Tag: Food

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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Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival Coming September 12th & 13th

August 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival Coming September 12th & 13th

The Annual Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival is coming September 12th and September 13th of 2014 at The Straz Center for Performing Arts in Downtown Tampa. The festival is a charity event that helps fund the Brandon Foundation which provides assistance to over 60 local charities and has distributed approximately over $1.7 million dollars to local [...]

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PAO Truck Kickstarter Launched – Help Fund This Food Project!

January 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
PAO Truck Kickstarter Launched – Help Fund This Food Project!

Fellow food lovers, The PAO Truck’s Kickstarter campaign for an Equipment and Body Upgrade has launched! The PAO Truck has until February 25th, 2014 at 12:12PM EST to raise $7,000. Several rewards levels are available for backers depending on support levels. If this campaign fails, no backers cash will change hands so we need your [...]

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Tampa Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta – 1/8

January 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tampa Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta – 1/8

The first Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta of 2014 will be held today, January 8th at Lykes Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa from 11:00AM-2:00PM. Brought to you by Bob Buckhorn, The City of Tampa, and The Downtown Tampa Partnership. The temperature will be in the mid-50s which is pretty cold for a Floridian so make sure to [...]

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VIDEO: Lunch @ Mel’s Hot Dogs in Tampa

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
VIDEO: Lunch @ Mel’s Hot Dogs in Tampa

I headed to lunch today at Mel’s Hot Dogs near USF and Temple Terrace with some friends. We enjoyed Chicago-style hot dog and corn dogs. Mel’s Hot Dogs has been in business since 1973 and has some of the best hot dogs in town.

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VIDEO: Dinner With The PAO Truck @ TGH

January 3, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
VIDEO: Dinner With The PAO Truck @ TGH

Last night I enjoyed Filipino food for dinner at the PAO Truck at Tampa General Hospital near Downtown Tampa just off Bayshore Boulevard. Food Trucks rotate service at Tampa General Hospital throughout the week, some go for lunch service from 11:00AM to 3:00PM, while others head there for dinner service from 7PM-midnight. Visitors to Tampa [...]

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VIDEO: Lunch @ Cafe Ole in New Tampa

January 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
VIDEO: Lunch @ Cafe Ole in New Tampa

Check out this video of my lunch today at Cafe Ole in New Tampa! Cafe Ole is a Spanish restaurant that specializes in tapas and paella, but also has a number of other interesting items and specials on the menu. The chef there consistently impresses me with each visit and if you haven’t been yet, [...]

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Tampa NYE 2014 Luau Food Truck Rally @ The Sail Pavilion

December 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
Tampa NYE 2014 Luau Food Truck Rally @ The Sail Pavilion

Looking for some food truck action tonight in Tampa Bay for New Years? You can catch 10 food trucks tonight at The Sail Pavilion (333 South Franklin Street Tampa, Florida 33602) on the Riverwalk starting at 7PM tonight! Live entertainment will play from 7PM-11PM and a DJ will be spinning music until 2AM! Enjoy the [...]

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Buzzfeed Names Taco Bus One of America’s Top Food Trucks

December 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Buzzfeed Names Taco Bus One of America’s Top Food Trucks

Local Tampa Bay blog, Saint Petersblog, reported earlier today that Buzzfeed has named Taco Bus as one of the Top Food Trucks of 2013 in the United States of America. Taco Bus was recently featured in an article on WUSF called As Seen on TV – about restaurants that make on television stations, such as [...]

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Tampa Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta – 12/4

December 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
Tampa Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta – 12/4

Winter is the perfect time to head outdoors and have a food truck lunch at Lykes Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa.  You can catch the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta on December 4th, 2013 from 11:00AM-2:00PM. This will be the last food truck rally of 2013 organized by the City of Tampa in support of Tampa’s local food [...]

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USF Food Truck Rally: De-Stress For Finals – 12/3

December 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
USF Food Truck Rally: De-Stress For Finals – 12/3

Finals have you down? Want to grab some food before heading back into the library for an afternoon study session? Check out the USF Food Truck Rally on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 hosted by USF Dining from 10:30AM-3:00PM at Sessums Mall located next to Pollo Tropical and Cooper Hall. Food trucks that will be present: [...]

