Tag: Dining

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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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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Valentine’s Day Tampa 2013 Dining Guide

February 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Valentine’s Day Tampa 2013 Dining Guide

The celebration of Saint Valentine is upon us and with Tampa being ranked in the top 25 romantic cities in the USA, you can be sure there are plenty of great deals and events happening around town for Valentine’s Day. Here are my recommendations on where to visit on Valentine’s Day in Tampa. Cafe Hey: [...]

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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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Thanksgiving Dining in Tampa Bay 2012

November 18, 2012 | By | Reply More
Thanksgiving Dining in Tampa Bay 2012

Sometimes we take a year off from all the cooking and family gatherings that Thanksgiving often inspires. I am personally looking forward to a home-cooked meal after missing Thanksgiving while I was abroad in South Korea last year. Here is a list of recommended local restaurants offering Thanksgiving deals to those of you looking to [...]

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National French Fry Day This Friday at BGR The Burger Joint

July 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
National French Fry Day This Friday at BGR The Burger Joint

Do you love french fries? I sure do. BGR The Burger Joint will be celebrating National French Fry Day this Friday, July 13th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. BGR will offer all customers FREE french fries to celebrate the occasion. The average American eats 29 pounds of french fries per year and BGR is inviting everyone to [...]

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Dining on 4th of July in Tampa Bay

July 3, 2012 | By | Reply More
Dining on 4th of July in Tampa Bay

Here are some great deals and specials happening at restaurants around Tampa Bay on the 4th of July: -4 meals for $20 on $5 Warehouse Wednesdays at Spaghetti Warehouse -Frenchy’s will offer a specialized 4th of July Menu with items under $10 - available July 3rd through July 8th -Kids 12 & under eat free at [...]

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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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Bar Louie’s Rock the Tot – June 7th

June 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
Bar Louie’s Rock the Tot – June 7th

June 7th is Bar Louie’s annual tater tot eating contest at the International Plaza. This year they will have a single competitor and 4 man relay team! They will also be giving away prizes for the most creative costume and the contestant that has the most groupies! The Solo winner receives a $250.00 Bar Louie gift [...]

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USF Taco Bus Grand Opening June 7th

June 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
USF Taco Bus Grand Opening June 7th

The wait is over for the Taco Bus to come to the University of South Florida. June 7th – USF students will be right next to a great new Mexican option, replacing Taqueria Monterrey on Fletcher Avenue. This location will offer beer specials and a 10% discount to USF students (with a valid student id). [...]

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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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Yelp Elite Event: Samurai Blue

May 9, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Yelp Elite Event: Samurai Blue

The first Yelp Elite event at Samurai Blue in Ybor City under the new Tampa Bay Community Manager, Brett Nehls, was a smashing success. I already had a good feeling after my last great experience at Samurai Blue after a David Choi concert during my food blog beginnings. The menu was extensive and full of [...]

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La Malinche Mexican Restaurant

April 19, 2012 | By | 5 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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Carlos Eats is seeking sponsors!

April 10, 2012 | By | Reply More
Carlos Eats is seeking sponsors!

Carlos Eats is seeking sponsors. Are you interested in having your business promoted and help with promotion of upcoming food-related events? Carlos Eats has a growing network that you can connect with through this website and social media. The goal of this effort it to help me reach more people (possibly due a site re-design [...]

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Valentines Day Dining in Tampa Bay

February 13, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Valentines Day Dining in Tampa Bay

It would seem that almost every restaurant in Tampa Bay is having some kind of Valentines Day special for the big day of love. Here is a listing of some of the specials I have noticed, for the late-minute diner like myself. Even if you don’t have a Valentine – you might want to have [...]

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Soobak

February 6, 2012 | By | 3 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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Tampa Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta this Wednesday 01/04/12!

January 2, 2012 | By | Reply More
Tampa Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta this Wednesday 01/04/12!

You can catch the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta at Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa this Wednesday, January 4th of 2012. There are 4 newcomers that will appear this week. Keepin’ it Reel – NEW Jimmy Meatball – NEW Americanwiener – NEW (featuring “The Buckhorn”: All beef wiener with chili, cheese and pickled jalapeno) Bollywood Cafe- [...]

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Where to Ring in the New Years in Tampa Bay

December 26, 2011 | By | Reply More
Where to Ring in the New Years in Tampa Bay

Looking for a restaurant to spend New Years Eve with friends and family in Tampa Bay? I have you covered. :] Look below for some recommendations. The Columbia – Ybor City: 3 dinner menu options for New Years Eve: Limited Ala Carte Menu, Dinner with Flamenco Dance Show, or New Years Celebration in the Ybor [...]

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Bokuchoi Ramen launched – first Japanese ramen restaurant in Tampa Bay

October 15, 2011 | By | Reply More
Bokuchoi Ramen launched – first Japanese ramen restaurant in Tampa Bay

My good friend in Tampa informed me that a ramen restaurant opened in August and she was surprised at how great it tasted.  As you know, I had some great ramen here in Seoul at Gaya-Gaya and South Korea has no short supply of ramen shops. The idea of a ramen restaurant in Tampa interests [...]

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Renzo’s Gourmet on Kennedy Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary Sept 28-Oct 1

September 28, 2011 | By | Reply More
Renzo’s Gourmet on Kennedy Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary Sept 28-Oct 1

Renzo’s Gourmet, an Argentinean steakhouse in Tampa, is hosting their 2 year anniversary event from now until Saturday. They will have a free wine tasting with Malbec, Carmenere, and Torrontes wines for visitors and free hors d’ oeuvres. You guys know I love free stuff! This is a great opportunity to go check out the food and [...]

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Tampa’s First Food Truck Rally

September 26, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Tampa’s First Food Truck Rally

This guest blog was written by a friend of mine Dena Pham. She blogs on her food blog Dena Loves Food in Tampa. As many of you know, I am currently studying abroad in South Korea and I really appreciate her writing up a post for my readers on a very important food event in [...]

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