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Easter Egg Dyeing Guide

    (Family Features) Dye your Easter eggs in custom colors you won't find in a kit with these unique food color combinations to bring seasonal hues to your Easter basket and dinner decor. For more...
Holiday Food 2018

8 Simple Small Plates for Holiday Entertaining

8 Simple Small Plates for Holiday Entertaining   (Family Features) For holiday parties of any size, tasty appetizers and starters are menu must-haves. While the main course roasts and before dessert is served, guests may flock...
Tampa Bay Metro holiday coctail recipes

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

  Whether you're toasting to turkey day or gearing up for a day of family debates at the dinner table, one thing's for sure: A festive cocktail in hand is sure to make Thanksgiving a...
holiday treats recipe

Popping Up a Winter Wonderland

Edible, handmade holiday decor perfect for gifting (Family Features) ’Tis the season to pop up some holiday fun by creating a scenic winter wonderland that tastes as great as it looks. Gather the kids and make...
Dean Hurst

Behind the Bar with Dean Hurst: All About the Spirits

  Metro Shares a Bar Chat with Dean Hurst. By Ronda M. Parag   Dean Hurst has a deep appreciation for the bartenders skill set, while creating a niche within the industry as a Spirits Specialist. Recently celebrating...

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will be offering a special curated menu to celebrate from Monday, September 25 - Thursday,...
Ocean Prime Ahi Tuna Rossini

Ocean Prime Features Dish From James Beard House Dinner

Ahi Tuna Rossini, a dish created by the Ocean Prime culinary team especially for the James Beard Dinner menu       Ocean Prime Tampa Features Dish From Brand's James Beard House Dinner Menu   Ocean Prime, an award-winning modern American...

Celebrate National Gumbo Day

    Bring the signature dish of New Orleans’ cuisine into your kitchen with the delicious Mumbo Jumbo Seafood Gumbo recipe from Roux. On October 12, guests who dine at Roux will be offered a complimentary...
The Rezz at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

The Rez Grill Opens in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The newly opened Rez Grill offers elevated comfort food including delicious house made biscuits, shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. The new American grill concept is under the direction of Creative Culinary Director,...
Stinky Buns from Anise Global Gastrobar in Tampa

Must Try: Stinky Buns

    Stinky Buns from Anise Global Gastrobar These delicious small bites make great appetizers or even better late-night snacks. Choose from these options: braised pork belly with kimchi fried zucchini with crispy garlic  beer battered shrimp with papaya slaw &...
grilling tips for Tampa Bay

10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

Make Your Outdoor Parties Unforgettable   (Family Features) Entertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling...
Damn The Weather cocktail feature

Damn The Weather: Soothing Cocktail Recipes

  If you’ve been paying attention to the weather lately, you’ve probably heard about hurricane Irma. It’s been wreaking havoc on the Caribbean, and now has its evil intentions set on the Florida Keys and Miami,...
Mexican Chipotle Shrimp Skewers with Lime Beer Basting Sauce

7 Tips to Master the Grill This Summer

Mastering the Grill This Summer   (Family Features) Becoming a master of the grill doesn’t have to be complicated. Test out these seven tips for quick marinades, flavorful sauces and marinade hacks to take your summer...
Sacred Pepper restaurant in North Tampa

Where Everything That Happens Around The Table Is Considered Sacred

  North Tampa's Sacred Pepper. Worshiping food, flavors, people and style. By Patricia A. Vorbrich     Upscale dining in North Tampa has been long overdue, enter Candy DeBartolo and interior designer, Enrique Crespo, Crespo Design Group, to create, Sacred...
Fish to Fork at Omni Amelia Island Resort

A Foodie In Paradise

    Fish To Fork Weekend at The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort By Chad H. Vorbrich   What happens when eight of the most talented chefs from around the country converge upon a luxury beach resort, set to...
The Getaway in St. Petersburg

Dock and Dine

5 Great Tampa Bay Dock & Dine Locations Travel by boat to get a cold cocktail or a delicious bite at any of these five great waterfront bars and restaurants.   
The Getaway 13090 Gandy Blvd N. St. Petersburg,...
The Zombie Pirate cocktail recipe for Gasparilla

The Zombie Pirate: The Perfect Grog For Ye Maties!

