By now, Tampa Bay is well-established as a craft beer hotbed. And it's got a respectable cocktail scene, too. So why not combine the two? Yeah, yeah, beer and liquor snobs may scoff (or gag) …
Beach bars are a dime a dozen here in Tampa Bay. Tiki bars? Totally different story. There is a difference, too. Here in Florida, beach bars are all about flip-flops, mojitos and Margaritav …
Two years ago, I introduced tbt*'s annual Ultimate Bar Guide with a simple question: Why do we drink?
Molecular gastronomy: A movement borne of kids who refused to choose between an Easy Bake Oven or a chemistry set. When I first heard about The Aviary in Chicago, I knew that this avant-garde approach to cooking would inevitably find a comfortable niche in the cocktail world.
It was another slow day at the office — the sun engaged in heated battle with the drawn vertical blinds, the desk fan shifting the temperature just barely back into the double-digits. The coffee in the pot was stale, which meant it was time to crack open the office bourbon, located in the filing cabinet under "B" …
Everyone loves bar games, but let's face it: There's not a lot a variety out there.
That is, until you look for it.
Two of the most buzzed-about, trash-tastic, guilty-pleasure movies of the past 14 months were filmed right here in Tampa Bay: Magic Mike and Spring Breakers. And wouldn't you know it — during filming, Channing Tatum, Selena Gomez, Matthew McConaughey and James Franco hit a few local watering holes. …
In the craft beer game, there's no room for snobbery.
Believe it or not, most beers used to be sour. It wasn't until modern refrigeration and pasteurization that tastes shifted toward the clean, consistent flavors that we associate with beers today.
The cookbook is dead.
At least that's what plenty of folks have been saying in recent years about the long-loved and well-worn collection of recipes between two covers. The Internet in general and the explosion of food blogs specifically are fueling that demise.
.TITLE: Giada's Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets by Giada De Laurentiis (Clarkson Potter, $32.50, 256 pages)
Mon | Meatless meal
White Bean and Fennel Soup is a simply delicious meal to start the week — and very filling. To make the soup, saute 1 diced onion and 1 small sliced fennel bulb in oil until tender. Add 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth, 1 (14-ounce) can each drained cannellini beans …
BOOK: In her second novel, The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri introduces the reader to Subhash and Udayan Mitra, brothers born in Calcutta 15 months apart, who display drastically different personalities. Subhash, the timid firstborn, obeys his parents and cares very much about their wishes. Udayan boldly challenges …
The 2011 Bonterra Zinfandel from California's Mendocino County is a new release that is just beginning to trickle in to Tampa Bay retailers, and it is worth keeping an eye out for its imminent arrival. Expect to pay about $13 for this lovely zin from one of our favorite organic vineyards.