Taste of South Tampa 2015

It’s a new year and that means another delicious ride through some of South Tampa’s best local restaurants. This Sunday, April 12th, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 10th annual Taste Of South Tampa. And this year, it’s even better than before! The event will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field and the foodie coma start promptly at 1pm. Check out last year’s fun here!

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Last year, we had a great time tasting around town in Hyde Park, but it seems the event has grown so much that they needed a change of scenery. We will be there and I will be sporting my birthday best (as I celebrate getting one more year older).

We are currently running a contest on Instagram that you should check out to put yourself in the running for a pair of free tickets to the event. But hurry because the contest ends this Friday, April 10th at Midnight!

Here’s the list of the participating restaurants, bars, wine and spirits participating this year:

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Beef O’Brady’s
Bud Light
Budweiser
Cabot Creamery
Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar
Cater ME Fit
Catrina’s South Tampa
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Crispers
Eats American Grill
Fox Jazz Club
Goose Island
Grafitti Junktion
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
Hugos Spanish Restaurant
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Kahwa Coffee
Little Greek Westshore
Louis Pappas
MacDintons
Papa’s Pilar Rum
Perk’s Donut Bar
Pincher’s
Players Sports Bar
Press Box Sports Emporium
PRP Wine International
Rollin’ Oats
Sam’s Club
Shells Seafood
Sonny’s BBQ
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The Florida CANE Distillery
Twisted Sun Rum
Yard of Ale Soho
VIP – Brio
VIP – Caketastic
VIP – Chouinards Cuisine
VIP – DoubleTree Cookies
VIP – Kona Grill
VIP – Schakolad Chocolate Factory
VIP – Seasons 52
VIP – Stella Artois

Some other awesome things going on at the event include: live entertainment, a Family Fun Zone with bounce house, games and face painter, a canned food drive to benefit Metropolitan Ministries, giveaways from event sponsors, AND THE BEST ONE OF ALL…..Each attendee will receive a FREE ticket to the Tampa Yankees game!! 

All in all, we had fun last year and look forward to the fun we are going to have this year. So if you have a free Sunday Funday to plan, grab some tickets to the Taste of South Tampa OR better yet, head to our instagram and try and win yourselves a pair FOR FREE! Either way, come with an empty stomach and get ready to EAT! #Yum #southtampataste

-Nicholas

Give And Grub

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Last week, we were invited to Amalie Arena to check out an awesome, new food truck known as The Give And Grub Food Truck. Sponsored by The Laser Spine Institute and in partnership with The Tampa Bay Lightning, Metropolitan Ministries, and Feeding America Tampa Bay, Give and Grub provides gourmet meals to many paying customers around town. The best part is, they have a broader mission: to help feed the hungry by providing 150,000 free meals to people in need living in Tampa Bay.

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For every meal sold from the food truck, a meal is donated to a person less fortunate. In addition, the truck is has  program to feed children at elementary school throughout neighboring counties on Fridays.

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We went over to Amalie and met up with the cool staff of Give and Grub. They pointed out that their menu to us (all of which were named after hockey terms) and explained we should choose a few to try. We had a pretty easy time choosing since we TRY to eat “healthy” and didn’t want to fill up too quick. We chose the Hat Trick Chicken Sliders, Hedman’s Steak Tacos, and the Slap Shot Chicken Salad.

While waiting for our food to be prepared, we snapped a few shots in the Give and Grub photobooth. By the time our photo session was done, our food was ready to be enjoyed!

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Our food was ready and we were HUNGRY! We took a few pictures and then tried to find a seat to enjoy the elaborate amount of food we were given. I really enjoyed the chicken sliders (partially because they were served with some awesome sweet potato fries) and Ryan got down on the Steak Tacos. Although messy, they pack a flavorful punch. We help on to the chicken salad for later on because BEWARE: The portions from the food truck are HUGE! They definitely do NOT disappoint when it comes to flavor and feeling full. With all of the other great options on the menu, we are looking forward to catching the truck again at Amalie Arena on Thursday and Saturday Home Games.

So what now? Well, there are THREE easy ways for you to get involved in the Give and Grub movement.

1. Buy a meal: For every meal purchased, Give and Grub will donate a meal to a less fortunate person.

2. Get Social: By sharing the official #giveandgrub hashtag on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, a meal will be donated as well. Yes, you read that correctly, you can tweet or post while including #giveandgrub in your message and as simple as that, a meal will be donated on your behalf. It literally could not be any simpler.

3. Email: Visit this link  so you can email your friends and tell them all about it.

So, when you are looking for something to do, while enjoying delicious food and donating to a good cause, check out the Give and Grub Food Truck to pay it forward!

-Nicholas

Davis Islands Coffee Bar

A wise man once said, “Life’s Too Short To Drink Cheap Coffee.” And this, my friends, is our belief at NHIE Tampa Bay. That’s why when we heard there was a new coffee shop opened on Davis Islands, we had to find some time to check it out! So during one of our weekend trips around the Bay, we stopped in for some iced coffee. Let’s just say, we were pleasantly surprised.

DI Coffee Bar is an eclectic spot newly located on Davis Islands. Offering a mix from breakfast with coffee and mimosas to dinner with beer and wine, this is an awesome new addition to DI. If you think it looks cool from the pictures, you NEED to check it out in person.

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P.S. You can buy the home decor items too!

