The Seaside Café at the Boca Beach Club offers unique beach-side dining, family-friendly whimsy

Chef Donna Wynter has worked in some of South Florida’s best Hotel restaurant kitchens, including a stint as Chef du Cuisine at Palme d’Or at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and at the former Baleen at The Grove Isle Club. These days, Wynter’s significant culinary talent is focused on building the restaurant scene at […]






Chef Wynter’s Conch Chowder Recipe

Chef Donna Wynter, executive chef at the Boca Beach Club, graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City, and has worked her way through South Florida’s most esteemed hotel restaurants. A Floribbean favorite, Conch Chowder is one of Wynter’s most popular dishes. If you can’t make it to Boca Beach Club’s Seagrille to […]






Pane Rustica’s Medjool date, spiced Apple & Pistachio strudel

As promised, here is Pane Rustica’s Medjool date strudel that was served at last week’s Natural Delights Tampa Blogger’s Dinner. This recipe is very easy and would be a great addition to New Year’s day menus focused on good luck pork dishes. Medjool dates are a very versatile fruit. Some people compare them to figs […]






Date Night with Tampa Bloggers at Pane Rustica displays diversity of the ancient fruit

Wednesday night, Tampa Bloggers and local media gathered at Pane Rustica in South Tampa to eat, drink and be merry at a holiday party sponsored by Bard Valley Natural Delights and hosted by ZEST. Natural Delight’s Medjool dates were front and center for the evening.             Pane Rustica created a […]






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 […]






Sometimes, I just don’t want to know

Tampa restaurants can’t hide from their Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspections as now, there’s a database published by the Tampa Bay Business Journal that allows the public to easily see exactly how many citations each restaurant has gotten of the past few years. (This is all public record) The database can be […]






How to throw a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner party

This is M & Co.’s first year hosting Thanksgiving at our house.  It looks like we are going to have a houseful and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate my favorite holiday! Family members probably think I didn’t detect the sounds of concern in their voice when I said that I was hosting Thanksgiving […]






Has the Foodie movement gotten downright mean?

Today’s Foodie landscape resembles the hallowed halls of the capital building in Washington, D.C. Bitter. Divisive. Downright mean. It almost makes me—deep breath here—embarrassed to be called a foodie. South Florida Blogger Frodnesor who writes the blog, Food for Thought, may finally get the last laugh. A few times, he has written about his distaste […]






Tampa Food Swap promises good foodie fun

*Slight* bit of self promotion with this post, but we are really excited about this event and want as many people who want to participate to be included. Tampa’s first ever Food Swap is slated for next Saturday, October 1st. There are still slots available, but hurry! A food swap is part silent auction/part village […]






Win a free Miami Spice Dinner for Two! {Contest now closed}

  Who doesn’t like a free meal?  Miami Spice, the Miami restaurant special menu promotion is going full steam and Acqua Panna, the fine dining water touted by Chefs and sommeliers worldwide, is bringing ZEST readers a fantastic giveaway. During August and September, Miami’s top restaurants offer three-course meals (Lunch $22, Dinner $35) featuring signature dishes created […]