I am Daniel. Ask Me Anything!

Andie: Daniel and I love reading the Ask Me Anything sub on Reddit. Are you familiar? If not, it’s a place where people with interesting careers, backgrounds, experiences…you name it…allow people (redditors) to ask them anything. The celebrity ones are great, but they’re not even close to the most fascinating.  

Knowing that a lot of you have read my book and are interested in Daniel (and us getting back together recently), I figure you might have some questions for him directly. So let’s do an AMA right here. Ask away. And if you do have any questions for me, related to the two of us, I guess this is as good a place as any.  

Daniel: Hello all. Andrea thinks this is something many of you would appreciate. Leave me any questions you have in the comments section and I’ll go through and answer them in a full post next week. 

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55 thoughts on “I am Daniel. Ask Me Anything!

  1. Rocio

    Hi Daniel. So glad you and Andrea are back together. Did you have to date a few people to realize “she’s the one” or did you always know?

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  2. Leslie Bauer

    Hello Daniel As a mother figure on here I must warn to to be very careful with those answers. With some questions there really is a right and wrong and like the question before me your answer could not only sting but haunt forever! I think this is cute and fun but be careful. I think andie is a doll and the two of you are very special people. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and blessings.

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  3. lisa lempp2

    hi Daniel: I read Andi’s book, (I loved it so much) that I feel like I know you. I certainly know about the struggles of obesity, I see beautiful pics of Andi, and from the outside, one would never know her struggle. I recently have lost over 100 lbs. I had bariatric surgery Nov 2013. It changed my life, mainly my sick diabetic body. I feel well, for the first time in 40 years. The surgery is a tool, helps control portions, but, it is only a tool, not a cure for emotional eating. When I find myself grazing, eating sugar, carbs, I know it is emotional eating, not hunger. I am gentle on myself, afterall, I have been overeating for decades. Now, I am able to stop and ask myself, Why are you eating? Why are you choosing a unhealthy snack/meal? I am now aware that the choices I make are mine. I am in control, no one else, I work on it everyday, some days aren’t perfect, feeding your body and your soul is hard work! I am a work in progress. I know you have also struggled with this, I also know Andi is a great cook. What have you found that helps you stay on track? What can you share about your own struggles and how you have conquered some of them? I sincerely wish you two love & joy in your relationship. Be good to one another, communicate your needs and support each other. Thank you for blogging with us Daniel! Hugggs `leelee

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  4. Lisa

    Hi Daniel,

    I’d like to know whether you enjoy cooking and if so what your favourite dishes are to make? And whether you and Andie tend to cook in different ways? My boyfriend and I both love to cook and have really different styles – I tend to make ‘skinny’ dishes and he likes to cook with cream and butter – so it can be tricky to negotiate who’s cooking dinner when and how to cook. Has being with Andie changed the way you cook and eat and do you have any tips for other couples about cooking and eating together happily?

    Thanks!

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  5. abby

    Good Morning! as a huge fan of the book and knowing the two of you only via the book my heart BROKE when you didn’t end up together. So happy for this news.
    My question is what are some of your favorite ways to stay healthy together?

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  6. Hilary

    Hi Daniel and Andie!
    So excited for this post, what a fun idea. What do you two do for date nights out and in? And when you moved in together did you have any tough adjustments, and how did you handle them.
    I also second the picture comment! Can’t wait for next week

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  7. Kerry

    I’m a brand new reader of this blog, and I’m excited to see that as a couple, you work to maintain healthy habits. My question is, when one of you is depressed, what does the other one do? Do you work best giving each other space, or are there ways you know how to cheer each other up? My husband will see me depressed, on the couch, in the midst of a food and Netflix binge, and I think he is at a loss for what actions to take. Do you have advice for how a couple can stay mentally well together, despite each other’s roller coasters of emotions?

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  8. RBee

    Hi Daniel, very cool to see you on here. My question is: after your breakup, and the years that followed, how did you establish momentum on your own without Andie, after having been with her for so long? Sometimes in a relationship we can look to the other person to kind of “keep us going” but when that is taken away it is easy to feel lost and aimless. As a man, were you able to find happiness, contentment and meaning simply being with yourself? If so, how did you make that happen? I’m sorry if this sounds a little too touchy feely but I am curious! Thanks!

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  9. Mags

    Hi guys,
    Thanks for doing this! I was a casual blog reader via feedly, then read Andi’s book, and now am feeling like I’m loving all the personal backstory.
    Are you guys for real back together, or just friends? Where are you living these days? What do you do for a living? Are you still playing poker?

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  10. Katie Marini

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for taking the time to answer questions from readers. You must love Andie very much :)

    As a woman who has struggled with my weight over the years–gaining and losing about 40 pounds–my husband is faced with the difficult challenge of supporting me when I’m losing weight AND when I’m gaining weight. Yet, there is a fine balance between “supporting” your partner and “directing” your partner. It’s not always easy to balance. How do you handle supporting Andie in her healthy habits without crossing the line and making comments that could be viewed as judgmental?

