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Dozens of Tampa flights to and from Northeast canceled ahead of 'potentially historic' blizzard

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  1. Publix's beloved, and seasonal, Hula Hula Macadamia Ice Cream back in stores

    Taste Test

    OMG, it's back. Last year, the Taster's Choice panel slogged through dozens of punishing blind taste tests (we double-dog dare you to sample ten cold chicken broths or Worcestershires without getting a little tetchy), and one glorious day we set our …

    The Hula Hula Macadamia Ice Cream, purchased Monday at a Publix in St. Petersburg. [Photo by Michelle Stark]
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Jan. 25-Feb. 1

    Events

    Gasparilla: It's officially the most swashbuckling time of the year in Tampa. The pirate- (and rum-) heavy festivities include the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival on Friday and Saturday in Curtis Hixon Park (free), the Gasparilla Charity Concert later Friday in the park ($30), the Gasparilla …

    Erika Delgado fist bumps with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Peter Baker during the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.
  3. After SAG awards, Oscars get more interesting

    Movies

    Heading into the homestretch of movie awards season, we suddenly have a horse race.

    Eddie Redmayne, who portrayed Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, won the SAG award for best male actor in a motion picture.
  4. Review: Fodder & Shine is a faithful re-creation of Florida Cracker food

    Food & Dining

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS

    Recipe for world domination: Start a successful restaurant. Once that's up and running, launch No. 2, often something more affordable and accessible so it builds customer base without stealing thunder from the flagship. Eventually, Vegas, Dubai and frozen entrees.

    Cornmeal, Chicken Fat Fried Chicken is accompanied by a side of no-flour skillet corn bread and tomato gravy and rice. Fodder & Shine does a fine job showcasing fresh and local ingredients.
MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
  5. Spice up chili with real chile peppers, just in time for Super Bowl

    Cooking

    Chili can be a contentious topic. Not everyone agrees on the essential ingredients, such as whether beans are a must or ground beef is forbidden. Or whether a good chili absolutely needs to be made with real chiles instead of commercial chili powder. The ensuing debate can get heated. • Kind of like sports. …

    Clockwise from bottom left: Ancho, Guajillo, Arbol and Chipotle chiles.

    Rubio's fundraising trip to California means missed votes and criticism

    It’s cold and nasty in Washington today.

    Fortunately for Sen. Marco Rubio he’s in California for the week, attending a series of fundraisers. Yet as he pursues his national ambitions, Rubio is neglecting the job Floridians elected him to do....

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    NFL Mock Draft Monday: Jameis Winston? Marcus Mariota? Someone else?

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    Ring the alarm! Cheap boots.

    Big sale on boots at Zulily

    This morning we're thanking our stars that we live in Florida and not the northeast, which is buckling down for a mighty blizzard. (Bliz-zard [noun]: a severe snowstorm that goes on for a long time.)...

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