Food and the City

June 22, 2017

How I quit my job & made serious money by blogging


In 2014, Food and the City was named as one of the top 20 blogs in all of New York City by HotelClubs.com. 

In 2016 I was named a Foodie Expert by The Sunday Times

I've been in the world of blogging for over 6 (!!!) years now, and it's hard to believe that so much time has passed since I started this little writing hub. I had no idea what I was doing, and would take my pictures on a tiny point-and-shoot camera that served my content little to no justice. I was familiar with video, seeing as I had already been on YouTube for 2 years at the time, but when it came to typing out my thoughts, I was lost

How was I supposed to transform my actions and emotions into words? 

How would I ever get an accurate expression across without my sentences falling flat and my intentions being taken out of context? 

How exactly was I going to turn this blog into another source of income and have one of my passions generate revenue?

The truth is, when I first started, I had NO IDEA that you can make money by writing a blog. It was a pretty new concept introduced to the internet world, and for a while, bloggers weren't taken seriously in any way, shape, or form. Some may even say that we still aren't taken that serious, but these days, you can create a full blown empire out of your website.

If you're wanting to start a blog, build-up your blog, or even if you're just curious to know how it's done, today I want to share some ways that you can create the job of your dreams. I still have a loooong way to go, but I've made a career for myself on this lil' thang, so I feel I may have some credibility in sharing these tips. 

June 21, 2017

Chicken & Onion Cheesy Crusty Bread


If it's one thing I'm certain of, it's that cheesy bread will always be a crowd pleaser. Whether you're making it for a party, for your kids, or even just for yourself - the options are truly endless in customizing it to satisfy your taste.

I had a friend over for a bottle of wine last weekend, (errrm yes.. 1 bottle.. 2 of us) and when I thought about what finger food I'd put out to serve along side, nothing seemed more attractive than some cheesy bread. It's no secret that cheese and wine go together like the good ol' sun and the sky, especially when paired with a good pinot noir and your bestest gal pal of em' all.



June 20, 2017

Bryant Park's 2nd Barefoot Ball Is Happening This July


For my entire stint of living in Midtown, I lived just steps away from Bryant Park. There's a common theory between New Yorker's that Central Park is essentially our "backyard", however, it was always Bryant Park that I would find myself gravitating towards if I was looking for a place to get outdoors. Situated on 6th Avenue between 42nd & 41st Street, you may not immediately think ~relaxation~ given it's very busy location, however once you step foot inside the park, it's like you've escaped to a different part of the city. People lounging in the grass catching a tan, or quietly sitting at a table while enjoying their lunch, Bryant Park has always been, and will always be, the place that I go to when I want to sit back, relax, and observe the little world around me.


2017 marks 25 YEARS since this little safe haven of mine was restored back to be the beautiful place that it is today, and to celebrate, the park is throwing a HUGE soirĂ©e on July 26th called the Barefoot Ball. Hosted on the main lawn, the Barefoot Ball is an outdoor bash where shoes are optional and outfits are stylish. With three different ticket options, you can choose to be a Barefoot Baller, a Barefoot Boss, or spend the night in your own private lounge when you purchase the Barefoot Bungalow pass (limited availability).

Each ticket tier comes with an open bar, food options (food is included in VIP tickets), event activities, and a special performance by none other than Hip-hop legend GRANDMASTER FLASH! Yessssss, THEE Grandmaster Flash


The 2017 Barefoot Ball will truly be a night to remember, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards supporting the 1,000+ free annual events hosted by Bryant Park. Be sure to purchase your tickets ASAP, and experience this one-of-a kind, ULTIMATE summer picnic with me!

I'll meet you at the park under the stars.



June 19, 2017

MONDAY MUST-HAVES UNDER $50



Question: why is it cemented into our brains to hate Mondays? Who woke up one Monday morning and decided that that's how we were all going to feel for the rest of eternity?

Who is this person? Because that person sucks.


HOWEVER, guess what? Monday doesn't have to suck, and today, today Monday does not suck. WHY? Because here's a roundup of some of my favorite pieces that are all on sale for under $50 right now. Yas kweeeeen. ALL UNDER $50.

Happy Monday'ing.

June 09, 2017

POCO | East Village 8.4


This casual tapas spot serves house sangria & occasional live music with its Spanish-inspired plates. They also offer a weekend brunch deal for $32.00 per person which includes unlimited champagne, mimosa's, and sangria as well as an entree of choice from their brunch menu.
Address33 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

THE FOOD

June 08, 2017

WHAT TO PACK FOR A QUICK WEEKEND GETAWAY



One of the greatest parts about summer is spontaneous weekend trips to the beach. Maybe you're #blest enough to have a friend with a rich uncle who owns a house in the Hamptons, or you scored a last minute deal on a hotel in the area. Whatever the case may be -- nobody cares -- because they only care about what you're wearing. Why? Because we're a vain universe. Just kidding. Sort of.