This Thursday, July 28th, 2016 – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino located at 5223 North Orient Road will host a High West Distillery Dinner in the Council Oak Lounge with a cocktail reception at 6:30PM and dinner promptly at 7:00PM. This event is for guests ages 21 years and older.
The four-course will showcase innovative culinary dishes paired with High West Distillery spirits including: HighWest Distillery Silver Whiskey, HighWest Distillery American Prairie Bourbon, HighWest Distillery Campfire, HighWest Distillery Limited Release – Yippee Ki-Yay and HighWest Distillery Double Rye.
Each guest who attends will receive a commemorative bottle of HighWest Distillery Double Rye. There will also be a special performance by Josh Carroll.
Tickets cost $221 (including taxes and gratuity) per person and space is limited. Tickets can be purchased by calling (813) 627-6630.
High West Distillery began in 2009 and was opened in Park City, Utah – becoming the first distillery in Utah since 1870, pre-prohibition era. The distillery was founded by David, a biochemist with a passion for whiskey, and his wife, Jane Perkins. The High West Master Distiller, Brendan Coyle, has a Master’s of Science in Brewing and Distilling Science from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and began his career at Red Rock Brewing Company.
Tampa will have a new food truck hit the streets next week called Tostones, Inc Food Truck. Tostones, Inc. will serve a variety of dishes with tostones as the main ingredient. Tostones, for those who don’t know, are twice-fried green, ripe plantain slices – they are crispy and delicious and found in many Spanish speaking countries cuisine.
Some tostones dish flavors to be sold on the truck include:
Buffalo Chicken Wing
In addition, the food truck will sell a number of different sandwiches using the same toppings used in their tostones dishes with Cuban bread.
The Grand Opening of Tostones, Inc. will take place at Pierhouse at Channelside located at 1226 East. Cumberland Avenue Tampa, FL, 33602 on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 from 5PM-8:30PM. RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/1051203154971648/
Popular game arcade and sports bar, Dave & Buster’s, is making plans to come to Brandon after years of speculation of when they would arrive in the Tampa Bay market. The 40,000 square-foot facility features a restaurant and 412 parking spots.
The restaurant serves American food fare including burgers, ribs, steak, seafood, sandwiches, and salads. Alcohol options includes wine, bottled beer, local beer, and spirits.
Let’s hope they bring the new Dance Dance Revolution over to the Brandon location (cue: 90’s and early 2000’s memories).
Major local competitor GameTime just finished a remodeling worth $1 million in Ybor City that includes high-end modern materials and furnishings, 65 TV’s, and new attractions and games. Time will tell if Dave & Buster’s has any impact on their business.
The greater Brandon area has been rapidly building new apartment complexes and home projects keeping in line with all the new business coming to the area with TopGolf and Bass Pro Shops already established in the area. In addition, this fall Goodrich Quality Theaters will open a multiplex in Gibsonton and Xscape Theatres will open in Riverview on the corner of Progress Blvd. and I-75 soon as well. Previously the only option for Brandon residents was AMC Regency 20.
Tampa residents can enjoy a whole new experience with the soft opening of Noble Rice, an izakaya or Japanese style pub in South Tampa on Platt Street. These pubs normally serve Japanese appetizers and beer/sake wine to customers in an intimate setting used for socializing or meetings.
The restaurant is aiming for a traditional Japanese environment and menu with some inspiration from the south. Head Chef and Co-Owner, Eric Fralick, feels “southern comfort food and Japanese comfort food are so compatible, they were meant to be together”.
Fusion dishes include Sake Ribs utilizing Japanese sake to kick up a southern favorite and Tan Tan Men Wings inspired by buffalo wings. Many of the traditional dishes also incorporate fusion elements into them.
Traditional Japanese izakaya finds include yakitori (meat and vegetable skewers), takoyaki (octopus balls), gyoza (pan-fried dumplings), yamakake (grated yam), and a number of nigiri/sushi options. Ramen lovers will also find a variety of Shoyu ramen soups (soy-sauce base).
It wouldn’t be a true izakaya if we were not also discussing the drink selections. Sake lovers can find a wide-selection of rice wine. Noble Rice serves a Japanese distilled spirit, called shochu, which is derived from a variety of ingredients including sweet potato, barley, buckwheat, and sugar cane. Popular local craft beer will also be available on tap.
Local Downtown Tampa cafe, Ginger Beard Coffee, turns one year old on Thursday, July 14th, 2016. They will be raffling off a chance for free coffee in celebration. If you haven’t been yet, Ginger Beard Coffee is located inside Pourhouse Tampa in the Grand Central at Kennedy which is located at 1208 E Kennedy Blvd #112.
Ginger Beard Coffee serves excellent nitro brew coffee – my personal favorite there is the Cubano which will send a jolt of energy through your body. Check out this video I shot there a few months back with an explanation from one of the owners:
Without a map for Pokemon Go – plenty of people are wondering where you can find PokeStops while going out. I am going to aim to make a list here of restaurants and cafes that are PokeStops or located right by one.
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If you love Korean food, check out the summer set deal at Soul of Korea in the Temple Terrace area at 7612 North 56th Street.
The deal costs around $38 and will net you bulgogi (marinated beef), galbi (short ribs), fish, kimchi tofu stew, japchae noodles, and a ton of side dishes with rice included. Bought separately you would pay much more and this set can easily feed 2-3 people so make sure to bring a friend.
The side dishes which are known as banchan in Korean are served in plentiful portions and have an authentic taste that is reminiscent of Korean food in South Korea.
Soul of Korea. 7612 North 56th Street Tampa, Florida 33617. (813) 989-3030