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This San Francisco cowork space requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter

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The pandemic has been incredibly disruptive to in-person office work and despite all the back and forth, there is one way to push health at work and that is with vaccines. Trellis Workspace, located at 981 Mission Street in San Francisco is a cowork space that requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter.

The choice to require vaccinations is one that is increasingly being sought by groups around the nation as the Delta coronavirus variant surges, including at government offices, schools, hospitals, and some offices as well. Although initially skeptical of having a requirement, the surge of cases and deaths including with coworkers has spurred action. 

View of the cowork space from the left.
Cigar City Brewing from Tampa made its way on this beer tap.

Once inside, visitors can get access to unlimited coffee pours, filtered water, a full bar with wine and craft, beer on 12 taps, and libations as well as private office spaces, conference rooms, and telephone booths that can be used for quick meetings. 

A pour of wine from the tap.

The open space boasts numerous plugs, a great Wi-Fi connection, and printing to serve most business needs. There are also restrooms in the building as well for a complete office space experience.

Access to the cowork space can be done hourly, weekly, or monthly, with options for private-use as well and the space is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Those that stick around can take advantage of happy hour specials, especially on Fridays.

The staff at Trellis is friendly at the door and with any needs you may have as a visitor. The office space seems to be only moderately busy as many workers continue to work at home during the pandemic.

San Francisco ramps up vaccine effort

Just this week the San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance moved to make it the official position of the group that vaccination will be required for entrance to bars with over 500 members in their group. The statement put out by the group reads, “This decision is based solely on our need to protect our workers, customers, and their families, however, we hope it might also influence some who have not yet received vaccinations to do so as soon as they are able.”

Politicians including San Francisco Mayor London Breed supported the move saying in a statement on Twitter, “This is a responsible decision by the SF Bar Owner Alliance that will help protect employees and customers. We need everyone to get vaccinated, especially as the Delta variant continues to spread. It’s how we can keep our city and our residents safe.”

San Francisco has also moved to require vaccination for all government employees in an effort to continue its push for vaccination. San Francisco has one of the highest vaccination rates in the United States and the city has taken numerous actions during the pandemic to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC has recently announced a change to mask policies this week as cases rise and the nation begins to grapple with yet another COVID-19 wave. Vaccine requirements seem like a no brainer in the effort to one day hopefully return to normalcy in our society.

Carlos Eats

September 2, 2021 |

Willa’s Provisions hosts Miami’s Benh Mi for a pop-up this weekend in North Hyde Park

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Willa’s Provisions in North Hyde Park will host a pop-up on Saturday and Sunday this weekend with Miami’s Benh Mi from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benh Mi is a Vietnamese-inspired eatery in Miami Beach founded by Executive Chef Benjamin Murray and Chef-restaurateur Michael Kaplan, featuring a menu of homemade Bánh Mi sandwiches, salads, snacks and pastries.

Murray and Kaplan make all items in-house, except for the bread, sourced from Bettant Bakery located just down the street from Benh Mi, named after the popular Vietnamese sandwich, the Bánh Mi. . They are dedicated to procuring ingredients from local and artisanal purveyors, farms, and businesses that ensure a high-quality touch.

“Michael has been a mentor and friend of mine for years, and we’re honored to welcome him and his creative team from Benh Mi to Tampa for the weekend,” said Willa’s Provisions Cofounder Merrin Jenkins.

“We’re looking forward to introducing the neighborhood to Benh Mi’s menu while pairing beloved items from our own cocktail and food program. This will be the first of many pop-up collaborations we plan to host in the future featuring talented chefs and restaurants we admire.”

“I always wanted Willa’s and Willa’s Provisions to be more like a lifestyle brand than just a restaurant and cafe. A place where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks in a casual and warm environment, but also a trusted source and curator, a place where you can discover new ideas, cuisines, or pantry goods.”

“A big part of Willa’s culture is to be a lifelong learners and this pop-up and collaboration is about introducing Tampa to Benh Mi. Not to mention one of the founders – Michael – is a dear friend and my favorite cooking partner. We’ve cooked everything together from homemade pastas and sauces to back yard bbqs for 20 people. He’s a professionally trained chef and I’m the amateur home cook learning from him – which is always a blast.”

Guests are invited to experience a taste of the eatery with a menu that will feature Char Siu Mushroom Bánh Mi Sandwich, Xtra Crunchy Chicken Tender Bucket, Green Papaya Salad, Iced Ube Latte and more, plus Willa’s favorites with a Benh Mi spin, including an exclusive Willa’s Provisions Roasted Chicken Bánh Mi sandwich. On the cocktail side, guests can enjoy beverages in pouches like the Saigon Sunrise, Willa’s Fix, and Willa’s Peach Tonic.

