Dining and Drinks
BY RICHARD MULLINSTribune staff
The petite, yet high-profile Oxford Exchange corner market is closing its doors for good, the victim of success at its much larger next-door parent.
Owners of the overall Oxford Exchange restaurant, bookstore, cafe and retail complex say their main restaurant and private event/catering business has grown so much this year that they simply need the kitchen space more than the take-out market.
“Our menu requires a lot of prep on a daily basis and we really need the extra space,” said Allison Adams, director of the Oxford Exchange.
The Ulele restaurant has only been open since August, but it’s already gained a national reputation.
The Tampa restaurant was named one of the 100 best U.S. restaurants diners at the website OpenTable. The list is derived from more than 5 million reviews submitted by the website’s users.
“This is a great honor, especially because Ulele has only been open since Aug. 26,” Richard Gonzmart, co-owner and president of the Columbia Restaurant Group in a news release. “I want to thank all of the Open Table reviewers who put us on this very exclusive list. “
By Olivia Stacey
When you walk into Locale Market, you feel as if you’re in a gourmet kitchen. One that you can shop in, filled with locally sourced products, fresh-cooked foods and baked goods along with retail items that have each been hand-selected by a chef.
Basically, a foodie’s dream come true.
The two-story 20,000 square foot building has 11 kitchens that combine to create a culinary immersion.
Fourth of July isn’t the only holiday that goes hand-in-hand with BBQ.
Barbecue master, Danny Hernandez of Holy Hog knows better than anyone that smoked meat and the holiday season make a perfect combo. In this video, he gives us a few tips for creating a stress-free and delicious holiday meal.
By Ashley Reams Mistretta
Joe Maddon might have left his manager position with the Tampa Bay Rays, but the event he created to help the area’s homeless will go on.
Maddon started Thanksmas in 2006 to raise awareness for homelessness. Each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, he and Rays employees and family members served a meal of spaghetti and meatballs, sausage, pierogies and cake at the Sallie House and various Salvation Army locations. They also handed out clothes, shoes and other donations.
It seems that Tampa Bay can’t get enough of the hog. Just three months after opening Holy Hog Barbecue in downtown Tampa, Holy Hog has opened its fourth stand alone location in Carrollwood. In this video, we take a look inside and ask owner, Danny Hernandez the secret behind their continued success.
It’s said during the holidays that giving is better than receiving, but if you give to Qdoba in the next week, you’ll get something pretty tasty in return.
Through Dec. 15, Tampa area Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants are offering a free entrée to anyone who brings in a new, unwrapped toy of at least $10 in value. You can choose from burritos, bowls, tacos, quesadillas or salads.
The toys will be given to Toys For Tots and distributed locally to needy kids.
Alison LadmanAssociated Press
Oh, that classic Almond Joy vs. Mounds dilemma... Whether to go dark chocolate or milk chocolate with nuts. These bar cookies inspired by those sibling candy bars let you have it your way, or both ways.
♦ We created a basic macaroon cookie baked into bar form, then topped it with milk chocolate and almonds or dark chocolate just like the candy that inspired them. But they’re your cookies, so you get to break the rules and do dark chocolate and almonds. Or cashews. Or white chocolate and pistachios.
Doughnut fans can get a sweet deal on Friday, Dec. 12.
The ‘Day of the Dozens’ (12/12) is when Krispy Kreme offers a buy-one-get-one deal of the company’s famous Original Glazed doughnuts.
The offer is good for a free dozen original glazed with the purchase of a dozen original glazed doughnuts. Krispy Kreme visitors must present coupon at the time of purchase and only one coupon may be used per customer.
By Ashley Reams Mistretta
There seems to be a special day for everything, amiright?
Take Your Dog to Work Day, Pi Day and Star Wars Day are ones I can come up with off the top of my head.
Well, now I’m adding National Brown Shoes Day to that list. It takes place Thursday, and PDQ is celebrating by giving a free order of three chicken tenders to anyone wearing brown shoes.