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NEWS: Armature Works to launch “The Drive-In at Armature Works” with Rooftop Cinema Club

Armature Works, Tampa’s largest food hall and event space, is joining forces with Rooftop Cinema Club to launch “The Drive-In at Armature Works”, a contact-free drive-in event in Tampa Heights District.

Audiences can enjoy a mix of modern and classic films every day of the week, two showings per night, including a full week of Halloween and Horror favorites. 

Family-friendly screenings will take place at 7:30PM followed by a second screening for the night-owls at 10PM.

Tickets will start at $22 per vehicle, regardless of occupancy. Parking will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis depending on ticket type, and audio can be picked up through local FM stereo.

Guests can order concessions or food and drinks online from their vehicles and will be notified for pick up.

Tickets and programming will be released this coming week. Locals are encouraged to sign up to Rooftop Cinema Club’s email database via rooftopcinemaclub.com/armature to be the first to know when tickets and programming are released, and to receive 10% off their first purchase. One lucky subscriber will also win unlimited drive-in movie tickets for the first two weeks of screenings. 

For more information visit Rooftop Cinema Club at rooftopcinemaclub.com.

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5 Pumpkin Spice Coffees To Order For Fall 2020

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Can you feel that in the air? It’s Pumpkin Spice Season. The sun is starting to go down earlier and pumpkins are invading all the grocery stores and home decor shops.

Although this year might be a little different with social distancing, there is nothing stopping you from enjoying pumpkin spice in the comfort of your home. I am already busy trying to improve the mood in my home.

Here are 5 pumpkin spice coffees to order for fall 2020:

  1. Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee, 11 oz.

Dunkin’ is one of the brands that originally made pumpkin spice so popular and they now have options you can enjoy at home like this pumpkin spice ground coffee. The coffee is 100% premium Arabica coffee. I personally bought this one recently at the store and enjoyed it. It’s ground coffee so it’s ready to go in your keurig or coffee machine. The flavor is so good it hardly needs any sweetener on top though I never say no to some oat milk.

2. Califia Farms Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew Coffee with Almondmilk, 48 Oz

If you’re looking for a cold beverage with pumpkin spice, Califia Farms is a great option. This cold brew coffee made with 100% Arabica beans comes already mixed with almond milk for those of us on the go who don’t have time to make a batch of coffee at home. The price is more than fair and it is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, BPA-free, kosher, and vegan. Their mix is made with real pumpkin puree and spices as well. It being only 100 calories per bottle is also a huge plus for those of us trying to watch our weight at home.

3. DEATH WISH COFFEE Organic Pumpkin Spice Dark Roast Coffee Grounds [12 oz.]

Death Wish Coffee is popularly known for its strong brews and best practices used in production. This roast is Fair Trade and features Arabica and Robusta beans as well as chai, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger-infused spices. Pumpkin spice is really just a blend of all these great flavors and they use a cauldron-aged process to simmer the spices and extract the flavors into the roast. It’s more expensive than the competition, but if you’re looking for something organic and sustainable you will want to look into this brand.

4. Trader Joes Pumpkin Spice Coffee…14 Oz

I love Trader Joe’s products, but one of the hardest things can be finding the products online since they don’t do delivery. Their pumpkin spice coffee features orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla beans, and pumpkin spice oil with 100% Brazil Cerrado Arabica beans. It’s a medium roast so right between the Death Wish and Dunkin’ brands.

5. Bones Coffee Company Flavored Coffee Beans, Jacked ‘O’ Lantern Pumpkin Spice Whole Bean Coffee for Cold Brew Coffee, Low Acid Medium Roast Gourmet Coffee Beans (Whole Bean)

If you’re looking for something different, check out Bones Coffee Company based in Cape Coral, Florida. Besides having some great artwork on their coffee bags, this roaster offers artisan craft coffee in either beans or ground made with 100% Arabica beans. Their coffee is keto-friendly, vegan friendly, and dairy-free without added sugar or carbs. Their pumpkin spice coffee is a medium roast with low acidity but a sweet taste. This seasonal roast is only available for a limited time. The brand has a huge online footprint.

