Great Things Tampa Bay https://greatthingstb.com The Great Eats, Great Places, and Great People in the Greater Tampa Bay Area Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:25:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://greatthingstb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/02/cropped-great-things-logo-1-1-100x100.jpg Great Things Tampa Bay https://greatthingstb.com 32 32 Since the election’s over… https://greatthingstb.com/since-the-elections-over/ Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:52:43 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=8887 Now that the 2018 election is over,  work can now begin work on Amendment 46 for 2020 election. Amendment 46:  Prohibits Manatee Rodeos unless authorized by a vote of the citizens.  Also prohibits playing music, movies, or placing a call via speakerphone in a public space.  

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Now that the 2018 election is over,  work can now begin work on Amendment 46 for 2020 election.

Amendment 46:  Prohibits Manatee Rodeos unless authorized by a vote of the citizens.  Also prohibits playing music, movies, or placing a call via speakerphone in a public space.  

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Episode 40 of Great Things Tampa Bay Released! https://greatthingstb.com/episode-40-of-great-things-tampa-bay-released/ Fri, 02 Nov 2018 19:17:11 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=8863 The post Episode 40 of Great Things Tampa Bay Released! appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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Episode 40 – Henry Plant Museum (University of Tampa), Interview with Lindsay Huban

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Now available… Episode 40 of Great Things Tampa Bay!

In today’s episode, you will hear about the history of the University of Tampa, the Tampa Hotel and it’s builder Henry Plant.  Lindsay Huban, the Museum Relations Manager at the Henry B Plant Museum located at the University of Tampa, takes us on a historical journey through this wonderful and iconic Tampa property!

Listen to the full episode:

Episode 40 – Henry Plant Museum (University of Tampa), Interview with Lindsay Huban

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Can we talk about Chile Verde being the best tacos in St Pete? https://greatthingstb.com/can-we-talk-about-chile-verde-being-the-best-tacos-in-st-pete/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:33:57 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=8822 Can we talk about Chile Verde at 2801 22nd Ave N having the best tacos in St Pete?  Be sure to get a glass bottle of coke or sprite (or sangria) to go with it!

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Can we talk about Chile Verde at 2801 22nd Ave N having the best tacos in St Pete?  Be sure to get a glass bottle of coke or sprite (or sangria) to go with it!

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Win a YETI https://greatthingstb.com/win-a-yeti/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 21:13:58 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=8819 Great Things Tampa Bay is giving away a customized YETI RAMBLER to the winner of our YETI Sweepstakes.    Want to enter? Either download the Great Things Tampa Bay app from your app store or enter on our website!

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Great Things Tampa Bay is giving away a customized YETI RAMBLER to the winner of our YETI Sweepstakes.    Want to enter?

Either download the Great Things Tampa Bay app from your app store or enter on our website!

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Let’s talk about luggage in Tampa Bay! https://greatthingstb.com/lets-talk-about-luggage-in-tampa-bay/ https://greatthingstb.com/lets-talk-about-luggage-in-tampa-bay/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:02:37 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=8816 The post Let’s talk about luggage in Tampa Bay! appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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Want to know the best place around to find nice luggage or fine leather goods?

Luggage Service!

4121 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

http://www.luggageservice.com/

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Episode 39 of Great Things Tampa Bay released! https://greatthingstb.com/episode-39-of-great-things-tampa-bay-released/ Wed, 03 Oct 2018 19:35:58 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=8804 I interview local influencer and instagram phenomenon Joe Malinowski, responsible for Tampa Bay Is Awesome!  Joe joins me for dinner at Brick and Mortar, and we talk about all things food, the current state of things in Tampa Bay, and what there is to look forward to! Music by Stone Marmot Episode 39 – Interview with […]

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I interview local influencer and instagram phenomenon Joe Malinowski, responsible for Tampa Bay Is Awesome!  Joe joins me for dinner at Brick and Mortar, and we talk about all things food, the current state of things in Tampa Bay, and what there is to look forward to!

Music by Stone Marmot

Episode 39 – Interview with Joe Malinowski, Tampa Bay is Awesome

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Episode 38 of Great Things Tampa Bay is out! https://greatthingstb.com/episode-38-of-great-things-tampa-bay-is-out/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:38:22 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=8785 Want to know the kind of man that opens a private dog club and allows their human guests to drink alcohol on the property?  In episode 38 I interview Fred Metzler, owner and manager of Dog Bar St Pete!

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Want to know the kind of man that opens a private dog club and allows their human guests to drink alcohol on the property?  In episode 38 I interview Fred Metzler, owner and manager of Dog Bar St Pete!

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Best Mexican in St Pete? https://greatthingstb.com/best-mexican-in-st-pete/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:41:19 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=8754 Is Grand Hacienda on 4th now the best Mexican and Tex Mex restaurant in St Petersburg? These fajitas certainly did a lot to sway my opinion in their favor!

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Is Grand Hacienda on 4th now the best Mexican and Tex Mex restaurant in St Petersburg?

These fajitas certainly did a lot to sway my opinion in their favor!

