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Woman to Watch: Chef Tiffany Derry

Name: Tiffany Derry

Age: 26

Hometown: Beaumont, TX (now lives in Dallas)

Occupation: Executive chef at Go Fish Ocean Club in Dallas and also a member of Top Chef Season 7 cast

Education: Art Institute of Houston

Career Path: At 15, Tiffany landed her first job in the restaurant business at International House of Pancakes (IHOP). By the time she was17 years old, Tiffany was the youngest person to ever be in management at IHOP. After high school she went to pursue her culinary education at the Art Institute of Houston. In addition to culinary school, she mastered her seafood skills while working at Pesce restaurant in Houston. Tiffany became Sous Chef at Grotto Cucina Napolitano then moved to Dallas where she taught at the Art Institute of Dallas Culinary School. In 2008 she was named Executive Chef at Go Fish Ocean Club in North Dallas.

Known for: Grounded, down-home personality with impeccably refined culinary expertise.

Quotable: “Food runs through my veins from my ancestors to me. My family lives and communicates through food. I love food and the entire restaurant business.”

Family Affair: Her sister, Brandy is her sous chef at Go Fish Ocean Club.

Favorite Cookbook: The French Laundry Cookbook

Just Married: Tiffany got married in July in Costa Rica.

Guilty Pleasure: Foie gras

See her in action: Watch Chef Derry make some seared scallops with creamed corn and lobster here:


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Fake Out Foods

Getting in shape is not just about getting plenty of exercise, its also about choosing the right foods to eat. But what happens when you have a hankering for chocolate because it’s that time of the month or a taste for something salty that only chips will satisfy? You can easily sabotage all of your workout efforts by giving in to your cravings. Never fear, we’ve prepared a list of “fake out foods” to satisfy your cravings without sabotaging your workout efforts.

Chocolate AttackChocolate Cheerios are fantastic for satisfying the chocolate attack. They even make the milk chocolaty!

Meal Replacement – If you’re looking for a quick “meal” during the day and you don’t want to get tempted by co-workers to pig out, just find your local Starbuck’s and order the Vivanno Chocolate Banana Smoothie. It has a whole banana, cocoa, 2% milk and 17g of Protein. You can even ask for an extra scoop of protein. They have strawberry banana as well but the chocolate banana is our favorite. Another meal replacement we like is AdvantEdge Carb Control Protein Shake in Vanilla or Chocolate Fudge.

Ice Cream Hankering – Sometimes a girl just wants to curl up on the couch with a pint of Haagen Dazs and watch a movie. But since it’s so incredibly tasty…I mean fattening…here’s an alternative: Real frozen Yogurt! And we’re not talking TCBY. We mean the all natural, cream yumminess of real frozen yogurt that you can get from Red Mango (multiple locations), Phileo (in Philadelphia), Sweet Endings (in Philadelphia), Pinkberry (multiple locations), Berry Berry (Dallas). We prefer it more creamy than icy and Red Mango seems to have the creamiest version. You can also add all types of fun toppings like fresh fruit, granola, cereal, etc.

Sweet Tooth – If you have a sweet tooth, try eating Sensible Foods crunchy dried fruit. It’s simply pieces of berries, apples, apricots, etc. dried until their crunchy. They’re super sweet and will quickly satisfy your sweet tooth.

Cookie Monster – If you love a good cookie every now and then you should really try the 100 Calorie pack version of Lorna Doones cookies and Oreo cookies. They’re almost as good as the real thing with way less fat and none of the guilt!

Salt/Savory – We’re not really into potato chips but when ever we do have a taste for something salty we like to go old school. Simply pop some popcorn in a pot on the stove (yes on the stove!) with olive oil instead of butter or regular oil. Then finish it off with a sprinkle of kosher salt. For a fancier touch, you can add a couple drops of truffle oil.

Flavored Water – Sometimes, plain old water just doesn’t sound thirst quenching enough. Instead of reaching for something artificially flavored, try filling a pitcher with slices of oranges and lemons; add water and place in the fridge. Don’t peel the fruit before slicing it as the oil from the skins of the fruit will help to flavor the water. What you end up with is mildly flavored, refreshing water and it looks great in a clear glass pitcher for serving to guests.

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Easter Dinner Menu That’s Sure to Please

Don’t know what to cook for Easter dinner? Don’t fret; check out this menu of delectables that is sure to please.

1. Lamb Chops Sizzled with Garlic

2. Spinach Salad with Oranges and Warm Goat Cheese

3. Sweet Potato Biscuits

4. Pancetta Wrapped Asparagus

5. Honey Glazed Carrots

6. Scalloped Potatoes with Creme Fraiche

7. Easter Flower Cupcakes


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Get Healthy With Superfoods

It’s time to get serious about our health ladies. With the rise of Type II diabetes, the unrelenting prevalence of cancer and growing numbers of black women with heart disease, it’s no longer an option to wait until you feel sick before you start to take your health seriously. One of the easiest ways to defend against Type II diabetes, cancer and a myriad of other diseases plaguing black women is to eat healthy. We’ve been experimenting with some healthy superfoods lately and want to encourage you to do the same. So next time you head to your grocery store, bring this list with you and see what a real difference healthy food makes.

1. Brazil Nuts – This nut is rich in the mineral selenium.  Brazil nuts provide antioxidant protection and can help fight against cancer, heart disease and promote a healthy thyroid. Eating a few a day (too many can be toxic) will protect your body as well as help it recycle vitamin C and recharge vitamin E for overall optimal health.

