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#CLChefs: Meet the Chefs 2018 samples Tampa Bay’s food scene

For those who don’t know, I’ve been writing for Creative Loafing for a year now. I interned in the food section last summer and started freelancing the following semester. Besides learning about what’s new and poppin with the food scene here in Tampa Bay, one of the great things about writing for the weekly magazine […]

7 Facebook Watch Food Channels to Binge Watch

I don’t know how many food videos I see all day everyday on my newsfeed. Yes, I do watch them because what else am I supposed to do when a crazy dessert or possible dinner idea appears right in front of me while I’m casually scrolling? Last year, Facebook launched Facebook Watch, where users can […]

Made Coffee gains statewide buzz with canned cold-brewed cup of joe

Last month I interviewed Michael Rideout and Taylor Prater, co-founders of St. Pete’s own Made Coffee, for the latest issue of St. Pete Life Magazine. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Every morning millions of people can’t (and won’t) start their day until they’ve had their routine cup of coffee. No matter if it’s straight […]

How to Eat Yourself Through Las Vegas Food in a Week

One of the things I enjoy doing before going on a trip is writing a list of where I want to eat. I get a kick out of eating all the local foods to get a feel of what that culture and scene is about. I scrolled through all of the Las Vegas food Instagrams […]

Ciccio Restaurant Group opening new concept Taco Dirty

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting up with David Pullman, partner in the Ciccio Restaurant Group(CRG). The restaurant empire owns most of the hotspots in the Soho District in Tampa and are consistently opening fresh, new concepts. Earlier this year, they opened Sweet Soul and next month they’re scheduled to open its newest concept […]

It’s What You Eat: 2018 Food and Drink Trends

One thing I’ve noticed is how much fun food and drinks are becoming. Bartenders and chefs are pulling from different inspirations and taking risks when it comes to food. Even here in Tampa; there isn’t a day that goes by where I’m scrolling Instagram and a restaurant is debuting something new. My mouth is constantly […]

#CorksAndCoasters: My First Time at the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

I’ve been going to Busch Gardens my entire life but I’ve never been to its food and wine festival. Earlier this week, Robert and I attended and enjoyed sampling the food and drinks at the event. It was fun walking around the park and choosing things we normally don’t eat. Of course, I was the […]

Easter Brunchin

Easter Brunchin’ at Platt Street Borough

The last time I was at Platt Street Borough is when I interviewed owners Kiel Lombardo and Adam Hyatt for a Creative Loafing article. I had a fun time talking to them and learning about their newly opened restaurant. A couple weeks ago, I scrolled all over Facebook for places to eat on Easter for […]

Avocado Egg Salad Tartine

Heights Public Market at Armature Works makes eating more social

Heights Public Market at Armature Works opened up earlier this year and when I heard what places were there, I was obsessed immediately. I quickly already followed each eatery on Instagram so I could scroll and see what they offer. I was on vacation a couple weeks ago when my friend Tia invited me out to […]

Ramon Hernandez and Vincent Jackson

Callaloo, Pipo’s Cafe open inside St. Petersburg’s Manhattan Casino

Earlier this week, I drove across the Howard Frankland to the reopened Manhattan Casino to interview former Bucs player turned restauranteur Vincent Jackson and Ramon Hernandez of famed eatery Pipo’s Cafe about their new venture, Callaloo. The Manhattan Casino is located in the historically Black neighborhood called The Deuces and is where Black artists could […]