10 Dec

the beautiful bakery DOUGH


****This is a post by my son, Rocco, who is in the 3rd grade. He wrote this on his own and took all the photos. I only helped him upload the pictures and he did the rest. Enjoy! This picture was when me and my sister were eating one of dough’s beautiful Christmas cookies. She […]

10 Dec

Perk Up Your Morning at Perk’s Donut Bar

Donuts, Eat Local, South Tampa No Comments by Champagne Girl

Is there anything better than a donut? As a little girl, my favorite Saturday morning ritual was heading to the local donut shop with my dad to pick up donuts for the family. Those warm glazed donuts that melted in my mouth absolutely made my day. As a mom of two little donut lovers, I […]

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08 Dec

Roux (Orleans)

Restaurants, South Tampa No Comments by Champagne Girl

Life sometimes has a funny way of reminding us what is really important. In the last two weeks, I have had a huge “wake-up” call and realized that I have completely lost myself in the grueling life of a restaurant manager. For the past 6 months, I have sacrificed my happiness in exchange for sleep […]

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06 Oct

Cure the Monday Blues with a $5 Burger at EATS! American Grill

Restaurants, Riverview No Comments by Champagne Girl

The quaint little spot on South Dale Mabry where every body knows your name now has a big sister in Riverview. Located in the Winthrop Town Centre, EATS! American Grill Riverview offers the same mouth-watering dishes as its flagship South Tampa location but has a much larger bar with creative cocktails and 30 rotating taps. […]

15 Aug

Eat Creative at Roy’s

Restaurants No Comments by Champagne Girl

This California girl has fond memories of my first time eating at Roy’s on Pebble Beach. Although I was young, I was awestruck by the decor and ambiance. While I do not remember what I ate, the presentation of the food and the beauty of the restaurant left a lasting impression on my young self. […]

11 May

the delicious dough food by rocco

Bakery, Cakes, Datz, South Tampa No Comments by Champagne Girl
rocco dough

My son Rocco is a huge fan of both Datz and Dough and wanted to write a guest post on Dough. He is 8 years old and loves to write. I went to dough on Friday May 9th with my mother and sister. My mother loves the coffee menu.  Her favorite is the Nutella Latte […]

13 Apr

Really Good Brunch at Datz (A Guest Post by my Son, Rocco)

Brunch, Datz, South Tampa 4 Comments by Champagne Girl
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My son Rocco is turning 8 on April 15th and wanted to celebrate with brunch at Datz. He loves taking pictures of food and wanted to write about his experience. All photos were taken by Rocco with my iPhone. So, here is a guest post by my son. Enjoy! Really Good Brunch at Datz by […]

07 Apr

A Taste of What’s to Come from Roux Tampa


To say I am excited about the upcoming new concept from Datz is an understatement. Roux Tampa will be taking the space which was last occupied by Wimauma restaurant in St. Croix Plaza. I always loved that space and after talking with Datz owner, Suzanne Perry, I got a sneak preview of what we can […]

13 Mar

Welcome Spring With an Iced Coffee Courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts

Coffee, Donuts, Dunkin' Donuts No Comments by Champagne Girl
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Spring is in the air and select Dunkin’ Donuts in Tampa Bay will be celebrating the new season by giving away a 16 oz. cup of Dunkin’ Donuts’ freshly-brewed iced coffee on Wednesday, March 19th. The Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Coffee is available in its legendary Original Blend and a new Dark Roast blend that is […]

26 Feb

Master Mixologist


Every once in a while, you cross paths with someone who has a personality that just lights up a room. They are passionate about their craft and you can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voice. From the moment I met Justin Gray three years ago, I knew right away that […]