food · Paris · travel

travel: Paris



Welcome back!! Sorry it’s been so long, I hope you didn’t forget about me because I didn’t forget about you! 🙂 This post I’m taking a break from eating (shocking, I know) and continuing on our European Vacation! The 3rd stop on our adventure was Paris- a city which we’ve never been too before and it’s now one that we will never forget. (Check out my previous blog posts about our first and second stops in Amsterdam & Bruges here travel: Bruges and travel: Tiffany Eats Amsterdam). Let’s gooooooo!

Tiff’s Paris To-Do List

1. Explore 


You will notice that some of my “to-do” lists begin with the same couple of things- one of those being “explore!” It’s so fun to just wander the streets and get lost, ESPECIALLY, in a place as stunning as Paris; everywhere you look there is beauty! There are so many great little streets to find and on these streets are some hidden gems like bakeries, pastry shops, and more. Parisme

We had the best time just wandering around stopping at places along the way and popping into shops. Check out my super adorable husband ❤ Can you tell that he’s a tourist? 🙂


2. Take a Big Bus Tour


Remember the part where I said some of my “to-do” lists begin with the same things? Yup, this is another prime example but I promise you, taking a Big Bus tour around the city is such a great way to get the lay of the land! This is what we did on our second day in Paris. It was a beautiful sunny day and it took us to all the main attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe…


The Eiffel Tower ( of course!)…

Isn’t he so handsome? :le sigh:

And all the other great attractions the pristine city has to offer! What I love about the bus is that you can hop off and on throughout the day as you please, so the places you really want to spend time at you can explore at your leisure.

3. Have a Picnic at the Eiffel Tower


We hopped off our Big Bus at the Eiffel Tour and found this little crepe stand that made fresh crepes and also had sandwiches so we decided to have ourselves a little picnic and I’m so glad we did because it was a such a highlight for us!


THAT CREPE THOUGH!!! This crepe was amaaaazing- the lady made it right in front of us and it melted in your mouth! I really struggled to share this with my lovechunk but lucky for me, he got his own sandwich! 🙂

He can keep that sandwich, I’m keeping the crepe 🙂

Chris had purchased a little fold up waterproof blanket before our trip so we used that and laid out, enjoying our meal and the views. It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Very relaxing and you simply cannot beat that view!DSCN2057

4. Check out the Museums


Musee’ de Louvre

Paris is FILLED with so many wonderful museums. You can probably spend a month going to museums all day and you still wouldn’t be able to see all of them. We knew we had to see the Lourve, and I highly recommend putting it on your Paris “to do” list. It is the world’s largest art museum- and I found that out really quickly. It is huge! 


There are so many breathtaking pieces, you could easily spend hours here just walking around taking in all of the art. We actually got lost inside of the Louvre #dontjudgeus 🙂 After about 3 hours I started to become tired and hangry- which is a recipe for disaster. But the problem was, we still hadn’t seen the world famous “Mona Lisa” yet and we couldn’t leave without seeing her, right? So we went through room by room trying to find her, which only made us more lost and confused, we asked several people where she was and finally after about 40 minutes of searching we found her!!!


I’m not gonna lie, she was not that impressive. She was much smaller than I imagined and she was behind glass. I basically took 3 pictures and said “let’s go! I’m hungry!” #foodieproblems Chris said he should carry snacks around with him to fill up my “hunger tank” to prevent me getting hangry 🙂 He’s a smart man.

Before I became hangry


Another museum we went to and loved was the “Musee’ de l’Orangerie”. This was a beautiful place that had an entire room of Monet’s paintings which filled up the walls. It was so serene to just sit there and stare at these beauties.


There are so many beautiful works of art in this museum as well and what I like is that it’s small so it’s more difficult to get lost 🙂

5. Stroll through the Gardens


Paris has SO many exquisite gardens throughout the city and what is so great is that they are FREE! Beautiful AND free, what more can you ask for?? We had a great time exploring the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) which is right in between the Louvre and the Musee’ de l’Orangerie. There is a gorgeous fountain located in the center of the garden with chairs all around, there are exquisite statues throughout and ponds, literally everywhere you look is amazing. I promise you, my pictures aren’t doing it justice.



Another garden we loved was the Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg), we actually discovered it our first day in Paris while exploring. This garden is sprawling and stunning! This garden was probably my favorite one we visited during our trip, it was simply breathtaking.



6. Go to Notre Dame & Saint Germain


I always try to find hotels to stay at that are in the heart of everything so we can pretty much walk to the majority of places we want to go- our hotel was about a 5 minute walk to Notre Dame- it was perfect! Whether, or not, you are religious does not matter, I highly recommend to everyone to visit Notre Dame while in Paris. It is a sight to be seen. They offer tours but the line was very long and we lack the virtue they call “patience” so we decided to just go inside and walk around.


Tiff’s Tip: Try to pay attention to where you are walking, it will be difficult as you will be walking around with your mouth wide open saying “wooooooow” but do try not to bump into anyone. 🙂

We were lucky enough to go during Sunday Mass, it was so beautiful to hear the choir singing in French- granted we couldn’t understand it, but you don’t need translating to know something sounds beautiful. NotreDame3

After exploring Notre Dame we walked over to Saint Germain Chapelle , which was also exquisite and amazing. We we’re in the chapel and you are surrounded by 360 degrees of stained glass- wow! SaintGermainSaintGermain2SaintGermain3

7. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower at Sunset


Okay, now let’s be honest, I am using the words “climb” very loosely as you are not really climbing but riding in a large elevator 🙂 We decided to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower which was SO worth it! We went just right before sunset and we were at the top when the sun was setting across the city- it was a view we will always remember.

Eiffel3Once we explored the summit(top) area and took in all of the views we went back down and by that time it was dark and at night the Eiffel Towers lights up and every hour there is a twinkle lights show- it is MAGICAL!!! I wasn’t able to get any good pictures during the twinkle show but this is what it looks like lit up at night….


