Best Instagram….Datz4Foodies!

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We’re stoked to report that we have the BEST Instagram in Tampa! We were honored with this award on Social Media Day Tampa 2016, hosted by Never Have I Ever. Thanks for inspiring to us to keep sharing drool-worthy photos, Tampa. And if you’re not already, follow us here.

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Red, White & BRUNCH

Happy Independence Day, foodies! Celebrate with us over mimosas, Datz-A-Mary Bloody Marys, burgers, and Waffles N’ Tweet.

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DATZ RIGHT. We’ll be serving up brunch on Monday, July 4 from 8:30 to 3 p.m. Join us for the brunch (or dinner that night) and we’ll celebrate together.

You can check out our brunch menu here. Text ahead! You just text Datz to 626-414-3210 and BOOM–it puts you on the list. See you soon!

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As Seen on Good Morning America

Did You Catch Us on Good Morning America Today?!

‘Cuz that definitely happened. Good Morning America’s Host and University of Florida Alumni, Jesse Palmer came to see us in March about The Cheesy Todd and all things bacon and cheese. Palmer cooked with our Executive Chef Keith Williamson back in March and we’ve been waiting patiently until the debut of GMA’s new series, “Eat Like Jesse” that features Datz!

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Check out the final cut of our Good Morning America “Eat Like Jesse” video here and thank you for all of your foodie support that has helped to get Datz and Tampa in the national spotlight!

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Wanna learn how to make The Cheesy Todd? Of course you do! Good Morning America can show you how. Check out this awesome, aerial video of the step by step process of making what GMA Host, Jesse Palmer called “The Mother of all burgers” here.

 

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All this excitement about The Cheesy Todd being on Good Morning America making you hungry? Yeah. We totally understand. Make a reservation to come and see us here.

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Foodie Alert: Official Food Group

 

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Are you following @officialfoodgroup on Instagram??? If not, you’d better start! Let us introduce you to Jerry Cionci, one of the 7 masterminds that run this account that’s sure to make you triple your foodie bucket list for local and national restaurants, including us! Hear about Jerry’s favorites and follow him on Insta here: @jercionci6.

Tell us what do you do and what are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself.

I am a professional marketer for Champs Sports and run the company’s social media for North America. But on the side, my 7 friends, including my brother @mcionci, run Official Food Group!

Three words: fun, knowledgable, energetic.

What made you start Official Food Group? Have you made a lot of foodie friends?

After my roommates from college and I graduated, we kept in touch through a group text. Most of the pics happened to be food. Over a year, we added my brother and couple other close friends to the group text, who also liked to take food pics. The rest is history. Our goal was to inspire our followers to eat elite when traveling. Since we have 8 people spread all over the country, we could diversity our food content and scale the page. We each have a market and are responsible for building that market by eating all over the city, building relationships and tagging restaurants.  All pics are our own, and we pride ourselves on that.

Some of our favorite groups we made friends with are: @gothamburgersocialclub @boozeandburgers @cy_eats @tampabayeatsout @phillyfoodgirl

What’s the best food you’ve discovered from Official Food Group?

Tough. But my personal favorite was when I was in Lockhart, TX and went to Kreuz Market (100 + year old BBQ joint in the capital of Texax BBQ). I got a private tour and was eating brisket and prime rib fed to me by the pit master off his knife. The meat is so juicy and succulent, that they don’t allow BBQ sauce! That experience was one I would never forget.

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How about the best cocktail?

In Austin, TX I had an frozen avocado margarita at this Tex-Mex joint called Curra’s Grill. So smooth, so refreshing.

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What’s your favorite food on the Datz menu? 

The Eggs Barbacoa was the best thing I’ve had at Datz!

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What’s your favorite food and why is it your favorite?

Mexican. Spicy food has the key to my heart.

Share a food with us that you’ve seen on the internet and would love to try.

Well, my buddy in our food group @jaymell7, got to eat at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX. This place has a 4 hour wait daily and even The President goes there. It’s suppose to be the best BBQ in the world… THE item to try is the brisket!

What do you think about Tampa Bay’s food scene?

It’s on the come up. People from all over the country are moving here and bringing new ideas to the scene. Now it’s our job to try all these new spots and promote Tampa Bay on our page!