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Return to Chief’s Creole Cafe! https://greatthingstb.com/return-to-chiefs-creole-cafe/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:31:20 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=8751 We returned to Chief’s Creole Cafe and it was even better than we remembered.  Some of the best Cajun and Creole food in the Tampa Bay area.  Do not miss it if you’re in the mood for gumbo or etouffee! Full Episode #27

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We returned to Chief’s Creole Cafe and it was even better than we remembered.  Some of the best Cajun and Creole food in the Tampa Bay area.  Do not miss it if you’re in the mood for gumbo or etouffee!

Full Episode #27

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Episode 37 Released – Gateway to India https://greatthingstb.com/episode-37-released-gateway-to-india/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:24:05 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=6893 Episode 37 of Great Things Tampa Bay is now out! Gateway to India has converted me into an Indian food lover!  Listen in about one of the best restaurants in Tampa Bay, let alone best Indian Restaurant. The tikka masala is literally worth the drive from all points! Listen to the full episode at Great Things Tampa […]

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Episode 37 of Great Things Tampa Bay is now out!

Gateway to India has converted me into an Indian food lover!  Listen in about one of the best restaurants in Tampa Bay, let alone best Indian Restaurant.

The tikka masala is literally worth the drive from all points!

Listen to the full episode at Great Things Tampa Bay or download the App!

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Episode 36 – Startup Bus Florida has been released! https://greatthingstb.com/episode-36-startup-bus-florida-has-been-released/ Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:51:44 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=6859 Want to hear what it’s like to build a business in 3 days… on a bus?  I take part in StartupBus, a fun entrepreneur workshop where the goal is just that.  We travel across the southeast, meet up with other StartupBuses from around the country, and finally end up in New Orleans where we pitch […]

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Want to hear what it’s like to build a business in 3 days… on a bus?  I take part in StartupBus, a fun entrepreneur workshop where the goal is just that.  We travel across the southeast, meet up with other StartupBuses from around the country, and finally end up in New Orleans where we pitch our products before a panel of judges!

Episode 36 – Startup Bus Florida

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Does anyone recognize this iconic corner mascot? https://greatthingstb.com/does-anyone-recognize-this-iconic-corner-mascot/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:03:12 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=6812 Does anyone recognize this corner mascot, who oversees all diners who enter this delicious establishment?  It’s a little off the beaten path, but still fully within the sphere of my gaze (and discerning palate).

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Does anyone recognize this corner mascot, who oversees all diners who enter this delicious establishment?  It’s a little off the beaten path, but still fully within the sphere of my gaze (and discerning palate).

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There’s no red tide here (yet…) go enjoy the beach! https://greatthingstb.com/theres-no-red-tide-here-yet-go-enjoy-the-beach/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 16:42:48 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5475 The red tide hasn’t made it this far north yet.  The closest report I’ve heard is Longboat Key. It might be a good idea to go enjoy the beach today or tomorrow! Hopefully, the red tide will dissipate before crossing the channel from Bradenton to Desoto and points further north. What do you think of […]

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The red tide hasn’t made it this far north yet.  The closest report I’ve heard is Longboat Key.

It might be a good idea to go enjoy the beach today or tomorrow!

Hopefully, the red tide will dissipate before crossing the channel from Bradenton to Desoto and points further north.

What do you think of this current algae bloom in our Florida lakes and beaches?

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Episode 35 – The Gator Crusader has been released! https://greatthingstb.com/episode-35-the-gator-crusader-has-been-released/ https://greatthingstb.com/episode-35-the-gator-crusader-has-been-released/#respond Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:12:12 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5502 The post Episode 35 – The Gator Crusader has been released! appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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Episode 35 of Great Things Tampa Bay has been released and it’s a doozy!  I interview Michael Womer, the Gator Crusader!

Michael is living his long-term dream of being an alligator handler, and his passion and love for Florida’s apex reptile shines through in this interview.

I also get in the enclosure for a few (terrifying) minutes!

Also featuring music by Comin Home The Band

Full episode and show notes

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Do you canoe? Come canoeing with me on July 21st! https://greatthingstb.com/do-you-canoe-come-canoeing-with-me-on-july-21st/ https://greatthingstb.com/do-you-canoe-come-canoeing-with-me-on-july-21st/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:10:48 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5499 Do you enjoy canoeing?  Let’s canoe down the Hillsborough River together on July 21st! I’m putting together a group of folks that are looking for a fun day on the water.  We’ll be leaving from John B Sargeant Sr Park on 301, and will be renting canoes from Canoe Escape! You’re also welcome to bring your […]

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Do you enjoy canoeing?  Let’s canoe down the Hillsborough River together on July 21st!

I’m putting together a group of folks that are looking for a fun day on the water.  We’ll be leaving from John B Sargeant Sr Park on 301, and will be renting canoes from Canoe Escape!

You’re also welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak if you prefer!

There will be plenty of fun and more than likely more than a couple alligator spottings.

Please RSVP today as I will be calling Canoe Escape with a reservation tomorrow!

