behind the seams

Hi there,  I’m LaTonya.  I was born in Newark, NJ, raised in Orlando, FL and am a long time resident of Miami Beach.  I’m simply delighted to have  a creative “test” kitchen of sorts where I am free to experiment with many of  the things I am super passionate about.   My family and friends have been enjoying this recipe for years. It’s been a long time coming but I finally get to share it with you.  I humbly pray you love it just as I much as I love making it for you.


PREP: Daily    TOTAL: 365-24-7 (includes chillin’ time)

SERVES: People of all fashions


the blog

121+     Cookbooks from Chef Daniel Boulud  to Sylvias to Nobu

5+         Year magazine archive of  Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and Gourmet

3+         Year magazine archive of Martha Stewart Kids

1            Large Alcohol Beverage collection

1000+ Various genre CD collection

Mixologist recipes

Other monthy foodie magazines as well as friends and family recipes



1 Part minimalist &  fashion addict who loves unique architecture and high design

1 Part amateur artist whose inspired by some of the weirdest things

1 Part amateur chef obsessed with cupcakes, root beer, and cooking with quality ingredients

1 Part passionate amateur photographer and lifestylist

1 Part former collegiate sprinter who still can run very fast at ripe age of 21+

1 Part former luxury brand marketer for Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (including Dom Perignon,Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere, Newton Vineyard Wines and a host of others)

1 Part former sales manager for Seagram Americas, PepsiCo, and E & J Gallo

1 Part current marketing consultant/creative type with solid reputation for coining cool names and conceptualizing “hott” experiential events

1 Part Music aficionado who owns a bass guitar and secretly wants to play in a band one day

1 Part Sports Entertainment company owner who currently coaches both youth football and track

1 Texas size “BIG” DIEHARD loyal since the age of 6ish Dallas Cowboy Fan who believes Florida State is “The” University of Florida

1 Proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. whose line name was Fashion Fair

1 Whole heart

Lots of FAItH

“Just Do It” Mentality

A bunch of humor




People Person

special equipment

1 iphone4 camera with lots of apps



The archived magazine recipes can also be found at for Bon Appetit and Gourmet for Food and Wine.  If you own an ipad you can also find Gourmet recipes at the fabulous Gourmet Live.


Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Set aside


Toss first 12 ingredients.  Stir in humor and FAItH . Season to taste with salt, pepa and spice.  Gently fold in whole heart and blog.  Sprinkle with people person.  Style creatively on a beautiful model. Express  using wordpress and iphone4 camera+apps.  Mix in Blog. Serve WARM with LOVE. Enjoy.

Sports Drink Pairing: Gatorade Fierce Melon

Cocktail Pairing: Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Mojito or Patron Margarita served up

Dessert Pairing: Cupcakes!… or anything made from Key Limes

Tasting Notes: Ella Fitzgerald/Miguel Migs Petal Pusher Remix, Slap That Bass