National Championship Fun

The whole city of Tampa has been taken over by the College Football National Championship and we LOVE it. There are so many more foodies in town and there’s more stuff to do than you can shake a Cheesy Todd at. Coy Wire from CNN/HLN came to see us!

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The awesome Coy Wire came to see us!
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CNN’s Coy Wire is cheesin’ with one of our managers, Curtis and The Cheesy Todd.
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The CNN/HLN crew had a food fight over our brunch and lunch dishes.

We also stopped in for a visit on ABC’s The Morning Blend with Tampa Bay Sports Commission. We talked about the Championship’s effect on Tampa and about how amazing of an idea it is to have our chili-covered Datchos at upcoming tailgating events here.

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Datz Executive Chef Keith Williamson with Claire Lessinger from Tampa Bay Sports Commission on The Morning Blend.

We’ve also joined in on the fun by jumping onboard Social Passport and Taste of the Championship. Have dinner with us between January 6 and 9 and score a complimentary dessert with your dinner purchase if you check in with us on the CFB Playoff mobile app (Our sister restaurant, Roux has the same offer and our bakery next door, Dough is offering 10% off your dessert with a check in). Also! We’ll be at The Florida Aquarium on Sunday, January 8 for with a dozen other amazing, local restaurants to welcome the National Championship teams to Tampa. We hope to see you soon and wish both Alabama and Clemson good luck.

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The Naughty List was THE List to Be On

You know you’re on the right track when Uproxx and Parade say so.

Foodies, behold– The Naughty List was THE Christmas cocktail this year. We loved it and we hope you did, too.

Ingredients:
1 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
½ oz Giffard Vanilla Liqueur
½ oz Grind Espresso Liqueur
2 oz housemade cold brew coffee
½ oz half-and-half

For the Mint Chocolate infused whipped cream:
5 dashes Fee Brothers Chocolate Bitters
10 dashes Fee Brothers Mint Bitters
4 dashes vanilla extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 candy cane

Preparation:
– Whip all mint chocolate whipped cream ingredients together until cream starts to thicken to stiffened peaks.
– Combine all ingredients (except whipped cream) in a mixing tin.
– Shake until well chilled.
– Strain into ice filled brandy snifter.
– Top with mint chocolate whipped cream and candy cane.

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How Many Mac Bites Do You Want?

We make our Mac Bites in house daily, and every day they’re bacon and jalapeño cheesy, gooey, and delicious. You can order ’em as an appetizer or go really BIG and order The Cheesy Todd, which is a burger with “buns” made of our Mac Bites. Check out part of the cheesy process here and watch us on Good Morning America here. GMA host, Jesse Palmer, called The Cheesy Todd “the mother of all burgers.”

 

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Foodie Alert: Jacqueline Luhrs of Life Simplified

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Photo by Angel He

Meet Jacqueline Luhrs! She’s one of our favorite local foodies AND our Monday Motivation. She’s a professional athlete, dancer, & owns her own company. Not only does she split her time between Tampa and L.A., but she also has lots of tips on how to keep the balance between your health and your foodie needs. Take it away, Jacqueline!

Tell us about yourself! What do you do and what are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself.

Well, I’m not originally from Tampa. I grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha where I studied marketing and management. I’ve lived in Los Angeles two different times where I danced professionally. I moved to Tampa in 2010 for my husbands job. He is the sports dietician for the Bucs and assists with strength and conditioning. We’re both active and love working out. I’ve done a few WBFF fitness competitions and became a pro bikini competitor in June of 2015. I’ve always been entrepreneurial and knew growing up I wanted to have my own business. I have many interests and hobbies and as I’ve become an adult I’ve realized two things I really love that will never go out of style or get old are health & wellness and helping people.  That’s how my business Life Simplified came about. If I had to describe myself in three words I would say I’m ambitious, independent and caring. If you were to see me around South Tampa chances are I would be wearing workout clothes, drinking coffee with friends, eating a healthy meal and on my phone or iPad doing work for Life Simplified.

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When did you start thinking about your health and how have your eating and fitness habits changed since then?

I’ve always been athletic and grew up playing sports and dancing. I danced in college and we competed nationally (yes, like the stuff you see on ESPN), but throughout all of that my main concern wasn’t health, it was just to be thin and look the part. I really got serious about health and wellness when I was doing intense dance training in the hopes of getting picked up by an agent in Los Angeles. It was during that time I really changed my mentality and thought process surrounding food and health in general. I became educated on using nutrition and strength training as a tool to enhance my abilities. I can truly say I became a better dancer and athlete in my late 20’s than I was in college because I came to understand the importance of keeping a healthy body. I now consistently weight train and do various types of cardio. I’m aware of what foods to eat and how different types of foods affect my performance and aesthetic look.

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Do you have “cheat days”? If so, how often and how do you recoup after?

Yes! I definitely have “cheat days” (Datz is a good place for that, haha!). I tend to eat pretty clean Monday-Friday and leave the weekends to be more free. I’ll have one or two “cheat” meals throughout the weekend and then jump back on clean eating for Monday.

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Tell us about splitting your time between LA and Tampa. How do you keep balance in your life? 