    Hopefully this question makes sense…

    Thanks,
    Katie

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  11. Cassie

    I am curious as to what happened in the ‘years after Andie.’ In one of her IG pics this year, she mentioned you were still living in Seattle and had grabbed breakfast/brunch with you when she was out there. Are you back living on the East Coast? If not, how is long distance working? Are you still into Poker, or have you obtained a different job? How did you know it was the right time for the two of you to get back together?

    Thank you to the both of you for your willingness to open this part of your lives to your readers. I find that more than for structured content on a blog, I mostly read because of the “connection” I feel with the actual blogger; whether they are someone I could see as part of my friend group, or someone who I think I would have a lot in common with if I knew them “IRL.”

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  12. Andie Mitchell Post author

    Important:

    Favorite restaurant:
    Favorite food (meal):
    Favorite dessert:
    Favorite convenience store snack:
    Favorite premium ice cream flavor:
    Favorite TV show comedy:
    Favorite TV show drama:
    Favorite movie drama (limit 3):
    Favorite movie comedy, musical, other (limit 3):
    Favorite person you met in 2003 in Grayson Hall at UMass Amherst:

    Something people don’t know/wouldn’t expect about Andie:

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  13. Lindsey

    Hi Daniel! I feel like I know you from reading Andie’s book and blog. I’m going to go with a simple question. What would be your ideal date night with Andie?

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  14. Hayley

    EEEEEEEE!!!!! I’m so excited for this! I, like many others, feel like I’ve known you forever through Andie’s blog and book. What is your favorite movie? What kind of music do you like? Also, I understand you are a Chinese food lover…how do you feel about the Tofu Shirataki noodles? I’ve seen Andie has used them in a few recipes recently. My husband and I tried them in a terrible recipe years ago and are afraid to go back!

    Good to see you on here!

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  15. Jenny

    Hi Daniel,

    Excited to here from you. Andie has made you sound like quite a remarkable person.

    What challenges do you two face in your relationship do to your differing career paths, and how do you handle them?

    Do you have any desire to write a book/blog?

    What’s your favorite thing about Andie?

    What’s your favorite memory of a time you’ve shared with Andie?

    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Hootie

    Finally! Ok Daniel, does Andie let you in the kitchen? Do you cook? I know Andie said you struggled with weight in the past but I want to know are you “meh” about food and just overdo the junk or is it like your brain’s food receptors think good food is crystal meth (i am the latter, strongly suspect Andie is but curious about you+food). I need to know if you overreact to it like you think you are hearing the right reverend bubba of the southern dominational congregation speak the truth when you have a great burger with hands in the air? What are your “jobs” around the house/relationship (division of labor)? Are you chill? How would you describe your personality? Can we see a picture? Do you like mother Oprah/self help? What do you drive (like not so the stalkers can get you detail- just like truck, sedan, sports car? What are your hobbies/interests? Do you work from home too? How do you feel about balancing working from home/professional boundaries? That’s all I got right now for Daniel, thanks- I think this is an excellent idea. Note that your audience will naturally take Andie’s side on most things here- we understand her brand of crazy (although if you want to elaborate) but do you have your own brand you would like to endear us with?

    To Andie: I listenned to the MM podcast you did. I want to weigh in on the always knowing you were bigger thing. I always knew I was bigger too and was totally convinced I had always been fat, then I look back at pictures and am shocked to find out I was not fat but tall…I think I transferred some feelings of being bigger by not understanding some things about height! I am 5’11. As you ask more people about that consider that. I would also like for you to speak to work at home balance/boundaries and let us know how your mom is and let us know if you plan to stay in NY or move somewhere else in the near future? This is like 20 blog posts worth right here in this one comment. Oh plus, what you said in the podcast about wanting to wear regular clothes, whined to my bestie the other day that I just want to be able to buy a decent pair of khakis! If for no other reason lol thanks love!

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  17. Randy

    Did Andie only have to ask you once to do this (answer questions on her blog) or did she practically have to beg you and/or promise you something in exchange?

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  18. Andie Mitchell Post author

    This question came in through email:

    “Hi Daniel!
    Here are a few unoriginal questions:
    What career are you in?
    Did you move to NY?
    Do you have a pet?

    I like Andie’s writing when she’s with you…seems more like the girl I met through her blog a few years back…”

    -L

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  19. Natalie

    HI Daniel! I adore Andie (as I am sure you do too!) I was curious to know how you summoned up the courage to let her share your side of the story. That takes so much bravery to willingly open your story and private life in Andie’s book. I find that remarkable and super commendable. Doubt many guys would be okay with sharing their insecurities (albiet weight or whatever else) that openly. I feel like women talk more candidly about our insecurities because we know we aren’t alone — heck every happy hour is a spill session of something we messed up on or how this blouse used to fit so much better. It makes us feel like we aren’t alone! But men, seem to keep it to themselves, as if you all have it together. So you allowing Andie to share a bit of your side of the story in her book really made me feel like depression/emotional eating/insecurity doesn’t discriminate and reminded me the old adage of being kind as everyone you know is fighting some sort of battle you have no idea about. Any who, just wanted to give you an atta boy!

    Oh and because this is long and seems way too serious I better throw in a good would you rather so, would you rather give up beer or internet?!