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Looking for some great fajitas? https://greatthingstb.com/looking-for-some-great-fajitas/ https://greatthingstb.com/looking-for-some-great-fajitas/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:09:18 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5496 If you’re like me and like fajitas mucho grande, be sure to visit Miguel’s, and sit on the interior courtyard! Miguel’s has long been a Tampa Bay staple, providing delicious Mexican dishes in a great atmosphere for 26 years! There’s plenty of space in the main dining room for as many tortillas as you like, but the part […]

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If you’re like me and like fajitas mucho grande, be sure to visit Miguel’s, and sit on the interior courtyard!

Miguel’s has long been a Tampa Bay staple, providing delicious Mexican dishes in a great atmosphere for 26 years!

There’s plenty of space in the main dining room for as many tortillas as you like, but the part of Miguel’s that really shines is the courtyard, with both dining and bar seating.  Even on the hottest days it’s…. well, cool is not the right adjective, can I go with “tolerable”?  Because of the high walls you’re usually dining in the shade.

So if you like muy bueno Mexican food, stop in at Miguel’s!

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Who should do you think I should interview next? https://greatthingstb.com/who-should-do-you-think-i-should-interview-next/ https://greatthingstb.com/who-should-do-you-think-i-should-interview-next/#respond Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:07:38 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5493 Who do you think Great Things Tampa Bay should interview next? Do you know someone doing something pretty cool in the Tampa Bay area?  Charity, Business, Restaurant?  Someone who is inspirational or who has a great story to tell? I want to know!  Tell me in the comments below (or shoot me a private message)

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Who do you think Great Things Tampa Bay should interview next?

Do you know someone doing something pretty cool in the Tampa Bay area?  Charity, Business, Restaurant?  Someone who is inspirational or who has a great story to tell?

I want to know!  Tell me in the comments below (or shoot me a private message)

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Wondering if publix Chick Tenders subs are on sale? https://greatthingstb.com/wondering-if-publix-chick-tenders-subs-are-on-sale/ https://greatthingstb.com/wondering-if-publix-chick-tenders-subs-are-on-sale/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:06:22 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5490 In the world of specialized tools, there are tire irons and then there is http://www.arepublixchickentendersubsonsale.com/ Your source for knowing whether Publix Chicken Tender Subs are on sale or not (hint, they are!)

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In the world of specialized tools, there are tire irons and then there is http://www.arepublixchickentendersubsonsale.com/

Your source for knowing whether Publix Chicken Tender Subs are on sale or not (hint, they are!)

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Vote Great Things Tampa Bay for Best of the Bay 2018! https://greatthingstb.com/vote-great-things-tampa-bay-for-best-of-the-bay-2018/ https://greatthingstb.com/vote-great-things-tampa-bay-for-best-of-the-bay-2018/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:04:59 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5486 It’s that time of year again… Creative Loafing’s best of the bay 2018 nominations are now open! I need your help.   This time last year, I missed the 2017 deadline for submission for the best local podcast.  I promised myself then that my goal for was to be on the 2018 ballot.  And that time […]

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It’s that time of year again… Creative Loafing’s best of the bay 2018 nominations are now open!

I need your help.   This time last year, I missed the 2017 deadline for submission for the best local podcast.  I promised myself then that my goal for was to be on the 2018 ballot.  And that time is now!

All you need to do is click on this link, and put “Great Things Tampa Bay” into the “Best Local Podcast” field. You can search for podcast or it’s about 2/3 of the way down about radio personalities and best mayor.

After you put Great Things Tampa Bay as the best podcast, you’re free to fill out the all the other submissions as you feel fit!  Make your voice heard Tampa Bay!

And thanks for supporting and listening to Great Things Tampa Bay.  It’s been way more successful than I could have ever hoped, thanks to you!

https://GreatThingsTB.com/vote

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Episode 32 – Where to Watch the World Cup in Tampa Bay! https://greatthingstb.com/episode-32-where-to-watch-the-world-cup-in-tampa-bay/ https://greatthingstb.com/episode-32-where-to-watch-the-world-cup-in-tampa-bay/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:03:48 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5483 Want to know the best places to watch the World Cup in Tampa Bay?  In episode 32 I give you a huge amount of choices on both sides of the bay!  Who am I supporting?  FRANCE!  Allez les bleus! Subscribe on iTunes or listen in at the Great Things Tampa Bay website! Episode 32 – Where to […]

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Want to know the best places to watch the World Cup in Tampa Bay?  In episode 32 I give you a huge amount of choices on both sides of the bay!  Who am I supporting?  FRANCE!  Allez les bleus!

Subscribe on iTunes or listen in at the Great Things Tampa Bay website!

Episode 32 – Where to Watch the World Cup In Tampa Bay

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You should… enjoy sunsets at the beach more often https://greatthingstb.com/you-should-enjoy-sunsets-at-the-beach-more-often/ https://greatthingstb.com/you-should-enjoy-sunsets-at-the-beach-more-often/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 17:03:30 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5480 If you’re anything like me, you get wrapped up in your work a day world.  May you’re just too exhausted when you get home from work or carting the kids around. You just want to plop in front of the tube and melt. Trust me, I know the feeling. But do yourself a favor.  At […]

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If you’re anything like me, you get wrapped up in your work a day world.  May you’re just too exhausted when you get home from work or carting the kids around.

