Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bars & Spirits

To drink fine bourbon on a budget, hunt Ďunicornsí

To drink fine bourbon on a budget, hunt Ďunicornsí

For more than year, I have chased unicorns.Iíve searched the Tampa Bay area. Iíve hunted in Baltimore, Denver, Detroit, Cleveland andLas Vegas. Iíve walked through dozens of doors, but I often strike out.Iím not chasing mythical creatures. My unicorn...
Published: 08/09/18
Restaurants closing and changing hands: Silas Dentís, Salty Rim Grill and more

Restaurants closing and changing hands: Silas Dentís, Salty Rim Grill and more

SILAS DENTíSAfter 39 years of business, Silas Dentís Steakhouse at 5501 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach has been sold to the owners of Caddyís on the Beach. It will be retrofitted and reopened as the boat-up Caddyís St. Pete.In 1978, Ted Stambaugh, Rob...
Published: 08/08/18
TeBella founder Abigail StClair talks tea facts you may not know

TeBella founder Abigail StClair talks tea facts you may not know

When Abigail StClair studied at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., she set her sights on preveterinary classes, specifically marine mammals. Why? Because it was the hardest curriculum. A postcollege stint as a whale trainer at the Mystic A...
Published: 08/08/18
Find your groove with jam

Find your groove with jam

It took me an embarrassing number of years to overcome my (unreasonable) paranoia about making jam that would somehow give my friends and family botulism. The nasty, if rare, illness ó which can lead to paralysis, death, etc. ó is caused by a toxin g...
Published: 08/08/18
Local craft beer of the week: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Cigar City Brewing

Local craft beer of the week: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Cigar City Brewing

This year, Tampaís Cigar City Brewing upgraded its range of canned offerings, retooling artwork and adding a couple of popular and previously limited brews, including Guayabera Citra Pale Ale. The meteoric rise in popularity of the Citra hop variety ...
Published: 08/09/18
Restaurant review: Alsace Bistro is doing a solid job bringing the foods of northeast France to Tierra Verde

Restaurant review: Alsace Bistro is doing a solid job bringing the foods of northeast France to Tierra Verde

TIERRA VERDEIt has always been a charming restaurant space, tucked at the back of the little shopping center adjacent to Billyís Stone Crab on the way to Fort De Soto Park. I reviewed it when it was the German Crepe House, and maybe again shortly aft...
Published: 08/06/18
Bar review: Fat Rabbit puts some hop into cocktails

Bar review: Fat Rabbit puts some hop into cocktails

Published: 08/06/18
Local craft beer of the week: Reel Slo Irish Red Ale, 81Bay Brewing Co.

Local craft beer of the week: Reel Slo Irish Red Ale, 81Bay Brewing Co.

You may notice a new name in the cooler this week, as another Tampa Bay brewery has launched a line of canned beers. The first canning run from Tampaís 81Bay Brewing Co. includes The Sun Viking IPA, Coffee Porter and Reel Slo Irish Red Ale. Reel Slo,...
Published: 08/02/18
Updated: 08/03/18
Five ideas for cooking with watermelon

Five ideas for cooking with watermelon

Watermelon has always felt indulgent to me: a staple of backyard Fourth of July celebrations, a respite from the summer heat. The last time I had it, I was sipping a watermelon-mint cooler in a Brooklyn cafe, trying to escape the sweltering air that ...
Published: 08/07/18
Grits make a compact cushion for spicy shrimp in this recipe

Grits make a compact cushion for spicy shrimp in this recipe

By Leah EskinGrit is grainy and annoying, as in: Whatís that grit on the countertop? Itís grating, as in: Scrubbing the countertop makes me grit my teeth. It honors pluck: That girlís got grit. Perhaps it could also pinpoint one speck of the breakfas...
Published: 08/07/18