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Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse- The Sensational Way To Experience Authentic Brazilian Cuisine

Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse Tampa, FL

It’s no secret that I’ve had a lifelong affection for the Brazilian culture. From the wondrous landmarks to the enchanting, flamboyant spirit of its citizens, Brazil holds a near and dear spot in my heart. Yet, the one aspect that’s shaped my fascination with this culture centers on the exquisite cuisine that ought to not only be described but also experienced.

Upon hearing about the grand opening of the latest Brazilian Churrascaria in South Tampa, Terra Gaucha, I knew I had to jump on board and re-encounter my favorite Brazilian dishes! Want a clue with how my first dining experience went? Let’s just say that I’ve already planned to visit again soon, very very soon!

Keep scrolling below for a deep dive into South Tampa’s new famous Steakhouse that will entice every steak aficionado!

Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse South Tampa

Salad Bar With Famous Brazilian Dishes

Terra Gaucha Restaurant Interior Decor

Terra Gaucha Interior Decor

Immediately entering the restaurant, I was captivated by its carefully-thought-out interior decor! Such details truly brought out the Southern Gauchos’ (Brazilian cowboys) tradition and their lifestyle. In addition to portraying the Brazilian barbeque history, famous, there are authentic sides are stocked at the salad bar. My personal favorite, farofa, (shown below) consists of manioc flour with added pieces of bacon. This particular side dish pairs deliciously with feijoada (black beans with cooked pork) and white rice!

Terra Gaucha Salad Bar In South Tampa

Famous Brazilian Farofa

After visiting the salad bar, my date and I were warmly greeted with our favorite drinks and famous Brazilian cheese bread, pao de queijo (shown below). The drink menu entails numerous options, which is why we ordered more than one! Our selections went for the sweet, tropical taste of pineapple juice as well as the renowned Brazilian cocktail, caipirinha with added hints of pineapple and mint (can you tell we’re huge pineapple fans ?!?).

As the immense cheese bread fan that I am, I did have some serious expectations as to how tasteful this side would be. The reason being that each restaurant, each chef, has a special, unique way of preparing such bread, hence crafting a different taste. However, upon the first bite, I was infused with so much joy! Never have I ever experienced such a perfect combination of warm, soft, melting cheese all in one sitting! Terra Gaucha surpassed the bar and I highly encourage you all to indulge in their pao de queijo!

Terra Gaucha South Tampa Steakhouse

Pineapple Juice & Capirinha with Pineapple and Mint

Brazilian Cheese bread in South Tampa

Now the best part unfolds with the ENDLESS assortments of beef, lamb, pork, and chicken, all served with such exquisite and fresh ingredients. The added, in-house Chefs (Gauchos) also significantly contribute towards the quality of such a meal as they go above and beyond in catering to one’s requests as I had done with asking for particular meats cooked on the well-done side. I must give credit to the Gauchos as all were so very hospitable and welcoming, only to make the dining experience more memorable.

P.S. Whenever you’re planning to visit Terra Gaucha, be sure to say “Oi” (hi) to Cicelo as he’s such a friendly individual and has such an amiable personality!

Brazilian Churrascaria in South Tampa

The famous Brazilian dish

Terra Gaucha South Tampa

One of the wonderful Gauchos from Terra Gaucha, Cicelo

A good advice that I share with you all is to be sure to leave some extra room for the dessert! You all may know how much of a sweet tooth lover I am, so it deems fit for me to bear extra space and indulge with some sweet treats! The dessert menu is sure to tempt anyone as there’s a wide array of choices available. I gave way to the Caramel Fudge Cheesecake as there’s nothing better than a delicious mix of chocolate and caramel! This dessert dish only made my sweet tooth that much happier with every bite!

Brazilian Steakhouse in Tampa, Fl

A Yes, Please To More Dishes

Brazilian Dessert in South Tampa

Caramel Fudge Cheesecake

Brazilian Steakhouse Tampa, Fl

Terra Gaucha, Tampa, FL

If I were to describe the entire dining experience at Terra Gaucha in one phrase, it would certainly have to be ” a darling moment”! The rich, wonderful meal accompanied by the gracious Gauchos and staff all fostered a phenomenal dinner. If you’re curious to discover how a Brazilian Steakhouse is brought to life, I absolutely encourage you to visit Terra Gaucha and witness firsthand the famous Gaucho culture!

Terra Gaucha South Tampa location is found at 1108 S. Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, Fl 33629. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served M-F from 11:30am- 2pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am- 3pm and dinner is served M-F from 5pm- 10pm and Saturday from 4pm- 10:30 pm as well as Sunday from 4pm- 9pm. To make a reservation, click here and to stay updated with the latest social news for Terra Gaucha in Tampa, follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

  • Disclosure: The dishes featured in this blog post was provided by Terra Gaucha for Marketing purposes. All content is expressed on my own accord and is not indicative of the opinions of Terra Gaucha. 

AN EXTRAORDINARY SWEET EXPERIENCE AT THE TOOTHSOME CHOCOLATE EMPORIUM

The Chocolate Emporium Milkshake

The day has come when my sweet tooth for all things chocolate and inner cookie-monster have merged into one heavenly dessert. What dish may this be and how can you grab your hands onto one immediately? Lo and behold, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is a dream come true for us dessert lovers and aficionados! This sweet and playful restaurant embodies a unique atmosphere where you’ll feel you’re in an entirely new world and age. Upon entering the doors of this enchanting emporium, I was amazed at the details of its interior decor entailing all sorts of desserts…cupcakes, macaroons, truffles…you name it. Even more exciting was the limitless menu of savory dishes that offers exquisite culinary goods combined with rich chocolates (do I have you drooling yet?!?). Yet, with so much to choose from, I made sure to save enough room for the best part of the meal, the milkshakes! As The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is known for its innovative and wide array of milkshake flavors, I had a difficult time choosing just one milkshake as opposed to trying all the 15+ varieties! For this round, my partner in crime and I ended up going for the Chocolate Cookie and Chocolate 5X flavors (and you bet I finished mine!).

