What Would You Ask Giada?

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Boy, do I have some exciting news for you guys. But, first things first: breakfast!


I rocked the Kodiak Protein Pancake for breakfast again this morning. I love how soft and fluffy it is. The vanilla flavor (from the protein powder) is pretty awesome, too.

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I topped my pancake with banana slices and maple syrup.


And, of course, I enjoyed a glass of iced coffee. I can’t start my day without one!

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Ok, ready for my news?

A few weeks ago, I received this email from the PR folks at Bella Sera Wines:

On behalf of Bella Sera Wines, Emmy Award winning chef and best-selling cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis will be at St. Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End on August 27th, conducting a live cooking demonstration and hosting a book signing.   Would you be interested in coming out to the event in the morning on Saturday, August 27th and speaking with Giada?

Did you catch that last part?!? Umm”¦ YES, I would like to speak with Giada!!! What a cool opportunity!


So, tomorrow morning, I have 15 minutes to speak with Giada. I’m sort of freaking out, but I’m really excited at the same time. I have a few questions in mind to ask her, but if you guys have questions, please let me know and I will ask her!

Question of the Day

What would you ask Giada?

P.S. The winner of my CNC t-shirt giveaway is Aine @ Something to Chew Over! Congrats, Aine! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your mailing address and choice of t-shirt!



  1. Congratulations. I have the same question many of us have. I wonder if the one second bite she takes for the camera is all she eats all day because I have seriously seen her pretend to down an ice cream shake, a burger with bread, and a brownie for desert and I know life its about balance but combining all complex carbs in one sitting would make me personally morbidily obese Im not even kidding. So some of us think she really only takes one bite in front of camera and sets aside. I read she does yoga at 4am with a private trainer but no amount of yoga could balance out all those food groups in one sitting – Have fun! 🙂

  2. I’ll be going to watch her cooking demonstration and hopefully get a book signed! I’d like to know what tips she has on hosting a large party as I imagine she hosts a number of large family gatherings so any go-to recipes and handy tips would be appreciated!

  3. Congrats! That is so neat you get to meet Giada. If I had 15 minutes to talk to her, I would want to know what she typically eats. All of her foods look so good, but I can’t imagine she cooks like she does on her show three times a day, seven days a week. What are her Go-To meals for everyday?

    Good luck!!

  4. Ohhhhhh!!! That’s so cool – I love Giada! I know this is really nosy, but I would love to know if she’s planning on having more children.

  5. OMG THIS IS AMAZING! Giada is my favorite, shes so pretty and elegant and soothing to listen to and AMAZING at cooking, which is easily her best feature. What a fun opportunity for you, SO neat! Have so much fun, I can’t wait to hear about it.

  6. Wow! That is SO cool!! I love Giada! I have a couple of her cookbooks, and they are two of my favorites. Watching her cook inspires me to do it much more often…

    But I don’t cook that often, because I somehow feel like it’s too time consuming. I would ask her how she makes time for cooking complete meals at home, that eternal question of balance.

    I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to read all about it 🙂

  7. You must have been THRILLED when you go that email! So excited for you and I cannot wait to hear all about it. You’ll be fabulous I’m sure 😀

    I would ask what she does for meals when she is super busy or when she is on the road?
    How does she stay fit while travelling?
    What is her #1 go-to meal?

    Yay! Have FUN Tina!

  8. That is so exciting!!! I cannot wait to hear the details about what she is like. I’d love to know her all-time favorite recipe. It would also be interesting to know how she manages to stay in shape and what her philosophies are for eating healthfully. And since she’s Italian, I’d love to know her favorite wine! Have fun! 🙂

  9. Super cool!!! Congrats and good luck! I would ask her how she stays looking fabulous, but still satisfies her taste-buds with those delicious recipes she makes. I’m sure it all comes down to portion size, but it would be neat to hear her answer.

  10. I’d love to know if she has plans to do any shows/specials down the line that incorporate travel. I used to love her Weekend Getaways show and her recommendations were always spot-on!

  11. I love Giada! She & Ina Garten are my favorites on the Food Network – I love both of their shows (along with Chopped). I’d probably ask her what she actually likes to cook on a regular basis at home. 🙂

  12. Snarky answer: How you do pronounce prosciutto and mozzarella? (Just to hear her do it!)

    Real answer: What’s her favorite “go-to” dinner to make for a group?

  13. I read that she recently prepared meals for the Prince William and Kate Middleton – (Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge) I’d definitely ask her about that experience!

  14. What an awesome opportunity! I saw here at a food show in Cleveland and she just seems like a real sweet person.

    I’d be interested in knowing how she manages such a busy career and raising a family and if she cooks just as much at home as she does for everyone else on TV and for events….I always wonder about that with any chef.

  15. Yay!!! Congratulations. That’s would be so exciting. I would like to know how she manages to stay in such great shape when she’s constantly around so much amazing food. What is her real life diet like?

  16. I would like to ask her if her family is now morbidly obese from eating all of her delicious food every day. Pretty sure I would be if she were my mom! 😉

    Kidding, but that’s such a cool opportunity!

  17. I would be interested to know what she feels is her most indispensable piece of cookware. Also, what ingredient she feels is the “unsung hero” in cooking.

  18. ommahhgoodness~! Can I come with? LOL. No but for reals, this is a cool opportunity and I think it’s awesome b/c all of us get to be a part of this event! (in a sense) 😛 Hmmm I’d like to ask her at what age she started to have such a passion for cooking, as well as how she got noticed or got the opportunity to be on such a great show?

  19. I love Giada, she is my favorite on the food network. I would ask her how in the heck does she stay so tiny and eat all that delicious food? No joking, her stuff is marvelous and she must have some really good ideas on staying fit while indulging… kind of like Carrot n Cake! 😉

  20. I didn’t read the other comments but I’d honestly like to know if she eats as much pasta in her own life as she does on her show. Pasta is SUCH an indulgence for me, more than any dessert or other meal, because a small amount is so calorically-dense. I’d like to know how Giada balances pasta consumption with watching her weight. 🙂

  21. What did Giada have to take into consideration when preparing the menu for the meal which Prince William and Duchess Kate attended…. Did they have any special/dietary requests, etc? How stressful was it…? Would she do it again…?

  22. Ask her how she stays so slim when she makes such amazing food all of the time! I’d weigh 200 pounds if I were her. Can’t wait to hear all about the conversation you get to have with her (even if you choose to ask her a more sophisticated question…)

  23. That is so exciting! I love Giada.

    I would ask her something silly like whats he favorite shaped pasta? And more seriously I’d ask her how she balances eating all that great Italian food, working and staying in shape?

  24. Oh what an amazing opportunity, have fun!!
    Ask what else she loves to do besides cooking? What else in her life is she truly passionate about. Or how does she find inspiration for creating new recipes?
    Have a great time, you are so lucky!!

  25. Please ask her if Martha (her step grandmother) still owns the fabulous house on Wrightsville Beach and does the family still use it. (Of course, it may get blown away tomorrow.) She and Ina are my favorites on the Food Network…I’ve never been disappointed with any of their recipes. Enjoy being star struck tomorrow;-)

  26. Oooo, how exciting!

    I would ask her how/when she became passionate about food and cooking.

    I would also ask her fun, personal questions like: what is your favorite breakfast to make for yourself/family? What dish do your friends/family rave is their favorite? Personal questions make it fun!

  27. if we were to open her refrigerator or pantry at home right now, what would we most likely find? what are her key staples to always have on hand (besides pasta, of course)?

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