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Pacific Fiesta Mart Filipino market now open

April 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Pacific Fiesta Mart Filipino market now open

Filipino food fans assemble: Pacific Fiesta Mart opened over the weekend next to Naga Tea in Temple Terrace at 10944 N. 56th Street. They are selling tons of Filipino and Asian snacks as well as Magnolia Ice Cream and Goldilocks baked goods! Another great addition to the growing Filipino Food Movement in Tampa. Be advised: […]

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Training at Elite Strength and Conditioning with Tim

April 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Training at Elite Strength and Conditioning with Tim

One of the toughest parts of being a food writer and being involved in the food industry is trying to manage your weight. Ask Adam Richman, the former Man vs. Food, who literally quit his job because of the damage food challenges were doing to his body. Most food critics adhere to strict diets and […]

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Tampa Grilled Cheese Festival Sunday April 24th!

April 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tampa Grilled Cheese Festival Sunday April 24th!

Get pumped because this Sunday, April 24th of 2016, is the Tampa Grilled Cheese Festival at Centro Asturiano de Tampa in Ybor City from 11AM-6PM. Over 30 food trucks will meet with vendors to serve you their own creative grilled cheese sandwiches and delicious food fare. The event is sponsored by Burger Culture Tampa which is […]

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Ybor City Latin Food Festival this Sunday, April 17

April 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Ybor City Latin Food Festival this Sunday, April 17

If you love Latin food, you definitely will want to come out on Sunday, April 17th from 11AM to 6PM to Centro Asturiano de Tampa located at 1913 N Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL for the Ybor City Latin Food Festival. The event will feature a mixture of local food trucks and vendors serving various Latin cuisine and also […]

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GM SoundLounge 2 @ CL Event Space this Friday!

April 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
GM SoundLounge 2 @ CL Event Space this Friday!

This Friday, April 8th, come out to the Creative Loafing Space in Ybor City for Gold Mined Productions 2nd SoundLounge from 10PM-1AM. DJ Bootron and DJ Yen will be spinning live mixes. Admission is FREE and the event is 18+. The event is a night for DJs to share their love for music. The CL space […]

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LIVE: Eating around PhilFest Tampa 2016!

April 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
LIVE: Eating around PhilFest Tampa 2016!

I spent a few hours yesterday interviewing some of the food vendors at PhilFest 2016! The event is on-going until Sunday. Here are the videos. Here with Filipiniana Philippine Cafe at Philfest Tampa! Posted by Carlos Eats on Friday, April 1, 2016 Here with Mata's CarinDeria at Philfest Tampa! They are selling Filipino entrees, desserts, […]

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PhilFest Tampa 2016 this weekend April 1-3!

March 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
PhilFest Tampa 2016 this weekend April 1-3!

The annual PhilFest Tampa will happen this weekend in Tampa from Friday, April 1st to Sunday, April 3rd at The Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex, which is located at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa FL 33626. Admission tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. This is the 21st annual celebration of Philippine culture. […]

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Datz Dough offering Doughnut Ice Cream Cones 3/24

March 23, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Datz Dough offering Doughnut Ice Cream Cones 3/24

It’s not often that you see your food dreams come to life off the internet. Datz Dough located at 2602 S. MacDill Avenue in South Tampa is offering foodies a special experience tomorrow on Thursday, March 24th, 2016. Dough will be serving Doughnut Ice Cream Cones beginning at 12PM – the photos of them should certainly put […]

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Korean BBQ Taco Box hits all the right taste buds

March 23, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Korean BBQ Taco Box hits all the right taste buds

Yesterday I was in Orlando at Full Sail University for the Van’s Warped Tour 2016 announcement and stopped by the Korean BBQ Taco Box (KBBQ Box) food truck before getting in line for the event for a bite to eat. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was blown away with how great their food […]

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Mini Doughnut Factory takes sweetness fans by storm

March 22, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Mini Doughnut Factory takes sweetness fans by storm

Full disclosure: I was invited to Mini Doughnut Factory for a complimentary tasting. The opinions displayed here are my own and are my honest analysis of my experience and the menu at Mini Doughnut Factory. Mini Doughnut Factory is pretty hard to miss online. Scroll on Instagram, Facebook, or a friend’s Snapchat story and BAM! […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Fest @ Centro Asturiano de Tampa

March 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
St. Patrick’s Day Fest @ Centro Asturiano de Tampa

Looking for something fun to do on Thursday for St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa? Come out to Centro Asturiano de Tampa (1913 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33602) and enjoy food trucks, drink specials, live music, and more from 4PM-10PM. Drinks will be served at the bar inside Centro Asturiano de Tampa. Live music will […]

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Carrollwood Burger Festival – 3/5

February 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Carrollwood Burger Festival – 3/5

This Saturday, March 5th, 2016 come out to the Carrollwood Burger Festival from 12PM-8PM at Harley-Davidson of Tampa located at 6920 North Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33614. Enjoy FREE admission to the event. The event is presented by Burger Culture Tampa which is parked daily at this location. Need a ride? Use LYFT code […]

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Ybor City Chocolate Festival – 2/20

February 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Ybor City Chocolate Festival – 2/20

Looking to indulge in a dangerously delightful chocolate affair? Come out for the Ybor City Chocolate Festival on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 from 12PM-8PM at Centro Asturiano de Tampa. Need a ride? Download Lyft and use the code YBORCHOCFEST to get a FREE $20 ride credit for the festival. Attendees are encouraged to carpool and use ride-share programs […]

