Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year and #Whole30

Happy New Year, everyone!

I tried to post a few times today, but I've been distracted and technologically challenged. I understand the premise of Mercury retrograde, so I'm going to blame that for the moment.

However, it is technically still January 1st as I am writing this, so I am meeting my goal for sharing my Whole 30 journey here on my blog.

I should preface this blog post with the fact that I've been reading up on Whole 30, what it is, how I can best approach it and even with a major life changing decision of WHEN to commit to this healthy journey.

It's not about what I'm NOT going to eat, but what I WILL be eating. I'm not going to lie (or die!!): It's effing exciting and terrifying as hell to do this. But let me also tell you, this is NOT a trend. It's also not a diet.

It's easy: see the photo -- and you know what? I can do this! It's just 30 days. Plus...It's not in my nature to be a cheater, so I think I'll be good... no matter how much I might miss some things in the beginning. I'm a big picture kinda' person.

Yet, I had to get in a mindset to even consider this program, so I chose today to start.

I didn't choose January 1st because of the new year or any kind of resolution, I came up with that number based on the fact that I don't have anything major planned going on during this time. I won't have temptations of holiday parties or family gatherings. I can always put off going out drinking with my friends... or I can still go, of course, I'll just be the one with sparkling water and interesting conversations that don't involve rum or wine... I'm also not traveling in the month of January, so that makes doing Whole 30 that much easier.

What I can say is that over the past 6 to 9 months I've had issues with food, my weight, sleeping disorders and a general feeling of "meh".

So I'm giving Whole 30 a real try.

In the book, it says that this will be hard, but to just give them the 30 days.

They also say that it's NOT hard - because cancer, THAT is hard. Birthing a baby: THAT is hard. Losing a parent: oh so HARD.

So drinking my coffee without cream and sugar doesn't seem all that hard afterall...

However, I also have to consider that I'm facing challenges in the kitchen. My husband is the chef in our house and does 99.99 percent of the cooking. It's the only area in my life where I'm the .01 percent! Yay me...!!! Not.

I will have to re-learn some cooking foundations if I am to keep this food and health journey a successful one.

I'll post daily and share some photos and I hope to do some vlogging over the next 30-days as well.

If you're interested in Whole 30, take a look at the program here:

I look forward to sharing with you and wish you all a wonderful year full of health, happiness and deliciousness!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sound Off!

I know. I owe you a lot of writing. I haven't been loyal to blogging because of a lot of reasons.

Truth is: I need your help.

In order to keep writing and bringing fresh stories and reviews your way, I need to look at rebranding this website/logo - refreshing from top to bottom.

I feel silly using the term "girl" and I'd rather not use the term "foodie" - but obviously, I'm not above it.

I'm also on the road a lot and can offer insights to a lot of different restaurants both nationally and internationally.

So what do you think, fellow foodies?

What are your thoughts about combining food, wine, restaurants and travel all-in-one, but with a homebase of right here in NYC....

I'm ready for that next step! Go ahead and SOUND OFF!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Paul Rudd, Marc Murphy, and Gretchen Holt-Witt 
©Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan
The third annual Chefs for Kids' Cancer benefit hosted by Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a nonprofit organization funding pediatric cancer research, was held recently at Metropolitan West. It was an incredible event with virtually every top chef (Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Marc Murphy, James Kent, Dan Kluger, Justin Smillie, et al.) cooking for individual tables. A few of our favorite photos are below, but in this album find more shots of notable guests including actor Paul Rudd, Princess Beatrice, radio host Elvis Duran, and actress/musician Jill Hennessy.

This year's benefit raised more than $1 million (and counting!) to fund pediatric cancer treatments. Cookies for Kids' Cancer was founded by Gretchen and Larry Witt, who lost their son Liam to pediatric cancer at the age of six. The couple realized a major gap in funding for pediatric cancer research, and, inspired by their son's own battle with the disease, they decided to take action and bake 96,000 cookies as a larger-than-life fundraiser to help fund a treatment in development.

This extraordinary bake sale raised more than $420,000 and helped to fund a treatment children are receiving today. Through the concept of local events and online cookie sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted more than $10 million to date, funding six dozen research projects, including 32 that are now treatments available for children battling cancer today.

OR better yet, BUY COOKIES! All proceeds go back to the organization:

                            Mario Batali, Cookies for Kids' Cancer Founder Gretchen Holt-Witt,
                                     and Bobby Flay
©Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Great Valentine's Freeze

This will be the first year in many that we're not going out to a Valentine's Day dinner.
It's too darn cold outside.
Instead, we'll enjoy a surf and turf courtesy of my husband's talents in the kitchen.
And, that's it.
Nothing special, yet still looking forward to the simplicity of dining in this year.
Wishing you and yours to stay warm!
From the tundra that is NYC,
NYC Foodie Girl

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