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Local Chefs: Chef Domenica Macchia of Datz Dough

December 2, 2013 | By | Reply More
Local Chefs: Chef Domenica Macchia of Datz Dough

This is part of a new series on Carlos Eats highlighting local chefs in the Tampa Bay area. This week’s chef is Domenica Macchia who is currently Executive Chef at Datz Dough. When I think of the foodie culture that has taken the world by storm, Datz always pops in my head. When I won [...]

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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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Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta in Downtown Tampa – 11/06

November 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta in Downtown Tampa – 11/06

Hungry for some food truck fare and want to get outdoors?  You can catch the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta at Lykes Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa today, November 6th, 2013 from 11:00AM-2:00PM. Today is the 2-year anniversary of this monthly event that supports the local food truck scene. The temperature should be in the Low 80s to the High [...]

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Taste of Westshore – 10/6

October 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Taste of Westshore – 10/6

Join the Westshore Alliance, HCI, and more for the Taste of Westshore this Sunday, October 6th, 2013 from 1PM-4PM at HCC Dale Mabry Campus. VIP tickets are $60 (Adults 21 & over only), General Admission-$45 ($35 for under 21), and this event is FREE for kids 10 & under. The event will feature unlimited restaurant tastings, beer [...]

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The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally EVER! – 08/31

August 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally EVER! – 08/31

The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally EVER is upon us. Lots of planning and effort has gone into this event and it will all come to light tomorrow on August 31st, 2013 at the Florida State Fairgrounds from 11AM-8PM. FREE Admission – you only pay for the food at the food trucks you choose to [...]

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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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World’s Biggest Cuban Sandwich and Festival Winner Awards – 07/27

July 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
World’s Biggest Cuban Sandwich and Festival Winner Awards – 07/27

Last year Tampa made history when it made the world’s biggest Cuban sandwich at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in Ybor City (read my post from last year on 813area.com) and they are back this summer to break the record again. The 2nd Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival was a huge success and attracted thousands of people to [...]

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D1 Sports Tampa Food Truck Festival – 07/13

July 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
D1 Sports Tampa Food Truck Festival – 07/13

Generation Food Truck’s monthly event at D1 Sports in Citrus Park will occur this Saturday, July 13th, 2013 from 5:00-9:00PM. The proceeds of this month’s dodgeball tournament will go to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (madd). Any dollar donation signs up a team of 6 to 10 players. This event is sponsored by Ace High Printing and [...]

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Odessa Food Truck Festival – 07/12

July 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
Odessa Food Truck Festival – 07/12

Looking for something to do this Friday? The Odessa Food Truck Festival will occur on July 12, 2013 from 5PM-9PM at 8701 Gunn Highway in Odessa. This event is brought to you by Generation Food Truck and the Odessa Organic Farmer’s Market. Mobile Gaming Revolution will be there and features 7 flat-screen TVs equipped with a dozen [...]

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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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Father’s Day 2013 Dining Guide – Tampa Bay

June 11, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Father’s Day 2013 Dining Guide – Tampa Bay

Wondering where to take Dad this Father’s Day holiday? I have you covered. Here is a list of deals and specials happening around town at local restaurants and businesses in Tampa Bay. There’s plenty of options for you to get out of the house and explore some of the best Tampa has to offer. Anise [...]

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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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4th Friday Food Truck Festival at Corey Avenue – St. Pete Beach

May 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
4th Friday Food Truck Festival at Corey Avenue – St. Pete Beach

This Friday, May 24th, 2013 is the last 4th Friday Food Truck Festival at 400 Corey Avenue at St. Pete Beach from 5:00-9:00PM. Enjoy live music provided by Dixieland Jazz. The following food trucks will be present at the food truck festival: PAO Truck Smoothin & Shaken Killer Samich Keepn It Reel Tasty Stacy Gone [...]

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