We have more meals worth stopping for
A new book slid into our mailbox last week: Meals Worth Stopping for in Florida by a duo calling themselves "The Gourmettes," Nancy Barber and Jane Bolding. It's a compendium of restaurants within 10 miles of the interstate. Kind of like Jane and Michael Stern's Road Food empire, only entirely Florida-centric.
We dug in with gusto, only to be bewildered. Pinellas County isn't mentioned at all, and the Tampa restaurant selections are quite random. Among them:
Arco Iris, a Cuban coffee shop that also, strangely, serves Chinese; Schiller's, a German deli; Fourth of July, a Cuban coffee shop; Bern's Steakhouse; El Taconazo, a burrito bus; Mel's, a hotdog joint; and Jerk Hut, Jamaican fast food, and a chain at that.
Sipping martinis with ghosts at the Vinoy
The historic Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg will be featured on the Sci-Fi Channel reality show Ghost Hunters at 9 tonight.
The episode stars several employees of the resort who explain on camera some of the mysterious "goings on" since the 1920s. Such as, did a baseball player from the Cincinnati Reds really wake up to see a man in vintage clothes standing over his bed? Did a housekeeper feel someone brush the hair off her neck? Did an associate actually hear footsteps in the Grand Ballroom while performing her security duties?
Locals are invited to visit the Vinoy during October and celebrate the debut of the episode with a Ghostini cocktail in the lobby's Promenade Lounge.
Help the Food Bank fill its shelves for needy
The Food Bank of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic needs donations. As the holidays approach and more people are struggling in a tough economy, the warehouse needs to be replenished.
The Food Bank is the gathering spot for donations from corporations, community groups and individuals. Some 60 organizations that help the needy rely on the Food Bank for food.
Among the items needed are canned food (tuna, ham, chicken, fruit, stew, soup), peanut butter and jelly (no glass jars), pasta, mac and cheese, juice, shelf-stable milk, rice and boxed cereals.
Food can be delivered to the back of the Food Bank, 863 Third Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Call (727) 821-6574 or get more information online at www.stpetersburgfreeclinic.org.
Football and food . . . they go together
Football fans and the folks who love to feed them will enjoy two recent cookbooks dedicated to the game.
Ray Lampe's The NFL Gameday Cookbook offers 150 recipes, complete with team-specific suggestions (for example, sweet potato bread with pecans and barbecue pit beans for Carolina Panthers fans). Included in the Lakeland author's book are two recipes by Marty Blitz of Mise en Place in Tampa. His recipes are for Asian Salmon Spread With Curried Apple Slaw and Sauteed Calamari in Yuzu Soy Glaze With Edamame. Football food? Okay.
John Madden and Faith Hill's NBC Sunday Night Football Cookbook organizes menus by conference and team.
Compiled from Times staff, wires