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Profile: Zach Liporace

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Born in NJ but raised in FL which is probably why people say I’m already an 80yr Jewish man (23 & Me recently told me I am 51% Ashkenazi Jew, phew).  I started my career in TV but recently started Pop’s Bagels, a made-to-order Bagel pop up here in LA, to finally get LA a bagel of which we can be proud.  I run marathons so I can eat more bagels.

What was the first thing you said aloud this morning?

Ugh, my back

 

What song describes your mood right now?

“I Am The Walrus”

 

How does the identity of your neighborhood tie into who you are?

What makes someone an Angeleno?

 

Hollywood is a place for dream chasers and nothing says Hollywood like ending your 10 year career in TV to start up you own bagel business.

When you know your local taco truck server by name and they know you, you’re an Angeleno.  When you can’t drive in the rain and for some reason don’t drive in the open right-hand lane, you’re an Angeleno.  But most importantly, when you have the unfailing belief that you are meant for more than whatever it is you are currently doing in life, you’re an Angeleno.

 

What do you wish you’d knew about Jewish culture?

The true nature of the bagel – there are many stories about it but I don’t know what’s actually true.  That and why there are so many spellings of “Hanukkah”

 

You become the next big Jewish rapper, what’s your rap name?

Big Poppa (duh)

 

Who’s your favorite Angeleno, living or dead, real or fictional?

Jack Nicholson or Vin Scully (I know he’s from Brooklyn but still)

 

3 people you’d invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Dave Chappelle

Howard Stern

Padma Lakshmi

 

A question you’ve always wanted to ask a Rabbi?

Why do they all sound EXACTLY the same?  Why does a Rabbi from Manchester, England suddenly drop his British accent when he goes to rabbinical school and sound like my grandfather from Brooklyn?

 

A piece of advice you would give 13 year old you?

Go to Culinary School after college

 

What do you wish to be doing 10 years from now?

Opening my Tel Aviv bagel shop

 

What would you like to see more of in the world?

Full bellies (less hunger)

 

Someone you look up to, and why?

My grandfather.  He came from a dirt poor neighborhood in Brooklyn and bought a Cadillac when he was 40 and a apartment in Manhattan in his 50s.  He never stopped working and reaching for more and never stopped complaining about it either, he kept it real, he was my hero.

 

What trend do you wish would come back?

Men wearing hats all the time…real hats, not baseball caps or flat brims

 

If you could accomplish one big thing in 2018, what would it be?

Open a storefront for my bagels.

 

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