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?”
What happens when barrel-aged bourbon collaborates with a classic Tampa concert venue? Magic in a glass of course.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cigar City Brewing and LOKO Cuisine's Eggs & Kegs (formerly Eggs n' Kegs) takes the time honored tradition of Sunday brunch to a whole new level. Bloody Mary's and Belgium waffles have had their day, time for beer and some innovative breakfast-creations.
On the third Sunday of every month, Cigar City's Spruce Street tasting room fills with beer/brunch-lovers, eager to get a hot plate of funky fresh cuisine and a pint or two. Did I mention that the dishes have some beer-inspired elements? This past weekend was November's "It's all gravy, baby" event, featuring a four-course feast with items like pumpkin pie french toast.
The next event is Sunday, December 15. Eggs & Kegs will feature a Winter Wit Wonderland complete with a Belgian White Ale and chili pepper-inspired feast. Tickets are available here or inside the Cigar City tasting room (cash only at CCB).