Under Construction – Renovation at Tiffany’s

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Hello, everyone!!!

It’s been awhile since my last video, but life offline has been quite eventful!

December: I hosted my first live cooking show in San Diego! I also decided to make #HungryNotThirsty a thing.

January: I celebrated my one year YouTube anniversary & hosted my 1st solo pop-up dessert bar via Beats & Brushes in San Diego! I also was approached & approved to become a teacher on Curious.com!

February: I made like a culinary cupid & delivered sweet/salty Valentines Day dishes in LA, LB, OC, & SD (The sale is over, but you can check out the menu here: http://bit.ly/TiffanyIsCupid2015).

In the background, I’ve been connecting with local musicians, artists, & food lovers from all over & reflecting on the next direction for Dining At Tiffany’s.

While it’s always been a possibility, becoming a full-time YouTuber was never the goal of making videos; it’s a big component of what I do, but my mission statement & vision of success is more about the bigger picture of education, empowerment, & enjoyment! Here is a snapshot of the very first business plan I created before I got started:

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In revisiting my creative vision, personal values, & intentional goals, I realized that a lot of them can & should be accomplished in person. I also learned that the best version of a personal business is one that authentically represents the owner’s lifestyle.

(Aside from breaking stereotypes & demolishing tiles for mosaic art projects), one of my favorite activities is connecting people in ways that can help each other grow together toward making dreams reality &, hopefully as a byproduct, make the world a better place. I’ve also been fine-tuning ways to integrate my main commitment of pursuing my Masters in Counseling into my creative work. I used to describe Dining At Tiffany’s as my “side hustle,” but I’ve realized there’s a way to bring both of my passions to the forefront of my priorities. For example, Season 2 – Comfort Food Remix was a great opportunity to apply my coursework and skills I’ve learned now that I’m halfway to my degree. I was pleasantly surprised that sharing my story about overcoming struggles through YouTube and my writing encouraged others to reach out and share with me in turn. As much as I love it when you all cook using my recipes, I find it equally, if not more, fulfilling that I get to connect with a number of you on a deeper, personal level. You all are wonderful. I like you so much! 🙂

As I move forward with Dining At Tiffany’s, I’m blessed to have found the strength, guidance, & motivation to develop a solid plan for making that all happen in an elevated way. There is so much goodness in store to prep & cook up for you all. So BRB, internet! I just need some time away real quick to make these dreams into reality.

Me last night at the very cafe table where I drafted my business plan over a year ago.

Me the other night at the very cafe table where I drafted my business plan over a year ago. #makeithappen #passionplanner

In the meantime, you can find more interactive versions of my cooking videos here, along with tons of other resources to make your own dreams into reality, too! I gotchu ;).

Also, since Dining At Tiffany’s is currently under construction, I’m open and curious about your ideas & feedback. Some of you have approached me about collaborating or being featured in my videos in events. Sound like you? Hit me up (@diningattiffs / DiningAtTiffanys@gmail.com)!

Until next time, I wish you all days & nights full of good food & good conversation. ❤

With love,

Tiffany R.

Dining At Tiffany’s

Takin’ it Slow – Slow Cooker Adobo Pulled Pork Poutine with AC Boral

Hii everyone!

I hope you’re doing well! Me? Honestly, I’m actually feeling pretty crummy, lol. It’s another wonderful Wednesday where I get to share my cooking videos with you, but I got sick last night & was basically bedridden all day. Ick. Still gotta keep sharing the good food & good conversation with you, so here we go!

So far for Dining At Tiffany’s Season 2 – Comfort Food Remix, we’re talked about:
– getting over breakups/ rough times (& made Chicken Adobo)
– moving on & moving forward (& made delicious sweet potato rosemary pasta sauce)
– using up “residual love” in positive ways  (& ice cream cake happened!)

In this episode, we’re talking about something similar to my situation right now– when life slows down. As we’re going through the daily grind & chasing success, there’s inevitably a part of our story when we’re forced to slow down, sometimes even to a screeching halt. Sometimes we are faced with down time or delays during which we have no choice but to play the waiting game.

