About Megan Grann

Megan lives in NYC with her two cats. She enjoys broadway musicals, hanging out with friends, and spending time in art galleries, because that is where she works.

Top 5 Summer Spots in NYC

By | 2016-07-01T17:28:15-08:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

I’ve been very forthcoming on this blog about my preference for the colder months. I tend to prefer the produce selection of the fall, and I love a good layer sweater. However, I do have to hand it to New York City in the summer; there are endless things to do and places to explore. I’ve done my best to whittle it down to five categories, but there is no possible way I could address everything, much less have experienced [...]

Need a GF Pizza Option in NYC?

By | 2016-06-02T15:45:48-08:00 June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Mary Lee Community|Tags: , , |

A couple of nights ago I made my first foray into dining out at allergy-friendly establishments. My friends Matthew, Gilbert and I met up in the West Village of New York City to dine at Wild, an almost exclusively gluten-free restaurant specializing in pizza. Right off the bat we encountered two harbingers of good things to come: we were immediately seated at a comfortable table in which no other tables had to be manipulated like a game of tetris in [...]

Food Allergy Awareness + The “Original” Mary Lee Kitchen Cookies

By | 2016-05-17T15:13:29-08:00 May 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free|Tags: , , |

I didn’t cook anything for this week’s blog post, although I did eat all kinds of allergy-friendly food--and not always intentionally, which I think is a good omen for my involvement in this venture! Instead, I am using this time to reflect on the past several months I’ve been exploring the Mary Lee Kitchen recipe archives and trying out foods I know and love, but altered in small ways in order to be enjoyed by all. As I’ve mentioned before, [...]

Megan Eats at the Indian Road Cafe in Manhattan

By | 2017-12-13T20:58:25-08:00 May 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , , , , |

  I wrote recently on the blog about my brief but very enjoyable trip to San Francisco. One of the things that struck me most about the city was the integration of nature into a bustling metropolis; the city is plopped right into a beautiful bay and is surrounded by rolling hills. I experienced several “grass is always greener” moments, unable to stop myself from comparing San Francisco to the concrete jungle of my home in New York City. But [...]

Eating your Greens + Megan’s Spin on Green Beans

By | 2016-04-24T10:38:39-08:00 April 21st, 2016|Categories: Mary Lee Community|Tags: , , , , |

Green is my favorite color. I am pretty sure it always has been. And even though I had the perfunctory “I hate cooked spinach” phase as a young one, I usually like most green foods, as well. As I have previously discussed on this blog, Brussels sprouts and asparagus are staples on my weekly rotation of vegetables. I also love fresh spinach salads. Spinach is quite the versatile green, meaning I can have salad multiple times throughout the week, but [...]

San Francisco, Montreal + Megan Makes Cookies

By | 2016-04-19T13:07:39-08:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My sister, Caitlin, and I spent last week climbing and eating our way through the hills of San Francisco. (Full disclosure: neither of us must contend with any food intolerances, so we did not have to do any prerequisite planning around that). However, one of the perks of living in or traveling to a larger city, of course, is the increased availability of delicious food that does fit into a modified diet. Many of the menus from restaurants where we [...]

Megan’s Review on Brussel Sprouts

By | 2016-03-20T14:44:01-08:00 March 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Well, after my insistence last week that I was ready and excited for spring, the weather in New York City has taken a turn toward the chilly again. I can’t say I’m too disappointed! I wanted to cook something this week that would pay homage to the last days of the winter: when it’s almost warm enough to not need a jacket when the sun is up, but the nights are still cold and have me craving food that’s rich, [...]

Beginning of Spring Vegetables + Megan’s Review of GF Artichoke Dip

By | 2016-03-08T19:08:33-08:00 March 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  I took an unofficial poll amongst my friends (‘tis the season) and confirmed what I thought all along: I am in the small minority of people who prefer cold weather and the seasons that come with it. More than likely, this stems from a classic case of wanting what I can’t have. Growing up in Texas, while I certainly experienced cold weather (and even a little snow each year), I mostly experienced the heat. My tastes, however, are more [...]

Megan’s Food Memory + Eggplant Appetizer

By | 2016-02-29T14:41:51-08:00 February 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Vegetarian|

This week, I was tasked with writing about a favorite food memory. That means I have roughly 11,000 options in my just over 32 years of eating dinner. Of course I don’t actually remember all of these options, but it is clear that the contenders for my favorite memory are just about endless. It is amazing to me that something as essential as feeding our bodies can be such a diverse experience from one meal to the next. I googled [...]

Megan’s Food Travels + Mushroom Risotto

By | 2016-02-11T11:54:27-08:00 February 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Mary Lee Community|

I’ve been on a lot of roadtrips over the past thirty years. My family lived in Texas while one set of grandparents lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico; so we’d pile into the minivan and go for at least one visit every year. I loved the books on tape, the window seat views, and the unlimited Game Boy access. Then there was the first time that I recall getting on an airplane: a trip from Dallas to Amarillo, Texas with [...]