This was the perfect way to end our last night in Paris! We actually ended up missing the last train back  so we walked back to the hotel which was about a 30 minute walk. It was so nice walking around the city at night seeing everything lit up, Paris really comes alive at night and it was so nice to be a part of it. 🙂

8. Eat, Eat, and then Eat Some More!


You guys…Paris is a foodie PARADISE. I’m not kidding, everything I ate was mouthwatering, delectable, and fabulous. Stay tuned for my new blog post where “Tiffany Eats Paris”! I promise, I won’t make you wait another 3 months for that one 🙂



Have you been to Paris? What did you love the most? I’d love to know!

food · pizza · tampa

eat: Russo’s New York Pizzeria


Guess what today is?

It’s the day before my 31st birthday! I thought to myself, what better way to spend my last night as a 30 year old than to get a 90 minute massage, drink some wine, watch some Netflix, and update my blog?! Yes, I know, i’m a wild woman #partygirl I’m sorry you guys, I have been so busy eating lately I haven’t had time to write about it! #foodieproblems 

Lately I have been craving some really good Italian food and let me tell you, when I get a craving, I need to satisfy it or I get hangry and no one wants to see that! I put the word out that I was in need of some good ol’ fashioned Italian cooking and my friend came to my rescue and suggested a place near her, in Clearwater, called “Russo’s New York Pizzeria” – I thought to myself “well, I love New York and I love pizza so let’s go check it out!”

Russo’s is a very warm and welcoming place- it has cozy atmosphere with a brick oven, open kitchen, and super friendly staff- they made us feel right at home like a true Italian family. Whenever I go to a restaurant I always ask what they recommend- we were told that the Eggplant Rollatini appetizer was very popular so we decided to try it even though we didn’t even really know was it was- all we knew was that we were starving!

Eggplant Rollatini

YOU GUYS these were fantastic!! These little mountains of deliciousness were stuffed eggplant with ricotta, mozzarella, fresh basil, lightly breaded & fried- with a tomato cream sauce. If you thought they we’re pretty looking out the outside, just wait and see what they look like on the inside…


The eggplant and ricotta/mozzarella mixture were a winning combination- the tomato cream sauce took it to the next level. It was crispy on the outside and cheesy and gooey on the inside- magnifico!


Their bread was really good as well, it wasn’t your typical Italian bread it was actually pizza dough which was light and airy- not too heavy or filling. I’m not gonna lie, writing about this and looking at the pictures is making me hungry! This blogging business is very dangerous 🙂

Russo’s has a large menu with several selections of salads, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, calzones, etc. I knew I had a taste for pizza, while Chris was feeling like pasta- he couldn’t decide between spaghetti & meatballs (his favorite) or the chicken pesto pasta. What does my Lovechunk do when he can’t decide? He gets both!

Spaghetti & Meatballs
Chicken Pesto Pasta

Both dishes were delicious! I’m actually glad he got both so we could try the different dishes. The meatballs were moist, juicy, and full of flavor- while the chicken pesto dish was fresh, balanced, and had the perfect amount of pesto. He actually had to keep swatting my fork away from the pesto dish because I kept going back for more- oops! #sorrynotsorry

Now on to my FAVORITE part….:drumroll please:.….THE PIZZA!!!!

Okay, now let me just say that as a professional eater- and an even more professional PIZZA eater- I know what good pizza tastes like. In my opinion, a great pizza should have a good balance of pizza crust v.s. cheese & toppings- not too much of either one, they shouldn’t be competing. It should also have a crispy-but not TOO crispy- crust but also have some give to it, make sense? If not, just let me know and we can go have pizza together and I can show you 🙂 Well, long story short, the pizza I got from Russo’s was ON POINT. I, like my boo, had a struggle trying to choose which pizza to get- I was torn between the classic Margherita (tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, garlic, olive oil) or the New York Village (crumbled spicy Italian sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, mushrooms, black olives, roasted peppers, mozzarella, pizza sauce)- so what do you think this girl did?? You guessed it- I got both! #2peasinapod


    This pizza was probably one of the best pizzas that I’ve had in a really long time- and that’s saying a lot because I eat a lot of pizza! The crust was thin, but not too thin- the toppings were fresh, and the sauce was rich & developed. I’ll be honest, I ate about half of this pizza all by myself- Chris was going back and forth between pizza and pasta- all of our dishes were delectable. It was hard to stop eating! I love me some carbs!


    They have a nice dessert menu as well- I was trying to hold out for a cannoli but we were just so stuffed we basically had to be rolled out of there- the good thing is we had leftovers 🙂



    Russo’s has a wide selection of wines and they also feature daily specials. They even do catering as well as delivery to nearby locations. Even though this is a bit of a drive for us, it was definitely worth it.

    Bottom Line:  I’m so grateful my friend recommend this place so I am passing along the tip! If you want some great Italian food and even greater pizza- head to Clearwater and go to Russo’s! Tell them Tiffany sent you- and bring me a slice 🙂



    What is your favorite Italian dish? What is your “perfect pizza”? Are you a pizza or a pasta person? I’d love to know! Comment Below! 









    Amsterdam · food · travel

    travel: Tiffany Eats Amsterdam


    On this week’s episode of Tiffany Eats Tampa- we are taking a break from my beautiful (and delicious) city of Tampa and continuing on with our European Adventure! The second stop on our Eurotrip was Amsterdam- let the shenanigans begin! (Check out my post about Bruges, the first stop on our adventure here)

    Tiff’s Amsterdam To-Do and Eat List

    1. Check out the Flower Market


    When we first arrived in Amsterdam, we checked into our AirBnB- which, unfortunately, was not a great start to our trip- the place was in a perfect location but the home itself was very dirty, let’s just say that- but I was determined not to let that get in the way of our 2 day stay in this beautiful city. Okay, let’s have some real talk- when I say “I was determined not to let that get in the way of our stay” – I mean after about an hour of semi-panicking and trying to decide whether or not we should try to find a new place to stay but realizing that was pointless and then me trying to hold back tears of disappointment and such and my lovechunk trying to cheer me up- that’s what I mean 🙂 #travelstruggles 

    I finally said “let’s go explore and have some fun!” So we decided to check out Bloemenmarkt which is the world’s only floating flower market. I mean, how can you be in a bad mood when looking at a bunch of flowers, right??

    Check out all those tulip bulbs!

    It is a fantastic place to go to check out stall after stall of flowers (mostly tulips) and souvenirs. I have never seen SO many tulips in my life- it was an oasis of color! We spent about an hour, or so, just perusing through the shops and taking in all the sights and smells- it was a perfect way to spend our first few hours in Amsterdam.

