Lisa Alfaro

Lisa Alfaro

Lisa's passion is creating sinfully delicious and healthy meals in her funky 1970's kitchen. Her favorite thing to create / indulge in – anything with chocolate. 😉

Where you grew up:

I moved around when I was younger and lived in Naperville & Downers Grove, IL; Lakeland, FL; and Sandy Hook, CT. Now I live with my husband and son in NY.

Your official position:

Executive Assistant


I’ve been working with Annmarie and her husband, Kevin, since 2007. They are the best people to work for. I admire their integrity, transparency, and lightheartedness. It makes me feel good to work for a company who holds many of the same values I do and strives to make the world a better – and happier – place.

speed questions

Chai or coffee:

Definitely chai. Can’t stand coffee or anything coffee flavored.

Decaf or regular:

Neither when it comes to coffee. Decaf tea. My adrenals thank me.

Snow or sun:


Beach or mountains:

Toss up. Beach.

Book or kindle:

I love my books, but now I love my Kindle even more.

Country or city:


Hummus or guacamole:


Honey or maple syrup:


Tennis -singles or doubles:


Almond butter or peanut butter:

Peanut butter (especially spread on top of dark chocolate)

Chocolate or vanilla:

Chocolate. I’m addicted to the stuff.

Texas or California:

I’ve never been to Texas, but I’d love to go. California has been pretty sweet each time I visit to work with my crazy colleagues.

Mexican Food Or Japanese:


Cats or dogs:

I can’t decide!! I’m an animal lover.

PC or Mac:


FB or Twitter:

Facebook. Another thing I’m addicted to.

Shopping or camping:


Pen & paper or iPad:

Word Doc.

Football or soccer:

Dancing. That’s my sport of choice.

WHat's your favorite Annmarie Gianni Skin Care routine?

I love using the Aloe-Herb Cleanser, Dead Sea Scrub, Coconut Honey Mask (my favorite!!), Anti-Aging Serum, Anti-Aging Eye Cream, and Normal Oil. My skin glows and looks just like I’ve had an expensive facial every time I use the products. I’ll never forget the first time I used the line once it was released. For the first time in my life I felt comfortable leaving the house without makeup. That was HUGE for me.

Oh – and my favorite trick. I am head over heels in love with the Neroli Toning Mist and I use it as a natural perfume every day. It immediately lifts my spirits and makes me feel great!

WHat's your favorite way to re-charge?

In general, pampering myself with hot baths, drinking a delicious cup of hot tea, or reading a good book usually works. If I need a major re-charge, I take myself on a trip to Kripalu in MA. It’s my heaven on Earth and I relish in the quiet time, meeting like-minded people, eating delicious meals, soaking in the calming energy, and treating myself to a relaxing massage. I leave feeling replenished and like I can take on the world. There’s truly nothing like it.

One thing I’d love to manifest is to stay there for a longer period of time and attend their Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Certification. I can’t get enough of Ayurveda and would love to be immersed in an intensive program.

WHat's your favorite food?

One word: Chocolate. Anything chocolate. It’s a well known fact that if there’s chocolate brought into our home, I can sniff it out and it’ll be gone within 24 hours. It’s been a tough lesson for my family to learn.

Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t otherwise know.

I would LOVE to live in the country (I’ve never been to Tennessee, but for some reason that’s what
immediately pops into my head when I think of where I’d like to be) and have a warm & welcoming
home with a ton of property. Lush green grass, a ton of trees, a pond, chickens, large gardens. Just be in the center of nature.

WHat is your favorite breakfast food?

Mmmm…food is wonderful. A great friend of mine has chickens and she’s been sharing eggs with me. There’s nothing like a farm fresh egg. I love to fry an egg in coconut oil and top it with a bunch of spices (rosemary, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, pepper), chopped kalamata olives, and sauerkraut. I place the egg over a bed of sauteed garlic and kale and serve it with a slice of toasted millet bread that has an avocado miso mash spread on it and topped with thinly sliced tomatoes and a dash of sea salt. It sounds a little complicated written out, but it takes all of 5 minutes and is INCREDIBLE. Oh, and I can’t forget the fresh brewed hot tea.

If you had a million dollars how would you spend it?

I’ve thought about this a lot. First I’d pay off my bills (including the mortgage). Then I’d buy a vacation home in the Berkshires, MA (love it there). I’d travel around the world and then invest the rest.

Name one thing on your bucket list.

I’m scared to death of flying over water, but I dream of traveling the world. The first place I would go is Italy. I feel such a strong draw there – to the people, the lifestyle, the culture, the colors, the food. I think it would be really cool to live there for a couple of years when I grow up.

Another related dream I have is to take a summer to tour the US in a RV. I want to see the sights our beautiful country has to offer and try out the most amazing foods in restaurants throughout the country. My son is 7, but I’d love to do this with him when he’s a teen – a mother/son bonding trip if he’ll want to be around me then.

What do you do to make yourself feel gorgeous?

It sounds kind of simple, but having a really clean diet and taking extreme care of myself (yoga, meditation, long baths, lots of sleep, good books, sunshine, etc). makes me feel incredibly gorgeous.

What makes your heart smile?

Helping people and making people happy. I’ve always had a desire to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. I’m a homebody and my living space is extremely important to me. I can’t imagine not having a comfortable, functional home to live in and my heart aches for people who don’t have that. That’s one (big) thing I’d love to be a part of to help bring joy to other people’s lives and I hope to start volunteering with them in the future.