Arrrrrggggggggggg! … and … Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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These were the best of times. These were the worst of times. O.K. I’m totally being dramatic. But I do have good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad…

First. My apartment fell through. URRRRGGGGG! Arrrgggggggg! (For those who do not know me, I am a big fan of comic-strip-type venting :D). It’s a long story. No need to get into it here. I’m telling myself that there’s a better apartment out there. This just means that now I have to spend even more time trying to find it. Sigh.

Second. Today is my last day of work at my current job, which is actually technically good news, BUT I didn’t receive my final pay, which is bad, bad news–especially when you are in the process of moving. Sigh.

Third. My greatgrandmother is in the hospital after falling, hitting her head, and getting stitches. She’s fine. Don’t worry. But it was a scare nonetheless.

O.K…. enough bad. Now, the GOOD news!

First. THANK you to everyone who voted for my cilantro-harissa grilled corn on’s site. It made Top 9! Woop woop!

Second. Today, my little cousin, my older cousin, my aunt and I are cooking together! I can’t wait… On the menu: Soy-glazed veggies and seitan in puff pastry, pina colada French sodas (homemade, of course), and peanut butter-chocolate ice cream sandwiches!

And third… today is the last day of June, which means that Nancy at SpicieFoodie has compiled some of the food blogosphere’s tastiest dishes from the month into one roundup. Check it out! … and have a great day!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraβ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Hi Tiffany, So sorry to hear about the apartment. You’ll find the perfect one very soon πŸ™‚ Glad to hear that your great-grandmother i doing fine after her fall. And lastly congratulations on the Foodbuzz top 9! Hope you have a blast cooking with your family and a fun 4th of July!

  2. Sorry to hear about the string of bad lucks. But the good news sounds really good, esp the menu

  3. Be thankful the apartment fell through. I’m CERTAIN it was for a good reason. Inconvenient stuff like that always is.

    Well done landing in the Top 9! I ‘wooped’ a little myself when I popped open foodbuzz this morning. I always get excited when one of my fav’s gets Top 9’d πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see the finished puff pastry product!

  4. Congrats to you on Foodbuzz! Sounds like you’ve had a whirlwind of good and bad thrown at you but I guess it takes the “bad” to appreciate and be thankful for the “good”. I can’t wait to hear about your upcoming cooking date…. I’m dieing to find out about the Pina Colada French Sodas!!

  5. Yikes on the bad stuff! I will arghh with you. ready? Here goes. ARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

    But great on the foodbuzz. You deserved that!

  6. Congrats on the Top 9, and I’m glad you’re getting to spend time with your family, making delicious food at that!

    But I’m also sorry that finding an apartment is becoming so difficult, and I hope your great grandmother’s feeling better.

    Do you have another job lined up?

  7. Congrats again on the Top 9! Sorry to hear about your great grandma, hope she is much better now. Have an enjoyable day with your family ya…

  8. Sorry to hear it’s a hard day. πŸ™

    At lease you have the Buzz (congrats!!) and the cooking to brighten it! I’m looking forward to seeing the results of that meal!

  9. I’m sorry the apartment plans fell through :(( But you’ll find something even better! I hope granny is OK! Sending her well wishes!!

    Congrats on Top 9!!

  10. Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9, Tiffany!
    I wish everything will turn out fine — with your grandma, with the apartment and the last pay!
    Have a wonderful day cooking with your family! πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Tiffany! Sorry to hear about your bad news =( But with every bad comes with good! Congrats on making top 9! Those grilled corn definitely looks delicious!

  12. Boo for all the bad, the apartment, your poor great grandma, and no pay! But I saw your corn on Top 9 (in the #1 spot, no less) and cheered!

  13. Congratulations on the Top 9!
    Your “Cilantro harissa grilled corn” looks delicious can’t wait to try it! πŸ™‚

  14. OMG I thought that was a “my hard drive has melted”-type Arrrggggggg!

    Sorry to hear about your grandmother – wishing her a speedy recovery.

    Not only did you make the Top 9, but you are currently No.1 – Yaaayyyyyyyy!

