Tampa International Airport (TPA) Guide

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Chocolate: The Cure For Airport Stress

Jul 14, 2015

Travel delays got you feeling down at the airport? Indulge in some tasty chocolate! The delicious snack will not only satisfy your sweet tooth cravings but also releases feel-good endorphins. Stress be gone!

Pro Tip: If there’s a Duty Free store in your airport, check for travel retail confectionary exclusives. You can score some great deals on delicious chocolates! We love Godiva.

Image credit: By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons


A Taste of Spain and Cuba

Jan 6, 2015

Columbia CafeColumbia restaurant is a cornerstone of Tampa food culture and its airport location is no different, with a menu tailored to the airport location.  Inside the Tampa International Airport location, travelers can experience the mahogany bar, reminiscent of the one at Columbia Ybor City in Tampa. A full bar is available, including private label wines from Spain, California & Argentina and Columbia’s private label spirits like Don Casimiro Classic Silver Rum, Screaming Richard Tequila and Chacho Bourbon.

Don’t miss Tampa’s “Signature Sandwich”, the Original Tampa Cuban Sandwich – a century old tradition that will transport your tastebuds to old Havanna. Notorious for its authentic Cuban coffee and sandwiches, this place will give you your Cuban fix in comfort. Want a little of everything? Check out the tapas, which will satisfy even the the most diverse family of travelers.

The original establishment was found by a Cuban Immigrant in 1905 and it is currently the oldest restaurant in Florida. Looking for the perfect last minute souvenir? You are in luck; choose Columbia signature food items to take home, including “1905” dressing, Sangria mix, Columbia all purpose seasoning, hot sauce, and Columbia Cuban and American coffee. You can enjoy your trip even after you return home!

Pro Tip: For Breakfast- Eggs Malaguena. For Lunch – Any one of its steaming Spanish soup dishes or nationally critically acclaimed Original “1905” Salad. For Dinner- You called it: the Cuban Sandwich.

Columbia Restaurant Café is located in Airside E, serving Delta and Air Canada flights.

Image courtesy of columbiarestaurant.com


1st Flight Wine Bar- Mise En Place (TPA Main Terminal)

Jan 2, 2015

private-dining-bgAt First Flight everything is held to a high standard. As Tampa’s premier restaurant for Modern American cuisine, it is arguably one of the top restaurants in all of Tampa International Airport to dine and relish a glass of your favorite wine varietal. Their tagline is “for the adventurous in palate and spirit”; we couldn’t agree more.  Perfect for anyone seeking a lovely pre-flight experience complete with a nice glass of wine, delightful cuisine and excellent service, First flight has planned your itinerary by selecting a progressive list of wines from around the world to compliment the Chef’s creations and ensure an exquisite airport dining experience.  The restaurant’s website says it best, “Flights have been arranged to get the most out of your exploration so buy the ticket and take the ride. We have wine to go with your food and food to go with your wine, and both to go with your mood, your day and your appetite. Come explore the world of wine and food with us. We can’t wait to serve you.” If that isn’t a warm and welcome invitation amidst a stressful trip, we’ll finish your glass for you.

Located in the main terminal before passing through security, you might try to arrive early to relax with a glass before boarding.  Not ready to pick up the kids at the in-laws yet? No worries, they won’t tell anyone if you need a glass on arrival before returning back to reality.  As far as airport people watching goes, this is a cozy spot to transport you away from the hustle and bustle of the terminal but still allow you a great view.

Pro Tip: The Charcuterie Flight and a glass of Trig Point Cabernet is a superb combination of flavor.

Image credit: www.miseonline.com


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Chocolate: The Cure For Airport Stress

Jul 14, 2015

Travel delays got you feeling down at the airport? Indulge in some tasty chocolate! The delicious snack will not only satisfy your sweet tooth cravings but also releases feel-good endorphins. Stress be gone!

Pro Tip: If there’s a Duty Free store in your airport, check for travel retail confectionary exclusives. You can score some great deals on delicious chocolates! We love Godiva.

Image credit: By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons


A Taste of Spain and Cuba

Jan 6, 2015

Columbia CafeColumbia restaurant is a cornerstone of Tampa food culture and its airport location is no different, with a menu tailored to the airport location.  Inside the Tampa International Airport location, travelers can experience the mahogany bar, reminiscent of the one at Columbia Ybor City in Tampa. A full bar is available, including private label wines from Spain, California & Argentina and Columbia’s private label spirits like Don Casimiro Classic Silver Rum, Screaming Richard Tequila and Chacho Bourbon.

