Author: Harry Martin

Our Favorite Fido Friendly Restaurants & Bars

Photos by Erin Marie Photography Elaine Christensen & Michael Jensen + Harold (Lab/Bullmastiff mix) Restaurant choice: Tryst Gastro Lounge What do you like best about this pup friendly space? The spacious area and welcoming staff puts Tryst at the top of the list for our little family! What is your favorite thing on the menu? I love the Korean beef bulgogi as an appetizer or a meal. The lettuce wraps are tangy and refreshing, it is always my go-to! Why would you recommend this destination to other dog-loving families? Tryst has such an inviting outdoor space, but the fact that it is...

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Tastings Dinners Rise Up in Tampa Bay: Our FarmTable Experience

FOR FOOD FANS LOOKING TO TAKE THEIR CULINARY EXPERIENCES TO THE NEXT LEVEL IT’S HARD TO BEAT A WELL-THOUGHT-OUT AND EXECUTED TASTING DINNER. RESTAURANT GOERS ARE ASKING MANY MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THEY EAT—HOW IT IS MADE, FROM WHOM AND WHERE THE FOOD IS BEING SOURCED, AND HOW IT IS BEING PACKAGED OR PREPARED. TASTING DINNERS CAN GIVE YOU INSIGHTS INTO ALL THESE AREAS AND MORE! How are these dinners different from your standard dining experience? While tasting dinners vary greatly from restaurant to restaurant, there are some usual features. First, the menu and price is typically pre-set, with optional wine or drink pairings for an additional fee. Second, the number...

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James Beard & The Consuming Arts

The elemental purpose of food is to nourish and sustain life. If one only considers this functional and practical approach, meal opportunities are endless and most options are likely flat-out boring. Somewhere in the depths of human history, we went from a nomadic hunt-and-gather way of life to one of infusion and intricacy. One man turned the tables on “standard” by popularizing culinary art, culture and education into the daily eating habits of American cuisine. His name—James Beard. Portland, Ore. native James Beard has an unprecedented list of accomplishments in the culinary world. He authored cookbooks and articles, was instrumental...

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Keep it Local! LD Holiday Gift Guide

Tis’ the season for gift giving! As you peruse the world of unlimited options, we’ve refined a list of some of the coolest locally made goods that make perfect gifts to friends, family and co-workers. We think that supporting local businesses not only is a unique way to share a gift, but also a way to make our region a strong business center for all. Sure we’re a little heavy handed on the consumable side of gift giving, but hey, this is a food magazine after all! Consider putting these marvelous Bay Area businesses on your shopping lists and...

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The Wonders of Whiskey and Fine-Dining: A Council Oak and High West Distillery Pairing Dinner

This month Seminole Hard Rock’s Council Oak Steaks & Seafood joined forces with High West Distillery to bring a four-course pairing dinner to please any palate. Last Thursday, I was lucky enough to experience the dinner and unbelievable whiskeys that were paired specifically with the menu prepared by Chef Dave Puatu. Here’s a recap of my amazing experience. The Hors d’oeuvres The evening began with a mouthwatering selection of hors d’oeuvres including smoked salmon, rabbit confit and mini pastrami burgers. The standout was the house-smoked salmon, which was served in miniature house-made sesame cones and garnished with osetra caviar and sea...

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