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Monday, March 24, 2014

Cuban Sandwich Festival: Ybor's Stone Soup Company wins 2014 title

Posted By on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor reaches for her first selection of the day in the 3rd Annual Cuban Sandwich Contest
  • Kimberly DeFalco
  • Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor reaches for her first selection of the day in the Third Annual Cuban Sandwich Contest.

Long before the first sandwich was unveiled at Saturday’s Third Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival, the judges had made a unanimous decision: Salt is bad!

“I decided to research sodium poisoning to see if there is a remedy,” City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern said, recalling last year's competition. “I remember I didn’t feel well afterwards, as there is so much salt in everything from the cheese to the pickles.”

Returning for her second competition, Mulhern brought about eight pounds of bananas to share with her fellow 35 judges.

“Potassium is supposed to be good,” Mulhern said. "Bananas looked like the obvious choice."

By the end of the judging, only orphan peels remained. Every banana had been eaten.

Prior to the competition, Hillsborough Community College President Dr. Shawn Robinson popped a potassium pill.

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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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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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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Cycle Brewing’s Rare D.O.S. stout

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 4:05 AM

BARRELED ALIVE: Cycle Brewing releases its latest Rare D.O.S. batch this weekend.
  • BARRELED ALIVE: Cycle Brewing releases its latest Rare D.O.S. batch this weekend.

The first sign of trouble showed up on Cycle Brewing’s Facebook page. Soon, similar messages were appearing on influential online craft beer boards.

Something was seriously wrong with Rare D.O.S., the bourbon-barrel-aged stout that earned brewer Doug Dozark world acclaim in craft beer circles. Ranked as high as 11th best beer in the world by reviewers., the latest batch of Rare D.O.S. (Doug’s Original Stout) was released in June during a special event at Peg’s Cantina, where Dozark began his brewing career on a nano system out back.

It sold out in less than a week, all 150 gallons, and $20 a 16-ounce growler. People bought them by the case, many to trade with craft beer friends.

But it wasn’t long before the online beer-trading community was writing things like this on

“So. Either this is infected, or just plain bad. I know this beer is supposed to be good, but I’m not getting it. It smelled a little tart, and it tasted fairly tart. Left like a tinny, chemical feel on my tongue. I’d try this again, hoping that it’s just a 1-time infection issue, but it’s bad. Buyer beware with the recent batch.”

The howls came from Alaska to Massachusetts to the Netherlands. Emails, too, from dissatisfied customers seeking recompense.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time for Dozark, who was working overtime to open his second brewery, in downtown St. Petersburg, He would spend the next weeks losing sleep and trying to make amends and protect his signature brand.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman hosts Nocturnal Cravings at St. Petersburg's Dali Museum

Posted By on Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

A selection of desserts from Best of the Bay award winners, William Dean Chocolates.
  • Brianna Enders
  • A selection of desserts from Best of the Bay award winners, William Dean Chocolates.

Twelve hours before, it was just a gift shop. But the mustache T-shirts, decorative coasters and melting clocks were moved aside for a red carpet to stumble down. The awards show-style backdrop for photos left plenty of room for elbows to brush against some of the food world’s biggest celebrities as the Dali Museum’s ground floor transformed into Nocturnal Cravings, a dessert-inspired evening hosted by Charm City Cakes' (and former host of Ace of Cakes) Duff Goldman.

As part of the Enjoy Arts & Tastes festival converging on downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront this weekend, the party capped off the festival’s first night. If playwright Martin Esslin had been there, he might have dubbed it the kitchen of the absurd.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

This weekend's Tampa Bay Veg Fest highlights plant-based diets

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

No matter if you’re a veghead or omnivore, there’s something for everyone at this weekend’s Tampa Bay Veg Fest.

Here are all the details on this family-friendly event.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Prost! Oktoberfest comes to Tampa

A look at some of the best upcoming Oktoberfests.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Ah, the sensory experience of Tampa in October. Leaves turn from green to brown. Nutmeg and cinnamon waft from the local bakeries.

Fucking pumpkin everything is available with which to bombard your palate, from a latte at Starbucks or a slice of the eponymous glory from Cheesecake Factory.

Pumpkin beer? Hell yeah! This brew is available across the entire craft beer spectrum, from local fave Cigar City’s Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale to Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale and Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Pumking (with a lovely 8.6 ABV). When it comes to October, pumpkin is the king of the craft beer world. While pumpkin has its place, it's not for everyone.

COME FESTIVE. A good-looking herr and frau saying "be mein."
  • COME FESTIVE. A good-looking herr and frau saying "be mein."

One place you won’t find a pumpkin brew is the Oktoberfest Tampa event in Downtown’s Curtis-Hixon Park. For Oktoberfest, it’s all about traditional brewing—and that’s OK. Hell, anyone who's had good German beer knows that is better than OK. What you will find are pleasing pilsners, hearty hefeweizens, delicious dunkels and the traditional Oktoberfest Märzens, plus plenty of German and Bavarian foods, all available in mass quantities throughout the three day event, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday, October 11.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Oxford Exchange celebrates first anniversary in style

Join the popular bookstore/multi-use space in celebrating its first year in business!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

This month the Oxford Exchanges is celebrating the magic of making it to their first anniversary.

“We are extremely excited to celebrate our one-year anniversary with our customers, we had no idea when we started this how we could have grown. We are very thankful that the Oxford Exchange has been well-received in the Tampa Bay area,” says Allison Adams, Director of Oxford Exchange.

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Hey Bartender documentary comes to Tampa Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM

  • 4th Row Films

The rise of the craft cocktail has been no accident; bartenders across the country (and world) have worked to build a new liquid consciousness, drink by drink. Hey Bartender, a new documentary, gets up close and personal with some of the best bartenders. Tampa Theatre will host a one-night-only screening of the film on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. I recently had the opportunity to speak with the film's director, Douglas Tirola, about why bartending, like art, has its own cultural movements.

"I was about 15 and got a job as a dishwasher at a restaurant/nightlife bar," Tirola said. "It turned into the town's big nightlife spot, all New York-style with velvet ropes and a huge bar. One night, the barback doesn't show up and I'm the barback."

Then one night the bartender didn't show up and Tirola took over.

"I was making sea breezes and Long Island Iced Teas then," he said. "The bartender is the official mayor for communities. There's a special relationship between regulars and bartenders and I always noticed that."

Today, Tirola makes documentary films at 4th Row Films in New York. But the bartending scene always fascinated him and the idea for a documentary about corner bars stuck in his head — but it still wasn't the exact story he wanted tell. Then, while staying at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, the drinks made at the library bar caught his eye.

"This bartender was doing a lot with cocktails, fruits and vegetables," Tirola said. "He was going to the Santa Monica farmers market, a renown farmers market, for all these ingredients."

Back home in New York, Tirola discovered the Spring Lounge, then Employees Only — both New York bars taking risks with spirits.

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