Tiffani Thiessen Devours Fried Chicken in Miami and Lobster Rolls in New York

March 5 2015

Tiffani Thiessen

Of course Tiffani Thiessen is best known for her role as Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell, and the show directly helped nourish her understanding of different food cultures. "I come from a family of strong women who cook, and they do it well," she says.

"Then it heightened, as I was fortunate enough to travel to Europe and other countries for Saved by the Bell, doing press for the show. I started to love French and Italian cuisines."

So it's fitting that Thiessen now has her own Cooking Channel show, called Dinner at Tiffani's. "I'm not a professional chef, and I don't sell myself as one — I just love cooking and entertaining," she points out.

This week, she cooked for her family in Los Angeles (where she lives), hit Miami for an appearance at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and finally wound up in New York to stop by hot spots like Dirty French and ABC Kitchen.

Friday, February 20

My goal, especially while being pregnant, is to eat healthy and clean during the week, and have a little more fun on the weekend. So today, my breakfast was granola and skim milk. I used to never be a breakfast person, but now I always eat something at home before going to the gym. I like to make my own granola, because I can make sure it's not too fattening.

Lunch was a kale salad with a sparkling water. I grow my own lettuces and kale and things like that! My daughter is four and a half, but she's a good eater. And because we grow our vegetables, she's a great veggie eater. (Grub Street)


For dinner, I went to Katsuya with my husband and daughter. She was requesting to eat at "the chopsticks place." I had shishito peppers, sautéed green beans, creamy rock shrimp, and a baked-crab roll with no rice. The baked-crab hand roll is my most favorite, and I can eat 20 of them if I allow myself.

Saturday, February 21

I headed down to Miami for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where I did a cooking demo. Breakfast and lunch were both on the airplane. Not one of my favorite dining experiences. It was a frittata type of thing, but it almost tasted like a potato. It was awful! But I did eat all the fruit.

For dinner, I went to Yardbird and had fried chicken with cheddar biscuits. I had some research and read all about the restaurant, and my assistant and I were lucky enough to get a reservation. It was divine! We also had key-lime doughnuts for dessert, which came with a key-lime coconut pudding on the side.

Sunday, February 22

I had hotel room service for breakfast: oatmeal with fresh berries and orange juice. Not my favorite, but it was okay.

At my demo, I made an awesome flat-bread pizza, but I didn't get to eat any of it. By the time I got to lunch — at BLT Steak — I was starving. I ordered the lobster salad and scarfed it down, because I was so hungry. The restaurant is known for its popovers, which I'd never had before, so I indulged in one of those. It was cute — they give you a card with the popover recipe on it.

Airplane food, once again, for dinner. I think it was a turkey sandwich — very dried out, not-so-appealing turkey sandwich. I should have packed up my food from my demo!

Monday, February 23

I arrived in New York late, and went straight to bed. The next morning, I had breakfast at the hotel's cafe: oatmeal and bananas, and grapefruit juice.

Every time I'm in town, I go to Quality Meats, and I always gets the roast chicken. I actually couldn't finish it all, so I brought some back to the hotel to enjoy as a morning snack throughout my stay.

Dinner was at ABC Kitchen, which is another favorite restaurant of mine in New York. My girlfriends and I shared a lot of food — I didn't eat it all by my lonesome, I swear! We had a pizza with prosciutto, dates, Fontina, Parmesan, and ricotta; the roasted carrot salad with avocado; beets with fresh yogurt; and spaghetti with black truffles. I was very lucky that the girls let me have two pieces of pizza because I'm pregnant. A perk!

I'm a big wino, but I can't drink, of course, because I'm pregnant. I love a Sancerre. My eating habits are pretty much the same, except I have to limit some things. Compared to the other pregnancy, my cravings are different, though. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I craved sweets, but now that I'm having a boy, I'm craving saltier, more savory foods. It's funny.

For dessert, they brought out a cookie plate, and we ordered the special sea-salt caramel sundae with popcorn and hot fudge. And we shared the carrot cake. It was one of the best carrot cakes I've had in a long, long time.

