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Tampa Thanksgiving 2014 Dining Guide

November 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tampa Thanksgiving 2014 Dining Guide

Not in the mood to cook this year for Thanksgiving in Tampa? I have you covered. Here are some restaurants in Tampa that will be open during Thanksgiving Day: Sate Southeast Asian Grill: For an Asian Thanksgiving, head out to Sate near Temple Terrace and New Tampa across from USF. Sate will be serving their […]

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Naga Tea Grand Opening – 11/22

November 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Naga Tea Grand Opening – 11/22

Naga Tea will have their Grand Opening event on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 from 12PM-10PM. Since I first checked them out they’ve been fine-tuning their menu and adding some new stuff here and there. During the event drinks will be 15% off all day long. In addition there will be entertainment, raffles, a cake-cutting, and […]

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Review: PaniniRiffic Food Truck

November 8, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: PaniniRiffic Food Truck

Sandwiches and Cuban food are all the buzz in Tampa Bay, it’s only natural that a food truck would emerge to combine the forces of both. PaniniRiffic food truck captured my attention long ago with their Dadio steak sandwich with fries ($8.50) which features marinated palomilla steak with grilled onions and garlic aioli, served on […]

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Election Day 2014 Tampa Bay Freebies and Deals

November 4, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Election Day 2014 Tampa Bay Freebies and Deals

There are some extra benefits to voting besides making freedom count including discounts and free stuff so get out there and make your voice known – remember to keep your voting sticker! Here is a list of some of the places offering deals today. If you have any tips on places offering deals or discounts […]

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PAO Cafe’s Spooky Halloween Extravaganza this FRIDAY!

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
PAO Cafe’s Spooky Halloween Extravaganza this FRIDAY!

Come out to the PAO Cafe on Friday, October 24th, 2014 for a spooky extravaganza! The PAO Cafe will be celebrating Halloween and have food trucks in front of the cafe with a spooky twist! Even better! PAO Cafe will have a photobooth and costume contest – wear your most unique Halloween attire and receive […]

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Chipotle launches vegan “Sofritas” menu item

October 13, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Chipotle launches vegan “Sofritas” menu item

Chipotle Mexican Grill is launching their new vegan Sofritas menu in the South and Southeast United States today October 13th, 2014. Participating states include Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Sofritas is an organic, shredded tofu braised with chipotle chiles, roasted poblano peppers, tomatoes, and a blend of aromatic […]

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Taste of the Heights coming Nov. 2! Tickets on-sale

October 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Taste of the Heights coming Nov. 2! Tickets on-sale

The 5th Annual Taste of the Heights will occur on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 from 12:30PM-4:00PM in Seminole Heights. Restaurants, breweries, and bars will combine forces for this special event with some NEW restaurants opening soon also partaking in the action. Live music will be provided by Genghis Flan, The Wholetones, and The Cadillac Bombers. Urban Art […]

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Food Trucks Rally in Downtown St. Pete October 17th!

October 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Food Trucks Rally in Downtown St. Pete October 17th!

The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association (Gulf to Bay FTA) will host a new event on Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 6:00PM-9:00PM at The Pier in Downtown St. Petersburg. The event will continue every 3rd Friday of the month and live music will be at the event. The food trucks participating include: Hott Mess […]

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Naga Tea – Tampa’s Taste of Taiwanese Tea

October 8, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Naga Tea – Tampa’s Taste of Taiwanese Tea

Tampa is no stranger to bubble tea or boba as many people like to call it for short. There are several strongholds around town with Green Island, Got Tea, and Kaleisia Tea being some top destinations in Tampa. Recently the Kung Fu Tea franchise opened on Fowler and offered customers the quick and convenient drive-thru fast-food side of […]

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A Night in Tokyo 5 tickets on-sale! Japanese food and entertainment!

October 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
A Night in Tokyo 5 tickets on-sale! Japanese food and entertainment!

The 5th Annual A Night in Tokyo is coming up on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 from 6PM-9PM at the University of South Florida Tampa Marshall Student Center Ballrooms. This annual signature event presented by the Japanese Club at USF (USF J-Club for short) promotes Japanese culture to USF and the surrounding community and involves a […]

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Sunday Brunch @ The Refinery Tampa

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sunday Brunch @ The Refinery Tampa

I am one of those people who sleeps late…I tend to miss breakfast completely. That is one reason why I love brunch, it gives the late-birds like myself a chance to still have breakfast at a later hour. Tampa has a number of brunch spots around, but one I have been wanting to try is […]

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WIN a FREE ticket to a culinary class with Francis Biondi! (Orlando)

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
WIN a FREE ticket to a culinary class with Francis Biondi! (Orlando)

MasterChef Contestant Francis Biondi is having a series of culinary skills workshops at The Ancient Olive in Winter Park during late September and October. The focus of the events will change during each class and range from crab cakes and cocktails to Mediterrean spiced dishes. Tickets are $35 each to learn, eat, and drink and […]

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Lunch @ Costanera Peruvian Cuisine in Northdale Tampa

September 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lunch @ Costanera Peruvian Cuisine in Northdale Tampa

I am a huge fan of Peruvian cuisine. There is nothing like a delicious Papa a la Huancaina or Lomo Saltado so when I saw Costanera Peruvian Cuisine pop-up on Facebook and Yelp, I had to go check it out. Lunch specials are $7.99 which is a steal for Peruvian cuisine and includes your choice […]

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Ciccio’s Restaurant Group launching Fresh Kitchen concept

September 9, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Ciccio’s Restaurant Group launching Fresh Kitchen concept

Ciccio’s Restaurant Group is launching a new restaurant concept soon called Fresh Kitchen at 1350 S. Howard Ave. Tampa, FL. Oxford Exchange Executive Chef Erin Guggino is on-board for the menu development. Chef Guggino will have ownership in the new concept according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The health-focused food concept will offer dine-in, take-out, and delivery for […]

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Don’t miss: Orlando’s First Filipino Feast Food Event “Kamayan”

September 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Don’t miss: Orlando’s First Filipino Feast Food Event “Kamayan”

Orlando will have it’s first Filipino feast food event called Kamayan on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at East End Market (3201 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803) from 7PM-9PM and it is one event that you DO NOT want to miss. MasterChef Top 15 contestant Francis Biondi is partnering up with Kappo at East End Market […]

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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with Burger 21 deal

September 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with Burger 21 deal

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 is National Cheeseburger Day and there is nothing like a delicious cheeseburger in my opinion. Tampa-based burger concept Burger 21 will be celebrating the food holiday with a BOGO deal for members of its e-mail club, the B21 Club, with a free cheesy burger with the purchase of a burger, salad, or […]

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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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