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  20. Sabrina

    Hi Daniel!!!

    Some questions for you:

    What’s your favorite book?
    What’s you favorite song?
    What is your favorite movie theater snack?
    What’s your favorite sports team?
    Which of Andie’s friends (who grew up in New Jersey) is your favorite?

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  21. Frieda

    First of all: so glad you got back together :)
    Plus this is an awesome idea. Here are my questions:
    1. do you still eat lots of broccoli? ;) I remember you two had a thing for it back in 2011 :D
    2. current favourite (tv/netflix) series?
    3. where would you like to travel to next?
    4. cats or dogs?
    5. meat or fish?

    look forward to your answers :)

    Greetings from good old Germany!

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  22. Courtney

    Random, fun ones :)

    Ever had a burger with peanut butter on it? Why or why not?
    Do you mix your rice and beans at mexican restaurants?
    Enchiladas or tacos?
    Mashed potatoes or baked potatoes?
    Favorite comedian?
    Would you rather go to the moon or be president for a week?
    Do you speak piglatin fluently?

    Thanks for doing this!

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  23. Sam

    Sorry I’m about to ask a ton of questions because I’m nosey as hell.

    What was your first thought when you met andie? How’s life/work doing? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Is this how you pictured your life when you were in high school? Was it hard getting back together with andie? What’s your dream job? What’s your favorite recipe from andie?

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    1. Wendy

      oh my god this literally made me laugh out loud!! “Im going to ask you a bunch if questions because im nosey as hell” hahahahha love it!!

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  24. Sharon

    Hi Daniel,

    Andie was very honest about your relationship in her book, including your breakup. How did you feel when you read what she wrote? How do you feel about it now?

    Sharon

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  25. Renee

    Andie documents in her book how you both struggled with weight. I believe weight loss is a personal journey that you have to commit to and no one else can make you do it, you gotta walk the path for yourself. My question is, do you feel pressure or struggle because Andie’s journey may be different from yours, or you may not find yourself on her same pager?

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  26. Sheila

    Hi Daniel!

    My question is, what do you do for a living? Do you enjoy it? Do you do anything foodie related with Andi, or is that more her thing?

    Also, what are some of your favorite shows? You can tell a lot about someone by what they watch on TV!

    Thank you for your time!

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  27. Amanda June

    hi Daniel! Would love to hear “your version” of your story with Andie (and your life in the in-between years, how life has brought you back together) and of course some photos wouldn’t hurt! :)

    Do you have a favorite book? Most memorable meal you’ve shared with Andie? What’s something quirky or unique about your relationship? Something quirky or unique about each of you (that we don’t know already or wouldn’t guess)?

    Thanks for bravely being willing to be asked anything…and thanks for introducing me to a huge time-suck; I had never checked out the Reddit AMA before!

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  28. Wendy

    Hi Lovebirds!

    I’ve been reading the blog for a few years now way back when Andie would write about her life, her life with you, and food…so when I read the break up post I died a little… I cried, my heart broke for you both and I hoped that you would get back together… and when it happened I cried tears of joy! SO HAPPY FOR YOU BOTH!! So here are my questions:

    Andie:
    What’s the “back together” story! Andie every detail! book, chapter, and verse please! I LOVE a good love story!
    What’s an average day like for you?
    Do you still work with Shriver? are you freelancing? or is it all about the cookbook now?

    Andie & Daniel:
    Do you have plans to marry?
    Do you have plans to live together again? (Sorry Sabrina… maybe you can be the third roomie! )
    Daniel where do you live now? is the relationship long distance? if so for how long will that be the case?
    What do you do for a living?
    Daniel do you cook?

    That’s all I can think of xxoo

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  29. Bea

    Hmmmm, Missed the part where you two committed. I came in on a blogpost that you and Andie eat a head of broccoli every night. And then she left Seattle. I didn’t read the book. I’m glad there is growth in your companionship. So:
    Poker?
    Movies?
    Travel?
    Comfort food?
    Best!

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  30. Justin

    If “It Was Me All Along” gets made into a Hollywood movie, who will play the roles of Andie, Daniel, Kate, Sabrina, Leonardo DiCaprio, and most importantly, Justin?

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  31. Chris

    Not a question but a personal observation. I think it super-odd that I am deliriously happy that two people I have never met are back together. Delirious. Congratulations!

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  32. Denise

    Hi Daniel,

    It’s so nice of you to give Andie’s fans a chance to talk to you. You were such a huge part of her book that most of us feel like we know you (and her!). My question is – in Andie’s recent picture from Shake Shack, it looks like you got a burger without a bun. Are you on a low-carb diet? How do you manage that when around someone who eats everything (in moderation)?

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  33. Jessica

    Hi Daniel!!!
    Here’s my question, asking in a super non creepy way… Lol – can we see a current pic of you and Andie!!? Would love to put a face with the name! :)

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  35. Lorraine

    Daniel, you are a special young man. Just to hear how you supported Andie while she was was losing weight knowing that you were still struggling is amazing to me. I have a son that struggles and hope he would be as loving and generous. How did you do it?

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