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Engagement Chicken may not lead to lasting love, but it does dress to impress

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:25:00 -0500

Frankly, the very idea behind Engagement Chicken makes me a little twitchy. It is essentially this: Make this chicken for your boyfriend and he will propose because you have proven you are a true woman now that you know your way around a roasted bird.The lore, and there is quite a lore around this(image)

This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:07:00 -0500

FIELD OF GREEN: COLLARD FESTOn Saturday you can devote your whole day to the beauty of collard greens. Well, that’s the jumping off point. Collards are the "central ingredient" at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival at St. Petersburg’s Historic Deuces Corridor, at Ninth Avenue and 22nd Street S,(image)

In defense of mayonnaise

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:26:00 -0500

It weighed heavy, spread across my soul like a creamy white burial shroud. I would never admit it, not in a million years.My husband wondered, what was on the chicken? He ate it willingly, then enthusiastically."I can never tell you."I sat quietly for approximately 13 seconds before I said, "Fine,(image)

Review: Platt Street Borough is casual Tampa dining with high standards

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:26:00 -0500

TAMPAIt wasn’t that long ago that Platt Street was a bit of a conundrum for restaurateurs: Not exactly downtown, without the dense auto traffic of Kennedy, and far enough off the South Howard main drag that it didn’t entirely qualify as part of SoHo. There have historically been exceptions, the(image)

The Reading Room’s Lauren Macellaro and Columbia’s Richard Gonzmart are James Beard semifinalists

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:33:00 -0500

It’s almost a sick joke. On the morning after Valentine’s Day, the second-busiest restaurant day of the year, chefs all over the country are hauling themselves out of bed early to find out: Did I make it onto this year’s James Beard Foundation list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists?For(image)

Bar review: Valenty’s Lounge, part of Pasadena Liquors in St. Pete — who knew?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:24:00 -0500

Once, if I’d received a recommendation to check out a lounge attached to a liquor store near the beach, I wouldn’t have been in much of a hurry to check it out. But I’ve learned that there’s frequently magic in these places. Lots of bars employ carefully designed throwback themes, while others have(image)

Local craft beer of the week: Process IPA, Calusa Brewing

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:43:00 -0500

Not long ago, it was all about the West Coast IPA. California breweries like Stone, Russian River and Bear Republic built empires on the style, favoring a dry IPA base and mountains of resiny, intensely bitter hops to craft aggressive brews that laughed in the face of the day’s macro lagers.Now,(image)

New CoffeeHouse and Eatery comes to South Tampa

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:09:00 -0500

Daily Dose Coffeehouse & Eatery opened earlier this month and offers South Tampa unique smoked coffee and a number of fresh, homemade breakfast items.Located in Fair Oaks Plaza at 3324 W Gandy Blvd., Daily Dose serves a different chef special everyday and features items like shrimp and grits,(image)

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar has opened at International Plaza

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:02:00 -0500

INTERNATIONAL PLAZA—After a long wait, the highly anticipated Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila bar is finally open for business at International Plaza’s Bay Street on Monday (Feb 12).Originally expected to open last September, owner Rocco Mangel said they got delayed due to the hurricane and they didn’t(image)

Blind Tiger Coffee Roasters opens in South Tampa, plus learn how to roll sushi at Kelp

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:01:00 -0500

LOVE STUNT: SUSHI ROLLSIf you dropped the ball Wednesday and did bubkes for your sweetie, here’s a tip: Through Sunday at Kelp in South Tampa, couples can dive into a reservations-only chef-led art of sushi rolling class that comes with bottomless sake cocktails. Guests enjoy a signature appetizer,(image)

Out of time this Valentine’s Day? Five ways to still have a romantic meal

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:48:00 -0500

Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, and that means your odds of scoring a reservation at a popular restaurant are roughly equal to the odds of you opening your own restaurant in time for dinner.Thinking about showing up somewhere with no reservations? You’re most likely not Anthony Bourdain, and few(image)

Five ideas for quick and easy Valentine’s Day desserts

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:51:00 -0500

Busy crafting a nice dinner for yourself and your boo this evening? Don’t worry, we’ve got dessert covered. Here are five ideas for after-meal sweets, little morsels that come together quickly so you can focus on the main event. Michelle Stark, Times food editorAlmond Cutout CookiesGot your heart-(image)

From the food editor: Seared Steaks With Peppers and Almonds are elegant and simple

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:41:00 -0500

If you buy good ingredients, half the work is already done. That may sound a little hokey, but it’s true and it’s the cooking advice I need to heed more often in my own kitchen.My husband and I are dining out on Valentine’s Day this year, something we do not do very often, mostly because we don’t(image)