    2. Take a Big Bus Tour


    I LIKE BIG BUSES(and I cannot lie!)- okay, okay- but seriously- big bus tours are one of my favorite things to do when I go to a major city! It’s a great way to get a feel for where all of the big sights are located, you also get to listen with headphones to an audio recording telling you about the places you are passing, AND your feet get a break- what more can you ask for???

    What we like to do it sit on the bus and relax while it goes to each stop on the tour- usually that takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Then we will decide where we want to get off and explore- but trust me, when you are traveling and walking around all day long- that time spent sitting on a bus is much needed for your precious feet! I don’t care if some people think it’s the “touristy” thing to do – it’s a really great way of scoping out the city and it’s also super convenient. 2 thumbs up from this girl!

    I love that bus!

     3. Check out the “I Am Amsterdam” Sign


    The “I Am Amsterdam” sign is iconic and is a perfect photo op! The sign is actually located behind the Rijksmuseum which is beautiful in itself. Walking to the get to the sign was simply stunning- you go through the museum entrance, and there are gardens surrounding you with fountains you can run in and out of- just a really cool place to sit and enjoy your surroundings.

    Where’s Waldo?

    Let me just say that taking a picture in front of, or even around, the “I Am Amsterdam” sign is no easy task, there are people EVERYWHERE! But it’s a fun place to be and you can climb in and out of the letters like a little kid(or traveling adult) 🙂

    4. Eat a Stroopwafel 



    When we were done goofing around at the “I Am Amsterdam” sign- we decided we were starving (climbing in and out of signs makes you hungry- fun fact!) and to our luck there were several cafes and food trucks located right outside of the museum. Before coming to Amsterdam I did some research about Dutch cuisines and kept stumbling across something called a “Stroopwafel” so of course we had to try it!

    A  Stroopwafel is basically a waffle made from two thin layers of dough with a caramel-like syrup in the middle. This one was made fresh- which meant the syrup in the middle of it was still warm and gooey and OH MY AMSTERDAM it was heavenly! It was very hard to share just one so we had to go back and get a second. #worthit 



    Before I came to Amsterdam, I spoke with my friend who has been there before and she gave me a great tip- WATCH OUT FOR BICYCLES! And i’m so glad she said that because there are LITERALLY (surprisingly, i’m not exaggerating) bicyclists EVERYWHERE! There are four times more bikes than cars in Amsterdam- it is basically how everyone gets around.

    I nearly got ran over by bikes at least twice while we were there- I had to learn quickly to be very cautious for bicyclists when crossing any street or even walking on a sidewalk because they own the roads- not the cars. Just be careful and cautious while walking on the streets to see where the bikes have the right of way and whatever you do, do NOT stop in the middle of a street and take a picture because you might just get run over! #TiffsTips 

    6. Have a Hot Dog

     Dodging bicyclists can also make a girl hungry- okay, i’ll be honest, everything makes me hungry– so we decided to stop for a snack before our next adventure. And I know what you’re thinking, “a hot dog? Really”? These aren’t your typical American hot dogs, these are some fancy pants hot dogs!

    That’s a classy dog

    See?? I told you! They serve it on a nice kind of bread with some cheese melted on top- it was quite lovely, I must say. The perfect afternoon snack.

    7. Eat some Dutch Cheese


    Holland is the #1 cheese exporting nation in the world- so of course we needed to sample some of the countries best cheeses! We stopped at several different cheese stores- there are plenty to choose from. Every single one was fabulous in my professional eating opinion.

    We bought 3 different kinds and nibbled on them while we explored the city. They were simply divine. Side note: I highly recommend carrying around mints or gum after nibbling on cheese all day long- you will thank me later 🙂


    Cheese Everywhere!

    8. Take the Heineken Brewery Tour


    This was such a cool experience and a MUST while in Amsterdam. As this was only my second brewery tour, I thought I knew what to expect- someone would walk us around and talk to us about the history of Heineken and about the beer making process- I was wrong- this was actually a self guided brewery tour- which was VERY unique and cool.

    You walk through several different rooms and levels where you first learn the history of the company and then you walk into the room where they make the beer- it felt like we were in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”- they had stations set up where you can stir the barley around and actually help make the beer!

    Making beer, no big deal 🙂 

    They even had the Heineken horses, an interactive ride, beer games, make your own bottle stations, and more! It was just a really cool experience that I would have never expected on a brewery tour. I rate this and the beer A +.

    Sampling 🙂

    10. Eat a Dutch Pancake


    When you’re in Amsterdam you HAVE to go to a place called “The Pancake Bakery” and try some Dutch pancakes- don’t ask any questions, just do it! Yes, I know i’m bossy but you will thank me afterwards.

    Bacon, Apple, and Cheese pancake

    You guys, these pancakes were insane- in a good way! First of all, they were as big as our plates and they were definitely not like any pancake I’ve ever had before. They were thin, light, and almost airy. Mine had bacon, apple, and cheese inside- YASSS!!! If you’ve been reading my blog then you should know by now that I love me some sweet and saltiness- and this was just that! Sweet and savory and simply delicious!

    Lemon Pancake

    Chris got the lemon pancakes which was also delicious- they were so filling I don’t think we were able to finish them:( What I also loved about this place was they didn’t have your typical syrup like we’re used to in the states, they had a pot with a stick in it and what came out was this thick, molasses-like, syrupy amazingness! I took a video for your viewing pleasure- i’m always thinking about you guys!


    11. Go to Zaanse Shans

    Zaanse Schans is about a half hour outside of Amsterdam and it is SO worth the drive. I knew I wanted to go to this place before we even left for our trip because I read about it and saw pictures and it looked breathtaking. I was so worried that we weren’t going to be able to go because it was our second and last day there and it was raining and cloudy so I was starting to give up hope on checking this place out- but later in the afternoon the sun came out and shined it’s glorious head and so we took an Uber (our first ever Uber to be exact) to Zaanse Scans and i’m SO thrilled that we did!

    This place is like something out of a dream- when you close your eyes and picture the countryside of Holland with windmills, green fields, and little baby goats and sheep frolicking around- THIS PLACE is what you are thinking of!

    Baby goats!!!!!

