Big Sell 30 Day 29: Foodstand

Hey everyone- just two more days left for #BigSell30! Amita here with your penultimate Big Sell.

I had the opportunity to chat with Rachna Govani, food lover and co-founder of Foodstand to get a Big Sell from her. Foodstand is a free app to help you build good eating habits- which comes at the perfect time since we are entering the food focused holiday season. Between the celebration of Diwali, candy filled Halloween and the celebratory feasts of Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas, Americans are known to pack on the pounds over the next few months.

foodstandFoodstand is spearheading a movement to be more conscious about what you eat, how you eat and has created multiple challenges to help you achieve those goals.

I could honestly listen to Rachna talk about food for days because her passion for good food and creating a food community is so energizing. She’s extremely smart and as I mentioned in our interview, Rachna is also a good friend and I couldn’t be prouder of her. I also wasn’t kidding about her being a rockstar in the food world- she recently attended SXSL- the South By South Lawn event at the White House and had the opportunity to speak with Russell Simmons about his efforts to make affordable healthy food accessible for the community in Flint, MI. You can find out more about Russell’s non-profit efforts here and read more about Rachna in this interview with her on

As you will hear in our interview, I decided to Big Sell the Foodstand app to all of you and Rachna graciously gave us a Big Sell of another app- the free meditation app Insight Timer.

Enjoy our conversation and leave a comment below or tweet us @PopInsiders and let us know what you thought this conversation or any of the other Big Sells from #BigSell30.





Big Sell 30 Day 20: There’s Always Room For Chocolate

Sean here with an Inside Pop first. Over the course of the past 11 months, despite our love for all things edible, Amita and I have never covered anything food related on Inside Pop. Well, that’s about to change as I #BigSell you an amazing new cook book called, There’s Always Room for Chocolate: Recipes from Brooklyn’s Chocolate Room.

12burner-chocoalte-web1-master180There are many things to love about this book. First of all, its origins. Before Brooklyn became the bastion of handcrafted, artisanal preciousness; the dessert cafe, The Chocolate Room opened on 5th Ave in Park Slope Brooklyn and evolved into the epicenter of chocolately deliciousness. A cookbook to help bring their amazing treats beyond Brooklyn borders was inevitable. Secondly, the recipes are easy to follow and give you everything you need to reproduce dishes like The Brownie Sundae, Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Cookies and a classic Chocolate Cream Pie. The New York Times sings the book’s praises in a recent review.

And finally, the editor. Full disclosure I’m married to the man who helped shape this great book. So although I may not be completely objective, I can attest to the attention, effort, artistry and care that was put into creating this wonderful new cookbook.

Check it out at your local bookstore or order it here on Amazon.

We have 10 more days of #BigSell30; 10 more chances to discover and experience one new piece of pop culture every day during the month of October. Follow us on Twitter @popinsiders for daily recommendations and to share your choices and experiences. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BigSell30.