The pirates are setting upon Tampa Bay and it’s time for the locals to prepare for the annual invasion in typical fashion — throw a party!  METRO has a great Rum recipe for such an occasion.   ZOMBIE PIRATE SPICED...
Executive Chef, Luke Decker

Chef Luke Decker: Passionate, Creative and Intense.

  The Birchwood's New Executive Chef, Luke Decker By Ronda M. Parag   There are many new and exciting things cooking up in the kitchen at The Birchwood. First, is the announcement of their new Executive Chef, Luke...
St. Patrick's Day cocktail Shamrock Sour Cocktail

Sláinte! Raise A Glass To St. Patrick.

On March 17, St. Patrick's Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. Whether you plan on donning a green outfit and meeting friends out at your favorite Irish pub,...

PROST! HOFBRÄUHAUS ST. PETERSBURG OPENS

  Sampling of the delicious sausages, pretzel with three mustards, german potato salad and sauerkraut at Hofbräuhaus St. Petersburg   As temperatures cool just slightly, there is a new reason to celebrate in downtown St. Petersburg. Hofbräuhaus...
METRO PIX: Bern's Winefest VIP Party & Grand Tasting

METRO PIX: Bern’s Winefest VIP Party & Grand Tasting

  Sunday, April 17 The Grandeur of Bern's Winefest No.19 Culminated with a VIP Party & Grand Tasting   Bern's Winefest Grand Tasting kicked off early with an exclusive VIP Party, patrons enjoyed the grandeur and elegance of the...
Easter brunch recipes

A Spring-Inspired Easter Brunch

    (Family Features)  Spring is blooming on your Easter table. From yellow chick cupcakes to blueberry French-toast casseroles, there are plenty of ways to wow your brunch guests with simple seasonal recipes. "Between hiding eggs and...
Strawberry Lemon Glade

10 Cocktails For The Bay

Stay cool and hydrated with these fruity warm-weather-friendly drinks. Use fruits of the season including kiwis, strawberries, peaches, oranges and watermelon to add flavor to these delicious cocktails. Strawberry Lemon Glade 2 oz        Strawberry RumShine 3...
SoHo Backyard bar

Foodie: Not Just Another Gastro Pub

SoHo Backyard’s Bar   SoHo Backyard In South Tampa Continues To Shine   The SoHo Backyard, located at 610 S. Armenia, was named South Tampa’s “BEST PUB WITH A PALATE” after it opened three years ago. Today, the gastropub continues...
the soho backyard

A Pub with a Palate

    The SoHo Backyard Gastropub By Ronda M. Parag       Tucked behind SoHo’s Gourmet Pizza Company, The SoHo Backyard Gastropub opened earlier this spring and is a great alternative to the madness of the bar scene on Howard...
council oak tampa

Must Try: The Cowboy Pairing

    Long Bone Cowboy Ribeye Pairing Long Bone Cowboy Ribeye paired with a side of Onion Ring Stack and a glass of Opus One, a high-end Napa Valley Red Wine. Long Bone Cowboy Ribeye — 30 oz. ...
Ichicoro Ramen with plum cocktail

The Noodle Craze

  Ichicoro Ramen By Ronda M. Parag   We all remember the ramen noodles that we ate in college for about 25 cents a pack; those noodles offered a great value and filled the hungry belly of students...
Tampa Bay Margarita Festival

FUN & TEQUILA

Fun and Tequila at the 3rd Annual 2015 Margarita Festival     For one day, margarita lovers will take over Curtis Hixon Park and enjoy a day filled with 1,200 bottles of tequila and 20,000 pounds of...
Souzou Asian Fusion

Imagine. Create. Inspire.

