On the Waterfront :: Cassis American Brasserie

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in Fine Dining, Where We Went, Who Was There | Comments Off

Among the more innovate waterfront dining spots in town is Cassis American Brasserie (Cassis AB), located between USF-St. Petersburg and Straub Park. Part of the fun, in addition to the restaurant and bakery, is their critter-friendly policy. When you are walking your puppy for an evening stroll, stop and enjoy the view and give your dog something Fido-licious to eat while in St. Pete. At the recent celebration of the Cassis AB anniversary, we were delighted to see who was there, including the major who, the middle who, and the wonderfully...

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A New Twist to St. Paddy’s Day

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Recipes | 0 comments

A New Twist to St. Paddy’s Day

Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Wine? Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a few new twists. Instead of boiling the poor marbled thing, give this traditional Irish dish some respect. Bake it. You’ll be surprised at the difference. This is our favorite recipe (minus the green beer) for a historically flavorless meal. And, although we all like a great glass of ale with this, trying to find a wine that pairs well with it is, well, let’s call it challenging. For starters, the meat is spiced with an unusual assortment of herbs and is often...

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An innovation for Corned Beef, baked not boiled

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Recipes | 0 comments

An innovation for Corned Beef, baked not boiled

Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Wine? Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a few new twists. Instead of boiling the poor corny thing, give this traditional Irish dish some respect. Bake it. You’ll be surprised at the difference. This is our favorite recipe (minus the green beer) for a historically flavorless meal. Bring new flavor to it. And, although we all like a great glass of ale with this, trying to find a wine that pairs well with it is challenging. For starters, the meat is spiced with an unusual assortment of herbs and is often salty....

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Peg’s Cantina

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Restaurant Reviews, Where We Went | 0 comments

St. Petersburg and Gulfport :: Florida A Tavern within the Green with Savory Flavors and Key West Cool. Peg’s Cantina & Brew Pub By Carly Helliesen Peg’s Cantina and Brew Pub sits tucked away in a small bungalow onBeach Boulevard in downtown Gulfport. New to town, I look for places that have a Key West style, and friends often recommend that I “try Peg’s Cantina.” The restaurant has sat atop our to-do list for months. A friend and I finally made a point of stopping at Peg’s on a particularly chilly day this past month. We...

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Chocolate Creme Brûlée with Caramelized Banana

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Recipes | Comments Off

Chocolate Creme Brûlée with Caramelized Banana

Chocolate Creme Brûlée with Caramelized Banana 6 servings 1 quart heavy cream 1 cup sugar, plus more for dusting 1-ounce chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva Liqueur) 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 ounces cocoa powder 1-ounce unsweetened chocolate 11 large egg yolks Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the heavy cream, sugar, liqueur, and vanilla. When the mixture is warm add the cocoa powder and chocolate and whisk until blended. Place the egg yolks in a large stainless steel bowl....

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The Secrets of the NoHo Bistro in Tampa

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

The Secrets of the NoHo Bistro in Tampa

by Catherine Newman, Staff Writer With an intimate yet casual Parisian ambiance of warm yellow walls, murals of quaint French city streets, and gold fabric draped from the rafters, the NoHo Bistro provides an indulgent, but not decadent, spot for dining. Its odd location and weatherworn exterior hide secrets. And, great food. New to an About-the-Town event, I took my place among the other members (somewhat nervously at first), but soon found it easy to keep pace with this friendly group of people and their good-humored conversations. Our...

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Grouper on the Grill

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Recipes | 0 comments

Grouper on the Grill

Summertime :: Grouper on the Grill   Summertime BBQ Grouper Serves 4 Barbecued Grouper     2 pounds (0.9 kg) grouper fillets     1/2 cup (115 g) butter or extra virgin olive oil     1/2 cup (125 mL) vegetable oil     2 tablespoons (30 mL) soy sauce     1 tablespoon (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce     1 1/2 tablespoons (22.5 mL) lemon or lime juice     Pepper and spices to taste Barbecued Grouper Cooking Method:    Cut fish into 4 serving-size pieces.    Into a 4-cup bowl, combine all other ingredients.   ...

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Fried Meat Ravioli with Tomato Chutney

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Fried Meat Ravioli with Tomato Chutney

  Ravioli 12 oz canola oil  50 small pieces meat or cheese ravioli, thawed 2 eggs 2 oz milk 8 oz Italian Style bread crumbs  Pour canola oil into medium pot or deep sauté pan. Heat over medium high heat until it begins to fry small pieces of breadcrumbs dropped into oil. Whisk together the eggs and milk until thoroughly combined. Dip the ravioli in one by one, transfer to bowl of bread crumbs and coat thoroughly. Carefully place in pan with heated canola oil and cook until browned. Be careful not to overcrowd pan nor splash hot oil...

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