matt-1Matthew is a Massachusetts native who has lived most of his life in Florida.  He has travelled extensively throughout the U.S., eating every step of the way, and has gone abroad, sampling international food at its source, including Belgian waffles in Belgium, Zapiekana (polish pizza on French bread) and homemade pierogis in Poland, and conch fritters and guava duff in the Bahamas.  He undertook a cooking class with the executive chef of a resort in Cozumel, Mexico making tortillas from scratch by hand, creating a rice and raisin dish, and practicing plating and decoration, has taken two chocolate making classes in Port Richey, FL at Chocolates By Michelle (he highly recommends this to anyone who likes sweets, and especially to couples for a fun date,) and attended one chocolate making class in Belgium making those world famous Belgian chocolates.  He just celebrated his 5th year anniversary at GTE Financial and is currently working Onscreen with GTE’s incredibly successful new Interactive Teller Machines.

Matthew moved to Tampa in 1995 and began exploring its culinary hot spots.  Along with his wife, Laura, he has eaten his way through a large portion of the greater Tampa Bay area, emptying plates in both popular venues and those hard to find, under the radar locales.  These two are avid fans of Food Network and the Travel Channel and combine the knowledge they gain from those programs with their personal experiences to bring you a few must try delights.  Look for their weekly food blog on Fridays for a tip on a new spot to try for the weekend or a reminder of a place you may want to visit again.