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It’s been almost a year since my last confession.

Because i have a horrible memory and i wanted to do a little 2011 recap, I’ve looked at my Facebook Timeline.  It’s made it a tad easier for me to stalk myself. Tho twitter is where i do most of my dirty work. (shh)

January

  • Cooked a feast on new years and wanted to try Chaser plus to see if it works.  15 drinks later i was still ok
  • Looks like I was in LA again with pit stops in SD and SB

February

  • Shot an print ad for some college campuses and i hope i never see myself on a high rise dorm or car.  (but i hear that i am)
  • Decided to go on a Raw Vegan diet, didnt last the full week but it felt good to be cleansed but then all it took to get back to my normal life was one night of drinks.
  • Did a some traveling to relax
  • Shot a major board game ad but never saw the prints…

March

  • Did I go to Barcelona again??? And looks like i snuck in a lot of meat and other paraphernalia.
  • went to japan
  • joined Soho House but then quickly realized it was filled with no ones.
  • got my first rootcanal
  • cooked a lot more complicated ingredients like beef cheeks and pigs head
  • became a regular on a funny adult swim show

April

  • Shot another commercial for the Jersey Tourism board, ironic no?
  • went to Bahamas for a bit
  • did a little European delivery trip
  • worked a lot
  • shattered my iphone again
  • i became an uncle =)

May

  • worked some more
  • looks like i just got really drunk

June

  • looks like i got even more drunk and discovered that i really liked beer pong
  • Cold brew coffee just in time for summer
  • attempted to learn how to play the guitar
  • realized that im too old to play beerpong

July

  • realized that ive lost many of my nice ties when i go out for a night out.
  • started working as a regular on a big cbs show
  • became a bigger coffee snob
  • relaxed in Miami again

August

  • went to Argentina for a print ad for a major electronic company .
  • earthquake in NYC!
  • hurricane irene
  • filmed a industrial video for employees of a major financial firm that they will be loosing all health benefits
  • had a drink called the boiler bach, and never will i do that again
  • discovered nude beaches in NY

September

  • Went back to LA and SB
  • worked on a kids television show
  • worked some more

October

  • Did a Mastercard commercial
  • Went to LA AGAIN?
  • Bunch of great castings, booked a few more
  • got a big part on a SHO show
  • worked a lot on the shows that im a regular on

November

  • Traveled a lot domestically and internationally
  • donated my birthday by staying home and raised a lot for the NY FoodBanks
  • worked hard once again

December

  • tired from the airplanes and the past few months work so planned an easy month
  • planned my January and my new years resolution

From my brief sum up of the year (im sure ive left out many important events)  I’ve thought up of a few (realistic) goals for myself to reach in 2012

  1. Drink less – the amount of cash I’ve spent on alcohol this year is ridiculous, If i average 100 a night lets just say 2-3 times a week, times 42. add on a few more for “special” nights.
  2. Read more – I love the kindle and my magazines, i just need to really get the ball rolling on this to get into the groove. Book club!
  3. Settle down – It’s not that i don’t meet anyone that i want to be with, Its more like I use the excuse that I’m never in one place long enough to make something really happen.  No more excuses, I’ve already missed out on many open windows of opportunity… i think… right?
  4. Start thinking about my future career – I love what I’m doing now and financially it’s great but i feel like its really stopping me from what i ultimately want, and its hard for me to say this, but its a “normal” life.
  5. Really get in shape and cook healthier food. – I have no reason not to do this, if i out of shape and dint know how to cook it would be hard.  But I’m in decent shape and know my way around the kitchen.  So it cant be that hard right?  My Goal, stay my current weight but loose 5% body fat.

to sum it up… blah blah blah..( #firstworldproblems )

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January 3, 2012 at 6:09 am

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Day 4: fruit. fruit. fruit.

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Luckily today I had a day with zero plans because if I step foot outside of this house i would have quit.

But I woke up around noon so minimize the numbers of being away and hungry. Had more grapefruits and bananas. (On a side note i really love grapefruits now, when in my whole 26 years of living I HATED them.)

Made another salad, now I’m just eating it all quickly because its probably going to spoil soon if i don’t finish it now. I then juiced a big bowl of broccoli, spinach, arugula, frozen mangos, strawberries and bananas. Frozen fruit are frozen in its prime ripeness and blends up really well. The outcome … it didn’t look pretty but it tasted good and I’m glad the huge supply of vegetables are dwindling down.

