Grilled Steak and Avocado Tacos with Gochujang-Tahini Recipe

Grilled steak and avocado tacos

Picture this: a warm summer evening with a sizzling grill and the aroma of a perfectly cooked steak wafting through the air. These grilled steak and avocado tacos combine the smoky and rich character of grilled steak with the contrast of the lightly seared, yet smooth and creamy nature of the avocado. Though, the true star of the show is … Continue Reading

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Ikigai with a Taste of Saigon: Where Sushi Meets Vietnamese

Pho, sushi bowl with tuna and sushi from Ikigai

Tucked away in a plaza off of 54th Ave N. in St. Petersburg, Ikigai with a Taste of Saigon is offering up a memorable experience of a blend of sushi and Vietnamese delights. Their concept encourages both take out and dine-in experiences, but the to-go option appears to be the most popular amongst the masses. Whether you’re a sushi aficionado … Continue Reading

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Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Hot Honey Recipe

Crispy chicken cutlets with charred peppers, hot honey and lots of chives

Elevate your next dinner situation with crispy chicken cutlets topped with charred sweet peppers, homemade hot honey and a shower of minced chives. It’s a crunchy, hot, sweet, tangy dish that is chock-full of flavor and certain to leave you full of happiness and content after consumption.

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Bohemios: A Flavor-Filled Journey Through Tapas

Lobster Cargo and the Churrasco

Every meal should be an experience, in my opinion. I love to romanticize and fully immerse myself in every single culinary moment. To be an experience, it doesn’t have to be over the top nor overly expensive – I just always aspire for it to be memorable and intentional. Food is a love language to me and it is always … Continue Reading

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Grilled Shrimp Tostada with Mango & Papaya Salsa Recipe

You can optionally serve cilantro garnished on top of the tostada with lime on the side

Indulge in this spring/summer recipe delight of Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Mango & Papaya Salsa. The spice-coated shrimp are kissed by the flames of the grill and are accompanied by a refreshing mango & papaya salsa, creamy avocado sauce and zesty lime-dressed watercress. All of these components are layered atop a beautifully crisped organic corn tortilla.

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Indulge in Tex Mex Delights at Wicked Cantina

The taco trio with chicken, carnitas and blackened shrimp

Austin-style Tex-Mex has landed in the Tyrone area of St. Petersburg by way of Wicked Cantina. The restaurant originated in the Sarasota area and has two locations in that vicinity – Anna Maria Island (Bradenton Beach) and downtown Sarasota. The restaurants are locally owned by some folks who are enthusiastic about sharing this cuisine from Austin with the area.

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Bacon and Spinach Quiche Recipe

This quiche recipe is the vehicle for any kind of quiche - use any mix-in that you'd like

This zero-fuss bacon and spinach quiche recipe should be your new weekend go-to brunch. The effort required to craft this crowd pleaser is minimal and the reward is quite high. Additionally, you can transform this quiche into anything you want with the mix-ins. In my opinion, the bacon and spinach combination are fantastic, but feel free to get creative. I … Continue Reading

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Oven Risotto with Roasted Mushrooms & Tomatoes Recipe

Oven Risotto with Roasted Mushrooms & Tomatoes

This preparation of risotto removes a whole lot of work and stirring with the use of the oven. The majority of the effort required to make this dish is required during prep. The steps all happen very quickly so it is absolutely crucial that all of your ingredients are prepped, measured, etc. before any of the cooking begins.

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Panko Crusted Pickled Deviled Eggs Recipe

The Panko Crusted Pickled Deviled Eggs

My most recent restaurant review was centered around Sonata Restaurant at the Mahaffey Theater. For this month’s recipe, Kevin presented a brilliant idea of reverse engineering an item from Sonata’s menu. A few ideas were tossed around and ultimately, we landed on this one – Panko Crusted Pickled Deviled Eggs. We, of course, ordered these during our recent visit to … Continue Reading

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Harmony in the Night: A Coastal Cuisine Symphony at Sonata

Sonata - The appetizers and drinks to start

Nestled within the Mahaffey Theater in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg you will find Sonata – a waterfront fine dining haven offering coastal cuisine. Sonata is an ode to the marriage of exquisite flavors and Southern hospitality. The restaurant offers more than just a meal though – it boasts a celebration of art in three forms: theater, culinary and visual. All … Continue Reading

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Dutch Baby with Strawberries & Coconut Whip Recipe

Dutch Baby with Strawberries & Coconut Whip

A Dutch Baby, also known as a German pancake or Dutch puff, is a delightful breakfast dish that elevates the boundaries of traditional pancake offerings. This oven-baked pancake is characterized by its unique puffiness and golden-brown edges which create a visually appealing presentation. The batter is made of simple ingredients like eggs, flour, milk and sugar which are all combined … Continue Reading

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Nomi Nori – An Oasis for Exceptional Sushi and Craft Cocktails

We loved the nigiri so much. This is the array that came with the chef's special set

Nomi Nori, a new concept by 305 Hospitality Group, landed in the Edge District of St. Petersburg this Fall  – a Soho NYC inspired establishment specializing in hand rolls, poke, sushi, sake and more. The group actually owns two spots in the Fusion building – the entire Edge Eatery concept and the District Lounge, which are located right next door … Continue Reading

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Mortadella & Beef Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

Mortadella & Beef Meatballs with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Meatballs are almost like a universal love language. In fact, throughout my thirty something years on this planet, I cannot recall a single time when I encountered a human who shared their distaste for this food. A mashup of ground meat, cheese, eggs, herbs, garlic, breadcrumbs (and sometimes additional ingredients) formed into individual bite size spheres swimming in a bath … Continue Reading

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Miso-Maple Glazed Squash with Burrata & Chili Crisp Recipe

Another shot of the Miso-Maple Glazed Squash

When November rolls around, I love to really to hone in on cooking recipes that project comfort. For me, that entails a strong focus on in-season ingredients and recipes that remind me of the holidays. Squash is always something that I have on hand this time of year – winter squash varietals, specifically. Some favorites of mine include, but are … Continue Reading

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Sake, Oysters and Sophisticated Vibes at St. Pete’s In Between Days

Mushroom Gyoza

It’s no secret that the food and beverage scene in St. Petersburg is getting more hip and expansive with each passing day. The Tampa Bay area as a whole has finally landed on the radar of diners, experts and critics all around the country. From natural wine bars and carefully curated tasting menus to Michelin-level restaurants – there’s no denying … Continue Reading

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