Wonderful Things from Tampa Bay #1: The Cuban Sandwich

By blogsadmin | Posted in General Information, Wonderful Things from Tampa Bay on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 5:49 PM
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Cuban Sandwich Origin, History and How It’s Made

Tampa Bay is famous for a lot of things: beautiful weather, an incredible coastline, friendly people, metropolitan diversity and a slathering of great food and drink. Since we have so many great and “wonderful” things to be proud of in the Tampa Bay, we want to devote a portion of our blog to highlighting them and sharing them with anybody who may find their way to the Friendly Kia blog. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Local Events on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 3:49 PM
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Tampa Bay Events April 21 and 22, 2018

As much as we love them and hold them up as the only thing to look forward to through the work week, weekends can be a source of anxiety. With so many things going on, FOMO (or the Fear Of Missing Out) is a real problem. By committing to one thing, you’re all but guaranteed to miss out on another thing happening at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

Extra Time 1: Tampa Bay is our Ride or (Row)Die Club!

By blogsadmin | Posted in Extra Time, Sports on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 5:36 PM
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2018 Tampa Bay Rowdies Season Preview and Progress

At Friendly Kia, we love local sports! Whether it’s the Lightning’s surge through the Stanley Cup playoffs (ignoring last night’s game), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sometimes showing up to play football or the Rays and their unnecessarily-domed stadium, we’re all about the community behind local athletics here in Tampa Bay. Don’t believe us? Check out our other featurettes: Read the rest of this entry »

Which Summer Blockbuster is Each 2018 Kia Model Seeing?

By blogsadmin | Posted in General Information, Pop Culture on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 5:18 PM
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Kia Models as 2018 Summer Blockbusters

As you may or may not be familiar with, we’re huge fans of movies! Here at the Friendly Kia blog, we regularly work to blend our two loves – providing high-value and stylish transportation through Kia models and film. Read the rest of this entry »

Kias You Can’t Buy in the US: The Kia Picanto

By blogsadmin | Posted in General Information, Kias You Can't Buy on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 6:03 PM
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Kia Picanto U.S. Release Date and Availability

Between the lingering spirit of automotive excess in North America (think cars with giant chrome fins) and the demand for vehicles that can comfortably travel, sometimes, dozens of miles between nearest locales, American cars are bigger than those in the rest of the world. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Going on in Tampa Bay This Weekend?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Local Events on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 6:46 PM
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Tampa Bay Events April 14 and April 15, 2018

High temperature of 34° F. Low temperature of 24°F. Precipitation – an average estimate of 18” of snow expected.

This isn’t the current conditions at Everest Summit. This is the weather readout that folks up in Green Bay, Wisconsin are looking forward to for this weekend. We’ve got it good down here in the Tampa Bay. While event planners up north must work around the ever-present threat of “feet of snow” in April, this transitional season brings us several wonderful ways to enjoy all of the culture and attractions that West Central Florida has. Read the rest of this entry »

Is the Kia Soul the Perfect Car?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Awards, Kia Soul on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 7:53 PM
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6 Reasons Why the Kia Soul is the Perfect Car

When is the last time you found something perfect? It may have been the perfect weekend that allowed you to go out, sleep in and get some items checked off your to-do list. Maybe it was the perfect meal, which began with a delicious soup and ended with the best dessert you can remember. It might have just been the perfect moment to realize something or find something. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from the Rebellion: 2019 Kia Optima Provides Optimal Subversion

By blogsadmin | Posted in Kia Optima, New Kia Models, Notes from the Rebellion on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 7:25 PM
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2019 Kia Optima Vs. 2018 Kia Optima

Kia has taken a huge step to pushing back on the oppressive and creativity-stifling forces of BIG3 (The coalition of H*nd*, T*y*t* and N*ss*n) with the newest Kia Optima. A bold underdog, the 2019 Optima has arrived at the perfect time, seeking to dethrone BIG3 and end their coronation as champions of this technology- and family-minded class. Read the rest of this entry »

Direct Current 9: How Did We Do?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Direct Current, Sports on Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 6:42 PM
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Tampa Bay Lightning 2017/2018 Regular Season Review

It’s a wonderful time to be a Bolts fan. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the 2017/2018 NHL Atlantic Division and are Eastern Conference regular season champions. We did it! It’s been a wild ride and as Lightning fans ourselves here at Friendly Kia (well, most of us anyway), we’re ready for the playoffs! Read the rest of this entry »

Flashback Friday: Kia Retona

By blogsadmin | Posted in History, Throwback Thursday on Friday, April 6th, 2018 at 5:04 PM
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Kia Retona Model History and Photos

(Note: With Thursday being reserved for our Weekend Local Events roundups during the spring and into the early summer, we’re shifting our Throwback Thursday series to Fridays).

Perhaps a fair criticism about current trends in automotive design is that they’re trying to cram too much into one vehicle. Many crossovers and sedans are chunky monuments to compromise, doing everything okay but nothing particularly outstanding. Read the rest of this entry »