Forgive me if I get a bit teary eyed as I think about my hometown of San Jose, California. When I saw that this week’s theme for Sunday Supper was regional specialties, I knew I had to share something special from my childhood. Just to share a bit of my background, I was born in Walnut Creek, CA and moved to San Jose at age 2. I lived in the same house until I was 24 and then moved into an apartment with a roommate.… Read the rest
We all have that special place in our hearts that will always feel like home. For me, that place is Datz. I have written about them numerous times in both of my blogs and they never cease to amaze me. My son Rocco, a.k.a. The Nutella Fella, is a budding food blogger at just ten years of age. Datz is his favorite restaurant in Tampa and is his most requested dining destination.
Over the last few months, Rocco has been telling me that kids at school would tease him and call him “Rocco Taco,” which he hated.… Read the rest
I don’t know about you but I am tired today. In the last week I began working a second job at a local bakery, my son turned 10, I began a new work-out program and I became a foster mom to a sweet little puppy named Ginger who is an adorable mix of cuteness. I have never fostered a dog before and am looking forward to getting her ready to be with her furever home. Yesterday I hosted a beer dinner with Blue Moon Brewing and one of the items I made was a Florida Olive Oil Citrus Cake.… Read the rest
Spring is in the air and I am ready for seasonal flavors and dining al fresco before the weather in Tampa gets unbearably hot. I love this time of year when so many fruits are in season and I can incorporate them into recipes. Sangria is the perfect drink for the season and I have a fun spin on this classic using some of my favorite flavors.
Rasberries and lemons go together like peanut butter and jelly.… Read the rest
Happy Friday! I am hella ready to visit the next stop on my culinary tour of America because it just so happens to be my home state of California. Be warned, I have SO much to cover from the Golden State that I might be there for awhile. Let me start with a little bit about me. I was born in Walnut Creek, which is located just South of Oakland, and moved to San Jose when I was about two.… Read the rest
Tuesday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week and it is largely due to the fact that I get to share a fun cocktail recipe. Today’s drink is perfect for spring and summer and with Mother’s Day around the corner, this would be a fun beverage to serve for brunch. Beautiful in color, refreshing in taste, my Lavender Lemonade will make you swoon.
As a bar manager for a high-volume establishment, I am all about simplicity and speed of service without compromising flavor.… Read the rest
For me, perfume is like deodorant, I never leave home without it. In fact, if there is a rare day that I forget, I will feel like something is missing. Before becoming a single mom, I had quite the collection with favorites such as ANGEL by Thierry Mugler, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Jimmy Choo By Jimmy Choo and LOLA by Marc Jacobs, to name just a few. These days, I am lucky to just have one bottle which currently happens to be Jimmy Choo.… Read the rest
In a little over 30 days I will be attending one of my favorite food conferences in Orlando. This will be my third time attending the Food and Wine Conference at the gorgeous Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. Last year I attended and was impressed once again with everything from start to finish. This year will be different, as I consider myself to be a born-again blogger. To be more specific, the last two years I pretty much dropped off the blog0sphere due to my strenuous work schedule and duties of a single mom.… Read the rest
Have you ever organized a dinner party and spent so much time cooking that you barely had time to socialize with your guests? That happened to me numerous times until I learned to simplify things and serve dishes that are easy to make yet super tasty. Polenta is one of my go-to items for many reasons. 1. It is inexpensive and for a single mom on a budget, it comes in handy. 2. It is versatile.… Read the rest
As I get ready to end my food tour of Arkansas and head to California (my favorite), I wanted to end it on a sweet note. While researching recipes, I kept coming across “possum pie” and just knew I had to make it.
Consisting of three layers (cream cheese, chocolate pudding and Cool Whip), this pie is pure bliss. While the main ingredients for the pie are easy, the crust was a challenge. This was my first time cutting butter into flour and let me just say, what an awesome first time experience.… Read the rest