Defining….Delicious?

I’ve been really struggling with my blog-dentity lately. Let me rephrase- I’ve been really struggling with E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G lately.  Who ever said living our dreams is like walking on clouds and drinking rainbows?  That guy, and I am sure it was a guy, clearly had a drug problem  and no children. I’ve been a fool for wishing and hoping for that “perfect” one-size-fits-it- all- definition for life. Call me crae crae, I want it all and a drizzle of truffle butter.  I want the hot, juicy romance, the happy, well-adjusted,  extremely loved, arts and crafts filled children, the passionate dream job, the deep, intimate soul-friendships, the buzzing social life, the charismatic, amazing self-fulfilled self,  the loving family relationships, the Audrey Hepburn wardrobe,  the 18th century cottage in the “cool” part of town, the clean car with no cheerios plastered on the seats or wafts of spoiled milk lingering in the air, the hot 6-pack bod, the shiny red painted toes, the glistening white teeth, the organic food-filled fridge, the lemonade on the porch on a hot summer evening, the Mother Theresa warm heart covered with Pam Anderson boobs…Did I mention, the painted toes?

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Yes, I  strive to have my life be blissful and romantic 99.9% of the time. Yet, I have discovered recently that being content with an evolving partnership, with extremely loved children that are just extremely loved, with a job that I’m passionate about, with friendships that offer what they offer, with family relationships that are at times close and connected and other times distant and challenging, with the wardrobe that is mish-mashed and slightly 90’s, with the cool house nestled in the suburbs in the not-so-cool-part-of-town, with a car that has gas in it’s tank, a bruised bumper and a mess of cereal enmeshed in the carpet, yet it still runs,  with the bod that has some stretch marks, with the toes that get painted on special occasions, with the fridge that is filled with food, spilled milk,  and something sticky, with the me that does my best to enjoy what I have and yet still strive towards extraordinary bliss, with the self that does it’s darnedest to accept the things it cannot change, with the breath into the moments that feel unbearable while lavishing in the ones that flow with ease and delight, and with the trust in the process just as it is.

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No, my life hasn’t been filled with fancy food,  fancy meals out, or  fancy time to ponder about delicious in a edible sense. It has been filled with re-defining and accepting “what is” with the greatest grace within me. I have been seeking and yearning to savor the moment, “eating my heart out”  in a passionate sense, and digesting gratitude as much as possible. I guess even “Delicious” can be redefined.

 

 

2013 Manifesting A Delicious Life…

A New Year. It’s like starting the makings of a new recipe or making something delicious from scratch. I’m not really into “resolutions,” but I do see the benefits of putting my dreams into the universe, working my tail feathers off and being prepared when those dreams manifest. It’s all about making a recipe, mixing together the ingredients, and soaking up the flavors of a self-created delicious life. I invite you to join me in making this year your year, the year you made your life sweet and savory with a pinch of salt and a dash of citrus, balanced and yet your own.

Here is what I have in store….2013

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Food and Travel:

Visit Hawaii eat fresh mangoes, do yoga daily, learn how to surf, hike a volcano, kiss underneath a waterfall, and meet wildly colorful locals.

Visit NYC: eat at Par Se, Mission Chinese, Eleven Madison Park, and various other street meat food trucks, NYC slices of pizza pie, hipster coffee shops, and random places with creamy hummus and vegan cookies.

Visit Chicago for the Food and Wine Festival I missed this year. Eat at: Next

Visit Los Angeles and my best friend, Libby. Eat at a high school friends wine bar, Vintage Enoteca, go to a taping of The Bachelor Women Tell All (i know.. I know.. ).

Continue to be involved in the food world of San Antonio, volunteer with the Food Bank, participate in the Cocktail Conference, Austin Food and Wine, create local events that support the food culture and healthy lifestyles.

BE A ROCK STAR at my DELICIOUS JOB. Make The Jason Dady Restaurant Group Nationally known, publish in National Food and Wine Magazines, help Jason become A James Beard Winner.

**All places visited I will be on assignment for and will be able to eat, write and devour all in one.

Body:

Become a Hatha yoga teacher

Yoga, running, lifting daily

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Run the NYC marathon and Rock N Roll Marathon

Mind:

Read a book a month, and participate in a book club.

Journal daily

Participate in Carrie Contey’s EVOLVE program again

Participate in Sue-Ann Gleason’s Well Nourished Women Program.

