Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Tampa's Toffee to Go gets swept up in Oprah Effect

Back in 2002 when Lisa Schalk started Toffee to Go in Tampa, she told friends, "I will be one of Oprah's Favorite Things." Eyebrow wagging all around. Sure, it's delicious toffee, but Oprah? And now it's right there on Page 89 of the December issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, which hit newsstands Wednesday with a gorgeous picture of one of Shalk's toffee "towers." Word is, Oprah's a dark chocolate fan, so it was probably the dark chocolate pecan version that clinched the deal. The Oprah crew deemed it "toffee at its most delectable," Schalk said Web business on Thursday was 15 to 20 times greater than the same time last year. Toffee to Go is at 3251 W Bay to Bay Blvd.; a small 2-pound tower costs $54 and a nearly 4-pound tower is $99.

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The best airports around the country for food and drink

The best airports around the country for food and drink

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Published: 04/25/18
Spring break, hurricane relief boosted Tampa Bay hotels in March

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Published: 04/20/18
Go retro this week at Artpool’s Gatsby Gala and the Antiquarian Book Fair

Go retro this week at Artpool’s Gatsby Gala and the Antiquarian Book Fair

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Published: 04/19/18
We critique the best and worst brands of sparkling water

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Published: 04/18/18
Updated: 04/20/18
5 things to do under $5: Taste of Science talks, free ‘Field of Dreams’ screening

5 things to do under $5: Taste of Science talks, free ‘Field of Dreams’ screening

1 Field of Dreams: Kick off baseball season with Tampa Bay Rays mascots and a movie that makes every baseball fan cry. Raymond and DJ Kitty will be at Tampa Theatre for photos and you can join in a Take Me Out to the Ballpark sing-along on the Mighty...
Published: 04/18/18
How much water do I need? Plus, other H20 facts

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Published: 04/18/18
Meet an artist while you shop Dunedin, a new makers market and USF’s plant festival

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Shop and Stroll: Dunedin's Second FridayTo call downtown Dunedin charming is an understatement. The shops and galleries offer such a wide range of unique items, it's great that they have a monthly event where they stay open later and have special hap...
Published: 04/12/18
5 things to do under $5: Showcase of community bands, Beer and Burger Throwdown, Eco Fest, Friday Concerts in the Park

5 things to do under $5: Showcase of community bands, Beer and Burger Throwdown, Eco Fest, Friday Concerts in the Park

1 Beer and Burger Throwdown: This dog-friendly festival in Safety Harbor on Saturday with free local craft brew samplings will have 40 burger options from local restaurants and food trucks. Includes live entertainment and music, a dog park, pet suppl...
Published: 04/12/18
Disco Dolls Studio debuts a fresh collection, Belle of the Ball gives prom dresses

Disco Dolls Studio debuts a fresh collection, Belle of the Ball gives prom dresses

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5 things to do under $5: Unhappy Hour, Springfest, Sunlit Festival

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1 Springfest Garden Art and Faerie Festival: Gulfport’s Clymer Park transforms adorably this weekend into a mystical "enchanted village," inhabited by roaming costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls, gypsies, wizards, minstrels and other ...
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