Patel Brothers Indian Marketplace, Tampa, FL

Because I am now writing a second blog with a friend called America’s Test Chicken, I’ve gotten deeply involved in the cuisine of India. One of the challenges we faced in exploring the exotic ingredients was finding them! We paid far too much for the spices at gourmet supermarkets, if we could even find them.

However, I discovered an Indian supermarket in Tampa! It’s part of a huge chain called Patel Brothers that has 50 locations in the USA.

Most locations are in the eastern part of the country, but one is in California. Apparently it’s been around for many years and must be a boon to Indian people who want to cook food from their home country. I know I would have loved an American supermarket in Germany at times. In addition, the prices are really cheap at Patel! read more

Hillsborough River State Park in Florida

Located on Florida Highway 301 in Thonotosassa near Tampa, Hillsborough River State Park offers 2990 acres of hiking, kayaking, picnicking, canoeing, camping, swimming and more. Lots of Florida flora and fauna for a very reasonable price.

Clearwater, FL, Chalk Walk

A stroll down the seaside sidewalk in Clearwater, Florida, to see the chalk artists creating. Lots of cartoon characters and 3D effect works, plus tents of food, clothing, jewelry and other handmade arts to shop in Tampa Bay.

Radi, the German Radish They Eat with Beer

Curly-cut radishes - they call them Radi at Oktoberfest in Germany, and their salty goodness is the perfect accompaniment to beer. You can make them at home with a vegetable spiral-cutter and little else. They are delicious as well as raw vegan, gluten-free, non-dairy and all that other healthy stuff.

Kallitypes and Czech Pickled Sausage Salad (Utopenci)

This cold, pickled sausage salad is a staple in Europe. The Germans have a similar dish called Wurstsalat. This is a Czech family recipe given to me when I lived there a few years ago, and you can find it in my book ATFT: Collected Czech Family Recipes. It makes a great snack, light meal, game day nosh or potluck dish.