Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Café Mezze's grilling up Mediterranean cuisine

OLDSMAR — Café Mezze, a restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine, opened in Oldsmar in late June. It moved into the space formerly occupied by Chicago's Stuffed Pizza.

Open for lunch and dinner, Café Mezze offers a large variety of freshly made Mediterranean dishes.

The menu has cold and hot appetizers. Cold appetizers include babaganoush and eggplant with tomato sauce. Hot appetizers include falafel and sigara borek. Salads and soups, such as lentil, are available.

Main course dishes consist of seafood specialties, as well as grilled kebabs or kebabs served with yogurt. Diners can choose from kebabs made from lamb, chicken and beef.

"Everything is homemade," said Deniz Kayalar, co-owner.

Many of the dishes are vegetarian and gluten-free. The pita bread is freshly made in-house, as well as the desserts. The dessert menu offers a choice of baklava, almond pudding, rice pudding and kanefe. Wine and bottled beer is available.

There is a lunch special which includes a choice of an appetizer and an entree for $9.95, available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Café Mezze is located at 4013 Tampa Road. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Catering and takeout are available.

For more information, call (813) 510-4080, or visit cafemezze.com.

Flower co-op finds blooms in new spot

WESTCHASE — When Ann Brock relocated from Houston in 2015, she noticed the Westchase area lacked a flower shop.

Having previously owned a thriving floral shop business in Houston, she decided to start a flower co-op.

"I started selling flowers out of my house," said Brock, founder.

In April, she started her co-op with nine members, and that number quickly grew to 260.

Now that Brock's co-op has outgrown her home, she is teaming up with another local business, the Wood Team Realty. The Westchase Flower Co-op will have a pop-up shop inside the Wood Team's new Westchase office, which opened earlier this week.

The Westchase Flower Co-op will be open one day a week beginning Saturday.

"I'll have an open market where people can just come and buy flowers," said Brock. Also, flowers can be pre-ordered online, or in person at the pop-up shop.

The Wood Team Realty office is located in the Village Plaza at Westchase at 10714 Countryway Blvd. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call (813) 451-9761, or visit woodteamrealty.com.

The Westchase Flower Co-op pop-up shop is open during the summer 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, then after summer, it will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 813-575-0576, or visit westchaseflower coop.com.

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