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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 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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Loaded Burger Bowls Recipe

Juicy burger patties straight from the grill piled high on toasted Brioche Buns with all of the fixings and a cold, cold beer- it screams summer. My mouth is watering with the thought of it, alone. However, that meal isn't exactly swimsuit season friendly when consumed regularly- unwanted attributes that often accompany it are bloat…
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Top 12 Fast Casual Restaurants St Petersburg, FL by Locals

The number of fast casual restaurants gracing the streets of St. Petersburg appears to be on the rise. These days, the term fast casual encompasses far more than what you may think. Oh no, we aren't talking McDonald's or Taco Bell folks - think organic, fresh, and locally sourced. In today's world, fast-casual restaurants are…
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Snapper Ceviche Recipe

When it comes to cooking during these blazing-hot days and balmy evenings, we often want something cool and refreshing that doesn't require standing over a hot stove. During this time of year, a no-cook meal is the best kind of meal- cue, Ceviche. As the definition states, Ceviche is a South American dish that is…
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Top 20 2019 Casual Dining Restaurants St Petersburg, FL by Locals

From Ramen and Charcuterie, to elevated pub fare and BBQ, in our city, noteworthy casual restaurants are quite abundant. What deems an eating establishment as casual? In my humble opinion, casual restaurants possess a welcoming, non-intimidating vibe, and are suitable for most any occasion. The restaurants on this particular list have the above qualities, and then…
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Chorizo Tacos Recipe

Tacos are, in essence, a way of life for most. Whether for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, Tacos are always acceptable. These days, Taco combinations are practically endless, and people are topping them with everything from Jackfruit, to Camel meat. Not only are Tacos extremely versatile, but, they also make whipping up a weeknight dinner a…
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Lamb Meatballs with Mint Pesto Recipe

In my opinion, Lamb and Spring go hand-in-hand. Most of the time when you think of lamb, you probably associate it with a beautiful rack served medium rare for Easter Dinner that took most of the day to prep. While there's nothing wrong with a rack of lamb, it just isn't the most conducive meal…
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Best 2019 Upscale Casual Dining Restaurants St Petersburg, FL by Locals

It's no secret that our city is crawling with fabulous upscale dining options (and dining options, in general!). From the edge of downtown, to the shorelines of the beaches, most every inch of St Petersburg has a culinary treat in store. We've rounded up 12 of the top upscale-casual restaurants within St Pete as a…
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Mastry’s Brewing on St Pete Beach: Elevating the Beach Beer Experience

It's no secret that the craft beer scene is booming exponentially throughout downtown St Petersburg and the surrounding areas. But, did you know that there's a hidden brewing gem with a booming presence on the beach? That's right, Mastry's brewing has been crafting beers on St. Pete Beach since 2016. While, yes, Mastry's opened their…
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PAWS-itively Delicious Lands a Full-Time spot at Pinellas Ale Works

Pinellas Ale Works (PAW) and the PAWS-itively Delish food truck have joined forces in the name of great brews, delicious food, and best of all, dogs! This ultimately means, the PAWS-itively Delish food truck now has a spot at Pinellas Ale Works every Wednesday-Sunday evening! While yes, the names of the two businesses sound as…
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