There you have it. 5 pumpkin spice coffees to order for fall 2020. Have fun and enjoy the season.

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NEWS: Dunkin’ now available for DoorDash delivery nationwide

Dunkin’ and DoorDash announced today that delivery is now available through DoorDash at approximately 3,500 Dunkin’ restaurants across the United States with expansions planned in the coming months.

As part of an introductory promotion guests who spend $10 or more (excluding taxes and fees) on Dunkin’ through DoorDash will be eligible for a free 25-count box of Dunkin’s MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats and a $0 delivery fee* from September 15th, 2020 to September 21st, 2020. Limit one per person.

“Dunkin’ guests know they can count on us to offer the most convenient ways to enjoy their favorite coffee and food items. We are excited to kick off the fall season by continuing to expand our delivery footprint, teaming up with DoorDash for yet another way to keep Americans running by delivering their daily Dunkin’ order right to their doorstep.”, says Brandy Blackwell, Director of New Business, Delivery & Catering, for Dunkin’ U.S.

To place a Dunkin’ delivery order on DoorDash, customers can simply download the DoorDash mobile app or go to DoorDash.com, select their nearest Dunkin’ location, choose their food and beverages, customize them just the way they like, and checkout. Their Dunkin’ order will then be delivered contact-free. 

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“That first sip of coffee is what gets most of us going in the morning, and even though our morning routines look a bit different these days, we’re excited to make it easier for Dunkin’ fans everywhere to enjoy their favorite classics from the comfort of their couches, home desks, or wherever they start their day,” said Toby Espinosa, Vice President of Business Development at DoorDash.

“Dunkin’ selected DoorDash for our commitment to operational excellence and ability to further enhance their already strong off-premise offerings at store locations across the country.”

Dunkin’ was founded in 1950 and is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a number one ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 14 years running and has more than has more than 13,100 restaurants in 41 countries worldwide. The company is based in Canton, Massachusetts.

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Cobra Kai is my new favorite show on Netflix

I didn’t grow up watching many 80s films as a kid. I always heard of Karate Kid but cannot remember watching it in my youth. I knew who Mr. Miyagi was since he was legendary. I was a fan of Japanese culture though thanks to my father and growing up in San Francisco.

As a child, I enrolled in karate at a local dojo in my neighborhood, it was a short stint that never went beyond the white belt – but I fondly remember learning katas, sparring, and that one time I accidentally almost broke my sisters boyfriend’s nose while showing him a new move I learned from my sensei.

Yes – I thought it was pretty cool.

Karate was an important part of American culture in the late 20th century and although it might not be as popular today, clearly there is still an interest out there. Cobra Kai tells the story Johnny Lawrence, the high school cool kid who didn’t grow up to be such a hot shot and also Miguel Diaz, a Latinx kid who lacks confidence and becomes the first recruit to a new Cobra Kai dojo.

Lawrence is a good anti-hero, flawed and funny and he is far more entertaining than Karate Kid star Daniel LaRusso, who is stuck up and constantly whiny. The show centers around the never-ending feud between these two nearly 30 years after their first tournament. The dynamic between them is good and sometimes you even want them to become friends although the rules of the show won’t allow that.

Cobra Kai is a little strange for our current era – it doesn’t try to fit into the mold you see on so many shows but looks to its roots from the 80s to boost itself and that makes the show quite charming. The high school drama never gets too intense and there is plenty of karate action to compensate for any melodrama. This show is neither 13 Reasons Why (thankfully) nor is it Kill Bill.

When some shows try to make grown-ups interact, it can often feel forced and like a tangent from the actual story, but I very much enjoy watching Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso navigate their adulthood.

Also I like the idea dynamic between Miguel and Johnny. It’s almost like a big brother relationship over a fatherly one. Maybe its that they are both taking the crappy hand they have been dealt and making the best of it.