You just want to plop in front of the tube and melt.

Trust me, I know the feeling.

But do yourself a favor.  At least once a month, heck even once every two or three months, make it a point to go and take in a sunset at one of our beautiful beaches here.

There’s no crowds so parking is pretty easy (and cheap, we paid $.25 this past weekend!).  And it goes without saying that it’s going to be beautiful and lift your spirits.

Clearwater Beach, St Pete Beach, Pass-A-Grille.  Why not Indian Rocks, Bellair Bluffs?  Sand Key is a wonderful park!

You know because you’ve done it before.  You’ve just forgotten and get too busy.  And that’s ok.  We all do it.

Just make it a point to do.  You should be taking in more sunsets at the beaches.

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Great Things Tampa Bay Episode 31 – Goat Yoga https://greatthingstb.com/great-things-tampa-bay-episode-31-goat-yoga/ https://greatthingstb.com/great-things-tampa-bay-episode-31-goat-yoga/#respond Sun, 03 Jun 2018 17:00:45 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5477 You might have heard rumors about Goat Yoga… well we went and did the thing! My wife and I got our downward dog on and our bleeting hearts melted at  Grady Goat Yoga in Thonotosassa!  You’ll need to book weeks out in advance, it’s very therapeutic and yes the goats jump all over you without prompting. Music […]

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You might have heard rumors about Goat Yoga… well we went and did the thing!

My wife and I got our downward dog on and our bleeting hearts melted at  Grady Goat Yoga in Thonotosassa!  You’ll need to book weeks out in advance, it’s very therapeutic and yes the goats jump all over you without prompting.

Music this episode by The Young Something!

Listen in here:  https://greatthingstb.com/project/episode-30-goat-music-by-the-young-something/

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Ok Tampa Bay, time to speak up! What’s your favorite breakfast spot! https://greatthingstb.com/ok-tampa-bay-time-to-speak-up-whats-your-favorite-breakfast-spot/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:54:03 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5195 Ok Tampa Bay, time to speak up!  What’s your favorite breakfast spot? the burg I’ll be trying out some new waffles ‘n sausage based on your recommendations for a future upcoming episode, so let your preferences be known! My personal current favorite is Trip’s Diner over in St Pete, but I’m always looking for new haunts […]

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Ok Tampa Bay, time to speak up!  What’s your favorite breakfast spot? the burg

I’ll be trying out some new waffles ‘n sausage based on your recommendations for a future upcoming episode, so let your preferences be known!

My personal current favorite is Trip’s Diner over in St Pete, but I’m always looking for new haunts to try on both sides of Tampa Bay!

 

 

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Local family inspires creativity, results in work on Infinity War https://greatthingstb.com/5190-2/ Thu, 31 May 2018 15:23:06 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5190 Great story on Charlotte Lee’s work on Infinity War, and how creativity inspired a local family’s creativity. Grew up with the Lees and they were an amazing group of folks.

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Great story on Charlotte Lee’s work on Infinity War, and how creativity inspired a local family’s creativity.
Grew up with the Lees and they were an amazing group of folks.

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Great Things Tampa Bay Episode 30 is out! https://greatthingstb.com/great-things-tampa-bay-episode-30-is-out/ Wed, 23 May 2018 19:56:55 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5172 Episode 30 of Great Things Tampa Bay has been released.  In this episode, you’ll hear my interview with Erdem Koca of Koca Guitars, local Tampa Bay luthier.  That’s someone who makes musical instruments!  Custom guitars in this case! Erdem also tells us about the Crackercaster, a literal home grown guitar.  All of the wood comes […]

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Episode 30 of Great Things Tampa Bay has been released.  In this episode, you’ll hear my interview with Erdem Koca of Koca Guitars, local Tampa Bay luthier.  That’s someone who makes musical instruments!  Custom guitars in this case!

Erdem also tells us about the Crackercaster, a literal home grown guitar.  All of the wood comes from Florida, including rosewood from Davis Island!

Learn more and listen to the episode at Great Things Tampa Bay!

 

 

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Great Things Tampa Bay Episode 29 is Out! https://greatthingstb.com/great-things-tampa-bay-episode-29-is-out/ Mon, 14 May 2018 17:01:00 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5146 The post Great Things Tampa Bay Episode 29 is Out! appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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If you remember back to Episode 4, I love Italian.  In episode 29, I discover and share my experience of a relative newcomer to the Tampa Italian cuisine scene.  When you walk in and everyone in the place is speaking Italian, you know you’re in for something special.  Also featuring music by Stone Marmot and FERRETS!

Episode 29 – Piccolo Italia Bistro, Music by Stone Marmot

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I’ve now been on ABC Action News two times in two weeks! https://greatthingstb.com/ive-now-been-on-abc-action-news-two-times-in-two-weeks/ Wed, 02 May 2018 17:32:50 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5109 The post I’ve now been on ABC Action News two times in two weeks! appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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So I’ve now been on ABC Action News twice in two weeks.  At what point do I start getting paid for this? 🙂

Startup Bus was a ton of fun, and I definitely recommend anyone interested in starting up a business should partake in next year’s endeavor.  It really is a business startup boot camp, with all the triumphs and stresses that that entails.