    Finally, do you know the saying “If it’s for you, it won’t pass you by.”? The reason that you didn’t get that appartment is that there is an even better one waiting for you. Yaaaayyyy!

  15. Bummer about the apartment! There’s an even better one out there though – I just know it!

  16. Congrats on the Top 9! That corn looks finger lickin good! Sorry about all the other negative things. Hopefully a family cooking party will be therapeutic? I know that it would be for me. I never get tired of cooking with family or friends!

  17. Congrats on the top 9 – that corn was awesome! So sad to hear your apartment fell thru. You will find a better one though!! Just have to work for it!

  18. Sorry about all your bad news – but congrats on your corn…it absolutely deserved the buzz! Good luck finding a BETTER apartment!

  19. Sending positive thoughts to you and Great-Grandma. Keep the faith girlfriend all will be well.

  20. Sorry to hear about the string of bad luck.

    Congrats on top 9!

  21. Oh no… I’m so sorry to hear about your apartment that you were so happy about. Don’t worry you are meant to find something better and nicer. Also your great grandma. Stitches sounds painful, but I’m glad she was okay with her back and all. My grandma fell from stairs once and since then her back is not doing well. πŸ™ And good news sounds all good to me! Looking forward to the dishes and recipes! I was so happy seeing your Top 9 Tiffany! πŸ˜‰

  22. Tiffany Im so sorry to hear all that bad news. Your poor great grandma! Im glas she is ok! Im happy you have some good news to even out the bad. Yay top 9! I totally buzzed you on that corn, it looks amazing. Have fun cooking with your cousins and aunt!

  23. Oh, phooey! I’m sorry about the apartment…just hope it means a better one is out there waiting for you! Congrats on the Top 9…gorgeous looking corn!!!

  24. Sorry about your apartment, you pay, and your grandma! Glad you can look past the bad to all the good! Have fun cooking with your family and congrats on making the Top 9!

  25. bummer….yea that ‘s lots of bad news. Hope great nana is okay. Will be sending positive energia. The good news is gr8 though. You sho you can’t pack up some of dat up a bring it back to NC? πŸ™‚

  26. There will be a perfect apartment for you!! I hope your grandmother will heal and recover quickly. Your gathering to cook with your family sounds wonderful!! The corn on the cob from a post earlier, YUM!

  27. Noooooo! Ugh that’s so frustrating! And all that on top of your greatgrandma falling.. glad she’s ok. Yes, I’m sure there is a better place waiting for you! And I just looked at your previous post… um, hand the corn over. This is not a request. Looks great!

  28. Aw man! That totally sucks. And I hope your great grandmother feels better soon.
    You’re right, these things have a way of working out in the end…Maybe you’ll get extra space for less money…and a fabulous kitchen. πŸ˜‰

    My choices are always based on the kitchen, when it comes to moving. haha. Good luck!

  29. i am so sorry to hear about your apartment and grandmother being ill. don’t worry! everything will be fine in no time.

    hubby and i are apartment hunting too…it’s actually kinda fun πŸ™‚

  30. Enjoy you meal with your family, that’s the most important thing. Sounds delicious too!

  31. Tiffany, your good news is fabulous and well done on the Top9. Sorry I missed it, but been offline for a few days and missed so much! Your title caught my eye as it’s just how I’m feeling just now, too; great to get it out! The apartment story was meant to be. You were not supposed to get it for a reason – you’ll get something even better. So glad your great-grandmother is ok. Enjoy the long weekend and chill out!

  32. There is always a reason for things, you will find an apartment VERY soon I bet. I hope your Great Grandmother is doing okay? Sending lots of positive thoughts and hugs so you will have a lovely week!!
    Hugs, Terra

  33. Tiffany….things can only go up from here! So sorry about all the ‘bad news’, especially your great grand mom and I hope she’s doing well. Everything happens for a reason…and you were meant to have a better place! If I can help you in any way on my end here…just let me know! Hope you enjoyed cooking with your family! And congrats on your top 9! That corn was outrageous! : )

  34. Thank you everyone for the comments! I hope you’re all having great days!