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5 Best Places for Barbecue in St. Petersburg, FL 2020

Barbecue, especially in the south, is a true art form that many spend years upon years tweaking, adjusting and perfecting. There are four essential classifications of barbecue: Texas, Carolina, Kansas City & Memphis. [Editor's note: There can be a myriad of others, but these are the most well-known.] Each region's style of barbecue varies notably,…
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Citrus Paprika Chicken Paillard with Quick Pickled Onions Recipe

If you've never made chicken paillard, I'm willing to bet that after you give this recipe a whirl, it'll become a part of your regular rotation. What does paillard mean, you ask? Paillard is simply a fancy French term for a boneless piece of meat, traditionally chicken or veal, that has been pounded thin. It's…
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Flûte & Dram: Where Champagne Wishes & Whiskey Dreams Come True

The moment that the famous Dom Pérignon first discovered champagne, he exclaimed, "come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" And Mark Twain bellowed that "too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." If Dom and Mark were still around today, I'd bet my bottom dollar that they'd both be…
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Skillet Hasselback Potatoes with Herb Butter

Some people loathe cooking during the holiday season; however, I love it! In fact, I live for it. What's my secret, you ask? I make it fun by preparing recipes that I actually enjoy cooking and eating. During the holiday season, most folks seem to feel an obligation to make certain things, such as stuffing,…
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5 Best Places for Poké Bowls in St Petersburg, FL 2019

Poké (pronounced as poh-kay), which is said to have been originated in Hawaii, has gained a copious amount of popularity all across the world in recent years. Poké is a traditional dish that is typically comprised of, in its most basic state, raw tuna and shoyu, where the tuna is cut crosswise, and then cubed.…
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10 Best Places for Oysters in St. Petersburg FL

Oysters, my favorite of the bivalve family, are not exactly few and far between in St. Petersburg, especially those from the Gulf. Quality oysters, however, take some research to uncover. Lucky for you, we've done the leg work, and consumed dozens upon dozens of oysters in order to assemble a list with the best places for…
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Bone Broth Ramen with Gochujang Chicken Recipe

While the Fall and Winter months here in Florida aren't quite as cold as other states, the majority of us still crave a comforting homemade serving of soup (it's good for the soul). Bone broth is one of my go-to remedies when this craving strikes, mostly because of its versatility and health benefits. It's idyllic…
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15 Best Happy Hours in St. Petersburg FL 2019 by Locals

Ah, happy hour, the time of day that most look forward to Monday through Friday. When the clock strikes 5:00PM, folks all over scramble to the nearest watering hole to belly-up to the bar with a libation, or two, after a long work day. If you weren't already aware, St. Pete's dining scene is chock…
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Sweet Potato, Prosciutto and Apple Galette Recipe

 One of my favorite parts about living in Florida is celebrating and enjoying everything that the seasons, like Fall, bring, without having to endure the chillier weather. Mainly, the seasonal food and ingredients, of course. To me, Fall screams comfort food- soups, stews, roasts, pies, etc., and I love to incorporate seasonal ingredients into…
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Top 10 Cheese & Charcuterie Boards St Petersburg, FL Rated by Locals

What's not to love about a meticulously arranged board loaded with fine cheeses, gourmet charcuterie and luxurious accoutrements? Personally, it's one of my favorite meal genres (to eat and create), best enjoyed slowly with the best of company and a divine bottle of wine. It's the type of culinary dining experience that brings folks together,…
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BLT Tostadas with Tomato Confit Recipe

In our home, Bacon is basically a food group. I know better than to return home from a grocery run without some. Of all of the meats out there, in my opinion, it's the most versatile. Additionally, Mexican food seems to happen with some frequency in our kitchen, as well.  In fact, I think Mike…
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Five Plus Five of the Best Dives in St. Petersburg FL 2019

There's a time and place for fine dining with white table cloths, ambient lighting, a beautiful bottle of red and some Foie Gras. But sometimes, only a big ol' beer, juicy burger and a laid-back environment will do. In fact, more often than not, that paramount lineup is a recipe for the best kind of…
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Peach and Tomato Toast with Mozzarella & Basil

Step aside, Avocado Toast, there's a new and improved Toast in town! While there is absolutely nothing wrong with Avocado Toast, whatsoever (spoken by a true Avocado Toast enthusiast), why not step outside of the box a bit and give some other ingredients some time to shine during your weekend Brunch? Cue, Peach and Tomato…
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Top 10 New Restaurants St Petersburg, FL Rated by Locals

The St. Petersburg food scene is constantly blossoming with new concepts and restaurants that are eager to feed the hungry masses. To achieve success, new restaurants have to possess an "it factor" in order to separate themselves from the competition: like a fresh concept, signature dish, killer happy hour, prime location, etc. Many, many fabulous…
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