Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Dining & Nightlife
  • Gasparilla International Film Festival screening at the Tampa Theatre
    March 21, 2016
    Gasparilla International Film Festival is rapidly approaching and we want one lucky person and their guest to enjoy the VIP experience. This year’s festival includes the world premiere of “Precious Cargo,” starring Bruce Willis and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Check out the complete list of films here . The film festival kicks off March 30 th and runs through April 3 at various locations throughout Tampa. One lucky winner will receive: 2 Festival Screening passes with access to the...
  • Florida's Most Culinary Treasures
    December 8, 2015
    – Just how hot is Tampa Bay’s sizzling food scene? In recent months, Tampa Bay’s chefs and restaurants have earned praise from towering culinary figures such as Chef Emeril Legasse and a trophy case full of awards and mentions in national and international media. And the awards keep coming: this month, Tampa Bay dining landmark Bern’s Steak House earned a stop among the top steak houses in the country, ranking above New York’s legendary Peter Luger by food site...
  • Epicurean Spa Evangeline
    November 6, 2015
    Expedia.com and Visit Tampa Bay partnered up to feature some of the most romantic ways to spend a getaway around the “Big Guava.” Solo trips are fun and family vacations are unforgettable, but there’s nothing like spending a getaway with that special someone. We’re always in the mood for spicing up our relationships through travel, so we teamed up with Visit Tampa Bay to explore the passionate side of this city. We got the scoop on some of the most romantic places to...
  • Fodder & Shine Credit: Kevin Wiatrowski
    October 13, 2015
    The folks at WalletHub have crunched the numbers and the results are in: Tampa Bay ranks among the country's most affordable destinations for foodies. Tampa Bay comes in No. 8 on the list, bracketed by Santa Rosa, Calif., and Rochester, N.Y. We rank high for both diversity (No. 11) and affordability (No. 27). With up-and-coming restaurants like Fodder & Shine in Seminole Heights and Haven in Hyde Park, Tampa Bay is making a name for itself on the culinary scene. And WalletHub's...
  • Brews by the Bay
    October 12, 2015
    UPDATE: As of Wednesday morning, Brews by the Bay is SOLD OUT! But you still have time to enter top win until 11 p.m. Wednesday. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Explore a coral reef; step
  • Ciro's Speakeasy
    August 24, 2015
    It begins with a knock. A small, rectangular window slides open and a pair of eyes study you. A voice whispers: “What’s the password?” The correct reply elicits entrance into a dark room without a window in sight. The eyes adjust, and a vision of the roaring 20’s appears -- the intimacy of being in a private club; the mixologist in a bow tie pouring an Old Fashioned; the sounds of smoky jazz emanating throughout the restaurant. You are now one of a select few allowed...
  • Ulele
    August 20, 2015
    Eating outside, especially if there's a view of the water and maybe a sunset, just makes everything taste better. Tampa Bay-based travel writer and regular USA Today contributor Skye Rodgers has a run-down of Tampa Bay's best places for dining al fresco . As a bonus, several -- Ulele , Oystercatchers , Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi , and Rick's on the River -- are accessible by boat. We'll add Sail Pavilion , Cafe Dufrain , and Sono Cafe along the Tampa Riverwalk to...
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    July 29, 2015
    Everything about the Epicurean Hotel oozes luxury. From the elegance of Spa Evangeline to the decadence of dessert shop Chocolate Pi and the rooftop bar The Edge, opulence abounds. But there’s also a heart and soul which some members of the Tampa area Boys & Girls Clubs have experienced in the last month. Thanks to the efforts of founder Vicki Anzalone, Epicurean Hotel General Manager Tom Haines and Epicurean Chef Max Sherard, the five-class cooking series “Where Love...
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    July 20, 2015
    Ever dream about attending Food Network’s “Iron Chef America?” Now you have the chance to witness a local version of that world-famous program. And it’ll be epic. Starting next Monday, July 27, Tampa Bay’s Epicurean Hotel will open its in-house kitchen theater to the Epic Chef Showdown . Eight of Tampa Bay’s best chefs will cook off against each other over the next seven weeks. At the end, the last chef standing will be crowned Tampa Bay’s Epic...
  • cigarcitybrewing
    July 6, 2015
    Tampa Bay's leading hometown brewery showed the world what our growing craft-beer scene can do, taking some of the top awards at the U.S. Open Beer Championship last week. Judges taste-tested 4,000 beers and ciders from across the U.S. and around the world. More than 20 international entries spanned the globe from Australia to China to Belgium to Venezuela. After all the foam had settled, Tampa Bay's Cigar City Brewing ranked No. 5 on the list of top 10 breweries in the world based on...