  Asian Cuisine at Souzou Fusion By Patricia A. Vorbrich     With a vision to bring world-inspired cuisine and architecture to St. Petersburg, the Executive team of Patrick Marston, local entrepreneur, long time restaurateur Mike Harting, and a...
Tampa Bay Metro: Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger

7 Mouthwatering Burgers to Grill

7 Mouthwatering Burgers to Grill   (Family Features) May is National Burger Month, which means it’s time to grill up burgers that demand attention. Start by seasoning ground meat, then build with bold toppers and unexpected...

Bern’s Steak House Wins James Beard Award

Photos courtesy of Bern’s Steak House: Eric Renaud, Senior Sommelier and Bern’s Owner, David Laxer   A perfect way to kick start the 60 year anniversary celebration of Bern’s Steak House is the James Beard Award...
Lamb recipe on Tampa Bay Metro blog

Delicious Lamb Recipes

  The Many Loves of American Lamb       (Family Features) Romeo and Juliet. Antony and Cleopatra. Lamb and Potatoes (or Mint or Feta). The list of American lamb’s great loves goes on and on. This luscious protein...
Doc B's Fresh Kitchen Interior

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen in Tampa

Seeking Fresh Comfort Food In A Modern Social Setting?     Doc B's Fresh Kitchen to the Rescue.   A chic and contemporary interior invites guests inside at the new Doc B’s located on Bay Street in International Plaza....
Packard's Steakhouse

Delectable Cuisine On The Green

  Packard’s Steakhouse At Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club By Patricia A. Vorbrich Named after the designer of Innisbrook’s four golf courses, Larry Packard, Packard’s Steakhouse brings dining elegance to the Golf & Country Club, overlooking the signature Copperhead...
st. patrick's day cocktails

Raise A Glass To St. Patrick

Five New Cocktail Recipes For St. Patrick's Day Celebrations     On March 17, St. Patrick's Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. Don't settle for dyed-green beer on tap to get...
St. Patrick's Day Drinks

Tampa Bay, Raise A Green Glass To St. Patrick!

On March 17, St. Patrick's Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. Whether you plan on donning a green outfit and meeting friends out at your favorite Irish pub,...
Roux Duck and Donuts

Must Try: Duck and Donuts

   Duck ‘n Donuts at Roux House-made sweet potato donut Coffee braised duck confit Poached egg Hollandaise Duck cracklings $14.00 – Roux Brunch Menu   Roux 4205 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611 813-443-5255  |  www.rouxtampa.com       © Tampa Bay Metro Magazine  |  A Metro Life Media,...

Celebrated Chef Marc Murphy Opens Grey Salt

  Celebrity Chef Melds Rustic Farmhouse with Modern Casino Glitz Get a taste of the Big Apple in Tampa with the new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant by celebrity chef, Marc Murphy. Inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &...
Seasons 52 Asian-Glazed ChIlean Sea Bass

Inspired by the Season

Guided by Flavor Seasons 52 Summer Menu Is In Full Swing In keeping with their mission of using only fresh, in–season ingredients and preparing them with rustic techniques like oak-fire grilling and brick oven roasting to...
POSTO 9 rooftop bar

Creating A Culinary Destination

POSTO 9 owners, Grace and Marco Franca   POSTO 9 A Brazilian Gastropub   In the past year, the foodie scene in downtown Lakeland has grown and now is going to explode with a new Brazilian Gastropub opening in...
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Expect the Unexpected

    Roux Brings Cajun & Creole to Tampa By Ronda M. Parag     When owners, Roger & Suzanne Perry do something, they do it right. As owners of Datz and Dough in South Tampa, the  couple decided to...
Porch Swing Tea

Cheers to an Endless Summer

6 Endless Summer Cocktail Recipes There’s nothing quite like enjoying the beautiful summer sun in Tampa Bay with loved ones and a great cocktail... Beach House Cosmo Ingredients 2 cups Pinnacle® Vodka 1/2 cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur 1 cup...

Council Oak Hosts Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Dinner

An Evening of Fine Food & Whiskey Cocktails   A pop-up dining experience at Seminole Hard Rock's Council Oak brought together a fusion of great food and whiskey cocktails. The welcome cocktail of a Cherry Seelbach...