In case you missed the first time I was on the news, I did an interview concerning SubPrime Mortgages coming back.

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Episode 19 of Great Things Tampa Bay – Interview with Markets for Makers released! https://greatthingstb.com/episode-19-of-great-things-tampa-bay-interview-with-markets-for-makers-released/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:01:43 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5079 The post Episode 19 of Great Things Tampa Bay – Interview with Markets for Makers released! appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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Episode 19 of the Great Things Tampa Bay Podcast has been released!

Markets and Pop-Ups are all the rage nowadays, and in Episode 19 I interview Natalie and Trista of Markets for Makers who are KILLING IT with local markets in Clearwater (Pierce St Market), Night Market in Tampa at Ferg’s, Orange Blossom Market out in Lake Wales, and a special Holiday Markets in Tampa and Los Angeles.

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Excited to be a part of the Tampa Startup Bus, departing this Friday for New Orleans! https://greatthingstb.com/excited-to-be-a-part-of-the-tampa-startup-bus-departing-this-friday-for-new-orleans/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:59:00 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=5075 I’m looking forward to being part of the Florida Startup Bus, destination: New Orleans! What’s Statup Bus?  Think of it like Shark Tank on a bus, where teams put together a new business on the bus in 3 days, headed toward their final destination and pitch session in New Orleans! It was featured on Gimlet Media’s […]

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I’m looking forward to being part of the Florida Startup Bus, destination: New Orleans!

What’s Statup Bus?  Think of it like Shark Tank on a bus, where teams put together a new business on the bus in 3 days, headed toward their final destination and pitch session in New Orleans!

It was featured on Gimlet Media’s “Startup” podcast last year, and I’ll be on this years bus for Great Things Tampa Bay!

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Which group helps the helpers? SOAR! Listen to my interview with Stephen and Sharon of Suncoast Organized Animal Relief! https://greatthingstb.com/which-group-helps-the-helpers-soar-listen-to-my-interview-with-stephen-and-sharon-of-suncoast-organized-animal-relief/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:09:35 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=4959   Sure there are animal shelters around Tampa Bay, maybe that’s where you adopted fluffy or rover.  And sure, maybe you or someone you know volunteers at one, helping our furry friends out.  But who helps the helpers? SOAR, that’s who.  Suncoast Organized Animal Relief. Stephen and Sharon manage an organization that fills the gaps.  When […]

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Sure there are animal shelters around Tampa Bay, maybe that’s where you adopted fluffy or rover.  And sure, maybe you or someone you know volunteers at one, helping our furry friends out.  But who helps the helpers?

SOAR, that’s who.  Suncoast Organized Animal Relief.

Stephen and Sharon manage an organization that fills the gaps.  When Animal Shelters need help with food and supplies, they can turn to SOAR for the puppy food and cleanup supplies required to keep operating.

Donate to SOAR via GiveDay Tampa Bay!

SOAR Facebook Page

Jeff Downes, Designer of the SOAR Logo

Music featured was “Apologize” by Carlos Strong and Tierinni

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The Melting Pot St Pete https://greatthingstb.com/the-melting-pot-st-pete/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:12:56 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=4938 Sure, The Melting Pot is nationwide, but did you know that the one in St Petersburg on 4th Street has the honor of being the test restaurant? That means you’ll get to try new concepts there first! As an example, last year we were able to try the new grill accessory, perfect if you’re not […]

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Sure, The Melting Pot is nationwide, but did you know that the one in St Petersburg on 4th Street has the honor of being the test restaurant?

That means you’ll get to try new concepts there first!

As an example, last year we were able to try the new grill accessory, perfect if you’re not in the mood for broth or oil cooking with your entree.  We found that cooking in the broth, and then searing on the grill produced outstanding flavors!  Just make sure you have a two burner table to enjoy.

Also, the Grand Cru Surchoix, the first American cheese champion in 28 years, is back for a limited time.  This cheese is so ridiculously good it is literally indescribable!

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Episode 26 of Great Things Tampa Bay Released! Interview with Robert Blacklidge founder of courseAlign.io, StartupBus Mentor, and Local Entrepreneur https://greatthingstb.com/episode-26-of-great-things-tampa-bay-released-interview-with-robert-blacklidge-founder-of-coursealign-io-startupbus-mentor-and-local-entrepreneur/ Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:47:55 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=4934 Interested to learn how to get involved in the entrepreneur community in Tampa? I interview Robert Blacklidge in episode 26 of Great Things Tampa Bay.  Robert is the founder of couseAlign.io, is a StartUp Bus Mentor, and is heavily involved in the Tampa entrepreneur community. You’ll learn how he discovered his passion, how courseAlign is helping […]

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Interested to learn how to get involved in the entrepreneur community in Tampa?

