“New Year, Same Me” more your speed? Well, we’re right there with you. Celebrate one of our favorite joys in life: eating and drinking – you only live once, ya know!

Lettuce Entertain You’s Photographer, Instagram wonder and overall lover of life, Christina Slaton (@christinaslaton) AKA #CarbieBarbie, shares some of her most crave-worthy dishes at our restaurants that have earned her stamp of approval and her advice on why it’s OK to indulge every once in a while!

Reason #1: Life is about balance.
Fad diets should be a thing of the past because let’s face it, once that diet is completed, you likely see your results go out the window pretty quickly. Don’t torture yourself, just make better and more balanced choices!

spread at ema by @christinaslaton

Reason #2: Embrace your body just the way it is.
Celebrate yourself! Everyone is uniquely beautiful so embrace and love every bit of yourself. It’s the only way to live.

Seaside's to-go spread by @christinaslaton

Reason #3: Natural and instantaneous mood enhancer.
There’s a reason why you reach for cookies, pizza and ice cream when you’re feeling down: it’s darn good and anything that you love will make you happy. The end.

 @christinaslaton eating a burger at M Burger

Reason #4: You don’t really need a reason.
Planning to run a marathon or just dreaming of doing one? #CarbieBarbie is A-OK with you carbo-loading whenever, wherever, for whatever reason.

Ramen from ramen-san by @christinaslaton

Being #DTE (down to eat) means having the freedom to go out on the town with your friends, sans the guilt. Christina has rounded up her top Lettuce Entertain You bites to indulge in!

box of burgers from M Burger

M Burger
Bacon Cheeseburger, Chicago Double, Hurt Burger, Hot & Spicy Chicken

Bub City fried pickles over a backdrop of sliced pickles

Bub City
Fried Pickles with ranch

Wow Bao's iconic potstickers

Wow Bao
Potstickers, available in All-Natural Chicken and Green Vegetable

Summer House's ice cream sandwiches with chocolate chips and homemade cookies

Summer House Santa Monica
Ice Cream Sandwiches with housemade cookies

overhead shot of ribs, lobster and more from Seaside's, a delivery only concept

Seaside’s To-Go
Slow-Cooked Baby Back Ribs, Lobster Roll, Famous Fried Chicken, Boardwalk Fries, Better Than Grandma’s Mac & Cheese

big bowl chow mein noodles

Big Bowl
Beef Lo-Mein with Chinese noodles, red peppers, snow peas, celery, bok choy and cabbage

Oyster Bah Lobster Mac and Cheese

Quality Crab & Oyster Bah
Lobster mac and cheese, fresh Maine lobster, sharp cheddar, parmesan, toasted panko

Pizzeria Via Stato's margherita pizza

Pizzeria Via Stato
Margherita Pizza with crushed San Marzano tomatoes, hand-pulled mozzarella and basil

Ramen-san's hearty tonkotsu ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen with traditional double pork broth, chashu and a molten egg

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Now that you know where to indulge, take it a step further. Click here to see our favorite guilty pleasure (yet healthy) comfort food!

On a healthy kick this month? Fine. Check out Chef Jeff Mahin’s tips and picks for staying healthy!

Still want to eat comfort food but ditch some of the guilt, check out some of Chef Tim Hockett’s meal prep tips.