Tuesday, February 24

Another early breakfast at the hotel café: granola with yogurt and blueberries, and a glass of orange juice.

For lunch, I went to Luke's Lobster and ordered a lobster roll. It was lovely. I also had a sparkling water, which is my go-to drink these days. It makes me feel fancy!

Dinner was at Dirty French with my foodie friends. It was my first time eating there, and it was really fun. We started with their amazing grilled oysters. I was so happy to be able to eat oysters, because they weren't raw. They were beautifully presented! I absolutely loved them. And then we had the chicken, which is kind of like a Peking duck. They're served with crepes, and you fold them like a fajita with sauces and fresh mint. I could eat probably four bowls of their crispy kale salad. And dessert, they brought us beignets with caramel sauce.

Tiffani Thiessen Entertains With Pizza

March 5 2015

And Has Rocked Flip Flops Since Saved By The Bell

The lovely Tiffani Thiessen has a new cooking show – Dinner at Tiffani’s - which premiered on Cooking Channel last night. Who knew Saved by the Bell’s Kelly Kapowski could cook? Um, we did. Think there’s a better time than #ThrowbackThursday to sit down and chat with one of our favorite childhood stars (and current one, now that she’s officially a potato-head)? It’s alright cause we’re saved by the bell…or Thiessen’s mushroom, leek, and prosciutto pizza that is.

Tiffani Thiessen

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

If it’s clean eating it would be quinoa oatmeal with fresh berries, a kale salad and then roasted chicken with roasted fresh market veggies. If it’s my cheat day it would be pancakes, a good burger or fried chicken and then of course poutine with either duck confit or short rib. (The New Potato)


What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

In the morning, clean my face, day moisturizer, sunscreen and sometimes a little make up if needed to go somewhere nice. At night, clean face, night moisturizer, eye cream, lip balm and hand cream or oil.

Your go-to weeknight recipe…

Roasted chicken is the easy staple for any night, especially weekends.

What’s your workout regimen?

Spinning on Monday and Wednesday, pilates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a personal trainer on Tuesday and Thursday, and hikes on weekends with family and the dogs.

A beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since Saved by The Bell & Beverly Hills 90210…

Drinking plenty of water and making time to exercise.

A fashion mainstay that hasn’t changed since Saved by the Bell & Beverly Hills 90210…

Jeans, a t-shirt and my staple…flip flops. I will always wear flip flops.

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If you could give yourself one piece of advice back then, what would it be?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I love traveling everywhere. Traveling has been a part of my life since I was young and I always look forward to going to new places. I never leave home without my phone, iPad and neck pillow if it’s a long flight.

Your favorite childhood recipe…

My Mom’s cheesecake.

What got you into cooking? What do you cook on a typical weeknight?

I have always loved cooking. I learned from the women in my family. On a typical weekend night it can be anything from a roast, to enchiladas or chili (we’re talking winter here of course).

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What’s always in your bag?

iPhone, lip balm and baby wipes.

Your addicted to X on Netflix and Y on Spotify….

I don’t use either. I know I’m weird. The show I watch right now when it’s on is The Leftovers on HBO and then in terms of music, I love a wide range, from David Gray to Taylor Swift.

What are you favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

California, Charleston, NYC, Paris and Mexico. To name a few favorite places…Ink and Maude in L.A. and ABC Kitchen and NoMad in New York.

If you could host a dinner party with any five people, living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook?

I always love being with my friends and family. Go figure. As for what I would make, I would most likely grill pizzas for them. Those are always a crowd pleaser.

Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani and Elizabeth Berkley Reunite Again — This Time in the Kitchen

March 5 2015

Tiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley 2015

Are you ready for another Saved by the Bell reunion? Good, because Kelly Kapowski and Jessie Spano are back in action—but this time in the kitchen.

