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!

 

Delicious Life: Bringin’ Home The Turkey Bacon

So yeah, rememeber back when I was putting out to the universe I really wanted a dream job… Well, I got what I wished for and a hot bowl of homemade pasta. I’m the proud Marketing Manager, for The Jason Dady Restuarant Group. It’s the best job I could have ever asked for. I get to write, create, inspire, and eat wonderful food e-v-e-r-y-single day.  Award-Winning Chef Jason Dady makes local ingredients sing on a porcelain plate at 4 local restaurants and a food truck. For example, this scallop dish with crispy pancetta, fennel puree and huckleberries at BIN 555. Yes. I am in LOVE.

 

Although, I’m as excited as a coon in a trash can, I must admit being a workin’ mama, even a part-time is an effin’ challenge. (Can I digress? The whole ‘Part-Time’ thing is like the whole ‘half-marathon’ thing. It’s still work and it’s still 13.2 miles of running… Seriously!)

Let me enlighten you…

– It’s 7:00am… I’ve just stepped in SHI*, spilled a carton of milk on my new skirt, cleaned up both shi*t and milk, wiped butts with shi* and something that looks like it may have once been milk on them, cleaned my sparkly hot work clothes from both liquids, made fruit and veggie-fresh lunches for two kids, made coffee and a green smoothie for me, packed a bag to hit the gym after work and kiddo pick-up, packed a bag full of snacks, diapers, and multiple changes of clothes, all while making breakfast, putting make-up on, wiping my own butt, cleaning up the mess that ensued while I was cleaning the other mess, checked emails to make sure I am remembering my daughters pre-school field trips, wiped another kiddo’s butt, packed the car to the brim with all of thee above (including wiped-butted kiddos and self with semi clean work clothes), drove to meet our nanny who takes one kiddo while the other kiddo is at pre-school, raced to my job while listening to 90’s hits, worked for as many  hours as possible, drink as much coffee as possible, laughed at myself and my silly mistakes as often as possible, packed up from a seemingly quick day at the job of  my dreams, only to pick up kids with unwiped butts, go to the gym,  sweat my own butt off,  raced home before kiddos melt down,  only to make a healthy dinner (scratch that- 3 effin’ dinners), wiped more butts, answered phone calls from people who think I’m dead, drank some wine, wiped up something that spilled while I was drinking copius amounts of said wine, bathed all the humans in the house, read The Three Little Pigs for the millionth time,  put clean (for the moment) kiddos to sleep, tried to read a few pages of a book I’ve been milking since June (no pun intended) and then off to sleep…

And that’s just ONE day!  Multiply that by 5 and you just got a little taste of what we mama’s take on.

Hence, My New Recipe for Work-Family Life Juggle….

Something Sparkly (preferably drinks but pearls, water in a martini glass, diamonds, and sequins work too)  & on a lucky day crunchy chickpeas and crab croquettes from BIN 555 with your best friend.

ADD This Philosophy (thanks, Kim)

 

 

And you should be good to go, at least until 7:00am.

How do you survive your days with or without cleaning butts and spilling milk?

 

*Note: all opinions are my own, independent of my employer. I was not paid for this post, I just love my job that much!