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and the WINNER is……….

The cuban sandwich

Palms were sweaty, i looked down holding onto the back of Debs back shoulder… she is only 4’9″ so it natural for me to lean on her… they announced #3 for Traditional, nada.  then #2, nada, ok so we are #1.. nada… What?  must be a mistake about all those people that almost attacked us about an hour ago… I told the boys back in the kitchen we were not coming back without placing.. a $30k food trucks parked cranking out a cuban every 20 seconds, on there 5th delivery of food in a day and we just went 0 for 3.  So the final round was the non-traditional, back in the stance, head down, more sweaty palms… #3 place nada, strike 1, #2 place nada, strike #1… ok here it is the winner is…. and i am about to move through to the stage past deb only to hear Faedos Food Truck.  What? Wait they won last year, and they place first in Traditional and Non-Traditional, and they were just on the cover of Latin Times… Hmm… my girl hugs me, I smile….she is very emotional.  You know that smile that you see in award ceremonies… That look of dignity when your ego just a direct hit the floor bounced back up like a yo yo.  And then some random fan, walks over and whispers in my ear, “its a fix”.  nah… we are not going there… I decided we are going to win or not win with class.  We get back to the truck and they are just exhausted at this point. We wrapped things up scratching our heads and said we’ll get em next year!  In the meantime, we have some cash that needs to make its way to the bank!

On Monday we realize there is one more category… PEOPLES CHOICE! We reach out to the organizer to find out the results or the process and we get the rest of the story.  She tell us she will have the results by end of day.  She also informs that apparently there was a miscommunication with out entry into the competition.  I could tell on the phone she was genuine.  They requested 75 samples of both traditional and non traditional.  We only submitted 50 samples of each..  We did such an amazing presentation with retro storage crates, mojo dip, rice, individual boxes that the media and vips in the VIP/Judging area rushed our table and some of the judges did not have a chance to taste our sandwich. Hence, we sort of disqualified ourselves.  She apologized and said next year we need to give up more food and that she plans on hiring an independent accounting firm that will oversea the entire process.  That explained why all day we were the rave with the crowds but silent with the judges.

All in all we are thrilled, to be competing with such good company, to be judged by Tampa’s Dignitaries and the Columbia Restaurant.  They say the cuban sandwich is the most diverse sandwich made well it doesn’t get anymore diverse than a Russian Jew overseeing the making a pork sandwich on Passover, the day before Easter, in the heart of Ybor City!!  We have the most diverse workforce as well.  I think race and creed is represented.  Many thanks go out to the Staff, and all those that QUIT on us or just said we would never make it.  They said you can’t sell soup in Florida, they said you will never succeed.  Those that quit saying the management of this Company was too harsh or too intense.  Well its the intensity that fuels success.  Its intensity that creates change!  And we are just warming up!!  Thanks for all the support Tampa!

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And NOW… the rest of the story…

A few months ago we met Dave Tyler… he heads up several foundations focused on charity work… Dave is affiliated with Danny Glover and he mentions Quinton.  Now how many Quintons out of LA that come to mind?  Quinton Tarantino jumps to mind… Pulp Fiction races and all the Reservior Bar across the street from Stone Soup… How perfect would that be??  Well as the Soupman works 24/7 super tired he miscommunicates with Dave Tyler(I swear I said Tarantino)  and as Dave says Quinton is coming from LA all is set…. Not quit.  Its Quinton Aaron he was talking about!!  Quinton Aaron is big star… got his break with Sandra Bullock as he played Big Mike.  So when the day came and the table was set we see no other than a 6’8″ man walking up and not the other Quinton…We really enjoyed meeting Mr Aaron and he was a lot of fun.  He is doing some amazing  work with Childhood bullying and he told us he was actually bullied as a kid… What a great day!  I am sorry for misinforming on the Quintons and will be more careful on the celebrity checks.   Hope you enjoy a chuckle at my expense!!

giving cup #23200 and meeting Quinton Aaron

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Russian (Slavic) Food Thurzdayz

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Today could be the first time Ybor City gets a little taste of Russia.  Its funny because we have kind of gone around the world and the very food that is part of my culture is kind of last.  But why not? We are going to explore foods that are very popular in parts of Russia, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, etc.  This will be just an addition to the menu as a special so if Russian food is not your thing you can still have a tomato basil soup and a greek salad.   The break down of our daily themes is as follows:

Monday – Italian with Marks Lasagna and Chicken Parm with free mini salad.. Bruschetta, and pizza all on spacial…spaghetti and meatballs only 6.99 with garlic bread… drink specials… and kids eat FREE

Tuesday – Latin foods with a roasted pork cuban free yellow rice and beans upgrade when getting a platter, Taco Tuesdays (fish, pork, shrimp, or chicken) only $3, Sangria specials, Kabobs over yellow rice and beans, cuban toast and cafe bustello specials

Wednesday – Medi-Day with specials around Greek foods such at a gyro with free fries upgrade.. Greek salad with free potato salad upgrades, ex wife pasta with free mini salad, bruschetta, hummus all made fresh daily.

Thursday – Russian Day with focus on soups paired with authentic Russian cousine such as stuffed cabbage with a meat filling and tomato sauce, boiled potatoes with garlic butter and dill, shashlikee (kabobs) chicken and steak, pelmeni (Russian version of a mini ravioli) best in mammas chicken soup almost like a dumpling or have them in a dish with butter or sour cream, Borscht the kind with beets and beef stock and a dash of sour cream, Mammas chicken soup… drink specials will be White and Black Russians, and Bloody Mary

Friday – Seafood Day with seafood pasta in curry and basa fish in lemon butter or tomato basil sauce with free mini salad upgrades… seafood thai soups, fish tacos and white wine parings

Saturday – Chill Lounge with chef selections and drink specials all day

We hope you enjoy our casual dining experience.  As we continue to try and bring you cutting edge fresh foods at reasonable prices.

 

Eat Smart!  Eat Stone Soup!!

~ Soupman

Russian food

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Restaurant Hours

M: 10 am – 9 pm
T: 10 am – 9 pm
W: 10 am – 9 pm
R: 10 am – 9 pm
F: 10 am – 11 pm
S: 10 am – 11 pm
S: 11am – 6 pm

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