A day in the life…

I think it’s totally fascinating to hear about what a typical day looks like in someones life.

One of my friends Koko from Koko Likes does it all the time!

And Damaris from Kitchen Corners did it a few weeks ago

And then I was reading my bff’s blog, Matt Bites and he did one too. So I thought it would be fun to give you a peak into my world as a private chef and food writer!

I wear a lot of hats. I am a private chef. I do food styling. I do freelance food photography out of my home studio. I do professional recipe development. So, basically I’m all about food all the time. Here’s a peak into one day….

I’m up early. At least I think it’s early… 5:35am – stumble into the bathroom and get ready for bootcamp!

Out the door by 6:00ish

Spend the next hour getting my ass kicked at Barry’s Bootcamp.

Head out of bootcamp! Dying. I look like I just got out of a shower.

Quick pit stop at my favorite juice bar to pick up some breakfast!

Home by 7:50! Showering is the first order of business. Then it’s time to work on my blog post and publish!

Make a grocery list for whatever I planned on cooking for my clients that day!

Spend a little time with my little baby Stella! She needs lots of attention before I leave for the day πŸ™‚

Super fast dash to the santa monica farmers market to pick up some berries for the rest of the week!

9:30 Whole Foods!

Load up on everything I’ll need for my clients that day and any pantry supplies that are needed!

Drive on over to Beverly Hills!

In the kitchen by 10:30 and ready to cook!

And these are the fabulous people I get to spend my day with….

This is Koko! She’s amazing and we love her! She also has an awesome food blog. Koko Likes.Β  It makes me happy and her recipes are always spot on!

This is Evelyn! I don’t know what I would do without her. She keeps the kitchen immaculately clean πŸ™‚

And this is Jessica. My client. Along with her awesome fiance Eric. You may recognize her πŸ™‚ She’s amazing and I love her!

10:45am. First up is our daily green juice!! We all have a glass. Gotta start the day with lots of fresh veg!

Throw some veggies in the oven to roast! I’m making a big roasted vegetable chopped salad for lunch πŸ™‚

12:00 Lunch time! Koko and I take lots of food pics. We’re food bloggers. It’s what we do.

1:30pm. After lunch I make some shoestring fries for snacking

2:00pm. And then it’s time to move onto dinner! I usually make a few things, and then they all get packed up and left in the fridge so they can be eaten later that night when it’s dinner time. Here’s one of the options for that night: Cowboy Caviar Quinoa Salad. I served it with a cilantro pesto too!

2:45pm. Time to make my favorite course of the day… Dessert! I made some s’more cookies. They were delicious.

I’m usually out the door by 3pm. Quick trip to the spa to get a mani/pedi

Home by 4:00pm. Just in time for a little snuggle session with Stella!

4:10pm. Menu planning for the next day!

4:30 Shoot my latest recipe for an upcoming blog post!

Taste test my recipe again. Just to be sure. I mean someone’s gotta eat those brownies right?!? It might as well be me!

5:15pm. Facetime with my sister, Anya, and her uber dependent cat. Literally the cat cannot live without my sister. Obsessed would be an understatement.

6:30pm. Yay! Thomas is home πŸ™‚

7:00pm. Dinner time! Thomas, my fiance, picked up this amazing cinnamon swirl brioche a few days prior so we did a little breakfast for dinner action and made cinnamon swirl brioche french toast.

7:30 wedding planning time!! Gotta make lots of decisions on rentals, flowers, and other fun details!

8:00pm. Mandatory pinterest addiction time. I must spend at least an hour a day on pinterest. It’s like a drug. I can’t be stopped. Most of that time is spent pinning wedding stuff. How people planned a wedding pre-pinterest is just beyond me. It’s seriously the best tool ever.

9:15pm. Catch up on all 1423 of my TV Shows! Tonight’s all about Shameless and The Bachelor!

and then it’s off to bed!! 7-8 hours of sleep later and I’ll be rising and shining for some early morning bootcamp!

