Prepare your tummies, TBAY. It's time to test your taste buds + push your stomach to the limit. We're venturing on the wild side of Tampa Bay's foodie culture, diving deep into the world of food challenges.
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Cookie Munchers Challenge
Pro tip: The longer the cookie sits, the dryer it gets unless you eat it outdoors (due to Florida humidity) | Screenshot by Cookie Munchers via Joel Hansen
Prepare your tummies, TBAY.

It’s time to test your taste buds + push your stomach to the limit. We’re venturing on the wild side of Tampa Bay’s foodie culture, diving deep into the world of food challenges.

Here’s seven to sink your teeth into, if you dare:

(DW, we’re in this together)

Shula Burger | 500 S. Howard Ave., Tampa

Also, for burger lovers — try the Stack Attack at Shula. Stay away from this if you’re watching

your weight (or any of these, for that matter). Do you have what it takes to join the 48oz Club?

  • Challenge: Finish 48 ounces of burger, fries, onion rings, and a glazed donut.
  • Rules: You have to finish it all before 48 minutes runs up. (The best time is 4 minutes and 48 seconds.)
  • Prize: It’s free of charge if you can take it all down.

Sam’s New York Pizza | 6142 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey

Pizza lovers rejoice — there’s a challenge for you too.
  • Challenge: Eat a massive 28-inch pizza weighing a whopping eight pounds.
  • Rules: You have under an hour to get it done.
  • Prize: Win a cruise for two people to the Bahamas for three days and two nights.
If you’re not here for the “meat cute,” how about a “sweet cute?” Head to Cookie Munchers in Tampa for a dessert date with its 10 Cookies with Milk Challenge.
  • Challenge: You must devour 10 cookies and finish a glass of milk.
  • Rules: Sounds easy, right? Well, you only have five minutes to finish them all.
  • Prize: If you’re the real Cookie Monster, you’ll receive a free shirt — no charge for the challenge, and your photo on the Wall of Fame.

Today, March 13
  • Etched Feathers: A History of the Printed Bird | Monday, March 13-Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa | $0-$16.95 | Check out mesmerizing etched bird art so beautiful you’ll fly away.
Tuesday, March 14
  • Wicked | Tuesday, Mar. 14-Thursday, Mar. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Pl., Tampa | $64.75-$324.75 | Whether you’re a Glinda or a Elphaba, you’ll enjoy this legendary show.
  • Blah Blah Blah Literary Open Mic | Tuesday, Mar. 14 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Studio@620, 620 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | $5 | Enjoy hearing the talent of local writers and join in the monthly Wordier Than Thou literary open mic.
Wednesday, March 15
  • Jigs & Swigs! | Wednesday, Mar. 15 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Four Green Fields Channelside, 802 N. 12th St., Tampa | Learn all about footwork, beginner steps, and the basics of Irish dancing.
Thursday, March 16
  • Art on the House | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 4-8 p.m. | Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa | Free | Celebrate 100 years of art in Tampa with exhibitions that emphasize contemporary and ancient styles.
  • Iliza Shlesinger | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa | $154-$2,906 | Fall out of your seat laughing as the award-winning comedian, actor, writer, producer, and author tells stories.
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

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Real Estate
A peek at Ridley at Waterset’s amenities 👀
The resort-style pool at Ridley at Waterset.
Apartment living just got better, amenities include a resort-style pool surrounded by lounge chairs and palm trees. | Photo provided by Ridley at Waterset
Looking to live in luxury? Enter: Ridley at Waterset. These premium apartments are close to beaches and downtown (while maintaining a cozy small town feel), and feature top-tier amenities — so you can spend the day by the water or on the town and go home to relaxation and comfort.

The complex has a variety of unique floor plans from studios to one-, two-, and three-bedrooms that feature:
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Contemporary light fixtures
  • Quartz counters
  • Custom closets
  • Smart Home technology
The complex also features community amenities like:
  • A resort-style pool
  • Grill and fire pits
  • Fitness center
  • Coworking stations
  • A dog park and pet spa
Bonus: For a limited time, take advantage of the “Look and Lease Special” to receive a $500 e-gift card.*
News Notes

  • 79º | Scattered thunderstorms | 70% chance of rain
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 7:43 a.m.
  • Set: 7:38 p.m.
Old Tampa Bay
  • High: 9:13 a.m. + 7:26 p.m.
  • Low: 2:31 a.m. + 12:21 p.m.
Clearwater Beach
  • High: 4:34 a.m. + 3:16 p.m.
  • Low: 9:00 a.m. + 11:18 p.m.
  • It’s time to take a deeper look at potential changes to Gandy Boulevard. The Florida Department of Transportation is proposing to spend $761.5 million to add one new lane in both directions, making it six lanes. Officials plan to widen the westbound bridge + rebuild the eastbound one. (St. Pete Catalyst)
  • St. Pete’s Osprey Pointe (357 5th St. S.) is welcoming a new addition, The Cork Room. This cozy 700-sqft wine bar and retail space will open later this year. Get ready to indulge in local and rare wine and beer tastings and take-home options. (St. Pete Rising)
  • Deliziosa. Tampa Bay’s BellaBrava is moving into Lutz’ Hub at Bexley (6950 Vibrant Way, Land O’ Lakes). The menu serves up Italian classics like cannolis, lasagna bolognese, chicken Milanese, and much more. The new osteria opens open near Duckweed Liquors this fall. (That’s So Tampa)
Plan Ahead
  • We’re shining a spud-light on local french fries. The fifth-annual St. Pete French Fry Festival is coming back Friday, April 7. Albert Whitted Park (480 Bayshore Dr. S.) will host dozens of food trucks — each showcasing specialty fry dishes like shaved ribeye Moroccan curly fries. (I Love the Burg)
  • Cask Social (208 S. Howard Ave.) in South Tampa was sold last week to the owners of St. Pete’s LaLa (2324 Central Ave.). The spot will remain closed until the new owners finish renovations. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
Today Is
  • To welcome the new season, our online store (Six & Main) is running a Spring Forward Contest. The winner + two friends will receive a prize from one of our coffee or tea brand partners. The contest is running now through Friday, March 24. Learn more on Instagram. 🌸
☘️ Give this a hurl
A worn white ball with curved stitching like a baseball lies on a pitch of sunny grass.
The ball is called a sliotar, pronounced “slit-er.” | Photo by Adrian via Pexels
There are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but have you heard about hurling? No, not that kind of hurling. We’re talking about the Irish sport.

What is hurling?

This ancient Gaelic game is the national sport of Ireland and looks a bit like field hockey played with a baseball.

Players use a wooden stick to pass and score points by shooting through the opponent’s goalpost. Players use the stick (called a hurl or hurley) to hit and balance the ball (called a sliotar).

Want to learn all the official rules? Check out the US Gaelic Athletic Association (USGAA).

Get involved

Whether you want to hurl yourself onto the field or be a spectator, the Tampa Bay GAA has you covered. Scope out the competition, as well as other Gaelic sports, with the USGAA’s interactive map.
The Wrap
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Brad Haft
From the Editor
Today I’m trying the cookie challenge at Cookie Munchers in Tampa. Wish me luck, and watch along on our Instagram. I’m already feeling it. 🍪
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