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  1. Dining planner: Chocolates and other sweet temptations for Valentine's Day

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    Finding sweets for your sweetheart

    For Valentine’s weekend, sweets for your sweetheart are a must.
  2. Chipotle stores to open later today due to meeting about food safety scares

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    NEW YORK — Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. are opening later than usual today so workers can attend a meeting about the chain's recent food safety scares.

    Chipotle restaurants will open at 3 p.m. today in their local time zones, instead of the usual 11 a.m. so so workers can attend a meeting about the chain's recent food safety scares. [AP photo]
  3. Here is where you should make reservations for Valentine's Day in Tampa Bay

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    Now is the time to shore up your Valentine's Day plans.

    A dessert at Piquant  in Tampa. [Photo by CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  4. Bern's Winefest tickets go on sale Saturday, and you better not dawdle

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    Tickets for the always in demand Bern's Winefest go on sale Saturday, and those in the know will have their browsers queued up that morning.

    One of the biggest draws is the week-ending the grand tasting event at Haven featuring 200 wines.
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  5. Dining planner: Head into Mardi Gras with these Tampa Bay Cajun favorites

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    Let the good times roll: Mardi Gras

    Ricky P’s Orleans Bistro in downtown St. Petersburg will kick off its Mardi Gras party weekend on Friday.
  6. Restaurant review: New Boca Kitchen Bar Market is a hip, locally sourced treasure in Brandon-Riverview area

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    When Boca Kitchen Bar Market debuted in South Tampa at the beginning of 2012 there wasn't much like it in these parts. A joint project of Gordon Davis and Kevin Enderle, it sourced veggies from Davis' Lake Hiawatha Farm in Odessa, pork from Nature Delivered in Brooksville, chicken and duck eggs from Lake …

    Fried green tomatoes topped with pimiento cheese, tomato jam and bacon are served at Boca Kitchen Bar Market in Riverview.
  7. Dining planner: Outstanding in the Field, Forks and Corks in Sarasota and learning from a master

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    At the first Outstanding in the Field dinner I went to, there was a 30-pound jackfruit, spiky and menacing like the pods in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, perched center stage under a gazebo. We assembled at long tables and passed platters heaped with homemade …

    Joann Beasley carries an armload of fresh-cut collard greens at Beasley Farm in Brooksville.
  8. More than 40 new Tampa Bay restaurants opening in spring 2016

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    Fasten your seat belts and ready the MasterCard. The Tampa Bay area is poised for a serious avalanche of notable new restaurants this spring. Already 2016 is heating up with fresh concepts that bring novelty to area tables (in St. Petersburg, the Lure on Central Avenue is making grasshopper tacos, and I'm hearing Joli …

    Richard Gonzmart, whose restaurants include the Columbia and Ulele, is resurrecting the fabled Goody Goody brand, long known for its pies and bags of hamburgers, in Tampa.
  9. Restaurant review: Pericos in north St. Petersburg needs some work

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    In the bar area is a row of saddles — tooled leather fenders, fleece-lined cantles, fringy horse tails behind and tall pommels in front — that serves as a metaphor. Although cool-looking, they go largely unused as bar stools because they are too far from the bar for easy beverage …

    Pericos, 8901 Fourth Street N, Friday, January 22, 2016. The owner has had a sprawling restaurant in Cancun for more than 30 years and decided to take his concept stateside.
  10. Preview: Laura Reiley's annual list of Tampa Bay's top 50 restaurants debuts Thursday

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    Every year since 2007, Times food critic Laura Reiley has chosen the best restaurants in Tampa Bay. One year, it was the 25 best place to grab a meal under $25. In

  11. Dining Planner: Peking Duck Day, Evolution Beer Dinner and a slew of cooking classes

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    Monday is National Peking Duck Day. Who knew?
  12. The Lure opens on Central Avenue with pool tables, sushi and … grasshoppers?

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Downtown St. Petersburg is poised to welcome another big handful of restaurants and food businesses. But let's wager that only one of them will be selling this: grasshoppers.

    Orange maple dijon marinated petite filet mignon with garlic basil mashed potatoes and maple bacon black-eyed peas at the Lure. [LARA CERRI | Times] 
  13. Restaurant review: Osaka Sushi & Thai's stellar sushi draws crowds to Seminole

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    The text said, "Two hour wait for sushi in Seminole!" It was from Taster's Choice columnist Kathy Saunders. It must have been a fluke, I thought. In Seminole? But the woman speaks truth. A longtime favorite Pinellas County sushi spot called Osaka closed last year in Madeira Beach, reopening Oct. 14 in …

    Osaka, which formerly was located in Madeira Beach and closed last year, opened in October in an attractive, hip — and sprawling — space on Park Boulevard in Seminole.
  14. Dining Planner: New pizza and burger joints, a home brew competition, TooJay's lightens up

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    Extreme Pizza, a California-based franchise, is set to enter the Florida market, opening its first location at Coral Landings on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor next week. With the tagline "Extreme. Not Mainstream," this is for pizza enthusiasts who want to push their …

    Extreme Pizza opens in Palm Harbor next week, with a second location opening in Clearwater Beach in February. These are the first of the chain in Florida.
  15. Japanese sushi chain pays $117,000 for a tuna. Yes, one tuna. (w/video)

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    TOKYO — If you thought your last sushi bill was expensive, check this out. Sushi Zanmai, a Japanese restaurant chain, just paid $117,000 for a 441-pound bluefin tuna. Yes, you read that right. That's $265 per pound.

    Kiyoshi Kimura, second from left, president of Kiyomura Co., poses with a bluefin tuna at his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on Tuesday. Earlier on Tuesday, the huge, glistening tuna was auctioned for about 14 million Japanese yen ($117,000) at the 80-year-old Tsukiji market. [Associated Press]