Author: Harry Martin

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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Beat the Heat & Retreat to Rococo Steak’s Summer Happy Hour

As the sun bears down its mighty heat of summer, find sanctuary at Rococo Steak in St Petersburg. Along the icy purple lit bar we sampled some of their finest (and shall I say, coolest) offerings on their summer happy hour drink menu. Our Favorites The favorite was a toss-up between the Ruby Red and the St Pete Swing—both served hand shaken and up. The Ruby Red (right) contains a refreshing marriage of elderflower liquor, Chopin Rye Vodka, ruby red grapefruit, and fresh basil. The St Pete Swing (pictured above) combines prosecco, crisp mint, Titos vodka, and an icy scoop of...

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10 New Must-Try Restaurants

The sizzle of Summer not only pairs well with a dip in the pool – it also sets the perfect scene for adventuring to new Tampa Bay area eateries! Dive into these new spots and you could be refreshing your list of favorite local bites. Selene 4945 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach (727) 317-2064 $$$ Chef Nicola Karvelas brings his Greek and New York experience to St. Pete Beach, in a coastal modern way. The restaurant’s artful interior pairs well with perfectly plated land and sea menu options. A seamless starter is the super simple, yet scrumptious, grilled octopus—made with olive oil, onions, red wine vinegar,...

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