I just returned to Tampa after visiting Seattle for the first time in almost 20 years. During this trip, I was reminded of how much I love Seattle and became truly captivated by the beauty and charm of the Emerald City. As a West Coast born and bred gal, my heart truly belongs to the “best coast.” There is something magical about the Pacific Northwest and some of my fondest memories are my childhood family road trips from San Jose to Seattle.… Read the rest
I like it hot! For as long as I can remember I have had a love for all things spicy. My collection of hot sauces almost rivals my shoe collection and if you know me, that is a lot of hot sauce. Variety IS the spice of life, right? I use it on everything from chicken and veggies to popcorn and in Bloody Marys. I love to make my own dips and even use it in certain desserts.
Hot Sauce (Bettie Page) by artist Olivia De Berardinis
Back in April, I was bartending my usual Thursday night shift when the guy that I had been crushing on since Christmas came in for a drink. Nervous, I poured him his Miller Lite draft and tried to strike up a conversation.… Read the rest
There is nothing more soothing than a cup of hot tea. I have fond childhood memories of dining at The Good Earth Restaurant at various locations in Northern California. My family and I would go there often for breakfast after church on Sundays and I will never forget the first time I tried their signature tea. I think I was about 8 years old and the scent of cinnamon filled the restaurant. One sip and I was hooked.… Read the rest
I do not think there is anyone that loves Dunkin’ Donuts as much as I do, and I am known as the “Cinnamon Queen” of Tampa Bay. Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cinnamon Spice coffee is part of my morning ritual and I pass by every morning for a cup of warm, cinnamon love. There is something about their cinnamon coffee that I just can’t explain. It is a blend of sweet and spice and it always makes me feel nice. I can’t imagine starting my day without it.… Read the rest
Baby it’s cold outside and nothing will warm you up like a hot cup of gourmet coffee brewed in your very own ! This fabulous little machine creates a delicious work of art in your cup and will surely delight your taste-buds in the morning as well as impress your dinner guests after a nice meal. My machine sits proudly in my kitchen and on the weekends, I enjoy nothing more than curling up on my couch with a fresh cup and watching the Cooking Channel. What I love most about my machine is that it is small and is perfect for my tiny kitchen.… Read the rest
Maine is high on my list of places to visit and I have long wanted to try their signature treat, whoopie pie. If you are not familiar, a whoopie pie looks like a large sandwich cookie made out of cake. My son refers to a whoopie pie as a “cakewich.” There is a bit of controversy about the origin of the whoopie since both Maine and Pennsylvania are claiming it as their own. In the September 2011 edition of Food Network Magazine, there is a great article called “Big Whoop” which discusses the debate between the two states.… Read the rest
Forget diamonds, doughnuts are a girls best friend! Cake, cream filled, glazed, iced… I love them all and am always on the lookout for cool donut shops in my travels.
This past May, I attended the BlogHer Food Conference in Atlanta. It was an amazing experience and I met some incredible food bloggers. My time to explore Atlanta was limited due to my tight schedule, but I made time to stop by Sublime Doughnuts after reading about them on Urbanspoon.… Read the rest
There are a few things I can’t live without and coffee is one of them. Since the age of 13 I have been a coffee drinker. It all started with that first sip of my mom’s coffee that was sweetened with cream and sugar. It was a cold, rainy day in December in Northern California and the warm cup of coffee woke me from my exhausted state. I had been up all night studying for a history exam in my 8th grade class at St.… Read the rest