It’s been a while since Mindy Kaling called the Bay State home, but the Cambridge native hasn’t forgotten her roots.
In an Instagram post hyping up her new cover interview with Improper Bostonian, “The Mindy Project” star shared a few of her favorite things about Boston. Considering the list includes a shoutout to a signature (but recently discontinued) Dunkin’ Donuts beverage, you know she’s still got a lot of love for her hometown.
“So proud to be on the new cover of my hometown [Improper Bostonian]!” Kaling wrote in the post. “In case you forgot where I’m from, I was raised on Peking ravioli, 99 Restaurant, channel 56 and the Coffee Coolatta.”
So proud to be on the new cover of my hometown @theimproper! In case you forgot where I’m from, I was raised on Peking ravioli, 99 Restaurant, channel 56 and the Coffee Coolatta. Photographed by OG @mrmikerosenthal, styled by @cristinaehrlich, hair @laroccaskincare and makeup @cindy_j_williams. ❤️❤️❤️
For folks who didn’t grow up in the Hub, Peking ravioli is a term unique to Boston’s Chinese food scene that locals use to describe dumplings. It’s no surprise that Bostonians would rename a take-out dish since the region also has that whole frappe situation going on.
Aside from the food, Kaling revealed to the Improper Bostonian that she misses Boston’s “ethnic white people” and that she was a “friendly, chubby nerd” while attending the Buckingham Browne & Nichols private school in Cambridge. The 38-year-old actress and comedian also briefly chatted about interning for fellow Massachusetts native Conan O’Brien during his stint on “Late Night.”
“To this day, I will say he is the quickest person I know,” Kaling said. “Just unbelievably clever and fast.”