Author: Ariana Losch

Cider: Making its Mark in Tampa Bay Taprooms

A new drinking fever for hard cider is taking over Tampa Bay taprooms. How exactly does one describe hard cider? I’m not afraid to admit it—before stepping into the cozy tasting room at St. Pete’s very own 3 Daughters Brewing, I didn’t know the difference between hard cider and sparkling apple juice. Hard Cider: (n) An alcoholic drink made from fermented crushed fruit, typically apples. Sparkling Apple Juice: (n) A soft drink consisting of slightly carbonated apple juice. Really, given the statistics, it’s not completely unheard of for a common American like myself to mix up these two very...

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Weekend Brunch at Cider Press Café

Downtown St. Pete’s highly acclaimed raw vegan restaurant The Cider Press Café debuts an exciting new addition to their menu calendars—weekend brunch! The café previously only served brunch for holidays and special occasions, and luckily, that’s all about to change. Beginning August 20, the café will offer an innovative gourmet brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., guaranteeing vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike the perfect weekend spot to enjoy tasty food and a leisurely dining experience. Menu items include but are not limited to:   Stuffed Pancakes Delicious maple-pecan raw vegan pancakes, stuffed with cheesecake...

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3 To Try: Vegan Restaurants

1. The Cider Press Café 601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 photo above courtesy of The Cider Press Café Whether you are a strict vegan or just trying to eat more plant-based meals, The Cider Press Café has something for everyone. Even bacon lovers will appreciate the smoky flavor and crisp texture of the eggplant “bacon” in their BLT sandwich. One of the most popular items on the menu is the Pad Thai. Made with zucchini and kelp noodles, this dish is certain to keep you coming back again and again. 2. Rawk Star Café 4011 Tampa Rd...

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Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Hosts High West Distillery Pairing Dinner July 28th

Council Oak Steakhouse in Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino partners with High West Distillery to offer a luxurious fine-dining experience on Thursday, July 28. This pairing event combines rare, award-winning whiskeys with a menu specially created by Chef Dave Puatu. The dinner begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 PM, followed by a flavorful four-course meal and special performance by Josh Carroll. That’s right, Council Oak will be presenting the full package—stunning food, prime drinks, and an evening of soulful entertainment. Then menu includes the following selections: 1st Course Roasted Guinea Hen paired with High West Distillery American...

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7 of Tampa Bay’s Finest Restaurants Come Together July 16 to Benefit PARC

Great food, free drinks and a valuable local cause all come together on July 16th for PARC’s second annual Top Chefs event, where seven of Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants will set up tasting stations in The Birchwood’s Grand Ballroom. PARC, a non-profit organization that’s provided services to children and adults with developmental disabilities since 1953, has a remarkable history of hosting popular and powerful fundraisers for their various projects and programs. As proven by their annual Black Tie Legacy Ball, a function they’ve held for 47 years, PARC clearly has a great deal of success from these charitable events—and...

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