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Felicia LaLomia outside the northforker office in Mattituck. (Credit: David Benthal)

Felicia LaLomia joined the northforker staff this week as a reporter.

The recent Stony Brook University graduate will be covering all things food, wine, real estate and lifestyle for our newly redesigned website and monthly print magazine.

The 23-year-old grew up in Keene, N.H. and Corning, N.Y. She recently moved to Mattituck.

We interviewed her this week to help our readers get to know her.

What are you most looking forward to about covering the North Fork?

The growing food scene. The fact that there is a really awesome wine region that’s in the surrounding area.

People seem really excited about the North Fork, how it’s growing and how it has its own vibe that separates it from the rest of Long Island.

You grew up in the Finger Lakes. Do you see similiarities here?

Yeah, definitely — with the wine region and the kind of restaurants in this area.

I can see that people have the same passion for this area that they have in my hometown.

Have you had a favorite meal here yet?

The fish tacos at Love Lane Kitchen are really good, but I’m really looking forward to trying so much more.

When did you realize you wanted to do this type of reporting?

There wasn’t a moment when I knew I wanted to do food and lifestyle reporting, but when I was growing up, my mom was always the cook at home. She never measured anything. She was always the kind of cook who threw things in the pot and it always turned out delicious.

My dad was always into the equipment side of cooking. He had an ice cream machine and a bread maker. He made beer when I was growing up. He was interested in tapping maple trees for syrup.

I like to say it was embedded in my childhood.

Do you have a favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

Either Croatia, because it was beautiful and totally underrated, or Ireland, because it was exactly what I expected it to be — in the best way possible.

How can readers reach you with story tips and suggestions?

My email is [email protected] and follow me @falalomia on Instagram or Twitter.