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We critique the best and worst brands of sparkling water

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:49:00 -0400

Sparkling water, much like when you shake it before opening, has exploded in the United States the past few years. The fervor for fizzy water has soft echoes of the meteoric rise of bottled water during the early 2000s, just with more pastels perfect for posting pictures to social media. The(image)

On 4/20, a Tampa distillery is releasing hemp-infused Touch Vodka

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:03:00 -0400

TAMPA — Appropriately enough, a local distillery is releasing a hemp vodka on Friday, 4/20.After more than a year of planning and research, Fat Dog Spirits — the parent company of Touch Vodka — is releasing its new Nirvana vodka.Served in 750-millileter bottles, Nirvana will be released at — of(image)

Graze all day at Armature Works

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0400

TAMPA HEIGHTS— Graze 1910 upholds the comfortable and relaxing, yet elegant setting of Armature Works with its "comfort food" offerings and dedication to serving breakfast all day."It’s the way I eat. I graze all day," said owner Raymond "Ray" Menendez when he shared his inspiration behind the name(image)

Tampa’s 60-year-old Housewife Bake Shop may not be closing after all

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:06:00 -0400

For nearly 60 years it was breads, cakes and pastries, up before dawn for the Perrone family in Armenia Garden Estates. For a minute it looked like Tampa’s Housewife Bake Shop was going to close, but third-generation owner Tena Perrone said on Wednesday that their plans had changed. They didn’t(image)

Four new restaurants in Tampa Bay: Brazilian steakhouse, Chinese, juice bar and more

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:30:00 -0400

TERRA GAUCHATerra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, a classic churrascaria-style Brazilian meatery — you know, where the guys in South American cowboy attire walk around with the swords of meat until you capitulate in a carnivorous haze — has opened a location in Tampa after launching its first in(image)

Bar review: London Heights British Pub in Tampa

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:38:00 -0400

As a person who has no intention of ever going into the bar business, I spend a good amount of time thinking about what makes bar concepts work. I think about themes, branding, menus, location and myriad other factors that ultimately play into a bar’s success or lack thereof. There’s an old home in(image)

Richard’s Rockin’ Birthday Starfruit Lambic, Ulele

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:10:00 -0400

To celebrate the birthday of its owner, Richard Gonzmart, Tampa’s Ulele restaurant tapped its most ambitious brew yet (with a name to match): Richard’s Rockin’ Birthday Starfruit Lambic.Unlike traditional Belgian lambics — sour ales spontaneously fermented in oak — Ulele’s Starfruit Lambic started(image)

How much water do I need? Plus, other H20 facts

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:26:00 -0400

Okay, really, how much water do we need? The Mayo Clinic says there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for this because of differences in exercise, environment, overall health and factors like pregnancy or breast-feeding. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says a rough(image)

A taste test for drinking water? They can be surprisingly different

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:25:00 -0400

BROOKSVILLEThey brought it in glass carboys, in jars, in 2-liter bottles. It stacked up at the entrance to the auditorium, some of it just slightly murky but most of it crystal clear.Water. For more than 15 years the members of Region IV Florida Section American Water Works Association have had a(image)

Bar review: Brewburgers Taphouse in Kenneth City

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 15:39:00 -0400

If the tap handle for 3 Daughters IPA is labeled 30MPH IPA, you know you’re in Kenneth City. You also know you’re at Brewburgers Taphouse, because Brewburgers is the only game in town when it comes to craft beer. After all, Kenneth City, a small town in Pinellas County of about 5,000 residents, is(image)

Food events this weekend: Blueberry Festival, Whiskey Obsession, Taste of Carrollwood and more

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:12:00 -0400

WORTH THE DRIVE: Ocala Culinary FestivalThe Ocala Culinary Festival runs through Sunday with dozens of food and educational events throughout Ocala and Marion County. The list is impressive, tickets for events priced individually. Here is a sampler: Tonight there’s an interactive cheesemaking class(image)

Local craft beer of the week: Whiskey Barrel-Aged Dubbel, Crooked Thumb Brewery

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:19:00 -0400

The Abbey of the South series of limited-run beers from Safety Harbor’s Crooked Thumb Brewery is in some ways a throwback to the Belgian-style brews that defined quality beer decades before "craft" was coined. In other ways, it’s an exercise in looking at traditional styles in a new light; for(image)

People are now panic-buying America’s least-favorite candy

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:26:00 -0400

Word that the country’s oldest continuously operating candy company might shut down has people suddenly hoarding Necco Wafers, despite the candy’s unpopularity among, well, almost everyone.The chalky candy’s flavors (chocolate, licorice, wintergreen) have been described as "tropical drywall" and(image)