    There are huge windmills that you can actually go inside of, a cheese shop, a clog shop, a museum, and so much more- we had the best time just walking around taking in all of the beauty!



    The animals are also very good at posing for pictures as you can see by this smiley goat right here 🙂


    The clog shop is also a great place to go to get some Holland souvenirs as well as your very own pair of clogs!



    Just cloggin’ around

    I truly can’t say enough good things about this adorable place, I’m so happy we got to go on our last day- it really made our trip so much more special and it also was nice to get out of the city and see some of the countryside and it’s beauty.


    Bottom Line: Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see and do all of the things that I would have liked to being that we were only in Amsterdam for 2 days. I would have loved to see the Anne Frank House (I recommend booking in advance for that, which unfortunately we didn’t do) and taking a canal boat ride- but we still had a fantastic 2 days in Amsterdam and would definitely recommend adding it to your list of places to explore! 🙂



    Have you been to Amsterdam? What was your favorite places to see? Did you eat a Dutch Pancake? I’d love to know! 



    food · tampa · travel

    eat: Burger Culture


    • Burger Culture6290 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33614
    • Cuisine- Burgers, American
    • Price Range- $$

    Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far, I know I am because I just discovered a new place that was INCREDIBLE! To be honest, I didn’t discover it, my bae did- he’s my food scout 🙂 I’m off of work today and I called him and asked if he wanted to meet for a lunch date and he said “I know just the place! Are you in the mood for burgers?” What a silly question! The answer is ALWAYS YES! I then asked “is it blog worthy??” and he said “yes, bring your camera!” Those words were enough motivation for me to get dressed, do my hair, put my face on, (#iwokeuplikethis) grab my camera, and be in the car in about 15 minutes – that’s really fast for me!

    He told me to meet him at a food truck in Tampa called “Burger Culture“,  we got there and I was very impressed with the menu, it had a big variety of burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and more too choose from- and very creative sandwiches too!



    Once I saw that they had something called a “Waffle Burger” that was it- I knew what I was getting! It’s a burger between a Belgian waffle with goat cheese, blueberry compote, and honey drizzle- they had me at Belgian Waffle #brugeswithdrawals

    Waffle Burger

    YOU GUYS!!!! THIS BURGER WAS ON POINT! I’m going to post pictures of me devouring this thing so you can eat it vicariously through me (you’re welcome 🙂



    Hard at work for you guys!


    Did you enjoy that food journey we just took? I know I did! This burger is unlike any other I have ever had- it was like eating a scrumptious breakfast – the goat cheese and blueberry compote were a perfect medley! The honey drizzle was the icing on the cake. Not only that, the burger itself was cooked just right- very juicy, tasty, and delectable! I would rate this burger 5 stars, hands down. I also opted to get the sweet potato fries instead of regular because I love me some sweet potato fries! Those were great too but I was just so entranced with this waffley piece of art food. And yes, “waffley” is now officially a word 🙂

    Cajun Burger

    My lovechunk decided to go with the “Cajun Burger” because he likes the spicier things in life. The Cajun burger has a Cajun patty, smoked gouda, sautéed mushrooms and chipotle.


    He said this is the one he always gets when he comes so of course he loved it. I tried it but it was a bit too spicy for me- I’m a wimp when it comes to heat! But heat lovers would love this I’m sure! Chris said he “thought the burger was cooked to perfection and the toppings didn’t overshadow the burger itself- they went together just right” – clearly he could have his own food blog too 🙂 #chriseatstampa

    “Burger Culture” has been around for about 5 years and in this location for 3 years. They said they just opened a second location in SoHo. They are also available on UberEats! I also really like that even though it’s a food truck they have an area for covered seating with fans- as you Floridians know summertime is very hot and the last thing I want to do is eat outside in the heat- but they made it very comfortable!


    They also has a selection of grilled cheese sandwiches which I will need to try next time we come back- which I’m sure will be soon because I already have my Mom and several friends asking me to take them here- fine with me! I also like that they offer turkey burgers as well as black bean and protobello mushroom as your patty.


    Bae Approved 🙂



    Bottom Line: If you’re in the mood for a GREAT burger- look no further- check out Burger Culture and bring your appetite!




    What are your favorite burger toppings?? Have you ever had a waffle burger?? Sweet potato or regular fries?






    food · tampa · travel

    eat: Loli’s Mexican Cravings


    The Tampa Food Train is back in action! ALL ABOARD! I wish I could take you all with me to this place- like a foodie field trip- wouldn’t that be fun?  Because this is another place that is near and dear to my heart belly. But first I need to tell you the history of my love for Loli’s..let the “foodie-tale” begin!

    Years ago, in 2011, when my lovechunk was still in the U.S. Navy, he was stationed in San Diego. It was a lovely time, featuring great weather, lots of sunshine, and also lots of tacos. Let me start by saying that San Diego has AMAZING cuisine – especially lots of Mexican cuisine- being that it is so close to Mexico there is an abundance of authentic restaurants and taco shops everywhere.

    During our 2 year stay in San Diego we enjoyed our fair share of tacos- but me personally, I had my fair share- and then some! Chris had to leave me and go on a deployment for 8 months 😦 and well, what else is a girl to do while her man is gone but eat lots and lots of tacos?? #tacotherapy Let’s just say I became quite an expert on good Mexican food and not-so-good Mexican food.

    Anyhow, fast forward to 2014. Since coming back home to Tampa, Chris and I have been on a mission to find some authentic Mexican food #tacosnobs with little to no luck. Some places came close but we just couldn’t seem to find something that was good enough until one fateful night….

    It was December 19, 2014- a night I will never forget. We were at my work’s Christmas party, being merry and such, when it was time to eat. I didn’t know what they were serving- I don’t ask a lot of questions when it comes to eating I just grab a plate 🙂 So we got in line and discovered they had food catered and it was tacos & tamales. We stuffed our plates and sat down at our table. I remember taking a bite of that chicken taco – it was like fireworks went off in my mouth! I’m pretty sure I had tears in my eyes from being so happy- I looked at Chris and said “BABE! TASTE THIS!” and I shoved the taco into his mouth…he chewed and I waited for his head nod of approval…and I got it! This food was legit! I found out the name of the place that provided the delicious food…it was called “Lolis Mexican Craving’s”.

