Author: localsdish

Q&A: Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas, Castile Restaurant

Rooftop Photos courtesy of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. Food Photos Courtesy of Castile Restaurant. FROM THE MOMENT WE ARRIVED AT CASTILE RESTAURANT in the Kimpton Hotel Zamora to interview Chef Nicolas, we felt its Mediterranean influences. Located on the Intracoastal waterway in St. Pete Beach across the street from the ocean, you feel like you’re on vacation. Our first stop was the beautiful balcony overlooking the water where a manatee had just been spotted. Castile offers comfortable outdoor seating as well as a separate rooftop bar (called 360º Rooftop) allowing you to take advantage of Florida’s beautiful year-round weather....

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Celebrate World Tapas Day with this Shrimp al Ajillo Recipe from Castile

Spain designated the third Thursday in June as World Tapas Day as an international celebration of its small plates. According to their website, this day is “dedicated to celebrating this very special type of ‘mini-cuisine’ traditional from Spain, tapas aren’t only about the delicious food, but about ‘tasting the moment’ while sharing it with your favorite people.” We are definitely on board with that! In celebration of World Tapas Day, we are featuring a Shrimp al Ajillo recipe created by Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas at Castile Restaurant, one of our favorite spots in St. Pete Beach. Want more? Keep your eyes peeled next month for...

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St. Pete’s Pith & Pally Hosts Pop Up Dinner on Monday

Your next culinary adventure awaits! Most of us have heard about pop-up restaurants, but have you ever tried one? A pop up restaurant caters to the “experimental diner”—one who craves not just an amazing meal, but a new and exciting dining experience and involves hosting dinners in various location and environment, featuring an exclusive menu that has just been created specifically for that night. We recently stumbled upon Pith & Pally, a pop up dining experience that gives you a chance to interact with some of the area’s top chefs. Pith & Pally pops up occasionally throughout the year and we are here...

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The Mill Restaurant Plans for Second Location in Brandon

The Mill, the beloved chef-driven Rustic Americana restaurant located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, is opening their second location in Brandon later this summer. And we couldn’t be more excited to see this local restaurant concept expand! The Mill is recognized as one of the best restaurants in Florida, having won the Best Restaurant in Florida Award (Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award, 2015) and Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay – Best Chef Award (2015). They are known for their high quality ingredients, unique seasonal menu, craft cocktails, brunch, signature dinners and made from scratch charcuterie plates....

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Meet Foundation Coffee Co. Owners, Jason and Emily Smith

Jason and Emily have been married for almost 9 years and have 3 children. Emily was born and raised in the Tampa Bay and Jason was born in Birmingham, AL and moved here when he was in high school. Jason and Emily enjoy being involved at Bell Shoals Baptist Church and running Outdoor Impressions Pavers for the last 15 years. LD: Briefly describe the background/history behind the establishment of the shop: (When did you open, why, your passion for specialty coffee etc.) Foundation Coffee Co.: Currently living in the Riverview area, we found ourselves always driving to Tampa looking for a...

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