I’ve been bingeing on food history, and gorging myself on culinary education for the past couple of years, and the more I learn and experience, the more I find out about disagreements and controversy everywhere. Should you use the water pan or not in your Weber Smoking Mountain Cooker? Chili with or without beans? What’s the … Continue ReadingRead more
Salami or No Salami?
The Cuban Sandwich was invented in Ybor City in the late 1800s by Cuban immigrants with some influence from Italian immigrants. The original included a Spanish dried sausage that was later replaced with salami.
Later, when Miami picked up on the Cuban Sandwich, they left the salami off. … Continue ReadingRead more
It’s the weekend and time to treat yourself to a terrific brunch, but where should you go? We have compiled a list of the best brunches in St. Pete to help with your decision.
Before we get into the list, an important thing you should be aware of is that there are other publishers of “best of lists” that do … Continue ReadingRead more
Hamburgers! Who doesn’t get excited by hamburgers? I used to wonder why they were named this when there was no ham involved. It’s because they get they their name from Hamburg, Germany, home of a dish called the Hamburg steak that eventually evolved into what we now consider hamburgers.
“the Hamburg … Continue ReadingRead more
NOTE: The featured photo shown at the top and bottom of the page is the Pep Cup from The Ohio Pizza Parlor.Best Pizza Joints St. Pete
For the past few years we’ve been able to make a top ten pizza list, but this year we had to expand the list to thirteen. One came off the list and four … Continue ReadingRead more
The origins of mac & cheese go back to 1769, supposedly from a recipe that Thomas Jefferson brought back from Italy. Kraft first packaged Mac n Cheese in 1937. It became a big hit during WWII. If you were a kid growing up in America (or Canada or Australia), you’ve probably had Kraft … Continue ReadingRead more
The Grouper Sandwich is one of the most popular food items in St. Petersburg, FL, for both locals and tourists alike. There are a myriad of different types of grouper, but the most commonly found type in our area are Red, Black, and Gag. You can’t really tell the difference once they’re cooked and served up. They are available year-round.… Continue ReadingRead more
Fish and Chips is thought to have come about in the early-to-mid 1800s in the U.K. It is theorized that Jewish immigrants may have originally brought the idea of frying fish in batter to the U.K. (There go those immigrants in another food origin story, again.)
In 2003, new regulations in the U.K. … Continue ReadingRead more
I LOVE grits! I’ve been eating them since I was a kid, and it was always for breakfast, and always cooked, not the instant crap. With a ton of butter and salt, sometimes with cheese, and sometimes with an over easy egg on top.
Shrimp & Grits is also one of the most popular ways to enjoy this ground corn … Continue ReadingRead more
Fish tacos are definitely a thing in the St. Pete area. It seems like almost every restaurant has them. Without doing an actual survey, I’d guess that 40%-50% of restaurants around here have fish tacos.
We already have a Top 10 Taco Places list, and I tried to not duplicate any here with two exceptions, which are Red Mesa Cantina, … Continue ReadingRead more
I LOVE salad! My mom made a salad every single night to start off dinner, and dinner was always at six. Those were the two constants. Now, the best salads I have at home are made by Lori. She just has a knack. I could make the same salad as her, and it won’t taste as good. It’s not because … Continue ReadingRead more
Chili’s geographic origins go back to what is the currently most talked about border … unfortunately for no reasons having to do with this quite popular food. Chili was born in both Northern Mexico and Southern Texas – on the border and over the border. Its more official name is Chili con … Continue ReadingRead more
There are all kinds of meatballs in different cuisines, and regions, but the Italian meatball is what we’re talking about here. There’s tons of places to get good meatballs in St. Pete, but these seven really standout above the rest.
Before we get into the list, an important thing you should be … Continue ReadingRead more
I’ve always been an adventurous eater ever since I was a kid. If I saw something on a menu that I never had—that’s what I would order. Oddly, I never came across any octopus until IL Ritorno opened in early 2014.
According to Gordon Food Service Corporate Consulting Chef Gerry Ludwig, 2014 was about the time their research showed that … Continue ReadingRead more
As I sat down to write this, the first thoughts that popped into my head were 1) Everybody loves tacos, 2) There sure are a lot of different types of tacos these days, and 3) what is the actual origin of the taco—is it really Mexican, and how close to the original are they to what we eat today?
So, … Continue ReadingRead more