Dining and Drinks

Website ranks Ulele among top U.S. restaurants

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TBO.com staff

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. “

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Locale Market offers a gourmet market experience unlike any other

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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.

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Celebrate the holidays BBQ style with these simple tips

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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.

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717 South, Ava host Joe Maddon’s ‘Thanksmas’ dinner fundraiser Friday

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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.

The annual Thanksmas dinner fundraiser will take place at both 717 South and Ava on Friday, 5-11 p.m.

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.

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Holy Hog expands with fourth location in Carrollwood

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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.

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What to trade for free food at Qdoba

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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.

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Holiday cookies inspired by Almond Joy, Butterfinger and Snickers bars

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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.

MACAROON BARS

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BOGO at Krispy Kreme’s ‘Day of Dozens’

Published:   |   Updated: December 2, 2014 at 02:31 PM
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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.

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What to wear to get free chicken at PDQ on Thursday

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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.

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Red Tiki Bar sets grand opening in St. Pete

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St. Petersburg’s Red Tiki Bar will officially open its doors on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Located at 7361 46th Ave. N., the outdoor patio area will be open from 2 to 10 p.m., with the inside serving until 2 a.m.

The bar, which has been dubbed ‘Central St. Petersburg’s largest tiki hut’, will offer food, craft beer, $1 domestic drafts and $3 Fireball shots. The opening will also feature live music and giveaways.

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