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Sushi Rock Grill: Where Sushi Purists & Adventurous Eaters Alike Unite

Lollipop roll, Yummy roll and edamame

Across the pond (literally) from The Deck Bar & Grille (which I reviewed earlier this month – article here ) you’ll find Sushi Rock Grill which houses a completely different vibe and menu than the sports bar. Sushi Rock is located just off of the Pinellas Bayway in the plaza in front of the Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country … Continue Reading

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Stop in for the All-Day Happy Hour & Stay for the Fun at The Deck Bar and Grille

Mahi Tacos

The Deck Bar and Grille at Isla – it’s a spot that I’ve driven past hundreds of times on the way to St. Pete Beach yet never paid it any attention. That’s because it’s tucked away in the back of the Isla Del Sol Shoppers Village just off of the Pinellas Bayway. The restaurant sits on the water with an … Continue Reading

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Spiced Melon Panzanella Salad Recipe

Spiced Melon Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is a Tuscan chopped salad typically made with stale bread, tomatoes and onion and is served mostly during the summer months. The toasted bread cubes sop up the beautiful tomato juices, olive oil and lemon which makes for one incredibly satisfying bite. Feel free to use any bread of your liking -Focaccia, Brioche and Dave’s Killer Bread (as you … Continue Reading

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Happy Hour Wishes and Sushi Dreams at Eastern Kitchen & Sushi

Sushi appetizer with five pieces of Nigiri

Eastern Kitchen & Sushi, located in the northern portion of of St. Petersburg at 5226 4th St. N., describes itself as an establishment with a showcase of Pan-Asian dishes and flavors inspired from Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Thai cuisines with a heavy focus on sushi, rice and noodle dishes.

The space is much larger inside than I originally assumed. The … Continue Reading

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Fall in Love with French Fare at the Marquise Café

Coq au Vin and Special Potatoes

Isn’t French cuisine and cooking the most marvelous thing? Every dish is always so elegantly composed with great care – no detail spared. Croissants, Confits, Cassoulets, Rilletts and Crêpes; the process to arrive at each takes lots of time, skill and love. To me, the process of it all is quite romantic.

Unfortunately, there are not many French restaurants (that … Continue Reading

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Lasagna Primavera Recipe

Lasagna Primavera

Grab a handful of your favorite in season spring vegetables and whip up this take on Lasagna Primavera. Spinach, mushrooms and bell peppers are all in season during the month of April here in Florida so I appointed them as the main characters of this dish. I chose to omit a red sauce and instead utilized only a light béchamel … Continue Reading

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Taste Your Way Through Italy at Italian Touch

The thoughtfully arranged antipasto salad

One of the most important lessons that I learned from the great Anthony Bourdain was that a restaurant does not have to mimic establishments like Alinea or Le Bernadin to be considered noteworthy. In fact, the less frill, the more Bourdain tended to enjoy a place. Extraordinary food, genuine service, idyllic ambiance and enjoyable company – that’s what he was … Continue Reading

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Corned Salmon & Brussels Hash with Rice Recipe

Another shot of the corned salmon hash

This St. Patrick’s Day, swap out brisket for salmon to create this play on the ever-popular corned beef and cabbage. I present you, Corned Salmon & Brussels Hash with Rice.

The best part about this recipe is that the cook time is significantly less – it’s allowing that salmon to hang out in the fridge with the cure that takes … Continue Reading

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Sōl /a st pete bistrō/ Serves Up Healthy Farm to Table Comfort Food

Another shot of the nibble board

Organic, wild caught, locally sourced, pasture raised and progressive. What do all of these terms have in common? What about scratch-made, healing, gluten free and refined sugar free? Not only are they health centered buzz words heard with a lot more frequency in today’s dining scene, but they’re also the norm, as far as the food is concerned, at the … Continue Reading

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Curry Chicken & Rice Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Curry Chcken & Rice Stuffed Peppers

Curry, spice and Cilantro-Lime rice. That lineup is enough to get me excited about a meal. Thus far, 2022 has been quite chilly for the most part, which has had me leaning towards comforting recipes. Curry is something that we make a lot of and for this month’s recipe, I wanted to present it in a more approachable way with … Continue Reading

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Enjoy Amped Up Diner Classics the Vegan Way at Freya’s

An array of incredible vegan offerings from Freya's Diner

Vegan dining establishments are emerging like wildflowers here in St. Petersburg, Florida it seems. Freya’s Diner, the savory sister location of the popular Valhalla Bakery, has bloomed in the Grand Central District on the corner of Central Avenue and 25th St. If you’re familiar, it’s actually connected to Valhalla Bakery with access to both locations without stepping foot outside.

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Harissa Cauliflower Steaks with Maple-Tahini and Herby Peanut Crunch

Harissa Cauliflower Steaks with Maple-Tahini and Herby Peanut Crunch

Another low effort/high reward weeknight meal is ready to be added to your regular rotation. For those unfamiliar with Harissa, it’s a spicy chili paste that is frequently used in North African and Middle Eastern cooking. I love using it to add flair and flavor. You can find it in most grocery stores – usually in the International section. However, … Continue Reading

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Love Food Central: Where Irresistible Eats are Vegan & Gluten Free

G-Smash lettuce wraps, Awesome Burger, Jackfruit Special & the Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich

Vegan dining establishments are popping up in higher volumes all across the United States due to an uptick in those who are interested in or live a vegan lifestyle. For some, the mention of a vegan restaurant may make them roll them their eyes as most perceive a vegan diet to be comprised of lots of kale, tofu and lackluster … Continue Reading

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Gochujang Salmon & Roasted Tamari Carrots Recipe

The salmon and carrots served with jade pearl rice

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest time of the year for many. Between holiday preparations and parties, time is definitely of the essence. Instead of allowing your well being to suffer on those nights you don’t want to cook with quick alternatives like fast food, keep a few speedy weeknight recipes … Continue Reading

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Ride the Teppanyaki Wave at Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse

Teppanyaki Entrees

Teppanyaki Grilling, often confused with “hibachi-style,” involves utilizing a flat iron griddle with a solid surface to prepare food in front of guests at a restaurant. Here in America, we have wrongly dubbed what is actually teppanyaki as hibachi. Well, what the hell is “hibachi-style” then, you ask? While hibachi is similar, it involves a grill called a shichirin which … Continue Reading

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