What's the Best Advice You've Ever Received?

With Ali & Daryl Zweben

D= Daryl
A= Ali

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
D – I’m Daryl Zweben Hom, one half of The Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants!
A – I am Ali Zweben Imber, Co-founder of The Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants and Author of New York City Food Crawls

What is one thing no one really knows about you?
D – I know all the lyrics to rap songs from the 90s and 2000s
A – I am a huge NBA fan

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
D – Call it the way you see it
A- “Call it the way you see it” is my Dad’s favorite piece of advice to give. It gives importance to the decisions you make in the moment, and also allows you to move on. 

What would you say to 16 year old you?
D – Buy Amazon (stock)
A – Have some patience, and don’t be afraid to be yourself.

What is your greatest fear?
D – Losing the ones I love… and pigeons
A – Too many to list… 

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
D – Unfortunately I think it happens all too often, but it drives me to prove them wrong!
A – Yes, I have had people doubt me, and as much I would say that it made me fight that much harder, the truth is that it made me feel pretty insecure. Finding the self- belief to tune out external doubt is huge.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
D – Believe in yourself, and never sell yourself short
A – Every woman needs to hear that we are not equal to men, we are far superior. 

What is it like to be a businesswoman?
D – It’s exhilarating! There’s nothing like achieving goals after working hard – especially when it’s done alongside your sister.  
A – Building a brand with your sister is an amazing way to work. 

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
D – I’ve been fortunate enough to travel extensively around the world, but there’s nowhere like New York City – the energy, the people, and most importantly – the food!
A – New York City is the most dynamic city in the world…oh, and there is endless amounts of delicious food to explore. 

What do you love most about yourself?
D – My relationship with my family
A – My quick wit

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
D – This past summer, I gave birth to my daughter and she had to spend a week in the NICU. It was the hardest week of my life, but I stayed strong for her.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
D – It’s all good… it’s hard to get caught up in the small things, but at the end of the day, it’s all good!
A – I have learned that nothing is easy…sometimes you need to fail to figure out what is right for you

What motivates you most?
D – Being told I can’t do something.
A – I am motivated by exploring new avenues and outlets for creativity

How do you manage your work-life balance?
D – Working with my sister helps, haha, but sharing my calendar with my husband (and making sure important things are confirmed in his calendar) helps us make sure we always have time for family.
A – Work-life balance is ever evolving as my son grows up, but when work is going out for great meals it is pretty easy to fit into my life. 

What is your favorite meal?
D – Sitting at a sushi bar for omakase
A – I love Italian food, in any form

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
D – I try to exercise as much as possible to clear my head before starting the day.
A – I try to read a lot and stay up to date on news in our field

Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
D – My father has always been my mentor, and taught me the advice above – call it the way you see it! He’s taught me the importance of hospitality, how to work hard, and that no matter how busy we are, family comes first.  

What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
D – I’m a great makeup artist
A – I was on a reality TV show in 2005…

Why did you start your company?
D – People were always asking us where to eat, and we wanted to be a resource that’s fun, reliable, and approachable.
A – We started our company because we felt that there was an audience for our voice; we write for the savvy woman who likes to eat and likes to laugh

Were you scared to start your business?
D – No, we started our blog out of passion, and it’s been fun since day one.
A – No, not really, we got into it pretty organically.

If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
D – Interior Design
A – Saving all the animals…

What is something on your bucket list?
D – Going to see the Northern Lights with Ali
A – I actually hate the term “bucket list”… I have a lot of places I want to see and things I want to taste all over the world. Right now, I am obsessed with Japan and the Northern Lights…

Who is your biggest role model? Why?
D – My father – as mentioned above, he is the reason we’ve lived a life of hospitality and continue to do it (and enjoy it) today.
A – Probably my father; he lives his life with integrity and humor and is incredibly intelligent. 

Where do you find inspiration?
D – Travel – I find so much inspiration everywhere I go.
A- I find inspiration everywhere…

What are your biggest passions?
D – Food, family, travel and fun!
A – family, food, fashion and felines

More About Ali & Daryl

Sisters Ali and Daryl Zweben, graduates of the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, began their hospitality journey long before school. The sisters are the fourth generation of Zweben’s to take on the hospitality industry by way of their wildly popular blog and Instagram, The Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants, prompted by numerous requests from friends for restaurant recommendations. The duo, who’s prior background ranges from public relations, marketing and, of course, hospitality, have established themselves as sound contributors to the food world. Their unique voice and on-point-reviews have gained them a massive following and have secured them as a go-to-resource for all things food, drink and dining in New York and beyond.

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