Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll can be a wild ride but what do things look like when the party’s over in the light of day? Guest co-host Gigi Smith of DC Life Magazine and Shaaren Pine, founder of Restaurant Recovery and author of Torn Together, join host Mary Kong-DeVito in a frank discussion on how substance abuse has impacted their lives, the seductive nature of the restaurant industry, and the hardest addiction to overcome of all.
[1:44] Gigi is faced with a difficult decision to make.
[7:14] Shaaren hopes getting married and having a baby would change her husband’s addiction.
[9:29] Shaaren’s young daughter decides for herself what she wants to invite into her life.
[9:54] Mary moves to Las Vegas and finds herself face-to-face with temptation.
[13:29] The making of a user and how people become addicted to drugs and alcohol.
[22:14] Mary has a one-week bender.
[25:01] Gigi deals with suicidal thoughts.
[29:35] Shaaren recalls a time before there was help.
[38:11] Gigi’s thoughts on Nancy Reagan’s war.
[41:25] Gigi’s sexiest addiction of all.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.