Love Is In The Air

Celebrate love with a few special happenings in Tampa Bay for Valentine’s Day 2017. METRO’s found some great happenings (vow renewal anyone?) and restaurants that will create a romantic experience to celebrate in the...
Cinco de Mayo recipes

Metro’s Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipes

While many of our readers like drinking tequila all year round, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to mix up a round of Classic Margaritas with other non-traditional, south-of-the-border-inspired cocktails. So celebrate Cinco...
Portrait of a pirate woman at the beach

Aye … Party Like A Pirate!

 Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum! The pirates are setting upon Tampa Bay and it's time for the locals to prepare for the annual invasion in typical fashion — throw a party (or...

Holiday Drink Recipes

  A signature cocktail is a must at any holiday get-together. Tampa Bay Metro has discovered some tasty holiday cocktails, sure to warm the cockles this season.       Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Frappe   2 oz. Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon 4...
Stephan Schubert

It’s A Sweet, Sweet Life

  Meet Stephan Schubert, Executive Pastry Chef at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino By Ronda M. Parag   Overseeing all the pastries and delightful treats at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is 25-year veteran of...
Grapes make the perfect snack

Grape Ideas For Heart-Healthy Meals

  Reach for grapes as a heart-healthy snack and an inventive ingredient   (Family Features) Grapes make the perfect snack: they are delicious, with a juicy burst of flavor, and are hydrating, easy to eat and portable. Additionally, grapes...
FarmTable Kitchen

FarmTable Kitchen

Casual Meets Gourmet   Located on the second floor of St. Petersburg’s Sundial, and above Chef Michael Mina’s LOCALE Market, FarmTable Kitchen is a new American restaurant featuring farm-to-table cuisine that focuses on fresh, seasonal, regionally...

Locale Market Adds to Tampa Bay Culinary Scene

  The chef-inspired culinary market and dining hotspot opened in Sundial Plaza in downtown St. Petersburg offering up fresh pasta, seafood, meats, gourmet cheese, and fresh off the grill burgers, plus much more. James Beard...
Stillwater Tavern in St. Petersburg

Stillwaters Tavern

Modern Tavern Hits Beach Drive The white subway tiles and hanging Edison bulb lighting create a modern and inviting feel to the latest addition to the dining scene in St. Petersburg. The tufted, high backed...
Seasons 52 Tampa

Hearty Dishes, Seasonal Cocktails

  Celebrate the return of winter with hearty dishes and seasonal cocktails at Seasons 52. Metro recently sampled their new winter pairing menu.     With rich flavor and fine texture, venison is perfect for a range of...
The Rococo Burger

Must Try: The Fabled Rococo Burger

What Makes This Award-Winning Behemoth So Good? The steak burger is blended house-ground NY Strip in a 70/30 meat to fat ratio which matches the 70/30 brioche bun. The mammoth 8oz. burger and brioche bun are...
Happy Holidays

5 Festive Cocktail Recipes

  Cheers! This holiday season is the perfect time to gather around and make memories. Whether you’re getting together with family or throwing a party with friends, the festivities are sure to be merry and bright. The...

Autumn Wines

Thanksgiving Wines Tips to selecting a great Thanksgiving dinner wine | By Kevin Pelley       Every year I find myself thinking about what wines to serve on Thanksgiving, during the months leading up to the big day....

Fresh. Local. Modern.

  Modern American Cuisine at Rooster & The Till | By Patricia Vorbrich                       Ferrell Alvarez has had an interest in food since the age of 15, and through his climb in the culinary industry, he has...
Cheese & Charcuterie at The Mill restaurant in St. Petersburg

Must Try: Cheese and Charcuterie at The Mill

  Living on Meats & Cheeses   Cheese and charcuterie can be a meal in itself and the options at The Mill are quite unique. “We wanted to do cheese and charcuterie a little bit different,” said...

What To Do: Got To WaZoo

The 21st Annual WaZoo BeerFest This all-inclusive tasting event at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features samples of 250 beers from 70 breweries, a variety of savory pub fare, live entertainment and free daytime admission to...