Dining and Drinks

Cool off with a cheap ‘fan favorite’ frappucino

Published:   |   Updated: July 1, 2015 at 06:15 PM
Janine DorseyTBO.com

Cool off with a refreshing Frappucino at a discount when Starbucks announces a new “fan favorite” flavor this week.

On Friday, July 3 the recently voted-upon winning flavor will be announced on Starbucks.com and guests will be able to purchase it for $3 from 2 - 5 p.m. daily through Monday, July 6.

According to a completely unscientific poll on TBO.com, Caramel Cocoa Cluster and Cinnamon Roll remain neck-in-neck in the race to be the fan favorite.

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5 juice bars to try in Tampa Bay

Published:   |   Updated: July 1, 2015 at 10:09 AM
Sophia MirandaTBO Seen

Juicing seems to be increasingly popular and in the past year has become big business in Tampa Bay. From elaborate cleanses to simple refreshment, the demand for freshly-pressed juice is high.

What makes juice so desirable? Many juice owners who we spoke with say it’s convenience. An easy way to get your fill of healthy nutrients, while boosting energy.

Research suggests a diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk for many leading causes of death from cancer to heart disease, while also helping with weight management. However, most research also indicates that the majority of Americans aren’t getting nearly enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet.

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Little Greek celebrates anniversary with food specials, free cake

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Janine DorseyTBO.com

Little Greek Restaurants are celebrating eleven years in business with a name change: Little Greek Fresh Grill.

To get the word out, Tampa Bay area locations will be celebrating the change with a discounted mini-Greek Salad with charbroiled chicken special from June 29 through July 5.

The item, which is normally offered at $7.48, will be available for just $5 during the promotion period. No other purchase is required to get the deal.

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Free Olive Garden ‘breadstick sandwich’ samples this weekend

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Janine DorseyTBO.com staff

Olive Garden fans eager to try their newest creation are in luck this weekend.

The ‘Breadstick Nation’ food truck tour will be making a swing through St. Petersburg and New Port Richey with stops at Tropicana Field and the Main Street Blast.

Olive Garden food trucks are stopping at various sites around the country offering free samples of their breadstick sandwiches as part of a promotion to introduce the new product.

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Florida cattle industry inspires new beer

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Denver PrattTribune Staff

TAMPA — Nearly a decade into the craft beer boom, the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Breweries keep popping up across the state and country, beer keeps flowing, and people keep sidling up to the bar.

Also growing: The pressure to come up with new brews and new tastes. And if the brewmaster can do that and find a way to connect with the local area and its history, so much the better.

That’s what Cigar City Brewing has done with its latest offering, Cow Boss Imperial Milk Stout. The brewery partnered with the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation to create a craft beer that uses Florida ingredients to pay homage to Florida’s cattle industry.

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Iconic Chicago restaurant consoles Lightning fans in Tampa location announcement

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TBO.com staff

Local fans may still be reeling from the Lightning’s loss to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, but a famous Chicago restaurant is extending an olive branch south with a letter reading “Cheer up Tampa, there’s good news from Chicago today.”

Portillo’s, an iconic chain from Chicago that specializes in hot dogs, Italian beef and burgers, is opening a location in Tampa, according to a letter posted the restaurant’s website.

“It’s official. Portillo’s is coming to Tampa in 2016. Tampa residents spent years peppering us with requests to build a restaurant — you really put us in a pickle. So we’re thrilled we’re finally making our way to Florida,” the letter says.

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Behind the Bar: How to make a Smoked Old Fashioned

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By Olivia Stacey

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, celebrating a special occasion or looking to unwind, cocktails can make the perfect addition to the evening.

In this edition of “Behind the Bar,” we visit Council Oak, located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, where Cody Shaffer shows us how to make a Smoked Old Fashioned.

Shaffer said this cocktail is a refreshing summer beverage and a favorite among several celebrities who have visited Council Oak, including Mario Lopez.

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What to wear to get a free smoothie on Friday

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Janine DorseyTBO.com

True Floridians like to wear flip-flops year-round and once again that predilection will be rewarded.

On Friday, June 19, bare your toes in your favorite flip-flops for ‘Flip-Flop Day’ at a participating Tropical Smoothie Café between 2 and 7 p.m. and get treated to a free 24-ounce Jetty Punch smoothie.

The Jetty Punch flavor features bananas and strawberries.

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Free meatballs for ‘Anthonys’ on Saturday

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Janine DorseyTBO.com

Were you christened ‘Anthony’ at birth? Then you’re in for a treat.

To celebrate you and your special name, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is giving away a free small pot of meatballs to everyone who visits one of their local restaurants on Saturday, June 13 with Anthony as a first or last name.

Anthony’s ‘Pot of Meatballs’ offer is valid for lunch or dinner, no purchase necessary.

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Columbia Restaurant shares ‘1905’ Salad recipe

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Looking for a dinner idea? How about a homemade “1905” Salad?

The Columbia Restaurant shared a link to the recipe for its popular salad on its Facebook page this week.

“We love that Columbia’s Original ‘1905’ Salad makes you all so happy,” the post stated.

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