Slice of Life Tampa Bay

Opening soon in Seminole Heights: Gangchu (Korean fried chicken)!

Ganchu, as photographed by Yours Truly this afternoon. Tap to view at full size.

Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorIt looks like Seminole Heights is going to get another speciality chicken place. In addition to King of the Coop, whose signature dish is Nashville hot chicken, we’re about to get Gangchu, whose stock in trade is Korean fried chicken. I enjoyed eating “K-fry” back in Toronto, and I’m looking forward to having a place in the neighborhood where I can get my fix.

Ganchu is located at 6618 North Nebraska Avenue, just south of Gott Glass and the Sulphur Springs Post Office, and across the street from 7venth Sun Brewery, who’ve come up with a custom beer to go along with your Korean fried chicken: K-Hop IPA!

Badass Korean provides this translation for the word gangchu:

Roughly equivalent to the English “it rocks,” this expression is an abbreviation of gangryok chucheon, meaning to strongly recommend something. Gangchu started online in internet chat rooms by young people, but is now used in everyday conversations. Similar to “It’s the shit!”

Gangchu is the creation of the other Filipino who’s made his mark on Seminole Heights:  Noel Cruz, who’s behind Tampa Bay mainstays Ichicoro Ramen, Ichicoro Ane, and Ichicoro Imoto, c. 1949, and The Corners pizza at Sparkman Wharf.

The folks at Gangchu have been pretty tight-lipped about when they’re going to open. Your best best to keep up with their activities right now is to follow their Instagram account, @eatgangchu. I’m looking forward to their grand opening!

It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

The end of a lovely evening

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Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorI took this picture after having a couple of friends over for socially-distanced drinks in our front yard on Saturday night.

The temperature was a lovely 24° C (75° in Herr Doktor von Fahrenheit’s old-timey system), we had groovy jazz organ playing on the porch sound system, the company was excellent, and the string lights made our corner lot look so cheerful that we got compliments from the neighbors. (They’re also perfectly timed for Diwali!)

It was a lovely evening all ’round.


It Happened to Me Music Tampa Bay

Sign of the day: “Presidents are Temporary. Wu-Tang is forever!”

Photo: U.S. election campaign-style sign that reads: “Presidents are temporary. Wu-Tang is forever 2020.”
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Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorI saw this on this in Hampton Terrace during this morning’s 10K bike ride.

I think I’ll close this post with something you might not have seen: A scene from Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes that puts together Wu-Tang’s GZA, RZA, and Bill Murray at the same booth in a café:

It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

Our front yard this morning

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, where the holiday is celebrated on the second Monday in October. As a Canadian transplant, a generally grateful person, and one who never turns down a good holiday, I celebrate both Thanksgivings.

Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorOne thing I’m grateful for is being able to live on a corner lot on a lush tree-lined street in a delightfully quirky neighborhood in a sub-tropical paradise.

Here are some photos I took earlier in our front yard this morning, as the rain gave way to a sunshine break, just in time for my daily 10K bike ride.

The Current Situation

“Hippie cat / Hip — pie — cat / How are they dosing you?”

There’s one bag left at the Seminole Heights Publix clearance counter.

[ Don’t get the title? It’s a Friends reference, and yes, there’s a Wikipedia entry for Smelly Cat. ]


It Happened to Me

This morning’s bike ride was cut short by…

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…a well-placed wood screw. Thankfully, it happened only a mile away from home. Looks like I’ll be dropping by Two Broke Spokes for a new tube and tire.

Florida Tampa Bay

Opening soon in Seminole Heights: Wicked Oak Barbeque!

Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorFor the past few months, the Florida Avenue building that housed King of the Coop and what used to be Florida Avenue Eats has been undergoing renovations. The end result is getting close: a side-by-side corner of deliciousness featuring King of the Coop’s Nashville hot chicken and new entrant Wicked Oak Barbeque’s pulled pork, pulled chicken, loaded mac and cheese and BBQ nachos.

They have a phenomenal mango barbecue sauce that works so well with their pulled pork…

…and their loaded mac and cheese is something else:

This locations puts King of the Coop and Wicked Oak a very short stumble away from Revolution Ice Cream and 82° West Distilling for drinks afterwards. I foresee some nice nights out — once we get COVID-19 under control. In the meantime, I know where I’ll be getting some take-out soon!

(For more info, see this article in Creative LoafingWicked Oak Barbecue opening new location in Seminole Heights — and follow Wicked Oak on their Facebook page.)