Don’t miss Tampa’s “Signature Sandwich”, the Original Tampa Cuban Sandwich – a century old tradition that will transport your tastebuds to old Havanna. Notorious for its authentic Cuban coffee and sandwiches, this place will give you your Cuban fix in comfort. Want a little of everything? Check out the tapas, which will satisfy even the the most diverse family of travelers.

The original establishment was found by a Cuban Immigrant in 1905 and it is currently the oldest restaurant in Florida. Looking for the perfect last minute souvenir? You are in luck; choose Columbia signature food items to take home, including “1905” dressing, Sangria mix, Columbia all purpose seasoning, hot sauce, and Columbia Cuban and American coffee. You can enjoy your trip even after you return home!

Pro Tip: For Breakfast- Eggs Malaguena. For Lunch – Any one of its steaming Spanish soup dishes or nationally critically acclaimed Original “1905” Salad. For Dinner- You called it: the Cuban Sandwich.

Columbia Restaurant Café is located in Airside E, serving Delta and Air Canada flights.

Image courtesy of columbiarestaurant.com


1st Flight Wine Bar- Mise En Place (TPA Main Terminal)

Jan 2, 2015

private-dining-bgAt First Flight everything is held to a high standard. As Tampa’s premier restaurant for Modern American cuisine, it is arguably one of the top restaurants in all of Tampa International Airport to dine and relish a glass of your favorite wine varietal. Their tagline is “for the adventurous in palate and spirit”; we couldn’t agree more.  Perfect for anyone seeking a lovely pre-flight experience complete with a nice glass of wine, delightful cuisine and excellent service, First flight has planned your itinerary by selecting a progressive list of wines from around the world to compliment the Chef’s creations and ensure an exquisite airport dining experience.  The restaurant’s website says it best, “Flights have been arranged to get the most out of your exploration so buy the ticket and take the ride. We have wine to go with your food and food to go with your wine, and both to go with your mood, your day and your appetite. Come explore the world of wine and food with us. We can’t wait to serve you.” If that isn’t a warm and welcome invitation amidst a stressful trip, we’ll finish your glass for you.

Located in the main terminal before passing through security, you might try to arrive early to relax with a glass before boarding.  Not ready to pick up the kids at the in-laws yet? No worries, they won’t tell anyone if you need a glass on arrival before returning back to reality.  As far as airport people watching goes, this is a cozy spot to transport you away from the hustle and bustle of the terminal but still allow you a great view.

Pro Tip: The Charcuterie Flight and a glass of Trig Point Cabernet is a superb combination of flavor.

Image credit: www.miseonline.com


A Taste of Spain and Cuba

Jan 6, 2015

Columbia CafeColumbia restaurant is a cornerstone of Tampa food culture and its airport location is no different, with a menu tailored to the airport location.  Inside the Tampa International Airport location, travelers can experience the mahogany bar, reminiscent of the one at Columbia Ybor City in Tampa. A full bar is available, including private label wines from Spain, California & Argentina and Columbia’s private label spirits like Don Casimiro Classic Silver Rum, Screaming Richard Tequila and Chacho Bourbon.

Don’t miss Tampa’s “Signature Sandwich”, the Original Tampa Cuban Sandwich – a century old tradition that will transport your tastebuds to old Havanna. Notorious for its authentic Cuban coffee and sandwiches, this place will give you your Cuban fix in comfort. Want a little of everything? Check out the tapas, which will satisfy even the the most diverse family of travelers.

The original establishment was found by a Cuban Immigrant in 1905 and it is currently the oldest restaurant in Florida. Looking for the perfect last minute souvenir? You are in luck; choose Columbia signature food items to take home, including “1905” dressing, Sangria mix, Columbia all purpose seasoning, hot sauce, and Columbia Cuban and American coffee. You can enjoy your trip even after you return home!

Pro Tip: For Breakfast- Eggs Malaguena. For Lunch – Any one of its steaming Spanish soup dishes or nationally critically acclaimed Original “1905” Salad. For Dinner- You called it: the Cuban Sandwich.

Columbia Restaurant Café is located in Airside E, serving Delta and Air Canada flights.

Image courtesy of columbiarestaurant.com


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