Finding the right balance in work and personal life is always tricky. There was a period of time I was in L.A. pretty much full time and only came back to Tampa occasionally. That’s when my main focus was dance so living in L.A. made sense because that’s where my agent, auditions and bookings were. Now that my main focus is Life Simplified, I’m able to spend most of my time in Tampa and only travel back to L.A. when I need to. I have clients in L.A. and I’m still involved with dance there, but now I have more control over my schedule and the projects I want to be involved with so I’m able to have a good balance.

What advice do you have for people who are just starting to change their eating and fitness habits?

My first bit of advice would be to set realistic goals for yourself. Making and conquering small goals is how you ultimately fulfill your ultimate goal, whatever it may be; losing 20lbs, toning up, doing a fitness competition, etc. The second bit of advice I would give is don’t compare yourself to others. That is a dangerous place to be and is the fastest way to derail you and discourage you from remembering this is YOUR unique journey. And the last thing I would say is DON’T QUIT! If you’ve made a goal to live a healthier lifestyle and want to see results all you have to do is stay consistent, day after day, week after week.

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What are some health or fitness mistakes you’ve made in your path as a professional athlete and dancer?

If I had any regrets with health and fitness it would just be that I didn’t take it more serious earlier in my life. I wasn’t educated enough to understand how much of an edge eating and working out properly could give me. I think it’s great social media has such a strong presence now with fitness motivation and education. It’s hard to deny the amazing results you see from everyday people that set a goal for themselves and use proper nutrition and workouts to achieve it.

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What’s your absolute favorite food to cheat with?

I love pizza!! And I love cake! So basically I’m saying if you invite me to your kids birthday party I would be in heaven! haha. But seriously, Papa Johns and a Publix cupcake are my go-to’s for an actual “cheat meal.”

How about cheat cocktail? 🙂

I love a good Sunday brunch (insert Datz again!), so a bloody mary or mimosa would definitely be on the menu.

 

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What do you hope to achieve in 2016 for yourself and your company, Life Simplified?

Life Simplified is growing in an amazing way! I’m so thankful and humbled when my clients contact me and say how easy it is to achieve their goals or how much time they’ve saved in their week by using Life Simplified.  I have an amazing team of people working with me that are helping take the business to a new level. In 2016 we’ll be adding a more refined door to door concierge delivery service along with adding fresh juices and a new menu of plant based raw food items.

As for me, I’ll be competing in a pro bikini competition in L.A. at the end of April (I always have to have some sort of fitness goal!). I’ll be working a lot on Life Simplified and taking care of my clients to ensure they keep up their motivation and achieve their goals for 2016!

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Photo by Angel He

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Foodie Alert: Jared Dey of Hot 101.5

Tell us about yourself! What do you do and what are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself.

My name is Jared Dey, I’m 26 and I am the executive producer of The Miguel Show on Hot 101.5 here in Tampa. Hmm 3 words that’s tough I’d say 1. – Perfectionist, 2. – Focused, 3. – Quick Witted (or at least I try to be).

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What do you love about working at Hot 101.5 and The Miguel Show?

The thing I love the most has to be the interaction with the people that listen to us. I think that was the thing that got me hooked on radio and it’s the reason I do it. I like to make people laugh or feel happy on their way to work.

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What’s a typical day look like for you? What do you do to make it to Friday?

It’s anything but typical at times. I usually wake up at 4am, try not to fight the snooze button and get to work at 5am. Start working on the show right away and go on air at 6am. The show wraps up about 10am and I’m like a zombie and not the fun Walking Dead kind. So after a nap I’ll start getting the show ready for the next day and then just watch tv till I go to sleep around 10pm. It’s Work. Work. Work. everyday.

To make it to Friday, I usually find a lot a lot of bliss in watching sports or listening to all different kinds of music. It takes the focus off.

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What’s the first concert you ever saw?

My dad probably took me to a concert here or there as a young kid but I can’t remember them. So it would be Linkin Park at the USF Sun Dome, I was in middle school at the time. Still remember that show like it happened yesterday.

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What’s your favorite food and why is it your favorite?

Even though I notoriously love nachos, I would have to say it’s Seafood Fra Diavolo. There’s something you gotta love about a great pasta dish topped with lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams (Go big or go home right) in a crazy spicy sauce.

It’s the best of everything to me. You get the pasta, you get seafood, and a massive amount of flavor from the sauce.

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Share a food with us that you’ve seen on the internet and would love to try.

It might sound strange, because it’s not that out of the box but it’s Poutine. It looks awesome and being a hockey fan a food made famous by our brothers to the north is something I’d love to try.

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So we hear you’re not originally from Tampa! What made you come to Tampa?

Wow! You guys really did your research on me. 😉 That’s right, I’m not. I was born in Long Island, New York but raised just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with some time in Las Vegas as well before coming here. Like so many, my grandparents moved here and my family eventually followed them down to Tampa.

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How do you feel about Tampa’s live music scene?

I love it! Tampa is a hot bed for live music. It doesn’t matter what genre you like the most there’s a little something for everyone here. And not to mention many big named artist have been coming through a lot recently.

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How about Tampa Bay’s food scene?

I love music but…. I love food more. And I have to say out of everywhere I’ve lived Tampa’s food scene to me is one of the best. If there is something special you want someone in Bay Area has it. Just look at downtown St. Petersburg where I live you could walk down Central Ave and it’s plethora of flavors and options.

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What’s your best advice on how to Adult?

Can I say “Don’t” lol. Being an adult is too much at times but hey if you gotta do it enjoy it as much as you can with some Datz or Dough.

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