This is one of those weeks where I feel really thankful for this job, one that forces me to remain up to date on Tampa Bay's constantly changing food and drink scene.
After reading Laura Reiley's story on the burgeoning Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, I also feel thankful to work and live near this downtown, where food is at the forefront of a cool cultural shift.
Laura takes us on a walk from the 600 block to the 900 block of Central Avenue, exploring the new or upcoming cafes, coffee shops and other craft food joints along the way. The stroll sounds like the makings of a perfect fall afternoon, and one I'm marking on my calendar right now.
This week's #CookClub recipe is an homage to what may be a Central Avenue trend: grilled cheese. Opening soon at 685 Central is Central Melt, an artisanal restaurant based around the melty sandwich. This recipe calls for two different cheeses, Gorgonzola and goat, that might not make it into your traditional grilled cheese. Pear slices and crushed hazelnuts push this sammy over the top.
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