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What’s happening in food: Sushi Battle, plus festivals for french fries, chocolate, craft beer and tacos

This weekend is all about food festivals. Two words: elastic waistband.


Sallie Ann Robinson, the Gullah Diva, comes to St. Petersburg to cook at the Tampa Bay Collard Greens Festival

Robinson, who has written a couple cookbooks, heads to St. Pete to teach us a thing or two about...

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesCollard greens, bread pudding, turkey wings and yellow rice, prepared by Sallie Ann Robinson, The Gullah Diva, on February 3, 2019, in Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.

Restaurant review: Lucky Dill in South Tampa brings a classic (and huge) New York deli to a neighborhood that has lacked one

The new Lucky Dill on Boy Scout Boulevard has been three years in the making.

SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
The Empire State Stacker sandwich at the Lucky Dill is made with corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, Swiss and provolone cheeses, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Russian dressing and served on marble rye bread.



Weekend concert picks: Fleetwood Mac, Herbie Hancock, Dawes and more

Plus get details on Whigfest, the Zombies, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Copeland and other...

Fleetwood Mac, now featuring Neil Finn and Mike Campbell, will perform at Amalie Arena on Feb. 18. (Photo by PMK BNC)

This week on stage: Sarah Brightman, Bert Kreischer, Jo Koy, Marlon Wayans and more

Plus: The Florida Orchestra performs ‘The Planets,’ ‘The Odd Couple’...

Sarah Brightman will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Feb. 19. (Photo by Simon Fowler)

5 unusual date ideas in Tampa Bay

From restaurant-hopping at the airport to a scavenger hunt on the beach, try a new romantic idea.

Bartender Rikki Nestle works on charbroiled oysters at Ulele Bar inside Tampa International Airport's Airside C terminal Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Tampa. CHRIS URSO | Times

Where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Tampa Bay

Feb. 14 is the second-busiest restaurant day of the year. What were you thinking? There still may...

The Pearl in Treasure Island is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu that includes lobster bisque, a tuna martini and entrees like huge Maine lobster tails. (Times file, 2010)



Top things to do this week: Say huzzah to Renaissance Fest, cheap ‘Hamilton’ tickets

The Bay Area Renaissance Fest returns, it’s the second week of the Florida State Fair and...

There’s plenty to do, see and eat at the Florida State Fair, which is in full swing. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)

5 things to do under $5 Feb. 14-20

USF Engineering Expo for kids, free movies on the lawn, classic cars at Cruisin’ at the Cap...

In “Coco,” Miguel’s love of music ultimately leads him to the Land of the Dead, where he teams up with charming trickster Hector. (Walt Disney Pictures-Pixar Animation Studios)

Where to shop this weekend: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, doll and bear shows

Don’t get your valentine a tired drugstore gift. We have ideas.



Theme parks deals spring up at Universal, Disney, Busch Gardens and Aquatica

A number of buy one, get one free options have surfaced for Florida residents during this slow time...

Busch Gardens is running a deal right now for a free Adventure Island water park pass with the purchase of a $104.99 Fun Card. The park’s Cheetah Hunt coaster launches riders from zero to 60 mph in a matter of seconds, three different times during the ride. 
AP Photo/Busch Gardens Tampa (2012)
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