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Summer side of food

Manuela Graf, Features Editor

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Summer is slowly coming upon us, and it couldn’t come soon enough for some. In Florida, it’s the time for letting go of all the stress from school, making new memories and reliving old traditions, loud concerts and spontaneous beach days, and last but not least, the quest for perfect, delicious, instagrammable food to make the day even better.

Many plan to check off every item on their bucket list for the summer, and the Tampa and Sarasota areas, two of the most popular destinations for Newsome students, are just crawling with great food, waiting to be discovered.

Since 2014, “foodstagramming” has been a huge trend, and teens constantly, meticulously search for the next aesthetically pleasing food to go on their social media and rack up those likes. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, ice cream with a cute wall background and refreshing popsicles were among the top two picks, according to eater.com.

One of the top picks for food in these areas is the well-known Rico’s Acai Truck. Stationed in downtown Tampa, the small truck is filled to the brim with fresh fruits of all kinds, from mangoes, strawberries, and blueberries, to kiwis, bananas, and pineapples. Layered from bottom to top with crunchy granola, cold acai, fruit, and several topping choices, including Nutella, peanut butter, almond butter, chia seeds, coconut shavings, and more, Rico’s will satisfy any summer craving.

If teens are looking for a simple but tasty desert, a popular go –to is the classic Two Scoops at Anna Maria Island beach. Serving over 30 creative ice cream flavors, it is the perfect after-beach pit stop for anyone. The menu includes everything from creamy chocolate cookie dough and “coffee crunch” to black raspberry and pistachio.

A more filling, but still instagrammable food is Bar Taco in Hyde Park, near South Tampa. Taking inspiration from typical, street-dining taco shacks in Mexico, Bar Taco puts a more elegant twist on their small, bite-sized tacos, and creates a casual but fancy dining or brunch destination for all to enjoy. The menu includes various tacos as well as quesadillas, bowls, and even vegetarian options.

Of course, anyone can enjoy these yummy places at any time of the year, but if you haven’t checked them off your bucket list, they are some of the best the Tampa area has to offer, and they have the potential to make an amazing summer even better, and of course, tastier.

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