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  1. Restaurant review: Love Food Central in downtown St. Petersburg will please vegans and carnivores alike

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    It happened the way these things tend to happen. When Valerie Mantzoros was 20 she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. They said she would be in a wheelchair by the time she was 30. She went to a homeopath who suggested she try going dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free. She did, also cutting …

    The Hail Caesar salad with tempeh and avocado at Love Food Central includes local kale massaged with Caesar dressing and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts, house-made vegan Parmesan cheese and capers.
  2. Dining Planner: Florida Blueberry Festival, Seafood and Sweets, Taste of Ybor

    Food & Dining

    BERRY GOOD: FESTIVAL TIME

    Blueberry season is in full swing, with this year's Florida Blueberry Festival making it official. First, there's the festival kick-off event on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Saxon Manor. The Victorian Epicurean Tasting benefits the Brooksville Vision Foundation and offers …

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  3. Review: Animal Kingdom's new restaurant Tiffins offers fine dining inside the theme park

    Food & Dining

    One of the newest restaurants out at Walt Disney World is also one of its most high-end. And unlike other fancy options like California Grill in the Contemporary Resort, this one is located inside a theme park.

    Tiffins, a new restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom, celebrates the art of traveling and includes the adjoining Nomad Lounge with waterfront views with outdoor seating. Photo by Scott Watt, courtesy of Walt Disney World.
  4. Review: How to eat Korean barbecue at 66 Q-Pot Korean BBQ and Hot Pot (w/video)

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    PINELLAS PARK

    The first time I had Korean barbecue and hot pot it was in San Francisco in 1991. I bungled the whole thing robustly. I cooked things too long, made huge unwieldy burritos with lettuce leaves, used the wrong sauces on the different meats and generally looked like a bad Edward Scissorhands impression …

    Different meats, seafood and vegetables are grilled directly at the table at 66 Q-Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot in Pinellas Park. Each booth and table is inset with hot pot burners and a flattop grill. For maximum enjoyment and the ultimate communal experience, bring a small group of friends.
  5. Here's where to make Easter brunch reservations in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    EASTER EATS: Where to brunch, eggzactly?

    Loews Don CeSar Hotel
  6. Joint venture aims to grow to 20 Fresh Kitchen locations in Florida

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — It sounds like a perfectly healthy fit. The Ciccio Restaurant Group (the Lodge, Green Lemon, Daily Eats, etc.) and Covelli Family Limited Partnership (Covelli Enterprises has nearly 300 Panera Bread locations) announced Monday they have formed a joint venture partnership for the growth and expansion of the …

     L-R: Jeff Gigante, James Lanza and Luis Flores stand for a portrait inside of Ciccio's, formerly known as Ciccio and Tony's, on South Howard Avenue in this 2012 photo. 
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  7. Times food critic Laura Reiley's 'Farm to Fable' series is finalist for Pulitzer Prize

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    Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism Monday for work that included the series "Farm to Fable," which exposed false claims of food origins by many restaurants and farmers' markets.

  8. Restaurant review: This Tampa shop is rated No. 4 in the nation on Yelp, and lives up to the hype

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    TAMPA — AJ's Press is a tiny freestanding shack around the corner from the side entrance of Steinbrenner Field, its handful of tables made of repurposed doors and the counter constructed of packing pallet slats. It also happens to be the No. 4 highest-ranked restaurant on Yelp.

    In.

    The.

    Country.

    AJ's Press in Tampa is the No. 4 highest-ranked restaurant on Yelp in the country.
  9. Dining planner: Festa Italiana, Florida Loquat Festival, Pepper Fest

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    IM-PRESSED: Cuban Sandwich Festival wrapup

    Cuban sandwiches.
  10. Restaurant review: Blake's Crab Cakes offering a real taste of Maryland in St. Petersburg

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    I didn't know what I didn't know. My first gig for the Baltimore Sun was participating in the quarterly dining guide, schlepping out to Randallstown and Dundalk, Canton and Arbutus (that's an unfortunate town name, right?) to crown the best crab cakes. A cake's a cake, I thought. Ah, young …

    The jumbo lump crab cakes feature hunks of crab, smaller shreds of crab with a bit of moist filler and a hint of Old Bay.
  11. South Koreans, Cuban sandwiches and the Columbia restaurant in Tampa: A love story

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — Hyunmin Cho gazes down at the sandwich wedge in his hand. Ham on the bottom, then pork, salami, cheese, two pickles and yellow mustard, pressed hard between two La Segunda slices.

    Geunmin Kang, left, takes a photo while Hyunmin Cho looks around one of the Columbia Restaurant’s dining rooms. They opened a sandwich shop in Seoul a few years ago.
  12. Dining Planner: Crowning the king at the Cuban Sandwich smackdown

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    One Tasty weekend:

    CUBAN SANDWICH FESTIVAL

    Show your Tampa Bay fealty by attending the sixth annual Cuban Sandwich Festival at the Ybor campus of Hillsborough Community College, whereby a team of Cuban sandwich professionals will attempt to create the largest Cuban sandwich in the …

    A stack of sandwiches from the Floridian. The restaurant won the Tampa Historic category at the 2015 Cuban Sandwich Festival.
  13. Outback Steakhouse out, giant Bloody Marys and local food in at Tropicana Field

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays and Centerplate trotted out the Trop's new menu items on Monday and the big shock-and-awe food was a liquid refreshment.

    Some of the new glasses for the new Green Bench Brewing Co. beer seen during an event showcasing food that will be available during the upcoming baseball season at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday, March 27, 2017. The Home Opener for the Tampa Bay Rays is Sunday, April 2. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  14. Restaurant review: Sauces made from scratch bring a little something extra to Thai Legacy in Brandon

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    BRANDON

    You know how red or green or panang curries can taste fairly similar from Thai restaurant to Thai restaurant? There's a reason for that. Many perfectly reasonable and lovely places start with a commercial curry paste. Mae Ploy and Maesri are common brands at Asian groceries, and even regular supermarkets …

    Thai Legacy Restaurant in Brandon offers a variety of dishes, including these.
  15. Empire Oyster popup raises the raw bar in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Kevin Joseph stands behind the counter wearing farmer's overalls, his 1967 Chevy Sportvan 108 Deluxe "Shuck Truck" pulled up outside.

    Kevin Joseph imports his Empire Oyster bar to Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails in St. Petersburg four nights a week.