For me – I really liked watching Miguel Diaz. Maybe it reminds me of my karate childhood and the cool kid I wanted to be when I was little or how I felt wearing a katate gi.

Many of the shows characters are living in wealth, privilege, or are just plain whiny, but Miguel is down-to-earth and so are his friends. Like most kids they are looking for confidence and karate gives them that. In an interesting way Cobra Kai is more like LaRusso as a kid which is an interesting twist.

The way the show portrays younger kids today as stuck on social media and lacking social skills is pretty accurate as well. Kids could use some karate.

Plus I like watching them kick ass.

Cobra Kai is a well-written and acted show and the fighting choreography is good. We live in an era where people are hyper critical of every detail and it is very hard to make a show just entertaining, but I feel that Cobra Kai does that well and I am thankful for that. Over the weekend it hit #1 on the Netflix watch list.

I recommend Cobra Kai on Netflix and am looking forward to Season 3.

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NEWS: Coppertail Brewing in Ybor City celebrates 6 years

Coppertail Brewing Co. located in Ybor City is celebrating their 6 year anniversary with a crowd-sourced mixed 4-pack of Hop Skull IPAs. A little over a month ago, fans were asked to vote for their favorites of the Hop Skull Series and the top three would end up being re-brewed and released as part of an assorted 4-pack.

The fourth beer in the 4-pack is Coppertail’s Sixth Anniversary Hop Skull Triple IPA. This hazy IPA comes in at 10.5% and features Chinook, Citra, Loral, and Bravo Hops with their house haze strain. The
beer features notes of citrus, apricot, and pineapple with a sizable malt backbone to make it the “juiciest” IPA they have ever made.

The three winners of the voting contest were Hop Skulls #3, #5, and #11 which are all hazy IPAs.

“It feels great when you hit those milestones and the whole team wants to get together and celebrate. This is the best way we could think of to celebrate that milestone and still keep everyone involved.” says Kent Bailey, President at Coppertail Brewing.

The pack was released on Friday, August 28th, at Coppertail’s Ybor City location tasting room ONLY in a mixed 4-pack and on draft. It is also available as a standalone 4-pack. Commemorative shirts and glassware are available for purchase as well as a gift pack containing a shirt, 2 glasses, a mixed 4-pack and 2 free beer tokens.  

Coppertail Brewing Co. is an independently owned production brewery in Tampa, Fla, founded in 2014 by homebrewer and reformed attorney, Kent Bailey and professional brewer, Casey Hughes. The two wanted to bring more hop-forward and Belgian-influenced beer to the thirsty masses.

Find more information at Coppertailbrewing.com/HopSkull

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Recipe: Mom’s Corned Beef

My Mom grew up with corned beef. I only had it sporadically as a kid, but wasn’t a big fan in my childhood. The other day my Mom decided to make some and told me stories about my Grandma who made it to help support her kids as a single mother.

Here is my mom’s corned beef recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 can corned beef
  • 1 small can of corn (diced)
  • 1/4 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 tablespoons of sofrito
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1/2 can of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro (rough chopped)
  • 1 small potato (peel and cut into mid-squares)
  • Sazon Tropical packet (about 1 tbsp. if using your own Sazon)
  • Garlic salt, black pepper and salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup of water

Instructions:

  1. Drizzle a pan set to medium-high with cooking oil to saute sofrito, onions, and bell pepper for about 5 minutes
  2. Add crushed garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and 1/4 cup of water, combine and allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add corn with corn juice from the can (if the consistency is too thick add 1/4 cup of more water) and simmer for 2 minutes
  4. Add the corned beef and break it up and then add potatoes
  5. Add the Sazon Tropical packet and other seasonings (garlic salt, salt, black pepper) as well as half of the cilantro and cover on medium low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes. NOTE: Always make sure consistency is not too dry or too wet…add a little water if needed but also adjust seasonings if needed.
  6. Serve with white rice and sweet plantains. Add the rest of the cilantro a little to each plate.
  7. Enjoy!
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NEWS: PSL is back at Starbucks along with other fall favorites

PSL season continues with Pumpkin Spice Lattes now at Starbucks locations nationwide and as well as in Canada. This is the 17th year that the drink will be featured at Starbucks locations.

