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Tampa Taco Bus & Uber hook up to feed USF students

August 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Tampa Taco Bus & Uber hook up to feed USF students

The Tampa Taco Bus hooked up with Uber yesterday to provide students at the University of South Florida with 10 free tacos delivered fresh. USF Students had to download the Uber app and use a special TACOS button to summon an Uber driver with free food. Taco Bus has a location minutes from USF located at […]

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#TijuanaFlats new menu tasting

August 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
#TijuanaFlats new menu tasting

Tijuana Flats unveiled their new menu items yesterday with the Tampa Bay Blogger’s Group at the Tijuana Flats in South Tampa (617 West Platt Street). Tijuana Flats has long helped a starving college student (myself included) during Taco Tuesdays where two tacos, chips, and a drink are only $5.49. New menu items: Beef and chicken […]

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Council Oak Lounge to host Grand Marnier pairing dinner

August 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Council Oak Lounge to host Grand Marnier pairing dinner

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino‘s Council Oak Lounge located at 5223 Orient Road in Tampa will host a Grand Marnier pairing dinner on Thursday, August 27th, 2015. Guests will enjoy a Grand Marnier-themed reception at 6:30PM and a 4-course meal at 7:00PM. The dinner will feature Kappa Pisco, Grand Marnier 100, and Grand Marnier 1880. […]

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15th Annual I Like It Hot Festival September 12 & 13th

August 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
15th Annual I Like It Hot Festival September 12 & 13th

The 15th Annual I Like It Hot Festival is coming up on September 12 & 13th at the Minnreg Hall located at 6340 126th Ave. N. in Largo, Florida. Saturday, September 12th, the event will run from 10:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, September 13th from 11AM to 4:00PM. I Like It Hot Festival is the largest gourmet spicy food […]

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Zesty Tsunami Food Truck is a must-try

August 19, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Zesty Tsunami Food Truck is a must-try

When I first tried Zesty Tsunami Food Truck, I wasn’t sure what to expect. There aren’t many photos of their food on the internet and the name itself is ambiguous (perhaps intentionally). The food truck wrapping on Zesty Tsunami is attractive though and did intrigue me. When I asked the owners what I absolutely had […]

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Creative Loafing Beer Fest 2015 this weekend!

August 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Creative Loafing Beer Fest 2015 this weekend!

Craft beer lovers can rejoice because Creative Loafing Beer Fest 2015 is this Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 from 8:00PM to 11:00PM at MOSI located at 4801 East Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL 33617. General Admission is $55 in advance and $65 at the door includes unlimited beer sampling, access to MOSI exhibits, and more. VIP is $105 in […]

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Seminole Heights Taste of Asia happening September 5th

August 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Seminole Heights Taste of Asia happening September 5th

Mark your calendar for the Seminole Heights Taste of Asia happening on Saturday, September 5th, 2015 from 6PM-11PM at Generation Food Court located at 5210 North Florida Ave. Tampa, FL next to Red Star Rock Bar. The Seminole Heights Taste of Asia will feature a number of Asian food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, and performances in […]

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Pho Truck Tampa Bay sells delicious Vietnamese food

August 14, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Pho Truck Tampa Bay sells delicious Vietnamese food

The Pho Truck Tampa Bay is now selling delicious Vietnamese food to hungry diners. I tried it for the first time last night at the new Generation Food Court in Seminole Heights which hosts local food trucks daily. Vietnamese food has risen in popularity in Tampa for the last few years and it is honestly […]

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Generation Food Court opens in Seminole Heights

August 14, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Generation Food Court opens in Seminole Heights

Tampa’s first local food court opened last week in Seminole Heights at 5210 North Florida Avenue attached to Red Star Rock Bar. Generation Food Court hosts local food trucks, vendors, and events. The location makes sense with Seminole Heights being one of the most locally-based communities in the city of Tampa. Although the food truck laws […]

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YO! Sushi Conveyor Belt Concept coming to Tampa

August 12, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
YO! Sushi Conveyor Belt Concept coming to Tampa

Tampa’s first conveyor belt ‘kaiten’ sushi restaurant is coming to the International Plaza & Bay Street with YO! Sushi in November 2015. YO! Sushi is currently operating in Sarasota at The Mall at University Town Center and first opened shop in 1997 in London and now runs over 80 restaurants.   Plates range from $3.00-$7.00 and are […]

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Yummy House closed by inspectors, dead rodent and 280 rodent droppings

July 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Yummy House closed by inspectors, dead rodent and 280 rodent droppings

Yummy House located at 2202 West Waters Avenue was temporarily closed by Florida state inspectors on July 20th for having a dead rodent and 280 rodent droppings in their restaurant. One of the more troubling notes in the inspection report is as follows: Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approximately 10 – 15 […]

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Tin Drum Asiacafe opening first Florida location in Tampa Bay

May 7, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Tin Drum Asiacafe opening first Florida location in Tampa Bay

Tin Drum Asiacafé will open their first Florida location in Oldsmar on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 3687 Tampa Road. Special festivities and food specials are planned in celebration from Friday, May 15th to Friday, May 22nd. Planned festivities include belly dancers, fire throwers, taiko drums, taekwondo demonstrations, lion dances, face painters, and more. Some instagram […]

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MOSI Festival of Chocolate this weekend!

