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Whether it’s about the most delectable Key lime pie, savory sour-orange marinated roast pork, Spicy Jerk Chicken, or the best plantain recipes on the planet, I’m pleased to share my recipes as well as my culinary can-do!!

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Joyce LaFray


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Saint Petersburg, FL 33733



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Unique “Flavors of Ybor”” Celebration in Tampa, Florida


Known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter for more than a century, Ybor City is alive with an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds, but never more so than during the February celebration known as “Flavors of Ybor.””  Here, visitors and residents alike can explore historic Ybor City in an exciting line-up of major events and activities.

On February 8, enjoy the 7th Avenue for the Krew of Knights of Sant’Yago Knight Parade.  The huge two-hour parade includes illuminated floats, costumed participants, marching bands and a potpourri of dancers and entertainers.

Originally begun as a day of rest for immigrant cigar workers, Fiesta Day on 7th Avenue is celebratedFebruary 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with ethnic food, exhibits, entertainment and traditional arts and crafts.  Also on the same date Flan Fest features (11a.m to 4p.m.) more than 40 contestants competing for the title of Top Flan in Tampa Bay.The event takes place in the historic Centennial Park in the outdoor Ybor City Saturday Market where theirs a bevy of interesting booths.

At Gaspar’s Grotto, the annual Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil begins at 4 p.m.  Spicy crawfish, potatoes, fresh corn and more culinary delights. This annual tradition marks the last night to eat richer before the Christian ritual of fasting for the start of the Lenten season.

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