Michelle Stark - Times Food and Lifestyle Editor

Times Food and Lifestyle 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.

  1. Dishes from some of Tampa Bay's most iconic restaurants.
    Join us for a happy hour event on Jan. 30.
  2. The Instant Pot Duo Nova model
    I was skeptical about my first Instant Pot. Then I tried the pork.
  3. Kale Pesto Pasta
    It’s bright, it’s light, it’s a perfect weeknight meal.
  4. Tequila-based cocktails at Red Mesa Cantina, the downtown offshoot at Red Mesa, which just got its own liquor license.
    For more than 20 years, Red Mesa’s original Fourth Street location just served beer and wine — even in the margaritas.
  5. Roast pork and yellow rice at La Teresita.
    Here are some of our favorite bites around Tampa Bay this month.
  6. Orlando Pride served at STK Orlando at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida on Jan. 19, 2017.
    How to keep more money in your pocket while drinking adult beverages at the theme parks.
  7. Winter citrus salad with blood oranges, fennel and kale
    If you can find blood oranges, they’ll add a vibrant pop of color to this dish.
  8. A hot bowl of matzo ball soup at Cass Street Deli.
    When the weather cools down, here are some soups to warm you up.
  9. Carrot coconut soup with crispy shallots and chili oil. [Michelle Stark   |   TIMES]
    Share your favorite recipes to make when the weather drops.
  10. Crispy Parmesan Waffles, with a side of egg
    These are the dishes we keep coming back to.