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Candy kitchen opens new location

Candy kitchen opens new location

Pinellas Beaches - The candy kitchen is expanding business by opening another location in addition to its Madiera Beach and Redington Shores locations.

The new store is at 4695 Gulf Blvd on St. Pete Beach.

The original store opened in Madiera Beach in 1950. All stores boast a nostalgic theme. The St. Pete Beach store will serve homemade ice cream, fudge and Italian ice along with nostalgic candy and toys.

Souper Soups Festival today at Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market

Souper Soups Festival today at Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market

Clearwater, FL -- Sample gourmet soups from downtown Clearwater restaurants at The 16th Annual Souper Soups Festival today during the Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market.

Proceeds from the event, running from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., will be donated to area charities.

The Downtown Farmers Market, held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the cooler winter and spring months, features gourmet foods, farm-fresh produce, assorted cheeses, pastries, local honey and many other delicacies and hand-made items.

New restaurants heading to Seminole

New restaurants heading to Seminole

Seminole, Florida - Get ready for some new restaurants heading to Seminole in the next couple of weeks.

According to the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, a Dairy Queen will open where the Panda Express used to be at 10820 Park Blvd., near the intersection of Park and Seminole Blvd.

Also, a brand new Cody's Steakhouse has opened at 4450 Park St. in the Target shopping center, near the intersection of Tyrone Blvd., and across from the Walmart.

The chamber adds that more restaurants will be popping up in Seminole in the coming months. 

Crabby Bills to upgrade Clearwater Beach restaurant

Crabby Bills to upgrade Clearwater Beach restaurant

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- Crabby Bills has agreed to refurbish its restaurant near the Clearwater Beach roundabout in exchange for extending its lease with the city another four years.


The deal, which goes before the city council work session Tuesday morning, would require substantial completion of the upgrades by August 1.

Flavors of Tampa Bay: Thai Pan Alley

Flavors of Tampa Bay: Thai Pan Alley

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida - It's been around for over 20 years, spicing up palettes along the beaches. Thai Pan Alley's owner Jon Wing calls it "urban Thai cuisine," Thai food made to order for Americans.

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The spicy flavors are still there, from mild, medium and hot American, to hot Thai and even hotter, super devil Thai hot!

They have a thriving take out business or you can kick back and enjoy your food, either inside or on their outdoor patio.

Here are a few of Thai Pan Alley's specialty dishes:

Cheap Eats: Emilio's Bistro

Cheap Eats: Emilio's Bistro

Saint Petersburg - In the last five years, three different restaurants have resided at 437 Central Avenue. The latest, Emilio’s Bistro, seems to have all the markings of a successful venue, with modern decor, a friendly and attentive staff, and a menu that’s priced right.

The decor: The interior is half lounge, half restaurant, with cozy couches and booths in the back and high tops along one wall. Modern artwork - available for purchase - lines the wall, setting the tone for your dining experience. It’s romantic enough for a date, but not so romantic that you’ll feel out of place with family, friends, co-workers, or your bros.

For more recommendations, insider tips, and menu highlights, head to Metromix.com.

Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar

Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar

Clearwater, FL - Newly opened, Carmel Cafe, is a fresh interpretation of regional classics from Italy, Spain, France, Greece and Morocco presented in small plates, large plates, salads, soups and sandwiches; ideal for sharing with friends and family.