    We were so excited to go there- I don’t think we even waited a full week! Loli’s is a hole in the wall- when I say that I mean it’s very small, with 5 tables, and that’s basically it. No frills. When the food is THAT good you don’t need any frills! When we arrived we discovered they have more than just tacos and tamales. They also have sopes, tortas, and quesadillas. We’ve never head of a sope before but we thought we’d try it and i’m SO glad we did because they are FANTASTIC!



    A sope is a traditional Mexican dish that is fried masa- formed into a round shape- topped with refried black beans, meat of your choice, lettuce, avocado, crumbed cheese, and sour cream. I like to get the ribeye sope (pictured above) – it’s my personal favorite. I often ask myself, what is better than 1 sope? The answer is…2 sopes!


    Chicken sope & Ribeye sope

    Let me explain what an authentic Mexican taco consists of- a corn tortilla, your meat of choice, cilantro, and grilled onions. They also have sauces to choose from like an avocado cilantro (my fav) and some other spicy ones that I’m too afraid to try. Chris says the habanero sauce is “on point but proceed with caution as it’s very spicy”. Loli’s has a lot of options to choose from for your taco, sope, quesadilla and torta needs – ribeye, chicken, pastor, campechano, shrimp, fish, lengua, chicarron, chorizo, carnitas, and vegetarian. If the only tacos you are familiar with are from “Taco Bell”- I beg you to come to Loli’s and experience these bad boys! You will thank me 🙂

    My favorite tacos are the pastor, ribeye, and fish tacos. The pastor tacos come with onions, cilantro, and pineapple- the sweetness just goes impeccably with the saltiness from the meat.


    Pastor Tacos

    The fish taco is fried white fish, cabbage, avocados, cilantro, and pico de gallo- squeeze some lime on that- perfection!


    Fish taco

    Their tamales, tortas, and quesadillas are also delectable. It’s hard not to order half of the menu every time we go.


    Now, I need to confess something…when we first discovered Loli’s I was very selfish (only child syndrome) and I told Chris that we shouldn’t tell anyone about them because then it will get too popular and busy and we’d have to wait forever to get our food ( #princessproblems) . Well, that didn’t last long- we told everyone we knew how great and authentic this place was. And other people discovered this great place and so on and so on- basically the word got out- because now Loli’s has lines out the door anytime you go there- people even wait outside in the rain for their food- I’ve seen it! And honestly, I’m so happy they have been so successful- they deserve it! And yes, now princess has to wait in line for her tacos and sopes, but it’s definitely worth the wait- I promise you! Don’t believe me? Check out this bulletin board on the wall of the restaurant that people can write notes on. It’s unanimous- Loli’s is the best. Also, they just started opening on Sundays- they are now open 7 days a week! #bestnewsever



    Sope Princess

    Bottom Line: Go have some authentic Mexican food at Loli’s Mexican Cravings..tell them “Tiffany Eats Tampa” sent you- and then bring me a sope!!! 🙂



    What is your favorite Mexican food dish? How many sopes can you eat in one sitting? Let me know!








    Bruges · food · travel

    eat: Tiffany Eats Bruges


    Tiff’s Bruges Must Eats!

    Imagine an enchanting place with chocolate & waffle shops on every street corner- with serene canals running through and bells echoing in the background. Well I have wonderful news- this place exists! It’s called Bruges and it’s truly magical.

    In my last post travel: Bruges,  there were many things we loved to do but eating was, of course, one of our favorite past times in Bruges (and every other place for that matter). Below is a list of some of my favorite foods from our adventure, enjoy!

    1. Frites


    I know what you’re thinking…”fries?? really?” but let me tell you what- frites (fries) are a BIG deal in Belgium- they are no joke! And we can taste why…they are delicious! I want to say while we were there for only 2 days we must have eaten at least 3 different orders of frites and they were all so tasty! They are traditionally served with mayo but everywhere you go offers a variety of sauces- but me, I’m a ketchup & mayo kinda girl. They serve them with the tiniest fork I’ve ever seen in my entire life, I felt like a fancy giant  (pinky up) attempting to eat my frites with a little baby fork- but let me just say, as a professional eater, bare hands work much better for dipping. #Tiff’sTips

    2. Waffles


    No words needed, I’m just going to leave that there….

    Just kidding 🙂 (butseriously)

    You have to get a Belgium waffle when in Belgium! But let me tell you that some waffles are just more exceptional than others. Remember how I said that the guy whose apartment we were renting owned a waffle shop and we were staying above it? Well this waffle is from his shop, Oyya Ice Bar, and let me tell you this was by far, the best waffle we’ve ever had, period, end of story, case closed, that’s all folks! We did try another waffle during our stay from a different place and it just wasn’t anything to write (or blog) home about. But this waffle- this waffle was crispy, flavorful, and scrumptious! We also added gelato and whipped cream to it- a winning combination!

    3. Chocolate


    2 words…Belgium Chocolate. First of all, like I said, there is chocolate EVERYWHERE! I’m not even exaggerating! I’m sure if they could figure out a way to make chocolate flow through the canals they would because it is all over the place and I absolutely love it!

    So does Chris!

    One of the first things we did was go into several different shops and treat ourselves to some of Belgium’s finest chocolates. All of them were so creamy, rich, and smooth. Simply perfection. You can really taste a difference in quality from back home. We stocked up and brought enough chocolate to last us a few months- but it only lasted a week or so- oops!

    We went into a shop and they even had tools that were made out of chocolate!

    All chocolate

     Here is a testament to the deliciousness..we brought some home for my parents to try and my Dad (who is VERY picky by the way) and Mom said “Tiffy, this is the best chocolate I’ve had in my LIFE!” My Mom even said she didn’t want to share the rest of it with my Dad but she felt bad and shared it anyway. #truelove

    4. Flemish Stew


    Did you think I was going to go to Belgium and just pig out on fries, waffles, and chocolate all day long? Well, you were right but I also enjoyed some traditional Flemish cuisine. (fun fact: Bruges is located in the West Flanders region of Belgium so they are Flemish).

