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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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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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