Del Frisco’s Grille Tampa


Every now and again a girl needs to eat out with like minded individuals and just enjoy a damn good meal. Last week I was invited to lunch at Del Frisco’s Grille in Tampa with fellow members of Tampa Bay Bloggers and let me just say, WOW! First of all, there is nothing I enjoy more than dining with fellow food lovers. For starters, we have lots in common, we appreciate the Tampa Bay area food community, we can shamelessly indulge and not feel guilty and lastly, we get the whole “I gotta take a picture and post to Instagram” concept more so than our non-blogging friends.… Read the rest

The Original Arizona Biltmore Tequila Sunrise #TracyTastesAmerica


So when I ask you what is in a Tequila Sunrise, what comes to mind? Let me guess, the hit song by the Eagles or the adult libation made with tequila, orange juice and grenadine, right? Most of us, including myself, tend to think of the classic cocktail that was created in California in the early 1970’s. What would you say if I told you that what you have been drinking is not the original recipe?… Read the rest

Arizona Cheese Crisps #TracyTastesAmerica


Happy Monday!  I don’t know about you but I am so glad football season is back. Sundays are best enjoyed with multiple NFL games and lots of good food. Yesterday I resumed my #TracyTastesAmerica project by visiting my next stop, which is the state of Arizona. While I have never really been there expect for driving through on my way to Florida from California, I have always been intrigued by it beauty and diverse culinary scene.… Read the rest

Alaskan Wilderness Lodge Oatmeal Cookies #TracyTastesAmerica


I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. For me, there was nothing but rest and relaxation. Since I finally had a few days off and was able to get back in the kitchen after a very long absence, I picked up right where I left off with my #TracyTastesAmerica project. Alaska was the last state I visited and I was ready for more.  I came across a recipe on Pinterest for Wilderness Lodge Cookies from the website Alaska From Scratch, and was intrigued.… Read the rest

Lychee Bellini Cocktail #SundaySupper


Happy Sunday! Do you ever browse the produce isle and get excited when you see something unique like dragon fruit? I enjoy experimenting with different fruits and one of my favorites is lychee. Many moons ago, when I still lived in California, I had my first lychee martini at bar in San Francisco and it was love at first sip. This delicate and floral fruit won me over and is now one of my favorite fruits.… Read the rest

Going Back to the Basics at Food & Wine Conference 2015


Sometimes life gets in the way and we have to put the things we are most passionate about on hold. The last year and a half has been rewarding, yet very tough for me. I helped open a new restaurant and while it was extremely fulfilling, the grueling hours and tremendous amount of stress left me feeling like a shell of who I was before as a full-time blogger. After tons of grueling days at the restaurant along with single mom duties, my brain was fried and I lost my passion for writing.… Read the rest

Food and Wine Conference 2015 #FWCon


This girl is in serious need of a mental reboot and a few relaxing days away from work and stress. Two years ago I was an avid blogger and attended regular events and conferences, such as the 2013 Food & Wine Conference in Orlando. Hands down, it was one of the best conferences I had attended in my three years of blogging. Held at the gorgeous Rosen Shingle Creek, I enjoyed a blissful weekend of food, wine, education and intimate conversation with colleagues.… Read the rest

Smoked Salmon & Gruyere Grilled Cheese #TracyTastesAmerica


When I think of Alaska, salmon is the first thing that comes to mind. I have to be honest, salmon is not my favorite fish and I really have to be in the mood for it. When I was young, I loved salmon but grew tired of it because it was a staple in our house. By the time I was 21, I never wanted to look at salmon again and to this day, I only eat it when I have to.… Read the rest

Alaska Cocktail #TracyTastesAmerica


I have been absent from blogging for the last several weeks and have missed it terribly. Unfortunately this thing called work keeps getting in my way. Oh, that and my diet. Yes, I have spent the last 30 days shedding 15 lbs and a total of 39 inches. I am not going to lie, I have been dreaming about pasta and chicken wings but fitting into my skinny jeans feels so much better than enjoying a bowl of spaghetti.… Read the rest

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake #SundaySupper


I am so excited about today’s topic…..Retro Food. When I think of retro recipes, so many things come to mind but Pineapple Upside Down Cake was the first recipe I thought of and nothing spells retro quite like Betty Crocker. There have been so many times that I have spotted Betty Crocker Pineapple Upside-Down Cake mix in the grocery isle at the market and I have often been tempted to make it. I, however, prefer to make everything from scratch and while browsing recipes on the internet, found a from-scratch recipe for this luscious cake from Betty Crocker and decided to recreate it.… Read the rest