What’s another city’s food scene would you like to try?

Chicago. With traditional items like deep dish pizza and hot dogs [becoming more popular] to the new spots opening up, I would be in a food coma for days.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten?

Sautéed Grasshopper tacos at @thelurestpete! Awesome by the way… And nutritious too.

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What’s your best advice on how to adult?

Eat, drink and laugh.

 

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Foodie Alert: Eat Tampa

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Happy Friday, foodies (You’ve earned it). Let’s kick off the weekend with some super delicious food, all of which you’ll have to add to your hit list for this weekend. Ryan Rodriguez of @EatTampa on Instagram is gonna tell us about his favorite local stops.

Tell us about yourself! What do you do and what are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself.

Born and raised in sunny Tampa, FL. I am a husband, father and aspirising restaurant owner. 3 words to describe me are Loyal, Adventurous and Driven!

What made you start Eat Tampa? Have you made a lot of foodie friends?

I’ve always had a love for food and my hometown. I wanted to spread the word on new and great restaurants in Tampa. @EatTampa was inevitable. I started following other foodies in the area like @CarlosEats @TampaBayEatsOut and @OfficialFoodGroup which motivated me to create a feed of my own.

 

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What’s the best food you’ve discovered from Eat Tampa?

That is the hardest question. With award winning chefs like @greg__baker (The Refinery / Fodder & Shine) and @chefmichaelmina (Locale Market / Farmtable Kitchen) it’s hard to say what’s the best. I say, get out there and enjoy finding out for yourself!

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How about the best cocktail?

Not much of a cocktail drinker but the best one I’ve had recently was the mule at @DocBsKitchen. However, it may have been the side of candied bacon that set it off!

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Best dessert?

The best dessert is for sure the fruity pebbles cheesecake @datz4foodies’ Dough!

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What’s your favorite food on the Datz menu?

My favorite food item on the Datz menu is The Cheesy Todd. As a burger and a mac~n~cheese lover, they go together harmoniously!

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What’s your favorite food and why is it your favorite?

After much thought, my favorite food is a good ol’ burger. There are so many ways to create a burger, from the blend of meats to the type of bun and endless options for toppings. I will also never turn down a taco, a slice of pizza or @portilloshotdogs Italian beef!

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Share a food with us that you’ve seen on the internet and would love to try.

I am dying to try @Slapfish by Chef @andrewgruel for the “Clobster”, a crab and lobster grilled cheese, with a side of chowder fries and a lobster roll to go.💀

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What do you think about Tampa’s food scene?

The Tampa food scene is diverse and ever-growing. We have bold chefs/owners who step outside the box to produce quality food and conquer trends like the doughnut ice cream cone @datz4foodies.

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What’s another city’s food scene you would like to try?

I really want to check out the Los Angeles food scene.

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What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten?

I once ate a scorpion from the bottom of a tequila bottle. It was crunchy and besides the tequila, it was tasteless. I’d do it again if I had too 😉

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What’s your best advice on how to adult?

Do what makes you happy. If you don’t know what makes you happy, try something new until you find it.

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Foodie Alert: Caitlyn Connolly of Live.Sweat.Sleep.Repeat.

 

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One of our favorite topics at Datz is CHEAT FOODS! And one of our favorite people to talk cheat foods with is Caitlyn Connolly of Live.Sweat.Sleep.Repeat. and the popular hashtag, #TampaLove. Caitlyn is a Tampa native with a love for fitness, discovering Tampa, a good cup of coffee and being a kid at Disney. Recently, Caitlyn asked foodies what their favorite cheat foods were here are some of their tastiest answers. Enjoy!

 

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The coveted cheat meal. Everyone loves a good cheat meal. Even those crazy fitness people [I say with love], because I’m one of them!

Pushing thoughts of a juicy burger aside, I got to thinking — why do we cheat and, what do we cheat with? Thanks to some lovely peeps that indulged in my survey, let the cheating begin!

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Kelsey (@kbahr), this has your name written all over it!

Why do we cheat…and love it?

We crave it. I don’t know about you, but once a craving enters my brain — it will.not.leave! Plus, I have always been a believer of moderation —> not deprivation. You gotta treat yoself!

