Jamie Peiffer

A USF alumni with a Bachelor in English, I love all things literary. I have a keen eye for detail, fascinate in dotting I's and crossing T's, and enjoy immersing myself in creative writing and written works.

New Sacred Pepper brings bold flair to North Tampa

With the humdrum of chain restaurants in North Tampa, Candy DeBartolo was eager to launch a bold dining destination. Opening Tuesday, DeBartolo Holdings' new restaurant, Sacred Pepper, is set to offer contemporary American cuisine with a bit of Mediterranean influence at 15405 N. Dale Mabry Highway, where Grille One Sixteen previously operated. Guests will experience dishes inspired from around the world such as house-made pastas and sauces, chicken burrata and honey goat cheese bakl

More than 40 eateries, vendors unite for all-you-can-eat benefit

A signature all-you-can-eat Straz Center for the Performing Arts fundraiser will return to downtown Tampa at 7 p.m. Saturday with samples by restaurants, breweries and more.Full open bars with wine tastings, desserts and four stages of live music will accompany entrée samplings from more than 40 local restaurants, caterers and vendors, including Ocean Prime, 4 Rivers Smokehouse and the Straz's Maestro's Restaurant.Craft breweries like Coppertail Brewing Co., Brew Bus Brewing and Cigar City Brewi

Safety Harbor to celebrate Florida's favorite dessert

Think you can make the best key lime pie? Enter a recipe into the upcoming Key Lime Pie Contest, hosted at the Safety Harbor Public Library Limited to two pies per participant, entries should be delivered to the library between 3 and 6 p.m. Thursday alongside a completed entry form, which can be found online The competition is set to culminate at 6:30 p.m. through the Key Lime Pie Fiesta, complete with key lime pie samplings, beer and wine, and Florida-style tunes by local musician TJ Weger. Du

Sea Salt oyster sommelier to share pearls of wisdom

Downtown St. Pete's Sea Salt will showcase its 12-foot-long oyster bar and wine collection through an educational seminar this weekend.At noon Saturday, the sophisticated eatery will offer six oysters and a glass of Jean-Charles Boisset No. 21 sparkling wine during a tasting called Oysters and Champagne. The wine hails from Burgundy's C̫te d'Or region. Dedicated oyster sommelier Brandon Petty — who heads the Sea Salt oyster bar stocked with 15 varieties and a menu that changes daily — will be on

We're not jerking: Beef Jerky Outlet launches in Clearwater Beach

For years, beef jerky has been a high-protein, low-calorie snack among astronauts in space (and sofanauts at home). But did you know there's a national chain looking to cater to the portable food's popularity?Neither did we. The world's first beef jerky franchise, Beef Jerky Outlet , has brought anstore dedicated toto Clearwater Beach — and the plan is to grow to more than 100 locations across the country in the next 18 months.This isn't your gas station or convenience store or supermarket beef

Survey says: Spaghetti Warehouse lets diners weigh in on new location

Serving what would've been its last meals to guests on March 9, Spaghetti Warehouse made the decision to stay open for business.Now, the Ybor City restaurant is inviting patrons to participate in an online survey , ending Friday, that will help determine its new Tampa-area location. BLD Brands, the parent company that owns Spaghetti Warehouse, set up a polling website for diners to offer suggestions, such as Brandon, Apollo Beach and Carrollwood, for the restaurant's move."Conducting this poll i

Come on, get happy at upcoming Sawgrass Tiki Bar block party

A whole lotta happiness is what Sawgrass Tiki Bar & Tea House plans to serve up during its block party this weekend.Starting at noonSaturday and ending at midnight Sunday, Sawgrass will host the two-day event in celebration of International Day of Happiness. The Grand Central District bar is St. Petersburg's ambassador for the Sunday holiday, which also coincides with Sawgrass's anniversary. Throughout the event, all-day happiness sessions will focus on topics like creating tea, aromatherapy and

Yaqui, come home: Big Ray's owner plans Teepee Taco next door

A local restaurateur with a passion for cooking has a creative mom-and-pop take on Mexican cuisine planned for Tampa’s Ballast Point neighborhood.Nick Cruz, whose roots are with the Yaqui, a Native American tribe that traveled from Mexico to Tucson, Arizona, will open Teepee Taco at 6118 Interbay Blvd. Paying homage to his Yaqui ancestry, the 900-square-foot restaurant’s debut, slated for May 5, is set to coincide with the Mexican celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Though Cruz’s flagship, Big Ray’s F

Do This: National Cheat Day

South Tampa's Datz is inviting food enthusiasts to step off the scale on Thursday, proclaiming Jan. 28, which is also the restaurant's anniversary, to be National Cheat Day.Like other food holidays that came before it, Datz's Cheat Day, whose mascot is the Cheesy Todd burger , is meant to be celebrated anywhere, including social media. Dreamy photos taken throughout the holiday will be archived under the #NationalCheatDay hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Locals who want to indulge wit

Health & Fitness Issue 2016: Healthy on a budget

“What do you want for dinner?” I asked my daughter while glancing at her in the rearview mirror.She smiled and gave a reply dreaded by all parents: “A Happy Meal.”That’s what I get for giving my 5-year-old a choice.I have to admit, McDonald’s and the rest of the fast-food giants can be tempting. Zipping through the drive-thru lane is more convenient and cost-effective, in the short run, than a daunting expedition up and down grocery store aisles. Purchasing supermarket ingredients to feed a fami