a caffeinated brunette

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Well I’m brunette and a little obsessed with caffeine. What can I say? I’m addicted. I also love hopping into little cafes, the atmosphere mostly draws me in. That’s where A Caffeinated Brunette came in.

My grandfather came over from Sicily and opened two restaurants in Hartford which were featured in the New York Times and other places. There, my mom learned how to become an amazing Italian cook. Growing up, my parents loved going out to dinner and still do. I guess you could say my love for good food, wine and travel is in my blood.

I got my taste of travel in New York City when interning with JetBlue where I was able to travel almost every weekend to a new place with a new experience. I am that person that takes pictures of my food and I love to write about my experiences and share them in hopes someone else will find a love of traveling and trying new things like I do.

You can currently find me in Los Angeles for the next few months exploring.

Welcome to A Caffeinated Brunette, feel free to share your experiences with me, I love to get recommendations. If you’re looking for a specific place, head on over to my categories on the side of my page or send me an email.

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are -Samuel Johnson


Through email: tia@acaffeinatedbrunette.com

Tumblr: acupoftia.tumblr.com

Twitter: @caffeinatedbrun

Sometimes I get a little help from a friend: jonathangrado.com, @jongrado


213 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: Welcome to a new friend: a cup of Tia | A Caffeinated Brunette | Hey Sweetheart, Get Me Rewrite!

  2. I’m a recent follower. I really like your posts. I think you deserve these two nominations.
    I was touched. Wait! I am blessed! Twice in one week my blog talkkindnesstome was nominated for an honorary award. One is the Sunshine Blog Award and the other is the Super Sweet Blogging Award. Now I’m thrilled to be spreading this encouragement and joy to you. I hope it isn’t cheating to nominate you for both awards. I’ll include the ‘rules’ below so you can pass it on and feed your favorite bloggers a healthy dose of enthusiasm.
    The Sunshine Blog Award
    The rules of the game are as follows:
    1. Link back to your nominator.
    2. Add the award image to your page.
    3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
    4. Nominate 5–10 other blogs (and let them know).
    My nominator for the Sunshine Blog Award is Miss Sunshine herself. http://sunshinescrapbook.wordpress.com
    The Sunshine image is
    Seven random facts about me
    I have been blogging about 7 months. My blogs are all about encouragement for each day.
    I don’t like evaluating anyone’s work or actions.
    My passion is writing and education.
    My goal is to live out my passion by writing online courses and blogging.
    I love working and the thought of retiring gives me hives.
    I’ve been happily married for 42 years and still going.
    My purpose: Live your life in such a way that those who don’t know God will want to know God because they know you.
    Now here is the rule-set for the Super Sweet Blogging Award
    To accept the award I have to do five things:
    Thank the nominator for nominating me. Thank you, thank you, thank you arianazuber! http://arianazuber.wordpress.com/

    Answer the 5 Super Sweet questions
    Include the Super Sweet logo in this post. You’ll see it below.
    Nominate other bloggers for this award.
    Notify my nominees on their blogs

    1. Thanks
    Thank you arianazuber! I really appreciate your kindness.
    2. Here are the Super Sweet questions:
    Cookies or Cake??? – I love cookies the most! I especially love snickerdoodles.
    Chocolate or Vanilla? Most definitely vanilla. I love vanilla bean most of all.
    Favorite Sweet Treat? My favorite sweets cinnamon rolls.
    When Do You Crave Sweets? I don’t crave sweets often, but after a big meal is when I crave them the most. Go figure. I think it’s because a big meal is usually consumed with family on a holiday and I don’t want it to end. Having sweet desserts extends the time.
    Sweet Nickname? Janie

    3. Super Sweet Logo

    4. Now for my Sunny and Sweet nominees. And because I couldn’t decide which award was most fitting, I’m nominating these for both awards. I’m very, very bad at choosing favorites.


  3. Hey Tia,

    I noticed you checked out my blog – thanks for that! What a coincidence: I am also Tia, I am just a year(!) older than you, and I, too, study something related to marketing and pr. At school I made a business card with the slogan “just my cup of T”, since I love tea! I also love traveling, good food and cooking, and taking pictures of my food. I wonder if that’s as far as our similarities go…

    • Haha Wow! There are a lot of coincidences aren’t there! It’s so funny how we like all of the same things. Our blogs are pretty similar also. I’m so glad you told me. Keep in touch!

  4. Love this blog, Tia! It’s fresh, smart, and refreshing! And look at you, you pretty little thing! Thanks for popping by my blog and leading me back to yours! What a delight! I’m looking forward to reading more from you! Take good care! xoJulia

  5. Great blog!! Love the name! Not sure if you are in California or not…I was just there for a few days and heading back for a couple of more! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Much appreciated!

  6. Hey Tia! Saw you checked out my site – thank you! Love what you are up to as I too love food + travel + eclectic food joints etc etc – can’t wait to read more about where you end up – looking forward to it! If you’re ever in Seattle let me know and we can check out a great local foodie spot here 🙂 All the best, Jamie

  7. Hi, Tia. Thanks for following me! I love the blog community. So supportive. Your blog is precious, and you seem like somebody I could totally be friends with. Thanks for sharing your heart and your voice. I look forward to reading more of your posts! All my best, A

    • Hey Ashley! Thank you so much. You don’t know how much that means to me. I love the blog community. It’s just so much fun and everyone is great. Good luck with the rest of college. Enjoy it, it goes by very quickly!

  8. I am already in love with your blog! Love the food and travel parts of your blog! Gives me good ideas of places to eat when I travel 🙂

  9. Hi Tia! Thanks for stopping by my blog and the follow! You have an amazing blog here and I look forward to reading your future posts! You just got another loyal follower ;-D

  10. Your site reminds me of everything I loved about living in Los Angeles – the great Sushi, the small hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants with great affordable food, Malibu and the coast. Ah the nostalgia! Thanks for following my blog. I’ll be sure to keep up with you and all the happenings out there on the West Coast.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s