We tweet it. For reals. Follow any fitness guru/lover/friend on social media and you will find food in their feed!

We put in extra work for it. This is the most honest reason. No joke, when I was marathon training, that post long run meal was exulted! Loved! Cherished! And oh-so-tasty! I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t take an extra class a week, ran an extra mile, or did a few more downward dogs for that succulent meal in my near future.

Post it up on Instgram. Does this need an explanation!? IG was made for pictures. And we love taking pictures of our food, and sharing it, of course!

We dream about it. Shhh, this will be our little secret that I may dream about cheat meals.

We plan for it. Not only do we plan our workouts during the week, we plan the epic cheat meal at weeks end. It is placed lovingly on the calendar, maybe even with a cute little cheeseburger sticker.

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As a visitor of Datz for years, it has become thee place for my ultimate cheat; whether it be salty or sweet dishes, to light fare and those indulgences that make us wear our super-stretchy pants, it’s the place. Here’s more reasons why you should follow my lead down MacDill Avenue.

Speaking for myself and others, we cannot seem to make up our mind when it comes to a cheat meal! We want both, dammit! Over half of those surveyed wanted salty AND sweet; the other 30% was evenly split between the two.

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My local running friend Nadine (@nkaprice) wouldn’t mind sharing these Datchos with me!

Salty dishes are the way to my heart and I know some of you agree! Shaking more salt on my survey, most of you would dive head first into carbs, followed by a Mexican dish or chips & salsa, then some good ole meat or a juicy burger. Now that my mouth is watering and I’m fully distracted, during my most recent visit to Datz, I indulged in the Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with an Eberson’s Old Fashioned (topped with bacon, yes please!) — needless to say, I earned the clean plate award.

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Alas, some cheats were not mentioned, but Datz has them covered! I cannot believe that I failed to mention Mac & Cheese! Their Mac Bites and The Cheesy Todd are fan favorites (and Jackie’s too (@seejackierunn)) and scream cheat meal.

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Enough with the Sodium Chloride, let’s sugar coat errrrrything! Of course chocolate was atop the list, followed by cupcakes, then the vagueness of ‘other’. However, ‘other’ was quickly defined with: kid’s cereal, donuts, & peanut butter.

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This covers errrrrything, right??

Just a few steps away sits Dough, a delightful bakery full of coffee, donut, gelato & dessert goodness. You are really missing out if you have not paid them a visit! But please welcome to the stage, the Fruity Pebbles Doughnut, Kit Kat Doughnut & original Chocolate Doughnuts.

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I may have witnessed Alexandra, (@realtikitiki) local Mantra instructor, break it down on the megaformer for one of these!

Did we cover your cheat? Did we make you hungry yet? Are you gonna race me to Datz now?

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We’ve Got ALL The Corned Beef + Whiskey | St. Patrick’s Day

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and boy do we have a ton of rad stuff planned for local foodies.

We have 3 amazing specials available now through Thursday, 3/17— including Corned Beef & Cabbage Pho, Lamb Shepard’s Pie, and Bangers & Mash.

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We also have a cocktail that’s a really sweet (and boozy!) twist on a traditional Irish coffee. Because we live in such a warm climate, it only made sense to our Mixologist and General Manager, Morgan Zuch to make “Dublin Calling” with house-made cold brew coffee. Another extremely bright idea Morgan had was to make the whipped cream not just from scratch, but with a Guinness and Bailey’s Irish Cream reduction. It’s really, really, really good. Enjoy between and now Thursday, 3/17.

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On The big day that is St. Patrick’s Day we’ll be serving up GREEN Harp’s Lager for $4. That is, unless you’re a redhead, in which case your green beer is only $3.

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From 6 to 9 p.m. we’re hosting a Ginger Meetup & Cabbage Toss game with Ginger Beard Coffee. You could win 1 of 8 foodie prizes, including a green doughnut from Dough, a pint of green beer, a cold brew coffee from Ginger Beard Coffee, an appetizer at Datz, and more!

See you on St. Patrick’s Day!

