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Sunday, Feb 07, 2016

Dining

Time to plan for Mardi Gras

Time to plan for Mardi Gras

Seems like we’ve barely recovered from Christmas and New Year’s, but it’s already Carnival time in New Orleans, with Mardi Gras falling early this year, on Feb. 9.
Published: 02/02/16
Oysters are a perfect dish for romance

Oysters are a perfect dish for romance

One of Valentine’s Day’s enduring customs is to launch the annual Feast of Love with a dozen raw oysters on the half shell washed down with a chilled bottle of bubbly. The briny bivalves have long enjoyed a reputation as an aphrodisiac....
Published: 02/02/16
Say ‘I love you’ with a simple but impressive  scallop dinner

Say ‘I love you’ with a simple but impressive scallop dinner

This Valentine’s Day, take a pass on the expected. As in, ditch the restaurant reservations. Instead, stay home and show your lover how much you care by assembling this simple but impressive baked scallop dinner. The beauty is that this recipe...
Published: 02/02/16
WTFork: Mad Beach Craft Brewing offers family fun and a new menu

WTFork: Mad Beach Craft Brewing offers family fun and a new menu

Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company opened as a taphouse only, featuring an eclectic selection of house-brewed craft beers, ales, ciders and local wine. It has morphed into full-blown brewpub with the addition of chef Tyson Williams.
Published: 01/28/16
Waffle House in Tampa, St. Pete taking reservations for Valentine’s Day

Waffle House in Tampa, St. Pete taking reservations for Valentine’s Day

If you’re planning to dine out on Valentine’s Day, you’ll need to make your reservations early. Actually, you probably should have made them already.
Published: 01/27/16
Updated: 01/28/16
Neighbors, business partners fuse Greek, Cuban cuisine

Neighbors, business partners fuse Greek, Cuban cuisine

VALRICO — After rebranding their café, Brandon next-door neighbors Elia Kallas and Norman Harris plan to franchise their Cuban and Greek fusion concept.
Published: 01/27/16
Take these steps for creating a smoother smoothie

Take these steps for creating a smoother smoothie

For the past year or more, the first thing I’ve done every morning is take a bike ride around the neighborhood. It’s exhilarating to pedal through the streets in the quiet dawn when motorists aren’t out there clogging things up.
Published: 01/27/16
Strawberries Romanoff, a dessert fit for a tsar

Strawberries Romanoff, a dessert fit for a tsar

When my youngest daughter Lauren was 3 or 4, she had a few adorable phrases and words that I loved to hear her say. During the summer her “bathing suit” was called a “babing suit“ and “spaghetti” was “...
Updated one month ago
For the Year of the Fire Monkey, a recipe with a little heat

For the Year of the Fire Monkey, a recipe with a little heat

When it comes to food, India and China have more in common than you might think. Both harbor a deep love of ear-tingling chilies, vast quantities of garlic and seafood.
Updated one month ago
Take a deep dive into the culinary side of Queens

Take a deep dive into the culinary side of Queens

When eating in New York City, breaking out of the Manhattan mindset is tough, at least for visitors.
Updated one month ago