Veggie Spring Rolls
Char Siu Mushroom Bánh Mi Sandwich
Ube Latte

“We are so excited to collab with Willa’s to bring our Vietnamese inspired cuisine to Tampa. Willa’s and their owners/operators share so many of the same values as us, with regards to product sourcing, quality of food, innovation and team building. Working with people that are so aligned with us is always a special pleasure, we hope Tampa is as welcoming as Miami has been,” said Michael Kaplan, New Wave Hospitality Group Owner/Partner.

Originally started as a passion project of Murray’s during the height of the pandemic, Benh Mi has flourished into a successful brick and mortar location receiving praise from Forbes, Eater Miami, Time Out Miami, The Miami Herald, Indulge Magazine, and more. Chef de Cuisine of Pao by Paul Qui in Miami, FL.

Murray fuses his ingredients and techniques from his mother’s native Japan and his father’s traditional American cooking. He worked his way up through some of Miami’s most popular restaurants and became Chef de Cuisine of Azul at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

Carlos Eats

August 26, 2021 |

NEWS: Whiskey Foxtrot this weekend at Epicurean Hotel Tampa – SOLD OUT!

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The third annual Whiskey Foxtrot Tasting is this weekend at the Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa. Events are running most of week starting on Wednesday, November 6th. This year’s event is a celebration of women in whiskey.

Featured women include:

  • Nicole Austin, George Dickel Master Distiller
  • Erin Yesser, Edrington Ambassador
  • Natalia Cardenas, Woodford Reserve Ambassador
  • Jill Boyd, Compass Box Whisky Maker
  • Ingrid Rodriguez, WhistlePig Regional Manager and Steward of the Brand
  • Andrea Wilson, Michter’s Master of Maturation
  • Shayna Kaufman, Brown-Forman Brand Ambassador

Guests will sample more than 200 whiskeys and bites presented by some of Tampa’s top restaurants including Bern’s Steak House, Elevage, Big Ray’s Fish Camp, Nebraska Mini-Mart, Forbici, and more.

If you love whiskey, this event is one of the best ones I have ever had the chance to attend and highly recommend fans to watch.

Tickets are SOLD OUT. General Admission tickets are $ 95 per person and VIP is $ 175 per person. VIP includes an hour of early access and access to exclusive bottles, as well as a VIP cocktail lounge located at the EDGE rooftop bar with music, a cigar rolling station, and new this year – a Whiskey & Chocolate Lounge in the Epicurean Theatre.

Themed dinners from whiskey partners are also sold out. If you missed your chance to get tickets this year, make sure you grab them next year.

Event proceeds and opportunities to win will benefit Operation First ResponseJackson In Action 83 Foundation, and Southeastern Guide Dogs through the Laxer Family Foundation.

More information is available at whiskeytampafoxtrot.com

Carlos Eats

November 6, 2019 |

NEWS: Red, White, and Brew this Saturday, November 9th at WestShore Plaza

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Celebrate Veteran’s Day weekend at WestShore Plaza this Saturday, November 9th, 2019 from 3PM-8PM. Food trucks will be present including Vanchetta Food Truck, Jazzybgrille, and Mr. C’s Grilled Cheese. The event is free to attend and family-friendly.

Craft beer samples will be served from Coppertail Brewing Co. and 3 Daughters Brewing. Live music will be provided by The Petty Hearts & Fast4Ward on the Morgan Exteriors Stage.

Parents can enjoy a free kids area presented by Mathnasium.

Proceeds will benefit The Stano Foundation. The mission of The Stano Foundation is “to support our Armed Forces and Veterans through project based initiatives focused on enhancing their comfort and quality of life with a piece of home.”

Event Name: Red, White, & Brew

Venue: WestShore Plaza

Address: 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, FL 33609

Date & Time: Saturday, November 9th, 2019, 3PM-8PM

Cost: Free to attend

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/434775030415032/

Carlos Eats

November 4, 2019 |

What’s happening this weekend in Tampa Bay? 11/1-11/3

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Some cooler weather is finally upon us and festivals are everywhere. What’s happening this weekend in Tampa Bay?

  • Savor St. Pete: Clearwater Beach Uncorked has moved to Downtown St. Pete and is serving up food and drinks including wine, liquor, and beer on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd. Tickets start at $ 75 for General Admission. 21+. 400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
  • SouthShore Seafood & Arts Festival: Enjoy seafood, music, crafts, and more at a waterfront park in Ruskin this weekend. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend. Tickets start at $ 5. Family and pet-friendly. 2401 19th Ave NW, Ruskin, FL 33570.
  • Tampa Riverwalk Food + Art Festival: Downtown Tampa is having a food and art festival at Tampa Waterworks Park next to Ulele and Armature Works on Saturday, November 2nd from 10AM-7PM. 70+ vendors are expected to attend. Food trucks and live music will be present. 1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602.
  • Day of the Dead Block Party: The Dog Bar St. Pete is having a Día de los Muertos party on Saturday, November 2nd, from 11AM-6PM. The block party will have face painting by Nicole Desiree Hays of Body Wars, Nueva Cantina’s food truck, chihuahua races, DJ Shannon C, street vendors, a costume contest, raffle prizes, and more. 2300 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

Did I miss something? Reach out.

