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Thursday, May 26, 2016

#BrewsWithAttitude 2016 Recap #Tampa #Craftbeer


I'm a little sad that my favorite event of the year is now over for 2016. However, I am still reliving the moments. We always have SO much fun and much beer! This year, the weather was beautiful and the Lightning were victorious and awaiting their next opponent (unlike Brews with Attitude 2015). No matter how many times we attend this amazing event, we always try new craft beers and we always find new and exciting things. Sometimes we see cool beer vehicles for the first time.

Other times we try new-to-us food trucks. 

For the record, I highly recommend Just Smokin BBQ's tacos. I do not recommend Papa Ron's Cajun.

EVERY single time we attend Brews with Attitude we try dozens of new beers while relishing in our old favorites. Here are just a few of the many vendors from 2016 and their offerings.

Southern Tier Cherry Gose was SO good!

In case you aren't familiar with Brews with Attitude, you receive a cool little refillable glass at the door. You then can fill it up as many times as you want at whatever vendors you want. It even comes with a necklace so you can be hands free when for bathroom selfies (note the beer glass necklace). : 

Feeling happy
My favorite beers this year were 3 Daughters Awake Coffee Blonde (which I discovered a few days before this event), Goose Island Sofie (it is aged in Chardonnay barrels!),  Pair O'Dice Clearwater Honey Cream, Coppertail Unholy Trippel, Big Top Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, and Motorworks Lavender Ale. My Husband was in love with the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout that was 14.2% ABV. Yikes! 

Make sure you keep an eye out for Brews with Attitude 2017. You will want to be there! Cheers.

*This post is a result of my partnership with TPepin who sponsored my tickets for Brews with Attitude. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

11th Annual Taste of South #Tampa + #Giveaway #SouthTampaTaste


I am extremely excited for the 11th Annual Taste of South Tampa. The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce puts this event on every year and every year it seems to get better and better. When I last attended, the 2014 Taste of South Tampa was in Hyde Park. This year it will be May 15th from 1-4pm at the Tampa Garden Club. It is going to be a beautiful (and tasty) afternoon.
The ticket prices are ALL INCLUSIVE and include UNLIMITED samples from the vendors. Here are the vendors that are participating:
Assorted beer varieties provided by Pepin Distributing!
Anise Global Gastrobar
Beef O' Brady's Palma Ceia
Blue Chair Bay Rum
Cabot Creamery
Cake Cuties Bakery
Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Craving Donuts
Eats American Grill
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Hooters Restaurants
Inside The Box
Kahwa Coffee
Kona Grill
Lettuce Organic Tea
MacDinton's Irish Pub
Maloney's Local Irish Pub/The Hideaway
Margarita Festival
Moe's Southwest Grill
Naked Fit Foods
NutriTruck, Inc
Players Sports Pub (DoubleTree)
Press Box Sports Emporium
PRP Wine International
Rollin' Oats Market & Café
Rusty Pelican
SoHo Juice
Tastes of Tampa Bay Catering
The Blind Goat Food & Drink Co.
The Centre Club 

VIP - Ocean Prime
VIP - Spunky Spirits
VIP- Besito Mexican
VIP- Bonefish
VIP- Brio
VIP- DoubleTree Cookies
VIP- Due Amici
VIP- Schakolad Chocolate Factory
VIP- Seasons52
VIP-Grille One Sixteen


There will also be a food drive at the event! Please bring boxed or canned nonperishable items to be entered to win prizes!


To enter: 
1) Leave a comment with the vendor that you are most excited for. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win! 

2) For a Bonus Entry, Share this post on social media with hashtag #SouthTampaTaste and leave your post url in a separate comment.

*This post is possible Thanks to our partnership with the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sixth Annual #BrewsWithAttitude + Giveaway #Tampa #CraftBeer


It is *finally* that time of year again! It is time for my absolute favorite beer event: Brews with Attitude. This is the 6th year that TPepin will be hosting this event. It will be my third year attending and I can honestly say that this is an event I refuse to miss. You can read my post about Brews with Attitude 2015 if you are unfamiliar with the event. At Brews With Attitude, you get UNLIMITED samples from dozens of craft breweries (mostly local). If beer is not your favorite, there is always plenty of cider to go around too. 

Brews with Attitude is happening Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 from 6pm-10pm. It is definitely going to be a great time. Here are the breweries participating this year:

3 Daughters
Big Storm
Big Top
Black Fox Meadery
Blue Point
Bold City
Florida Avenue
Goose Island
Green Flash
Hidden Springs
Mad Beach
Magic Hat
Pair O’ Dice
Rochester Mills
Shipyard/Sea Dog
Southern Tier
Tampa Bay Brewing
Wild Ginger
Wine Stream
Fat Point * new!
Saint Somewhere *new!
10 Barrel *new!
Elysian *new!

Want to know a secret? We actually print off a list of the breweries we want to hit first and map it out when we arrive. It's almost impossible to try everything! I hope to see you there.

Buy tickets: visit the Brews with Attitude website to purchase your tickets today. 


Enter to win a pair of tickets to Brews with Attitude!

To enter: 
1) Leave a comment with your favorite brewery that is going to be in attendance. Make sure you include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

2) Retweet the following and leave a second comment with your tweet url:

*Pepin Distributing has teamed up with Thrifty and Frugal Living to host this giveaway and cover the event Tues, May 10th, 2016. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Top Local Chef #TopLocalChef #Tampa #Gulfport

I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have always wondered what it would be like to have a local Top Chef competition. Well, guess what? We do!! Top Local Chef is this weekend (Sunday, April 24 from 5-7pm) in Gulfport, FL (a cozy little town on the water near St. Petersburg). The casino is on the water and the view will be beautiful. Come join me. Here are the details:

2016 Competing Chefs

General admission (VIP is sold out)

  • Sample from FOUR of the competing chefs
  • Voting token to help select People's Choice 
  • Does not include reserved seating
Buy Tickets:

I will see you there! 

Friday, January 29, 2016

#Clearwater Beach Uncorked : A Food and Wine Adventure


There has been an increase in food, beer and wine festivals in the Tampa area in the last few years. Some festivals outshine others. There is one festival that I have been drooling over and I am extremely excited to finally be attending: Clearwater Beach Uncorked. This two day festival features food, BEER, wine, cooking demonstrations and so much more. Even better, it is located on the gorgeous and world famous Clearwater Beach. 

Did I mention that beer, wine and food samples are all INCLUDED in your admission? Come hungry and thirsty. Clearwater Beach Uncorked also had a blogger contest to select some bloggers of the year. Guess what?

I WON! I will be attending as the Clearwater Beach Uncorked Beer Blogger of the Year! I am so excited to have this honor. Speaking of beer, there will be some great breweries in attendance. Included are 3 Daughters, Brew Bus Brewing, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Islamorada Beer Company, and Keybilly Island Ale. 
The festival will also feature live cooking demonstrations and some talented chefs. The incredible Emily Ellyn is one of them! You have probably seen her on The Food Network. Yours truly will also be involved in a beer demonstration. I can't wait. 

Tickets are $47 for Saturday or $37 for Sunday with a special code on this Clearwater Beach Uncorked Facebook post


Parking can be tricky at the beach. Luckily, Clearwater Beach Uncorked put together a helpful parking map to assist us all. 

*Disclaimer: I am receiving free tickets and a hotel stay as a Clearwater Beach Uncorked Blogger of the Year. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 25, 2015

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