I interview Robert Blacklidge in episode 26 of Great Things Tampa Bay.  Robert is the founder of couseAlign.io, is a StartUp Bus Mentor, and is heavily involved in the Tampa entrepreneur community.

You’ll learn how he discovered his passion, how courseAlign is helping universities plan curriculum using real-world data, and how Startup Bus works!

Also featuring music by Carlos Strong.

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Live podcasting at World Thrift/AOK Fam Event this Saturday! https://greatthingstb.com/4840-2/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:39:01 +0000 https://greatthingstb.com/?p=4840 Live music, fashion, art and glass demos, food, drink and LIVE PODCASTING 3-5pm at Five Deuces Galleria (next to 3 Daughters) I’ll be doing a live podcast and interview with AOK Family and Worldthrift, both featured on Episode 12 of the podcast. The show is all day, my live podcasting will be between 3-5pm! I’ll also […]

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Live music, fashion, art and glass demos, food, drink and LIVE PODCASTING 3-5pm at Five Deuces Galleria (next to 3 Daughters)

I’ll be doing a live podcast and interview with AOK Family and Worldthrift, both featured on Episode 12 of the podcast.

The show is all day, my live podcasting will be between 3-5pm!

I’ll also be conducting crown interviews after the show!

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Karmann Ghias, the coolest VWs ever produced! https://greatthingstb.com/karmann-ghias-the-coolest-vws-ever-produced/ Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:33:10 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4833 Aren’t Karmann Ghias just about the coolest Volkswagens around? Sure it might only have 50 horsepower, but it has the more style than most muscle cars. At heart, it’s a Volkswagen Beetle, with styling Luigi Serve of Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German builder Karmann. This example, in a bold orange, was spotted at the […]

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Aren’t Karmann Ghias just about the coolest Volkswagens around?

Sure it might only have 50 horsepower, but it has the more style than most muscle cars.

At heart, it’s a Volkswagen Beetle, with styling Luigi Serve of Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German builder Karmann.

This example, in a bold orange, was spotted at the St Pete Marina.

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Episode 23 – Florida State Fair vs Florida Strawberry Festival https://greatthingstb.com/4441-2-2/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:47:00 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4441 The post Episode 23 – Florida State Fair vs Florida Strawberry Festival appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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Episode 23 of the Great Things Tampa Bay Podcast has been released, and it’s a doozy.  Sure to divide this great metro area right down the middle.  The debate will be heated, the vocabulary colorful….

Which do you prefer?  The Florida State Fair or the Florida Strawberry Festival?

That’s right there’s two types of people in the Tampa Bay area.  Strawberry Festival lovers, and the State Fair Faithful.

Me?  I’m no different.  I’m not even going to pretend to be impartial.

Strawberry Festival is the best.

Maybe it’s because I grew up there and I remember getting out of school, meeting a friend on armband day and going to town, carefully balancing the overloaded food choices and whirlwind carnival rides.

Maybe it’s because I grew up next to Parksdale Farms (the actual farm not the store!) and remember the fun of running through the fields.

Now I have been to the State Fair a few times. It does have its appeal. It’s larger, has Cracker Country and there’s also a Skyride so you can look down upon the masses on the ground. Fun times.

But there is something special about the Strawberry Festival. And if you’re a country music fan it’s no contest, the Strawberry Festival wins hands down.

So can you go to both? Those of you with odd carnival fixations and/or iron constitutions the answer is a resounding yes. And I know a few people that fall into each category.

For those that just want to pick one, I will say while I have my preference, if you don’t want to make the drive or strawberries make you rage for some unknown reason, the Florida State Fair is also a great way to spend the day viewing exhibits, riding a few rides, and having your money taken by the carnival game booth workers.

Everyone knows those games are rigged!

So get out there, grab your significant other and have a great time!

 

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Episode 22 – TreeUmph Adventure Course https://greatthingstb.com/episode-22-treeumph-adventure-course-2/ Sun, 25 Mar 2018 03:35:00 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4426 The post Episode 22 – TreeUmph Adventure Course appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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Great Things Tampa Bay Episode 22 has been released!  

Let out your inner Tarzan at TreeUmph Adventure Course!

TreeUmph has two locations, one in Bradenton, and one north in Brooksville. Personally, I’ve only been to the Bradenton location so far but will be visiting the Brooksville TreeUmph soon.

Upon arrival, you will see tall pine trees with steel cables, platforms strung between them and friendly staff greeting you.

Your day begins with a harness fitting, where a member of staff makes sure that you are safely secured inside the harness that you will use to traverse the various TreeUmph courses. You then sit down to watch the orientation video which thankfully is short on the jokes. Overall not too horrible and as short as necessary. Always a good thing in my book.

After viewing the video, you’re given a hands-on demonstration with the two main components of your rig: The clips, and the trolley.

If you’ve ever ziplined before, you’ll know that usually, you have a guide with you throughout the course responsible for hooking you in and transferring you to the various cables. At TreeUmph, they use a system that allows you to clip yourself in safely at all times.

