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WINNER, IN THIS CASE, IS THE TASTER

A crab cake battle royale broke out Tuesday at the Taste of Clearwater.

Watercolour Steakhouse, Sand Pearl Resort's Caretta on the Gulf and the Salt Rock Grill all offered unique interpretations on the Maryland delicacy, and all came away winners.

Salt Rock earned the judge's choice as best entree. Caretta picked up a nod for pairing the crab cake with buffalo oysters, and Watercolour's crab cakes earned the people's choice. But the biggest winner? Me. I got to be a judge. ...

Jane Castor, who will become Tampa's new police chief at the end of the month, assumes the job with a wealth of experience and a stellar community reputation. She's also a woman, and some day we'll reach the point when that fact won't lead stories....

Glad to read in the Times that an El Nino is sparing us from a severe hurricane season. But that situation is like a guy pitching a no-hitter in baseball. Don't say anything until the final out....

Seen on a T-shirt: Consciousness - That Annoying Time Between Naps....

Check out Friday night's Monkey Bash at Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor City from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit ALS and the Serena Spain Memorial Scholarship Fund. Local band Punch Drunk headlines, and I might join them for a song....

Reading the paper, going to brunch - shopping for shoes. They're all easy like a Sunday morning, or at least this Sunday when the High Power in High Heels takes place at Nordstrom's from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The women in networking/shoe shopping event, now in its third year, benefits Dress For Success. Go to www.highpowerinhighheels.com for tickets....

That's all I'm saying.

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