Friends and former co-stars Tiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley reunite on Thiessen's new Cooking Channel series Dinner at Tiffani's and we have an exclusive first look. The episode, which airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, shows how Thiessen teaches cooking novice Berkley how to prepare an easy but elegant meal for friends.

Are you ready for another Saved by the Bell reunion? Good, because Kelly Kapowski and Jessie Spano are back in action—but this time in the kitchen. (People)


Friends and former co-stars Tiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley reunite on Thiessen's new Cooking Channel series Dinner at Tiffani's and we have an exclusive first look. The episode, which airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, shows how Thiessen teaches cooking novice Berkley how to prepare an easy but elegant meal for friends.

"Sooo proud of my dear inside/outside beauty @tiffanithiessen … I get to learn from her next week!! #believemeineedit," Berkley captioned a photo of the duo, who also reunited with almost the entire cast for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last month.

In the preview video below, Thiessen "starts off kind of simple" with grilled ciabatta with ricotta and snap peas—since Berkley isn't a regular in the kitchen.

And while their ciabatta bread slices are cooking away, the steam from the grill threatens to bring back Berkley's infamous curly hair from her Bayside High days.

"It might just blast out," she laughs.

But that's not the only thing the pair will be whipping up. For their "Girls Night In," Thiessen prepares a chicken with orange glaze served with orzo salad with corn, arugula and cherry tomatoes and roasted asparagus.

"Elizabeth and I used to spend long hours together on the set of Saved by the Bell so it's nice that we can reconnect years later and really just be ourselves," says the expectant mother.

Tiffani Says People Thought Her Pregnant Belly Was Fake

March 5 2015

Getting into a tiny cheerleading uniform when you're pregnant is no easy task, but our teen dream Tiffani Thiessen handled it like a boss for Jimmy Fallon's epic Saved by the Bell reunion. The star stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live today and explained how she had to "psych [herself] out" for the big skit.

If you were surprised to see Kelly Kapowski with a baby bump, you weren't alone. "A few people came up to me afterwards and thought the belly was fake!" she says. "There ain't nothing fake about this." Through it all, Thiessen was a trooper and helped make the reunion a must-see clip.

Watch the star put her real-life pregnancy cravings to the test (VH1.com).

Pregnant Tiffani Thiessen Rocks Ladylike Maternity Clothes

March 5 2015

Tiffani Thiessen Pregnant 2015

She's slaying it—with classiness!

Tiffani Thiessen has been out and about promoting her new Cooking Channel show, Dinner at Tiffani's, in Miami and NYC this past week. But even more impressive than her culinary skills? Her ladylike maternity style, which we just can't get enough of!

The Saved by the Bell alum, 41, who's expecting her second child with husband Brady Smith, kicked off her mini-tour by hosting a cooking demonstration at the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Sunday, Feb. 22.

Her choice ensemble for the occasion included a classic striped Splendid "Long Sleeve Maternity Dress" ($138, Apeainthepod.com), which she paired with leather gladiator sandals, a berry lip, and a tousled side braid. (US Magazine)


Tiffani Thiessen Pregnant 2015

Two days later, Thiessen, who gloriously reunited with her SBTB castmates on Feb. 4, made her way up to NYC, where, clad in the maroon Tart Collections "Judith Maternity Dress" ($97, TartCollections.com) with short leather sleeves and matching suede booties, she visited SiriusXM Studios and the Today show.

From there, the White Collar actress motored to the AOL BUILD Speaker Series that same day, and she changed once more. Still loving those timeless shift dresses with leather sleeves, Thiessen slipped into Twenty Tees "Short Sleeve Leather Trim Maternity Dress," ($65, Apeainthepod.com), the least expensive choice—but no less trendy—of the lot.

While on Today that morning, Thiessen shared, "Cooking has always been something that I love to do." And, she says, it runs in the family: "My mom cooks, my grandmother cooks, my aunt cooks. I just love to cook for my family, and I love to cook for my friends."

But she did have a warning for co-host Willie Geist: "If you come to my house, I'm going to put you to work!"

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