Monday, November 20, 2017

Dining

Up your pie game with these crust decorating tips

Up your pie game with these crust decorating tips

Something happened halfway through the second strip of pie crust I was braiding. A serene energy washed over me, calmness radiating to my flour-caked hands, to my feet sore from hours of standing in the same spot on the kitchen tile, to streaks of ra...
Published: 11/14/17
Joe Maddon brings ‘Thanksmas’ charitable feast back to Tampa Bay

Joe Maddon brings ‘Thanksmas’ charitable feast back to Tampa Bay

TAMPAIt has been three years since World Series-winning manager Joe Maddon left the Tampa Bay Rays. But he never really left Tampa Bay.Even as he guided the Chicago Cubs to a historic championship in 2016, Maddon remained a fixture in the bay area. H...
Published: 11/14/17
Restaurant review: NuMex needs to tell its story better to stand out among St. Petersburg’s taco scene

Restaurant review: NuMex needs to tell its story better to stand out among St. Petersburg’s taco scene

ST. PETERSBURGI seldom have been so perplexed about a new restaurant. The prospect of NuMex’s opening in the Grand Central District swirled more than a year ago and I watched the hip little building come together. The spelling of the name itself was ...
Published: 11/13/17
The secret to gluten-free pie crust? The folks at Craft Kafe offer cooking tips

The secret to gluten-free pie crust? The folks at Craft Kafe offer cooking tips

ST. PETERSBURG — They begin around 5 a.m. every day, pouring grains like brown rice, basmati and sorghum into a stone mill the size of a small table. It’s the base for a gluten-free flour blend that is crucial to Craft Kafe’s mission: to remain entir...
Published: 11/13/17
Taste test: Turkey gravy

Taste test: Turkey gravy

Years ago, our tasters sampled ready-made mashed potatoes along with prepared gravy from cans, jars or packets. From that day on, our judges have been buying heat-and-serve mashed potatoes, but making their own gravy. This week, we found four brands ...
Published: 11/13/17
Proper in downtown St. Pete to close as Park & Rec takes over its space

Proper in downtown St. Pete to close as Park & Rec takes over its space

ST. PETERSBURG — Next week, something almost unprecedented is happening in St. Petersburg’s restaurant scene.Park & Rec, the game-oriented concept from Stephen Schrutt’s Hunger + Thirst Restaurant Group, will expand Nov. 17 into a second building. It...
Published: 11/10/17
Bar review: From drinks to dining, it’s Clear Sky all the way

Bar review: From drinks to dining, it’s Clear Sky all the way

There are a couple of things to appreciate about the local Clear Sky restaurant chain. First, all of its locations open at 7 a.m. While that’s an hour that I typically reserve for deep sleep, it’s good to know that I could also use that t...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/11/17
Help name Big Storm’s new toffee chocolate stout, made with William Dean

Help name Big Storm’s new toffee chocolate stout, made with William Dean

Collaborations between brewers are not new. Nor are collaborations between brewers and distillers. Or beer brewers and coffee brewers. It makes sense: Use a barrel for one thing, then it in turn imparts interesting flavors to the next thing that’s ag...
Published: 11/09/17
Local craft beer of the week: Brett Singel Aged on Plums, Crooked Thumb Brewing

Local craft beer of the week: Brett Singel Aged on Plums, Crooked Thumb Brewing

It’s been nearly a year since the first bottle release from Safety Harbor’s Crooked Thumb Brewing. Two brews were released at that event, both from the brewery’s Abbey of the South series, a line of brews inspired by the iconic styles traditionally b...
Published: 11/09/17
Local mixologists tackle Drambuie, a whiskey with ties to Bonnie Prince Charlie and Prohibition

Local mixologists tackle Drambuie, a whiskey with ties to Bonnie Prince Charlie and Prohibition

ST. PETERSBURGIn July 1746, John MacKinnon helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. In thanks, the prince gave MacKinnon the secret recipe to his personal liqueur, a recipe that many years later would come to be known as...
Updated: 2 hours ago