MD Oriental Market Brandon

Have you been to the new MD Oriental Market in Brandon?

I've heard from several people this week much they love this Asian foods store. They like its size, huge inventory and variety of unusual, hard-to-find items.

You can read about my shopping experience here, in this week's South Shore News & Tribune.

MD Oriental Market Brandon
10127 E. Adamo Drive (State Road 60)
(813) 443-2188


The Refinery in Seminole Heights tantalizes and surprises

From my column in this week's South Shore News & Tribune, get the recipe for a fresh mint chimichurri spread on top of crusty sliced bread and served alongside bone marrow from The Refinery in Seminole Heights. Go here to read all about it!

The Refinery
5137 North Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 237-2000


Mission Egg Roll

From my column in this week's SouthShore News & Tribune, get the recipe and interesting story for Suzy Vong McCracken's tasty egg rolls stuffed with ground chicken, cabbage, onion and carrot, fried to a golden crisp. Dang, those things were good!


What's better than Two-Buck Chuck?

One-buck Bock, that's what... and sharing a plate of wings at The Docks in Apollo Beach.

Oh, Happy Mother's Day.

The Docks Bar and Grill
6520 U.S. 41
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
(813) 641-8792


Freshness at it's best - Mabry's Market

Mabry's Market in Wimauma is now open!

The exotic, sweet aroma of spices is what I first noticed upon stepping inside its homey-looking storefront.

I told co-owner Susan Bishop, "Mmm, it smells good in here!" She said that's been just about everyone's initial reaction.

This friendly farmers' market/gourmet grocery store is a delightful destination, if you're looking for seasonal and local, farm-fresh vegetables, baked goods, plants, exceptional array of spices, or cozy cookbook corner.

And soon there will be more to come!

Mabry's Market

5129e State Road 674, Wimauma

(813) 642-0191

Hours: Tues - Fri 9 - 6; Sat 9 - 3