To our worldwide readers and fans,
This week’s “Dishing with Mark and Carrie” will be shorter than usual. Our father passed this week. Thank you for the many e-mails and cards.  -Mark & Carrie

 In Loving Memory: Simion “Sam” Louis Bias (March 6, 1931 – October 30, 2013)

Simion “Sam” Louis Bias, 82, passed away at his home in Hayfield, MN on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 with his grandson by heart, Brett Fuller at his side. He was born on March 6, 1931, the son of George Louis and Lena (Flore) Bias in St. Paul, MN. Sam had been the barber in Hayfield for 53 years. He was united in marriage to Carol Olson 60 years ago on November 1st.

Sam is survived by three children. Mark (Carrie West) Bias, Tampa, FL; Bart (Margot) Bias, Soldotna, AK; Flora (Paul) Linley, Savannah, GA; 5 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren and one on the way; one brother and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol; one brother. Services planned at a later date. Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield assisted with arrangements. Blessed be his memory.

Nephew of the Week: Jeff Duck

Every time we see Jeff he makes us laugh! His partner Bud is also quite the hoot too!

Out & About: The Chattaway Restaurant in St. Petersburg

On the corner of 4th St. S. and 22nd Ave. S. is the 90-year-old St. Petersburg restaurant, The Chattaway. Their slogan is “Serving Great Food in St. Pete for Over 90 Years.”

It was very common when we were at the Suncoast Resort to pop over and order one of their famous large “Original” Chattaburgers, a half-pound of great-tasting hamburger. It was about a mile away. A lot of times we had to stand in line and wait. That often happens even today.  The snowbirds haven’t returned quite yet so go on over and give it a try. The chicken/shrimp baskets and burgers have won numerous area food awards.

The very pink eclectic bathtubs filled with shrubbery and flowers surround the old preserved grocery store with an outdoor garden feel. To enter the hideaway dining room is a throwback to 3:00 English tea. One great benefit to this boutique eatery is that it has plenty of parking.

“Most Americans come here and drink tea at noon, but the true English still have their traditional tea at 3:00 p.m. with a few sweets.” said the owner, Ms. Dottie, giving me a tour of the famous high British decorated Tea Room. The dainty lace window room was set with very low doorways to enter, with colorful Queen Majesty china dishes and knick-knacks hung on the walls all around the British-adorned room. It is quite the sight.

Other great items are on the food menu. Many salads and a variety of appetizers and soups are dish_2prepared daily. Every day they have a sandwich special. There is a large choice of draft and imported beer, wines and beverages to enjoy on the outdoors patio, perhaps while watching the koi fish in the ponds.

This is a very close eatery getaway that you will return to over and over again.

The Tampa Citizens Police Academy: Week 5 of 9

Carrie gets tased!


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