    We asked what a traditional/local dish was and we were recommended the “Flemish Stew”. When it arrived we looked at it and were surprised there weren’t any veggies in the stew- but let me tell you that this little pot of stew stood on it’s own and didn’t need to be showed up by any carrots or potatoes! This had a taste unlike any other stew I’ve ever had. It’s made with a rich dark Belgian beer but it has a sweetness to it from the brown sugar that balances so well with the onions and ale. This dish definitely had depth and I was all about it! Those fries were pretty lovely as well. I even went a little crazy and dipped a frite (when in Bruges) into the stew and suddenly “A Whole New World” from Aladdin started playing in my head because it was such an explosion of flavors and crispiness! Superb!

    Bottom Line: Go to Bruges and eat until your pants get too tight! It’s worth it, I promise! 🙂




    What are your favorite foods to eat in Belgium? Do you dip your fries into any foods? What sauces do you like with your frites? I’d love to know!



    Bruges · food · travel

    travel: Bruges



    I’m back baby!

    YOU GUYS, I missed you! Did you miss me too?? (you know you did!)

    I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post, my lovechunk and I recently got back from our 2 week euro-trip. We had the BEST time ever! I’m so excited to share our adventures with you! We went to Bruges, Amsterdam, Paris, and my beloved London. I’m going to write separate blogs for each place and my favorite food spots so buckle up and let the fun begin!

    Tiff’s Bruges To-Do List

    1. Explore the City

    The first stop on our adventure was Bruges. If you are not familiar, Bruges is a medieval city in Belgium, dating all the way back to the 9th century.  Let me start out by saying, Bruges is pretty magical. Seriously. When we first arrived we were trying to find the apartment we rented so we were dragging our suitcases through the cobblestone streets but we kept stopping in the middle of the road with our mouths wide open, looking around and going “woooooowwwwww”! (such tourists)

    Everywhere you look is incredible.

    so adorable!

    We had the best time just wandering around and exploring the city. There is history everywhere you turn.



    Basilica of the Holy Blood

    What I love about Bruges is that it’s small. It’s not a big city like London (sigh) or New York, you can walk everywhere! The first day we just wandered around aimlessly- no maps or anything. Now let me just say that is a big deal for me because something you may, or may not, know is that i’m a planner- I need to know where i’m going (and eating) at all times, no surprises for this girl- but I said “forget Google Maps, let’s just see walk around and get lost!”

    We stumbled upon hidden alley ways, breathtaking canals, and chocolate stores- EVERYWHERE! I have never seen so many chocolate shops in my life!



    trying to decide how many pounds of chocolate to get
    Those canals tho!!!

    There is beauty everywhere! We wandered around for about 4 hours just taking in all of the sights, smells, and sounds until Bae pooped out on me and wanted to go to bed around 8 pm. In his defense, we were awake for almost 24 hours at this point but I was so excited I couldn’t sleep!


    2. Take a Canal Boat Ride


    Ever since arriving in Bruges I couldn’t wait to take a canal boat ride, it was at the top of  my “to do” list (told you I’m a planner) but it wasn’t looking like princess was going to get her boat ride. The weather was playing games with my heart- it was raining most of the day, then the sun would shine for a few minutes and I’d get all giddy but by the time we got to the canal boats it would rain again. It was an emotional roller coaster!

    I was starting to give up hope (as in walking back to the apartment at around 7pm all sad and grumpy, fighting back my tears and sniffles kind of thing) BUT ALAS- the sun came out! And not only did the sun come out- it stayed out long enough for princess to get her canal boat ride! “Was it worth it??” you may ask…the answer is YASSSS!!!


    View from boat ride

    3. Rent an Apartment Above a Waffle Shop


    We rented from for the first time, I was a bit nervous as this was all new to us- but I’m so glad we did as it made our time in Bruges even more special. It turns out that the guy who rented us the apartment owns a waffle shop and it’s right underneath the apartment. I’m not even kidding- this is a foodie’s dream come true!

    Apartment we stayed in on 2nd floor

    This place was so perfect it was in the heart of town, had it’s own private elevator, and the best part of all? It had a charming little patio off of the bedroom and whenever we stepped outside it smelled like freshly made waffles- pure heaven! We didn’t want to leave!


    4. Go to a Chocolate Museum


    When in Belgium, right?? We went to a place called Choco-Story, The Chocolate Museum which was definitely worth checking out- I mean it’s a museum dedicated to chocolate- what’s not to love?? I’m not gonna lie, museums usually bore me for the most part ( #judgementfreezone)  but a chocolate museum is something I can get excited about!


    This was probably as close to being at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as I’ll ever come. They even had a demonstration of a guy making chocolate- and he gave us all samples when he was finished. That’s my kind of hospitality!!!

    5. Take a Brewery Tour/Drink Beer

    We decided to take a brewery tour and enjoy some of Belgium’s finest ales at De Halve Maan Brewery.  This was my first ever brewery tour and it was great!! Seeing how everything is made from start to finish was pretty fascinating, we got to climb up and down steep steps and even go on top of the roof- which was a wonderful view of Bruges!


    The best part of any brewery tour? The samples! Cheers 🙂


    7. Eat and then Eat some more!

    I want to say Belgium is most known for their beer and their chocolate- which are both fabulous by the way! But that is not all that they have to offer- check out my post Tiffany Eats Bruges where I list my favorite foods and must eats! 🙂

    Bottom Line: We really had an incredible stay in magical Bruges- we only stayed for 2 days but we definitely could have stayed longer. It’s beautiful, full of history, and the people were so nice, like beyond nice. They went out of their way to be helpful and friendly. For example, when we arrived at the train station a man on a bike came over to us because he could tell we were going in the wrong direction with our suitcases and he escorted us to right side and found us maps- he didn’t even work there he was just a normal guy- that was a great start to our 2 day affair. We will definitely return to this chocolately paradise and would recommend you check out this little gem as well 🙂



    What are you favorite things to do in Bruges? Do you love chocolate? How many pounds would you buy? Leave me a comment, i’d love to know!

    london · travel

    travel: Tiff’s Travel Must Haves


     Guess what?

    My boo and I are leaving for a 2 week European vacation next week! We are going to Bruges, Amsterdam, Paris, and my beloved London. We’ve never been to the first 3 places so it’ll be a new adventure and I’m OBSESSED with London so I’m beyond thrilled to go back.