Keep scrolling below for a full glimpse into this phenomenal and delicious experience at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium! You are warned that your taste buds may go crazy! 🙂

Cheers to darling moments!

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

The Extraordinary Experience Crafted at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

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Milkshakes at Universal Orlando Resort

The Sensational Chocolate 5x & Cookie Milkshakes

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Location: Universal Orlando CityWalk | Delicious dishes and desserts: The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Dough Nation: The Sweet Way To Spread Goodness With Magical Cookie Dough Flavors

Dough Nation cookie dough in Tampa, Fl

Dough Nation in Tampa, Fl

The concept of giving back and making a difference in others’ lives is looking, and tasting, sweeter than ever before. Just a few months ago, Tampa, Fl was introduced to a novel way of doing good via dessert. Combine raw, edible cookie dough flavors with a stellar social movement, and you get the must-have recipe by Dough Nation.

This past week I had the privilege to sit down and chat with one of the masterminds behind this successful initiative, Chef Kristiana. Our conversation left me even more inspired with the belief in a promising future for Tampa Bay. Curious to take a deep dive into the innovative world of Dough Nation? Scroll below to discover further fun facts and to get a glimpse into the latest dessert treats.

Sweet Fun Facts on Dough Nation

  • The minds behind the heavenly flavors, aka the chefs, are multi-faceted individuals with diverse skill-sets and a robust passion for achieving and sharing self-sufficiency.
  • The arts of culinary is a common source of motivation among the employees and volunteers, an exemplary way showcasing passion in continuous action.
  • Dough Nation’s culture promotes a supporting and educational ambiance, where the chefs and Metropolitan Ministries‘ students learn from and with each other in all walks of life.
  • The mission, to transition the homeless into self-fulfilled individuals, is more of an intangible goal to be shared with everyone and anyone wanting to make a difference.
  • The brilliant idea of edible cookie dough has already left its mark in Tampa – booming in just 6 months, clients desire cookie dough for all types of events, including weddings and birthday parties.
  • An inspiring source of new ideas for flavors are the children and their favorite treat types, ultimately creating radiating smiles one scoop at a time.

A sensational aspect of this social enterprise model is the blending of creativity, passion, and sweet delights. This may, indeed, be the secret formula for a stronger community, where doing good is the norm.

As the cookie-monster that I am, I’m thrilled to have this shop in town and have the chance to indulge in one-of-a-kind desserts. From its rich and warm Toasty S’more cookie dough to its Chocolate Chip cookie dough milkshake topped with rainbow magic dust, Dough Nation is a MUST for all who are in or plan to visit Tampa Bay.

Dough Nation, dessert shop in downtown Tampa,Fl

Dough Nation in the heart of Tampa Bay

Dough Nation cookie dough flavors

Raw Edible Cookie Dough Flavors, Homemade and Fresh

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Chocolate Fantasia with Salted Caramel Cookie Dough Sundae

Chocolate Fantasia with Salted Caramel Cookie Dough Sundae

Sweet Cookie Dough from Dough Nation

Sweet Cookie Dough Flavor from Dough Nation

Toasted S'Mores Cookie

A Heavenly Toasted S’mores Cookie

The Dessert Spot- The place that will fulfill your taste bud’s desires

Each month I like to take the opportunity to try a new cuisine. Whether it’s  from a local bakery or a restaurant chain, I simply find this mindset adventurous as it allows me to further explore my boundaries throughout my city. For this month’s test tasting endeavor, the destination entailed proudly treating the sweet tooth that somehow always wins the final decision!

The Dessert Spot at Toffee To Go is a one-of-a kind cafe with a foundation that’s nurtured with family recipes. Not only do its sweet treats captivate your taste buds upon the first bite, but also foster a warm feeling inside with such sincere hospitality shared by everyone. It’s no wonder that The Dessert Spot has a stellar reputation throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond!

Fun Fact: Did you know that the handmade toffee has paved a path to fame with its remarkable recognition by established editors such as Oprah Winfrey? This is more of a reason to visit the cafe and partake in such a delightful experience!

To get a glimpse into the delicious ways I spoiled my sweet tooth craving, scroll below!

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Toffee Sundae Mic

A delightful butterscotch pecan and chocolate Sundae with hot fudge drizzle

 

A Delight Full of Sprinkles

When it comes to dessert, I tend to be very picky with the sweetness and freshness of the food, itself. As a loyal fan of the cheesecakes (specifically the Salted Caramel) from the Cheesecake Factory, I do at times shy away from trying other sweet spots. This all changed upon my first visit at Sprinkles Cupcakes. Located in various states across the U.S., this cupcake bakery offers handcrafted cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, and more! As the cookie monster that I am, I tried the cookie sundae layered with hot fudge, rock road ice cream, melted marshmallows, and a freshly made chocolate chip cookie. Yes, I am obsessed with chocolate as you can tell! Beyond its rich tasting desserts, Sprinkles Cupcakes also creates such a fun-friendly atmosphere with its whimsical wall and seating decor.

P.S. For those who tend to be on-the-go, Sprinkles Cupcakes meets your needs with their Cupcake ATM! Talk about innovation at its finest!

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Cookie Heaven Sundae

Cookie Heaven Sundae