Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dining

Food news: Byblos reopens in South Tampa, Arab food festival this weekend

Food news: Byblos reopens in South Tampa, Arab food festival this weekend

REOPENING: BYBLOSYou know that hour before people show up for a dinner party where you think, "Holy smokes, I’ll never be ready in time. What was I thinking?" Nearly every restaurant opening, or reopening, is like that. I scooted by Byblos, a long-st...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/08/17
Essential drinks every cocktail lover should know how to make at home

Essential drinks every cocktail lover should know how to make at home

By M. Carrie AllanSince the beginning of the craft cocktail renaissance, we’ve been gifted (and occasionally cursed) with a massive creative explosion of new drinks. Good drinks, bad drinks, a few great drinks. New classics that spread around the glo...
Published: 12/06/17
My holiday tradition: Making a whole bunch of beef Wellington

My holiday tradition: Making a whole bunch of beef Wellington

For the past 20 years, my family has looked forward to a boat parade party hosted by some of our dearest friends. The hostess provides cocktails, appetizers, dinner, desserts and a trombone choir to perform from a balcony overlooking her pool. My fav...
Published: 12/06/17
Tampa Bay Times readers share their treasured holiday food traditions

Tampa Bay Times readers share their treasured holiday food traditions

When we opened this year’s call for reader submissions to any treasured holiday food tradition, I had no idea what to expect. That was kind of the point. I wanted to see what such a wide gamut would inspire. And you delivered. The stories that reader...
Published: 12/06/17
Five ideas for slow cooker meals, from curries to cake

Five ideas for slow cooker meals, from curries to cake

Listen up. I know you and the slow cooker may have a tortured relationship. You chop, you season, you set the timer, hoping that a sultry, bubbling dish will greet you in 4 to 8 hours. What really happens is often more dry, more bland, more meh than ...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17
From the food editor: A weeknight dinner pork chop recipe perfect for this time of year

From the food editor: A weeknight dinner pork chop recipe perfect for this time of year

It was one of those divine cooking evenings. I didn’t have a plan for dinner, but I did miraculously have a number of ingredients on hand that work really well together: pork chops, sweet potatoes, apple cider leftover from a Thanksgiving gathering, ...
Published: 12/05/17
St. Petersburg gets its own Mini Doughnut Factory

St. Petersburg gets its own Mini Doughnut Factory

The Mini Doughnut Factory has gone uptown.That’s St. Petersburg’s Historic Uptown neighborhood, where the second location of the Tampa-based chain opened Monday. The original, at 2109 S Dale Mabry Highway, was opened in 2015 by Patrick and Zezura Rud...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/08/17
We tried pickle-flavored candy canes (w/video)

We tried pickle-flavored candy canes (w/video)

It is a bright December morning, and I am trying pickle-flavored candy canes. I eye the ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, water, citric acid, artificial dill flavor, FD&C Yellow, FD&C Blue 1. All very upstanding. All very appropriate for a classic holi...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/07/17
These Tampa Bay restaurants took honors in the Golden Spoon Awards

These Tampa Bay restaurants took honors in the Golden Spoon Awards

Florida Trend’s annual Golden Spoon awards were announced last week, honoring Florida’s best restaurants. Although Florida Trend serves the state’s business community, the Golden Spoons are a valuable consumer tool. Because Florida restaurants seldom...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17
McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Tenders were a critical hit, so they had to stop selling them

McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Tenders were a critical hit, so they had to stop selling them

It's no secret that McDonald's has for years been working to transform its image to compete with the rise of fast casual restaurants people associate with more wholesome ingredients.  To that end, the restaurant recently introduced new Buttermilk Cr...
Published: 12/04/17