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Vegan Eats

With restaurants everywhere you turn in New York, it’s hard to get to them all, especially the great ones!  I’m here to tell you that By Chloe, located in Greenwich Village should be put at the top of your list!  The brand new restaurant that features dishes that are all VEGAN!  When you first hear that, you may think…how is that possible and do they only serve salads?  Despite what you think, By Chloe serves everything from burgers and french fries to avocado toast, pancakes, and mac and cheese.  They even have cold pressed juice, an AMAZING bakery section, and for a bonus…dairy free ice cream!  You don’t have to be vegan to eat here, but it sure is a vegan’s paradise.

If you are gluten free, you are in luck as well!  Many of the dishes are gluten free or can be prepared gluten free.  Be sure to ask to ensure that you don’t have any reactions.  If you’re coming in on a weekend, I highly recommend arriving early to get a seat, as you order at the counter.  If it’s a beautiful day, the lovely Washington Square Park is right around the corner so feel free to take it to go and enjoy the fresh air.  If you are patient enough, by Chloe is opening ANOTHER location right near FIT in the Flatiron District in the spring of 2016.  New York City is known for their food, so be sure to take advantage of it!

by Chloe restaurant dishes

by Chloe restaurant dishes


Family Time

For those of you who don’t commute, it is a beautiful thing when your parents or family members come to visit.  A couple weekends ago, I was thankful enough to have my mom come and visit me from Michigan.  When your family is in town, you have the excuse to do all the tourist-y things and try out all the restaurants that you’ve had on your to do list.  I’m here to share with you the best of the best events that took place while my mom was in town!

  1. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.  While I’m sure many of you have already done this, I was very late to the game, and boy do I regret it.  Walking across the bridge was a beautiful site that I have gone back to several times since I first walked it.  I highly recommend starting in Brooklyn and walking to the Manhattan side for a better view of the city!
  2. I-CE NY.  This Thailand ice cream spot is something that you have to see to believe.  The delicious ice cream is HAND ROLLED and made right in front of you.  The process is pretty incredible and you get to combine all your favorite flavors and toppings to your heart’s desire.
  3. Surfset NYC.  For all my fitness buffs out there, be sure to try Surfset NYC located at 64 East 4th St, 4th floor.  The class is based on surfing movements, static core training, and done all on a surfboard!  It was an awesome way to mix up my workout routine and try something new!  Find out more here: http://www.surfsetnyc.com/
  4. Friedman’s.  If you have yet to try out this classic restaurant spot in New York, you sure are missing out.  Everything on the menu is to die for and almost the entire menu is gluten free!  It is a great spot to bring your family, sure to make everyone’s appetites very happy.
  5. Egg Shop.  Everyone loves a good brunch and Egg Shop should be at the top of your list.  The quaint restaurant in Nolita has easily become my favorite place.  The egg options are endless!  Be sure to get there at a reasonable time or be prepared to wait.  Egg Shop is officially on everyone’s radar!

Be sure to try these places out soon!


Taking a Bite out of the Big Apple

As we all know, New York City is home to many television networks such as ABC and NBC. Yesterday I had an amazing opportunity to be apart of the live studio audience in a recording of ABC’s top daytime television show The Chew! Aside from being a huge fan of the show, I was interested to see what really happens behind scenes, and how the cast and crew collaborate to create it.


The experience was AWESOME. The show was on how to make “Breakfast for Less” which as a broke college student I thought was very helpful! Guests included American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality television personality Bobby Flay and actor Kevin Bacon. During the breaks, American chef and one of the hosts of The Chew – Carla Hall, ran up to the audience to dance with people (including myself) which I thought was very sweet and humbling of her.


My ticket!

As a gift, we were given Bobby Flay’s new brunch cookbook. To bring in the Fall spirit, I thought I’d share a delicious and inexpensive Mini Pumpkin Churro with a chocolate-orange dipping sauce recipe from the book!


Brunch @ Bobby’s by Bobby Flay


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, plus more for finishing
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 3/4 cup pure cane granulated sugar, for rolling


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Zest of one orange
  • teaspoon grated orange zest


For the dipping sauce: Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Put the chocolate in a medium bowl. Add the hot cream to the bowl with the chocolate and let sit for 1 minute. Gently whisk until smooth. Stir in the orange zest. Keep warm.

For the churros: Whisk together the flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, the cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, the nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Bring 1 1/2 cups water, the pumpkin puree, butter and vanilla to a boil in a medium saucepan, whisking constantly.

Pour the pumpkin mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined; it will be thick. Continue mixing and add in your eggs, one at a time, until well combined. The dough should be thick and smooth. Place the dough into a pastry bag with a large star tip.

Heat 2 inches of canola oil in a high-sided saute pan until it reaches 350 degrees F on a candy or fry thermometer.

Pipe the dough directly into the pan in 3-inch pieces, cutting off the pieces with a scissor. Fry until golden and crispy, 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir together the sugar and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon in a medium shallow bowl. Transfer the churros to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet or plate to drain the oil and immediately toss in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Dip in the chocolate-orange dipping sauce to serve.


Besides being starstruck, I noticed how much effort it takes into making a television production. From lighting, to audio, cameramen/women and so forth. FIT’s Advertising and Marketing Communications and Film and Media programs are definitely ones you would want to pursue in order to be in the studio everyday as I saw first-hand!

In the studio!

In the studio!

If you are currently in the city – take advantage of the big apple and take a bite! There are so many things to do and people to see in the city that never sleeps! If you aren’t, I encourage to pursue your education in the city and school that gives to endless opportunities that you will benefit from.

Until next time… xoxo – M

Life in the Concrete Jungle: An Introduction

I know what you’re thinking… it’s New York City – I’ll never make it, I’ll go broke, I’m one in a million who have the same dream of being successful in the fashion industry… These thoughts running rapidly in your mind are holding you back… But let me tell you this –


The Empire State Building

To the prospective students across the world… if FIT is your dream school, go for it. Getting an education in the BEST city in the world is an experience that you cannot get anywhere else.


The Freedom Tower

My name is Mariano, I am an 18-year-old Puerto Rican boy, from a lower-middle class family in California; studying Advertising and Marketing Communications. FIT was just a dream to me and now it is a reality. Never underestimate yourself and the opportunities in front of you. If you are thinking about starting a new chapter of your life in New York City at FIT, find out more information on the application process here.

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

In the last month, I’ve learned and experienced so much that I will never forget. Hopefully, you will soon! Please reply with any questions about the application process, I don’t bite!

Until next time… xoxo – M

SALT money



So I know I have spoken about SALT before in pasts posts, but vaguely. Recently I was put into a position where it was very difficult for me to pay for school. So I went to the financial aid office and asked what I could do to make next semesters payment attainable. They were so helpful and gave me many options but one that really stood out to me was this website called www.saltmoney.com/fit. This website offers you a wide variety of options such as applying for scholarship’s, internships, how to write essays to receive a scholarship and so much more. After filling out the questionnaire I was paired up with over 112 scholarship opportunities for myself and my major. So far I have applied to over 15 in just one night. Some of the different scholarships require you to write a short essay, while others don’t require you to write one at all. It does take time and effort to apply for the different awards but who knows if you will end up being the next award recipient. Most awards take a few months after the deadline to confirm if you have won any money but it can always go to your next semester.

After I actually applied myself I highly suggest you taking a moment out of your day to try it. You do not have to be in college they accept high school students too, anyone that is willing to go through the applications is able to apply. A lot of deadlines are coming up soon so make sure you go check it out!

Have a great weekend,