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Re: “Repeal Day recalls Tampa’s noble experiment

This is a great article! Gary Mormino does a great job of illustrating the politics and the pressures of everyday living for immigrant Americans that created such a vibrant Tampa during Prohibition.

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Posted by Wil Toro on 11/27/2013 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Go Thai high at Tampa's Thai Gourmet Market

I will be honest, I've been keeping this place a secrect. So very happy for the Browns. They are a wonderful couple dedicated to proving truly delicious organic Thai. We eat ther most every week. Ok, I am ready for the long lines. Just the best!

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Posted by lotusblossomflower on 11/21/2013 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Go Thai high at Tampa's Thai Gourmet Market

Best Thai food I have tasted, very accurate review, check this place out!

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Posted by Bill on 11/21/2013 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Dim Sum, lose some at Ha Long Bay

Unfortunately, Ha Long Bay is just plain inconsistent and has been for years. Great one time and two weeks later, inedible. Just after this review the dim sum was superb but not so much this week. Stale buns, dried out chewy dumplings, sticky rice with almost nothing inside, tasteless everything including the tea (ordered Jasmine Tea as usual but got some bitter odd tasting substitute). Dinner is no better -- some evenings it is truly good and others it is like no one who knows how to cook is working in the kitchen. And if you order take-out there is no telling what it will be when you open the boxes at home. It's not like these people don't speak or understand English well; they do. We even order by number and it is still a surprise.

The older wait staff are very nice at the restaurant but the younger ones seem to hang around the lobster tank area and not only ignore the customers but do not assist the older servers. The dining room hostess / cashier is not up to the job. The operation is much more on target when the male owner is present. So for now, we are giving up on Ha Long Bay and hoping some other entrepreneur will open a dim sum restaurant in St. Pete because going to Tampa to Yummy House is just too far and T C Choy's won't take the CL Deal coupon for dim sum which just ticks me off so we avoid it altogether.

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Posted by Professional foodie on 11/07/2013 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Champagne supernova

Sorry if there was any confusion. Vic's spot on that a vacu-vin doesn't cut it with Champagne. There are some special tops to retain the bubbles . . . but finishing the bottle is the bast approach!

Posted by Jon Palmer Claridge on 10/28/2013 at 10:02 PM

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Posted by Cherie Serjeant on 10/26/2013 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Victoria & Albert's at Disney is Florida's best restaurant

of course it's not in tampabay....what else is new?

Posted by pltctytc on 10/24/2013 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Disney's Epcot Food & Wine and Universal's Krustyland

The frozen Butter beer at Universal Studios is definitely the way to go. Also I can't wait to see the new Universal hotel opening soon. I love the 1960's feel. We booked for next year and will share some photos as soon as I can on of the new rooms, pool, bowling, should be super cool.

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Posted by Lisa Griswold on 10/24/2013 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Rococo Steak is coming to St. Pete

CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!

Posted by LecaLeca on 10/22/2013 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Champagne supernova

Since this is an article titled with Champagne I would not recommend using a vacu-vin on an open bottle of Champagne. I have found that Champagne goes downhill the fastest of all wines after the bottle is opened. Relax and just finish the bottle within no more than 3-4 hours of opening the bottle. Cheers. Vic

Posted by Vic on 10/20/2013 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Trader Joe’s: Welcome neighbor or scary monster?

I see Fresh Market as more of a direct competitor to Rollin' Oats, and with it's nearly-finished (and long awaited) expansion, it appears FM has not negatively impacted Rollin Oats.

I think the 4th Street neighborhood can support everyone. Just look at the TWO Publix (Publixes? Publii?) on 38th and 4th. The Northeast Shopping Center Publix has been consistently number one for the entire chain, so volume-wise there is enough room for another high-quality entrant.

It's also true that TJ is a much better corporate neighbor than others. Although Casita Taqueria is certainly acceptable (a place that's CLOSED on Sundays? What's up with THAT?), but what is that compared to a DECENT grocery store focusing on natural, vegetarian, vegan and especially non-GMO foods.

I, for one, welcome our new Trader Joe's overlords.

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Posted by roshi7 on 10/18/2013 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Trader Joe’s: Welcome neighbor or scary monster?

I would love a Trader Joe's on 4th St. but why can't they look at the vacant buildings at the corner of 38th N and what was going to be the Hip Hop Soda Shop down toward Gandy. Perhaps it's a matter of not enough parking though the Sarasota location is a parking nightmare.

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Posted by Steve Vogelsang on 10/18/2013 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Trader Joe’s: Welcome neighbor or scary monster?

As someone with multiple allergies, it's exciting to hear I will have more than one option going forward. Rolling Oats is great, but a second option would be nice, as well. I don't think the current locations of Casita and Ringside are that great... I don't go because... eh... not much happening on 4th.

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Posted by stpetelocal on 10/18/2013 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Trader Joe’s: Welcome neighbor or scary monster?

I was very sad to hear that Casita, Ringside and other local businesses are getting displaced. I plan to continue to support them wherever they end up.

From what I've read, at least, TJ is one of the better big stores in terms of pay, service, etc. But there are plenty of other locations they could go in instead, where they would not be forcing out our existing independent businesses. Big and small, I think, could happily co-exist. But driving out the small ones is wrong, and having one Big Box after another will completely change -- for the worse -- the feel and character of St. Pete. -- Ester, LocalShops1

Posted by localshops1com on 10/18/2013 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Trader Joe’s: Welcome neighbor or scary monster?

Can't wait!! hurry up already :)

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Posted by Dave Rogers on 10/17/2013 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Trader Joe’s: Welcome neighbor or scary monster?

Although I can't argue with the idea that Trader Joe's could more easily land in a vacant Sweetbay location I love Casita and don't go there nearly as much as I would like to simply because they have no parking. Move Casita and Ringside somewhere where there is more room to park and sit regardless of Trader Joe's but hurry up with Trader Joe's as I am sick of driving to Sarasota

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Posted by coockoo4coco on 10/17/2013 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Florida Cane vodka distilled here in Tampa Bay

Hey GeekedChef, Florida Cane Distillery limits each distillery visit to 10 people. Apologies for any confusion!

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Posted by Arielle Stevenson on 10/10/2013 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Florida Cane vodka distilled here in Tampa Bay

When you say 10 people per tour does that mean your party must be 10 people or only 10 people (as in I could bring one other and join other groups to meet a number of 10)?

Posted by GeekedChef on 10/10/2013 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Domenica Macchia is back in the kitchen again

dough...what a joke...overpriced or should i say priced right for the south tampa snobs who pay for overpriced mediocrity

as for the chef macchia? pretty sure we'll be reading about her departure from this venture before the middle of next year

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Posted by pltctytc on 10/05/2013 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Domenica Macchia is back in the kitchen again

lookin pretty tasty!

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Posted by thebestevil on 10/03/2013 at 6:00 PM

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