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    Finding the right meal delivery service: a side-by-side comparison of Model Meals, Territory Foods, Purple Carrot, Thistle, and Daily Harvest

    I can’t believe I made it from college all the way to my late twenties without eating home cooked food, but I did. My college meal plan, my consulting travel budget, and my tech company cafeterias kept me happily full without ever needing to step foot in a kitchen. As a result, I never learned to meal prep or do any kind of functional weekday cooking, opting instead to dabble occasionally with  the latest recipe trending on Instagram or try my hand at some ‘healthy’ baking. It’s no surprise, then, that when COVID-19 hit and physical offices closed in the middle of March, I had no game plan to feed…

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    Food,  Travel

    Redding: the perfect long weekend getaway destination for Californians

    At the beginning of the year, I had several exciting trips planned. My friend’s bachelorette weekend in Savannah! New York in the Spring! Wimbledon in July! But all those plans changed as COVID-19 spread around the globe. Goodbye, Savannah. Goodbye, New York. Goodbye, London. While I have been fortunate throughout this period, confining myself to 720 square feet was certainly an adjustment. The 1 bed/1 bath apartment I share with my fiance started to feel a bit like prison. By the time the end of June rolled around, I was majorly craving a change of scene. My fiance and I brainstormed locations and ideas. Chicago? No, we weren’t comfortable flying.…

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    Discover Tokyo and Kyoto’s secret food gems! Don’t panic that you haven’t planned your meals yet, use this guide to eat affordable and delicious Japanese food on your trip

    My first trip to Japan doubled as my first solo travel experience. Any Medium article worth its salt espouses solo travel as a way to ‘discover oneself,’ but my key discovery was this: when you travel alone, your days are yours alone and you can do exactly as you like! As it happens, everything that I like relates to food, so I spent the majority of my Japan trip either eating or researching future eats. Given Japan’s reputation as a food mecca, I arrived in Tokyo with an empty belly and sky-high expectations. Incredibly, the food I ate satisfied both these demanding parties. So I remember these when I visit…

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    The best Lewis Howes podcasts to help you move towards a better life: great advice from professional athletes, nutritionists, and more!

    I find podcasts impossibly boring, and I’m quite incapable of listening to one for more than a couple of minutes without my mind drifting off. I’ve always been much more of a reader. But for whatever reason, when the podcast is videotaped and I can see the interview happening, a switch flips and I quite enjoy them! For this reason, and also because I enjoy Lewis’s congenial style, I have taken to watching Lewis Howes interviews on youtube whenever I’m commuting, eating takeout, etc. Here are a few I’ve particularly enjoyed. The Science of Hunger, Optimal Health and Body Love with Celebrity Nutritionist Kelly LeVeque Kelly LeVeque inspires me. She…

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    Let Cacio e Pepe teach you to live a delicious and zesty life

    Ms. Chang, my amazing 9th grade English teacher, often hammered in the importance of ‘Showing, Not Telling.” Sorry, Ms. Chang, but ten years later I remain too lazy for that, so I’m ignoring one of the basic rules of good writing to just tell you that I love food. Check out my yelp reviews if you don’t believe me, or are in the mood to read a pretentious snot’s judgement on a number of restaurants. Link to my yelp account. One of the hardest questions to answer as a foodie is “What’s your all-time favorite dish?” Truthfully, I have so many, and the list changes over time, but Cacio e…