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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...
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...

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....

Derby Themed Dinner At Council Oak Lounge

    Get in the spirit of the Kentucky Derby a bit early by enjoying a special Woodford Reserve Pairing Dinner inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Council Oak Lounge on Thursday, April 30. Enjoy...

3 Recipes to Shake Up Cinco de Mayo

Swap out the tequila this year for smooth, crisp and refreshing Ketel One Vodka Cocktails. Try Ketel One’s take on a Margarita with the Ketel One Dutch Margarita, keep it simple with a Ketel...
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...
cardamom moscow mule recipe

Spice Up Your Next Summer Event

Create A Signature Summer Drink – The Cardamom Moscow Mule Lemonade and sweet tea have their rightful place in the summer entertaining drink rotation, but if you really want to make an impression, create a...
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...
Burger and wine special at the capital grille

“Wagyu & Wine”

The Capital Grille The Capital Grille, known for its dry aged steaks and award-winning wine list, announces the return of its Wagyu and Wine program, a limited-time, gourmet burger and wine pairing experience offered exclusively...
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...

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...
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....
VIP Signature Drink

Must Try: The VIP

  VIP Signature Cocktail at Del Frisco's Grille Sweet Hawaiian Pineapple-Infused Svedka Clementine Vodka $11.00   Del Frisco's Grille 4138 W. Boy Scout Blvd. Tampa, FL 33607 www.delfriscosgrille.com       © Tampa Bay Metro Magazine  |  A Metro Life Media, Inc. Publication  
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...
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,...
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,...
Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

The Independents: Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

  Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria A passion for tradition is what drives Bavaro’s founder, Dan Bavaro, in his daily pursuit of creating delicious Italian foods. For truly Neapolitan style pizza, Bavaro’s is the original in...
muscadet wine

Wine

  Muscadet: On the Verge of Extinction?   Muscadet is the wine made in the westernmost end of the Loire Valley. This bone-dry style of white wine has a well-deserved reputation for being the world’s finest pairing...
Colored Egg Chart

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...
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...

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...
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...
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...

The Perfect Mid-Week Pick-Me Up

  Guests enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizers at the Council Oak Lounge   METRO held a VIP night at a recent Wine Down Wednesday at the Council Oak Lounge inside the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa....
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...
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...
The BYOB Build Your Own Bloody

Must Try: BYOB at Soho Backyard

  "BYOB" Build Your Own Bloody The popular Saturday and Sunday Brunches at the Soho Backyard include the now famous “BYOB” (Build Your Own Bloody) featuring Bloody Skewers. The skewers each come with a shrimp and cocktail...
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...
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 &...
roux-tampa

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...
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...
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...

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...
Beach Bar & Restaurant

The Independents: Beach Bar & Restaurant

  Beach Bar & Restaurant At The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa Showcasing sunsets daily and it just might have one of the best waterfront locations in Tampa Bay. Located next to The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas...

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 &...
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...

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...
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...
holiday drink recipe

Holiday Spirits

  Toast to the Holidays As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the season, it’s the perfect time to create a festive holiday cocktail.       Spice Box 2 oz. Diplomatico Anejo .5 oz. Ruby Port .5 oz. Velvet Falernum...
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,...

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,...
Birch & Vine at The Birchwood

The Independents: Birch & Vine at The Birchwood

  Birch & Vine at The Birchwood Located inside the historic hotel on bustling Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg, Birch & Vine offers a delicious and tantalizing menu for lunch and dinner, under the...
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...

Tampa Chef Performs In The Big Apple

Chef Jeannie Pierola recently performed at the famed James Beard House   This month, Chef Jeannie Pierola and her team at edison: food + drink lab, headed to New York City to delight diners and guests...

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...
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...
National Margarita Day

Celebrate National Margarita Day

  It's Monday and a great way to kickoff the week and celebrate National Margarita Day is with The Resting Garden Margarita created by Tampa mixologist, Ryan Brown.   Bartender: Ryan Brown Market: Tampa, Florida Bar Name: Anise Global Gastrobar Margarita Style:...
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,...
Cedar Planked Goat Cheese with Apricot Preserves

Savory Starters on the Grill

Grilled Cedar Planked Goat Cheese with Apricot Preserves   (Family Features) When most people think of the rich, smoky flavor of barbecue on the grill, they’re thinking of a slab of meaty ribs or a plump,...
Ava Tampa Salsicca Pizze

Must Try: The Wood-Fired Salsiccia Pizze

Ava's Salsiccia Pizze Enjoy this wood-fired pizza as a main dish or share as a delicious appetizer; The "Salsiccia" is topped with Italian fennel sausage, San Marzano tomatoes, and Ricotta cheese. Salsiccia Pizze | 17   Ava |...
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. ...
porch wines

Porch Wines

  Porch Wines  |  By Kevin Pelley     Summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, arrived on Friday, June 21. The summer solstice occurs when the Earth’s axis is the most aligned towards...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Tampa Bay Metro Foodie article about The Mill

Foodie: Pushing Culinary Boundaries

  The Mill in St. Pete By Ronda M. Parag   The dining scene in downtown St. Petersburg is exploding and the timing is right for the culinary movement. “With the addition of great new restaurants, we are...

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