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Monday, May 25, 2015

Go fish — St. Petersburg opens designated lakes

Posted By on Mon, May 25, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Speckled trout can be found in St. Pete's saltwater lakes. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Speckled trout can be found in St. Pete's saltwater lakes.

This just in from the St. Petersburg Parks Department: Starting today, 19 freshwater and two saltwater lakes are open for fishing for the summer season, now through Labor Day. Fishing is permitted between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

A freshwater fishing license is required at all freshwater lakes except for children ages 15 and younger or anyone fishing in their resident county and using a pole without a reel. Florida residents older than 65 do not need a fishing license, but must show proof of age and residency if requested.

Licenses are available at Pinellas County Tax Collector Offices, located at 1067 62nd Avenue South in St. Petersburg; 1800 66th St. N. in St. Petersburg; at 13025 Starkey Road in Largo; and at 1663 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater; as well as from selected bait and sporting goods stores. For more fishing license information, call 727-464-7777.

The following freshwater lakes are usually stocked with bass, bream, catfish and Nile perch. The lakes will be open for shoreline fishing only (boats are prohibited):

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

17th Annual Festa Italiana at Ybor City's Centennial Park

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Jacqueline Foulke of the Bella Danza Dance Troup as the Silver Sun character in Venetian Queen. Sundays performance was Foulke's first day with Bella Danza.
  • Kimberly DeFalco
  • Jacqueline Foulke of the Bella Danza Dance Troup as the Silver Sun character in Venetian Queen. Sunday's performance was Foulke's first day with Bella Danza.

Firmly clutching a chalice alternately fueled with water and wine, Rich Quattrone floated effortlessly through Sunday’s Festa Italiana crowd.

And he smiled. Non-stop.

Embracing his role as Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication, the Italian Club member and Apollo Beach resident, helped lead Sunday’s processional parade through Ybor City.

“I take this role very seriously,” Quattrone quipped with a half-smile. “How can one not enjoy this?”

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pirates invade and make merry this Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

  • Nicole Abbett
Right around lunchtime Tuesday, the streets of Downtown Tampa echoed with the sounds of cannons and pirates demanding to see the mayor. When he emerged from the crowd, the bilge-sucking heightened with shouts of “Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!” and “Coward” being thrown about.

“You will not get the key!” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn retaliated.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Best of the day: Tampa's Orpheum brings its own Evan Williams barrel-aged bourbon to Ybor City

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 7:30 AM

  • The Orpheum

What happens when barrel-aged bourbon collaborates with a classic Tampa concert venue? Magic in a glass of course.

Historic Tampa concert venue, the Orpheum, recently teamed up with Kentucky-based distillery Evan Williams (Heaven Hill) to bring one special barrel of bourbon to Ybor City.

"There is only one barrel of this bourbon," Dufrain told CL last week. "The most we will get from one barrel is 124 bottles. It's a ten-year-old bourbon, put in oak in 2003 and pulled out and bottled on November 8, 2013."

The idea came about when owner Jerry "Lazy' Dufrain and his wife took a trip to the Kentucky bourbon trail.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Best of the day: Ron Burgundy scotch is kind of a big deal

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM

  • Anchorman and Paramount Pictures

Ron Burgundy loves scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch.

And now, thanks to Riviera Imports, everyone can get a taste with Ron Burgundy Great Oin's Raven Special Reserve Scotch.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Meet St. Petersburg's Three Daughters Brewing

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM

BREWED IN THE BURG: Three Daughters opens Saturday, December 14.
  • James Ostrand
  • BREWED IN THE BURG: Three Daughters opens Saturday, December 14.

Tampa Bay’s newest craft brewery, 3 Daughters, opens Saturday, December 14. They held sneak preview for a few hundred friends and supporters Thursday night.

Located in a former municipal plumbing supply building at 222 22nd St. S in the emerging Warehouse Arts District, 3 Daughters Brewing is the brainchild of Bella Brava co-owner Mike Harting. It includes a 30-barrel brewhouse (twice the size of Cigar City Brewing’s when it opened nearly five years ago), a 2,000-square-foot tasting room and plenty of room to expand.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Best of the day: Ella's Folk Art Cafe Bloody "Ella" Mary with rib garnish

Posted By on Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM

SO MEATY: The Bloody Ella, a rib-garnished take on the Bloody Mary.
  • Arielle Stevenson
  • SO MEATY: The Bloody Ella, a rib-garnished take on the Bloody Mary.

There's no telling what led you to Sunday's decision to sip on a Bloody Mary. But here you are. And you don't just want some vodka and tomato juice slapped together with a celery stick.

You want a Bloody Mary that gets up early, stays up late, with uninterrupted prosperity, who uses a machete to cut through red tape.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Holy Hog BBQ coming to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's food truck rally

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Holy Hog brings its BBQ to downtown Tampa.
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  • Holy Hog brings its BBQ to downtown Tampa.

Every month, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn hosts a food truck rally at downtown Tampa's Lykes Gaslight Square. Buckhorn always shows up and grabs a bite to eat from one of the Tampa Bay area's local food trucks in attendance.

For Wednesday, December 4, food truck rally attendees should take note of some of the new offerings. Tampa's Best of the Bay award-winning Holy Hog BBQ brings its "food truck" (it's a vehicle but not quite a food truck) filled with all the barbecue your midday tummy can muster.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Best of the day: Globe Coffee Lounge pop-up in St. Petersburg

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Nearly two years after closing, friends of the Globe Coffee Lounge reunited for a day of food, coffee drinks and dessert. The Local 662 on Central Avenue's 600 Block hosted the one-day-only "pop-up."

Former Globe owner/coffee maven JoEllen Schilke whipped up sheets of Supa-Fudgey brownies, orders of her infamous Sloppy JoEllen sandwiches, and plenty of chai lattes. There were, of course, plenty of pies.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

A feast from Creative Loafing Tampa's recipe archives

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM


Cooking a Thanksgiving meal is a daunting task. Period. Anticipation for the multi-dish feast builds up all year. It's a day when everyone gets to indulge in incredible culinary gluttony.

But what recipes should you use? Certainly, you've pinned dozens by now on your Thanksgiving Pinterest board. But have you sorted through that mess of broken links and hard-to-find ingredients? Then there are the family classics, but perhaps Granny's old-timey cursive didn't stand the test of time.

Whether you're in charge of the entire feast, or just bringing a dish to share, we organized some of our best Thanksgiving-friendly recipes to your browsing pleasure.


CL Food critic Jon Palmer Claridge's Complete Turducken recipe is a lofty undertaking, but a respectable and rewarding one. Luckily, Claridge's five-page recipe walks you through every precious step.

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