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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 | 4 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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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 | 1 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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