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[20 Sep 2007 | 104 Comments | ]
Kitchen Warfare’s Cuban Bread (Tampa Style)

Background
I am addicted to Cuban bread. Blame that on the fact that I was born, raised and lived in Tampa, FL for 40 years. My grandfather’s house was in old Ybor City on 26th Ave, just down from Tampa’s premier Cuban bread producer, La Segunda Central Bakery and as a product of Latin heritage I was raised on a steady diet of Tampa style Cuban and Spanish food. But a few years back a professional opportunity took me from the Sunshine State to hill country. Now there is some …

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[8 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

This was mostly a really boring driving day, once again on the dreaded I-75. We got a few chores done before leaving town for our 13 hour drive home and I doubt I would have even mentioned today if the nicest thing hadn’t happened.
We ran out of gas (us, not the car) in Georgia between Atlanta and Marietta, at exit 261 (Delk Rd) to be exact. We found a motel and by the time we got settled it was just after 10pm which without a lot of hunting around …

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[7 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

Today we’re back in Old Town and its our last full day before heading back home. Mostly we ran errands and got the property mowed but we left time to try two local eateries that had been on our list since we got into town.
The first was the Homestead Restaurant, a locally owned spot in Fanning Springs that wasn’t here the last time I was in town. We drove past this place a dozen times and it was always packed with locals. We already had our dinner planned so …

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[6 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

After a few days of visiting family in Kissimmee and eating great Cuban food in Tampa we headed back towards Old Town, FL to spend a few more days working on our property before heading back to our present day home in the hills of Can-Tuc-kee. On the way out of town we stopped at La Segunda yet again for a stock of bread to take back home and a hot loaf to enjoy on the way out of town.
This time our route took us up the west cost …

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[5 Sep 2007 | 5 Comments | ]

La Segunda Central Bakery
There’s nothing quite like visiting your home town after being away for awhile. In my case I hadn’t been back to Tampa in 12 years. Its always amazing how many things have changed yet how so many others remain the same. We visited the old neighborhood and knocked on the door of an old friend I hadn’t seen in 30 years. Another really great day.
One thing we haven’t really talked about is how much we Floridians love to eat. The sheer number of locally owned ‘one …

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[4 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

The Best Day Ever!
Well at least one of them. This morning we got up and drove the 150 miles or so from Old Town to Kissimmee, FL which is just south of Orlando and no this isn’t going to be about a day at Disney. As far as that goes I spent most of my life in the Tampa/Orlando area and we locals know to stay as far away from that madness as possible. Instead we came to Kissimmee to spend a day with my aunt, uncle and cousins …

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[3 Sep 2007 | 5 Comments | ]

Today we wanted to take advantage of our location and head over to Cedar Key, FL for lunch. Located on the West coast Cedar Key is a small island town of about 800 residents. Due to its geography (no interstates or big cities for miles and miles) it remains largely untouched by corporate commercialism. No fast food and no restaurant chains, in fact rarely do you see a recognizable business name at all. But still Cedar Key is a tourist town, just not for those looking for the glitz …

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[2 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

Today we reached our rental property in Old Town, FL which was essentially abandoned by the tenant. We’ve got some great friends in Old Town who have been looking after our interests and today we spent the day connecting with everyone and getting the utilities transferred et al. By the time dinner time came around we were starved and really looking forward to a meal at BBQ Bill’s in Chiefland, FL just down the road a piece. I don’t recall exactly when they opened (mid 90’s?) but over …

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[1 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

Road Trip! Sounds great right? I’d love to tell you that some megacorp was sponsoring an insightful journey into the American heartland and back roads in an amazing culinary adventure (you know, like our hero Alton Brown does) but that would be about as far from the truth as is possible. Instead we’re taking a trip 800 miles from northern KY to my home state of FL to check out the condition of our rental property in rural Old Town that was abruptly and mysteriously vacated by the last …