Everyone wants a life well lived, whether it’s eating delicious food, decorating your home, dressing on trend, or taking part in your city’s culture. That’s exactly why foodie & lifestyle urbanite Rachel Joyce launched You Must Love Food.

Everything YMLF covers ties back to enjoying food and life in a real, none-of-that-prissy-bull-shit kinda way. Rachel’s laid back & culturally rich lifestyle sends the message that you can be a multidimensional person–you can love food and working out, you can be interested decorating your home and not vacuum for two weeks, and you can enjoy trying new recipes and still not have a full spice cabinet. From city-chic street style & beauty tips to hip restaurants & recipes, this is the go-to spot for anyone looking to bring some cool, authentic vibes into their life. 


Oh hayyyy, I’m Rachel! Since moving from a small town in Illinois to NYC ten years ago, I’ve worked in the interior design, food and fashion industries, discovering some amazing things along the journey to today. I’m all about expressing myself through cooking, personal style, home decorating and living well, but in a totally approachable way (I like to call myself the Roseanne Barr of Martha Stewarts). I’m colorful, have a bad mouth, and am all about body positivity and embracing yourself. My thinking is, we can be real and flawed human beings while still adding sparkle to our world! Let’s love this thing called life together, whatever it is.

Rachel of You Must Love Food

Rachel of You Must Love Food


Favorite Food: That’s too hard , but right now it’s cheesecake.

Pets?: A dachshund named Speedy (he’s the feisty little shit you see in my Instagram stories)

Married?: Yep! To my high school sweetheart and BFF.

Wine or Beer?: Wine. With a beer chaser. And then maybe a cocktail for a nightcap?

Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

Instagram: @youmustlovelife

Facebook: @youmustlovelife85

Sister Site: You Must Love Food

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  1. blovesthis | 19th Jun 12

    thanks for ‘liking’ my post – your blog is lovely and i’m looking forward to following your posts!

    • foodyrach | 19th Jun 12

      Thank you! That cake looked amazing, so I couldn’t help but comment. Let’s keep in touch through posts. Can’t wait to see what you have in store next, too.

  2. Olivier | 27th Apr 13

    Hi, my name is Olivier, I just noticed that you are now following us on Twitter.
    I took a look at your website and I was just wondering if you would be interested
    in doing an article on our company. I would be happy to send a sample.
    I hope to hear from you.

    Sincerely Olivier.

    Rum Cake Lounge

    Nominated best bakery in San Diego 2012 by the Union Tribune.
    5 stars on Yelp.
    Now featured with “The International Man” as the world’s best high-end pasties “

  3. Yinzerella | 5th Jan 14

    I loved living in Brooklyn. I am sure, no, I KNOW that my neighborhood has changed greatly since I moved. I look forward to seeing if you review any of my old haunts!

    • foodyrach | 5th Jan 14

      I’ve lived in Brooklyn since I moved to NYC and just can’t see myself anywhere else! What area did you live in and what what your favorite spot to eat or drink–or both?!

      • Yinzerella | 6th Jan 14

        I lived in Greenwood Heights—I think they call it “South Slope” now.
        It was sooooo long ago!
        In Brooklyn my favorite bar was Timboo’s (R.I.P.) I was there every Sunday when I lived there.
        Is Lucky 13 still around?
        I also liked a restaurant called Everett that was in 8th Ave Chinatown.
        Up by Prospect Park there was an Austrian restaurant that I just adored. Cafe Steinhoff??? And there was a great Thai place next door to it.
        I always enjoyed Henry’s End in Brooklyn Heights, too.
        But the restaurant that I miss most is Hop Kee on Mott Street. BLACK BEAN CRABS 4-EVA!

        • foodyrach | 6th Jan 14

          Not sure about Lucky 13, but Cafe Steinhoff is still going strong! Going to have to check out Hop Kee. I <3 CRABS.

          • Yinzerella | 6th Jan 14

            They are the absolute best. I live in Baltimore, and we’re lousy with crabs, but there is just something about the Hop Kee crabs! If I recall correctly, their shrimp egg rolls are pretty boss.
            What about you? Where are your favorite spots?


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