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Review: Tasty Stacy Food Truck

November 22, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: Tasty Stacy Food Truck

Throughout my journey to try all the food trucks in Tampa Bay, one food truck I constantly crave and am always happy to find and enjoy is Tasty Stacy Food Truck. Tasty Stacy has some of the nicest owners I have ever met and is run by a family that treats their customers like their […]

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Review: Tacos Gone Mobile

November 21, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: Tacos Gone Mobile

As I mentioned in my review of Tequila Mexican Restaurant, finding authentic Mexican food can be a challenge in Tampa Bay. Also the various different styles found in Tampa are very different from what you’ll find in areas like Mission Street of San Francisco, my birthplace and upbringing that no doubt shapes every opinion I […]

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Review: Thai One On Food Truck

November 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Thai One On Food Truck

I caught Thai One On for the first time at a Generation Food Truck Rally during a hot summer day. After making rounds at plenty of food trucks trying all kinds of things, Thai One On was one of my last items and I sampled their mango sticky rice which is cooked in coconut & […]

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Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Tampa Bay – 2013

November 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Tampa Bay – 2013

It’s that time of the year again! Not every family will be cooking this Thanksgiving, here are my recommendations for places to dine on Thanksgiving if you’re dining out with a family member, loved one, or friends. Columbia Restaurant: I have done Thanksgiving at Columbia in the past and it’s an affordable and satisfying meal. […]

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Review: Hong Kong House

November 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Review: Hong Kong House

Hong Kong House is a fairly new establishment serving up tasty Hong Kong style cuisine. The dim sum there is the talk of the town, we stopped in for dinner a few weeks after their opening for dinner and were pleasantly surprised. The inside is certainly fancier than plenty of the dives in town and […]

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Review: Tequila Mexican Restaurant

November 20, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: Tequila Mexican Restaurant

Tampa Bay residents certainly have a taste for Mexican food, but there is a true shortage of authentic establishments. Many of the best places are dives that are not particularly inviting for a date or comfortable. Tequila Mexican Restaurant is the opposite of that. Tequila reminds me in many ways of the Mexican places you […]

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New Food Trend Alert: Ramen Burgers

August 7, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
New Food Trend Alert: Ramen Burgers

The latest buzz on the internet for foodies is Ramen Burgers. Like Cronuts, the Ramen Burger is now a trademark and gaining popularity rapidly. The burgers are wrapped in fried ramen instead of buns and I can certainly think of some crazy combinations for this burger. Teriyaki or Miso are two flavors that come to […]

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In Defense of Food Trucks, Anything but Mediocre

July 23, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More
In Defense of Food Trucks, Anything but Mediocre

Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Ruth wrote an opinion piece published yesterday in the Tampa Bay Times titled, “Ruth: Food truck wars, the stuff of mediocrity”. In this piece, Ruth voices his displeasure with all this talk of an upcoming event in Tampa Bay that will feature food trucks from around the country from places as […]

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National Ice Cream Day – Revolution Ice Cream in Brandon

July 21, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
National Ice Cream Day – Revolution Ice Cream in Brandon

Happy National Ice Cream Day! I don’t enjoy ice cream quite as often as I would like in Tampa Bay, but one place that has been consistently on my radar for months is Revolution Ice Cream in Brandon. Jeff Houck and Droolius from Orlando pop in frequently when they are in the neighborhood at this […]

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Pitas On The Run @ Westchase Food Truck Rally

July 15, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
Pitas On The Run @ Westchase Food Truck Rally

I visited the Westchase Food Truck Rally a few weeks ago and had the chance to try a new food truck called Pitas On The Run. Pitas On The Run is a Mediterranean-style  food truck that serves a variety of items including schwarma, falafel, homemade hummus, and other items. The owners are actually from D.C. and […]

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Filipiniana Philippine Café Opens in Tampa

July 14, 2013 | By | 4 Replies More
Filipiniana Philippine Café Opens in Tampa

Every year at the annual PhilFest, I stop by the Ice Ice Boba stand for some bubble tea and Halo-Halo, a Filipino dessert that comes from tagalog meaning “mix-mix”. The owners of this stand have finally opened a retail store in Tampa named Filipiniana Philippine Café and opened today for their soft opening. I stopped by […]

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Killer Samich Food Truck @ Caffe Nove

July 13, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Killer Samich Food Truck @ Caffe Nove

I had the chance to try the Killer Samich Food Truck at Caffe Nove some time back and it was a truly great food experience. I have to admit when I first thought of a sandwich food truck, I wasn’t too interested because I wasn’t sure how the flavors could be twisted enough to warrant […]

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Renny’s Oki Doki Food Truck @ Tampa Natsu Matsuri

July 1, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Renny’s Oki Doki Food Truck @ Tampa Natsu Matsuri

Ever since I first heard about Renny’s Oki Doki food truck over a year ago, I have been interested in trying his food truck. My love for Japan and Japanese cuisine being the obvious attraction. Unfortunately, many of the events and locations that Renny frequents have not fit into my weekly schedule or been on […]

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Dine Tampa Bay Foodspotting Event @ Datz

July 1, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
Dine Tampa Bay Foodspotting Event @ Datz

The annual Dine Tampa Bay Restaurant Week is coming to Tampa Bay from August 16-30, 2013. The week features deals ranging from $25-$45 all around town and promotes restaurants as well as chefs in the area. As a promotion for the restaurant week, I was invited out to Datz and Datz Dough for a tasting […]

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Review: Caffé Nove serves fresh organic coffee and delicious Korean food

May 28, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
Review: Caffé Nove serves fresh organic coffee and delicious Korean food

NOTICE: Caffe Nove no longer sells Korean food. They have decided to just focus on their coffee product. Across the world in South Korea, coffee shops are all the buzz. You’ll find dozens of themed shops, in addition to the usual chains like Starbucks or Tom N Toms stacked on top of each other on […]

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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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