Tampa Fl Trip in April. Looking for Restaurants to Try


I’m looking forward to my next trip to Florida and I am planning on spending a lot of time in the Tampa area for this trip.  Whenever I make a journey like this, I always like to preplan dining.  There’s nothing like finding out that there is an incredible restaurant in the area and not being able to get a reservation because you did not think far enough ahead.  So, I’m doing my research on the Tampa area restaurants.  Rather than make notes in a tablet or on a computer, I figured that I would post here and keep adding to it as I start to make decisions.

So, if you’re reading this and you’re curious about restaurants in Tampa, stick with me.  It should be interesting.  On the other hand, if you’re familiar with Tampa FL and you have some favorite dining spots – I hope that you’d let everyone in on them.

My first search has led me to Rooster & The Till. They have great reviews and are located in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa.  Their menu is American food and when I looked at their online reviews, they seem to be amazing and have quite a following by Tampa locals.

I started looking into high-end fine dining in Tampa and the most amazing place that popped on my list was Bern’s Steak House at 1208 S. Howard Ave.  With a massive amount of good restaurant reviews at Yelp, I think this place is definitely on my list for fine dining in Tampa.

One of the things that I like to see in a restaurant is a clean kitchen.  I have actually contacted people that clean restaurants, such as restaurant hood cleaning companies and I talk about the hood cleaning business. But I also ask them for horror stories about some of the restaurants that they’ve cleaned.  Nothing like a restaurant kitchen cleaner to let you in on a few dark stories about restaurants.  Anyway, back to my list….

I keep being drawn to Ocean Prime on N W Shore Blvd.  I’m not a real big ‘fish person’, but I do like scallops, crab, clams, etc.  Funny thing about me is that I really enjoy sushi.  But the smell of cooked fish, like salmon, gags me.  Anyway, back to talking about Ocean Prime.  The place looks amazing and gets decent, but not perfect reviews.  I still want to go.  Maybe have a big order of scallops.  I almost wanted to remove them from my list because it is a chain.  But I’m intrigued enough to still want to try it.

Now, for a place that seems like a destination more than a restaurant, I’m interested in the Rusty Pelican Restaurant on Rocky Point.  It’s expensive, but the items on the menu do sound amazing.  And I’m intrigued by the location.

So, that’s the start of my list.  I’m also hoping to find some eclectic places and even some awesome food trucks in the area.  And tell my buddy Michael that has Pro Hood Cleaners, that his notes on restaurants steered me away from a few that I won’t be trying!

Any recommendations?

Caught a gross (and almost fatal) error in a commercial kitchen

Just a few months ago, I was visiting a commercial kitchen in Miami. My sister Naomi went to culinary school so now she knows her way around all the commercial kitchens, so she was showing me around at the place she works. After hours, of course. While we were there, I noticed that the grease trap was filled to the brim. It wasn’t really noticeable unless you looked right at it, which is probably why all those chefs had missed it previously. Subsequently, I told Naomi that they needed to hire a hood cleaner. Since I was already there and planned on hanging out with her, I watched them do their work.

I never thought a miami hood cleaner could be so quick and efficient, but they somehow managed to exceed my expectations. Honestly, they thoroughly impressed me. It’s a good thing that I spotted it, though. The miami hood cleaners were telling me how many fires are started in commercial kitchens because grease gets trapped in their exhaust fans, and it’s extremely combustible. Fats are one of the most highly combustible materials on earth. Is it a material or a substance? If anybody reading this article owns or works in a commercial kitchen, I highly encourage you to contact a hood cleaner. The vast majority, if not all of them, offer free consultation services.

The purpose of having an exhaust fan in a kitchen is to keep the air moving around. This also has multiple reasons. One, it prevents any bacteria from remaining stationary and proliferating. Two, it keeps the temperature down since there’s a lot of cooking going on in a small room. When it gets clogged, the heat can build up and any flammable grease that’s caught in there can suddenly combust. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen too often because there are so many good hood cleaning businesses in almost every town. Not every town, though, which is why the miami hood cleaners should potentially expand their business outside of Florida and into other states. That way, everyone can eat safely without any hazards or risk to their safety.

Upcoming movies in 2018

There are a ton of sequels, remakes, and even reboots coming out within the next year. This article (and maybe even the next one, too) are going to be about these movies and my commentary so far. First up on the list is actually two movies coming out this year, that I just wanted to mention really quick. Next friday the new Blade Runner movie is coming out, and I’m super pumped to see it. In fact, this is one of the few movies that I won’t spoil by looking up the plot the night it comes out.

I loved the original, and I’m pretty sure I still have the director’s cut on VHS. If I don’t, then I gave it to my friend who moved to Vegas. There’s no way I’m getting it back now. He told me the reason that they moved there is because his dad own a short-term rental permit business, and they were making way more money down there. After that is the new star wars, which I’m not super excited about. I loved star wars as a little kid and I still like watching the movies, but this new one just feels uninspired and bland. The majority of the movie is going to focus on one character’s training, which isn’t exciting to watch. I hate origin stories. The first movie that I want to see coming out next year is called The Commuter, which is another one of those Liam Neeson action movies kinda like Taken and Nonstop. It might not be good, but even though his movies are becoming kinda cliche they always have some kind of variation on the typical action movie tropes.

After that is God Particle, which is going to be a space horror movie about a stranded team of astronauts. The earth vanished after some kind of particle accelerator accident, and then a space shuttle approaches and they have to deal with whatever danger is onboard. It sounds super similar to Alien and Life, but it’s actually the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise so maybe it’ll be good? I’m going to see it either way. Last but not least (for this article, at least) is Pacific Rim: Uprising.


For those of you who haven’t seen it, Pacific Rim is a 2013 action movie where the earth is being attacked by giant monster so humanity engineered giant robots to fight back. The catch is, these robots are piloted by two people. These story is just about the fight to destroy all the monsters and the portal that they’re coming out of, which happens to be located in the Pacific Rim. I liked the movie overall, mostly because the large-scale action scenes were pretty great to a 13 year old.

The importance of organization

My raggedy appearance might say otherwise, but I’m a huge stickler for organization. I organize most of my titled belongings, such as video games and movies, by alphabet. My morning routine is always the exact same every morning before school, otherwise I have difficulty functioning. If you read one my past posts, you will remember how I mentioned a symptom of generalized anxiety disorder, intolerance of uncertainty. If I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do or what will happen, my mind will instantly think of some kind of alternate route or escape from the situation. Now, I think that order and organization should be present in all people’s lives. Structure isn’t just a pillar of society, it is literally the pillar itself.

There’s probably some metaphor I could make about bone structure holding us together just like structure in our life holding us together, but I won’t delve terribly deep into it. I can’t even remember what the metaphor was at this point. Speaking of being held together, I almost came unglued this weekend when I couldn’t locate any place for a Reno Window Tint. Luckily I solved that issue, so I’m still here. To put it in perspective, just imagine a world without organization. There could be no communication, no government, and no currency. Interaction between people, the basis of civilization, would be extremely limited because associating actions with anything would require use of a system, which needs organization. Without organization, seeing the color red might make you cry one time and make you hungry the next time you see it.

Even on a lesser scale, removing organization from computers would mean spreadsheets could not exist, complicating large-scale business to an extreme degree. Sometimes I feel like all these large words have no meaning because I use them in such excess. If there was no organization in school, you could just walk into any random class. Even once you were there, the teacher would have no lesson plan for teaching so he or she would just go off and do whatever they wanted. In retrospect, the teacher probably wouldn’t even show up because there was no organization to say that they have a job at this specific school that requires they show up every day