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  1. Restaurant review: Tampa wine bar Cru Cellars also a worthy spot to indulge in sophisticated plates

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    TAMPA -- One of the joys of writing about businesses in a particular market over a long period of time is watching some of them find their footing, mature and blossom. Cru Cellars has seriously come into its own.

    Citrus Panzanella, with blood orange, grapefruit, orange, fennel and crouton, at Cru Cellars in Tampa.
  2. Datz mixologist Morgan Zuch heads to national bartending competition

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    News from South Tampa comfort food titans Datz has been winging around the internet this week with the debut of their Amazon Warrior Burger in honor of the release of the new Wonder Woman movie. Not sure how this is precisely a tribute to Gal Gadot, or even Lynda …

    Datz’s own Wonder Woman, mixologist and general manager Morgan Zuch, was the first woman to win a Star of the Bar regional competition and heads on Sunday to Nationals in Chicago, where she will reprise her winning cocktail, the Perky Peach.
  3. From gourmet pops to sherbet, here are the best alternative cool treats in Tampa Bay

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    When I was a child, summer treats meant one thing. Baskin-Robbins, or Batman and Robin's, as my superhero-obsessed kid brother misheard. Sure, there were 31 flavors, but usually the choice was between a couple of stalwarts, a perfect sphere balanced atop a sugar cone (reliable heartbreak: licking the ball off its perch …

    Thai ce cream is rolled at Iceburg Frozen Yogurt in St. Petersburg on Friday, May 12, 2017. Thai rolled ice cream has become a very popular trend this past year in the frozen treats category. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

  4. Eating ramen with Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife in Tampa

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    Punk rock and ramen. Who knew they're nearly a peanut-butter-and-jelly-level match up.

    Members of Shonen Knife — from left, original members and sisters Naoko and Atsuko Yamano and new drummer Risa Kawano — enjoy ramen at Ichicoro Ramen in Seminole Heights before their recent Ybor City show.
  5. Deal alert: Wednesday is Free Smoothie Day in Tampa Bay

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    Smoothie King stores across Tampa Bay are celebrating the start of summer with their annual Free Smoothie Day promotion on Wednesday, May 17.

    Free Smoothie Day returns to Tampa Bay on Wednesday. [Smoothie King]
  6. Restaurant review: Ocean Hai on Clearwater Beach is pretty, but the food needs finesse

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    The modern restaurant is frequently described as a by-product of the French Revolution — hundreds of food service professionals in the royal household and homes of the aristocracy all of a sudden needed to find something else to do when the cooks' guilds were abolished. But there were public …

    Kristin Zeiter prepares to serve Autumn Wolf, center, and Wendy Harris, both of Selinsgrove, Pa., an edamame appetizer at Ocean Hai. The restaurant opened in February.
  7. Here's where to take Mom for high tea this Mother's Day

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    Afternoon high tea is about as Mother's Day-appropriate as it gets. Little pinkie extended. One lump or two, Mother dear? Care for a watercress sandwich? The Tampa Bay area has a number of places to take the lovely lady for an afternoon of crumpets and such.

    The Royal Tea Room features a three-tiered caddy with scones, savory bites and delicious desserts.
  8. Restaurant review: Three brunch places to take Mom on Mother's Day

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    Forget what the M, O, T, H and E stand for. On Sunday, the ''R'' is for reservations. The busiest restaurant day of the year, Mother's Day brunch is a serious tradition for many families, love and gratitude meted out in waffles and eggs over easy. Certain restaurants reliably fill to capacity — Oystercatchers at …

    Behold the Gangsters Sweet Spot: vanilla cinnamon French toast that’s stuffed with fresh strawberry cream cheese and rolled in frosted flakes. It is served with maple syrup and fruit. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  9. Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style this weekend

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    Hey you there, with the taco in one hand and the tippy, salt-rim margarita in the other. Before you get to celebrating May 5 a lo grande, please explain why we're celebrating. Mexico's Fourth of July? Buzz. Thank you for being a contestant and we have some lovely …

    We know all you really want is a classic margarita and some chips and salsa.
  10. Restaurant review: Gengiz Khan Turkish Grill serving up a wide variety of attractive Mediterranean fare

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    Ergin Tek must get tired of saying, "It's not Genghis Khan, the Mongol invader. It's Gengiz Khan."

    Gengiz Khan Turkish Grill moved from a small space on MacDill in January to this larger location on Bay to By Boulevard in South Tampa.
  11. Dining Planner: The Dinner Series at Rooster & the Till, Cuban Pete

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    Culinary conversation: The Dinner Series

    Clockwise from top left are chefs Noel Cruz and Branden Lenz of Tampa’s Ichicoro, Maximillian Petty of Eden Hill, Michael Gulotta of Mopho and Maypop, Gabe Erales of Dai Due and George Sabatino of Aldine.
  12. Restaurant review: Love Food Central in downtown St. Petersburg will please vegans and carnivores alike

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    It happened the way these things tend to happen. When Valerie Mantzoros was 20 she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. They said she would be in a wheelchair by the time she was 30. She went to a homeopath who suggested she try going dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free. She did, also cutting …

    The Hail Caesar salad with tempeh and avocado at Love Food Central includes local kale massaged with Caesar dressing and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts, house-made vegan Parmesan cheese and capers.
  13. Dining Planner: Florida Blueberry Festival, Seafood and Sweets, Taste of Ybor

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    Blueberry season is in full swing, with this year's Florida Blueberry Festival making it official. First, there's the festival kick-off event on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Saxon Manor. The Victorian Epicurean Tasting benefits the Brooksville Vision Foundation and offers …

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  14. Review: Animal Kingdom's new restaurant Tiffins offers fine dining inside the theme park

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    One of the newest restaurants out at Walt Disney World is also one of its most high-end. And unlike other fancy options like California Grill in the Contemporary Resort, this one is located inside a theme park.

    Tiffins, a new restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom, celebrates the art of traveling and includes the adjoining Nomad Lounge with waterfront views with outdoor seating. Photo by Scott Watt, courtesy of Walt Disney World.
  15. Review: How to eat Korean barbecue at 66 Q-Pot Korean BBQ and Hot Pot (w/video)

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    The first time I had Korean barbecue and hot pot it was in San Francisco in 1991. I bungled the whole thing robustly. I cooked things too long, made huge unwieldy burritos with lettuce leaves, used the wrong sauces on the different meats and generally looked like a bad Edward Scissorhands impression …

    Different meats, seafood and vegetables are grilled directly at the table at 66 Q-Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot in Pinellas Park. Each booth and table is inset with hot pot burners and a flattop grill. For maximum enjoyment and the ultimate communal experience, bring a small group of friends.