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Meet David Chang: Epicurean food snob.

January 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Meet David Chang: Epicurean food snob.

Momofuku founder and Chef David Chang has opened his cult magazine Lucky Peach to the public and with it decided to announce that yes, ramen is dead. Never mind the great ramen restaurants currently being rolled out in the United States. It is a bold statement  indeed for someone who made himself famous off selling ramen. […]

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Urbanspoon sold to Zomato: Food bloggers lose a friend

January 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Urbanspoon sold to Zomato: Food bloggers lose a friend

Popular foodie website Urbanspoon has been sold to Zomato, an online restaurant discovery service that is based in India, for an estimated $50 million plus sale. Zomato does not plan to continue the Urbanspoon brand. Urbanspoon has been a friend to food bloggers and over the years and has been a great alternative to Yelp […]

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Best Meal of 2014: Kappo at East End Market

December 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Best Meal of 2014: Kappo at East End Market

2014 was a crazy year filled with tons of food. I finished my degree at the University of South Florida and didn’t drown under 18 credit hours of coursework and somehow still found time to try new places. Now as the year is about to end, I have to say my best meal of the […]

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PASKO 2014: Tampa Celebrates Philippine Christmas

December 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
PASKO 2014: Tampa Celebrates Philippine Christmas

The Philippine Cultural Foundation of Tampa will celebrate PASKO 2014: Philippine Christmas in association with Philippine Nurses Association, Gulf Coast Chapter on Sunday, December 21st, 2014 at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center (14301 9 Eagles Dr. Tampa, FL 33626) from 12:00PM-6:00PM. The event will cost $3.00 (children ages 5 and under are FREE). Guests […]

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Locale Market Opens Wed. December 17th in Downtown St. Pete

December 17, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Locale Market Opens Wed. December 17th in Downtown St. Pete

The highly anticipated Locale Market will open doors to the public at the Sundial in Downtown St. Petersburg on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 3:00PM. Acclaimed celebrity chefs, Chef Michael Mina and Chef Don Pintabona, have combined forces to create this 20,000 square-foot facility that houses 10 kitchens, hundreds if not thousands of food products with […]

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Food Trucks Rally Around Town Friday Dec. 19

December 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Food Trucks Rally Around Town Friday Dec. 19

Don’t miss Food Trucks Rally Around Town this Friday, December 19th, 2014 in Downtown Saint Petersburg at the old St. Pete Pier. Food Trucks attending: The Twisted Iron Dochos Concession Aloha To Go Health Freakz Cafe Engine 53 Pizza Lolo Ono Hawaiian Shave Ice, LLC Just Smokin’ Bbq Music provided by: DJ Jake Dela Cruz – DJ […]

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Wahlburgers coming to Florida, Tampa location possible

December 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Wahlburgers coming to Florida, Tampa location possible

Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide reported recently on Nov. 29th that local restauranteur Manny Garcia plans to bring Wahlburgers restaurant concept to Florida with 20 locations planned for the state of Florida in coming years. Manny Garcia has previously owned and ran casual and fast food restaurant chains in Florida since the year 1969. The […]

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Saki Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery

December 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Saki Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery

I first heard about Saki Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery one day while searching for all-you-can-eat (A.Y.C.E.) sushi on Yelp. Saki embraces the made-to-order model made popular in Tampa by Koizi Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery. The restaurant is essentially an endless meal served table-side, with items made-to-order including appetizers, entrees, sushi, and dessert. When […]

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Second Harvest Food Bank presents #GivingTuesday

December 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Second Harvest Food Bank presents #GivingTuesday

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is teaming up with WESH 2 News on #GivingTuesday to help provide 160,000 meals to families, seniors and kids in our community. Every dollar that you donate provides 4 meals to a hungry neighbor. DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT: Any gift donated on their page on December 2 will be matched […]

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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: Elevage: The Epicurean Hotel’s signature restaurant, Elevage, will host a Thanksgiving soiree this holiday season. Elevage will channel inspiration from Traditional, Cajun, Wine Country, and Southern […]

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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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