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Hunahpu’s Day 2017 Is COMING!!!

TAMPA, FL – The 8th Annual Hunahpu’s Day® is this Saturday, March 11, 2017 Held each March to celebrate the release of Cigar City Brewing’s award-winning Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, Hunahpu’s Day has grown into one of the country’s premier craft beer events with this year’s event bringing together over 140 of the world’s most talented …

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Baking with Booze: Tequila-Lime Cupcakes…aka Margarita Cupcakes!

As with yesterday’s Bourbon-Chocolate-Espresso Cupcakes, baking with booze is one of my favorite things to do.  Whether its making a beer syrup to glaze a bread pudding or mixing liquor into icing for cookies, alcohol in all its forms can add massive flavor to baked goodies. For the night of our friends’ bike shop opening, …

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Baking with Booze: Bourbon-Chocolate-Espresso Cupcakes with Bourbon Buttercream & Candied Bacon

Lately, on Facebook, I’ve seen several people post the status, “Everyone who knows me, knows I love_______.” I guess the purpose is to see how many people really “know” you, but there is no way I can post this as my status, because my entire page would fill up with “Beer,” “Wine,” “Bourbon,” “Vodka,”…and any other …

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Best Beer Finds at the Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Fest 2017

Four years ago, we attended our first Florida Brewers Guild Beerfest. We knew it was the kick off event for Tampa Bay Beer Week, and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We had general admission tickets, and when we arrived, we still stood in line for over an hour. Once in …

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Coastal Coconut-Key Lime Cookies

At World Food Championships, competitors are faced with 2 and possibly, 3 rounds of cooking: a Signature Round, in which competitors create their “signature” dish, a Structured Build, in which WFC dictates what will be made, and the Finals Round, again, dictated by WFC.  During my first WFC, the Structured Build was simply to make …

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Mom’s Swiss Steak

Growing up, my mom would frequently make what she called Swiss Steak.  At the time, I had no idea why she called it that, because no part of it seemed “Swiss” to me.  Seriously, when I think “Swiss,” I think cheese and chocolate, and neither were in this dish.  The cuts of round or cube …

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#SundaySupper Easy Dinner Recipes for 2: Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

We’ve all been there.  We’ve all done it.  We love it. Dating! Dinner…Movie…Popcorn…Candy…Soda… it can seriously add up!  Dating, these days, is expensive. Going on a simple date with dinner and a movie can easily run you $100, and that’s not including cocktails!  With kids, cars, mortgages, and everything else that life throws at us, …

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Big Game Snacks: Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

The BIG GAME is tomorrow night. Are you making snacks or like my husband suggested, picking up sushi take out? Seriously, he suggested picking up sushi take out and watching the game, so that I wouldn’t have to cook for a game that I cared nothing about.  I love that man! Well, regardless of my …

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Six Ten Brewing Chili Cook off

Six Ten Brewing in Tampa is hosting a chili cook-off this weekdend, and the only requirement…Use Six Ten Beer!!! I can do that! Actually, there are 2 requirements…Six Ten Beer and no fillers…No beans, no corn, no rice, no hominy… No Problem! Sooooo….My entry will include Six Ten’s Horchata Stout, Pork, Cinnamon, Mole, and a …

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Fire and Oak Grill…Jersey City

At the most inopportune time, I’ve gone out of town for what could be a life changing opportunity (more on that later), and as usual, I set out from my hotel, on foot, to find a Taphaus that should have been, according to Google maps, an 11 minute walk. However, I’m a Florida girl and …

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