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Bloggers guide foodies to the Bay area's best cuisine

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Tucked away in the corner of Hyde Park Village, you'll find a little taste of France.

Piquant, as it's called, is Jennifer Buggica's favorite restaurant in Tampa.

"I'll go with the duck confit flatbread," she said, as she ordered her appetizer.

Jennifer's blog "The Foodie Patootie" explores some of Tampa's finest eateries.

"You know, we have Bern's and we have Epicurean now and we're just continuously growing in different cuisine and fine dining and hole in the walls," she explained.

She's spent years describing her own delectable dinings.

"It has the crispy shallots, the caramelized shallots and chorizo and goat cheese, oh, it's fantastic!" she exclaimed, as she took a big bite of her duck confit flatbread.

Now Jennifer has a recipe blog.

"Doing what I do now with the recipes, I make significantly more than I did just doing the restaurant reviews," said Jennifer.

That means cashing in on being able to get more followers that aren't just local, but global.

"I don't want to be a blogger that always makes money out of it, because then I feel it's not as genuine."

She keeps her reviews real. However, don't look for critical posts from this food critic.

"I feel like it's a bash session," Jennifer confessed.

Instead of wasting time telling people where not to go, she'd rather be their food tour guide to the hot spots.

"I really love Seminole Heights a lot!"

It's also Logan Crumpton's favorite Tampa neighborhood to find good eats.

"Rooster is my new favorite, I would say," as he sat at the bar at Rooster & the Till.

The restaurant, which opened up about six months ago, serves up just the right concoction of creative cooking and savory simplicity for Logan's palette.

"He takes a lot of ingredients that are indigenous to Tampa and he makes spin with a nod to avant garde cooking."

Logan's love affair with food blogging began with a road trip with his brother in law.

"Everybody can claim to be a food blogger. The internet has allowed that."

What sets him apart? His writing, Logan says.

"We want to tell a story, we want to paint a picture, we want it to be funny and we have a lot of pop culture references."

Chef Brian Lampe, sous chef at Rooster & the Till, says they appreciate the write ups, "We're very fortunate, we get a lot of love."

However, like his cooking, he takes it all in with a grain of salt.

"Not everybody is gonna love what you do or see your vision on the restaurant, the service and the food so we read it a little bit, but we definitely try and stay away from Yelp and those kind of things," Chef Lampe explained.

That's just fine for bloggers like Logan, who stay away from even writing about bad experiences.

"Putting it out in the public is like airing dirty laundry to me," Logan explained.

He added that the Bay area has big potential.

"A lot of people say that Tampa is five years away from being a major player in the food industry but, I think if there were more restaurants like this then, we'd be there right now," he said.

That keeps Logan and other local food bloggers hungry for even more.

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