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For Father's Day, pamper pops at the spa, with brunch and more

For Father's Day, pamper pops at the spa, with brunch and more

Impossibility: tallying up the number of times I've scurried through Target at the last minute and gifted my dad a box of Titleist golf balls and whatever generally useless but mildly intriguing s …


  1. Review: Gulfport's Habana Cafe a Cuban staple after 20 years

    Food & Dining


    Mike McNally started working in the kitchen as a dishwasher when he was 17. He's 37 now and the head cook. Pokey Wynn and Martie Sanchez have been cooking and expediting in the kitchen for 16 years each. Sara Fernandez has been handling the dining room for not quite that long. The mural by Gulfport …

    An appetizer of lechon asado, slow-simmered pulled pork with onions, is served with toasted Cuban bread and a glass of white sangria at Habana Cafe in Gulfport.
  2. A son and daughter send a Father's Day message of love to the late Terry Tomalin


    Dear Dad,

    Kai Tomalin, 16, left, and Nia Tomalin, 13, stand near a live oak tree on Friday (6/17/17) which they planted last year at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, a 245-acre protected area in St. Petersburg, in memory of their father, Terry Tomalin, outdoors editor at the Tampa Bay Times (picture, center), who died suddenly one year ago after suffering a heart attack. He was 55. Tomalin had been at the North Shore Aquatic Center in St. Petersburg with Kai; the two were taking a life guarding test together. He collapsed and never regained consciousness. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times)
  3. My dad makes a great travel companion


    Prost! Mi scusi! Hola!

    Dad pauses before enjoying lunch on one of our cruises. We’ve taken roughly half a dozen of them together.
  4. Need a quick food idea for Father's Day? We've got you covered.

    Food & Dining

    Dad's Day: The expected and unexpected

    A long bone cowboy ribeye steak at Council Oak at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Tampa.
  5. Get ready for Father's Day with some A-plus Dad Jokes


    Cue the loving groans.

    Our star this week is Tig Notaro, the comedian known for her "bone-dry, low-key observations," as Christopher Spata writes. She performs at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. In a different Straz theater on the same night, Jim Jefferies cracks his brand of …

    Jim Gaffigan and his family attend the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them world premiere at Lincoln Center in New York last year. [Getty Images]
  6. Where Dad gets free admission and food plus more events for Father's Day


    Skip getting another tie or bucket of golf balls for Dad. Here are some places around town offering ways to spend time together.

    The Tampa Bay History Center is among the places offereing free admission for dads. [Times files]
  7. Dunedin Fine Art Center is celebrating textile arts and quilts with these shows

    Visual Arts

    Tasteful Textiles: Quilts and Textiles in Dunedin

    Gretchen Brooks’ quilt is part of the “Growth” exhibition, one of a quartet of textile shows at Dunedin Fine Art Center.
  8. Notable: Books for dear Dad



    Dear Dad

    For Father's Day, one of these books about famous men might make a great gift.

  9. Trouble getting sake in Florida? Law could soon change for the better

    Bars & Spirits

    Kanpai! • If Gov. Rick Scott signs off on the legislation, starting July 1 sake can be sold by any retailer or restaurant licensed to sell wine. • Sushi is more popular than ever, ditto ramen, yakitori and a host of other formerly exotic Japanese foods. Yet fans of sake, the famed Japanese rice wine and the …

    Noble Rice in Tampa serves a selection of Japanese sake, which is made from fermented rice. Current Florida law defines wine as made only from grapes, berries or other fruit.
  10. Restaurant review: Food needs to catch up to appealing bar program and decor at Oldsmar's Suegra Tequila Cantina

    Food & Dining


    In the Tampa Bay area we've had a fairly hefty influx of upscale, ambitious Mexican restaurants — O Cocina, Besito, Bartaco, Miguelito's, Red Mesa's growing empire. But it was some months back when I heard Boston celebrity chef Todd Hall was teaming up with City Fish Grill owners Craig and Matt Vario …

    Authentic barbacoa and lobster tamales are also on the menu, which contains plenty of good concepts.