Tampa Bay native Jada Vidal grew up with a love of food and cooking, so it’s not surprising she made a career out of it. Currently, she’s the sous chef of the Michelin acknowledged restaurant Noble Rice, noted for its lively vibe and Japanese cuisine.
Ironically enough, I believe growing up in Tampa aided my love of food. When you grow up in a diverse city, and all your friends come from around the world, you indirectly get introduced to new cuisines that you can’t help but fall in love with. I grew up watching Food Network, like most kids watch cartoons. Trying to recreate the things I saw at home slowly turned into a career when I was old enough to join the kitchen, and I haven’t done anything else since.
MY LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
I don’t drink coffee or tea, but our work neighbors, Shortwave Coffee, have an amazing house brew from what I’ve heard (and smell every morning)!
A day with family would probably start at the Flan Factory, a family-loved business of ours. A walk around Ybor on a Sunday afternoon would probably have to follow since it’s so close.
I don’t get to museums as much as I’d like, but the Thai Temple on a Sunday morning has just as much historical value as any museum ticket you can get your hands on (and great food too).
Anytime I get a night off to go to a concert, I definitely take advantage of the whole night. There’s no better place to spend a night out than with live music. I’m still on the hunt to find a place that plays live ’70s or ’80s music.
I love spending time with family and my partner, Adam, on my days off. Our ideal night is cooking a nice steak, sharing a bottle of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, and switching between watching football and “Sex and the City.”