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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month 2014 now live

August 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month 2014 now live

Foodies can rejoice because Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month has returned and diners can enjoy savings from now until September 30th, 2014 at more than 75 restaurants in the Orlando area. The event occurs every night during participating restaurants dinner hours and offers prix fixe dinners at the exceptional value of $33 per person, a steal [...]

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PAO Cafe Filipino restaurant opens in Tampa

August 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
PAO Cafe Filipino restaurant opens in Tampa

My adventure with Filipino food in Tampa started off with PhilFest and then the PAO Truck Filipino food truck. Now the PAO Cafe Filipino restaurant is open in Carrollwood at 14837 N Florida Avenue, brought by the same people who opened Tampa’s first source for Philippine cuisine. Starting off with a menu from the PAO [...]

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Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival Coming September 12th & 13th

August 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival Coming September 12th & 13th

The Annual Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival is coming September 12th and September 13th of 2014 at The Straz Center for Performing Arts in Downtown Tampa. The festival is a charity event that helps fund the Brandon Foundation which provides assistance to over 60 local charities and has distributed approximately over $1.7 million dollars to local [...]

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USF offers Italian Food in Film Class for Fall 2014

August 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
USF offers Italian Food in Film Class for Fall 2014

The University of South Florida – Tampa campus is offering Italian Food in Film (course code: FOL4101/ITT4531) from 8:00PM-9:15PM on Mondays and Wednesdays this Fall to students. Dr. Patrizia La Trecchia will be teaching this course. Dr. La Trecchia has taken big moves in the food world herself and is a support of the Milan [...]

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Koizi Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery now open in Brandon

August 10, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Koizi Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery now open in Brandon

Koizi Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery is now open in Brandon replacing Oyishi Japanese Buffet. The concept which allows endless sushi, hibachi, and Asian food made-to-order for around $10 for lunch and around $20 for dinner has been a smash hit in New Tampa. This location should be able to accommodate large crowds in Brandon [...]

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Local food trucks roll into Mid-Pinellas Comic Con this Saturday

August 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Local food trucks roll into Mid-Pinellas Comic Con this Saturday

Hungry for some food trucks? Good! They will at the Mid-Pinellas Comic Con ( 9200 113th Street N, Seminole, FL 33772 ) this Saturday, August 8th, 2014. There will be an Injustice and Super Smash Bros. Melee video game tournament with Gamers on the Edge as well as a costume contest, character voice sound-alike contest, and panels. The convention will run from 10AM-5PM. [...]

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Taste of the Nation Orlando celebrates 25 years fighting hunger

August 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
Taste of the Nation Orlando celebrates 25 years fighting hunger

Taste of the Nation Orlando will celebrate 25 years of fighting hunger this Saturday, August 9th, 2014 from 6:45PM-10:00PM at the Orlando World Center Marriott (8701 World Center Dr., Orlando, FL) in partnership with 35 Central Florida chefs. Taste of the Nation Orlando will feature two James Bear-award semi-finalists: Hari Pulapeka of Cress Restaurant and [...]

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Pita’s Republic USF – Fresh and affordable Mediterranean fare

July 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pita’s Republic USF – Fresh and affordable Mediterranean fare

I tried Pita’s Republic near the University of South Florida Tampa campus for the first time last week during their Meatless Monday promotion. During Meatless Mondays, Pita’s Republic sells veggie pitas for $3.99 each. I upgraded and made it a meal with a side potato salad and drink and my order came to less than [...]

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Southern Seafood Westshore packs fresh local fish for diners

July 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Southern Seafood Westshore packs fresh local fish for diners

I was invited to check out Southern Seafood for a complimentary lunch tasting recently. Southern Seafood is a seafood market in Westshore that also serves lunch and dinner with a number of items. I first heard about the market when I visited Pete’s Place in February of this year and met the owner Pete who [...]

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Ybor City 1st Annual Sun, Swimsuits, and Suds Pub Crawl

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ybor City 1st Annual Sun, Swimsuits, and Suds Pub Crawl

The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a pub crawl this Saturday: The 1st Annual Sun, Swimsuits, and Suds Pub Crawl.  The event will run from 3:00PM-7:00PM. The pub crawl starts in the Centro Ybor courtyard where participants can pick up an official “pub crawl bandana” (if pre-registered), lanyard tickets for walk-ups, and a map [...]

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O-Town MacDown Competition Presented by SeaWorld (Orlando)

July 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
O-Town MacDown Competition Presented by SeaWorld (Orlando)

I will be competing with 407area.com in the O-Town MacDown mac-and-cheese competition at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 from 11:00AM-4:00PM. Proceeds from the event will benefit Give Kids The World, a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides week-long, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. [...]

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Where Would Anthony Bourdain Eat in Tampa?

July 9, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Where Would Anthony Bourdain Eat in Tampa?

There was a rumor last week that Anthony Bourdain was in Tampa Bay. Bourdain denied this rumors, but it got ABC Action News program, The List, thinking…where would Anthony Bourdain eat if he came to Tampa? They reached out to me for an interview and shot a segment for their news program “TAMPA BAY: Bourdain [...]

