Sponsored: National Dance Like a Chicken Day this Monday 5/14 at Pollo Tropical

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Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Pollo Tropical. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the sponsor.


FREE FOOD ALERT! Celebrate National ‘Dance Like a Chicken Day’ on Monday, May 14th at Pollo Tropical®.

Fun fact: The Chicken Dance was my favorite Dance as a kid. I remember auditioning to perform it in elementary school.


“The unique restaurant brand, famous for its no-antibiotics-ever chicken that’s citrus-marinated for 24 hours, is offering anyone that does the “Chicken Dance” at Pollo Tropical between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14 a FREE 1/4 Chicken with Rice & Beans meal!

Simply by dancing their juiciest chicken rendition in homage to the brand’s famous marinade, guests can earn a free Pollo Tropical® 1/4 Chicken with Rice & Beans!

The offer is valid on Monday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., only in the dining room (not valid in the drive-thru).

This offer also isn’t valid in combination with any other offers or promotions.”

National Dance Like a Chicken Day is an annual holiday, listed on the National Day Calendar and taking place every year on the same day – May 14th.


Carlos Eats

May 18, 2018 |

National Coffee Day 2017 Tampa Bay: Deals & Freebies

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National Coffee Day is this Friday, September 29th, 2017! Plenty of great coffee shops around Tampa Bay will be celebrating with deals and discounts. Forget Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts – grab yourself some REAL coffee during this celebration.

Here is a list of the deals I’ve been able to find:

  • The Lab (North Hyde Park): Public cupping beginning at 11AM on National Coffee Day.
  • Kraftologee (Brandon/Riverview): Coffee flights for $ 2 – sample several hot and cold coffee drinks
  • Caffeine (Downtown Tampa & South Tampa): 40% OFF single origin coffee beans. Slow Bar Deals: $ 1 Aeropress, $ 1.50 V60, $ 2 Chemex. $ 1 Cold Brew Drive-Thru Only Special.
  • Felicitous (USF): BOGO hot brewed coffee from 9AM-11AM
  • Buttermilk Provisions (Wesley Chapel): $ 1 OFF any large cold brew or hot brew
  • Jet City Espresso (Seminole Heights/Hyde Park): FREE extra shot in any size
  • Kahwa Coffee: BOGO coffee all day long
  • Ginger Beard Coffee (Downtown Tampa/Channelside): $ 1 drip coffee and $ 1 OFF cold brews
  • Buddy Brew Coffee: BOGO Cold Brew when you bring a friend.

Here are some coffee quotes to live by as well:

“What do you want?” “Just coffee. Black – like my soul.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” -Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

“Coffee first. Schemes later.” ― Leanna Renee Hieber, Darker Still

“Life’s too short to drink crappy coffee and cry over boys who don’t care.”  -Unknown

“I decide to turn to my old faithful solution to all that is wrong in life. Coffee.”  ― Lisa Renee Jones, If I Were You

Any other local shops doing deals or freebies? Shoot me an email at carloseats[at]gmail[dot]com.

Carlos Eats

September 30, 2017 |

Brio Tuscan Grille celebrating National Lasagna Day

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Full disclosure: I was invited to Brio Tuscan Grille for a tasting of their menu in exchange for this article about their upcoming promotion for National Lasagna Day.

This Thursday, July 27th, Brio Tuscan Grille will celebrate National Lasagna Day early and offer guests 50% off their Mama’s Lasagna Bolognese. Lunch will include a half-portion option with salad and dinner will only offer the full-portion size of the dish.

Here are some quick facts about lasagna – please note that some are disputed by different historians:

  • The name lasagna comes from the Greek word laganon – one of the world’s oldest forms of pasta.
  • The word “lasagna” originally was in reference to the pot that the food was cooked in, not to the actual dish.
  • Modern lasagna was created in Naples, Italy during the Middle Ages – recipes seem to point back to the 13th century.
  • The World’s Largest Lasagna is 5.29 tons, took 10 hour to make, and was made in 2012 in Poland. The lasagna was made in honor of the Italian national soccer team.
  • Recipes for lasagna originally could not have called for tomatoes although they are essential to the dish nowadays because tomatoes were not commonly available until after the Age of Exploration in the 1500s.
  • Fun fact: tomatoes were believed to be poisonous when they were first introduced in Europe. Hard to believe that considering how important tomatoes are to Italian cuisine now.

Brio’s Mama’s Lasagna is a mixture of Bolognese meat sauce, Alfredo, ricotta, and Mozzarella.