And that’s it! 24 hours of food, food and more food!

Thanks for spending the day with me!

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  1. matt

    OMG I loved this!!!! I’m glad Thomas, Jessica and Stella made an appearance!

  2. Blog is the New Black

    So fun! I love reading about people’s “real’ life. Um, you cook for Jessica Simpson? Amaznig!

    • lvberly

      And ta think, just because Jessica has strange food cravings during her pregnancy, many assume that she only eats junk, filled with salt and sugar all day. Jessica talks about @WhatsGabyCooking and @KoKoLikes on her twitter page all the time.

      The critics should pay a little visit to this site and see what else is going on in Jessica Simpson’s kitchen!

  3. plain & fancy living

    This is a GREAT post! You really get a lot done in one day, you are making me feel a bit lazy! I am super impressed by your organization skills. Food looks amazing, I wish I could have a bite:)

    Amy R.
    {plain & fancy living}

  4. Dee Brun

    And now I am thirsty for green juice…even if their is no vodka in it…Fun and fab post and all the food looks AMAZING… Cheers

  5. Emilie @ Emilie’s Enjoyables

    so cute πŸ™‚ You have such a cool job!

  6. monika

    I would need an evening session at the boot camp as well!!!! Everything looks so delicious!

    • lvberly

      The media want’s people to believe, that the pregnant food cravings Jessica has, are all she eats!

      Bet Gaby’s Veggi filled grocery lists and Veggi filled dishes, wouldn’t end up in the tabloid articles as quickly as the “other pregnant food cravings” did!

      Guess they don’t wanna hear about What these Chefs are making for her at home, not enough scandal there!

  7. [email protected]

    Wow!!!! So interesting!!! Thanks for sharing your day!! =) I enjoyed it a lot!
    I loved that your pics are so real, with your iPhone and not photoshoped =D

  8. Abby

    It really is so interesting to see how everyone lives! Crazy awesome that you cook for Jessica Simpson.

  9. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Wow! I totally loved this post–and not just because your real life is so stinkin’ cool. I love getting a glimpse into the stuff the bloggers I read do every day. Thanks!! πŸ™‚

  10. Amanda

    What a fun day in the life!!! Its SO far from what my average day looks like, I would much rather pretend I am doing what you are doing! πŸ™‚

  11. ButterYum

    What a cool post – and I love that you’re a personal chef. I need to do something like that – so many things I want to cook, but not enough people to feed.


  12. HeatherChristo

    OMG- we are all such voyeurs! I love reading about what other people’s days are like. I am scared if I posted a day in my life everyone would think I was off my rocker! lol!

    • lvberly

      I love the fact that Jessica talks about you and Koko on twitter so much, she seems to really like you both.

    • Gaby

      Thanks Lori! I hear we might be spending a few days together in Louisiana soon? xo

  13. Bev Weidner

    Um, this is SO cool, Gaby. Right now I have no words. WEIRD I KNOW.

    • Gaby

      WHAT?!?!? No words. Omg. that totally freaks me out πŸ™‚ kidding! xoxo

  14. Melissa // thefauxmartha

    You might possibly have the coolest job in the world. Minus the 5:35am part πŸ™‚

    • Gaby

      hahaha thanks Melissa!! The 5:35am part is unavoidable. Otherwise I’d be crazy fat from everything I eat πŸ™‚

  15. wow & wow

    Wow I mean wow. I woudl need more then juice to help me keep up with this schedule. lol That is impressive to say the least. I think its wonderful you love Jessica also. Majority that ever get the chance to meet her say how sweet she is. Would love to get that chance one day.

    I watch your blog all the time & so many awesome things.. Now if only I could cook & not just eat when its cooked & had some imagination for putting it all together. Thanks Gaby great job.