The benefit of this is that it allows you to traverse the course at your own speed, and not feel like a 5-year-old with your mom or dad cinching your belt up for you at every stop. The mechanics of this system are such that one clip is closed and secured to a line at all times, safely keeping you in the treetops.

After this initial orientation, you’re then able to proceed to the beginner course where they make sure you’re able to use your kit. Obstacles include logs to balance on, tightropes, and there’s even a rope skateboard obstacle. There are cargo nets and similar for the adventurous.

Most obstacles can be completed very easily from teenagers all the way to adults. There are a few tougher sections of course only for the most determined, but it’s clearly marked and separate from the main course.

If you get into trouble, the staff is highly trained to help. They can either start with initial verbal instructions on best way to tackle an obstacle, to climbing up the obstacle to you and performing a rescue if you are too tired to continue. There’s no judgment out in the trees, they just want everyone to have a great time!

There’s also a kids course so they can get their feet wet and have fun.

Plan on spending a few hours at TreeUmph. It’s top-notch, professionally run, and a ton of fun. Also expect to be tired as you’re using muscles you’re usually neglect unless your girl’s name is Jane and you wear a leopard smock.

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Restaurant BT always delivers the goods! https://greatthingstb.com/restaurant-bt-always-delivers-the-goods/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:40:00 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4570 Restaurant BT is one of the best ways to spend a romantic evening with your loved one, and as an added bonus is also one of the best restaurants in Tampa! Pictured: Lobster Bisque, and it was magically balanced.  Pure perfection. I debated divulging this information, as it’s our secret spot, but decided I had to share! […]

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Restaurant BT is one of the best ways to spend a romantic evening with your loved one, and as an added bonus is also one of the best restaurants in Tampa!

Pictured: Lobster Bisque, and it was magically balanced.  Pure perfection.

I debated divulging this information, as it’s our secret spot, but decided I had to share!

It’s honestly some of the best-prepared food in Tampa, very tastefully decorated (minimal), tucked away in a quiet corner almost across the road from Datz. It has stupendous and intimate ambiance, is quiet, not crowded and every meal we’ve had there has blown us away.

It’s the quiet place my wife and I go and order a half bottle of champagne and enjoy the night, and usually during the week there’ll only be 4 or 5 other tables occupied in the place.

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How to subscribe to the Great Things Tampa Bay Podcast! https://greatthingstb.com/4464-2-2/ Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:07:00 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4464 The post How to subscribe to the Great Things Tampa Bay Podcast! appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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Three simple steps to subscribing to my podcast, Great Things Tampa Bay:

  1. Open your Apple Podcasts app.  It’s a purple icon with an “i” or microphone.
  2. Search for Great Things Tampa Bay or Great Things Tampa
  3. Tap on Great Things Tampa Bay and then subscribe!

You can also download previous episodes so you’re fully caught up!

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Congrats to @ashley_loan! https://greatthingstb.com/congrats-to-ashley_loan-2/ Sun, 11 Mar 2018 04:50:00 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4537 Congrats to @ashley_loan for winning two tickets to TreeUmph adventure course! TreeUmph is a zipline and obstacle course located in Bradenton and Brooksville, which I reviewed in Episode 22. Be sure to follow or subscribe for future contests!

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Congrats to @ashley_loan for winning two tickets to TreeUmph adventure course!

TreeUmph is a zipline and obstacle course located in Bradenton and Brooksville, which I reviewed in Episode 22.

Be sure to follow or subscribe for future contests!

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Episode 24 – Strawberry Farm Interview and Trinity 7 Music https://greatthingstb.com/episode-24-2/ Sat, 10 Mar 2018 21:18:00 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4553 Ever wonder what all goes into making a delicious strawberry, one worth of topping shortcake and being celebrated in a festival? Episode 24 of Great Things Tampa Bay  will tell you all that and more! I interview Bob McDowell, 15 year farmer at Fancy Farms out in Plant City, Florida and we talk everything strawberry and strawberry farming, […]

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Ever wonder what all goes into making a delicious strawberry, one worth of topping shortcake and being celebrated in a festival?

Episode 24 of Great Things Tampa Bay  will tell you all that and more!

I interview Bob McDowell, 15 year farmer at Fancy Farms out in Plant City, Florida and we talk everything strawberry and strawberry farming, and this interview just so happened to be conducted the day after a hard freeze which resulted in some crop damage.

Did you know that a strawberry can be larger or smaller depending on the phase of the moon?  Learn this and other great facts in this episode!

Also featuring music from a great local reggae band Trinity 7!  Trinity 7 is a family group led by Jamaican born Ras Meishak who is a dynamic song writer and bassist, and has performed with Yellowman, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Admiral Tibet, Eric Donaldson and many more.

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Florida Strawberry Festival vs Florida State Fair https://greatthingstb.com/fair-fight-2/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:17:00 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4401 The post Florida Strawberry Festival vs Florida State Fair appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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Strawberry Festival

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Florida State Fair?

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That’s right Tampanians, it’s getting close to festival time.

But it’s an age-old debate right?  Which one to go to?  Can’t go to both, that’d be crazy!

Though I do know some people that go to both.  And I believe they would admit that they are, indeed, a little crazy.