Last night I couldn’t sleep so I made a list of everything I’m going to cook next week.

Also, I’m going back to Barcelona on March, but this time will be different. No work, No relaxing, I’m going on a determined food trip. (not that it isnt normally, be prepared to wet your pants)

Tapas
Jamon truffle cheese sandwiches
Pan con tomate , evoo
Sardine goatcheese fig honey
chocolate gelato olive oil sea salt bread crisp

Fresh pasta
Plum tomatoes, slab bacon,Onion carrot garlic, parmesan reggiano
Pesto Basil garlic nuts oil w/ sauteed argugala parmesan reggiano
Cracked black pepper and peccorino Romano
Herb butter sauce
Carbonara!!
Burnt butter, lemon zest & juice, fresh herbs, maybe raviolis?
Stuffed shells ricotta parm fresh herbs in the pancetta tomato sauce and smoked fresh mozzarella.

Confit
Confit beef cheeks, 5spice soy cloves garlic ? Served on toast points, shallots celery sauteed in beef fat. Glaze from beef juice and some extra soy
Duck confit, bouquet garni, salt pepper, duck fat, tostones in duck fat & mashed roasted cauliflower

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February 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

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Day 3: :( i want to give up

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Well day 3 here and luckily or not so luckily I had to work today. I I was at home I would have complained on twitter all day on how I’m hungry for meat. But since I was on set I just ate really sweet and fresh fruit all day. Luckily we wrapped just before lunch because I was going to quit. It smelled so good! But it was a sign. A short day on set just as I was about to give up.

My friends invited me out to dinner on her companies dime, now normally Id jump on this. Good food and good drinks all night? I’d be a fool to say no. But I knew I would be temped . I started telling myself that I only have a salad. But we all knew that wasn’t going to happen. So again I declined and home I went.

Blended up some veggies into a fruit smoothie. I’m annoyed that the avocados and mangos I got aren’t ripe yet. By the time they are I’ll be off this raw cleanse. Had a bunch of broccoli and cauliflower and I’ll end my night with a grapefruit and an orange.

What I miss the most?
I miss the texture of meat. I miss hot food. Pan seared meat!

I already put in my next order from freshdirect. I ordered cheeses, bacon, pasta, dry aged steaks and baguettes. I also ordered some duck legs and tubs of duck fat so I can confit them.

Yeah, I’m canceling out what I’ve done but whatever, you only live once you might as well enjoy it. At this point I’m only doing this to prove to everyone that I can. Not so much for any health benefits haha. Also I lost about 5lbs…. That I wasn’t expecting and didn’t want to happen.

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February 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm

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Day 2: STRUGGLING but still raw

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Last night I went to bed at 10:30p,  I had a slight headache and was craving some fast food after being bombarded by a billion commercials.  Do you realize how many fast food commercials run during prime time?  It’s fricking brain washing!

Well the bad thing about sleeping at 10:30 is I woke up at 530am!  After tossing and turning in bed for 2 hours i was to hungry to go back to sleep.  I got up and made a dip that consist of avocado, beets, garlic, garlic, juice of a lemon and a dash of sea salt.  Yum, i ate this all up with some carrots, celery and spinach greens.  Chugged a few glasses of water and downed a banana. At this point i was full, but again, not satisfied.

Then it happened… i had to poop.   It was all going well and when i got up i had a slight panic attack.  Lets just say there should be a warning on packages of beets.  If you’ve eaten a lot of beets you know what I’m talking about.

Dinner consist of some left over citrus salad i had, tossed in some cantaloupe and fresh greens.  I also made a raw tomato soup that consist of tomatoes, garlic, basil, thyme, shallots and some spices.  liquidized this and served it with a drizzle of very good truffle olive oil, sprinkle of truffle salt, and a few raw almonds to top it off.  The soup was good, but it disappeared before i could snap a picture.

Later tonight I’ll probably juice a few oranges and a grapefruit because the only liquids I’ve been having is water.  And if I’m still hungry I’m gonna snack on some broccoli that i have sitting in  lemon juice and some cracked pepper.