The pumpkin spice industry is worth over $500 million according to the Forbes. This is the earliest that the coffee industry has moved to begin the fall season.

Pumpkin spice is back at Starbucks.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes feature real pumpkin sauce, signature espresso and steamed milk with the celebrated flavor combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Available hot, iced or blended.

Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew returns to the menu, crafted with Starbucks® Cold Brew sweetened with vanilla syrup, topped with a pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice topping. 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, Pumpkin Scone, and Pumpkin Bread at Starbucks

Fall bakery items are also on menus nationwide with the pumpkin trio: Pumpkin Cream Cheese MuffinPumpkin Scone, and Pumpkin Bread. 

There is also a number of pumpkin spice-flavored ground, packaged, and ready-to-drink products now available and NEW Starbucks® Maple Pecan Flavored K-Cup® Packs + Ground Coffee and Starbucks® Salted Caramel Mocha Flavored Creamer.

Hopefully this brings this cheer to people. Happy PSL!

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Product Review: Pacific Foods Organic Oat Non-Dairy Beverage

I have been wanting to buy some oat milk for some time so when I was Pacific Foods Organic Oat Non-Dairy Beverage the other day at Target I decided to give it a try. It costs around $4 which isn’t too bad.

Pacific Foods Organic Oat Non-Dairy Beverage.

The taste of the oat milk is solid, but it does taste a little on the watery side especially in my coffee. However, I would say the taste of the beverage is growing on me the more that I drink it. I also like that this product is organic and non-gmo considering the controversy around pesticides and oats and that it has some protein.

Since the product is on the sweeter side, I use it very lightly in my drinks so even though it is only 32 fl. oz. – it goes a long way for me. I would also like an unsweetened version of this.

I definitely want to explore trying the product in different ways beyond just my coffee in the future. I would buy it again.

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NEWS: BENTO Asian Kitchen + Sushi opening first Tampa location September 2020

BENTO Asian Kitchen + Sushi is opening their first Tampa location near USF in September 2020.

The 100-seat, 2,800 square-foot eatery will be located at 5103 East Fowler Avenueacross from the new Chipotle, Blaze Pizza, and University of South Florida campus. Fans of the Florida-based chain have long been asking for a location to open in Tampa.

“Our first BENTO location opened in the small college town of Gainesville 18 years ago in 2002 and was an almost instant hit amongst the University of Florida student crowd. Following that success, we’ve opened in college communities across Florida from UNF Jacksonville to UCF Orlando to FSU Tallahassee to USF St. Pete. Tampa has been one of our highest-requested cities so we were ecstatic to have found a spot that would be easily accessible for USF Tampa students,” says Johnny Tung, co-founder.

The Tampa location will offer plenty of outdoor seating, and will feature BENTO’s signature red sushi bar, warm wood tones, and brass accents reminiscent of modern cafes and lounges found in Japan & Taiwan.

“We’ve been eyeing Tampa for a very long time. Being an economic hub in West Florida, and home to a major University as well as several well-established sports teams, we’re thrilled to finally be able to call Tampa our new home. Notably, there’s an amazing emerging food culture that we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of. The Fowler location will certainly not be the last in the area. We’re hoping to open up three more Tampa locations in the near future,” says Tung.

BENTO Tampa will mark the concept’s 17th location, and the second in the Tampa Bay area following its downtown St. Petersburg debut in the fall of 2018. It will be joining a lineup of 16 other locations across Florida including restaurants in Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Davie, Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, Tallahassee, Kissimmee, Winter Park, and BENTO’s newest location in Oviedo.

