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  • 10 Warm Weather Getaways: Florida in the Spring

    10 Warm Weather Getaways: Florida in the Spring

    It doesn’t get much better than Florida in the spring. While much of the United States is blanketed with snow, it is the perfect time to head south and enjoy these warm weather getaways. ONE: Pinellas County, Florida, just a 30-minute drive west of Tampa International Airport, is home to nearly forty miles of award-winning beaches that stretch from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, each with it’s own distinct personality and charm. http://viewfinder.expedia.com/tampa/the-many-beaches-of-tampa-bay TWO: One of […]

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  • A Cut Above: Idaho Potato #IdahoPotatoCutsClass

    A Cut Above: Idaho Potato #IdahoPotatoCutsClass

    The Sunday Supper Movement recently invited me to attend a VIP event at the Epicurean Hotel for “Idaho Potato’s Cut Class.” Not knowing what to expect, I joyfully excepted knowing that Idaho Potato was the headliner.

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  • Hyatt ‘Good Taste Series’

    Hyatt ‘Good Taste Series’

    I recently had the good fortune to attend the Hyatt’s “Good Taste Series’ at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa Bay. They showcased Hyatt’s culinary talent from throughout Florida and beyond. Each of the 13 chef competitors,  (some of the region’s top up-and-coming  Hyatt chefs) served up two delectable creations during the 3rd annual Good Taste Series Culinary Competition. Each chef competitor thoughtfully prepared one plate aligned with Hyatt’s Sustainable Seafood philosophy plus one healthy option […]

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  • Falcon’s Fury: North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower

    Falcon’s Fury: North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower

    Falcon’s Fury stands at 335 feet and takes riders soaring 60mph straight down. At the ride’s highest point Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise; like its bird of prey namesake, riders pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later, riders plunge with speed and power that they’ve never experienced before.

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  • Epicurean Hotel, a Grand Awakening for Food and Wine Lovers

    Epicurean Hotel, a Grand Awakening for Food and Wine Lovers

    For traveling foodies like us, Tampa’s brand new Epicurean Hotel, a 137-room boutique hotel devoted to extraordinary culinary experiences might be as close to nirvana as you get.

    To kick things off, they had a Grand Awakening Reception, a celebration to Awaken Appetites Unknown™.
    We applaud the Epicurean for not only an amazing party epicurean hotel but, their cutting-edge concept, a marriage of all things we love. Food, wine and a hotel who’s rooms feature an in-room personal artisan pantry stocked with premium liquors, locally crafted beers, Perrier, a selection of San Pellegrino and a diverse selection of 5 1/2 bottle varietals with suggested pantry pairings such as, prosciutto, chocolate and sea salt caramels and chévre.

    Part of the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc., you get bet your favorite Bordeaux that we’ll be back to try a stay at the Epicurean Hotel.

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  • Check Out These Haunted Happenings .. we dare you!

    Check Out These Haunted Happenings .. we dare you!

    Check out these haunted happenings around the country .. we dare you!

    Resurrecting the Undead, the streets of downtown Lakeland, Florida will fill with zombies and zombie hunters Oct. 12 – World Zombie Day. About 15,000 people are expected to don their scariest, most gruesome zombie garb for The Shallow Grave ZombieFest, which runs 3-10 p.m. and includes a big and bad lineup of music, food, games and all-around creepy fun. Participants are encouraged to pick a side – zombie or zombie hunter – and dress the part. Professional makeup artists and costume designers will be available to perform on-site zombification, too. Downtownlakelandzombies.com

    Terror Behind the Walls is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Now in its 22nd year, Terror Behind the Walls is consistently ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country. http://www.easternstate.org/halloween/preview

    The Bone Yard in Stockbridge, Michigan is a playground of pure terror, not intended for the faint of heart with 30 acres of soul stealing, heart pounding, mind blowing entertainment. http://hauntedhousesinmichigan.net/Home.aspx

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  • Shrimp Fra Diablo #Recipe

    Shrimp Fra Diablo #Recipe

    This Shrimp Fra Diablo #Recipe is just what you need to spice up your menu! I had the pleasure to dine at Timpanos Italian Chophouse in Tampa the other night. It was a great meal and I tasted just about everything on the menu from meatballs to mussels. One of my favorite dishes was the Shrimp Fra Diablo. Packed with flavor and a little kick, the Shrimp Fra Diablo was a personal favorite so I asked, and they gave me the recipe to share with you. Their recipe is for a single serving, but I would multiply by five (because that’s MY size single serving) …..

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  • Simply Fresh Guacamole … #recipe

    Simply Fresh Guacamole … #recipe

    Ingredients: – 1.5 HAAS Avocados, shelled, pitted and diced – Juice of 1/2 of a lime – 1 tsp fresh chopped cilantro – 1 tbls of fine minced red onion – 1/4 tsp of diced fresh jalapeno – 1 tbls of diced tomato Combine all ingredients in mortar and pestle or small mixing bowl, thoroughly mashing but leaving some chunks. Salt and pepper to taste. This recipes come compliments of  The Lime  where their fresh […]

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  • Color TV & Pool!

    Color TV & Pool!

    It’s not every day that you see a Motel that advertises “Color TV”! Just across the street from the Tampa Taco Bus, we discovered this motel that not only has color TV, but offers clean rooms, weekly rates, & a pool! And should you have poor cell reception in your room, notice the pay phone located under the motel’s sign for your convenience. Obviously guest safety is a priority as the safety cover over the […]

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  • ADDetour ~ The Tampa Taco Bus

    ADDetour ~ The Tampa Taco Bus

    You probably won’t find it in any of the tourists brochures but the Tampa Taco Bus in Tampa, FL is a MUST!! The Taco Bus is an old school bus converted into a kitchen that prepares incredible, fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine. The food was so good, I dove right in and ate it all before I remembered to take a picture. They are open 24/7, and as the sign says, “Broken English Perfectly Spoken.” Indoor […]

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