1. Paloma Mejia, 34, adds hops into the whirlpool while brewing Jai Alai IPA at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa. The local craft beer industry — still a heavily male-dominated field — is attracting more women to the profession.
  2. This photo collage (left to right) shows the Cuban sandwich on the menu at Dirty Laundry in St. Petersburg, the payphone where guests get a password and outdoor seating.
  3. Master Sommelier Andrew McNamara at Cru Cellars in Tampa.
  4. Stormy Daniels and Justin Loupe, stars of the Spooky Babe Show, visit Safety Harbor eatery and movie theater Gigglewaters in September.
  5. Cuban-themed beer Palma is photographed next to Cuban beer Cristal on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
  6. Oktoberfest celebrations start this week in the Tampa Bay area.
  7. The Afterholic Speakeasy's “Haunted Tavern” in Ybor City.
  8. The Hub in downtown Tampa is part of a photo exhibit featuring area dive bar bathrooms.
  9. West Tampa's Y. Pendas y Alvarez Cigar Factory, which the Boscaino family plans to restore into a winery and wine bar.
  10. Fermented Reality Biergarten sits in the middle of Sparkman Wharf on December 5, 2018 in Tampa.
  11. Kevin Lilly, 40, is the co-founder of Ride for Music and will be doing a 1,411 mile bike ride from Tampa Bay to Nashville for a charity event for band road crews.
  12. People check out Impulse on the dance floor at Skipper's Smokehouse in 2012. The venue, which opened in 1980 and closed in 2020, has officially reopened in Tampa.
  13. People check out Impulse on the dancefloor at Skipper's Smokehouse in 2012. The venue, which opened in 1980 and closed in 2020, has officially reopened in Tampa.
  14. A forklift passes through the warehouse at Pepin Distributing in Tampa in 2013. After 50 years in Florida, the beer distribution company has reached a deal to be sold to a Maryland private equity firm.
  15. Coors Light Champions Ice was brewed using ice shavings scraped up by Tampa Bay Lightning players during Game 1.
  16. Austin Valde of Gulfport, a worker for Sand Dunes Beach Services, sets up cabanas on Upham Beach in March 2020. You can get two lounge chairs and an umbrella or cabana for $25-$30 all day.
  17. Mee ae Wolney poses in front of her restaurant Anju in St. Petersburg where Korean-fried chicken wings are the speciality. Wolney said the price for chicken — and chicken wings in particular — has more than doubled since last year, forcing her to raise some of her prices at the restaurant. It's a familiar conundrum many restaurant owners are facing right now: raise their costs for customers or sweat the margin crunch.
  18. Patton Oswalt, shown in his Netflix special "Patton Oswalt: Annihilation," will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Dec. 30.
  19. Melody Maria launched Wine on Wheels in late 2018. The base of the business is a 1962 Airstream trailer.
  20. Chef Rick "Ricky P" Parsons serves up a Louisiana feast during his monthly crawfish boil at the Big Catch at Salt Creek In St. Petersburg. It's crawfish season and a number of Tampa Bay restaurants and chefs are celebrating the tradition with weekly boils.
  21. Big Storm Brewing Co.  plans to open an 11,000-square-foot taproom and restaurant in the Centro Ybor building by the end of the year.
  22. Chocolate and raspberries make French toast even more of a treat for Mother's Day. Here are 30 suggestions on where to find a no-cook meal for mom.
  23. 22 South, the new food hall inside the newly renovated historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg, opens April 30.
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