About Me, Tiffany Bee
My parents named me Tiffany because they believed its meaning–derived from Theophania of Greek origins as the “revelation or appearance of a deity”–was beautiful. At the time, one of my mother’s favorite movies starring Audrey Hepburn, was Breakfast at Tiffany’s as she too, was obsessed with Tiffany & Co. When I was born, my parents lacked sufficient funds to afford anything from the jewelry store, thus the perfect fit for a first-born baby girl as I was a gem they couldn’t afford, but loved anyway. My mother has repeatedly told me this story, so the purpose of this is not to toot my own horn, especially as I already have a website revolving around my life, travels, & memories. Can’t say I’m self-obsessed if 90% of my pictures are of food, right?!
I’m Tiffany, a 20-something-year-old who currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s like 3 miles away from Boston & the most important thing you need to know about Cambridge is that it’s where MIT & Harvard are. I went to Northeastern University for a pre-Medical post-Baccalaureate program. I used to reside in beautiful, sunny Southern California, where I graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology. I’m convinced I have two spirit animals: a beluga whale & a panda, so if you want to know how this California girl is dealing with the Northeastern frost, I’ll tell you I’ve never felt more at home. I have a passion for cooking, food, gardening, the humanities, music, photography, reading, traveling, yoga, hiking, & making soap + various beauty products. Okay fine, my true spirit animal is Martha Stewart, you caught me, except…there’s almost nothing I want more than to become a pediatrician & to make a positive difference in the lives of children & their parents. I would be nothing without my family & I am forever indebted to their support, gratitude, & love. My immediate family is small, but my extended family is so large I couldn’t draw you a family tree if I tried. When your cousins start having babies, things get complicated. I’m also lucky to have the love of my friends who often eat my creations. They’re alive, so that has to count for something.
About Tiffany Bee, the Website
Tiffany Bee is a photo journal with recipes & also functions as a gallery with a plethora of photographs from various social events. Recently, I’ve added some DIY tutorials because I enjoy channeling my inner Martha Stewart without the insider trading. I still love you, Martha. Some galleries may require a password, which is my mother’s Vietnamese name & isn’t case sensitive. All albums of my family & their children are password protected to protect their privacy. Prior to September 2011, all pictures were either taken by my Nikon D60 or my Canon Powershot. From September 2011 to March 2014, all photos were taken by my Nikon D5100 until I upgraded to a D5300 in April 2014. Now I can record stupid things I do in 1080p.
As Featured On
- “25 Healthy Green Tea Drinks” by Hello Natural
- “37 Tea Desserts That Are Almost Too Pretty To Eat” by BuzzFeed
- “90% of Weight Loss Is Diet – 90% of That Diet Should Be These 25 Foods” by The Hearty Soul
- “Easy Fish Taco Recipes” by She Knows
- “Foodie Spotlight” by SORTED Food
Dude, are those nutrition facts on your recipes 100% accurate?!
NO. Nein. Nay. Non. No. I used to be pretty terrible with listing ingredients properly, so some of my older recipes will have off the charts ridiculous nutrition facts that are inaccurate. I’m working on correcting these in addition to adding serving proportions. I think YumPrint’s sodium calculator is off the fritz. If you’re using a low-sodium vegetable broth, you’re obviously not going to get 1000+ mg of sodium intake in 4 servings. If you’re using a bouillon cube or powder or homemade vegetable broth, you’re definitely not going to have a high sodium reading. Take these facts with a grain of salt (see what I did tharrr?).
How’d You Even Do All This?
In the past I constructed the themes from scratch, but my current theme is made using Cobalt Apps’s Dynamik Website Builder & StudioPress’s Genesis Framework. For editing photos & making the graphics on this site, I used Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. I’m a proud WordPress user. FRIENDS, if you need a web host, please contact me. I’d be happy to!
So, You Think You’re a Photographer Because You Have a DSLR?
Absolutely not. Even with my fancy smancy entry-level DSLR, about 80% of my photographs look like I shot it with a potato even though I mostly know what I’m doing. In retrospect, even though I thought I knew what I was doing, I really didn’t because I know so much more now than I did before. I learn more & more about photography every time I turn on my camera. Even professionals are bound to take some bad photographs. Being consistent is a lot more difficult than you’d think & I’m really working hard to be more consistent. I get so thrilled when I get a beautiful photo set & then there are times (80%) when I get these awful photos with poor white balance & my hack job attempt at editing in Photoshop, when I realistically should’ve used Lightroom. I’m not a photographer & even though by definition, I’m an amateur photographer, I’m uncomfortable with that label because I still think I’m such a noob. I can explain the basics of Photoshop, Lightroom, & how a camera works, but it doesn’t mean I’m Annie Lebowitz.