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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, Dunderbräu

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

Mr. Dunderbak’s 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, Dunderbak’s was known as the place for import and craft beers, also doubling as a monthly meeting sp...
Published: 09/13/18
Red Tide: Is Florida seafood safe to eat?

Red Tide: Is Florida seafood safe to eat?

The major red tide algae bloom along the Gulf Coast is certainly smelly, and at worst may have negative health effects in exposed humans.But what about locally-caught seafood? What’s safe to eat right now? With customers staying away from beachside r...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Check, please: In red tide outbreak, diners and tourists are staying away

Check, please: In red tide outbreak, diners and tourists are staying away

The red tide algae bloom along the Gulf Coast that began in mid-August is the strongest since the 2005-2006 outbreak and also among the longest-lived. News of it came on the heels of reports of blue-green algae in Lake Okeechobee and flowing down the...
Published: 09/12/18
Weeklong cycling trip through Montana slightly frightening at times but totally fun

Weeklong cycling trip through Montana slightly frightening at times but totally fun

WHITEFISH, Mont.You’re 16. You’re wearing your lucky jeans, your friends are picking you up soon and four hours of Saturday night stretch out before you. You have the thought: "Anything could happen tonight!" You could find love; triumph, fail, chang...
Published: 09/12/18
What’s new in food: Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, National Cheeseburger Day

What’s new in food: Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, National Cheeseburger Day

DINE AROUND: CLEARWATER BEACH RESTAURANT WEEKPromoted by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week is celebrating its ninth year Friday through Sept. 23. The culinary celebration offers foodies an opportunity to exper...
Published: 09/12/18
America’s favorite Mexican restaurant is apparently Taco Bell

America’s favorite Mexican restaurant is apparently Taco Bell

And America’s favorite Mexican restaurant is ....Taco Bell?Sure, it sounds like a headline from The Onion, but a new survey from the Harris Poll EquiTrend Study finds that, indeed, Taco Bell beats out the likes of Chipotle, Moe’s Southwest Grill, B...
Published: 09/11/18
‘Lox her up’: Controversy swirls after Cynthia Nixon orders fish on cinnamon raisin bagel

‘Lox her up’: Controversy swirls after Cynthia Nixon orders fish on cinnamon raisin bagel

It was the New York Democratic primary’s equivalent of an October surprise: With three days to go until the election, gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon revealed that she likes to put lox, capers and red onion on cinnamon raisin bagels.The news w...
Published: 09/11/18
From the food editor: This citrus chopped salad needs a good, homemade vinaigrette

From the food editor: This citrus chopped salad needs a good, homemade vinaigrette

The emulsion was almost complete. Rice wine vinegar, check. A couple of glugs of nutty olive oil, check. Some honey, a dash of soy sauce, salt and pepper. Just one ingredient left to go, and it was a crucial one. Sesame oil. It would offer the unique...
Published: 09/11/18
Restaurant review: Part fish shack, part high-end cocktail bar, Trophy Fish in St. Petersburg thrives on a fresh approach

Restaurant review: Part fish shack, part high-end cocktail bar, Trophy Fish in St. Petersburg thrives on a fresh approach

ST. PETERSBURGI value restaurants and people the same way, I suppose. I like those with a take. They don’t have to be the smartest or the prettiest, but the ones I like have a unique perspective, something that differentiates them from everybody else...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/11/18