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Four Tampa Bay restaurants awarded a four-diamond rating on AAA’s 2019 list

Florida has the second-most four-star restaurants of any state in the country. AAA just released its 2019 list of diamond-rated restaurants, and Florida made a solid showing. The company started evaluating establishments back in 1937 before moving to the more formal system used today, which relies on “professionally trained inspectors to conduct unannounced restaurant evaluations,” according to AAA. This year, nearly 32,000 restaurants were inspected and assigned a rating from one (the lowest) to five (the best) diamonds. Florida has

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Top things to do this weekend, Feb. 22-24: Sea-Blues, Oscars at Tampa Theatre

The Clearwater Sea-Blues festival brings an eclectic lineup, celebrity chef Art Smith, Oscar parties and body art. FESTIVAL: Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival Get ready for an eclectic mix of music at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, one of the best weekends of free music Tampa Bay has to offer. Saturday and Sunday will bring a mix of soul, blues, funk and Americana acts to Coachman Park in Clearwater. Topping the bill is a powerhouse soul combo of Vintage Trouble, Grammy-winning blues-folk artist Fantastic Negrito and

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We tasted new Florida State Fair foods, from Cuban sandwich pizza to spaghetti grilled cheese

We sacrificed our stomachs to test out waffle-topped pizza, sweet and savory funnel cakes, and five varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches. The Florida State Fair is back, and with it comes all kinds of culinary oddities. Vendors new and old have filled the midway with ridiculous flavor combinations, outrageous portions and plenty of deep-fried delicacies. This year’s new offerings  Include a savory twist on funnel cake, grilled cheeses stuffed with dinner foods and Cuban sandwich pizza. At the risk of our

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Coca-Cola to debut Orange Vanilla, its first new flavor in more than a decade

The flavor, which tastes like a creamy orange popsicle, beat out potential flavors raspberry, lemon and ginger, the company said. It will make its debut on Feb. 25. For the first time in ore than a decade, Coca-Cola has announced it’ll be introducing new flavors in the U.S. starting Feb. 25. The flavors: Orange Vanilla Coke and Orange Vanilla Coke Zero Sugar. The new products will be available in 12-ounce cans and 20-ounce plastic bottles, the company announced in a

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At Rays Fan Fest, a childhood test at home plate

ST. PETERSBURG — By the time the Guzman-Ramos siblings got their hands stamped and walked to the edge of the Tropicana Field turf, the line had already reached the very last barrier. At least a dozen children stood with parents in three serpentine rows ahead of Sebastian, 8, and Penelope, 6, providing ample opportunity for them to lean against the retractable ropes and eye the other competitors. Under bright stadium lights, shrieks and giggles and blasting pop music echoed across

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Valentine’s Day at home? Here are five ideas for simple dishes you can cook together

There are many different phases of a relationship. Some require fragrant flowers, delicate chocolates or salt snacks; others merely call for both partners to put away their laundry in a timely manner. Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where you really need to read the room. Counting your pennies? Don’t blow your cash on a diamond bracelet. Is your date not one for crowds? Maybe go out on Feb. 12 instead. And if in the middle of the week

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‘Hamilton’ 101: What you need to know for the big show in Tampa

Lin-Manuel Miranda gave us a gift when he decided to make Hamiltonalmost entirely sung. Nearly all of his 11-time Tony-winning 2016 musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is on the soundtrack, ready and waiting for Hamilfans to belt it in our cars and blast it through our earbuds. I don’t think it’s an accident that Miranda, whose formative musicals include the sung-through Rent, created something we could all participate in, something that could be enjoyed whether or not you can afford a

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Patriots top Rams for sixth Super Bowl title

In the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever, New England ties Pittsburgh for the most league championships. ATLANTA — Defenses dominated what was supposed to be a super shootout until Tom Brady led one classic drive to win the Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl. Brady threw two perfect passes to Rob Gronkowski to set up rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard score, the only touchdown in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. That put the Patriots up 10-3 on the Rams. A late field

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Who will win Super Bowl LIII: Patriots or Rams?

The Rams won’t blink Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer @NFLStroud: If you give any weight to this prediction, then you didn’t pay attention to my picks in the championship games. Having said that, I think the Rams are a more talented team. I know Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have four rings, but they also have lost three of these games. The Patriots are going to try to shorten the game by running the ball and using time of possession as

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‘Black Panther’ returns to Tampa Bay theaters for Black History Month, and tickets are free

Black Panther Marvel Studios blockbuster Black Panther is coming back to the big screen and you can see it for free in honor of Black History Month. From Feb. 1 to 7, Black Panther will screen in 250 AMC theaters across the United States, including a handful in the Tampa Bay area, including the Regency 20 in Brandon, Westshore Plaza 14 in Tampa, Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar and Sundial 20 in St. Petersburg. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3

Monster Jam:  Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, the wildly popular monster truck event returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, for the second time in less than a month. Fan favorites like Grave Digger, Monster Mutt Dalmation and the mighty horned El Toro Loco will be there racing on the track and competing in the freestyle competition to wow the crowd with their best tricks. Come early to tailgate, listen to music, and get pictures with the trucks and drivers in the

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How to dress the part for Gasparilla in pirate clothes

Dress Like a Pirate: Gasparilla Garb In case you haven’t heard, there’s a small party in Tampa this weekend called Gasparilla, and it’s pirate-themed. Many die-hards probably already have their outfits sorted, but for the spontaneous among you, here are a few tips and resources for your pARRrty attire. Captain’s jacket’s, tri-corner hats and puffy shirts are staples of any respectable swashbuckler, while wenches don corsets and big flowy skirts. It might be too late to find these things on

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