As a recent transplant from Maryland to the thriving metropolis of  Manhattan, I am in awe this city encompasses. For five years, I attended college on Long Island and graduated with a degree in Public Relations. With all the potential, excitement and vigor recent graduates have, I ventured into the real world. Many have told me that the best place for communications was NYC, and so, after returning home for a stint of time, I moved to New York to pursue a career in communications. I had no idea where to start, but I knew the city which never slept was meant for me.

Living on your own means providing everything for yourself, even meals. I have always enjoyed playing around in the kitchen, eating out, and watching food-centric programing. I seriously get excited thinking about what to make for dinner, and when I eat something very tasty, I do a special food dance in my seat, (yes, it’s embarrassing, but true 🙂 ) Eventually, I realized that I had a compelling passion for food. Then, I landed an internship with a leading communications firm which promotes chefs, restaurants, and hospitality locations in NYC. It was perfect! Being surrounded with mentions of various Iron Chefs, pitches to the Food Network, and descriptions of the latest holiday menus helped me to realize the culinary world was my destination.

And so, I’ve gone apples for the Big Apple!  Let me explain. New York City is the mecca of all things foodie, fashion, the arts, culture, and so much more. Although enchanting, the city’s bounty of offerings does not always cater to those with a bounty of funds. While molding my career, I am on a spending plan, (a.k.a. a dreaded word/concept) a budget. Of course, I am not the only one who has to endure such a financial plan…

This blog has dual intentions: highlight canny, (frugal friendly), dines and to be a way to show you how to invest and enjoy wholesome, worthy delights. Ideally, I’m talking to those in my youthful range (18-30 years of increasing wisdom, not age). I hope to challenge your palate, and encourage you to try new cuisines…enjoy the fact that healthful eats does not = tasteless, but  =  tastier. In addition, I would like you to join me as I explore the unique neighborhoods of the Big City.

This blog is intended to help college students and the “newly on their own” to navigate the dining world of NYC and Long Island without going into debt! I will do my best to choose independent and modest chain restaurants which serve meals priced no more than $20. Ideally, $20 will cover all costs: entrée, nonalcoholic beverage, tax and tip (crossing fingers).  It is a daunting task, but someone must eat through the challenge. 🙂

I must admit a section of the blog will include wine and spirits. It would be foodie sin to ignore such details. With experience in the wine industry, I will give intro pointers, pairing suggestions, and occasional varietal (type of wine) recommendations. Although a portion of the readership is under 21, I do not condone under aged drinking.

If there are eateries you would like me to visit, give me a yelp! Speaking of “Yelp,” I will make the blog as interactive and current as possible. Many social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Urbanspoon, and others will be referenced throughout the blog. So, if you want the skinny on the Canny Candi scoop, create your accounts and follow along.

So, as I’ve said – I’ve gone apples! The Big Apple has so many restaurants (or apples), and I am here to pick the best of the bunch. Let’s start this journey together!

Yours in Foodie Love,



3 thoughts on “About

  1. Sandi

    AWESOME!!!!! ……How Refreshing!!!….Have Fun with This! Would LOVE to be there to try some of that fare!!..

    Sandi from Baltimore

  2. Charles Lynch

    Canny Candi,

    I just have joined the blogosphere. Impressive diction (Dixtion?) and glad that you are working toward establishing a persona that can position you as advice giver, humorist, friend, and Zagateer. The site looks good. Keep on with the communications and public relations. Charles Lynch, formerly twenty-one

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