Tuesday, December 16, 2014

More Taiwanese treats, Lebanese eats to satisfy the area

Grape Leaf Express and Naga Tea are two of Hillsborough's newest food and drink joints.

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  • Naga Tea's crafts boba and more.
Last month, Naga Tea opened its doors to Tampanians at 10950 N. 56th St.

Specializing in bubble tea, or boba, the Temple Terrace shop, which imports its blends from Taiwan, offers four types of tea: fresh, herbal, milk or fruit. Each may be ordered hot or cold.

For the fruit drinks, including passion fruit and mango, owners Carl Yen and Yi-hsiang Liao, both USF Tampa graduates, use "real product" rather than artificial sweeteners or powders, according to Naga Tea's website.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Marchand's holiday brunch dishes nine food stations

If you're a sucker for Sunday brunch, the Marchand's holiday lineup is definitely for you.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 5:34 PM

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For the holidays, Marchand's Bar & Grill at the Vinoy Renaissance in downtown St. Pete brought back its limited brunch menu from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The weekly offerings will be served until Sunday, Dec. 28.

The brunch operates buffet-style, with nine stations adorned with plates of chow like cheeses and charcuterie, bagels and smoked fish, salads, carved meats and pastries. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

On the menu: Seven spots to toast to the weekend

End your Friday with drinks and eats at one of these local soirées.

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The best booze and bites to kick off your weekend await. - JAMES OSTRAND
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  • The best booze and bites to kick off your weekend await.

Whether you like your craft brews paired with barbecue, wine tasting for a cause or hopping from bar to bar in an ugly holiday sweater, these are seven places to commune over drinks and eats Friday.

Join the St. Petersburg Museum of History for beer and city history at Beers on the Pier. For $35 in advance, and $40 the day of, you'll sip 20 local brews throughout the museum, as well as other offerings from states like Colorado and California. Admission includes unlimited tastes and a commemorative sampling cup. 5-9 p.m. 335 Second Ave. NE , St. Petersburg, 727-894-1052.

It's time to celebrate 3 Daughters Brewing's 1st birthday. The brewery's one-year anniversary bash will feature special beer releases, music by the Spazmatics at 8 and food from Maggie on the Move and Urban Brew and BBQ. At 7:30, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will toast to the party with 3 Daughters' Black Tip, a barrel-aged porter. 5 p.m. 222 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-495-6002.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Two drinking affairs in Tampa for hump day

Who would pass up wine or whiskey on a Wednesday?

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Get in on these two libations gatherings at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Tampa. They're dedicated to wine and whiskey.

The first, featuring a whiskey (and prosecco) tasting, is called Whiskers & Whiskey, and will run until 8 at the Epicurean Hotel's Spa Evangeline.

According to the spa's website, it's gentleman's night.

The event will also showcase holiday shopping opportunities, with gift cards, retail goods and free gift wrapping. Make sure to nab a Bern's Steakhouse mini steak sandwich, too.

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Tampa's fringe (and sequins) gather at annual Repeal Day Gala

By tradition, Repeal Day Gala guests tapped into cocktail-fueled merriment Saturday.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

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  • An Aerial Dragons performer executes an upside-down champagne pour.

This year, the Tampa Bay chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild took its yearly Repeal Day Party in Tampa to the next level, expanding the event from one 1930s-inspired night to four days full of food and drink.

Thursday evening showcased cocktail-pairing dinners with special guests at six area restaurants. And on Friday, seminars on topics such as bitters, distilling and opening a bar were featured throughout the day, with the kickoff Happy Hour and toast at 5:32 p.m., the exact time the Volstead Act was put to rest 81 years ago.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Last call: Holiday Auction foodie goodies from Pinellas to Hillsborough

Lots of food and drink packages included in the final round of CL's Holiday Auction.

Posted By on Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 5:33 AM

Nab a $40 gift card to Square 1 Burgers & Bar and way more. - SQUARE 1 BURGERS & BAR
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  • Nab a $40 gift card to Square 1 Burgers & Bar and way more.

The last bundle of items in the annual CL Holiday Auction for The Children's Home premiered Wednesday, and the offers and packages are gnarly.

While everyone's bidding on the suds-tastic Cigar City Brewing deal (around 5 p.m. Saturday the item was going for more than $1,330), here's a lineup of the auction's other food- and drink-inflected one-of-a-kinds that would make great gifts this season.

Take your honey out for a stress-free night on the town in Tarpon Springs after the holidays. You'll enjoy dinner at the Sponge Docks District's Costas Restaurant, followed by a guitar performance by David Burgess at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Better with age: Bourbon cocktails for year-round sipping

Three cocktail recipes to make center stage no matter the season.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 3:44 PM

As the story goes, Augustus Bulleit’s bourbon family recipe, which disappeared long ago, as did his whereabouts, was rediscovered by his great-great-grandson Thomas Bulleit in 1987.

The Kentucky bourbon brand’s created three signature offerings since. And it’s been traveling around the country to community events, including festivals and sports games, since August to show drinkers how to reimagine their tailgate experiences. Swap your beer for bourbon, essentially.

CL got a taste of three simple-to-make Bulleit cocktails at an office luncheon Thursday.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mad Beach Brewing hosts Brew Year's Eve with releases

Ring in the New Year with Mad Beach Craft Brewing beverages. There's a pizza feast involved.

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  • Mad Beach Brewing's housed upstairs at John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach.

Nearly two years in the making, Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company will premiere its beers, meads and ciders from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31.

With a more than 7,000-square-foot upstairs building at 12945 Village Blvd. in Madeira Beach, the brewery's masquerade-themed Brew Year's Eve will function as its beverage release party.

Guests can expect brews like amber and Belgian ales, IPAs and what Mad Beach Brewing, owned by the Florida Winery's Matthew Powers, calls beach ales, beers that drinkers will want to tote around in the Florida heat.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Red Tiki Bar to host grand opening Dec. 13

Drink specials, food and more will welcome St. Pete's new Red Tiki Bar to the neighborhood.

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  • A view of Red Tiki Bar's low-lit bar area.

St. Petersburg's new Red Tiki Bar at 7361 46th Ave. N. will host its official grand opening Saturday, Dec. 13.

Owned by Seth Santiago and nestled on the corner of a small strip plaza, "central St. Petersburg's largest tiki hut" will open its outdoor patio from 2 to 10 p.m., while the inside operates until 2 a.m.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

'Tis the season to give the gift of beer-making & more

Score items from a new CL Holiday Auction batch and help raise money for The Children's Home.

Posted By on Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

The highest bidder will work BrewCo's facility like head brewer David Doble. - CHIP WEINER
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  • The highest bidder will work BrewCo's facility like head brewer David Doble.

A fresh bill of CL Holiday Auction items debuted while you prepped colorful sides to accompany that giant turkey for your smorgasbord.

Though there's one more day to bid on second-week items like Coppertail Brewing Co. growlers for a year and an evening at Jannus Live with eats from The Kitchen, here are some new food- and drink-related bundles up for auction. Like always, your bids help raise money for The Children's Home.

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