2. GoodBelly Probiotic Fruit Drink – Approximately 70% of the body’s immune system is located in the digestive tract. So in order to maintain optimal health, it’s vital that your digestive system is healthy too. Keeping a healthy digestive system is a matter of balancing the good (microflora) bacteria and bad bacteria in your body. One way to do this is by consuming probiotics. They’ve been found to improve your core digestive health and strengthen your immune system. You can purchase this drink in your local health food store. They come in great flavors (my fav flavor is Black Currant). Have it in the morning with your multi-vitamin!

3. Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are not just for Thanksgiving anymore. They contain phytonutrients which not only promote heart and eye health but they also boost immunity. They’re packed with beta-carotene, which is thought to lower breast cancer risk. Additionally, they contain significant quantities of vitamin A which may reduce the effects of smoking. Fresh produce is always best but I recently discovered frozen sweet potato fries at Whole Foods, they taste great baked. *Courtesy of O, The Oprah Magazine

4. Avoid Produce Pesticides – If you’re wondering if it makes any difference to buy/eat organic food, we’ve got one word for you, pesticides. Some produce is so riddled with pesticides it’s scary. So if nothing else, try to at least buy these foods organically as they generally have the highest amounts of pesticides if not grown organically: Peaches, Apples, Bell Pepper, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Kale, Lettuce, Grapes (imported), Carrots and Pears. *Courtesy of Oprah.com

5. Blueberries —  Blueberries are the ultimate superfood as they are chock full of antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, potassium and Vitamin C. The combination of these nutrients helps reduce inflammation and lower your risk for heart disease and cancer. “Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases, so blueberries have a host of benefits,” says Ann Kulze, MD, of Charleston, S.C., author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet, A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss and Lifelong Vitality. When selecting berries, note that the darker they are, the more anti-oxidants they have. “I tell everyone to have a serving (about 1/2 cup) every day,” Dr. Kulze says. “Frozen are just as good as fresh.”

6. Broccoli – Ahhh broccoli…life’s little edible trees. Add more of them to your diet to help fight certain types of cancer and increase your vitamin C intake. Likewise, broccoli is one of the best nondairy sources of calcium and is better absorbed by the body than spinach. So if you’re lactose intolerant, try munching on some broccoli to boost your Calcium intake for strong bones and teeth.

7. Tomatoes – This incredible fruit is loaded with micronutrients, vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants like lycopene that work together to ward off breast cancer, heart disease and other ailments. Scientific studies have shown that the more tomatoes you eat, the better. Cool fact about tomatoes is that cooking them in a little bit of healthy oil makes it easier for the body to absorb all of the beneficial nutrients.

8. Salmon – We’ve all heard that salmon is good for us because of the high Omega-3 fatty acid content. But in case you were wondering, the reason it’s important to incorporate Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet is because it helps promote healthy skin, joints and protects against heart disease. Likewise, studies have shown Omega-3 fatty acids also contribute to mood stability. When purchasing salmon look for the ocean farmed or wild varieties as they have the lowest amount of contaminants and highest amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids.

9. Steel Cut Oatmeal– Consider this the “grown up” oatmeal. Time to let go of the sugary packets of oatmeal you’ve been eating since you were young. According to Dr. Oz, “[Steel cut oatmeal] doesn’t have a lot of calories, and it drags the food [you eat] along so it can’t become like putty—until it gets to the very end,” He also says, “whole grains are an insoluble fiber, so it pulls water with it and it binds to all the other stuff you’re eating that may not be so good for you. It gets the whole bolus moving on.” Steel cut oats can lower cholesterol and high blood pressure and even help prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Add this food to your breakfast with some chopped apples, cinnamon and honey to help you stay healthier, look younger and live longer.

10. Kiwi Fruit– This yummy little fruit contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Fiber. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that has been proven to protect the body from free radicals and dramatically improve the health of individuals who consumed it regularly against all kinds of disease, from cardiovascular problems to cancer and obesity. Vitamin E has been proven to have similar effects, but is fat-soluble and thus is complimentary to Vitamin C in its functions.


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The Vyne’s November Must Do List

to-do-list-in-notebook1.Must See:  Precious
2. Must Rent: Food, Inc.
3. Must Shoe: Electric blue strappy peep-toes by Jimmy Choo for H&M
4. Must Join: Rent the Runway (email us if you would like us to send you an invite)
5.Must Workout: Inhale (Yoga set to fun music at 6am EST on Oxygen)
6. Must Pack in Your Purse: Purse size fragrances
7. Must Journal: Colorful journals to capture your thoughts

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Easy Entertaining: Gourmet Potluck

droke0320_potluck01_food_500We’re both huge fans of potlucks. Not only are they a way to avoid having to cook an entire meal while entertaining, but they are also a great way to enjoy your friends’ culinary expertise! Do you have a few friends who are great cooks? Do you want a way to partake of their delectables? Have an “iron chef” dinner party! Here’s the skinny:

  1. Select a few friends who like to cook and are good at it (you may want to limit it to the number of courses you want to eat).
  2. Every month, select a special ingredient that can be included in each course (sometimes dessert doesn’t count, but all main and side dishes should have the ingredient). Ideas: shallots, prosciutto, orange, etc.
  3. Assign someone to cook each course/dish and rotate each month.
  4. You can even rotate who hosts each dinner.
  5. ENJOY!

You would be surprised how creative and excited people get about their dishes. This is not only a great money saving way to enjoy a divine meal but it also allows people to put all their focus on one dish instead of three or four!

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The Vyne’s Best Burger Picks

TurkeyBurgerAhhh burgers…the all American meal. We here at the Vyne love a good burger every now and then. In all our travels throughout the country we’ve come across some incredibly tasty and surprisingly inventive burgers. So we thought we’d share a few of them with you:
Philadelphia: North 3rd
Dallas: Kobe Beef Sliders at The House of Blues
Atlanta: Flip Burger
West Coast: In and Out Burger

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