him to Magnolia Bakery next to Radio City in Manhattan, NY, where he would have a doughnut or a cookie, and I would have a libation in the form of a Diet Coke.
ABOUT MARKOS PAPADATOS:
Markos Papadatos Digital Journalâ€™s Editor-at-Large for music news.Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 7,000 articles over the past 11 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music including Aerosmith, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Dame Vera Lynn, Olivia Newton-John, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Lee Ann Womack, Idina Menzel, Mike Posner, Hank Williams Jr., Connie Smith, Lynn Anderson, Martina McBride, Cheap Trick, Rascal Flatts, Backstreet Boys, N Sync, New Kids on the Block, Kiefer Sutherland, Cyndi Lauper, Carol Burnett, Fran Drescher, Ray Price, Charley Pride, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, The Marshall Tucker Band, Megadeth, Barenaked Ladies, Andy Summers of The Police, Charlie Daniels, Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart, Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson from The Bangles, Matchbox 20, Hot Chelle Rae, Martin Garrix, Jewel, Amy Grant, Kris Allen, David Cook and Phillip Phillips from American Idol, Cody Simpson and Austin Mahone, Daniel Powter, Matt Nathanson, Little Big Town, Easton Corbin, Chris Young, Sandi Patty, Matthew West, Paul van Dyk and Sander van Doorn, Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls, Dan Tyminski, Ron Block and Jerry Douglas from Alison Krauss and Union Station, Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury, Gene Watson, among countless others.He has also interviewed Olympic gold medalist in wrestling Mark Schultz (whose life was made into the film â€œFoxcatcherâ€), as well as Olympic gold medalist in diving David Boudia, Olympic gold medalist Michelle Carter in shot put, Olympic bronze medalist pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, and the worldâ€™s greatest magician Criss Angel.In 2017, he won â€œBest Twitter from Long Islandâ€ for @Powerjournalist in the Arts & Entertainment category in the â€œBest of Long Island.â€
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