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Plant + Love Ice Cream scoops up St. Pete’s EDGE District

I was shocked to learn Plant+Love is St. Pete’s first vegan ice cream storefront. For those who don’t know, the vegan community is alive and well in that city and it’s everywhere. The only difference is most places only offer vegan options; Plant+Love is 100% all-vegan. The ice cream shop is located in the EDGE […]

#WhoDat: How To Spend a Weekend in New Orleans

Last year around this time, Robert and I took a weekend trip to New Orleans to get away for a hot second. Neither one of us has ever been the Crescent City so it was an experience. Personally, I’ve always had an obsession with the city because it isn’t like anywhere else in the country. […]

Dio Modern Mediterranean brings that region to Downtown Tampa

It all started from a simple IG DM. The folks at Dio Modern Mediterranean got in touch with me and wanted to set up an interview to talk. Of course, I’m always down for a quick chat. I met up with owner Mary Khabbaz last week to learn more about the story of Dio Modern […]

Palm Harbor’s Giovanni’s Fresh Italian Kitchen is one big, happy family

It isn’t too often you find a restaurant solely by one family. When I met up with the DeLisa family a couple weeks ago, I could tell they were on to something different. They aren’t new to family-ran restaurants either. From 2007-2010, they ran 2 locations of their previous eatery My 7 Kids in Palm […]

Fortunato’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria brings family dining to South Pasadena

Just from interviewing Vincent “Vinny” Fortunato at his new restaurant Fortunato’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, it’s clear he loves the people and the people love him. In 4 decades, he’s opened and sold numerous restaurants so the process isn’t new to him at all. In my latest Creative Loafing article, I had the opportunity to […]