Dancer Overcomes Shattered Leg To Become A Foodie – The Skinny Pig
Dara Pollak still moves gracefully, like the dancer she was before her left leg was shattered when she was hit by a car. Then 17, bedridden in the hospital, she was told she would never walk, much less dance again. Dreams crushed, future uncertain…what would she do now?
Dara spent over a month in the hospital, laid up in a bed, watching hours of endless television, depressed and heartbroken. The accident effectively ruined any chance she had of becoming a dancer but Dara soon discovered a new passion – The Food Network. She loved watching the cooking shows and learning recipes. It relaxed her and gave her a sense of peace.
Ultimately, Dara turned this tragic accident into a completely new career – she started The Skinny Pig, her own food blog where she shares recipes, cooking tips and restaurant reviews. Dara followed up the blog, one of the first in the food space, with the launch of an Instagram account, @SkinnyPigNYC, which has grown to over 90,000 fans who follow her on travels to eateries large and small, near and far, and from dawn until…well… dawn. Her tastes range from her own Super Bowl party recipe faves (wings, dips, and chili) to reviews of meals at restaurants from Brooklyn to Bali.
Childhood friend, Andrew Zarian, is excited about what Dara has achieved in this extremely competitive area of social media. ”It’s amazing to see someone grow it organically, on their own, with minimal help. It shows you what great content, great writing, and a great personality can do.”
Overcoming many hurdles to change her life so dramatically has allowed Dara to step back and appreciate where she is. “I feel like it gives me a new look on life now,” she explains. “I feel like people need to be a little more grateful for being here every day.”
Wondering where the name “Skinny Pig” came from? Discover her little secret and lots more about Dara in this inspiring story.
Lear more about Dara at: http://www.theskinnypignyc.com/
Follow her on Instagram at: @SkinnyPigNYC
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