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Gasparilla 2016 Pirate Fest Dinner Kicks Off Exciting Weekend

January 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Gasparilla 2016 Pirate Fest Dinner Kicks Off Exciting Weekend

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino‘s Council Oak Lounge located at 5223 North Orient Road will host a Gasparilla-themed Mount Gay Rum pairing dinner to kick off Gasparilla Pirate Fest weekend in Tampa on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. Tickets are $180 and are still available although space is limited. Call 813-627-6630 to make your reservation. The […]

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TPC Food Trucks on the Golf Course January 9

January 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
TPC Food Trucks on the Golf Course January 9

This Saturday, January 9th, 2016 – TPC Tampa Bay (5300 West Lutz Lake Fern Road) will host its first food truck rally on the golf course from 12PM-5PM. Patrons can enjoy local food trucks and vendors, a full liquor bar, as well as live music. This is a great opportunity to enjoy some great food […]

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New Years Eve 2016 Dining Guide Tampa Bay

December 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
New Years Eve 2016 Dining Guide Tampa Bay

Wondering where to eat or party on New Year’s Eve 2016 in Tampa Bay? Here are some suggestions from what I have managed to dig up online. Start off the new year with a bang at one of these Tampa Bay eateries. Rooster & the Till: Enjoy a 5-course meal with optional wine pairings. Details […]

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Anise New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball 2016

December 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Anise New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball 2016

If an upscale party is more your style for New Year’s Eve 2016, then check out Anise Global Gastrobar’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Tickets are $50 per person with tax included and table reservations are available for $150 per couple with tax included. Table reservations include a complimentary bottle of GH Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne. All […]

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New Year’s Eve 2016 at Fodder & Shine

December 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
New Year’s Eve 2016 at Fodder & Shine

Looking for a fun neighborhood party to ring in 2016? Fodder & Shine located at 5910 North Florida Avenue in Seminole Heights will be rocking out on New Year’s Eve to 80’s punk, pop, and hip-hop with DJ Rich Ranck. Enjoy drink specials, champagne punch, midnight kill the keg, a full dinner menu until 10PM […]

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Laid Back New Year’s Eve at The Refinery

December 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Laid Back New Year’s Eve at The Refinery

If you’re looking for something chill on New Year’s Eve 2016, check out The Refinery located at 5137 North Florida Avenue in Seminole Heights. Dinner and drink specials will be available along with complimentary h’ordeuvres from 11PM until 1AM. Enjoy a champagne toast at midnight along with fireworks courtesy of the entire City of Tampa. The Refinery has […]

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New Year’s Eve 2016 at Rooster & the Till

December 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
New Year’s Eve 2016 at Rooster & the Till

Rooster & the Till located at 6500 North Florida Avenue in Seminole Heights has a 5-course New Year’s Eve menu available for hungry diners to ring in 2016. On the list: sous vide lobster tail, acorn squash bisque, crispy gnocchi, braised duck, short ribs, Valrhona chocolate ganache, and plenty of other exciting food creative ingredients. Dinner costs $65 per […]

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Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros Bagels Grand Opening Dec. 9

December 8, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros Bagels Grand Opening Dec. 9

Last year, Caribou Coffee acquired Einstein Bros Bagels in a deal worth $374 million. The duo will open their first collaborative store in Tampa at 10802 N. Dale Mabry Hwy tomorrow December 9th, 2015 at 5:00AM. To celebrate the grand opening of Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros. Bagels in Tampa, the first 50 people in line will […]

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St. Petersburg Restaurant Weekend Dec. 10-14

December 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
St. Petersburg Restaurant Weekend Dec. 10-14

Hungry this weekend? Creative Loafing has you covered with their upcoming St. Petersburg Restaurant Weekend happening from Thursday, December 10th, through Monday, December 14th. Diners can enjoy $30 three-course prix fixe meals at over 25 of the most popular restaurants in the Burg.   Use hashtag #CLStPeteRW on social media to track the yummy offers being enjoyed […]

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Creative Loafing’s Meet The Chefs Culinary Kickoff

December 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Creative Loafing’s Meet The Chefs Culinary Kickoff

Creative Loafing is launching their St. Petersburg Restaurant Weekend with a special event tomorrow called Meet The Chefs from 6:00PM-9:00PM at The Morean Arts Center for Clay.   Foodies will get a chance to taste food from 7 popular St. Petersburg destinations such as The Mill, Noble Crust, The Cider Press Cafe, Engine No. 9, and […]

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Local Deals: $5 Burger Wednesdays – Graffiti Junktion USF

December 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Local Deals: $5 Burger Wednesdays – Graffiti Junktion USF

Most people know my blog was founded on the roots of being frugal. As a college student and even as an adult, it’s always nice to find a good deal and save some money whenever possible. One great deal is at Graffiti Junktion near the University of South Florida located at 11401 North 56th Street in […]

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Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen opens at International Plaza Tampa

November 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen opens at International Plaza Tampa

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen is now open at the International Plaza in Tampa replacing Gallery Bistro. The concept, created by Craig Bernstein, serves “straight-forward American food”. The main menu features burgers, sandwiches, salads, steak, chicken, and seafood with prices ranging from around $10 to $35. The International Plaza location is the first out-of-state expansion for […]

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