Michelle Stark, Food Editor

Michelle Stark

Food Editor

My reputation is Lady With Snacks in Her Purse at All Times. I’m constantly thinking about my next meal, sometimes while eating my current meal. So it’s fitting that I became the Tampa Bay Times food editor in 2015, taking on the role of sharing culinary joy with you through recipes and stories about our community. I cook almost daily, mostly simple dinners and lots of carbs (I’ve mastered homemade pizza dough) -- all of it from scratch. I grew up in Florida, graduating from the University of South Florida in 2010 and joining the Times that same year. I own far too many pairs of boots for someone who has never lived in a state with seasons.

20 things we learned about ‘Vanderpump Rules’ from Jax Taylor and Lala Kent’s visit to Tampa

From left, Randall Emmett, Lala Kent and Jax Taylor in Tampa. [Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food and lifestyle editor]
Cast members from Bravo’s show spoke on a reality TV panel at the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Use grapefruit in this avocado-goat cheese salad, and in these other recipes

Grapefruit, avocado and pistachio salad. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food and lifestyle editor.
This citrus fruit is plentiful right now.

10 things you can buy for less than a one-day ticket to Walt Disney World

Not one but two Dumbo rides plus an interactive queue are in Storybook Circus, a revamped area adjacent to the New Fantasyland.
The theme park raised its prices again this week.

Five bars within walking distance of Amalie Arena

Amalie Arena in Tampa.  [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
Grab a drink at one of these spots before or after a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game.

Restaurant openings and closings in Tampa Bay: Brass Bowl, Oak and Ola, more

Oak and Ola, the second full-service restaurant at Armature Works, opened in March 2019.
A couple new spots have opened.