Waitress (Image Credit: Andres Rodriguez)

Confessions of a Waitress

Waitress (Image Credit: Andres Rodriguez)

Waitress (Image Credit: Andres Rodriguez)

Two years ago I was having a conversation with two of my regulars at the family style restaurant I work at. They were making their third visit of the weekend (seriously, they’ve become like family) and I was on the verge of a major hissy fit. It had been an afternoon filled with bad tippers and parents who thought their kid mashing peas into the carpet was charming. Unable to hide my frustration that day, the couple asked me what was wrong. I vented and they listened, laughing at my overly dramatic recap of the day’s events.  “Seriously, once I graduate, I’m done with all of this,” I told them. The husband looked at me over the cup of coffee I had just poured him and raised an eyebrow with a mischievous grin on his face. “Sarah, after you graduate you’ll still be here whining to us about the same old stuff.”

I was furious. How dare he tell me that? The idea of waiting tables after graduating at that point in my life was just not acceptable. I’d have a degree and be moving onto bigger and better things. I didn’t want to work my tail off in school to remain a waitress. Those words of my regular would spur me on to work harder in every area of my life in order to reap the rewards and prove him wrong. Yet, here I am, less than four months away from college graduation and planning on keeping my waiting job for another year. The thing is, I’ve come to really appreciate this part of my life and now realize the pivotal role it plays in doing what it is I actually want to do with my first year out of college. With the perks of great money and awesome flexibility in my schedule, I’m going to continue waitressing in order to fund traveling that I won’t be able to do once I’m on the career path. Continue reading

Mark, Paul, Alma and Donnie Wahlberg for WAHLBURGERS (Image Credit: Zach Dilgard/A&E)

Why you should be watching A&E’s ‘Wahlburgers’!

Mark, Paul, Alma and Donnie Wahlberg for WAHLBURGERS (Image Credit: Zach Dilgard/A&E)

Mark, Paul, Alma and Donnie Wahlberg for WAHLBURGERS (Image Credit: Zach Dilgard/A&E)

What do you get when you mix together a New Kid on the Block, a mega movie star and a top-notch chef? The Wahlbergs, of course! And when they decide to combine all of their talents and star power and open a restaurant specializing in burgers and holding tight onto long-standing family traditions and memories, you get A&E’s newest reality show Wahlburgers, which highlights the burgeoning restaurant of the same name. In case the fact that you can see your favorite Wahlberg once a week does not peak your interest enough, then consult my list of the Top 5 reasons to tune in to A&E’s Wahlburgers. Continue reading

Hudson House (Image Credit: Chad Bell) / Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Image Credit: Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts at Hudson House

Hudson House (Image Credit: Chad Bell) / Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Image Credit: Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts)

Hudson House (Image Credit: Chad Bell) / Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Image Credit: Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts)

Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts put a lot of love into their restaurants – love for their craft, love for the food and, most remarkably, their love for each other. Some might be surprised that this duo, about to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary, can work so closely together, but as they told us when we set down for an interview at their restaurant Hudson House in Redondo Beach, California, it’s the only way they “know each other.” Obviously, it works for Chefs Brooke and Nick. They have two successful restaurants as well as a third concept in the works, and the fabulous food this chef power couple creates is making waves in the Los Angeles food scene (not to mention Brooke’s recent journey all the way to the finale of Top Chef: Seattle!). 

Check out the exclusive interview below with Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts where we discuss Brooke’s time on Top Chef, what makes Hudson House so special and how they make it all work! Then be sure to learn how to make Smokey Bourbon and Provence Gin Cocktails with a wonderful Tutorial by Brooke and Nick ! Continue reading

Roman Love Letter Cocktail by Kris Doyle of Trattoria Neapolis (Image Credit: Trattoria Neapolis)

Roman Love Letter Cocktail Recipe by Kris Doyle of Trattoria Neapolis

Roman Love Letter Cocktail by Kris Doyle of Trattoria Neapolis (Image Credit: Trattoria Neapolis)

Roman Love Letter Cocktail by Kris Doyle of Trattoria Neapolis (Image Credit: Trattoria Neapolis)

Looking for the perfect cocktail to celebrate Valentine’s Day? We might just have the drink for you! It’s called the Roman Love Letter, and it will make the perfect addition to that fancy dinner you’re preparing. Created by Kris Doyle, bartender at Trattoria Neapolis in Los Angeles, CA, this aromatic cocktail with hints of cinnamon and lemon, topped off with a rose garnish, is pretty much Valentine’s Day in a glass. If you decide cooking dinner isn’t a realm you’re willing to venture to, mix together this drink after your date that evening, and it’ll still be a wonderful treat. Just take the time to be together, and indulge in this classically romantic cocktail.

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Eating Healthy When Dining Out!

Reading the Menu (Image Credit: Kevin Stanchfield)

Reading the Menu (Image Credit: Kevin Stanchfield)

Eating out at restaurants can typically mean meals with more calories. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make smart choices to avoid feeling guilty afterwards. There are several tips and tricks when deciding on where to go and what to eat.

Most of us like to dine out in order to celebrate a birthday or good news. And let’s face it; eating out is a lot less stressful knowing you don’t have to clean your dishes afterwards. If you know ahead of time you’ll be going somewhere, try looking at menus online to get a sense of how healthy their options are. If you don’t feel like you can order anything off the menu without having a “slip-up”, then perhaps change venues. Continue reading