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Tampa Bay Deal of the Day

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If you’re really insecure and think that having a “Gucci” console table in your living room will improve your life — or maybe you’re filming an indie remake of Scarface, in which case this is the perfect prop for Tony Montana’s office — you might be interested in this $55 console table that’s on sale right now at Tampa Furniture Outlet at Busch and 50th.

For more details, check out this Facebook Marketplace listing.

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Great Moroccan food at Le Casa Bistro

Frites, chicken tagine, bread, and lamb tagine.
Our meal at Le Casa Bistro, minus the appetizer. Tap to view at full size.

Last Friday, before going to the Tampa Theatre to see the film about Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner, Anitra and I decided to do what Bourdain encouraged: We went to a newly-opened restaurant to try some food that we normally don’t get to eat. We went to Le Casa Bistro, located half a block away from the theatre at the corner of Franklin and Polk streets.

Chicken tagine
Chicken tagine. Tap to view at full size.

Le Casa’s specialty is Moroccan cuisine, and they have a very nice selection of tagines (pronounced “ta-ZHEEN”), which are slow-cooked stews that get their name from the traditional ceramic or clay dish in which they’re cooked. You typically serve them from the tagine they’re cooked in.

We started with zalouk, a cooked eggplant and tomato salad served with points of pita, which was an excellent appetizer. For our mains, we shared the chicken tagine, which is garnished with preserved lemons and olives, and the lamb tagine, whose garnish was hard-boiled eggs and prunes. These are rich, saucy dishes, and we scooped up the sauce with the frites and bread that they provided along with our dishes.

Lamb tagine
Lamb tagine. Tap to view at full size.

The service was incredibly friendly and helpful — one of the owners even came out to chat with us. We’re definitely coming back then next time we catch a film at the Tampa Theatre, a show at the Straz, or an event at one of the nearby museums.

We need to check it out on a Thursday, when they’ve got a live DJ and belly dancing, which should be pretty interesting.

Le Casa Bistro is located in the Element Tampa building at 802 N. Franklin St., at the corner of Franklin and Polk. Go check it out before everyone else “discovers” it!

In case you’re wondering: The folks at Le Casa Bistro have no idea who I am and most certainly didn’t pay for an endorsement. I’m just a fan who wants to see them stick around.

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Reading a children’s book to Daniel Tiger

Even though the Glazer Children’s Museum isn’t open on Sunday morning (it opens at noon), I was there with Anitra this morning to record a video where we read Maurice Sendak’s children’s classic, Where the Wild Things Are

…to this young gentleman: Daniel Tiger…

star of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which is based on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Anitra’s on the Museum’s board, which is how we got the opportunity to sit with Daniel and read a book to him. The video of us reading Where the Wild Things Are will eventually end up under “Storytime with Daniel Tiger” in the GCM @ Home section of the Glazer Children’s Museum site. Here’s an example of one of these storytimes:

I’ll let you know when our video gets posted!

Tampa Bay The Current Situation

In case you hadn’t heard…

Congrats to the Tampa Bay Lightning on their second Stanley Cup win in a row!

Between making it to the World Series, winning the Super Bowl and back-to-back Stanley Cup victories, our teams have earned the area the title of “Champa Bay”. 

I’ll close this post with my favorite meme from the playoffs. Congrats to Andrei Vasilevskiy on winning the Conn Smythe Trophy!

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What’s the story behind this sign?

Sign: “Absolutely ALL PETS must be CARRIED not walked! Reptiles NOT ALLOWED in flea market””
Photo by Anitra Pavka. Tap to view at full size.

I saw this sign at the Oldsmar Flea Market on Saturday and had to laugh. Behind every oddly specific rule is an incident, and I want to know the story behind this one.

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Happy birthday, Brent Britton!

Brent Britton, tech lawyer and friend to the Tampa Bay tech community, celebrated his birthday at the Bulla Gastrobar’s Luna Lounge rooftop bar, and we were there to join him. It was a gorgeous afternoon and evening, we were at one of Tampa’s nicest places to have drinks and tapas, and it was wonderful to see friends in person again (and the open-air venue helped).

One of my missions with the accordion is to make people’s special days a little more special, and I was only too happy to do that for Brent:

(Last year, Brent provided me with an incredibly helpful suggestion for dealing with a notorious copyright troll who was nastygramming me, and it worked. Even in small ways, he’s a big help to Tampa Bay techies.)

Happy birthday, Brent!

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Me and Anitra on Beach Drive

Joey deVilla and Anitra Pavka on Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida, June 2021.
Me and Anitra, enjoying a lovely day in St. Pete.
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As The Plague slowly recedes, we’ve been getting out more and more. Earlier this week, we were catching up with friends in St. Pete, where we took this photo when we arrived.