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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Food News

The Mermaid Tavern serves up gourmet grub minus the swanky fanfare

The Mermaid Tavern serves up gourmet grub minus the swanky fanfare

In a dimly lit tavern with skimpy service and no TVs, an occasional laugh rose above the hum of chatter. Some patrons played board games they’d selected from a shelf on the wall. Others, like my friend Kim and I, talked nonstop because we had ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Get in the zone at updated Tampa Bay Margarita Festival

Organizers of the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival want you to enter the zone — the Extreme Margarita Zone.
Published: 05/21/15
Updated: 05/22/15
WTFork: Beach Bistro not just for the rich and famous anymore

WTFork: Beach Bistro not just for the rich and famous anymore

Back in January, I included Beach Bistro — arguably one of the finest dining destinations in Florida with acclaimed chef/owner Sean Murphy at the helm — in my “12 Restaurants to Try in 2015.”...
Published: 05/21/15
NYC pop-up offers first peek at Tampa ramen shop Ichicoro

NYC pop-up offers first peek at Tampa ramen shop Ichicoro

Tampa’s first restaurant specializing in ramen won’t open until later this summer, but a pop-up preview of Ichicoro’s goods currently open in New York already has noodle lovers drinking the broth and praising the Latin-inspired flav...
Published: 05/20/15
Tampa Ikea to host meatball feast

Tampa Ikea to host meatball feast

If meatballs and lingonberries and reasonably priced modern furniture get you in a summertime mood, Tampa’s Ikea store has something for you.
Published: 05/19/15
Candy is dandy during the summer

Candy is dandy during the summer

With the school year’s final bells about to ring and summertime nearly upon us, I’ve been thinking a lot about candy. Next to cooling off at the neighborhood pool, trips to the store when I was young just might have been the best part o...
Published: 05/19/15
Craft beer brewers plan parties to greet new 'growler' law

Craft beer brewers plan parties to greet new 'growler' law

Florida is the last state to permit the 64-ounce take-home jugs, and some brewers have scheduled celebrations July 1, the day the law takes effect.
Published: 05/15/15
Updated: 05/16/15
Dining Review: Ava is a hot Italian restaurant in a cool part of town

Dining Review: Ava is a hot Italian restaurant in a cool part of town

The first thing you notice is the fire. Flames cast a welcoming glow from the mouth of Italian-made Acunto oven that dominates Ava’s dining room and the wood-fired flavor of much of its food.
Updated one month ago
Here’s a back-pocket recipe that’ll always have your back

Here’s a back-pocket recipe that’ll always have your back

As I sat at the computer, lamenting the fact that I’d spent too much time cruising the Internet when I should have been writing, the clock on the screen said 5:10 p.m.
Updated one month ago
Food Network star Sandra Lee says she has breast cancer

Food Network star Sandra Lee says she has breast cancer

ALBANY, N.Y. — Food Network television star Sandra Lee announced Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will soon undergo a double mastectomy.
Updated one month ago