I just got back from the Food Wine Conference in Orlando and I am still in a food coma. The weekend was a whirlwind of food, drink and non-stop laughter. One of the event sponsors was CK Mondavi and I was blessed with the opportunity to be one of their brand ambassadors. If you know me, then you know how much that meant being that I was born and raised in Northern California. It is no secret that even after 13 years in Florida I am still incredibly homesick and one of the places I miss the most is wine country.… Read the rest
Chicken wings and I go together like bread and truffle butter. I enjoy them baked, fried or grilled, but the most important component is the sauce. My favorite combination is sweet heat and my recipe for peach hot wings is sure to tickle your taste buds and put a smile on your face.
Whoever coined the phrase “nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute” must have had me in mind because I flourish under pressure. As a single mom with multiple jobs, I am that person who makes a mad dash on Christmas Eve for gifts or picks up a gift on the way to the wedding. You are also sure to find me shopping for a Halloween costume an hour before dusk on October 31st.… Read the rest
My kids and I are donut lovers and enjoy everything from boutique donut shops to Krispy Kreme. I prefer making our own donuts at home over anything (except for Dough in South Tampa because they are AMAZING) and love to experiment with different flavors. With Mother’s Day just a few days away, they kids and I plan on making our own donut bar at home and creating some delicious memories. Today as I was sipping on a glass of my current obsession, Indian River Select Orange Honeybell Blend juice, I had a tasty idea.… Read the rest
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