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Hyatt Place Hyatt House

Hyatt Place, Hyatt House now open in Downtown Tampa

If you’ve ever been downtown, you’ve seen the transformation currently happening in the area. First with the switch of Channelside to Sparkman Wharf, now there’s the Water Street development underway that’s turned downtown into a multi-use part of Tampa. USF will have a medical office down there and, of course, there are the high-rise condos […]

Valentines Day outfit ideas

11 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas for Any Occasion

We’re still in the house because there’s a whole panorama out there but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a cute look off for the ‘gram. We’ve been wearing sweats and wearing our hair in messy buns for the longest. There are those times where I’m craving any occasion that requires an actual outfit and […]

4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse debuts new BBQ-inspired “John Rivers Originals”

4 Rivers Smokehouse, deemed “The South’s Best BBQ Joint” by Southern Living magazine,  released photos today of their new “John Rivers Originals” and they don’t disappoint AT ALL. John Rivers and the Smokehouse team created three all-new BBQ-inspired dishes, available at all 14 of its Florida locations, from fan favorites: Burnt Ends Melt: Smokehouse Burnt Ends […]

10 Casual Christmas Dinner Outfit Ideas for Virtual Hangouts

This year’s holiday parties aren’t going to be as jumpin’ as last years. Zoom party and other virtual hangout invites are probably out by now and guest lists are made. I’d guess and say the silver lining is more people can be invited technically. Drinks and food can still be poppin’ but in smaller quantities.  Christmas […]

Florida Black Restaurant Week

Florida Black Restaurant Week lands in Tampa Bay, other cities later this month

I remember earlier this year when 7th and Grove owner Jamaris Glenn and I were finished with our interview for A Soulful Taste. We talked about how there aren’t too many instances where Black-owned restaurants in Tampa Bay get the same shine as everyone else and we should create an event to highlight them all. […]

The Historic Manhattan Casino to reopen as food hall in The Deuces

St. Pete’s Historic Manhattan Casino is a famed event space where the city’s Black population went to go watch famous Black musicians like James Brown and Ray Charles perform. Just a couple years ago, the building  reemerged as Callaloo and Pipo’s To Go. Unfortunately, the building shut down at the beginning of quarantine. Vincent Jackson […]

Noble Rice moves to new location, Koya opens as Tampa’s first omakase-only restaurant

To see our favorite restaurants close down due to Covid-19 broke all of our hearts. Cravings definitely hit differently during this time because of social distancing and the myriad ways of buying food. All that was true when South Tampa staple Noble Rice temporarily closed back in March. Owners Eric and Adriana Fralick are currently […]

2010-2019: My Decade in Review

I can’t believe we’re in a whole new decade. Whenever I sit and think back on the last 10 years of my life, it’s crazy to see how much I’ve done in such a short period of time. You don’t realize it while it’s happening but a lot of stuff can happen in 10 years. […]

Where to Spend Mother’s Day in Tampa Bay During Quarantine

We’re still under quarantine but that is not stopping us from celebrating our mothers. A few options are available to switch up dinner plans to something fancier. Don’t worry, Mother’s Day in Tampa Bay is still a thing. Boca https://www.instagram.com/p/B_qGu71FKTM/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Order a pre-fixed dinner online before Thursday, 5/7 at 5pm and pickup between 9-11am on Mother’s […]

11 Tampa Bay restaurants serving Easter to-go meals

Things are a little different this year but we all deserve a great meal sometimes. Tampa Bay restaurants prepare a variety of Easter to-go meals so we can take our minds off the craziness happening around us. American Social The waterfront restaurant gives us a couple options that we all can enjoy: brunch and/or dinner. […]