Throughout his time at Goucher College, Joe Edwardsen believed that there was a serious lack of good pizza in the city. So about six years ago, he decided to fix the problem by starting his own pizza business, Joe Squared. The Station North resident, 32, talks to b about his favorite place to unwind in the city, meat- flavored gum, and what type of music he enjoys listening to.
Worst pet peeve? Jaywalking while pushing a stroller.
What's on your iPod? Mostly bluegrass.
Last concert/gig you went to? DIG at Joe Squared.
Your worst habit? Chain smoking.
Favorite dish on your menu? Eggplant parm sub. It's just about the most perfect item on the menu — crunchy, salty and a little spicy. Our sandwiches and subs often get overlooked, with primarily being known as a pizza shop, but there are some real powerhouses in the sandwich section.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Bath salts
Favorite drink? Gin and tonic
TV show you can't get enough of?"The Office"
Favorite book you recently read? "The Whole Hog Cookbook," by Libbie Summers
Last great meal you had? Burger at McCabe's.
Best band you had perform at Joe Squared? Charlie Sayles. He's a blues harmonica player who lives down in D.C. He has played here a few times, and we're always honored to have him. He puts on a very sincere and energetic performance.
Food you hate? Meat-flavored chewing gums. I'd rather chew meat.
Favorite place to get a drink? Metro Gallery. [Owner Sarah Williams] always has exceptional art shows, fantastic music lineups and she mixes a fine drink.
Favorite quote/saying? "Unactualized potential is an impossibility" — Aristotle
Favorite thing about Baltimore? The people. They're some of the friendliest and warmest people in the world, at least where I live.
AS TOLD TO JACLYN PEISER