Welcome! I’m so glad you are here. My name is Nicole Indelicato and I’m the founder and owner of Life & Honey, a restaurant brand (with healthy food, served fast) based out of Northern Virginia. Unlike many who come to the culinary industry through training or simply a love of fine dining, I took a somewhat circuitous route: finance and wellness.
For me, the writing was on the wall, I needed a change of scenery and a major lifestyle overhaul. So I did the logical thing that any of us would do under those circumstances… I went to Africa. While there, I found a pace, a passion, and a purpose that had been lacking during all those countless all-niters and working weekends, back in NYC. I had to go half-way around the world and get completely lost–both literally and figuratively–in order to find myself. Somewhere along the way, I found a better pace and with it, my renewed sense of purpose: to create an improved, sustainable quality of life. For me, and so many others, that begins with a revised diet.
A streamlined diet had a direct and significant impact on managing the effects of Lyme disease. For me, this profound, trans-African journey, culminated in a simple but significant, switch-flipping realization: if you eat better, you feel better; if you feel better, you live better. In the end that’s what all of us want…a better life, one day at a time.
With that, I returned to the U.S., resigned from my position, formulated a business plan, secured funding, scouted locations, and in a matter of months, was in the process of opening Life & Honey. For me it’s more than a restaurant. Little things, over a long enough time-line, have a big impact. Few things more so, than food. I’ve seen it. I’ve felt it. I’ve lived it. This is not a theory, this is a fact and it’s one that’s been born out in my own life. When it comes to lifestyle choices and the impact they have on our health and happiness, I remember the before, that’s why I appreciate the after. When we talk about food, it shouldn’t be a choice between good food, or good for you food, or simply food served fast. I’ve created all three and have a clear mission in the process: improve our health and our happiness, one bite and one bowl at a time.