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Beer, Wine, Biggie and Vibes at Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe

The Coachella

One step over the threshold at Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe is all it takes for you to realize that you’re in a spot with plenty of cool factor. Walls adorned with shelves of fascinating beers and captivating wines, displays topped with witty merchandise and of course, the notable nods to Biggie Smalls throughout the entire space – it’s a place you’ll … Continue Reading

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Curry Chicken Salad and Avocado Hummus Recipe

Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich

Hey party people, it’s picnic season! And unlike in 2020, get togethers with friends and family are a thing again. This summer wow guests at any celebration with not one, but two sides that will keep them coming back for more.

Chicken Salad is often a summer party staple. Now, take it to the next level with the addition of … Continue Reading

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In 2021, St. Petersburg Florida’s Brooklyn South is Thriving

Chef's choice cheese and charcuterie board

Brooklyn South has been slinging cheese and charcuterie and their ever-popular sandwiches (which are a favorite of the lunch crowd) in the heart of the Edge District for nearly seven years now. While ownership did change hands last year, the vast majority of the way things are done at Brooklyn South have remained the same according to the shop’s cheese … Continue Reading

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St. Louis-Style Ribs and Hasselback Cantaloupe Recipe

Plated ribs and hasselback cantaloupe

Okay folks, it’s June…and that means summer, picnics and the start of grilling season. I don’t know about you, but when I think about grilling, a juicy rack of ribs often comes to mind. However, being that we live in a small downtown St. Petersburg apartment with very minimal outdoor space, grilling is not something that we are able to … Continue Reading

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Cori’s Seafood Grill: More than just a Meal

The incredible Lobster Roll and fries on the side

There are definitely certain things that drive me to specifically make my way to Gulfport. Like the lasagna at Pia’s, for example. Now, with Cori’s Seafood Grill situated comfortably on 49th St. and 15th Ave S, I can add seafood to that list too. Cori’s Seafood Grill isn’t just any restaurant – oh no, Cori’s is far more special.

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Short Rib Quesabirria Tacos Recipe

Quesabirria tacos ready to serve

If you tend to keep up with all of the latest food trends, and/or don’t live under a rock, odds are, you have heard of Birria or Quesabirria Tacos. However, for those who haven’t, Birria tacos are usually comprised of meat, such as beef or goat, that has been slowly braised and is then loaded into a tortilla and pan … Continue Reading

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Shiso Crispy is Making Big Waves in St. Pete

Truffle and Firecracker Gyoza, Tuna and Vegan Crab Cake Dirty Rice

Ronicca Whaley – if you remember anything at all after reading this review, remember that name. Who is Ronicca Whaley? Well, she’s the owner of Shiso Crispy, which was recently named the number one food truck in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Times. Oh, and did I mention that she earned that title prior to Shiso even turning one … Continue Reading

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Lobster Thermidor Recipe

Lobster Thermidor

It isn’t hard to make a lobster dish fabulous, because, well, lobster is already plenty fabulous on its own. Over time, Lobster was tossed into that category of “occasion-only” meals, along with the likes of Beef Wellington, Prime Rib and Cassoulet – you know, those “never enough time on a weeknight” type-of-meals. Well, I’m here to debunk all of that … Continue Reading

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Pin On Cafe Brings Spot On Asian Fusion to the Edge District

One of the always-popular Sushi Stacks

Even though we’re still in the midst of unusual and often bizarre times, the restaurant scene here in St. Petersburg, FL appears to be budding and flourishing. Spring vibrations are in the air and new restaurants are popping up around town like wildflowers.

Pin On Cafe is one of the most recent restaurant newbies to open their doors in the … Continue Reading

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Strawberry-Balsamic Chicken with Crispy Rice & Watercress Recipe

Strawberry-Balsamic Chicken with Watercress & Crispy Rice

Don’t let this semi-intimidating name fool you, this chicken-rice-salad situation may sound intricate, but the truth is, it’s anything but. It all starts with some leftover rice, chicken, strawberries, whatever greens you have on hand and a few simple pantry staples items – that’s it.

What is crispy rice you ask? This was something I discovered in the early stages … Continue Reading

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Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Toasted Breadcrumbs Recipe

Plated Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Toasted Breadcrumbs

In search of an impressive, low-fuss dish to serve at that dinner party you agreed to host? Craving a decadent meal on a Wednesday night where time spared for dinner is sparse? Or, perhaps you’re longing for a luxurious meal that also leans on the healthier side? Well, I have a recipe capable of satisfying all three of those scenarios … Continue Reading

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Healthier Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Zuppa Toscana ready to serve

This weather is “mandatory soup time”, and this time of year is also “lose a few pounds time”. What’s a hungry soul to do? How about the little bit healthier version of a crowd favorite – Healthier Zuppa Toscana!?!?! (Sponsored by Rollin’ Oats where you can get all the ingredients.)

How to Make Zuppa Toscana Healthy-ish Zuppa Toscana Abby Allen… Continue Reading Read more

Sous Vide Duck Breast with Orange-Honey Pan Sauce and Root Vegetable Gratin Recipe

Sliced sous vide duck breast with orange sauce

For the majority of my adult years, preparing duck was always something that intimidated me – and I don’t shy away from much in the food world. I think, perhaps, I had just never had “good” duck. In most cases when ordering out, it always arrived undercooked or overcooked – and no one wants either of those things; therefore, I … Continue Reading

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Fried Lost Coast Oysters with Tomato Butter, Pickled Shallots and Corn Recipe

When generating new recipes, I always tend to abide by what’s in season at that present moment. Currently in Florida, oysters, tomatoes and corn are in their prime, so naturally, I took advantage of that trio for this easy, yet impressive appetizer that is suitable for any and all occasions.

All of the ingredients for this recipe can be easily … Continue Reading

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Cacio e Pepe Rice-Stuffed Kabocha Squash Recipe

Nine times out of ten, if you hear Cacio e Pepe, there’s usually some sort of pasta involved. Cacio e Pepe, which literally translates to “cheese and pepper” in multiple Italian dialects is a popular dish comprised of pasta, shaved parmesan cheese and fresh cracked black pepper, for the most part. Throughout the years, many recipes have been created with … Continue Reading

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