April 14, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
MOSI Festival of Chocolate this weekend!

The MOSI Festival of Chocolate is this weekend on April 18th and 19th from 10AM-6PM. The event will feature a Jr. Cocoa Couture Fashion Show will allow designers ages 7–17 to showcase their very own chocolate-inspired designs. Live professional competitions and cooking demonstrations will be held. Full Disclosure: MOSI has provided 2 tickets for giveaway on this […]

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Giveaway: Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival

April 13, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Giveaway: Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival

Love Sunday Funday? Big City Events is hosting the first Tampa Bay Bloody Mary festival presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 11AM-3PM at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Read about the event on Carlos Drinks. Full Disclosure: I have received tickets to the Blood Mary Festival for this post which I will […]

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Taste the Best of Tampa Bay this Saturday!

April 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Taste the Best of Tampa Bay this Saturday!

Best of Tampa Bay is back for another year of delicious food this Saturday, April 11th. General Admission Tickets are $90 include all inclusive food and beverage offered by the area’s finest restaurants and caterers, open bar and live music on four stages. VIP Tickets are $150 and include all inclusive food and beverage offered by the area’s finest […]

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Review: Bacco and Venere

April 7, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Review: Bacco and Venere

I visited Bacco and Venere in Temple Terrace today for lunch and loved it. I haven’t heard much about them before and saw them listed for Festa Italiana. A quick Facebook search revealed they are having a Grand Opening next week with the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce so I decided to check them out. The […]

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Festa Italiana this weekend!

April 7, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Festa Italiana this weekend!

The 18th Annual Festa Italiana will occur this weekend in Ybor City. The event started in 1997 as a one-day event that benefited the Italian Club of Tampa (L’Unione Italiana) and continues to honors Italian culture by showcasing Italian cuisine from Tampa Bay’s top caterers and restaurants, world-renowned performers, premier wine and spirits, and a […]

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Taste of South Tampa 2015

April 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Taste of South Tampa 2015

The 10th Annual Taste of South Tampa is this Sunday, April 12th, 2015 from 1:00PM-4:00PM at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Taste of South Tampa is the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s signature annual event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Metropolitan Ministries and a canned food drive will be held. Bring your non-perishable food items […]

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America Loves Bacon Festival coming 4/11

April 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
America Loves Bacon Festival coming 4/11

What word makes every foodie drool? BACON. Bacon has become so embedded into the food culture of this society that some restaurants have gone as far as to have exclusive bacon menus. A whole new level of bacon love has appeared with the America Loves Bacon Festival in Tampa, which promises 5,000 lbs. of bacon consumption […]

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9th Ybor Aficionado Days Tapas Trail this Saturday!

April 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
9th Ybor Aficionado Days Tapas Trail this Saturday!

The Ybor Aficionado Days Tapas Trail will return for its 9th year this Saturday, April 4th, 2015 and showcase 12 restaurants throughout Ybor City. This event celebrates the 129th anniversary of the manufacture of the first cigar on April 13, 1886 and offers a taste of Ybor City. The event is presented by the Ybor City Chamber […]

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Flicks & Food Trucks Tampa Thursday 3/19

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Flicks & Food Trucks Tampa Thursday 3/19

Flicks & Food Trucks is coming back to Downtown Tampa’s Channel District on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 from 6PM-10PM at Grand Central at Kennedy (1208 East Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33603). The event was previously on hiatus due to construction occurring in Downtown but is starting back up with an impressive food truck line-up and will […]

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Give and Grub Food Truck Tasting

March 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Give and Grub Food Truck Tasting

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Local bloggers including myself were invited to attend this event at Amalie Arena in exchange for a post about Give and Grub Food Truck and received a complimentary tasting, meal tickets, t-shirts, and tickets to a future Tampa Bay Lightning game in exchange for this post. Give and […]

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Fodder & Shine Grand Opening + Florida’s Birthday

March 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fodder & Shine Grand Opening + Florida’s Birthday

Chef Greg Baker’s latest restaurant in Seminole Heights, Fodder & Shine, is having its Grand Opening tomorrow from 5:00PM-1:00AM. It also happens to be the 170th birthday of the State of Florida, which was admitted as the 27th state to the union on March 3rd, 1845. There will be a buffet featuring whole hog, fried chicken, […]

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Top 3 Boba Tea Shops in Tampa

February 27, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Top 3 Boba Tea Shops in Tampa

1. Naga Tea Naga Tea appeared out of nowhere and quickly has become a leader on the map of bubble tea or boba shops in Tampa. Although the tea menu is still small and growing, Naga Tea dedicated themselves to having quality ingredients and flavors that put them above the other shops in town. Their […]

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Best 3 Foods at Florida State Fair 2015

February 16, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Best 3 Foods at Florida State Fair 2015

The Florida State Fair is winding to a close, but before it leaves us tonight I’d like to reflect on some of the best things I tried this year. 1. Ramen Pizza: The ramen pizza from Chai Yo Thai Cuisine was a dish that I was not expecting to be enjoyable. Looks can be deceiving […]

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