    I can’t wait for the trip, however, i’m currently FREAKING out! Freaking out as in I’m SUPER excited and can’t wait to see and eat in these amazing new places BUT I’m also starting to get into a panic mode. This always happens to me before a trip, but this will be the longest vacation- let alone international vacation -we’ve taken. I’m making lists, making itineraries, and trying not to forget anything. Once I’m on the plane I will relax. 🙂

    During my most recent anxiety attack I thought to myself, “why don’t I make a blog post with all of my must have travel items?” so here I am! LET’S BEGIN!

    1. Comfortable Shoes

    First on my list is kind of an obvious one but I’ve learned this the hard way- COMFORT IS KEY! When we were in London & Savannah last year, I averaged about 15,000 to 20,000 steps a day. That is a HUGE difference from my astounding six to seven thousand step-a-day average (I have an office job, don’t judge!).  When we first arrived in London, I thought, “we’re in London, I need to be adorable at all times!” Chris said “babe, you need to wear comfy shoes, you’re going to complain later” …I hate when he’s right -which is very rare 🙂 but he was! Below is my “cute” booties.


    After about 2 hours of wearing those bad boys and walking around the city (I wish you could see the heel, it’s about 2.5 inches)- I was CRANKY & WHINEY! 2 things husbands just LOVE.

    The next day I decided to wear my Skechers Memory Foam Shoes I think the smile on my face speaks for itself…


    This day is one were I got about 20,000 steps in and my feet STILL felt great! So definitely bring your comfiest shoes, leave those adorable boots behind! You won’t be sorry, I promise.

    2. Scarf

    Number 2 on my list is something everyone probably already has- a scarf! If you don’t have one you can get one that’s inexpensive. I love scarves, especially, for traveling because you can bring it on the plane and if you are cold you can use it as a blanket or a little pillow. It’s also a great fashion accessory! You can even do a “who wore it best” contest with statues in museums!

    Nailed it.

    3. Cross Body Purse/Anti-Theft Backpack

    When I’m traveling I love to wear cross body purses for 2 reasons 1) they are much comfier than having to carry one in your hand and 2) safety- it’s much harder to steal a purse from someone if it is worn around their body vs. their hands.

    In addition to my cross-body purse, we are traveling to Paris for the first time and I’ve been reading A LOT about pickpockets. At first I was like “eh we will be fine, no big deal” but I’ve talked to some different people who have traveled to Paris, and other big cities, I want to say the majority of them have told me stories about someone having their purse or backpack cut or someone they know- so we’re taking extra precautions this trip. We both ordered a Pacsafe Metrosafe Anti-Theft Backpack It is made specifically to protect your items from theft – such as a metal mesh that prevents slicers from cutting your bag, RFID blockers, etc. I will let you know how well this one works when we get back from our trip! But definitely wear a cross body purse in the meantime, it’s my go to!

    4. Neckwrap Thing


    My 4th item is my new favorite thing! I’ve always brought a neck pillow on a plane but I still could never seem to get it in a comfortable position. Last time we flew to London we had a 7.5 hour plane ride and neither one of us got any sleep (surprisingly enough, I wasn’t cranky OR whiney once we landed-I was too excited!). I ordered this Neckwrap thing I saw in a blog somewhere- I figured worse case scenario I’ll just return it if it doesn’t work, no biggie. What’s unique about it is that it has a built in inner skeletol frame that actually helps to support your neck. I tried this out on a quick 2 hour flight and slept like a BABY! No joke. I snored, drooled- everything (#judgementfreezone)! So this is my new go-to travel item. I’m making Chris order his own before the trip because I won’t be sharing- sorry babe 🙂 Even if you don’t want to get the neckwrap, still bring a something for neck support that you know you will be able to get some sleep with. Those long haul flights can be exhausting and trust me- counting sheep doesn’t work(I stopped counting at around 50,000 last time).

    5. CARRY ON SUITCASE- NO checked bags!

    One of the best choices I’ve ever made when traveling is to ditch the big suitcase and just bring a carry on! This is not an easy task for me as I am a notorious over-packer. I’m the one who brings a suitcase on a 3 day weekend getaway- i’m that person. But I recently had a revelation- I don’t want to lug around a big jumbo suitcase, period. Last time we were in London trying to navigate the tube stations and carry our huge suitcases over the stairs it was a nightmare! Chris ended up having to carry mine too after I dropped it several times and accidentally dropped it onto a child’s foot (oops!). I will admit I was a bit skeptical on whether or not I can actually fit all the stuff I want to bring in a tiny little itty bitty carry on but after much struggle and deciding between clothes I DID IT! I FIT ALL MY STUFF!(is it weird that I feel like I deserve a medal or trophy for this? Because i do) Now, that being said, when you’re going on a long trip and only bringing a carry on you can only bring SO many clothes- plan on bringing 2 to 3 pairs of pants, 3 or 4 tops and just keep rotating until their smelly and then wash them 🙂 This is my favorite little carry on suitcase and ever since making the switch to just bringing a carry on, life has been SO much easier! No waiting in lines to drop off your bags, no waiting to pick up your bags, just go! You’re welcome! 🙂 DSCN1231

    6. Hooded Windbreaker Jacket

    I know what you’re thinking. What’s so great about a windbreaker? Well, number 6 is definitely a must if you are going to be traveling anywhere that may be windy or cold. A simple windbreaker jacket can help keep you warm while combating the rain and wind. The hood will also help shield you from the rain. This was definitely useful in London. It’s lightweight, easy to roll up and keep in your purse or backpack and keeps you dry!

    See how happy being warm and dry can be?

    Rocking our windbreakers!

    7. A GOOD Camera

    This is another time where I learned my lesson. When we went to- you guessed it- London I purchased a small digital camera, a little over $100. I figured it would take better pictures than my cell phone so I should be happy. I was wrong. When I reviewed the pictures after our trip I was really disappointed in the quality. Shots were blurry, not in focus- just overall crappy. After that I decided to spend more money and invest in a nice camera that I can get great shots out of. I got the Nikon Coolpix B700. I really love it, it takes wonderful pictures, has lots of features and isn’t too bulky. That’s the only downside, for me, about having a nice camera-is the size but the results are worth it- in my opinion. Here’s a photo I took with my new camera. The squirrel was such a great subject, he smiled for me and everything 🙂


    8. Cucumber Facial Wipes

    Being on a plane after several hours makes me feel GROSS. I love to bring Cucumber Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes they are FABULOUS! These make me feel clean and fresh. I keep them in my purse and clean my face before landing and i’m ready to hit the runway!(fashion runway or plane runway- either one). Chris also approves 🙂


    9. Portable Charger


    I don’t know about your phones or devices but my batteries do not last long at all. I’m lucky if my phone is still at 30% by the end of my work day. We purchased 2 of these High Density Power Bank bad boys and are so glad we did- we carry them in my purse & backpacks so when we’re running low we don’t need to worry about running out of juice.charger


    Did you think I was going to write a blog about traveling and not talk about eating???

