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

West Indies Salad #TracyTastesAmerica


I am super excited about today’s feature, as it was shared with me by a gentleman from Alabama. A few weeks ago I was at an event in Tampa and most of the attendees were from out of state. The subject of my #TracyTastesAmerica project came up and when I told everyone I was working on features for Alabama, one of the gentlemen proudly exclaimed that he was from there and asked me if I had ever heard of West Indies Salad.… Read the rest

Smokehouse Cocktail


When I think of the South, two things come to mind….bourbon and bacon. I mean, what can be better? As I have been researching cocktails that are specific to each state in America, the Alabama Slammer was pretty much all I found for Alabama and I just could not bring myself to feature that for this project. Now do not get me wrong, I have nothing against this iconic cocktail, I just do not care for super sweet drinks and wanted to find something unique.… Read the rest

Montgomery Pie #TracyTastesAmerica

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I am so excited to start my #TracyTastesAmerica project with Alabama. When I think of this beautiful Southern state, several things come to mind. Visions of succulent BBQ, sweet tea, lazy summer days, charming houses with big porches and of course, Roll Tide. While I have not really had a chance to visit Alabama, other than driving through on my way to Florida from California, I hope to return one day and taste some of their signature dishes.… Read the rest

Cooking My Way Around The USA


In exactly 26 days I am turning 39 40. Holy shit, time flies. It seems like just yesterday I was having my very first drink on my 21st birthday. I lived in San Jose, CA at the time and had just finished my serving shift at Bandera, now renamed the Los Altos Grill. A few servers invited me to their favorite local watering hole, Los Altos Bar and Grill (aka L’Bag, which closed several years ago), to celebrate.… Read the rest

Plant City Mule

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Lately I have been obsessed with creating different variations of the classic Moscow Mule. For those that are not familiar, the Moscow Mule is a cocktail consisting of vodka, ginger beer and a dash of lime juice. Born in 1941 in New York, it surged in popularity in Los Angeles and made a huge comeback a few years ago at bars and restaurants across America. Traditionally served in a copper mug, the Moscow Mule is easy to make and with a little bit of imagination, you can concoct some exciting twists on this classic.… Read the rest