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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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Kind Grinds Food Truck: Delicious Miso Love Love Chicken

September 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Kind Grinds Food Truck: Delicious Miso Love Love Chicken

After a few drinks at the Summer of Rum Festival in Ybor City, I headed outside for some food trucks and had a bite at Kind Grinds Food Truck. Kind Grinds serves Asian-Fusion cuisine has been roaming the streets of Tampa Bay since 2012 and is managed by food truck team Steve Naoki Sera and Olivia [...]

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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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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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