Tampa’s speakeasy coffee shop partners with bow tie company at new Soho location

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:08:00 -0500

SOUTH TAMPA— Tampa’s speakeasy coffee shop, Blind Tiger Cafe added a third shop in the SoHo District, but this time with a twist.The cafe has partnered with local bow tie company, Ella Bing to open a haberdashery. The term "blind tiger" dates back to the prohibition era referring to a speakeasy(image)

Review: 2nd and Second will serve you 24/7 in St. Petersburg

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:12:00 -0500

ST. PETERSBURGAn older couple sits at a booth, hunched over mugs of coffee, occasionally murmuring in a way that seems more soliloquy than conspiracy. Outside at a table, two travelers pay their tab, plates streaked with cold yolk. They ask for directions back to the highway and are gone. And then(image)

Bar review: Whiskey’s a go-go at Catcher and the Rye in Palm Harbor

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:53:00 -0500

I fancy myself a whiskey enthusiast, which can be as interesting to hear about as someone’s garden gnome collection, barring a listener of similar persuasion. I’m okay with the small degree of insufferable attitude that comes with being a whiskey nerd, especially if it occasionally takes me to(image)

Seafood restaurant joins food scene at Harbour Island

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:51:00 -0500

HARBOUR ISLAND—Fresh gulf seafood joins the food scene at Harbour Island as a new restaurant, Watervue Grille opens this month.Located at 700 Harbour Post Drive within walking distance from the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and the Westin Harbour Island Hotel, Watervue(image)

The Happy Dough moves to The Shops of Wiregrass

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:34:00 -0500

WESLEY CHAPEL—Last summer, The Happy Dough opened at the Tampa Premium Outlets and immediately became popular with shoppers. In mid-February, The Happy Dough is taking their edible and bakeable cookie dough to a new location at The Shops at Wiregrass. "We decided it would be a better venue for us,"(image)

Wesley Chapel ice rink now has a restaurant and bar

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:28:00 -0500

Florida Hospital Center Ice is home to five ice rinks for hockey, ice skating, figure skating, and curling, and whether you work up an appetite while watching or participating, a new restaurant and bar inside the facility offers something for everyone.Top Shelf Sports Lounge celebrated its ribbon(image)

Local craft beer of the week: Blueberry Berliner Weisse, Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 18:32:00 -0500

As popular as canned beer and fruited Berliner weisses are, the two seem to rarely meet. Not long ago, Florida Avenue Brewing Co. (a division of Tampa’s Brew Bus Brewing) put out a very nice raspberry Berliner, filling the gap with a light, fruity and very refreshing brew. Now, the brewery has a(image)

The weekend is cool, but how about a Valentine’s Day Wednesdate?

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:22:00 -0500

Happy February, lovers.Valentine’s Day a week away. Have you made plans? Possibly not, since the holiday falls on an inconvenient Wednesday this year (especially inconvenient for those who observe Ash Wednesday, a day of denying yourself excess).It could be that this weekend is your best chance to(image)

From the food editor: Recipe for my husband’s favorite Chicken and Dumplings, with a twist

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 13:44:00 -0500

I really couldn’t tell you why, out of all the many dishes I have made for my husband, his favorite remains a chicken and dumplings dish from about five years ago. I remember it being good, but nothing too special, a pretty standard creamy sauce studded with vegetables and pieces of chicken. It(image)

Doritos is developing lady-friendly chips because, apparently, you should never hear a woman crunch

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 08:15:00 -0500

PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi told the Freakonomics podcast on Jan. 31 that Doritos, which is owned by PepsiCo, is developing a chip for women. "As you watch a lot of the young guys eat the chips, they love their Doritos, and they lick their fingers with great glee, and when they reach the(image)

As two of Ratebeer’s top 10 breweries, check out Cycle Brewing, Cigar City Brewing

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 20:32:00 -0500

The beer world is always changing. Hype rises and wanes; new styles and techniques come into favor while others become passe. One constant remains, in the form of online beer ratings and reviews: Metrics give us a snapshot of tastes and trends.Each January, releases its Best Brewers in(image)

Review: Maybe the Lure can beat the odds at this unlucky South Tampa location

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 11:26:00 -0500

TAMPAThis will be my fourth review of restaurants in this space, all of them more or less favorable: Bistro Bleu (a sophisticated New American charmer), Marrakech (Yay! We have almost no Moroccan food here! Bring on the tagines!) and Catrinas Tacos and Tequila Bar (opened at the peak of Tampa Bay’s(image)