1. Octopus has surged in popularity in recent years and can now be found on menus all over the Tampa Bay area, including a version shown above, served at Fado, a new Portuguese restaurant in St. Petersburg.
  2. Fado, a new restaurant in St. Petersburg, serves traditional Portuguese fare like this polvo a lagareiro, a broiled octopus dish served with olive oil-drizzled vegetables and potatoes.
  3. Taco Bus founder Rene Valenzuela poses for a portrait at his taco truck Rene's Mexican Kitchen in Tampa.
  4. 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.
  5. This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year.
  6. Lingr, the highly anticipated new restaurant from chef Jeffrey Jew, will open for breakfast and lunch in mid-May at 400 Sixth St. S in St. Petersburg.
  7. Cabbage and chive dumplings are served at CORE, a vegan bistro and market in Safety Harbor.
  8. Tampaville Hot Chick'n burgers are served at 3 Dot Dash in Seminole Heights in Tampa. The restaurant, which specializes in vegan comfort food like chicken sandwiches and burgers, is helping to redefine the vegan scene in Tampa Bay.
  9. Downtown takeout restaurant Nojaks has temporarily closed. The owners will open Supernatural Food & Wine, a sandwich and natural wine shop, later this month.
  10. The Brussels Sprout Melt at Pickford's Counter in Tampa features Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions and a choice of Swiss or vegan cheese on toasted bread.
  11. The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival has returned for its sixth year, with COVID-19 protocols in place such as masks, temperature checks and advanced reservations required. The festival opens at noon Fridays through Sundays through April 25.
  12. Salmon With Creamy Mustard Sauce makes for a quick dinner with a French-inspired sauce, an easy and elegant dinner if you are abstaining from meat during the Lenten season.
  13. Chettinad chicken is served with fresh shredded coconut and aromatic spices along with basmati rice and garlic naan at Discovery Indian Cuisine in Palm Harbor.
  14. A rack of ribs from Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que.
  15. The Instant Pot Duo Nova model
  16. Thai curry puffs are served with a cucumber salad at Patti's Kitchen, a new Thai restaurant in Pinellas Park.
  17. Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival was canceled because of the park's closure due to coronavirus. This topiary of Remy has been reused for Taste of Epcot.
  18. Richard Gonzmart put up this 1,800-pound bronze sculpture of a Native American princess outside his Ulele restaurant in December 2017. More than a year later, he removed it after Tampa said it was on city property. On Wednesday, the statue is coming back, but closer to Gonzmart's restaurant.
  19. Naomi Mack, 33, a server at Daily Eats delivers menus to patrons Monday, May 4, 2020 in Tampa. Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered that restaurants can open at 25 percent capacity starting Monday.
  20. Dee Dee and her baby, born in January of 2018 at ZooTampa at Lowry Park will be on display again starting June 1, according to a plan the zoo has submitted to Hillsborough County.
  21. Kids can do a virtual egg hunt using photos people have taken of their yards.
  22. As the coronavirus pandemic forced restaurants across Florida to close, Bern's Steak House began offering carryout orders. Pictured here: The 12-ounce Delmonico, Steak House Mushrooms and pomme frites.
  23. Francesca Caropepe, a Swamp Monster contest favorite for a number of years, is now the official mascot of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival, which will return this weekend.