So Florida State Fair or Strawberry Festival?

The basics of both are similar.  Rides.  Exhibits.  Fried food.  Carnival barkers and pitch men slinging their wares.  Games that will spawn countless depates on if they’re rigged or not (hint, they are).

Does it come down to what part of the county you’re from? Or is there a full on crowd favorite?

Does the country music concentration bring the Strawberry Festival above the fold, or does the State Fair’s proximity to the urban center make it the fan favorite?

 

Do we really have to decide?

I think the one thing we can agree on is we all will consume way too many calories, take a spin on the Moonraker a few too many times, and spend way more than we were anticipating in an effort to win that stuffed bear for your loved one. Bonus points for you when they look at you with the “Come on, it can’t be that hard!  You’re embarrassing us” look.

What’s the State Fair have over the Strawberry Festival?  It’s massive.  Huge.  Giganto.  Sweeping vistas of carnival rides, exhibits, livestock, products and goods.  And Cracker Country, the Fair’s exhibit depicting early florida life.

What’s the Strawberry Festival got that the Fair ain’t? (Can you tell I’m a local?)  Strawberries.  Tons of them.  And a quieter, small town vibe that will appeal to many out there.  But make no mistake, the Strawberry Festival packs the heat when it comes to both entertainment and fun to be had.  And personally, I’ve always preferred the Festival’s Midway to the Fairs but that may just be because I was born there.

So what do you think Tampa?  Which will it be?  The venerable Florida State Fair, or the indomitable Florida Strawberry Festival?

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How to subscribe on spotify! https://greatthingstb.com/how-to-subscribe-on-spotify-2/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:06:00 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4565 Great Things Tampa Bay is on Spotify!  Listen and follow! Follow the steps or the link to make it easy! https://open.spotify.com/show/7BY0mcAKMZG10Vx5KjVOxV?si=2uD9kngvQJ-4zOuoDY2rJg 1. Open Spotify 2. Search “Great Things Tampa” 3. Look for the sunshine logo and hit it! 4. Click follow and listen to previous episodes 5. Bask in the glory of learning about all […]

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Great Things Tampa Bay is on Spotify!  Listen and follow!

Follow the steps or the link to make it easy!

https://open.spotify.com/show/7BY0mcAKMZG10Vx5KjVOxV?si=2uD9kngvQJ-4zOuoDY2rJg

1. Open Spotify
2. Search “Great Things Tampa”
3. Look for the sunshine logo and hit it!
4. Click follow and listen to previous episodes
5. Bask in the glory of learning about all the great places in Tampa Bay!

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The Galley – Downtown St Petersburg https://greatthingstb.com/the-galley-downtown-st-petersburg-2/ Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:35:00 +0000 http://www.greatthingstb.com/?p=4414 The post The Galley – Downtown St Petersburg appeared first on Great Things Tampa Bay.

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The Galley in downtown Saint Petersburg Florida is a great and relatively new local tavern.

The delicious sandwich pictured is the filet mignon sandwich and is absolutely delicious.

The Galley is located directly to the south of the downtown Post Office at 27 4th Street N.  It’s in the space that used to house Reno’s Downtown Joint if you remember that place.

The Galley is set apart primarily by its rich wood interior and dedication to great eats. It’s an intimate setting, even in the brightest part of the lunch hour when we were there, the lighting was low not to hide any type of seediness but to let the wood and richness of the atmosphere take hold.

It’s not a large place, but it is friendly. I was there on a Sunday during football playoffs, and there were a fair number of folks there who were enjoying themselves and watching the game.

Personally, I’d find it novel to get a pub without televisions on every wall. Honestly even finding a restaurant nowadays that doesn’t have a TV in every eye direction is worthy of note. I have nothing against sports, taking in more than my fair number of Premier League matches. And overall the televisions are to be expected in a tavern/pub.

My wife had eaten here before and I was looking to try something new. We each chose the Filet Mignon sandwiches, which sounded positively wonderful. We’re big fans of filet and are more of the “quality than quantity” mindset. So just to warn upfront, this is a 20$ sandwich.

The sandwiches were good, above an average sandwich, but according to my wife a little chewier than they had been when she’d had them previously. I’d have to agree. Filet prepared properly should split off with the grain, and should lack the chewiness of some of the other beef cuts. This was more in the prime rib territory. Which, is great if you’re looking for a prime rib. Perhaps it was just because it was Sunday, they hadn’t been resupplied in a while and the chef substituted because hey it’s filet on a sandwich who will notice?

So I can’t recommend the Filet Mignon Sandwich with a clear conscious without that caveat. It can be worth it, but just keep that quality swing in mind.

Mandibular efforts aside, The Galley is a wonderful addition to the downtown St Pete landscape. I found myself wishing that I could gather 6 or 7 people together there and watch a game. I wanted to have my Yeti on the racks ready for me to come strolling in. And overall I found it a rewarding and warm experience and find myself wanting to go back sooner rather than later.

Strange I know for a place that didn’t blow me away with the food, but hey who doesn’t love a good tavern?

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