I’ve been struggling,  today after my casting i was near doughnut plant and then Popeye’s, then Chinatown.  I wanted to just say “forget it mike, you’re in good shape and don’t need to do this”  But now its become a challenge for myself.  Tomorrow is going to be a challenge.  I’ll be working on the set of The Good Wife and they have awesome craft services.  I don’t want to be “that guy” that has a pocket full of raw almonds and has a boring salad for lunch.  Maybe I’ll cheat,,, if i do cheat i promise it wont be to really bad. hahaha

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February 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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Day 1: Late arrival but munching away

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FreshDirect came a little late so I starved for a bit since i had nothing but processed food and MEAT in the fridge. But now my fridge is filled with delicious fruits and vegetables.

What did I eat?
I can honestly say it was much easier to say that i was going to do a 7 day raw cleanse then to actually do it. I had an orange and a banana for lunch (only because i was waiting for my delivery).  For dinner I had something a bit more substantial.  I made a citrus beet salad.  1 large grapefruit, 1 medium orange, 1 small Meyers lemon all segmented with thinly sliced beets and a mixture of boston bib, spinach, baby arugula, topped off with some alfalfa sprouts  and a handful of raw almonds.   lightly seasoned with a some fresh cracked pepper and shh sea salt.  I made a dressing just buy squeezing the three fruits post segmentation. (i know i know, i said i was gonna cut all salt out of my diet also, but if i cut out salt i would probably last about 2 days before giving up)  I don’t know if its because i was starving or if it was just that good.  but DAMN it was delicious,

For a snack, i prepared a crudite of baby carrots, cantaloupe, celery, and greenbeans.  Don’t have any raw dips yet but I’m probably going to whip up some raw tahini and look for some raw nutbutters. haha nutbutters….

How do i feel?
The smell and sight of meat makes me salivate.  Fast food commercials, leftovers in my fridge, people posting up food via mobile.  UGH  I’m full but not satisfied.  Also, I hope my stomach can take this much of roughage.

How many times have i thought about cheating?
Almost every second, i think my head is hurting from the lack of meat and processed food… i almost want to eat a cracker just to calm my cravings for something man-made.  But i wont… mmm.. raw almonds.

Day 1… PASSED

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February 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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I’m going to do it raw

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… food

After a month of traveling, lack of sleep, excessive drinking and glutinous eating.  My body has taken a beating.

So I’m going to start to blog daily for 7 days of 100% raw / vegan / Cleanse.  I’m stressing the word Cleanse because it’s not a diet.  I’m not trying to lose any weight, I’m happy with where I’m at now.  I just want to rid my body of all the toxins without the use of cleansing pills.  What are in those anyway?  I rather do 7 days of well prepared vegetables and fruit then a million pills and a water / lemon / pepper mixture.

I’ll include pictures and track everything that I’ll ingest for the next 7 days on this site.  Hopefully I’ll feel some results and hopefully some of you would attempt it as well.   I put my order into freshdirect.  Once it all comes in the journey will begin. One thing i noticed already is that eating organic and raw is expensive.  It shouldn’t cost me more to eat raw!! Ms. Obama… you care to spread some light on this?  It’s like that YouTube video where someone questioned the President on why a box of fruit loops is cheaper than Fruit!

 

 

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February 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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… only because you’re pretty

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So I was at a casting the other day when I bump into an acquaintance and we do the typical bullshit small talk.

How’ve you been?
What have you booked?
Who are your agents?
Who’s your manager?
bullshit bullshit bullshit… oh I’m UP, see you next time.

Well this time I was stuck on a line so while having this conversation this girl goes, Oh you have it so easy but “only because you’re pretty”.

Light a deer in the headlights I cracked a half smile and said thanks. She continues speaking but all I could think of was, WTF I’m offended. I don’t think being “Pretty” has anything to do with being a successful actor or model. I mean if the room wasn’t filled with similar looking people then the casting directors did a bad job right?
Pretty is defined by the casting director for the certain project that they are working on. But when people wonder how I can survive without a side job and still have time and funds to enjoy my life I tell them, I invest my time.

If it requires me to book a trip to LA to just meet with an agent then I would. If it requires me to sit around all day and wait for 5 min of time to speak to someone big then i will do it. I’ve gotten home from set at 2am when the following day’s call time was 4:30am. I’ve worked gigs that paid minimum wage and i’ve worked a single day’s that were equivalent to a year of minimum wage. I go to 15-20 castings a month and get turned down for the majority. I’ve booked trips around the world and had to cancel the day of just to go to castings because when you are you’re own boss you have to make that decision.

Own your look and don’t give up. If you do give up let me know where to send a thank you card because I’ll more the gladly take you’re spot on that next McDonald’s commercial.

over and out

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December 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm

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