Carlos Eats

October 30, 2019 |

NEWS: HART bus driver fatally stabbed this past weekend in Tampa

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HART bus driver, Thomas Dunn, was fatally stabbed by a passenger this past weekend in Tampa on Nebraska Avenue. The passenger involved in the incident has been charged with one count of murder.

According to Fox 13 News this incident “comes roughly 5 months after Dunn spoke at a December 3rd  meeting where he raised concern about the safety of bus drivers after he says a woman who was a passenger assaulted him by spitting in his face and trying to break his arm”.

The CEO of HART, Ben Limmer, released a statement:

“We are devastated by the tragic events that took place today involving our HART bus operator. We are working with the Tampa Police Department as they conduct their investigation into this horrific matter,”

“We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the bus operator, as well as to all of our HART colleagues.”

Local transit advocate and former Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe responded as well to the incident:

Carlos Eats

May 25, 2019 |

Ōra King TYEE Salmon Dinner this Friday at TBBC Westchase

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Tampa Bay Brewing Co. (TBBC) is hosting an Ōra King TYEE Salmon Dinner this Friday, May 17th, 2019 at TBBC Westchase.

This high-quality salmon is normally reserved for James Beard Award and Michelin Star restaurants only. TBBC is the first brewery in the country, and the first restaurant in Tampa to offer the salmon on its menu according to the owners of TBBC.

Dinner preparations will include a TYEE salmon tartare, TYEE salmon sous-vide, and a smoked TYEE salmon cheese-cake. Guests will also be treated to a series of specialty beers, brewed specifically to pair with each dish, including a kiwi-infused lager, smoked lager with lime zest, vanilla mango berliner, and a vanilla stout.

About the fish: “The TYEE salmon was first discovered in the Campbell River of British Columbia in 1924, the Ōra King TYEE has a longer life-cycle and grows to more than double the size of an Ōra King salmon. The Ōra King TYEE is cultivated and harvested in New Zealand with only 2 scheduled to be harvested in the month of May. Because of their longer-life cycle, Ōra King TYEE have a more developed flavor and oil profile.

The flesh is refined with dramatic white marbling and the natural oil content in the belly is notably high, drawing comparisons to Bluefin tuna. The people that have experience this fish have remarked on its delicate flavor and clean, herbaceous palate. They, also, describe the texture as having a distinctive ‘bite’ without losing the inherent creaminess.”

Tickets are extremely limited to the dinner and have mostly sold out already.

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Venue: TBBC Westchase

Date & Time: Friday, May 17th 2019, 7PM to 11PM

Address: 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa, FL 33635

Cost: $ 100 per person

Ages: 21+ and older

Buy tickets: tbbc_tyee.eventbrite.com

Carlos Eats

May 14, 2019 |

3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Formal this Saturday at Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails

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The 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Formal is upon us this Saturday May 4th from 4PM-8PM at Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails (1111 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705). FREE admission. Live music will be provided by Boxcar Hollow. $ 6 mint juleps will be available as a special deal with Old Forester. $ 4 Peronis. Enjoy a raw bar with Modern Brine.

There will be awards for:

  • Best Derby Hat
  • Best Derby Outfit (Men)
  • Best Derby Outfit (Women)
  • Best Derby Dog

Carlos Eats

May 3, 2019 |

NEWS: Tampa Bay Lightning Kickoff Party this Wednesday at Curtis Hixon Park

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Come out this Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 for the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs Kickoff Party at Curtis Hixon Park with the National Hockey League (NHL).

GRAMMY, award-winning band, Cage the Elephants, will be playing at the party. The first of a series of concerts and musical performances the NHL is planning for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The concert will take place at 5:15PM EST and is a FREE, non-ticketed event. Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #StanleyCup.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2354151724604226/

Here is a schedule for the playoffs:

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Carlos Eats

April 21, 2019 |

NEWS: Tampa Bay Lightning Kickoff Party this Wednesday at Curtis Hixon Park

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Come out this Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 for the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs Kickoff Party at Curtis Hixon Park with the National Hockey League (NHL).

GRAMMY, award-winning band, Cage the Elephants, will be playing at the party. The first of a series of concerts and musical performances the NHL is planning for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The concert will take place at 5:15PM EST and is a FREE, non-ticketed event. Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #StanleyCup.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2354151724604226/

Here is a schedule for the playoffs:

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Carlos Eats

April 15, 2019 |
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