#SCBDReflection: Thank You .@Rachael_Ray

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Rachael in Life & Style Weekly Me in my SCBD apron

Rachael in Life & Style Weekly
Me in my SCBD apron

 Last week, I was walking through the Union Square Greenmarket and I swear… I saw Rachael Ray. Of course, I was too hesitant to say “Hi” because she was incognito with shades on and speaking to a friend. But, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ve been thinking about what my 2 year reflection post of SCBD should be about, since the anniversary of my start up of SCBD is October 19th.  After seeing Rachael Ray I realized I never got to say thank you, so here is my public thank you to Rachael Ray. 

As an RR intern elf that was our holiday decorations 2 years ago.

As an RR intern elf that was our holiday decorations 2 years ago.

With the Wednesday production interns 2 years ago

With the Wednesday production interns 2 years ago

Dear Rachael Ray,

I’m Sara and I interned for your daytime show in the Fall of 2011, during my senior year of college at Fairleigh Dickinson University. I met you in the elevator a few times after taping and you were always sweet to me– you even introduced yourself to me after I said “Hi” when I first started interning. It was a moment I will never forget and I wanted to thank you for being so genuine and kind, it made a huge impression on me. 

I also wanted to let you know that I am thankful for your having that daytime show, The Rachael Ray Show. It was a great opportunity for me to be an intern for it and I learned so much from your awesome, dedicated staff. I truly enjoyed every morning I had to get up and commute to intern there, even on early tape days. Seeing even the little things that I helped with as an intern, whether it be going for a prop run or being in the field with the field department  was always priceless. I am also thankful for your show because by interning, I found out I was a foodie. I knew it was love at first bite when we were able to try one of the leftovers from a segment. My favorite to this day was the Italian Shepherd’s Pie from the people’s choice segment; I enjoyed it so much I ate three pieces and didn’t feel the least bit guilty. I still can’t find the recipe on the site, think you can help me with that?

Last, I am most thankful for your show because without it, this site I started, smallchickbigdeals.com wouldn’t exist. Growing up I loved your shows– The Rachael Ray Show, 30 Minute Meals and $40 a day.  I still avidly watch your shows today, like Rach vs. Guy, etc. While working as an intern I kind of gave myself a $40 a day style challenge, well more like $10 a day lunch challenge and most days I succeeded. My goal was to find a meal that could last two days that was $10 or less. I also would  tell my fellow interns about the deals I found on my lunch breaks in Midtown East, which they got used to. I’ll never forget my stops at 696 Deli, Blarney Pub, and more. Also, the stops at Potbelly with the field department after shoots. 

Thanks to you Rachael, I have fallen more in love with New York City and have been able to know all of its neighborhoods, villages, boroughs, and more. If it wasn’t for those runs that got me comfortable with navigating through the subway system, I definitely wouldn’t be as comfortable as I am today. 

Thanks to you Rachael, I’ve had the opportunity to interview and meet famous, known chefs and dine at their restaurants. I’ll never forget saying “Hi” to Guy Fieri one day when I interned on the show but that’s just the beginning. Since my site started, I’ve been fortunate to work with brands and people I could only dream of including Daniel Boulud, Jose Andres and more.

Thanks to you Rachael, I’ve started something that is bigger than myself. At age 23, I have Small Chick Big Dealsmy company and website with an audience, a staff of writers and interns. If it wasn’t for me having the idea spring into my head that Thursday after finishing my work in the field department, it would not exist. 

Thank you Rachael Ray and thanks to your staff at The Rachael Ray Show for giving me the opportunity to be an intern at the show and constantly inspiring me with my website, Small Chick Big Deals.

Hope I can meet you again and interview you for the site one day. If not, maybe I’ll run into you again at the greenmarket.

Thanks again.

Cheers,

Sara Monica aka The Small Chick

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*Disclaimer: All art/graphics are fan art associated with Small Chick Big Deals and not the Rachael Ray brand*

#SCBD– A Concept that Started A Year Ago, Still A Work in Progress!

When I started this blog a year ago, well this week a year ago to be exact– I had no idea where it would take me, the opportunities it would bring me, etc. If you read my story you know I was just interning at The Rachael Ray Show in the field, post, & production departments and in the my 2nd to last semester of my Senior year at Fairleigh Dickinson University. On the Wednesday’s I interned I’d always tell my peers I interned with the best deals I found for lunch which would usually be Blarney Stone, or my craving for Potbelly. I was the deal finder of the gang and I took the title proudly. I’d also constantly look for deals on Twitter & Midtown Lunch. Thursday’s were also filled with great food experiences on set or just sharing a meal during the field department, never a dull moment.

As I mentioned in my story I was also involved with the Intern Queen Campus Ambassador program and would be blogging about food the next semester. I knew I could do it but I knew if I started a blog about food & deals it would be a head start. The idea sunk in my head more, so one Thursday when I was finished with my field work on the computer I decided to start the blog. As I mention above and in the title, this was just the manifestation of starting the blog and having the site. I wrote a little paragraph about my concept, etc. It was also written the day before my boyfriend Jason’s birthday last year. You can see my first post, here. As you may notice it’s not much but it’s something!

Like any good thing buying the domain didn’t happen until later. Since I wanted to be the best intern possible, I had to wait to share my eating adventures while I interned and went full on and haven’t stopped writing (except for maybe finals week) since January 11, 2012 and I plan on celebrating a year in 2013! I’m so happy that I can bring you all the information I have whether it be recipes, meeting you readers through Twitter, all of the interviews the last few months and of course my special deals and contest alerts! I also can’t forget where it all began with my restaurant reviews.

I want to end this on a happy note — I found this shirt at Forever 21 today at Garden State Plaza and had to buy it and share it with you all:

It screamed SCBD and was perfect timing with the one year concept anniversary!

I love the quote: Eat, Drink, Be Merry!

I love the colors of this banner with the saying also:

I promise I will have another reflection piece in January. I’d also love to have a happy hour or something to celebrate and would love invite fellow bloggers & readers to celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch so keep the week of January 11th open!

Make sure you are a fan and are following Small Chick Big Deals on Facebook & Twitter for the most ongoing updates! I am always posting deals, recipes, new posts, & more– so it’s the easiest way to get a hold of me also.

Before I get too carried away, I just want to emphasis once more how grateful I am for all you readers, the fellow bloggers I’ve met, businesses I’ve been fortunate to review & work with and all the people I’ve been able to interview & more! I’d also love to thank the staff of The Rachael Ray Show for bringing out my inner foodie last Fall!

I have tons of more posts on the way that you’ll love, but you’ll have to wait! I promise I won’t take too long, can’t wait to tell you all about my recent foodie experiences in the city.

Well on that note–Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! :D

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