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Where They Eat: Controller and Kent Ale House

One of the saddest things about getting music digitally is the lack of good, old fashioned liner notes. I loved opening up a brand new CD, pulling out the insert and reading all about how the band would like to thank mom, dad, Sasquatch and pillows for making their latest album a reality. On top of that, I had the lyrics right in my hands […]

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Food Pairing 101: What Goes With Bailey’s Brunch at Carmel Kitchen?

Is it any wonder that Carmel Kitchen is rolling out their new Bailey’s Brunch menu in South Tampa? After all, South Tampa is to brunch as Paris is to lovers. At least that is what I’ve heard from my friends with the funny haircuts. You see I don’t live in South Tampa and I don’t do much brunch. I frankly find both of those a bit…shall […]

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Where They Eat: Loframes and Entre 2 Vins

I liken Franck Russo’s double life to the sweater that J-Fur is in the process of knitting. As it stands right now, the mustard color piece has a really long arm and one that is about bicep length. Total indie musician on one side, dinner date on the other. Franck spends his bicep length time producing music. After some successes on his own On The Fruit label and via Berlin’s Bpitch […]

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Click: Black and Vegan, Combating PMS, Dairy Free Illuminaties, Mint Chocolate Chia Parfaits, Bitches in the Hood and Other Items From This Past Week

Its bad enough that the Ivy League schools scheme about ways to rule politics, now (meaning for the last four years) they are doing the same thing to veganism. We’ve gotta watch out for those vegan illuminaties. Here are some other things to watch out for: Happenings: Its not easy being young, black and vegan Study Suggests Going Vegan Could Improve Productivity Best Vegan Cheesesteak Contest Running […]

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Where We Eat: Give & Grub Food Truck

Everyone knows that the more people that get involved in something, the more likely it is to be ruined. There’s even an ancient proverb that speaks directly to keeping collaborations to a minimum: “too many cooks spoil the broth”. I think it is time to mark that proverb with a big ol’ asterisk, one that is footnoted at the bottom with the words “the exception to this proverb is Tampa’s Give & Grub […]

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Where We Eat: Ciccio Cali

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day I finished writing Act IV of my new American tragedy theatrical piece dubbed Ciccio Cali. Act IV, like the previous three acts, was set in the beautiful outdoor seating area of a restaurant, Ciccio Cali, in Tampa Palms. The weather was perfect, just the right amount of Florida sunshine and shady trees and seventy degree temperatures floating in the air. The table […]

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Where We Eat: Cafe Hey

Cafe Hey is the restaurant version of Pretty in Pink. It is my Andie Walsh. Inside the little shack, located right near 275 in West Tampa, a bevy of vegan coffee, baked goods, soups, salads, vegan sandwiches and breakfast items are slung together with ease. The restaurant walls are made of exposed brick that is worn and faded from years of sun exposure. These walls […]

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Merry Listmas 2014: The Food

Before the calendar turns to 2015, let’s reminisce about the finer things that food in 2014 had to offer (click on the picture for recipes and blog posts). Favorite Sandwiches:                   Main Attractions               Favorite Pasta Recipes             Favorite Bread Recipes             Favorite Sides […]

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Where They Eat: Night Lights and Pad Thai Cafe

I can’t say I know a whole lot about Boston’s eating scene. I mean I’ve spent about twelve hours in the city on two separate trips. One visit revolved around a baseball game that was played under such a hard rain that it left my desire to explore the food culture of the city somewhere around zilch. The other visit was cut short by a banishment. […]