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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...
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...
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...

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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...

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...
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...
The Zombie Pirate

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...
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...
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 Best Of Tampa Bay Metro

Best of Metro 2017: Dining & Spirits

The Best of Metro Tampa Bay. the bay's best Tampa Bay Dining & Spirits   IL Ritorno Best Contemporary Italian Cuisine Chef-Owner David Benstock and his wife, Erica have created a gem of a dining experience on Central Avenue in...
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...
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...
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...
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Gettin’ Tiki With It

  Summer Drink Recipes The Mixologists at Datz in Tampa have created a few summer cocktails and shared the most popular Tiki cocktail concoctions with METRO. It's Tiki time!       Endless Summer Ingredients: 1 oz      Bernheim Wheat Whiskey 1 oz  ...
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...
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...
Cruzan Coconut Mojito recipe

National Mojito Day Cocktails

  National Mojito Day is Monday, July 11 and what better way to beat the summer heat than sipping on a deliciously cold cocktail! This year, go beyond the standard muddled mint mojito and celebrate with the Cruzan Mango...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...

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...
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 |...

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 &...
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...
Asparagus Tart

Make Your Ham Brunch Shine This Spring

  (Family Features) It’s time to shed those winter layers and enjoy the warmth and brightness of the spring season. And what’s the best way to do this, you might ask? Why not give your...
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,...
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:...
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....
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...
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...

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...

Sensational Sides for the Holidays

  Top Chefs Dish Out Some Holiday Tips     The holiday season often comes with a calendar full of festive celebrations and get-togethers. Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or attending as a guest and bringing...
Annata Wine Bar in St. Petersburg, Florida

Sip and Savor

  Annata Wine Bar By Ronda M. Parag     Tucked into a small and intimate space on Beach Drive is a gem of a wine bar that offers chic indoor or alfresco seating. Now that the weather has...
Black Devil Martini

Sweet Halloween Cocktails

  Tampa Bay Metro has pulled together some tasty "adult" drink recipes just in time for the Halloween weekend. Cheers!   The Bloody Brain Shooter INGREDIENTS 1 1/4 oz. vodka (try flavored vodka for a twist) 1/8 oz. Rose's lime...

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...

Chef Inspires Passion

The new executive chef at Rococo Steak, Matthew Rainey   Chef Matt from Rococo Steak Inspires Passion Rococo Steak is starting a new “Fresh Menu,” with special offerings created by Chef Matt to be enjoyed for a...

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...

Must Try: The Rococo Steak Bacon Flight

The Rococo Steak Bacon Flight Appetizer Three Styles of American Bacon, Grilled Rustic Bread, Maple Syrup. Bacon Flight | 11   Rococo Steak  |  655 2nd Ave. S  |  St. Petersburg Fl, 33701 www.rococosteak.com      © Tampa Bay Metro Magazine  | ...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy will partner at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa

Hard Rock Partners with Chef Marc Murphy

  Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy will partner at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa Scheduled to open in November is a new restaurant concept in partnership with celebrity chef Marc Murphy at the Seminole Hard Rock...

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....
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 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...

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