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World of Beer Summer 2016 Menu Tasting

May 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
World of Beer Summer 2016 Menu Tasting

Full disclosure: I was invited by World of Beer for a complimentary tasting of their new summer menu. The opinions describes below are purely my own and based on my experience and observations at the tasting. World of Beer launched their summer menu this week in conjunction with American Craft Beer Week. The summer menu […]

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Cafe Organic Temple Terrace serves affordable, organic food

May 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cafe Organic Temple Terrace serves affordable, organic food

Recently I discovered Cafe Organic at Chuck’s Natural Fields Market in Temple Terrace. Cafe Organic is a quick-service sandwich and juice shop inside the health food store that offers a variety of healthy food items at a fair price. After visiting some other places in town I was really impressed with how affordable the organic […]

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Dining Waterside @ The SAIL in Downtown Tampa

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dining Waterside @ The SAIL in Downtown Tampa

Full disclosure: I was invited to the The Sail for a complimentary tasting of their new lunch menu in exchange for my opinion. The opinions written below are my own and represent myself based on my visit and impressions of the food and atmosphere. The SAIL on the Riverwalk recently contacted me to come and […]

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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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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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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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Flip’n Tasty Filipino Food Truck rolls into Tampa Bay

November 8, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Flip’n Tasty Filipino Food Truck rolls into Tampa Bay

The Filipino Food Movement has a new player in Tampa Bay called Flip’n Tasty Food Truck. This mobile food truck which appeared a few months back is serving a variety of Filipino cuisine, such as barbeque pork on a stick, puto, pancit noodles, lumpia eggrolls, and more. Flip’n Tasty is based out of Clearwater, but […]

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Japanese Kitchen Dosunco brings authentic ramen to Tampa

September 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
Japanese Kitchen Dosunco brings authentic ramen to Tampa

My appetite for authentic Japanese ramen has been left unsatisfied since 2011 when I visited Gaya-Gaya Ramen while I was living in Seoul, South Korea. Tampa flirted in the past with a number of ramen shops including Bokuchoi Ramen which failed at the University Mall food court and Nakaya Bistro which disappeared almost as quickly […]

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Zesty Tsunami Food Truck is a must-try

August 19, 2015 | By | 2 Replies 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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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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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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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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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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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. Now as the year is about to end, I have to say my best meal of the year was in Orlando at Kappo at East End Market with Droolius. We both ate the chef’s Omakase and Kappo is simply a place one cannot forget – […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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