Por ejemplo:
– getting sick/injured
– unemployment/ waiting to hear back from interviews (more about that & my cover letter writing guide here! http://bit.ly/DATcoverletter)
– little things, like missing the bus or waiting for someone to finally text you back (lol)

In times like these, it’s really a test of patience, & even a test of resourcefulness. Sometimes you’ve gotta make do with what you have, taking the situation given to you in stride. As you grow up, you start to develop a positive attitude & not let it phase you when you’re forced to slow down. You realize that no matter what, it’s all gravy! 😉

Plus, sometimes that gravy is ladled onto french fries, accompanied by some melty cheese, & finished with some Slow Cooked Adobo Pulled Pork in Canadian-style Poutine with a Filipino twist! Chef AC Boral with So Good & Delicious food teaches us how to make this delicious comfort food dish & opens up about taking it slow:

Click to watch! 

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Just like AC advises, stay persistent & keep your head up. Our context & situations may present challenges, but at the end of the day, you’re still you & that’s what matters — hold on to that! For example, last week I stumbled upon an old tumblr account from five years ago that I totally forgot about (HappyHealthyTiffany.tumblr.com). It’s reassuring to see that while I’ve grown up a lot, I still have the same values & aspirations as I did back then; it all just materialized through a different recipe than I expected.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Adobo Pulled Pork Poutine

By AC Boral for Dining At Tiffany’s

Makes 4 servings

Poutine is a simple dish originating in Canada. All that’s needed to make poutine is pommes frites (French fries), cheese curds, and gravy. We’re twisting this recipe by making a hearty adobo pulled pork to top the fries before finishing with some gravy and mozzarella cheese. The pulled pork recipe leaves you with a lot of extra pork which can be eaten in so many other ways, like with rice or in sliders or even for more poutine!

PULLED PORK RECIPE

2-3 lb. Pork shoulder

5-7 Garlic cloves

2 c Yellow onion, sliced

1 tsp Black pepper

3-4 Bay leaves

½ c Soy sauce

½ c Cane vinegar

½ c Chicken stock

  1. Layer the bottom of slow cooker with onions, followed by pork shoulder.
  2. Add pepper, garlic, bay leaves, soy sauce, vinegar, and stock to slow cooker.
  3. Set on LOW for 8 hours.
  4. Let cool with lid off and carefully remove pork shoulder from slow cooker and place in a large bowl.
  5. Separate large pieces of fat, chop finely, and reincorporate some for moisture and flavor if you wish.
  6. Take two forks and shred pulled pork.
  7. If desired, add ¼ c of drippings from the slow cooker and reincorporate into shredded pulled pork for extra flavor and moisture.

GRAVY RECIPE

2 Tbsp Butter

3 Tbsp Whole wheat flour

2 c Drippings, reserved from slow cooker recipe above

8 oz Mozzarella cheese, in small cubes

1 bay leaf, optional

4 garlic cloves, optional

  1. Start the butter and flour in a saucepan on LOW heat.
  2. As butter melts, stir with flour to combine and let cook together for a few minutes as the raw flour taste cooks out.
  3. Add the drippings (and bay leaf and garlic if you like a stronger adobo flavor) and whisk together.
  4. Whisk continuously until gravy thickens.
  5. Let gravy come to a simmer and add cheese curds.
  6. Turn off heat and whisk together so cheese melts slightly.

POUTINE RECIPE

A nice big plate of your favorite fries

6-8 oz. of Slow Cooker Adobo Pulled Pork

½ c of Adobo Gravy with Cheese

Chopped scallions

  1. Take your nice big plate of fries and top with pulled pork and gravy.
  2. Garnish with scallions and enjoy!

Let us know if you made this! For added fun, you can tag us & use our hashtags!

AC: @sgdfood / #sgdfood / #TheBestThingsInLifeArePork
Me: @DiningAtTiffs / #DiningAtTiffs / #HungryNotThirsty (lol!)

Thanks for stopping by! Toodles!
With love,

Tiffany R.

Dining At Tiffany’s

After the BAE – Residual Love in Yo’ Ice Cream Cake

“Hues of blues and greens surround me.
Knowing you have found another love
has turned my world to sorrow.

Green with envy for another
fearing she may be the one to soar
Through life with you, can’t lose these
hues of blues in green.”
– Blue in Green by Miles Davis (background music sample from this week’s episode)

Hey everyone!!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. I sure did! I made a turkey & I think people liked it. 😀

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Wish you could’ve all come over! I’m thankful that I was surrounded by my wonderful family and had some time to spend with my awesome friends in San Diego as well! This helped to distract from some not so yummy thoughts in the back of my mind, especially since November was not so fun for me last year.

