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Review: Antonio’s Pasta Grille Tampa

April 24, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: Antonio’s Pasta Grille Tampa

Antonio’s Pasta Grille is one of those places I have frequently drove by, but did not take the time to stop by and investigate until this past Friday when I was looking for a new place to try near my house. The interior is actually what you would expect from a modern casual-dining restaurant and [...]

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Jubao Palace Noodle Bar @ Hard Rock Hotel Tampa

April 1, 2013 | By | 4 Replies More
Jubao Palace Noodle Bar @ Hard Rock Hotel Tampa

Since returning home to the Sunshine State from living abroad in Asia, I haven’t had much interaction with noodles. I don’t frequent the Vietnamese places in town (although I should!) and I think Nissin ramen noodles from the M.D. Oriental Market have made up most of my noodle intake for the last year. Hence my [...]

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Catch Twenty Three Sushi Happy Hour in Westchase

February 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Catch Twenty Three Sushi Happy Hour in Westchase

There are some great businesses in Westchase. My first visit to Burger 21 was in Westchase when they were starting out. Catch Twenty Three invited me to visit for their sushi happy hour a few weeks ago. A Zagat-Rated restaurant, Catch Twenty Three has certainly enjoyed a good amount of buzz written about their business [...]

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Review: PAO Filipino Food Truck

February 15, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
Review: PAO Filipino Food Truck

Every year I get super psyched for the annual PhilFest because it is one of the few chances I get to enjoy tasty Filpino food all year. There are practically no Filipino restaurants in Tampa Bay. My Orlando food blog friend, Droolius, is always uploading photos of tasty Filpino eats and makes my inner Pacquiáo want [...]

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Review: Tokai Sushi Japanese Restaurant Brandon

February 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Tokai Sushi Japanese Restaurant Brandon

Tokai Sushi Japanese Restaurant has long been a popular stop for my family and I since probably about 2005 when we moved out to the Brandon area. Although I have since moved out to the University area, I still visit Tokai Sushi pretty regularly with my Mom and family members. It took me a long [...]

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Valentine’s Day Lunch at The Oxford Exchange Tampa

February 15, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Valentine’s Day Lunch at The Oxford Exchange Tampa

Being so active in the food world can be tough at times. You hear about all these awesome new places all the time and want to check them all out. However, reality tends to get in the way of whether you can actually visit a place or not – work, school, bills, and other commitments. [...]

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Review: Gallery Bistro International Plaza

February 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Gallery Bistro International Plaza

There have been numerous times in the years that I have visited International Plaza in the Westshore area and walked by Gallery Bistro. Normally an employee attempts to court me into trying  a sample, but I am either on my way to the mall or visiting another restaurant in the area. The free samples are [...]

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Review: Pizza Squared Detroit-Style Pizza

February 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Pizza Squared Detroit-Style Pizza

When I moved to the University area near Temple Terrace, I knew I was entering the behemoth of fast food chains. Name a fast food chain, even if it is unsuccessful anywhere else in Tampa Bay, it likely has found a home with the cash and time strapped college students at the University of South [...]

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Review: Latin Grill Brandon

February 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Latin Grill Brandon

The Latin Grill in Brandon (formerly known as the Latin Cafe 2000) has long been a dining destination for my family. We visited the old location for breakfast and would often order their pancakes and eggs. After the opening of the new location on John Moore Road, Latin Grill has vastly expanded their menu and [...]

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Review: Sate Southeast Asian Grill

February 7, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: Sate Southeast Asian Grill

Two Mondays past I made plans with Jennifer B. to have dinner at Cilantro Indian Cuisine, but to our surprise it turns out Cilantro is closed on Mondays. After some deep thinking, I recalled having seen a Tampa Yelper checking-in on Yelp at Sate Southeast Asian Grill and recommending it. We had nothing to lose [...]

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Review: La Cubanita Cafe Brandon

December 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Review: La Cubanita Cafe Brandon

I stopped by La Cubanita last weekend for some breakfast with my family after repeatedly hearing positive critiques from my aunt about the food there. The restaurant is located across from the popular and fairly new Mexican restaurant called Poblano’s. The interior is quite plain and more like a cafeteria than a cafe. Many of [...]

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MD Oriental Market – Tampa

November 16, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
MD Oriental Market – Tampa

As someone who loves Asian cuisine – MD Oriental Market has always been a popular stop for me. Although the one in Brandon was the one I normally frequented, I have increased my traffic at the Tampa location since moving north to Tampa. MD serves as an all-purpose oriental market. The only oriental market I [...]

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Mata Monchies – quality Puerto Rican food at an affordable price

August 30, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Mata Monchies – quality Puerto Rican food at an affordable price

You love Puerto Rican food? Mata Monchies has you covered. They have a diverse set of options on the menu from sandwiches to mofongo to juices. The restaurant itself is quite small, so don’t bring a huge crowd unless you’re planning to take-out. The owner is very friendly and always makes it a point to [...]

