About Me

(c) 2014 - NYC Foodie Girl
I'm a mom of 3.

Since I was 3 years old, I was a New Yorker, but I didn't actually live in the city until about 5 years ago. I knew by watching Sesame Street that city life was meant for me.

I wanted the grocery store and a food cart outside my doorstep. I wanted to walk wherever I went. I love to hear the sounds of traffic and people yelling obscenities at one another. Oscar the Grouch taught me that it was ok to tell people to "scram!" and say it with attitude.

I grew up in the Midwest and then moved with my family to Upstate/Central New York when I was 10. When I finished school, I thought I was too good for college and I moved around to some places like Hawaii, South Korea and Germany.

Why would anyone do that? Because at 18, we're all stupid and know everything better.... So I got married (dumb) and spent 20 years of my life as an Army wife (dumber) and hated it (Mama told me so!)... The only good thing about that kind of lifestyle was meeting so many people along the way and I had unique opportunities to live places that most people read about in magazines. However... I usually lived where the government mandated me and my family to live - which was far from glamorous - and I wouldn't refer to any place with the name "Fort Rucker" as a national treasure.

Fast foward....

Our Wedding Reception - at Danie
When I had an opportunity to move to NYC after a necessary divorce, it was a life changer --- and trust me when I say that it's all for the MUCH better! I luckily had time to get my college education in order and also had a better idea of what it meant to be happy. Change was and IS good!

I met my future spouse at a restaurant. We talked about food... In fact, it was my fantastic husband that introduced me to the real joy of food. He seriously cooks like a celebrity chef - probably because he learned from them directly! He also owns more cookbooks than I ever thought possible. With the limited square footage in our apartment, we manage to have every Daniel Boulud cookbook known to man.

Speaking of our apartment, we all live in magnificent Manhattan, with our 3 dogs, 2 cats...Our home seems a little cramped at times, but that's the way we like it. I have a view of the United Nations building right out the window - which may seem like no big deal to many, but to me, it was my dream as a young girl to work there - and was the reason that I studied 3 different languages in school. Then, somewhere down the line I realized that no one needs a non-native speaker to translate anything. Dreams change and so does one's direction in life.

I found my true passion in writing and the happiness it brings me to share my stories and my perspective on things.

I started with a blog that was featured on Yahoo! back in 2003 and it had thousands of page views a day. It was so much fun that I expanded to writing for Bravo TV and interviewing celebrities. During my move from one place to the next, I took a break from the writing scene for awhile - but once I re-surfaced, I found my way back... and that brought me here: NYC Foodie Girl.

I love food - but more importantly, I enjoy going out and having someone else do the cooking for me. I sincerely see food much like many people think of art. It is very subjective and relative to the individual.

I hate to cook and my husband literally asks me to please leave the kitchen, IMMEDIATELY, whenever I'm nearby. I have been known to get hurt with the toaster or even burn myself with a teapot.
WDW with Goofy (c) 2013
I'm also a travel agent for an authorized Disney vacation planning service! I would be happy to help you with your Disney dream vacation -if it's the parks, the resorts, Aulani, Adventures by Disney or the wonderful Disney Cruise Line, I'm here to answer any questions. It's also a free service! Find me on Facebook or email me at Victoria@hihovacations.com

Send me a note about NYC restaurants or the food scene anytime. I'd love to hear from you! NYCFG@nycfoodiegirl.com.

Thanks again for stopping by! Here's to happy, magical adventures!
~victoria a.k.a. NYCFG and Travel Disney Mom


  1. I will be in NYC the week of Thanksgiving with my mother and granddaughter. I am concerned about finding a restaurant open for lunch and dinner, because here in the south all businesses are closed for the holiday. I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars for a Thanksgiving meal for the 3 of us. Can you reassure me that there will be restaurants open, and perhaps a recommendation?

  2. Check out OpenTable.com and see which restaurants still have availability for Thanksgiving. It's your best bet! Enjoy your time in NYC!


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