    Seriously though! There is an art to traveling and eating- you have to PACE yourself. When you go to eat at places, don’t fill up on everything in sight (it’s hard, i know) have small portions so you can sample more places! I know i won’t be able to eat at every cafe’ in Paris ( a girl can try!) but if I only eat a little here and there then we can go to more delicious spots! There is a method to my eating madness:)


    Happy Traveling!



    What are your must have travel items? I’d love to know! Leave a comment!

    arepas · food · tampa · travel

    eat: Nico’s Arepas Grill


    • Nico’s Arepas Grill – 8303 N Armenia Ave Tampa, FL 33604
    • Cuisine: Latin American, Venezuelan 
    • Price Range: $

    CHOOT CHOOT! The “Tiffany Eats Tampa” train is taking us to a very special place in my belly heart this week- Nico’s Arepas Grill.

    sidenote: if you would like to play a game while reading this, you can take a shot every time I say the word “arepa”- spoiler alert: you will get drunk. Don’t drink & drive! 🙂 #tiffstips #PSA

    Let me start my foodietale (get it, like “fairytale?” ha- okay, moving on) in London, September of last year. Bae and I went to Camden Market (which is fabulous by the way, I will need to make a separate blog about my love affair with London –stay tuned) which was basically a foodie & shopping paradise. There were tons of different food trucks & restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines to choose from. We stumbled upon a truck that said “AREPA”- it smelled heavenly. We looked at each other and said “what’s an arepa”? I’m SO glad we asked because we soon discovered it’s amazingness. Below is our first ever arepa….

    First ever arepa in London!

    It was love at first bite!

    For those of you who aren’t familiar, an arepa is a Venezuelan and Columbian dish, it’s  almost like a corn pita/pancake. It is opened up and served with your choice of toppings inside. It’s a bit doughy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

    Once we came home from London we went on a quest to find the best arepa in town. We found 3 places in the Tampa Bay area (if there are more, let me know!)- I felt like “Goldie Locks & the 3 Bears Arepas” – one place the arepa was too hard, one the arepa was too soft- but Nico’s…Nico’s was just right! We had a winner!

    Nico’s Arepas Grill is an authentic Venezuelan restaurant that has a wide variety of items but their speciality is the almighty arepa. For first timers I would reccomend trying the sampler (below) as it gives you a bit of everything.


    All of these items are fantastic. It comes with tequenos- cheese wrapped in dough (think mozzarella stick meets Pillsbury dough boy- but better!), mini arepas, empanadas, and last but not least CACHAPAS- eating them is even more fun than saying “cachapa!”  (whenever I say it my shoulders do a little dance from left to right to left 🙂 They are sweet corn cakes with salty cheese- SO MUCH YES! The combination of the sweetness from the corn cakes and the saltiness of the cheese is a match made in heaven.


    Mini Arepa

    If you thought the mini arepa looked incredible, wait until you see a full sized one. I, myself, love sweet & salty so I decided to get an arepa with shredded beef, plantains, avocado, cheese, and black beans. I then add some of Nico’s garlic & cilantro relish sauces and BAM…magic happens…IMG_20170422_174013_998

    The arepa is almost as big as the size of my head and i’m not gonna lie, I have a big head (#bornthisway)! The taste is exquisite! Each ingredient compliments another. It’s one of those foods that’s so scrumptious but huge so i’m having an internal (and external) struggle while eating it because my bodies like “slow your roll woman! There’s no more room!” but my taste buds are like “KEEP EATING! YOU CAN DO IT” and Bae’s all like “boo, you’re going to get sick, get a box!” SO MANY EMOTIONS but ultimately my body won- I got a to-go box. If you can eat a whole arepa, you should win a t-shirt or something because that’s impressive!

    Nico’s is truly one of a kind- so far everything I’ve had on the menu has been incredible and there is also a lot more I want to try. We go at least once a month. They also have a food truck & do catering. If only we would have known about Nico’s when we got married 😦 :sigh: It’s also great too because I can try my Spanish out 🙂 “muy delicioso!”

    Bottom Line: Hands down, one of my FAVORITE places in Tampa, like top 5, no joke. If you like food- you will LOVE Nico’s Arepas Grill! I’ll see you there! 🙂



    Do you love arepas? Did you play the drinking game? Are you okay? What is your favorite arepa toppings? Let me know!

    donuts · food · tampa · travel

    eat: Jupiter Donut Company


    • Jupiter Donut Company 32130 US Highway 19 N Palm Harbor, FL 34684
    • Cuisine: Sweets, Donuts
    • Price Range: $

    Who has 2 thumbs and is OBSESSED with donuts??? THIS GIRL! I’m serious, they are my weakness- my kryptonite. If I were a character on “Sesame Street” I would be the “Donut Monster”. Still don’t believe me? Okay, here’s an example: I was sick in January with the super flu and my boo tried  everything to get me out of bed.

    Chris: “Babe, want to go for a walk”? Me: “No, I can’t, i’m dying”. (#dramaqueen) / Chris: “Want to go to the movies?” Me: “I simply can’t move, my body huurts”/ Chris: “Want to get some ice cream?” Me: “Nooooo, I just cannn’t”. / Chris: “Want to get some donuts?” Me: :gets dressed at Superman speed, runs downstairs and gets into passengers seat of car all within a 3 minute timespan: “LETS GO NOW! I’M READY!”

    So yeah, I have #donutproblems. That all being said, I consider myself to be a donut connoisseur. Not all donuts are created equal! I’ve had my share of stale, frozen-pretending-to-be-fresh donuts- I know what made from scratch quality taste like and this place is legit! (warning: the images you are about to see will cause drooling, donut cravings, and salivating.)

    Salted Caramel
    Tooti Fruiti

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