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CC Summer Eats Success

My department hosted our first big event today at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. It was the Cooking Channel Summer Eats Pop-up (we have four more in the next month in four different cities across the U.S.). I met some great people, explored Smorgasburg, ate my first lobster roll, and had SO much fun with my team! We took a photobooth pic with all the marketing people there, so I’ll post that as soon as the email is forwarded to everyone on Monday. In the meantime, here are some shots from my camera:

Lobster Roll from Red Hook Lobster- our local vendor for the event

Shaved ice from People’s Pops

My boss’s adorable dog!

We lingered for a bit after the event closed, then a group of us headed to an apartment nearby for a cookout. One of my coworker’s friends was holding the party, so we got to tag along. Getting to hang out with my coworkers outside the office was such a blast! I’m so lucky to work with such wonderful, fun people. The thought of having to leave in four weeks just makes me want to curl into a ball and cry. Luckily, I have more time here.

One of the night’s highlights included fitting six people into a cab from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Let me tell you, fitting two men and three women in the backseat of a cab is not the easiest thing to do. However, it is a great way to have a good time!

Today’s weather was crazy hot, and I was on my feet all day (including a run from before the event) so I’m looking forward to relaxing tomorrow. Maybe I’ll take a trip to Chinatown? Or Central Park? So many possibilities (Pretty much sums up the city).

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Friday Funday

I can’t wait to see everything in action! It was hot out there though, especially since I chose to wear jeans to the office. Since we were only one subway stop away from place and it was already 4:30 by the time we left, they let me have the rest of the afternoon off. The first thing I did after getting off the subway was buy a $.99 ice cream cone from the $.99 Cone Truck. Best treat ever! It was the perfect size and served as my afternoon snack.

The only thing I had planned for after work that day was a run, so I decided to burn some time by strolling through the Green Market in Union Square. This time I actually bought some ingredients for dinner! A cucumber, yellow squash, and zucchini. If the market is still open today when I get home, I’m definitely buying more. Everything was delicious! I’ll have to post a recap of the event tonight when it’s over. Have a relaxing weekend!

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What a Tuesday

Work has been nonstop this week because our first big event of the summer is this Saturday. It’s crunch time and one of our key planners is out of town this week, which means the rest of us are trying to play “catch up” and “get ahead” at the same time. I stayed at the office until almost 7 today. Luckily, my roommate and I planned to get dinner out, so that made the evening more relaxing. I took her to the Peruvian restaurant that I dined at last Friday. Once again, delicious! I ordered a different kind of ceviche than last time, the Ceviche Marinera Nortena. The dish consisted of fresh fish, shrimp, scallops marinated in lime/tomato sauce with cilantro, rocoto and red onion. I wasn’t so sure about the tomato at first, but it turned out to be delicious. There was also avocado involved. I’m would post a picture of the dish, but the photo does it no justice. However, I’ll post what Ashley ordered. She got the Aji de Gallina, shredded chicken with Peruvian yellow creamy sauce served with rice.

We both loved our choices, and agreed to make roommate dinners a more regular habit. I got so lucky to have such a wonderful roommate this summer!

     Work was crazy busy and fun today because I helped out with two book events and am working on our big summer event. The first event is on Saturday, which means it’s crunch time. I took a little break during lunch to sneak up to the kitchens and grab some food. Luckily, I snagged some of the famous kale salad that everyone in the office has been talking about lately. I also grabbed a mini cupcake that was incredible! The picture looks big, but the container was tiny, just enough for a perfect taste.

 I can’t even express how much I love this company. The people are so nice and helpful in every department, the environment is laid back yet focused. It’s a wonderful place to be spending my summer. Unfortunately, tomorrow is the halfway point of my internship but I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me. This experience has been so different from what I imagined, yet it exceeds my expectations almost everyday. Being in such an environment teaches me way more than my professors could ever convey inside a classroom. So, here’s to the second half of my summer- may it continue to amaze me!

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Tropfest and Pride Parade

This weekend was a whirlwind! I’m exhausted, and so ready for some sleep. My last post left off at right before the Tropfest, so I’ll start from there. Tropfest is a short film festival that started in Australia, but was held in New York for the first time this year in Bryant Park. Robin and I met at the park around 3, and listened to some local bands and DJs before the main event.

