Monday, December 11, 2017

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Review: Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

Review: Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

I gave Amazon.com a key to go into my house and drop off packages when I’m not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least-troubling part of the experience.Once Amazon owned my door, I was the one locked into an all-...
Published: 12/08/17
Chabad Jewish Center plans Hanukkah festivities for Winthrop

Chabad Jewish Center plans Hanukkah festivities for Winthrop

RIVERVIEW — Chabad of Brandon and South Shore presents a family Hanukkah Festival at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (Dec 12) at the Winthrop Town Center, 11109 Winthrop Market St.AS in the past 10 years, the Chabad Jewish Discovery Center kicks off the holiday on...
Published: 12/07/17
Updated: 12/08/17
Bar review: Bru Florida Growler Bar in Odessa

Bar review: Bru Florida Growler Bar in Odessa

I’m a sucker for a small concept done well. A cozy hole-in-the-wall cocktail bar with a super-concise drink list. A rustic beer bar that only serves farmhouse brews. A region-specific wine bar with a matching food menu. Here’s a new one ...
Published: 12/07/17
Updated: 12/08/17
Former Burrito Bros. site to become Florida's first Taco Bell cantina

Former Burrito Bros. site to become Florida's first Taco Bell cantina

Some might call this adding insult to injury. Others will likely be pumped about the prospect of drinking beer at a Taco Bell. The space on Gainesville's University Avenue that for decades housed the beloved, late-night University of Florida munchie...
Published: 12/07/17
Local craft beer of the week: Ringmaster Raspberry Berliner Weisse, Big Top Brewing

Local craft beer of the week: Ringmaster Raspberry Berliner Weisse, Big Top Brewing

There’s little question about it: Tampa Bay is an attention hog when it comes to Florida craft beer. It makes sense, with the density and quality of beers coming from the area, but it’s easy to forget that there are breweries just south of the Sunshi...
Published: 12/07/17

"Star Wars" artist Doug Chiang talks about bringing the galaxy to life

ST. PETERSBURG — When artist Doug Chiang approached the task of re-creating C-3PO for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he looked at the droid as if he was taking apart a car."I basically broke him down to his chassis to figure out the mechani...
Published: 12/07/17
In Sitka, Alaska, food doesn’t get more natural than this, or cheaper

In Sitka, Alaska, food doesn’t get more natural than this, or cheaper

SITKA, AlaskaA hefty brass bell hangs from a rafter in the middle of the Pioneer Bar. The P Bar, as everyone calls this down-home dive on Baranof Island about 90 miles southwest of Juneau, is a smokey haven for locals and fishermen. And it could be w...
Published: 12/07/17
Exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage with the adventure, expense of a cruise

Exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage with the adventure, expense of a cruise

JUNEAU, AlaskaNaturalist John Muir didn’t have Patagonia waterproof Yulex gloves Amazon Primed to him. He did not have Gore-Tex or special wicking fabrics. His socks were probably wet the whole time.These were my thoughts as I looked up from a cabin ...
Published: 12/07/17
What’s on stage this week: Florida Orchestra happy hour concerts are back, Book of Mormon lottery

What’s on stage this week: Florida Orchestra happy hour concerts are back, Book of Mormon lottery

BACK ON TAP: HAPPY HOUR CONCERTSWith an opening year on the books, it looks like Happy Hour Concerts are here to stay. The Florida Orchestra figured last year it was time to create a user-friendly atmosphere geared to 9-to-5 commuters who could use t...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/08/17
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