-Nicholas

Tampa Bay Vintage Markets

As many of you know, Ryan and I love to go on vintage hunts for unique items for our house. It has become a fun and exciting weekend adventure. Here are some of the places we have been scoping out lately for our place. (Photo Credit: NHIE Tampa Bay)

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Located in Seminole Heights, this spot is new to the area. It is right next door to Rooster and the Till, so if you are looking for a unique stop for a mixture of old and new items for your home, look no further! We found a bunch of really fun items for the home and ended up settling on the blue couch below for our living room. David provides AWESOME customer service and was really helpful in pointing us in the right direction. They also do custom upholstery, slip covering, draperies and more. Check them out and then head next door for a bite to eat at Rooster and the Till. It’s a great combo for a weekend afternoon trip!

 

Schiller Salvage

If you have been following us for a while, you know how much we LOVE Charlie and Larry Schiller, owners of Schiller Salvage. Their space is a gathering of antique and vintage items that they can reinvent and repurpose into something totally new. If you are looking for reclaimed wood, slabs of granite from the old courthouse downtown (now home to Le Meridien), or even some funky letters from an old store front, you can find all you need here. The advice and creative styling they provide will be just what you need to make that project a reality in your home. Not to mention, the slideshow below shows some great artistic elements Charlie curated and created for the Coppertail Brewery Grand Opening in Ybor City.

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Vintage Post Marketplace

Also new to Seminole Heights, Vintage Post Marketplace boasts a variety of vendors looking to share their funky styles with customers. As you walk through the space, you are taken through many different decor styles and may even see a live demo being completed. When we stopped in during the grand opening, we watched a team sanding and repainting a dressed using chalk paint. It was very cool! Additionally, the back of the store includes a consignment shop for home furnishings, so if you aren’t in the market for a new item just yet, but are looking to take a few items off of your hands, this may be just what you are looking for.

Tampa Bay Salvage

Although it is quite a hike for us from South Tampa, I enjoyed the peaceful drive to Tampa Bay Salvage. It is located in Tarpon Springs right near the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, so I would suggest taking the ride out and making a lunch date out of it. You can search around the property, run by Joshua White and his wife, for all things salvage. What sets this stop apart from the others is that they also have upcycled items they have created on site that are one of a kind like wooden top tables and funky lighting fixtures (as shown below).

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Zazzoo’d

Zazzoo’d is a really great design and decor store located in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. Featuring tons of creative items made in house, they carry both large and small items. When we visited a few months back, we found a set of books ends shaped like a mermaid’s body. It was repainted in a coral color and when we found a men’s bathroom symbol, we asked if they could paint it to match. They were all about it and within an hour, we were back to pickup our two unique purchases. They have tons of inventory that can be custom painted or refinished and moves quickly through the store. So, if you ever see something that catches your eye, you better move FAST!

 

Summer House MarketplaceOh Whatever Decor

These spots are located on S. Manhattan where you can find a slew of great vintage shops. Ranging from indoor and outdoor furniture, to art and custom pieces, they have it all for your home decor needs. What’s the best part? Well, every time we go in, we find a variety of great, vintage finds. So head on over to see all of the great products available this week.

 

Dang Chics

This spot is a bit off the beaten path. One day, on a drive down Adam Dr. towards Brandon, I caught this shop from across the way. When I went inside of this low key spot, I was surprised at the amount of cool things they had. I think the metal table with blue stand was probably my favorite. You should definitely check them out if you head in that direction.

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Hoping you find what you’re looking for,

Nicholas

Great Escape Room Tampa

So, a few weeks ago, we decided to locked ourselves in a room with some of our blogger friends. No, we were not at rehab for social media crazies! We were checking out the opening of The Great Escape Room Tampa. With its newest location in Downtown Tampa, this place is QUITE the unique and exciting experience to say the least.

 

We arrived around 7:45pm to get our paperwork signed and meet all of our fellow sleuths before our 8pm start as suggested by the awesome staff. Getting to the space itself was a bit of a hunt at first, but once we found the address (behind Crumb & Cork), we made our way upstairs to get started. We signed a little waiver and split into teams for the big competition.

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Now, as many of you know, Allison, Ryan and I are VERY competitive, so this is about the moment when the trash talking began. There are two rooms currently available to search (both are practically replicas of each other) except one can hold a few more people than the other. Our group was about 16 people, so we split down the middle and then had to decide our group names. Ryan and I stuck with some of our peeps and we called ourselves the #SherlockSuperSleuths and Allison’s team of sleuths were deemed the #WatsonWannabees.

Once the trash talking ended, we were escorted into our rooms, known as “The Library”, and given the directions. This obviously built the anticipation that we ALL were feeling. So much so, that SOME people in our room, not mentioning any names, were trying to start looking for clues before our staff member, Anitra, was able to go over all of the directions. Luckily, we eventually got started and were on our way to not only beating the 60 minute timer we had to get out of the room, but to ALSO crush our opponents in the other Library.

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We devised a plan, organized objects and clues as we found them and worked collectively as a team to solve the different puzzles within the room. Some clues and puzzles were easy to find, while others took almost the full 44minutes to figure out. And although it was a timed race and we wanted to beat the clock, we were all having a blast as we worked through the different puzzles.

Not to give away TOO much information about what happens inside the room, you have to really get “creative” when thinking about what could be considered a clue. Also, many objects in the room are used as part of a clue, but there may be a message included that needs decoding or a math equation that needs solving. All in all, we made it out of our room in 44 minutes and change, a new record at the Tampa location! Allison’s team followed right behind us at 48 minutes, all smiles and laughing.

We reconvened in the parlor room where our journey began, had some cookies and water, took some pictures with some GREAT sleuth gear and called it a night at The Great Escape Room Tampa!

Happy Hunting

-Nicholas

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