Here’s my sandwich from Bruno’s.

And some watermelon that I bought. One of my favorites!

Hugh Jackman hosted the event, and the movies were great! They were all so different. Check out my favorite one!

Seeing Hugh Jackman and his wife trying to escape everyone was crazy! Being famous is not for me.

I met Judah Friedlander (from 30Rock) and he was so friendly. Seems like such a goofy guy.

Now, onto the Pride Parade! I started the morning with a trip to Chinatown and bought a mini egg tart from a cute Asian bakery.  I was going to save it for later, but it ended up saving me when hunger hit during a shopping spree at Forever 21.

The parade was so much fun! I have to say, though, I’ve never seen so many practically naked people before in my life.

Hopefully tonight I’ll finally get some rest because I have a big day in the Food Network kitchens tomorrow! Can’t wait!

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Ceviche and Long Runs

After work yesterday I met up with my cousin, Chris, for dinner in the East Village. We originally planned on trying Upstate Beer & Oyster Bar, but it was way too crowded. Instead, we walked a block over to a cute Peruvian restaurant, Mancora, with open floor-to ceilings windows like in a Parisian cafe.

The menu looked great and we were ready for some food. I ordered the Ceviche de Papaya, which completely exceeded my expectations. Best ceviche of my life! The fish was marinated in a lime/papaya juice mixture and was mixed with chunks of papaya. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the presentation was beautiful. The actual ceviche rested on steamed (but not mushy) sweet potato, yukon gold potato, and a slice of giant corn on the cob. Seriously, I don’t know where the heck they got this corn. It must be a Peruvian variety? On the side were some crunchy corn nuts that provided a good contrast to the soft fish and papaya. The entire dish was garnished with a plantain chip. And it only cost $13! That’s a great price for NYC.

Chris ordered Bistek a lo Pobre. Grilled steak with chimichurri sauce served with french fries, maduros, fried eggs, rice and canario beans. Huge portion!

Right as we sat down, it began to completely pour outside. Luckily, we were safe.

After I woke up this morning and ate breakfast, I made my way to Central Park for a long run. Originally, I planned on doing 6 miles, but the goal quickly changed to 7 because of how beautiful it was and how good I felt. However, I got a bit lost, so I ended with a total of 8 miles under my belt. Even better! And with all the walking I do in the city, my total is already growing. So, for lunch I treated myself to a delicious frozen yogurt at 16 Handles in the East Village. The graham cracker flavor is out of this world!

On my way back to my place I picked up a sandwich from Bruno’s to take to Bryant park tonight. I’m going to Tropfest with a friend, so we’ll be there most of the evening. Luckily, I have a nice little dinner packed and ready to go. Gotta run to catch the subway!

Oh, and happy pride weekend!

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Running in a Heat Wave

I’ve come to the conclusion that New York’s weather is just as unpredictable as Atlanta’s. The past few weeks have hovered around the seventies, but today the temperature shot up into the nineties. My office is pretty chilly, so walking home in the warm air felt wonderful. I had to stop by a frozen yogurt place on the way home from work (I love intern chores), then made a quick detour into Trader Joe’s for some veggies. Once I finally got home I quickly changed into my running clothes and went for a peaceful 3 miles. The humid air felt a bit like an oven, but I still felt pretty strong. A nice run was just what I needed. Dinner ended up being consumed at 9 pm, but that’s ok. Living in New York requires you to stretch out your days as much as possible. There’s just too much to do and so little time to do it in.

Last night I was lucky enough to go to the Yankees vs. Braves game with my cousin and his friend, Greg. The weather was perfect and the Braves did pretty well! Peter and I talked most of the time, but I also got to see the Welborns again. It’s funny, I think I’ve seen them more in the past couple of days than in the past few months in Georgia. Here are a few pics:


I’m still completely in love with this city. It constantly amazes me that I get more homesick in Athens, Ga than in New York.

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Jersey and the Park

This past weekend was one of the best I’ve ever had. Sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. I stayed home Friday night, went for a nice run, and relaxed with a movie. On Saturday I did a quick morning workout, then met some neighbors from home that I’ve known since I was born. We ate at a cute diner called Evergreen where they treated me to a delicious vegetable omelet. I’m thinking I should take my family there when they come because it’s such a typical diner experience.