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Father’s Day Dining in Dunedin

June 18, 2012 | By | 5 Replies More
Father’s Day Dining in Dunedin

My family trekked west to Dunedin for Father’s Day Sunday. Reservations were made at Mezze On Main, a local Mediterranean restaurant and our table was promptly ready upon arrival. We sat outside so we could enjoy the live music (family favorite Cleo Heart was in the house) and the beautiful blue skies that Florida was [...]

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USF Taco Bus Grand Opening Recap

June 7, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
USF Taco Bus Grand Opening Recap

I have attended quite a few restaurant openings in my time. I was one of the first customers to enter the Taco Bus USF location today for their Grand Opening. The new location looks great inside, they kept some things from the former Taqueria Monterrey, but added some fine Taco Bus finishes around the restaurant [...]

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Alaska Copper River Salmon Tasting @ Seasons 52 in Tampa

June 2, 2012 | By | 7 Replies More
Alaska Copper River Salmon Tasting @ Seasons 52 in Tampa

Salmon is one of my favorite fish. Salmon roll? Salmon sashimi? Tempura salmon? Smoked salmon? I love them all and was recently invited to Seasons 52 at the WestShore Plaza in Tampa for a tasting of their new Alaska Copper River Salmon. Available for a limited time at Seasons 52 starting May 29th and for 7 [...]

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Luna’s Mexican Restaurant

June 1, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Luna’s Mexican Restaurant

One of the cuisines that Brandon residents are highly deprived of is Mexican food. Head north and you’ll find plenty of great Mexican restaurants in Tampa. Head east and Plant City is a haven of Mexican cuisine. Head south to Wimauma or Ruskin and you will find several Mexican restaurants and shacks filled with delicious [...]

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Saigon Cafe

May 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Saigon Cafe

State Road 60, also known as Adamo Drive, is an essential part of every Brandon-area resident and I frequently find myself stopping at the M.D. Oriental Market on this road for some Asian snacks and drinks. Saigon Cafe arrived shortly after this M.D. Oriental Market came to Brandon (also neighbors with Tokai Sushi) and serves [...]

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Cru Cellars Blogger Dinner #CruKitchen

April 26, 2012 | By | 5 Replies More
Cru Cellars Blogger Dinner #CruKitchen

My interest in wine has grown greatly since the beginning of Carlos Eats. Wine is such an important part of the food industry and learning about the pairing throughout many events has increased my appreciation for sommeliers and wine culture. Last Wednesday I dined at Cru Cellars for a blogger dinner they invited me to. It was not [...]

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La Malinche Mexican Restaurant

April 19, 2012 | By | 4 Replies More
La Malinche Mexican Restaurant

During my visit to St. Armand’s Circle this past weekend, my parents and I were surprised to spot a new Mexican restaurant in the area.  Interested, we decided to give it a shot a few hours after visiting Tommy Bahama. The outside of the restaurant only says Mexican restaurant, we learned the name of the [...]

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Celebrating at Tommy Bahama

April 18, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Celebrating at Tommy Bahama

My Aunt celebrated her 39th birthday dinner at Tommy Bahama in St. Armand’s Circle this past weekend. It’s been a few years since my last visit to Tommy Bahama and from what I could remember the buzz about it was the mixed beverages that my family adored. This time around no one was drinking, they [...]

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Cuenelli’s Peruvian Restaurant revisited

April 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
Cuenelli’s Peruvian Restaurant revisited

I spent many days in South Korea dreaming of the delicious chicken sandwiches at Cuenelli’s. I even visited a Peruvian restaurant in Seoul hoping for a similar dining experience, but failed to find anything like it. Now I’m back in Tampa and can enjoy Cuenelli’s once again! I ran into the owner a few weeks [...]

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Lemon Grass Thai Kitchen – now open in Riverview

March 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Lemon Grass Thai Kitchen – now open in Riverview

I ordered takeout from the relatively new Lemon Grass Thai Kitchen in Riverview. When the Great Recession hit business almost hit a halt in this area. It is nice to see the area growing again now that the economy is in recovery. Normally I am a little cautious to order Thai takeout because my history with [...]

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Soobak

February 6, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Soobak

I went to Soobak with some friends last month was impressed with how good the food there was. Arriving early (for friends who always arrive late), I decided to order a California Roll to start my meal and was surprised with the generous portions and fresh taste of the roll. All the sushi rolls were [...]

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Carlos Eats Seoul: Huku (후쿠) Sushi Take-Out (Edae)

October 4, 2011 | By | Reply More
Carlos Eats Seoul: Huku (후쿠) Sushi Take-Out (Edae)

Sushi is one of my favorite things to eat in the United States. When I arrived in Seoul, I was anticipating an endless amount of sushi due to the proximity between Korea and Japan. Unfortunately, I soon found out sushi is often over-priced and the taste of fish in Korea is frequently either frozen or [...]

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