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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 | 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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Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association Advance Auto Parts Schedule: 2/24-2/28

February 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association Advance Auto Parts Schedule: 2/24-2/28

Update 2/26: These locations are currently on-hold due to a permit issue. The new Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association is sponsoring a food truck rotation for Tampa Bay food trucks at Advance Auto Parts South Tampa located at 3823 S. Dale Mabry Highway. Food trucks will be there daily from 11:00AM-2:00PM. Come out and support the [...]

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Pete’s Place Seafood Menu Tasting

February 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pete’s Place Seafood Menu Tasting

Disclosure: I was invited to Pete’s Place by 813area.com for their new seafood menu tasting. Opinions are my own. Pete’s Place has been a staple of Tampa Bay for decades and I was recently invited to attend a tasting for a new seafood menu that this dive bar turned restaurant launched. The bar was started [...]

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Fiesta Day & Flan Festival 2014 This Saturday in Ybor City

February 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fiesta Day & Flan Festival 2014 This Saturday in Ybor City

Tampa’s Historic Ybor City will celebrate the 67th Annual Fiesta Day and the 11th Annual Flan Festival this Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 from 11:00AM-6:00PM. The Fiesta will celebrate the cuisine, culture, and heritage of the Latin immigrants who settled in Ybor City at the turn of the 19th century. 7th Avenue will be closed for [...]

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Cluckz Chicken – Tampa’s First Gourmet Fried Chicken Mobile Kitchen

February 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cluckz Chicken – Tampa’s First Gourmet Fried Chicken Mobile Kitchen

A few months ago while perusing Instagram and Facebook I saw a post about a new food truck in town called Cluckz Chicken. This mobile kitchen serves Asian-inspired chicken wings such as Soy Garlic, Sriracha Chili, and Spoony BBQ. I tried the Soy Garlic and Sriracha Chili during my visit to the truck and both [...]

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Tampa Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival – February 22, 2014

February 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tampa Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival – February 22, 2014

If you love beer, bourbon, and BBQ then this Saturday you will want to head to Curtis Hixon Park for the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival from 12:00-6:00PM. Featuring 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and plenty of BBQ. VIP includes an extra 2 hours of early admission time (General admission begins at 2:00PM) and a whole-hog [...]

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Florida State Fair 2014: What To Eat

February 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Florida State Fair 2014: What To Eat

The Florida State Fair has been dazzling crowds for decades and each year brings excellent and dangerously tasty food for Tampa foodies to enjoy. Here are my picks that I enjoyed during my visit to the Florida State Fair that I can recommend to you! Most of the vendors are located by Gate 3 on [...]

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Clearwater Beach Uncorked 2014 – February 8th and 9th, 2014

February 3, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Clearwater Beach Uncorked 2014 – February 8th and 9th, 2014

This weekend (February 8th and 9th, 2014) is Clearwater Beach Uncorked 2014 from 1PM-5PM. During this event Clearwater Beach will entice food, wine, spirits, and craft beer fans with this third annual food and wine festival. This event is presented by Bright House Networks, the City of Clearwater, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & [...]

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MOSI Einstein on Food & Wine Festival Saturday Feb. 1

January 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
MOSI Einstein on Food & Wine Festival Saturday Feb. 1

MOSI will host their 19th Annual Einstein on Food & Wine Festival this Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 7:00PM (VIP access begins at 6:00PM). Einstein on Food & Wine Festival is presented by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and the Tampa Bay Times. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits will feature over 120 vintners with a [...]

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Smoke+Mirrors Party Thursdays @ Anise Gastrobar

January 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Smoke+Mirrors Party Thursdays @ Anise Gastrobar

Downtown Tampa has a new weekly event happening every Thursday night at Anise Global Gastrobar (777 N. Ashley Dr.) called Smoke+Mirrors. A sister event to a party across Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg called Cloak+Dagger, Smoke+Mirrors features resident DJ Kayla “Whiskey Business” Radics as well as new weekly performances by a wide variety of local producers and [...]

