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New restaurants: Olivia from Chris Ponte, Crabby Billís Off the Hook

New restaurants: Olivia from Chris Ponte, Crabby Billís Off the Hook

COMING SOON: OLIVIAChris Ponte, right, has been a steady and notable culinary leader in our area for more than a decade with his flagship restaurant Cafe Ponte in Clearwater. A couple of years ago he mixed things up a bit by debuting On Swann in Hyde...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Swizzle it: The tool bartenders turn to for a certain kind of cocktail

Swizzle it: The tool bartenders turn to for a certain kind of cocktail

TAMPAItís a long stick with an irregular claw at the end, something a little macabre, like a skeletal monkey arm or a ritual tool made out of a chicken foot. It is crafted from the wood of the Quararibea turbinata tree, an aromatic and perennial shru...
Published: 09/19/18
Pumpkin spice haters, back off: Itís okay to crave the seasonal flavor

Pumpkin spice haters, back off: Itís okay to crave the seasonal flavor

All right, okay, enough, I get it: You all hate pumpkin spice. But Iíve got one request as we head into fall: Can you just let us have this?There are many things on which to heap anger and despair right now, but please, that thing does not need to be...
Published: 09/18/18
Whatís that bug gunk on your car? Thereís an app for that

Whatís that bug gunk on your car? Thereís an app for that

Florida is rich in biomass. Itís got a lot of bugs. Youíre driving down the highway, and all of a sudden ó splat ó a bug smacks your windshield, leaving a gooey glob on the glass. Thatís the end of it from the bugís perspective, but did you ever wond...
Published: 09/18/18
Tampa Bay chefs get fresh platform at Bucs home games

Tampa Bay chefs get fresh platform at Bucs home games

TAMPA ó It was almost like a sitcom spit take. People in Buccaneers-red and Eagles-midnight green would walk up to the makeshift kitchen in the West Stadium Club, look at the huge poster of chef/restaurateur John Rivers, then glance at the guy in the...
Published: 09/17/18
Restaurant review: The Local doesnít stand out enough above its Tampa neighbors to make an impact

Restaurant review: The Local doesnít stand out enough above its Tampa neighbors to make an impact

TAMPADo you have this debate? "Florida is not in the South." "Um, look at a map." I guess I am in the former camp: It seems Florida gets more Southern the more north and west you go, accents only creeping in as reliably as boiled peanuts up on the Pa...
Published: 09/17/18
St. Petersburg company Made Coffee expands its cold brew to all Publix stores, debuts new con leche flavors

St. Petersburg company Made Coffee expands its cold brew to all Publix stores, debuts new con leche flavors

ST. PETERSBURGYou could say that Michael Rideout and Taylor Prater have got it made. When they started in 2015, they were delivering their cold-brewed coffee by bicycle, serving it at local events from a keg hooked up to the back of the bike. This we...
Published: 09/14/18
Chefs offer up a taste of whatís coming to Sparkman Wharf

Chefs offer up a taste of whatís coming to Sparkman Wharf

TAMPA ó On Wednesday night, about 60 people got a sneak preview of what Tampa diners soon will experience at Sparkman Wharf, part of the $3 billion Water Street Tampa neighborhood that Jeff Vinik and Strategic Property Partners are developing in what...
Published: 09/14/18
How to be a good host: 7 tips to follow for casual and fancy dinners alike

How to be a good host: 7 tips to follow for casual and fancy dinners alike

A couple of hours into my first time hosting a full-fledged family Thanksgiving, I completely lost it. Elbows deep in the oven, I was trying to rescue a sheet pan that had fallen off the back of the rack and threatened to ruin the entire meal. There ...
Published: 09/13/18
Local craft beer of the week: Solera Projekt #5, Dunderbršu

Local craft beer of the week: Solera Projekt #5, Dunderbršu

Mr. Dunderbakís has been a staple for beer lovers for nearly as long as Tampa has had breweries. Even back in its former location at University Mall, Dunderbakís was known as the place for import and craft beers, also doubling as a monthly meeting sp...
Published: 09/13/18