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Foodie Alert: Tampa Bay Eats Out

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We love Tampa, and we REALLY love when other foodies do, too. So when we started reaching out to locals whose tastebuds we admired, of course Kiera Andrews from Tampa Bay Eats Out came to mind. We hope you enjoy her recommendations– our foodie bucket list has DEFINITELY gotten a bit longer after getting to know TBEO. And if you’re looking to add even more to your tasty list, be sure to head over to TBEO’s Instagram page where you can find delicious food and drink ideas that are right around the corner. Cheers!

Tell us about yourself! What do you do and what are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself.

I moved to Tampa in 2010 for school and fell in the love with the area. I now work in Advertising and enjoy long walks on Bayshore with my dog, craft beer and exploring our amazing city. Three words I would use to describe myself: adventurous, curious and hungry.

What made you start Tampa Bay Eats Out? Have you made a lot of foodie friends (share a few Instagram handles if you can)?

Well, I love to eat and I love to discover new places to eat. I had been following some foodie accounts throughout the country but saw the opportunity to start one in Tampa Bay and share the amazing (and growing) food community that we have here. A flaw I saw in some other foodie accounts was that they didn’t describe what the dish was or tell where it could be found- I’ve made sure I do both of these to the best of my ability so my followers can easily tell what the dish is and where they can try it for themselves! Some other great Instagram handles I love seeing foodie photos from are @thisjenngirl, @nhietampa, @officialfoodgroup and @eattampa!

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What’s the best food you’ve discovered from TBEO?

This is hard. Really hard. But I think I would have to go with the St. Petersburger at Locale  Market. Grilled Mushrooms, caramelized onions and gouda cheese- can’t go wrong with that combo!

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How about the best cocktail?

The Michelada at Red Mesa Cantina! Not only is it gorgeous to photograph but it’s also extremely refreshing on a hot day- and a great hangover cure.

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Best dessert?

I LOVE dessert so I can’t just name one. Cannoli’s from Bavaro’s and the Strawberry Stuffed Amish Donut at the Strawberry Festival!

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What’s your favorite food on the Datz menu? 

I can’t just pick one thing! The Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes for brunch and the Buffalo Cauliflower at dinner are both amazing. I am also obsessed with the Creme Brûlée doughnut from Dough.

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What’s your favorite food and why is it your favorite?

Crawfish Étouffée! My family is from Louisiana so I grew up eating this whenever I went to visit my grandparents. Every time I go to Louisiana, I eat it once a day. I also get it *almost* every time I go to Roux.

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Share a food with us that you’ve seen on the internet and would love to try.

A @blacktapnyc milkshake. I think if there was anywhere in Tampa that could pull it off it would be Datz/Dough (hint, hint)!!

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What do you think about Tampa’s food scene?

It is growing like crazy. I love all the new restaurants (and food trucks!) popping up throughout the Tampa Bay area, especially the ones focusing on local Florida ingredients and cuisine, like Ulele. We also have some great staples that provide consistent, delicious food. I also love the fact that there is such a variety of restaurants, there really is something for everyone for any occasion.

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What’s another city’s food scene would you like to try?

There are many, but San Fransisco and DC are probably the top 2.

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What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten?

That probably depends who you ask but most people would probably agree with escargot. As long as you don’t picture the snails when you’re eating it, it is actually quite tasty!

What’s your best advice on how to adult?

Live life to the fullest, don’t count calories!

 

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Foodie Alert: Jacqueline Luhrs of Life Simplified

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Meet Jacqueline Luhrs! She’s one of our favorite local foodies AND our Monday Motivation. She’s a professional athlete, dancer, & owns her own company. Not only does she split her time between Tampa and L.A., but she also has lots of tips on how to keep the balance between your health and your foodie needs. Take it away, Jacqueline!

Tell us about yourself! What do you do and what are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself.

Well, I’m not originally from Tampa. I grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha where I studied marketing and management. I’ve lived in Los Angeles two different times where I danced professionally. I moved to Tampa in 2010 for my husbands job. He is the sports dietician for the Bucs and assists with strength and conditioning. We’re both active and love working out. I’ve done a few WBFF fitness competitions and became a pro bikini competitor in June of 2015. I’ve always been entrepreneurial and knew growing up I wanted to have my own business. I have many interests and hobbies and as I’ve become an adult I’ve realized two things I really love that will never go out of style or get old are health & wellness and helping people.  That’s how my business Life Simplified came about. If I had to describe myself in three words I would say I’m ambitious, independent and caring. If you were to see me around South Tampa chances are I would be wearing workout clothes, drinking coffee with friends, eating a healthy meal and on my phone or iPad doing work for Life Simplified.