Around this time last year, I was not only finding new ways to use up Thanksgiving leftovers that were taking up space in the refrigerator; I was also getting creative about redirecting unrequited feelings that were taking up way too much space in my heart & mind. I had to figure out how to use up all that residual love.

residual love (n.): the leftover affection carried inside after the object of said affection is gone.

After squeezing out all the tears, shameless comfort food eating, reminiscing, and self-rediscovery, there’s often still a few drops of lingering feelings to wring out. ..& that’s perfectly normal. But my question for you is, what are you going to do with that? What are you going to do with that residual love?

Here’s some of my ideas PLUS a how-to for making ice cream cake:

Click to watch:

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The truth is, you can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control how you react. It can be tempting to sop up those feelings and dip into someone new. But we’ve been through this already (see venn diagram). Take some time to wipe up the last those feelings neatly and celebrate a brighter you! Ice cream cake optional, but recommended. 😉

Recipe: Ice Cream Cake with Chocolate Ganache 

Ingredients:
– 1 box of chocolate cake mix*
(plus whatever it says on the back, usually
– 3 eggs
– 1 cup milk or water
– 1/2 cup oil)
– 8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
– 1 cup heavy whipping cream
– 1 tbsp. butter
– at least a half a tub of your favorite ice cream that goes with chocolate (cookies & cream, girl scout cookie, moose tracks, etc.) slightly thawed
*you can use any flavor of cake mix and whatever ice cream you feel would match — do yo’ thang!
Instructions: 
1. Bake Cake 
– Mix together the cake batter according to package instructions
– Spray two 9-inch round pans
– Put 2/3 of the batter in one pan & 1/3 in the other pan
– Bake according to package instructions for two round pans.
– Remove the pan with 1/3 batter about 5 minutes before the other, or when a toothpick inserted in the  middle comes out clean

– Let cakes cool down & remove from pan

2. Assemble ice cream cake!
– place larger cake on a platter or cardboard cake circle lined with pieces of wax or parchment paper
– Hollow out the center of this cake by scoring a circle about 3/4-1 inch from the edges and 1 1/2 inches deep (without cutting all the way through)
– Scoop out the center of the cake and set aside or discard
– fill the hollowed out center with ice cream and smooth out the top
– place thinner cake on top like a sandwich
– freeze for at least 1 hour
3. Make chocolate ganache & glaze it!
– place chocolate in a medium-sized bowl
– heat heavy cream & butter on medium high heat until it just starts to bubble (do not let it boil or else it will curdle)
– immediately pour over the chocolate & whisk until smooth
– Pour chocolate ganache over the cake, using a spatula to smooth out & covered the sides
– Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
– Decorate (if you want), slice, & serve!
Enjoy! Let me know if you make it via instagram/FB/twitter @DiningAtTiffs/ #DiningAtTiffs. 🙂

With love,

Tiffany R.

Dining At Tiffany’s

Season 2 – Comfort Food Remix is now on YouTube!!

Hello folks!

It feels like a lifetime since my last post, but I am back after a hiatus that was much longer than I anticipated.

I was supposed to film on April 1 and release this trailer soon after. APRIL FOOLS, that didn’t happen, lol! My dear film producer got sick, so we had to cancel filming that day.Given my grad school life, I had to wait another few weeks before I could find time for filming.

Aside from being bummed about the delay, a lot of sucky things started to happen to me and within me, one after the other. As a result, I experienced high levels of anxiety and very low levels of happiness. I didn’t feel like myself at all.

Before we proceed, lemme take a selfie:
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As painful as it was, somehow I feel that the timing is meant to be. I wrote Season 2 over a year ago; little did I know I’d be the one who needed the comfort food the most. Every day, I reflect on methods to build strength and get through the mire. Everything happens for a reason, and I have faith that it will be revealed with time.

So Season 2 is more than just my recipes & musings — it’s my heart healing on camera. I hope it gives YOU (1) hope, (2) a reminder that you’re not alone in your struggles, & (3) some much-needed laughter along the way!

(Click photo below to watch the Season 2 Trailer!)

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CLICK photo to watch Dining At Tiffany’s: Season 2 – Comfort Food Remix!!

Here’s to dreaming that my belief is true — when you find/return to your passion, everything falls into place better than you could ever imagined.

Enjoy the trailer & I’ll see you next week!!

With love,

Tiffany R.

Dining At Tiffany’s