Strawberry Fields Forever

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Photo by Jenn Thai

On Tuesday, November 29 Datz Restaurant Group (DRG) visited a Florida strawberry farm in Plant City. And it was awesome. And we’ll stop talking in third person beginning right……now.

We met with the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association (FSGA) and Isabel Laessig from Family Foodie and Sunday Supper Movement. We ate fresh, delicious strawberries practically grown in our backyard. We had a strawberry picking contest with some of our favorite local bloggers and Instagrammers: Jenn Thai, Tracy Guida, and Ryan Rodriguez. Even Creative Loafing came out with us to learn about these locally grown berries, which was a ton of fun. We drove an enormous tractor and managed not to hurt anyone or any strawberries. It was a good day.

Keep an eye out for Datz, Dough, and Roux’s Florida strawberry-inspired dishes and sweets. Datz will have a revamped menu in January that’ll include dishes made with Florida strawberries. Dough will have a Florida strawberry Doughnut Ice Cream Cone and Roux will also have some Florida strawberry magic up their chef sleeves. Take a look at our Florida strawberry adventures below.

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(Photo by Jenn Thai) See all the little bits of red in the field? Those are fresh Florida strawberries!
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The Datz Restaurant Group crew (Executive Chef Keith Williamson, Co-owner Suzanne Perry, Communications & PR Manager Gina Moccio, Kitchen Manager Afton McDermott, Sous Chef Jon Hurrah), bloggers, and members of the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association posed for a pic (and a Boomerang, of course– which you can check out on Instagram).
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Florida strawberries are amazing whether it’s just one or there’s a whole bunch.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) From left to right: Andy, Strawberry Sue and Mark of the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association.
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Datz’s Executive Chef Keith Williamson is really excited to be in Plant City for the day.
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The winning team from the Florida strawberry picking contest gives us all a victory wave with strawberries in tow. From Left to right: Datz’s Kitchen Manager, Afton; Andy of the FSGA; Datz’s Executive Chef Keith; and blogger, Jenn Thai.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) Chef Keith and his new whip.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) Executive Director and Florida strawberry man, Kenneth Parker.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) Strawberry Sue was nice enough to make us chocolate covered Florida strawberries. We ate them ALL. And we’re not sorry.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) We had so many Florida strawberry treats to choose from during our picnic lunch after we visited the strawberry farm.
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Florida strawberries for the win.
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“Put out your hands!” – Tony Pullaro, DRG Marketing & PR Manager.      We like to have fun and offer delicious food with high-quality ingredients. Florida strawberries will be one of those ingredients. Thanks for joining us on our farm-venture.

 

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Foodie Alert: Tampa Bay Eats Out

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We love Tampa, and we REALLY love when other foodies do, too. So when we started reaching out to locals whose tastebuds we admired, of course Kiera Andrews from Tampa Bay Eats Out came to mind. We hope you enjoy her recommendations– our foodie bucket list has DEFINITELY gotten a bit longer after getting to know TBEO. And if you’re looking to add even more to your tasty list, be sure to head over to TBEO’s Instagram page where you can find delicious food and drink ideas that are right around the corner. Cheers!

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

I moved to Tampa in 2010 for school and fell in the love with the area. I now work in Advertising and enjoy long walks on Bayshore with my dog, craft beer and exploring our amazing city. Three words I would use to describe myself: adventurous, curious and hungry.

What made you start Tampa Bay Eats Out? Have you made a lot of foodie friends (share a few Instagram handles if you can)?

Well, I love to eat and I love to discover new places to eat. I had been following some foodie accounts throughout the country but saw the opportunity to start one in Tampa Bay and share the amazing (and growing) food community that we have here. A flaw I saw in some other foodie accounts was that they didn’t describe what the dish was or tell where it could be found- I’ve made sure I do both of these to the best of my ability so my followers can easily tell what the dish is and where they can try it for themselves! Some other great Instagram handles I love seeing foodie photos from are @thisjenngirl, @nhietampa, @officialfoodgroup and @eattampa!

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What’s the best food you’ve discovered from TBEO?

This is hard. Really hard. But I think I would have to go with the St. Petersburger at Locale  Market. Grilled Mushrooms, caramelized onions and gouda cheese- can’t go wrong with that combo!

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How about the best cocktail?

The Michelada at Red Mesa Cantina! Not only is it gorgeous to photograph but it’s also extremely refreshing on a hot day- and a great hangover cure.

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Best dessert?

I LOVE dessert so I can’t just name one. Cannoli’s from Bavaro’s and the Strawberry Stuffed Amish Donut at the Strawberry Festival!

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What’s your favorite food on the Datz menu? 

I can’t just pick one thing! The Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes for brunch and the Buffalo Cauliflower at dinner are both amazing. I am also obsessed with the Creme Brûlée doughnut from Dough.

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

Crawfish Étouffée! My family is from Louisiana so I grew up eating this whenever I went to visit my grandparents. Every time I go to Louisiana, I eat it once a day. I also get it *almost* every time I go to Roux.

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

A @blacktapnyc milkshake. I think if there was anywhere in Tampa that could pull it off it would be Datz/Dough (hint, hint)!!

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What do you think about Tampa’s food scene?

It is growing like crazy. I love all the new restaurants (and food trucks!) popping up throughout the Tampa Bay area, especially the ones focusing on local Florida ingredients and cuisine, like Ulele. We also have some great staples that provide consistent, delicious food. I also love the fact that there is such a variety of restaurants, there really is something for everyone for any occasion.

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What’s another city’s food scene would you like to try?

There are many, but San Fransisco and DC are probably the top 2.

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What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten?

That probably depends who you ask but most people would probably agree with escargot. As long as you don’t picture the snails when you’re eating it, it is actually quite tasty!

What’s your best advice on how to adult?

Live life to the fullest, don’t count calories!

 

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