Easy no-cook Thanksgiving: Tampa Restaurants and caterers that are open Thanksgiving Day {updated}

Still stumped about what to make for Thanksgiving? How about reservations? The Palm, The Columbia in Ybor City and Cassis American Brasserie in downtown St. Petersburg are all serving Thanksgiving feasts. Open Table has an up-to-the-minute list and you can make reservation on their site. Also, one of our favorite spots in Tampa Bay, The […]






Tampa’s best frozen yogurt stores | Get your Fro-yo on

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m back in Junior High. Much to my dismay, the rad fashions of the 80’s are back, the unemployment rate is in the double digits and frozen yogurt is en vogue. Incidentally, if you see me in my jeggings, it’s Ms. Melton, if you’re nasty. Growing up, it was a […]






How do you handle sticky dining dilemmas? Send it back or ask for a refund- or both?

Lately, I’ve had some disappointing dining out experiences in South Tampa. In frustration, earlier this week, I wrote a post venting about a bad experience at a certain restaurant under the guise of “opening a dialogue” on how to handle sticky dining situations. Truth be told, the last few “nice” dinners I’ve had in South […]






Baby steps to a healthier 2011: Eating Cleaner, Locally

Happy New Year! As much as I love the holiday season, each year I look forward to January so I can reboot and get focused on what I want to accomplish in the next year. For me, it’s time to put down the eggnog, put away the elastic-waist sweat pants and get down to business. […]






Iron Chef Tampa: Local celebrities, chefs and entrepreneurs put on their thinking toques to create dishes to benefit charity

So much food, so little time. That was our sentiment Sunday as we mixed and mingled at the Fourth Annual Iron Chef Tampa Bay Challenge benefiting All Children’s Hospital. In the competition, local celebrities, chefs and entrepreneurs put on their thinking toques to create dishes that incorporated their “secret ingredient”  while attendees voted for their […]






Clearwater’s Cafe Ponte displays solid technique; pedigree. We would love to see what an updated menu could offer

Located in the Icot Center in Clearwater, Café Ponte is an unexpected diversion in an otherwise non-descript strip mall. Serving “American fusion cuisine,” Chef Chris Ponte has an impressive culinary pedigree. Chef Ponte is a Cordon Bleu graduate with a stint at the famed Tailleventin in Paris and internships with culinary royalty like Daniel Boulud. […]






We’ve got peaches on the mind…

August is National Peach Month. Peaches aren’t just the darling of Georgia– there are stellar varieties from Florida that are just as ripe, juicy and in season and we can’t seem to get enough.  While the ways to use peaches are seemingly endless, we are sharing some of our favorite peach recipes from around the […]