The concept has no plans of slowing down with six more locations expected to open within the next year. Stores are planned in Dania Beach, Lake Nona, Wellington, Jacksonville Beach, Downtown Jacksonville, and Sarasota – all projected to open before 2020 comes to a close.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, BENTO has been proactive in adapting its operation to accommodate off-site dining. The launch of BENTO’s new company-wide online ordering site, in particular, is making social distancing a whole lot easier for the brand’s loyal customers.

The new ordering platform allows users to skip the line, schedule an order in advance for pickup or delivery, and pay with just a few clicks. Users also have the option to save their favorite orders, and take advantage of online-exclusive deals. There is also a mobile app version coming soon.

Following this wave, future locations will be featuring a new pick-up window for a more contact-less experience.

Find more information at eatatbento.com.

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PSL Season is Upon Us: Dunkin’ Brings Back Pumpkin Spice Lattes August 19th

Get your taste buds and outfits ready, Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) season is upon us and will return by Wednesday, August 19th, to Dunkin’ Donuts. It is the earliest that the season has ever started as brands rush to bring back the autumn season.

On the menu…

  • NEW Signature Pumpkin Spice Latte: Spicing up the brand’s fall lineup is an exceptional seasonal sip worthy of even the most fanatical “fallower,” Dunkin’s new Signature Pumpkin Spice Latte. Elevating PSL to another level of enjoyment, the Signature Pumpkin Spice Latte – available hot or iced – combines rich, smooth espresso with pumpkin and vanilla flavors, topped with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar topping.
  • NEW Chai Latte: Dunkin’s fall celebration includes a new option for tea lovers, offering a sweetened chai tea blend with spices including cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg combined with milk.
  • Pumpkin Flavored Coffees: The classic cup for fueling up in fall, Dunkin’s pumpkin flavor swirl is available in its hot or iced coffee, Chai Latte, Cold Brew, espresso drinks, frozen coffee, and frozen chocolate.
  • Apple Cider Donut and MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats: Dunkin’s Apple Cider Donut features an apple cider cake ring tossed in cinnamon sugar. For a bite-sized serving of seasonal sweetness, guests can also enjoy Apple Cider MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats.
  • Pumpkin Donut, MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats, and Muffin: Fall isn’t complete without the classic treat of Dunkin’s Pumpkin Donut, a glazed pumpkin cake donut that can also be enjoyed as MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats, along with Dunkin’s Pumpkin Muffin, topped with white icing and sweet streusel crumbs.
  • Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich: To help feed fall cravings, Dunkin’ is bringing back its Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich, featuring five half-slices of maple sugar seasoned bacon, egg, and white cheddar cheese served on a warm, flaky croissant.
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Satisfying Snackin’ Selection:

  • NEW Stuffed Bagel Minis: Bagel lovers can go small this fall, as Dunkin’ introduces Stuffed Bagel Minis, mini bagel rounds filled with plain cream cheese and served warm. Stuffed Bagel Minis are available in two varieties, Plain and Everything Topping.
  • NEW Steak & Cheese Rollups: Dunkin’ is adding steak to its lineup of rollups, which also include Ham & Cheese and Bacon & Cheese varieties. Steak & Cheese Rollups, which come two per order, include delicious steak and American cheese rolled up in flour tortillas.
  • NEW Maple Sugar Seasoned Snackin’ Bacon: Dunkin’ is also putting a seasonal spin on its beloved Snackin’ Bacon. Guests can enjoy eight snack-sized slices of bacon specially flavored with maple sugar seasoning. Each order comes in a sleeve, making it easy to enjoy on the go.  

PSL at Home: Guests can also take the taste of pumpkin home with Dunkin’s Pumpkin K-Cup® pods, available at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide for a limited time. Additionally, Pumpkin Spice K-Cup® pods and packaged coffee will be available in grocery stores and other retailers nationwide for a limited time this season.

All items will be available by August 19th nationwide. Happy PSL!