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Lemongrass Beef sandwich and the Vermicelli Bowl

For the most part, comfort food is a rather ambiguous term that refers to food that makes us feel good. To some, that means a glutenous helping of sinfully delicious Thanksgiving staples, while others may attribute “feeling good” and “feel good” food to health-conscious meals that nourish and fuel the body. Comfort food, to me, isn’t limited to just one … Continue Reading

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Sola Bistro: St. Pete Beach’s Charming Wine Bar with Thrilling Cuisine

The Carbonara, Ribeye and Amberjack special

Upon cruising down Gulf Blvd, the main drag of St. Pete Beach, You’ll notice a great deal of usual suspects: standard oceanside restaurants, unpretentious dive bars, a plethora of souvenir shops, beachgoers, and so on. One spot that most would not expect to stumble into is a cozy bistro and wine bar – cue Sola.

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Steak and Potato Salad with Gochujang Vinaigrette Recipe

Salad finished product

I cannot tell you how many salad recipes that I have made for dinner that do not translate well for lunch the next day. That’s right – I’ve opened up my pyrex containers the next day to many, sad, sad desk lunch salads. However, with this salad, recipe, it was my goal to create a bowl of greens that would … Continue Reading

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Gourmet Burgers, Craft Beers & Buzzer Beaters: Engine No.9 is St. Pete’s Ultimate Sports Bar

The Black Flag Burger

What comes to mind when you think of a standard sports bar? Perhaps a plethora of televisions, refrigerators loaded full of domestic brews, and a menu overflowing with standard bar bites. I imagine that you probably agree, and while there is nothing wrong with any of the above, there is something to be said for a sports bar that goes … Continue Reading

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

Ribs, wings, sausage, brisket, pulled pork, beans, potato salad and roll at Smoking' J's

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, and there is always a … Continue Reading

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Citrus Paprika Chicken Paillard with Quick Pickled Onions Recipe

Plated chicken paillard

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 an extremely uncomplicated and versatile … Continue Reading

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The Dewey Beach Bar & Grill Brings Invigorating Beach Fare to Pass-A-Grille

The Chicken Sandwich with Grits at The Dewey

When you think of beach dining, a few things probably come to mind: ordinary fried bar bites, cheap beers by the bucket-full, and gaudy Floridian decor. While there is nothing wrong with any of that, as it is often what beach goers are in search of. Therefore, there is certainly something to be said for elevated seaside cuisine that provides … Continue Reading

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Flûte & Dram: Where Champagne Wishes & Whiskey Dreams Come True

Sasanian Russian Osetra

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 spending a great deal of … Continue Reading

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Skillet Hasselback Potatoes with Herb Butter

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, mashed potatoes, and other usual … Continue Reading

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5 Best Places for Poké Bowls in St Petersburg, FL 2019

Spicy Lava Flow Poke Bowl from Pin Wok & Bowl

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. However, there are many, many … Continue Reading

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10 Best Places for Oysters in St. Petersburg FL

The Moscow and Sushi Oysters from The Island Grille and Raw Bar

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 oysters in St. Pete.… Continue Reading

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Bone Broth Ramen with Gochujang Chicken Recipe

Ramen and sliced eggs and radishes

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 to sip on alone, adds … Continue Reading

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15 Best Happy Hours in St. Petersburg FL 2019 by Locals

Half PriceHouse Margaritas from Red Mesa

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 full of incredible happy hours, … Continue Reading

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Sweet Potato, Prosciutto and Apple Galette Recipe

Sweet Potato, Prosciutto and Apple Galette



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 these recipes as often as … Continue Reading

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Top 10 Cheese & Charcuterie Boards St Petersburg, FL Rated by Locals

Custom Charcuterie and Cheese Board with accompaniments from Lolitas

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, and always acts as a … Continue Reading

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