Afterwards we roamed around Central Park and 5th Avenue for the remainder of the afternoon. I loved getting to hang out with them all day and getting to catch up with my friend, Jack. In fact, here’s a pic of us when we were little. (I hope he doesn’t kill me for this)

Later that evening I met my family at the rifle club for yet another celebration. This time it was my cousin Stephen’s graduation. We ate delicious food and had a wonderful time hanging out with each other. Instead of going back to my dorm I made plans to go home with my cousins so that I could spend Sunday in Jersey. I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast full of fresh fruit, then Richie took me for a trail run at a local park. It was a great course! As soon as we arrived back at the house I hopped in the car with my aunt to pick up all the food. When you’re family is Italian, food is a big deal. Let’s just say we could have fed an entire village with this one meal. I got to make stuffed mushrooms, brie & strawberry jam baked in croissant dough, and a few other items. I miss my kitchen.

Once again I can’t even express my love that I have for my family. They are all so welcoming and warm every single time I see them. How did I get so lucky?

Yankees game tomorrow after work!

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WTC Memorial

This week turned out pretty busy, and today was no exception. My roommate and I got tickets for the World Trade Center Memorial for 7 pm tonight. We get off at similar times, so meeting afterwards was no problem. Sometime during the workday I got a text from my cousin, Chris, asking if I wanted to hang out tonight so I eagerly encouraged him to get a ticket as well. And I’m so glad he did! I’ve been coming down with a cold and was really feeling it after work today. The subway took me down to the financial district where I met up with everyone. It was a bit hectic because Obama was also visiting the memorial at the same time! So cool! Once we got into the main area we strolled around, took some pictures, and enjoyed learning about the area from my cousin. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. My family is the best. They’re the nicest, warmest people possible. I can’t wait to spend Saturday night and most of Sunday with them! Unfortunately, my head and throat demanded that I head home right after and take some medicine while munching on dinner with my PJs. Anyway, here are some photos to recap the evening:


Today’s Schedule

5:50 am: Wake up and get ready for work

8:10 am: Leave the dorm

8:45 am: Arrive at work

3:00 pm: Ice cream social with the FN office (not your average ice cream party)

6:30 pm: Run 6 miles with a coworker

8:00 pm: Grab my stuff from the office and head home

8:30 pm: Trader Joe’s (there’s no such thing as a quick stop at the grocery store in NYC)

9:10 pm: Arrive home

9:30 pm: Eat dinner


Today was long, but packed full of good stuff. And, this weekend is already shaping up to be pretty great. I’m going to another cousin’s graduation on Saturday, then returning to Jersey with the family. There’s a big cookout Sunday, so I’m spending the day with them. Woo! Also, some family friends from home are coming into town on Friday!

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Week #3

It’s hard to believe it’s already my third week here. My coworkers have taught me so much, and kept me very busy (which is awesome!). I finally got some pics of my office space. Here’s the outside of Chelsea Market.

The next picture is what the inside of the building looks like right as you walk in. It was extra dark since I get there before everything really opens, but it’s such a unique building. It was a Nabisco factory back in the day, and the first Oreo cookie was created here. Quite the history!

Once I hop onto the elevator and pass the lobby, I pass through the main part of the Food Network office. So swanky, yet cozy!

After work today I met up with my T. Howard mentor for the first time. She lives nearby, so we met at a tapas restaurant called Nai. I’m so lucky to have a mentor close to my age because it felt like hanging out with a friend. She’s going to teach me all about the neighborhood, so hopefully I’ll get to hang out with her again soon. We split three tapas for dinner. I must say, excuse the horrible photo quality since I used my iPhone for the shots. The food really was delicious.

First up: Patatas Bravas- spicy potatoes gently coated in our spicy house tomato sauce

Second: Gambas- shrimp with shiitake mushrooms and roasted red pepper

Third: Pork Tenderloin cooked with orange and prune ( I forgot to take the picture before we ate some of it, oops)

Here’s a quick peek of the restaurant, such an intimate, cozy place. It was raining pretty hard all afternoon, so it was nice to relax inside this space for a couple of hours.

I’ll leave you with a picture of my view from last night. The Empire State Building is playing hide and go seek with the clouds tonight.

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