Cook: Hazelnut Grits and Berries

Forbes recently released their list of 500 richest people. Nestled among the tech geeks, hedge funders and retailers is a few candy men. The highest ranked is 88-year-old Michele Ferrero, head of the Ferrero Group which makes Kinder and Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Tic Tac and Nutella, has a net worth of $26.5 billion. I’m not one for lining the pockets of fat cats if I can help […]


Food Flavored Album Review: Mary Kelly’s Modus Operandi

Modus Operandi by Mary Kelly is the musical equivalent to stir-fried udon noodles. But it is definitely not your normal stir-fry noodle. It is one that has a unique twist. Sort of like putting udon noodles on a sandwich or pairing them with Indian curry for a bit of Asian fusion. For my Modus Operandi experience, I chose the latter. Mary Kelly has dubbed their […]


Click: Voodoo, Haggis and Tattie Pasties, Chai Baked Donuts and Other Items of Note From the Past Week

Here are some things that were so this week (or last week since I’m behind). Recipes: Vegan Jambalaya Veggie Haggis and Tattie Pasties from Tinned Tomatoes Vegan Sticky Buns (Vegan Dad via the Peace Patch) Vanilla Chai Baked Donuts (Finding Vegan) Music: Amen Dunes “Lonely Richard” Skizzy Mars “All Say” and “Too Ill” August + Us “Fun” World Tour “Surreal” Record/Start “Followay” Zella Day “Sweet […]

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Baker’s Dozen: Interview With Lola King and the Kickstarts

Lola King & the Kickstarts are the kind of genre bending band that won’t fit into any box you build. In one moment the band will flit around with grungy guitars, the next will be processed strings and poppy melodies. Throw in the unique stylings of lead singer Lola King and you’ve got a band that is both original and memorable. Recently I had the chance […]


Food Pairing 101: What Goes Well With Beet Bourguignon?

I had very nearly rid myself of the sink full of dishes left behind from my sister-in-law’s surprise visit when I made the decision to flair it French last night for dinner with a Beet Bourguignon. I’m not sure if every dish the French conjure up requires a kitchen full of pots and pans but the Bourguignon certainly does. One pot for the lentils, another […]


Kaleisia’s 9th Annual Gifts of Love

You’d be hard pressed to find a Tampa restaurant that is as invested in the community as Kaleisia Tea Lounge. For the past nine years the tea lounge has hosted an event called Gifts of Love. The premise behind the event is to raise money for a local non-profit (100 percent of all the proceeds raised at the event goes to the non-profit). This year’s […]


Where We Eat: Stacy’s Gluten Free Goodies

If you live in Tampa, are suffering from a sweet tooth and aren’t down with the dairy it can be very difficult to find something decent to satisfy your craving. There is the carrot cake at Trang Viet and…well, not much else. About a year ago I started hearing rumblings about this small bakery right up the street from me called Stacy’s Gluten Free Goodies. […]


Listen: Singles from Galantis, The Chainsmokers, Kelly Kreye and Stoney

If skipping a pasta bath sounds this good, I may have to do it more often: Galantis is a duo consisting of Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson (of Miike Snow) and Linus Eklow aka Style of Eye. These two have their debut self-titled EP ready to drop on April 1st via Big Beat Records. To whet your appetite about the EP, Galantis released the single “You.” The […]


Cook: Fried Gnocchi and Brussels Sprouts

Seven years ago I went to an open house cooking tryout to gain admittance to the most prestigious culinary school in Pennsylvania. I had pretty much cemented my spot in the upcoming cohort. There was only one small challenge left. I had to make Lasagna Bolognese from scratch. I quickly put together some homemade noodles and a sauce. I had my cheese ready to go. […]