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PAO Truck Kickstarter Launched – Help Fund This Food Project!

January 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
PAO Truck Kickstarter Launched – Help Fund This Food Project!

Fellow food lovers, The PAO Truck’s Kickstarter campaign for an Equipment and Body Upgrade has launched! The PAO Truck has until February 25th, 2014 at 12:12PM EST to raise $7,000. Several rewards levels are available for backers depending on support levels. If this campaign fails, no backers cash will change hands so we need your [...]

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Gasparilla 2014 Boat Party!

January 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gasparilla 2014 Boat Party!

ARRRRR! This Saturday don’t miss the Gasparilla Boat Party on StarShip cruise from 4-7PM – brought to you by Groove Entertainment. Tickets are going fast and this party will feature 3 decks of music with complimentary tapas and transportation/entry to and from Hyde Park Cafe’s Gasparilla after-party. First class tickets will land you an open [...]

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Tampa Twilight Market Tonight @ Kaleisia Tea Lounge

January 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tampa Twilight Market Tonight @ Kaleisia Tea Lounge

Tonight is the Twilight Market at Kaleisia Tea Lounge (1441 E Fletcher Ave #101 Tampa, Florida 33612) from 6-10PM! Check out this video I shot last week at Kaleisia using Tastemade. More info on their newsletter: http://conta.cc/KyS6dG

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Odessa Organic Farmer’s Market & Food Trucks – 01/10

January 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Odessa Organic Farmer’s Market & Food Trucks – 01/10

Tonight is the Odessa Organic Farmer’s Market from 5-9PM at 8701 Gunn Highway. Several vendors will be in attendance in addition to a number of food trucks for a food truck rally. The food trucks in attendance tonight are: PAO Truck Hott Mess Pocket Pirates Food Truck Red Zeppelin South Pacific Grill Not Your Ordinary Food [...]

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Tampa Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta – 1/8

January 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tampa Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta – 1/8

The first Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta of 2014 will be held today, January 8th at Lykes Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa from 11:00AM-2:00PM. Brought to you by Bob Buckhorn, The City of Tampa, and The Downtown Tampa Partnership. The temperature will be in the mid-50s which is pretty cold for a Floridian so make sure to [...]

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VIDEO: Lunch @ Mel’s Hot Dogs in Tampa

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
VIDEO: Lunch @ Mel’s Hot Dogs in Tampa

I headed to lunch today at Mel’s Hot Dogs near USF and Temple Terrace with some friends. We enjoyed Chicago-style hot dog and corn dogs. Mel’s Hot Dogs has been in business since 1973 and has some of the best hot dogs in town.

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VIDEO: Dinner With The PAO Truck @ TGH

January 3, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
VIDEO: Dinner With The PAO Truck @ TGH

Last night I enjoyed Filipino food for dinner at the PAO Truck at Tampa General Hospital near Downtown Tampa just off Bayshore Boulevard. Food Trucks rotate service at Tampa General Hospital throughout the week, some go for lunch service from 11:00AM to 3:00PM, while others head there for dinner service from 7PM-midnight. Visitors to Tampa [...]

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VIDEO: Lunch @ Cafe Ole in New Tampa

January 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
VIDEO: Lunch @ Cafe Ole in New Tampa

Check out this video of my lunch today at Cafe Ole in New Tampa! Cafe Ole is a Spanish restaurant that specializes in tapas and paella, but also has a number of other interesting items and specials on the menu. The chef there consistently impresses me with each visit and if you haven’t been yet, [...]

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Tampa Twilight Market Tuesdays @ Kaleisia Tea Lounge

January 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tampa Twilight Market Tuesdays @ Kaleisia Tea Lounge

Tampa’s only Twilight Market will be kicking up steam at Kaleisia Tea Lounge (1441 E. Fletcher Avenue, Tampa FL 33612) not far from USF and Carrollwood each and every Tuesday in 2014 from 6PM-10PM. Visitors at the first event of 2014 on January 7th can enjoy a farmers market full of organic, farm fresh produce, [...]

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