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Carlos Drinks: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Beer

July 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Carlos Drinks: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Beer

I have a new post over on Carlos Drinks partnering with local USBG Tampa Bay Bartender Chris Marsicano on a “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Beer” cocktail in honor of the opening of “Diagon Alley” at Universal Studios. You can watch the Tastemade video below for a tease: The recipe is over at: http://carlosdrinks.com/2014/07/09/i-cant-believe-its-not-butter-beer-cocktail-recipe/

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Dining: Hard Rock Cafe Tampa

June 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dining: Hard Rock Cafe Tampa

The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa is a fortress of restaurants. From the Council Oak Steakhouse to the Jubao Noodle Bar, there is a wide-variety of restaurants to choose from and almost anyone can find something they like. The Seminole Hard Rock Cafe is a great place to go for a meal, drinks, and [...]

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Dining: Michael’s On East (Sarasota)

June 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dining: Michael’s On East (Sarasota)

During the Savor Sarasota preview I realized just how little I know about the dining scene in Sarasota. Clearly there are some great projects underway and several places I have never heard of in Sarasota. One of those places is Michael’s On East, located near Downtown Sarasota. Normally my family/friends and I will drive into [...]

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9th Annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week 2014 Kickoff

June 1, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
9th Annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week 2014 Kickoff

The 9th Annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week is now live and will run from June 1st to June 12th, 2014. Diners have the option of dining at several Sarasota restaurants with a $15 3-course prix fixe meal for lunch and a $29 3-course prix fixe meal for dinner. On the list are several Zagat-rated restaurants [...]

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Flicks and Food Trucks Tonight!

May 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Flicks and Food Trucks Tonight!

The last Flicks and Food Trucks of the season is happening tonight at The Grand Central at Kennedy (1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, Florida 33602) from 6:00PM-10:00PM. Flicks and Food Trucks will be closed over the summer while construction is done downtown. However in the mean time you can catch your favorite food trucks over at [...]

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New York’s Kung Fu Tea Franchise Expands Into Florida with USF Location

April 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
New York’s Kung Fu Tea Franchise Expands Into Florida with USF Location

Kung Fu Tea, a New York-based tea franchise has entered into the Florida market with a new location recently opening near the University of South Florida in Tampa on Fowler Avenue located just next to Hong Kong House and M.D. Oriental Market. The franchise currently boasts over 20 locations nation-wide and has a few locations out [...]

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19th Annual PhilFest This Weekend in Tampa!

April 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
19th Annual PhilFest This Weekend in Tampa!

This Friday, April 4th, through Sunday, April 6th is the 19th Annual PhilFest at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center (14301 Nine Eagles Drive Tampa, FL). The Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. and its member organizations will host that event that has more than 13,000 visitors with a taste of Philippine Fiesta : food, entertainment, merchandise, and more. The festival [...]

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Sunday Brunch @ SoFresh Salads & Grill

March 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sunday Brunch @ SoFresh Salads & Grill

SoFresh Salad & Grill opened up shop near the University of South Florida a few months back and coined themselves as the “healthy choice” near campus. I checked it out a few times with friends, but opted for cheaper options on several occasions. The one time I did try their food, I found myself impressed [...]

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National Cuban Sandwich Festival 2014

March 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
National Cuban Sandwich Festival 2014

The 3rd annual National Cuban Sandwich Festival will occur on Saturday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 23rd of 2014 from 10:30AM-5:30PM and will be held at Centennial Park in historic Ybor City @ 1800 E. 8th Street. The event is presented by Latin Times Media. City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has named March “Cuban Sandwich Month”. The [...]

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All You Can Eat Korean BBQ @ Izziban Sushi Orlando

March 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
All You Can Eat Korean BBQ @ Izziban Sushi Orlando

One of my biggest complaints about the food scene in Tampa is the lack of Korean BBQ spots in town. There is a huge difference between eating at a Korean restaurant and grilling your own meats BBQ-style from both a flavor and experience point of view. When I heard from a friend that Izziban Sushi [...]

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Late-Night Eats @ El Chuzo BBQ

March 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Late-Night Eats @ El Chuzo BBQ

El Chuzo BBQ and I had a love affair in 2011 when I was freelancing for Creative Loafing, however I hardly make trips out to Armenia Avenue these days (a shame indeed!). One night this year after a night of clubbing for Latin night at The Kennedy, a friend and I decided to grab some [...]

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Rococo Steakhouse – Not Your Ordinary Steak House

February 27, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Rococo Steakhouse – Not Your Ordinary Steak House

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a media dinner at Rococo Steakhouse recently and it was an incredible experience that I have been dying to write about. Let me start off by saying that Pinellas County never ceases to amaze me with all the thought and attention to detail put into restaurants and [...]

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Domani Bistro Employee Fundraiser @ The Bricks of Ybor – 3/3

February 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Domani Bistro Employee Fundraiser @ The Bricks of Ybor – 3/3

The Bricks of Ybor will host a fundraiser for the displaced employees of Domani Bistro on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 from 7:00PM-9:00PM at The Bricks. There will be drawings, food, and drinks at the fundraiser for participants. All proceeds will go to the employees who suffered as a result of Domani Bistro recently burning down. Any [...]

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