Dining and Drinks

Food truck dream finally up and running

Sean BowesSpecial Correspondent

Owning your own business is something that most people talk about, but few have the guts to try.

For some, the thrill of starting a business is one of the most exciting things they have ever done.

For others, the fear of failing and “losing it all” is a risk they aren’t willing to take.

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Free bagel with shmear at Einstein Bros. on National Bagel Day

Janine DorseyTBO.com staff

Einstein Brothers is “spreading bagel love” on National Bagel Day.

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the restaurant is giving away a free bagel with shmear with any purchase at participating locations.

You must visit their website for a coupon to present at the register to get the offer.

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Free froyo this week at several locations


Several of Tampa Bay area frozen yogurt shops are offering free froyo over the next week in celebration of the treat.

On Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Yogurtology will offer the first six ounces of the self-serve treat for free to customers.

There are several Yogurtology locations in the Bay area including St. Petersburg, Brandon, Citrus Park, South Tampa, Gandy Boulevard and Carrollwood. To find a Yogurtology near you, visit http://yogurtology.com.

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Free ‘Classic Carol’ at Chicken Salad Chick on Thursday


To celebrate their 8th birthday, the Tampa Chicken Salad Chick restaurant will be giving away a scoop of their signature recipe on Thursday, Jan. 28.

From 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., anyone who visits will receive a free scoop of ‘Classic Carol’ chicken salad, no purchase necessary.

The offer is good while supplies last and there is a limit of one free scoop per person.

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Miguelito’s will soon serve tacos and tequila on tap

TBO Seen

Miguelito’s Taqueria y Tequilas is nearly ready to open in South Tampa, between South Habana and South Arrawana avenues on West Kennedy Boulevard.

The man behind the new taqueria is Miguel Rodriguez, owner of Miguel’s Mexican Seafood and Grill, located just three blocks away.

Miguelito’s will feature items you would find at a traditional taqueria, a limited-service taco shop or street vendor, but also includes breakfast items. The shop will serve guacamole and elote along with tacos, burritos and tortas— Mexican sandwiches.

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Where to get free froyo on Monday

Published:   |   Updated: January 27, 2016 at 01:45 PM
Janine DorseyTBO.com staff

Monday is “National Frozen Yogurt Day,” and a local business is celebrating.

Menchie’s is offering six ounces of froyo for free to all guests, 4-7 p.m.

Additional yogurt, if any, will incur a charge at the regular per-ounce rate.

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Here’s the crazy food you’ll find at the 2016 Florida State Fair

TBO.com staff

Start strengthening your stomachs now.

The 2016 Florida State Fair, returning Feb. 4-15, is once again going big and adventurous with its food lineup, including several items that will push your willingness to mash savory with sweet to the limit.

The fair is asking people to begin voting Wednesday on the most enticing burger offered up this year in the People’s Choice Burger Awards. The lineup includes four contenders:

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Check out this interesting way to add eggplant to your diet

Lynn KesselSpecial Correspondent

Eggplant is tricky.

This edible fruit of the nightshade family is a low-calorie food that packs a powerful, nutritional punch. But it’s often difficult to cook.

A good quick sear and it can be squeaky, almost springy like a mushroom. Or seconds more and it can fall apart, stringy and undesirable, as you try desperately to pull it out of the pan in one piece.

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‘Bar Rescue’ makeover turns former Dale 1891 into Cayman Cove

Published:   |   Updated: January 13, 2016 at 03:24 PM
Lenora LakeSpecial Correspondent

Dale 1891 co-owner Howard Edelman said he felt like he was signing his life — and bar-restaurant business —away when he agreed to have it completely made over.

He had no idea what would emerge, and he had no input or right to say “no,” to cable TV star Jon Taffer and the “Bar Rescue” team.

But a bright, tropical-themed Cayman Cove appeared after several days of hidden work last month at the business at 11742 N. Dale Mabry Highway.

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How to get multiple meals out of homemade soup by freezing leftovers

Published:   |   Updated: January 12, 2016 at 11:57 AM
Lynn KesselSpecial Correspondent

If these below-normal temps have you shivering, a hot bowl of soup might be the key to feeling toasty again.

Even better, if you make certain soups in large quantities, you can freeze the leftovers and save them for when you don’t feel like cooking.

Here are a few tips to make the most out of your stashed soup:

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