All posts tagged: Tampa

Droolius’ Top 25 Food & Most Memorable Meals In 2014

In 2014 I spent a lot of time traveling and discovering food around the U.S. and internationally to the Philippines and Japan. This culinary travel has led me to find new food around the globe and in keeping with tradition, I’m sharing my best food memories in 2014. My two previous lists, Top 25 Most Memorable Food in 2012 and Top 25 Food & Most Memorable Meals in 2013, were focused on East coast U.S. destinations, with some West coast and a few international trips in North America. For my Top 25 of 2014, it was challenging to decide the top food because there were so many exceptional things that I ate while traveling for six weeks in Asia, with more West coast trips this year and traveling around the Southeast of United States. There were many close seconds, but I finally narrowed down my favorites for 2014. Note: Photos are in the order of when the food was eaten, not by rank.   (click image to enlarge) • Gnocchi Ai Fungi Porcini E Vitello …

Happy National Doughnut Day 2013! Places to celebrate around the U.S.

Today is National Doughnut Day 2013. Happy Donut Day! This yearly food holiday is observed on the first Friday of June each year in the U.S. I’m sharing a list of doughnuts that I’ve enjoyed in the past year and hope it motivates everyone to eat more donuts! My first choice while searching for a good doughnut is a glazed doughnut, a hot glazed if available. Another one I seek out is in the form of maple and bacon doughnut. Check out some of my favorites below…   (click image to enlarge) My favorite glazed and Hot Glazed doughnuts are at Donut King. Red Velvet and strawberry are good too. The Maple Bacon Donut Bar (not pictured) is a great pick too and if you don’t see it, just ask them to add bacon on top of the maple donut or maple bar. Donut King (near Orlando) 208 U.S. 27 Minneola, FL 34715   (click image to enlarge) I’ve had a few readers suggest Donuts To Go II in Sanford, a city North of downtown …

Droolius’ Top 25 Most Memorable Food in 2012

This is my Top 25 of “Most Memorable Food” in 2012. They are all new food and dishes that I experienced this past year, some while traveling and some close to home. A few are from events that I attended and a couple dishes are from restaurants that unfortunately closed. (Try to dine at locally owned restaurants and support small businesses!) Most dishes appear in blog posts from the past year, so check out the links for more info and photos. Photos are in order of when the food was eaten!   (click image to enlarge) 1. Pork Belly ‘n Eggs w/ marsala demi-galze at Finesse (closed restaurant) Lake Mary, FL   (click image to enlarge) 2. Freedom Tower – tower of sweet plantain mash, Cuban marinated pork, cassava mash, fried sweet potato, and tropical chimichurri by CUBANCUBE food truck. From event: South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2012 “Trucks on the Beach” closing party   (click image to enlarge) 3. Bistec Milanesa– Breaded steak, ham, swiss cheese, Spanish creole sauce at Islas Canarias Cafe …

TECHmunch Tampa 2012 – Conference Photos & Recap

The TECHmunch food blogger conference rolled into in Tampa, FL last month. This was my first time attending a TECHmunch event and I was excited to see this conference taking place in a nearby city. What made this conference different was that I was asked to speak at one of the segments. Jeff Houck, Food writer for the Tampa Tribune, reached out to me back in February and asked if I would be interested in speaking. After an excited and nervous initial reaction, I was honored to be asked and accepted. Later I found out I was participating on a panel, speaking on food trends and social media. Sure, I can chime in and talk in a group setting, a more ideal situation than speaking solo with a power point.   (click image to enlarge) The conference weekend started on a Friday evening with a opening reception at the Tampa Museum of Art. The event had tasty bites and desserts, along with some potent mixed drinks. A fun time for conversations, introductions and re-connecting with …

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