Eden Eats: Tampa

Eden is ready to see whom she can meet and what she can eat as she travels the globe via food in Tampa.

Tastes of Tampa

Once a small fishing village, Tampa is now Florida's largest port and the fifth most-diverse city in the nation.

Culture Captain

It's 7 a.m., and Eden is on a mission to try as many international foods as she possibly can in a single day.

First Stop: Trinidad

Tampa is home to a Caribbean community of 75,000. Tara Maraj and her sister Doreen run Tara's Roti Shop — a casual shack where everything is measured by eye and made by hand.

High Five

Eden makes the dough for some Trinidadian street food called doubles.


The Trinidadian sandwich has chickpeas inside and is topped with a cucumber tamarind sauce.

South America

Tampa gets almost one-fourth of its population from Latin countries.

Brazilian Bites

Samira Nabhan and her son Eddie own Café No Bule, which means "This is where things happen" in Portuguese.


Brazil's national dish is a base of black beans filled with smoked ham hocks, fresh pork ribs, bacon, beef brisket, smoked neck bones and sausages.

Get the Recipe: Feijoada

Porked Out

And there are still four more countries to visit.

Munching in Munich

Werner and Nicholas Seidl are bakers who offer free beer at German Bistro.

Dressed for Oktoberfest

Eden gets dressed up in a traditional dirndl as she takes a strudel to the oven.

Apple Strudel

A crisp crust covers not-too-sweet apples with a hint of cinnamon.

Get the Recipe: Apple Strudel

Greek Grub

Tampa has the largest Greek population in the United States.


Eden and Mykonos owner Dimitrios Salivaras show off some fresh local octopus.

Dental Work

After Eden removes the beak ...

8-legged Feast

... the octopus gets chargrilled to tender perfection.

Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Brined grape leaves are filled with a ground-beef mix.

Cuban Cookery

At 11:30 p.m. Eden heads to Ybor City, once the cigar capital of the world. Tampa is now home to 42,000 Cubans.

The Life in Cuba

After a cigar-rolling lesson, Eden relaxes Cuban-style and enjoys some authentic Cuban cuisine.

Cuban-Style Fried Pork and Yucca

Eden tries deep-flavored and moist meat served with yucca that's creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside.


She is delighted with some delicious rich and nutty Cuban espresso cut with steamed milk.

Late-night Snack

At 3:30 a.m. the Colombian nightspot El Chuzo BBQ is bustling.

Patacon Con Todo

Chef and owner Jean Montoya teaches Eden how to make a massive platter of chimichurri, plantains, chicken, sausage and pork. It's only half of the meal Eden's about to consume.

Get the Recipe: Patacon Con Todo

Colombian Burger

This burger -- almost as big as Eden's head -- contains beef, tomato, coleslaw, bacon, five sauces, shoestring potatoes, a pineapple slice and a little bit of lettuce.

Get the Recipe: Colombian Burger

Full and Exhausted

Eden's 24 hours are up! She's delirious but ready for her next trip around the globe.

Get the locations from Eden's tour of Tampa.