Brio Tuscan Grille is located at the International Plaza in Tampa at 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607. The Tampa location can be reached at (813) 877-3939. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at

Carlos Eats

July 30, 2017 |

National Mojito Day Cocktails

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Cruzan_Coconut Mojito


National Mojito Day is Monday, July 11 and what better way to beat the summer heat than sipping on a deliciously cold cocktail! This year, go beyond the standard muddled mint mojito and celebrate with the Cruzan Mango Mojito and Cruzan Coconut Mojito.

The Cruzan Mango Mojito includes fresh mango that complements the bold, tropical flavor of Cruzan Mango Rum while the Cruzan Coconut Mojito combines Cruzan Coconut Rum with Cruzan Aged Light Rum, mixing together notes of vanilla and coconut for a one-of-a-kind flavor. Both cocktails are sure to refresh on a hot summer day.






Cruzan® Mango Mojito
1 part Cruzan® Mango Rum
4 chunks of Fresh Mango
Dash of Fresh Lime Juice
Splash of Simple Syrup
4-6 Fresh Mint Leaves
Club Soda

Method: Muddle mint and mango chunks with simple syrup in a tall glass. Add lime
juice, Cruzan® Mango Rum and ice. Stir and top with club soda. Garnish with mint.



Cruzan® Coconut Mojito
2 parts Cruzan® Aged Light
1 part Cruzan® Coconut Rum
8-10 Mint Leaves
2 Fresh Lme Wedges
1 tsp Sugar
Coconut Soda (or Coconut Water)

Method: Muddle Mint, Lime & sugar, top with Rums & ice. Shake 2 times to mix. Top with Coconut Soda. Garnish with mint and a lime twist.





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July 11, 2016 |

MacDill AFB honors law enforcement for National Peace Officers Week

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A tradition started more than 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy to recognize and remember law enforcement officers has taken off at MacDill Air Force Base.

  • Ceremony to kick off National Peace Officer week, honoring those who do double duty as airmen and police officers
  • 11 of the 35 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty in 2016 also served in the military

To kick off National Peace Officer week, the 927th Air Refueling Wing honored local men and women in blue with a special nod to those who do double duty as airmen.

“We are both very important to the community and to the country,” says SSGT. Adam Borgman with the 927th. “We live locally and we serve globally.”
As well as recognizing the efforts and sacrifice of those who currently protect and serve in law enforcement, the ceremony also honored fallen police officers around the country. So far this year, of the 35 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the U.S., 11 of them also served in the military.

Among those lost was Hillsborough County Deputy Chief John Kotfila, killed in a head-on collision with a wrong way driver on March 15th.  His colleague, Hillsborough County Deputy Tyler Payne, also a senior airman with the Air Force, says it’s hard to distinguish which job is harder.

“Both present their own challenges in themselves," said Payne. "Just the day-to-day being a police officer and the deployments and constantly gone with the military they’re both equally difficult.”

Pasco County deputy Michael Seeman, who also does double duty as a senior airman, says both jobs “correlate very well."

"Both of them, they take a lot of dedication,” said Seeman. 

Bay News 9 – local-news

May 15, 2016 |

Celebrate National Margarita Day

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It’s Monday and a great way to kickoff the week and celebrate National Margarita Day is with The Resting Garden Margarita created by Tampa mixologist, Ryan Brown.


Bartender: Ryan Brown

Market: Tampa, Florida

Bar Name: Anise Global Gastrobar

Margarita Style: Herbal

Drink Name: The Resting Garden Margarita

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado

.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.75 oz Agave Syrup

6 Sage Leaves, (2 for garnish)

Pinch of Salt


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Holding a fine mesh strainer in one hand, “double strain” the drink by pouring the drink through it into an ice-filled old fashioned glass. Garnish with two sage leaves and a grilled mango slice.



Anise Global Gastrobar is located in downtown Tampa at 777 N. Ashley Drive., Tampa, FL 33602





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February 24, 2016 |

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Would you know what to do if you saw someone having a seizure?




Most often, epileptic seizures don’t require medical assistance. However, there are some things you can do to help the person:

  • Seizure-First-AidStay calm. Frequently, a person having a seizure will be confused and disoriented. Your calm demeanor and reassuring words are helpful during and after the seizure.
  • Keep the person safe. Remove sharp or hard objects in the area. If the person is mobile, guide them to a safe place. Never put anything in their mouth and never hold the person down.
  • Time the seizures. Call 911 if a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or repeats.

The Neuroscience Institute at Florida Hospital Tampa is a Level-4-accredited epilepsy center by the National Association for Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), which means we offer complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring and extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment.


To learn more, visit




Sponsored Source: Florida Hospital






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