Monday, November 20, 2017

Dining

Bar review: The swank CWís Gin Joint in downtown Tampa

Bar review: The swank CWís Gin Joint in downtown Tampa

I was thinking a bit about the ubiquitous speakeasy trend and it occurred to me that the nucleus of the thing isnít flapper dresses, moustaches or suspenders, but rather the suggestion of exclusivity ó of being cool, in-the-know and invited to the se...
Published: 11/16/17
Local craft beer of the week: Pep in Yo Step Double IPA, Infusion Brewing Co.

Local craft beer of the week: Pep in Yo Step Double IPA, Infusion Brewing Co.

Pepper beers walk a fine line. The best ones, as is the case with most spicy endeavors, are as much about flavor as they are heat.Some, like Twisted Pineís Ghost Face Killah, exist almost solely to push the boundaries of what one person can consume (...
Published: 11/16/17
No Thanksgiving plan? Head to one of these Tampa Bay restaurants for traditional feasts and more

No Thanksgiving plan? Head to one of these Tampa Bay restaurants for traditional feasts and more

You realize Thanksgiving is just a week away, right? No pressure. If you donít have a holiday game plan for Nov. 23, letís do this thing. There are still a bunch of options, many traditional Thanksgiving repasts and some a little less conventional. C...
Published: 11/16/17
A St. Petersburg artist created the labels for this yearís Beaujolais Nouveau wine release

A St. Petersburg artist created the labels for this yearís Beaujolais Nouveau wine release

Every year, there are bad things we can count on: taxes and death. And good things: Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November and on the Thursday before, the Beaujolais nouveau arrives. What is less predictable is just how this vin de líann...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17
How to make a perfect pie crust (with recipes)

How to make a perfect pie crust (with recipes)

When I tell people I grew up in a family of pie bakers, it’s easy to imagine I’m bragging. My mother’s pies are legendary — rich, velvety custard fillings or mounded fruit pies, each cradled in an ornately decorated crust, gol...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Oak & Stone with self-serve beer coming to St. Pete, South Tampaís Byblos to reopen

Oak & Stone with self-serve beer coming to St. Pete, South Tampaís Byblos to reopen

COMING SOON: OAK & STONEBeen to Oak & Stone in Sarasota? In early 2018 weíll get one in St. Petersburg at 199 Central Ave., next to the newly constructed Hyatt Place. The concept is wood-fired pizzas mated with a self-serve beer wall highlighting cr...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Five ideas for meat pies

Five ideas for meat pies

Sweeney Todd ruined meat pies for me. e_SBlt For a while after seeing the famous musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in high school (and then again after watching the 2007 movie starring Johnny Depp), the thought of meat pies m...
Published: 11/15/17
Five pie recipes to make for Thanksgiving, or any time of year

Five pie recipes to make for Thanksgiving, or any time of year

You’ve got the crust down. Now it’s time to choose a filling for your holiday pie. Try one of these five recipes, which range from classic to unexpected. † † Classic Apple Pie Pie dough, homemade or storebought, enough for 2 (9-inch) ...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Tampa Bay Timesí food critic Laura Reiley wins prestigious Paul Hansell Award

Tampa Bay Timesí food critic Laura Reiley wins prestigious Paul Hansell Award

Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley has received the Florida Society of News Editorsí 2017 Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.Named after a longtime Associated Press bureau chief in Florida, the award recogniz...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Three things to do with leftover pie crust that arenít pie

Three things to do with leftover pie crust that arenít pie

Pie, oh my. I am all in on the flaky, homey dessert this time of year. The past couple of weeks, Iíve been collecting ideas for perfecting pie crust, trying new pie recipes and preparing for what is perhaps the biggest pie day of the year: Thanksgivi...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17