Monday, August 20, 2018

Bars & Spirits

Bar review: A trip to Saigon Blonde in St. Petersburg is an immersive experience

Bar review: A trip to Saigon Blonde in St. Petersburg is an immersive experience

The space at 265 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg has always seemed out of place. Surrounded by a cigar lounge, restaurants and cocktail bars, its most recent dance-club incarnations never quite meshed with the block’s entertainment scene. So ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
New restaurants: Saigon Blonde inspired by ’60s-era Vietnam, boozy ice cream at Beans & Barlour

New restaurants: Saigon Blonde inspired by ’60s-era Vietnam, boozy ice cream at Beans & Barlour

NOW OPEN: SAIGON BLONDE Inspired by the dark tropical intensity of ’60s-era Vietnam, St. Pete local Peri Bandazian has transformed the former Lux space at 265 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg into an immersive bar experience. Her design incorpor...
Published: 07/25/18
Updated: 08/20/18
Restaurant review: Haveli Indian Kitchen brings a solid, well-priced Indian buffet to Carrollwood

Restaurant review: Haveli Indian Kitchen brings a solid, well-priced Indian buffet to Carrollwood

CARROLLWOODI was curious. I looked up "haveli." It’s an Indian word that means mansion, usually one with historical and architectural significance. Huh. That doesn’t exactly describe the building in a shopping center off Dale Mabry Highway in which H...
Published: 08/20/18
South Tampa’s Village Inn features a family affair

South Tampa’s Village Inn features a family affair

How Emma Walker spent her summer vacation:Visited Chicago.Gymnastics.Went to the beach.And, by taking a summer job as a hostess at the Village Inn at 215 N Dale Mabry Highway, carried on a decades-long family tradition."I just wanted to make money," ...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/19/18
Taste test: hazelnut coffee pods

Taste test: hazelnut coffee pods

While I was enjoying a croissant at a local French cafe this summer, a family from Wales walked in and asked for a strong cup of coffee. Luckily, the bakery sold a bold, locally roasted blend that hit the mark. They reminded me of the coffee drinkers...
Published: 08/20/18
Tampa gets its own Bodega in Seminole Heights

Tampa gets its own Bodega in Seminole Heights

St. Petersburg eatery Bodega has built a reputation for its Latin street food and now the fast-casual concept has expanded to a second location in Seminole Heights.Its name Bodega, which means grocery in Spanish, represents the owners, George and Deb...
Published: 08/16/18
Dining events: Bolts Brew Fest, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Dining events: Bolts Brew Fest, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

BOLTS: BREW FESTI was going to list all the craft brewers whose wares will be on offer at 7 p.m. Friday at this year’s Bolts Brew Fest, a Tampa Bay Lightning benefit for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. But with 50 local breweries alone, and another ...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Bar review: Two Frogs Brewing jumps into Tarpon Springs

Bar review: Two Frogs Brewing jumps into Tarpon Springs

Slowly but surely, Tarpon Springs is becoming a bonafide craft-beer town, with taprooms open both downtown and at the sponge docks, as well as three unique breweries to call its own. Saint Somewhere Brewery, built into a retrofitted early 20th centur...
Published: 08/16/18
Local Craft Beer of the Week: The Falcon Brett IPA, Flying Boat Brewing Co.

Local Craft Beer of the Week: The Falcon Brett IPA, Flying Boat Brewing Co.

Just in time for its first anniversary on Saturday, St. Pete’s Flying Boat Brewing Co. has tapped a beer that pushes the envelope by combining two trends — New England-style IPA and Brett IPA — into one unique brew: The Falcon IPA.By now, you probabl...
Published: 08/16/18
Amalie Arena tries to lure millenials to its Firestick Grill

Amalie Arena tries to lure millenials to its Firestick Grill

TAMPA — How to attract the cool kids? This is the mantra for so many restaurants these days: That huge generation of millennials eats differently, thinks differently and spends differently than their parents. So how do you reel them in and make them ...
Published: 08/14/18