    Koko has a great blog too.. so fun to watch you ladies do your food thing.. lol

  16. Allison [Girl’s Guide to Social Media]

    Love this post. Your daily schedule is more fun than mine. A tab bit jealous, but so happy for your accomplishments! Good stuff. πŸ™‚

  17. Villy @ For the love of Feeding

    After reading this I feel like my days are 12h shorter than yours! But then again between 9.00 and 19.30 I’m working.. How many things can you squeeze between that time and sleep time? Not much! Cool manicure by the way πŸ™‚

  18. Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy

    I absolutely loved this sneak peek into ur daily life… Fab! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  19. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    oh my, what a day! You are crazy disciplined, but it looks like a lot of fun too! Thanks so much for sharing, this was fun to read! πŸ™‚

  20. laura

    Great post, very cool to see the inner workings of your jobs. An can I just say, that is a STUNNING engagment ring!

  21. marla

    This is such a BLAST of a post!!! love the behind the scenes to your super duper FUN life!

  22. Sandy

    Loved it! Was almost as if you were nearby. Food looked fantastic and so do you. Hugs

  23. Roxana {A little bit of everything}

    what a fun post. love reading “behind the scenes”

  24. Gleeful

    Great post! I also love the “day in life” posts. It’s so interesting to hear about what other people do. I love that you get to do what you’re clearly so passionate about all day! I’d love for cooking and blogging to be my day job, instead of what I just think about going home and doing all day. πŸ™‚ Maybe one day! And it doesn’t hurt that you get to cook for people like Jessica Simpson. Amazing!

  25. dana

    gabs- you’re amazing. i can’t wait to catch-up at dinner w/ you & lex next month. xxoo

  26. Tangent Tuesday β€” Koko Likes

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  27. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat

    I loved reading this! A goal of mine is do be a personal chef, and you make it look like a blast!

  28. The Italian Dish

    Love to read about your day, Gaby! You are one busy gal. You gotta use ZipList, though, for your grocery list! It’s the best!

  29. Yvette ~ Muy Bueno

    Ok, so totally envious of your exciting life! Sounds like such a fun and exciting day!!! I am so happy to get to know you more! And you cook for Jessica Simpson? Holy shmoly!

  30. Jeff

    Love seeing a typical day in the life! Oh, how I miss the SM Farmers Market. Sigh. Very cool post! Thanks for sharing your day!

  31. Kim B.

    HI Gaby! Have you been on the website http://foodgawker.com/ ? I am just a simple cook so this website BLOWS me away πŸ™‚ I like getting inspiration for holidays, especially with St Patricks day coming up! Enjoyed seeing what your day is like. Hope you share some of your wedding planning days too, how FUN!!

  32. Kristina Vanni

    What a great look into your daily life! I enjoyed seeing all your fun endeavors. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Allison

    Holy cow, you are amazing. Not that I didn’t know that before, but still.

    I’m loving these “a day in the life” posts! After seeing yours and Matt’s, I’m thinking I just might do one myself. ^_^

  34. Cookin’ Canuck

    Whew, I’m exhausted…and really hungry! This was such a fun post, Gaby.

  35. Megan – Newly Wife

    Totally jealous that you cook for Jessica Simpson. That’s amazing. Can you share what other celeb clients you cook for?

  36. Melissa

    JESSICA SIMPSON?! wow yay and congrats for you! she’s lucky to have you in her life!

  37. Gerry @Foodness Gracious

    I think it’s awesome that you done this! I just can’t beleive you piled so much in to one day. It’s great to see how other bloggers act, some people think I’m nuts taking pictures of food but your right it’s what we do πŸ™‚
    Take care…

  38. Lea @ Healthy Coconut

    What a fun day-in-a-life recap. I’ve really enjoyed it reading…I think you live a fun life πŸ˜‰ Cooking in a beautiful kitchen, going grocery shopping, being around a celebrity and planning for a wedding…I think those are all fun. I’m a newlywed and I did plan my destination wedding pre-Pinterest and now I’ve pinned my wedding stuff so others can be inspired by my DIY projects just like I was inspired by others…I’m paying it forward.