In honor of Talk Like A Pirate Day, held on September 19, Krispy Kreme is handing out free glazed donuts for anyone rocking pirate gear or a mean "ARR".
St. Pete Diner was a 24-7 neighborhood comfort food mainstay, the place to go if you found yourself with a 3 a.m. craving for Mom’s Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, green beans and mashed potatoes. Late-night patrons, including drag queens and their kings from Georgie’s Alibi, would come for food and folly after the bar closed for a menu of diner favorites: cups of homemade soup with saltines, rice pudding in plastic bowls, slices of pie — the classics.
So it pulled on our heartstrings earlier this week to hear that the diner, which has been in business for 12 years, is kaput.
“We are closing tonight,” owner Maroulla Michael said Monday afternoon. “I can’t do it 24 hours a day by myself anymore.”
Before it was St. Pete Diner, the building on U.S. 19 and 11th Avenue was home for 18 years to a Sambo’s restaurant. Most of the waitresses have worked at the diner from the start, some clocking 11 years or more, but they were given only six days’ notice about the closing. Michael said she found a buyer and learned about the sale only a few days ago.
“I sold the place last week,” Michael said. “It’s not going to be a restaurant anymore.”
Carey Canedy has waitressed at the diner since 2007. She said Michael had been looking to sell for a while.
“We thought we’d have a little more notice,” Canedy said. “It’s sad and we are all scrambling to find jobs.”
Michael wasn’t sure exactly what the new owners would be putting in, a store perhaps.
“The new owners haven’t been in once,” Canedy said. “We aren’t sure what is happening.”
“I’m sad,” Michael said. “I’ve been here for 12 years.”
Tampa Bay Breakfasts, a father-son blog devoted to the morning meal, summed up St. Pete Diner’s charms last November with a four-and-a-half pancake rating: “We had good chow in a locals diner at a fair price, and the coffee never went dry.”
Until this week.
But her latest venture, Edison: food+drink, promises to be a departure from her fine-dining background.
“Call it a gastropub or a diner,” Pierola said Monday. “I want it to be an everyday joint that serves really amazing food unpretentiously.”
The concept has been in development over the last few years.
“It’s an everyday inventive kitchen,” Pierola said. “A place where everything we do is first class in execution and quality.”
St. Pete for Peace's film series has secured a new location at the L Train in St. Petersburg starting the first week of August. Originally, T & Me Tea Company asked to host the series on their outdoor patio. But the owners at the Art Village Courtyard, a part of T & Me, reviewed some films and stated the films weren't "appropriate".
Vanilla Instant Pudding
Fresh strawberries or raspberries
Spiced Rum or Vodka optional but encouraged
Mix pudding following box instructions. Then add berries to the mix. If you want a little kick in your pudding pops, add some spiced rum to the batter. The warm spices, mixed with creamy pudding, and fresh berries is fan-freaking-tastic.
For freezing, a simple popsicle mold is perfect. Don't use the plastic sticks it comes with though, buy a pack of old-fashioned wooden popsicle sticks.
Freeze at least six hours or overnight. To release popsicles from mold, rinse a little warm water over the outside and pops should slide right out. America! Popsicles! Pudding!
As someone who is new to wine, shelling out precious dollars for a strange glass of grape juice is a little intimidating. Fear not, Bonefish is offering a Thursday wine menu serving more than 20 half-glasses of wines through July 12. All the glasses range from $2-$4 each. Few restaurants offer a half-glass of wine, especially one this fairly priced. This is a great way to try new wines without worrying about having to finish an entire glass (like that's a problem) or an entire bottle of the same wine.
Foregoing typical wine-gargon on the menu, each wine is paired with a style of music. The Penfolds RED Koonunga Hill Shiraz is paired with surf pop and a portion of the proceeds go the (RED) charity program.
The William Hill Chardonnay is described as jazz or blues, and a portion of the proceeds benefit VH1's Save the Music program.
So sip a glass of wine, listen to some music, and help save the world a little.
National Donut Day is celebrated nationwide on the first Friday of June. It was established as a “holiday” in 1938, in honor of the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. It was also a Salvation Army fundraiser, its main purpose being to raise funds and bounce the nation back from the Great Depression. Understandably, the soldiers were nuts about being served donuts by the pretty ladies, so National Donut Day was born.
Come out for a great day of family fun! The event will have a blown-up 30-foot obstacle course, blow-up bungee basketball game, corn hole, face painting, karaoke and more. It will be a great family outing and a great way to start Mother's Day weekend!
Felicidades to FICS!
The Florida Institute for Community Studies celebrates two milestones on Fri., April 27: its long-anticipated Grand Re-opening and the organization's 10th anniversary of helping immigrants and financially challenged families with after-school tutoring, mentoring, domestic skills, gang prevention and other crucial needs.
The Town N Country facility will open the doors to its new and improved Multicultural Family Center, which features a full-size dance room, a computer lab, restrooms, an art room and new offices.
"We've expanded our space by three times and we've maintained our office space to get our work done," FICS director Alayne Unterberger says. "The innovative design allows open space for students to dance, drum and do art while maintaining a quiet, separate area for our professional needs. Before we just had two rooms and a conference room, bifurcated by a pharmacy. That has since moved, and we leased that space so we could expand. We now have four store fronts. It has a nice flow now."
Festivities take place 4-8 p.m. The center’s Prodigy students perform their quarterly showcase, including breakdance, capoeira, drums and art. DJ Diamond Notes emcees.
Unterberger says the organization is especially excited about their Proclamation and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, taking place between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Come see why her organization earned Creative Loafing Best of the Bay honors in 2011 for being Tampa Bay's Best Multicultural Mentors.
Prize drawing includes items from sponsors such as Big Cat Rescue, The Tampa Improv, Chili’s, Starbucks, Target and Wal-Mart. Refreshments such as hot dogs, nachos, sodas and Sno Cones will be for sale.
FICS is at 6704 Hanley Road, Tampa. Call 813-249-8100.