What it do foodies! 365 days ago I published my food blog to the world and today we celebrate! What a year it has been!!! I have learned a lot, found my own way, made some new relationships and most importantly . . . ATE GOOD!
Today, I plan to enjoy a celebratory meal and drink to reflect on this past year and the years to come. But first, this blog post is to highlight some of my best events, meals and features to date and also sharing my thirty fine birthday dinner at Rare Steakhouse & Tavern.
With so many ideas in mind and such a foodie at heart, I took my time finding my niche in the blogger community. Remember my motto – “The Best Way to a Fat Girl’s Heart is Through Her Tummy!” After many restaurant reviews I landed my very first press access at Union Kitchen: Meet the Makers in October 2017. This event opened my eyes to a world of foodies of all walks of life and palates which I find very unique. That experience alone let me know that I was on the right path. Reminding myself that patience is a virtue; I slowly found my way with Fat Girl N’ Motion and made it my own. Intimate dinner parties with the awesome Chef Kenneth Watson of Esquire Meals to horrible customer service and business nightmare with Chef Art of Moe’s Trap Karaoke and Brunch; this Fat Girl has experienced it all. No one gets a pass with me . . . good, bad or indifferent! I am extremely happy that I chose to pursue this full time and eat good while doing it.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being featured on I Am SoHo Glam blog for my horrible customer service experience with hopes of attending an event in Baltimore and in a few publications in North Carolina after my highlights from Metro Cooking DC showcasing White Swann BBQ pulled pork sample. Not too shabby for my first year. Not to mention my very first CHAT & CHEW review with Whiskey & Kicks YouTube host Brocky. Every time I watched my review on District Distilling Co., it makes my heart smile and is a constant reminder to never give up. Looking for a great Taco Tuesday spot; check out Agua 301. Hungry for a drunken ribeye . . . visit Mike’s American Grill. Super appreciative for my recognition and features . . . let’s discuss my birthday shenanigans for a sec.
Last month I celebrated my birthday and had an awesome steak dinner at Rare Steakhouse & Tavern in downtown Washington, DC. Steak and potatoes is my jam and since I was in the mood to try something new in the city after doing my crowd sourcing and homework; I opted to make reservations here. Great choice! Surprisingly, this Friday night at Rare was pretty empty. Although I had reservations in the dining area, I stayed at the bar and had dinner in good company. Enjoying a nice glass of bubbly, my dinner selection was suggested by our awesome bartender who shares the same birthday as I. We ordered the Four Lettuce Caesar Salad, 36oz Tomahawk, Spinach, Cress & Cream and Green Garlic Mashed Potatoes. This meal was worth every penny spent! Everything was pleasing to my palate and surely a party in my mouth. The tomahawk alone was magnificent . . . buttery, succulent and juicy! With my mouth currently watering perhaps I should partake in this again as my celebratory meal!
Becoming a blogger was challenging at first; and with risks comes great reward. The small victories that I received in my first year I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams. Thanks to everyone who believe and continue to believe in me, my niche, my awesome food reviews/suggestions and to every like and follow that I received on a daily. It is much appreciated!
But before I go, I want to pay my respect to an amazing chef that we lost 2 days before my birthday – Anthony Bourdain. I admired this man for many reasons. His resilience, fearlessness and “tell it like it is” approach in the kitchen spoke volumes to me. He made food sexy and so was he! He will truly be missed and his legacy and awesomeness will live on forever and ever . . .
“That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.” ~ Anthony Bourdain
Happy 1st Birthday Fat Girl N’ Motion
& Happy Birthday T-Mac!