Spirit:

Laugh until my tummy hurts as often as possible

Sing at open mic nights

Listen to music as often I can

Meditate Daily

Participate at Celebration Circle,(retreats and volunteer)

Bake, cook, dance, and PLAY with my babies

Begin to write my second book and have a book deal by the end of the year.

Projects:

Continue to create and inspire women in the arts through Zoetica and writing for Feminest.com

Design a sanctuary in my backyard

Participate in writing retreats and develop an online writing, food, nourishing e-course.

Create art, write an inspirational blog, and continue to inspire the bejesus outta myself and others.

And…That sounds like a year I want to live and live fully.

What about you?

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A life well fed 2012.

So it’s the last few days of 2012, the year that the world was supposed to end. Yet, instead of the world ending a lot of beautiful things have blossomed. Here is Defining Delicious year in review, the food, the delicious, and the really freakin’ awesome. In no particular order…

1. One of my best girl friends, Kayte Billerman opened up The Good Bite Kitchen, on July 5th. The Good Bite Kitchen is an ALL vegetarian restaurant in the heart of the-middle-of-now where, AKA my hometown Lake Placid. You can people watch, smell farm fresh foods being roasted, and have a slice of homemade cake. A true gem.

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2. My baby brother lands a job a NOMA, you can bribe me now for a reservation, I’m actually not kidding.

 

5. San Antonio opens up some stellar new spots to feed us: Bakery Lorraine, Bird Bakery, Hot Joy (which is a pop-up from The Monterey my fav brunch spot), Nao opened by the CIA, The Boiler House (great spot for wine and pork belly skewers),  The Brooklynite (amazing cocktails and food trucks), Laurent’s Modern CuisineUncommon Fare which was opened by Tim-The- Girl and offers healthy, fresh lunches. We are getting cooler by the minute people.

 

6. Adam Roberts, one of my all time favorite food bloggers The Amateur Gourmet.com writes a book, Secrets of the Best Chefs: Recipes, Techniques, and Tricks from America’s Greatest Cooks. My other all time favorite local food writers John Griffin and Bonnie Walker write a book, The Food Lovers Guide To San Antonio.  Seriously Delicious Words, People.

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7. I land a dream job working for the amazing Chef Jason Dady and his incredible wife Crystal. Talk about a Delicious Life… I’ve spent many days and nights at BIN 555, Tre Trattoria both in Alamo Heights and Downtown, Two Bros. BBQ and The DUK truck. I’ve been basking in the wonderful life talking about, writing about, and eating food that is inspired by passionate people. If you are reading this and wishing you were me, go for it… not my job (back off bitches) but your own dream job. Take life by the meat balls and make it your own homemade version of pasta fagioli.

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8. I met Gail Simmons at The Austin Food and Wine Festival. I read her book and decided these three words were also mine. Food. Travel. Writing. That is who I am, this is what I do, the life I live is created by these words. What are your three words?

 

9. I travelled to Anna Maria Island with my best friend and writer, Kristen Maneri (Orlando Great Dates). We made feasts, we drank wine, we went out for dinners, we met strange locals, and we laughed until our tummy’s hurt.

 

10. THE BEST MEAL OF 2012 was….

The pancakes made by my babies. Hands-down. It’s wonderful when your children are just old enough to crack eggs, beat them (the eggs not the children), and flip an ole flap jack to the depths of it’s crisp edges.  The pure joy of Lilah flipping the cakes, Charlie cracking his first egg and the huge freakin’ mess in the kitchen is and will always be cherished in my mind. Not to mention, the Cornell fresh maple syrup that comes from the most beautiful place in the world, served on the side. It’s more than a meal, it’s a sticky, brown circle of heaven.

Best Meal in San Antonio was at Laurent’s Modern Cuisine, French accents included. The pre-fixe menu is chef inspired each day, the service is phenomenal, and the atmosphere is cozy yet chic.

 

For a great list of New Years Eve menus around The Alamo City check out SAVORSA.com. (Of course, I highly recommend BIN555, Tre Trattoria Alamo Heights and Downtown. They have not-to-be-missed-menus, call TODAY).

 

2012 was full of Delcious Digesting, *and* the world did not end. 2013 is just around the corner and is full of huge possibilities, amazing meals with friends, family, and strange locals. More greatness being cooked up by The Dady’s and their mini empire that I get to be a part of. More books to be devoured, more chubby cheeked kisses to soak up, and more memories to create. Cheers.

 

eat well

And if you are what you eat be Delicious.

Happy NEW YEAR!