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  1. Drink of the week: Mezcal margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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    Forget the bucket of cheap Coronas, lackluster tacos and giant margaritas this Cinco de Mayo. Try something completely different: mezcal.

    Mezcal cocktails, from left: Mezcal Marg, Strawberry Basil Mez Marg and Sand Pit Margarita.
  2. Bar review: Tampa finally has a bar-arcade in Lowry Parcade

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    It's hard to overestimate how culturally important video arcades were in the '80s and '90s. If you were a kid or young adult during this period, there's a very good chance that you spent a significant chunk of your free time dropping quarters into coin slots and furiously mashing buttons under the glow of an arcade …

    Tampa’s Lowry Parcade: Does it get any better than this? Vintage arcade games and fine brews are served up. NBA Jam? Frogger? Tron? Yes, yes and yes.
  3. Drink of the Week: Springtime Herbal Punch

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    Tampa Bay is in a weather sweet spot right now. All of April and the first half of May typically offer cool breezes and warm weather without the downbeat of Florida's unforgiving summer sun. It's the quiet lull after the spring breakers pass through, the perfect time for porch hangouts, beach trips and picnics.

    Wet your whistle with Springtime Herbal Punch, a refreshing twist on the classic mojito.
  4. The Brew Bus grows and changes, as does the bay area beer scene

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    Over the past few years, the most consistently asked question I've encountered — other than what's your favorite brewery? — has been about the possibility of a beer "bubble."

    The Beer Bus has brought Florida Avenue Brewery into its fold.
  5. Bar review: Make it about the beer at International Beer Garten in Lutz

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    I was chatting beer with an old friend who now lives in the Land O'Lakes area, and he mentioned that Lutz and Land O'Lakes were somewhat devoid of good beer bars. The only place close to him is the International Beer Garten, a beer bar established in 2008. A bay area beer bar that has been open for more than eight years …

    Despite its name, brews aren’t celebrated as they should be at IBG. 


Can you spy the famous Skipper's Smokehouse collectibles?

See if you can find the collectibles listed below behind the bar at the famous Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Use your scroll wheel or double-click to zoom into the picture. Click and drag to move the picture around. Once you find a collectible, click to see a larger version.

Here's what you need to find:

Buddy Guy portrait  |  Signature Drink  |  An Ode to Hippies  |  Pachinko  |  Man v. Food Photo  |  Pyramid-shaped "Blues Trophy"  |  A gift from their gator meat supplier


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