I love food. I love talking about food, I love cooking food, I love sharing food with friends and family, and I LOVE eating food. In fact, I love food so much that I picked up and moved to New York City just 3 weeks after graduating from the University of Richmond in 2010 to pursue a career in the food industry. I have worked as a waitress, a PR intern, a recruiter and almost anything in between. I have worked at a 3-star, upscale seafood restaurant in midtown, a casual yet crowded marketplace in Flat Iron, in a loft space in Dumbo at a kitchen table and, currently, at a restaurant in East Williamsburg. I have learned so much about food and even more about myself.
I really found my passion working at Slow Food USA as an unpaid PR intern from July 2011-May 2012. I realized that truly amazing food is about using wholesome, seasonal ingredients in the most simple preparations. Unfortunately for me (and most Americans), local and seasonal ingredients aren’t always accessible or affordable. Slow Food is trying to change that by making people aware that eating good, clean and fair food will bring monumental change to our food system. I try to eat this way as much as I can, but working long and unusual hours makes it hard to keep this up. Also, the restaurant feeds me for free. Why would I say no?
The title of this blog comes from a quote by Paul Cezanne that I stumbled upon while working at Slow Food:
Yes, a bunch of carrots, observed directly, painted simply in the personal way one sees it, worth more than the Ecole’s everlasting slices of buttered bread, that tobacco-juice painting, slavishly done by the book? The day is coming when a single original carrot will give birth to a revolution.
This spoke to me on so many levels. As a society, we have moved away from simple food. Americans are eating more and more processed food that is prepared with ingredients that are unrecognizable. I truly believe that we are beginning to head in the direction where simple, unprocessed food will once again become the norm.
Being a 20-something, working in the restaurant industry, and living in NYC has taken a toll on me. I am trying to learn to budget my money better and I’m (finally) learning that eating out at all the amazing restaurants in NYC is making my wallet thinner and my waistline bigger. I have always struggled with my weight and this lifestyle hasn’t helped. Working late/random hours and being around food all day finally pushed me to join Weight Watchers (WW in the blog) in July 2012. So with this blog I am going to try to marry everything together: eating wholesome ingredients (when possible), staying within my WW points, not breaking the bank and finding recipes that are easy to make and fun to eat!
I hope you enjoy!