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When did you start thinking about your health and how have your eating and fitness habits changed since then?

I’ve always been athletic and grew up playing sports and dancing. I danced in college and we competed nationally (yes, like the stuff you see on ESPN), but throughout all of that my main concern wasn’t health, it was just to be thin and look the part. I really got serious about health and wellness when I was doing intense dance training in the hopes of getting picked up by an agent in Los Angeles. It was during that time I really changed my mentality and thought process surrounding food and health in general. I became educated on using nutrition and strength training as a tool to enhance my abilities. I can truly say I became a better dancer and athlete in my late 20’s than I was in college because I came to understand the importance of keeping a healthy body. I now consistently weight train and do various types of cardio. I’m aware of what foods to eat and how different types of foods affect my performance and aesthetic look.

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Do you have “cheat days”? If so, how often and how do you recoup after?

Yes! I definitely have “cheat days” (Datz is a good place for that, haha!). I tend to eat pretty clean Monday-Friday and leave the weekends to be more free. I’ll have one or two “cheat” meals throughout the weekend and then jump back on clean eating for Monday.

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Tell us about splitting your time between LA and Tampa. How do you keep balance in your life? 

Finding the right balance in work and personal life is always tricky. There was a period of time I was in L.A. pretty much full time and only came back to Tampa occasionally. That’s when my main focus was dance so living in L.A. made sense because that’s where my agent, auditions and bookings were. Now that my main focus is Life Simplified, I’m able to spend most of my time in Tampa and only travel back to L.A. when I need to. I have clients in L.A. and I’m still involved with dance there, but now I have more control over my schedule and the projects I want to be involved with so I’m able to have a good balance.

What advice do you have for people who are just starting to change their eating and fitness habits?

My first bit of advice would be to set realistic goals for yourself. Making and conquering small goals is how you ultimately fulfill your ultimate goal, whatever it may be; losing 20lbs, toning up, doing a fitness competition, etc. The second bit of advice I would give is don’t compare yourself to others. That is a dangerous place to be and is the fastest way to derail you and discourage you from remembering this is YOUR unique journey. And the last thing I would say is DON’T QUIT! If you’ve made a goal to live a healthier lifestyle and want to see results all you have to do is stay consistent, day after day, week after week.

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What are some health or fitness mistakes you’ve made in your path as a professional athlete and dancer?

If I had any regrets with health and fitness it would just be that I didn’t take it more serious earlier in my life. I wasn’t educated enough to understand how much of an edge eating and working out properly could give me. I think it’s great social media has such a strong presence now with fitness motivation and education. It’s hard to deny the amazing results you see from everyday people that set a goal for themselves and use proper nutrition and workouts to achieve it.

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What’s your absolute favorite food to cheat with?

I love pizza!! And I love cake! So basically I’m saying if you invite me to your kids birthday party I would be in heaven! haha. But seriously, Papa Johns and a Publix cupcake are my go-to’s for an actual “cheat meal.”

How about cheat cocktail? 🙂

I love a good Sunday brunch (insert Datz again!), so a bloody mary or mimosa would definitely be on the menu.

 

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What do you hope to achieve in 2016 for yourself and your company, Life Simplified?

Life Simplified is growing in an amazing way! I’m so thankful and humbled when my clients contact me and say how easy it is to achieve their goals or how much time they’ve saved in their week by using Life Simplified.  I have an amazing team of people working with me that are helping take the business to a new level. In 2016 we’ll be adding a more refined door to door concierge delivery service along with adding fresh juices and a new menu of plant based raw food items.

As for me, I’ll be competing in a pro bikini competition in L.A. at the end of April (I always have to have some sort of fitness goal!). I’ll be working a lot on Life Simplified and taking care of my clients to ensure they keep up their motivation and achieve their goals for 2016!

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