What I’m Reading in Food Media – April 16th

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Looking for some great food articles to read online? Here are some articles I am currently enjoying:

Carlos Eats

April 18, 2019 |

NEWS: Kiwami Sushi and Ramen opening Saturday, April 6th in Brandon

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Brandon’s first official ramen shop is opening this week on Saturday, April 6th at 12PM. Kiwami Sushi and Ramen will offer a special introductory 20% off promotion from April 6th to April 20th. The new shop will be located at 10262 Causeway Blvd. Tampa, Florida 33619, just minutes from the Westfield Brandon Towncenter and the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway Faulkenburg exit.

The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays.

They are still hiring staff including sushi chefs, line cooks, servers, and hosts. Interesting parties can apply in person at the restaurant or call (813) 393-0683.

Find out more at

Carlos Eats

April 3, 2019 |

Things to do this weekend: April 29-May 1

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Looking for fun and adventure this weekend? Here are our major picks of events taking place in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas:

Tampa Bay area


Thousands are expected at this annual event highlighting Tampa’s cultural institutions, music and dining. See live Shakespeare and dance performances, enjoy live music and local food, watch dragon boat races, learn about animals with the SPCA and Busch Gardens and much more. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friends of the Riverwalk. Where: Takes place all weekend at several downtown parks and locations. Leashed pets welcome. More information:

Sunscreen Film Festival

The longest running mainstream film festival in Tampa Bay will welcome actors Paul Sorvino and Gary Busey, who both star in films screening at the festival. More than 140 independent films will be screened. Guests are encouraged to participate in workshops, classes and other educational programming. When: Thursday-Sunday. More information:

Tampa Bay Pet Expo

Get free nail trims and discounted vaccinations, visit dozens of exhibitors, win prizes, see obedience demonstrations and get your pet-care questions answered at this fifth annual expo. When and where: Saturday-Sunday at Florida State Fairgrounds. More information:


Even more events can be found in our On The Town calendar for the Bay area.

Orlando area

Running of the Chihuahuas

The fourth annual event in Winter Park is expected to bring 150 chihuahuas to race in heats until a winner is crowned. All proceeds will benefit Winter Park Lost Pets and A Cause 4 Paws Rescue. When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Where: Cocina 214, 151 Welbourne Avenue East, Winter Park, FL 32789. Free to spectators. More information and to register:

EarthFest 2016

Come see electric cars, get a free tree or plant and learn about how to reduce your carbon footprint at Seminole County’s largest enviornmentally friendly festival hosted by the City of Casselberry. When and where: noon-8 p.m. Saturday at Secret Lake Park. Free. More information and event schedule:

St. Johns River Festival of the Arts

Come see more than 150 artists and their works, sample craft beer, attend art workshops, enjoy live acoustic musical performances and see chalk-art pieces adding color to the streets at this celebration of fine arts. When and where: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Where: Downtown Sanford. Free. More information:


And here are even more Central Florida events in our On The Town calendar for Central Florida.

Bay News 9 – local-news

April 29, 2016 |

MCAT to offer service to Pinellas County starting April 1

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Starting Friday, April 1, Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) will begin limited express service between Bradenton and St. Petersburg through its MCAT Connexion.  

Officials say the first bus daily will depart from the DeSoto Station starting at 9:00 a.m., and should arrive at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital/Medical Center by 10:15 a.m.  A return trip departs at 10:40am.

A second run to St. Pete starts at 2:00 p.m. and returns at 3:40 p.m. 

William Steele, Transit Manager for MCAT, worked with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) to create the new Skyway Connexion Limited Stop Express.  He says his twenty years working for PTSA helped to build this collaboration. 

"They’re open to the inter-county service because it serves a market that they’d like to fulfill, as well," said Steele.

Steele goes on to say the new service across the Howard Frankland Bridge opens job opportunities, shopping, and services to MCAT Customers they could not reach previously.

For additional information on the new Skyway Connexion Limited Stop Express Service, visit the MCAT Website.

Bay News 9 – local-news

March 30, 2016 |
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