eat tampa bae


hello there! i'm stacey.


All my life, I've wanted to be somebody else. In high school, I wanted to be cool, just like every other nerdy girl who spent most nights at home studying. In college, I wanted to be older and more mature, with a full-time job and a schedule instead of homework and Thirsty Thursdays. And by the time graduation hit, I wanted to be Lauren Conrad or Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up, AKA a fit, tan LA girl with a ton of friends and a high-powered job. I had it all planned out, and it seemed completely attainable... until I realized none of it was me. 

For so long, I thought that I needed to alter my personality and my body to be worth the attention of others. I thought that my authentic self wasn't good enough, and that I needed to change in order to make friends or find a cool job. I NEVER thought that by being myself,  I could make a difference in this world. Yet here I am, with a blog, trying to do just that. 


After three months in LA, I realized that I was living somebody else's dream. I was sick of not being true to myself, and I wanted to start living out my real passions, the ones that I'd been ignoring for years. So I decided to start by moving back to Nashville, and after about a year, I moved back to my home state of Florida with a completely new lease on life. Now that I'm here, I'm ready to take my city (Tampa) by storm with the help of this blog and prove to others that there is SO MUCH INHERENT VALUE in being yourself.  Here's why. 

I believe that there is an epidemic of inauthenticity in the blogging world right now. Everyone's always trying to paint this perfect picture of what life should look like, through beautifully crafted photography and expertly staged social media posts. But no one's life is like that, and as bloggers, we aren't being honest about the stuff that happens behind the scenes, the stuff that makes us real people. So my goal is to break down the walls of inauthenticity and be as real and honest as possible through my blog. I want to share stories about my day and broadcast the natural imperfections of my life, because I want to be myself, and more than anything, I want to inspire others to do the same. 


So yes, I have a food blog, but I'm also hoping it will be much more than that. Sure, I want to post recipes and review the best spots in the sunshine state. But I also want to promote authenticity and balance, so I can inspire my readers to live THEIR best lives, not somebody else's. So let's get started, shall we? :)


A little more about me... 

Hometown: Vero Beach, FL
Current City: Tampa, FL
Career Goals: Yoga Instructor, Psychiatrist (med school, here I come!)
Favorite Foods: guacamole, frosting, SUSHI, acai bowls, chicken wings (no shame), CHOCOLATE.
Favorite Movies: Inside Out, Moana, Whiplash, About Time, The Fault in Our Stars, Titanic
Favorite TV Shows: The Mindy Project, The Path, Master of None, The Office
Favorite Books: The Time Traveler's Wife, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Paris Wife, The Circle, The Versions of Us
Favorite Place I've Traveled: Rome
Favorite Form of Exercise: CAMP (where I teach!), especially Cycle & Yoga
Additional Facts About Me: I'm a grammar nazi, I'm pretty introverted, & I've been to Disney World upwards of 50 times #noshame