Caddy’s At the Pointe apologizes for putting diner’s race on their receipt

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 05:52:22 -0400

A Bradenton restaurant has publicly apologized for a server who described a table by including the diners’ race.A photograph of a Caddy’s At the Pointe receipt posted to Facebook shows the table was entered into the restaurant’s point-of-sale system as "LOUNGEBLK FAM." A photo of another copy of(image)

From the food editor: Homemade biscuits make the meal

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 16:16:00 -0400

Raise your hand if you have leftover Easter ham in your freezer. Yeah, me too. It’s not every day I pick up a large cured ham at the supermarket, so when holidays come around that call for the pork centerpiece, I always try to think of at least three other ways to use it after the big feast.(image)

Tampa restaurant Steelbach’s Florida-raised beef program could be a model for true farm-to-table dining

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 16:13:00 -0400

TAMPATrust me, this will be a restaurant review. In a couple of minutes. First, we need to dive into something the new Steelbach at Armature Works is doing that is ground-breaking, disruptive, way-outside-the-box. It’s so forward-thinking that Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam’s office called(image)

Local craft beer of the week: It’s a Wild Thang at Rapp Brewing

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 18:26:00 -0400

Seminole’s Rapp Brewing Company has built a reputation as one of the area’s most influential and experimental breweries. From its role in the popularization of the then-obscure gose style in commercial domestic brewing, to pouring an extensive selection — currently 40 taps — of surprisingly diverse(image)

Bar review: For NASCAR, wrestling fans, it’s Crazy Dave’s Sports Bar in Largo

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 18:15:00 -0400

If you were to drive down Keene Road in Largo and spot Crazy Dave’s Sports Bar, you might get the impression that it’s a spot to watch the Rays, eat some bar food and order beer by the bucket. You wouldn’t be entirely wrong, but the bigger focus at this bar is on sports that, despite being wildly(image)

Maple Street Biscuits now open, bringing much-needed biscuits to St. Pete

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 13:03:00 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG — I was prepared. I’d been to the Maple Street Biscuit location in Tallahassee in our circuitous escape from Hurricane Irma. The woman behind the counter was going to ask me my favorite childhood television show so it could be called out when my order was ready. Gilligan’s Island, I(image)

This weekend’s food festivals: Celebrate wine, craft soda, shrimp and crawfish

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 11:36:00 -0400

CHEERS: TO DALÍRaise a glass or two to welcome spring as the Dalí hosts its seventh annual signature wine and food tasting, Los Vinos de Dalí, on Sunday from 3-7 p.m. Both Old World and New World wines are paired with tapas tastings from area restaurants as well as live music. This year’s event(image)

Ferg’s Sports Bar unveiling dog park, dog menu

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 10:19:00 -0400

Ferg’s Sports Bar just keeps growing. The sprawling, two-story bar that added a spot for live concerts in 2015, opened a mini bowling alley last year, and keeps an RV parked out back for Airbnb rentals, has found a way to fit a dog park into the mix of at 1320 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. Now(image)

Florida chef Jeanie Roland talks competing on ‘Iron Chef Gauntlet’ and the time she beat Bobby Flay

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 11:31:00 -0400

In August 2015, Punta Gorda chef Jeanie Roland beat world-famous Bobby Flay with her signature moules-frites (that’s mussels and fries). Let’s say Flay got filleted by a petite, now 51-year-old chef in a fairly sleepy waterside Florida town not known for its gastronomic moxie. (I would never have(image)

A chat with cookbook author Von Diaz, who blends Puerto Rican and Southern cooking in ‘Coconuts and Collards’

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:55:00 -0400

When her family moved from Puerto Rico to Atlanta, writer and radio producer Von Diaz traded plantains, roast pork and malta for grits, fried chicken and sweet tea. In her debut cookbook, Coconuts and Collards, published in March, Diaz, who now lives in New York, tells a tale of straddling two(image)

Three ways to use up celery after you buy it for this Chicken Thigh Jambalaya

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:54:00 -0400

Of all the ingredients you buy, use for one purpose and then never touch again, celery is king. Even during Thanksgiving and Christmas, when celery usage is at an annual high, I rarely use the entire package you must buy at the store. I was reminded of this when I made a jambalaya-type soup(image)

The joy of cooking with peanut butter: 6 recipes that show off its versatility

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:54:00 -0400

Peanut butter is my religion. George Washington Carver is my prophet.I think we can all agree that peanut butter is the most perfect food ever invented. It is the ultimate expression of man’s genius, a spreadable utopia that covers our sins, brings happiness to all and goes as well with jam as it(image)