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No more Polish dogs? Costco changes food court menu, but $1.50 hot dog deal remains

No more Polish dogs? Costco changes food court menu, but $1.50 hot dog deal remains

There is a significant contingent of people who track Costco’s bargain food court menu and revere the hot dog combo, sold for $1.50 with a soda since almost the beginning. For many, it’s the singular reason for countless trips to the warehouse retail...
Published: 07/10/18
Here’s what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

Here’s what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

MANHATTAN, Kan.Not everyone would be clicking their heels at the invitation, but I was over the moon. It was a personal invite to join the Niman Ranch Senior Executive Angus Beef Education Conference and Tour in Sabetha and Manhattan, Kan., in May. I...
Published: 07/09/18
How to drink tequila and mezcal like a grown-up

How to drink tequila and mezcal like a grown-up

There’s something about tequila that activates the revelry gland, whatever part of the American brain it is that responds to a bottle of Cuervo by bawling "PAAAAARRRTY!"No one bawls "PAAAAARRRTY!" when they see a bottle of Glenlivet.Is it some dorman...
Published: 07/07/18
Recipe for pork tenderloin, my favorite cut for a weeknight dinner, with cherry relish

Recipe for pork tenderloin, my favorite cut for a weeknight dinner, with cherry relish

Pork tenderloin has become my dinnertime champion. I love it for its low fat content, its relatively low price point and the way it will cook perfectly with little to no supervision. The tenderloin, as you might expect, comes from the loin of the pig...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/10/18
Local craft beer of the week: Apricot Peach Ale, Dunedin Brewery

Local craft beer of the week: Apricot Peach Ale, Dunedin Brewery

Part of being "Florida’s oldest craft brewery" means laying claim to one of the state’s oldest craft brews. It doesn’t matter your preference — if you’ve been drinking beer long enough in Florida, you’ve had Dunedin Brewery’s Apricot Peach Ale. It ma...
Published: 07/05/18
Bar review: Ballpark & Rec ups the Trop’s bar game

Bar review: Ballpark & Rec ups the Trop’s bar game

When I was a kid, my dad took me to an Oakland A’s game and I managed to catch Jose Canseco coming out of the locker room, toweling off from a shower. In retrospect, I’m not sure how I ended up in a position to catch my favorite player outside of an ...
Published: 07/05/18
Restaurant openings: The Donut Experiment, Oak and Stone, new offerings at Disney Springs

Restaurant openings: The Donut Experiment, Oak and Stone, new offerings at Disney Springs

NOW OPEN: DONUT EXPERIMENTDebbie Waldecker has just opened the Donut Experiment in Indian Shores. Things start with a fresh-made, warm cake doughnut and then you pick from a huge selection of icings and toppings. Yours can be as simple as plain or gl...
Published: 07/05/18
Tips for your home bar, plus cocktail and trail mix recipes

Tips for your home bar, plus cocktail and trail mix recipes

On this most American of holidays, I went to local spirts (and tiki) connoisseur Dean Hurst for some expert advice about tiki culture — and the drinks that foster the colorful, tropical vibes. Tiki bars are an American creation, though they borrow th...
Published: 07/03/18
6 tiki drinks worth making this summer, with tips from a master mixologist

6 tiki drinks worth making this summer, with tips from a master mixologist

SEMINOLE HEIGHTSTiki culture is all about escapism, about the allure of a foreign place, a colorful drink, a carefree vibe. Dean Hurst doesn’t have to go very far to get there. When he opens the door to his Seminole Heights home on a recent summer mo...
Published: 07/03/18
Restaurant review: At the new Getaway in south St. Petersburg, you’re mostly paying for the tiki beach vibe

Restaurant review: At the new Getaway in south St. Petersburg, you’re mostly paying for the tiki beach vibe

ST. PETERSBURGWhen the original Getaway opened in 2014 at the old Banana Boat spot, two huge-beamed open-sided tikis flanked by waterside tables, fire pits in the sand surrounded by low-slung Adirondack chairs, and a whole bunch of palm trees, the Ma...
Published: 07/02/18