Tampa Bay Blog

Feb. 20, 2018

7 New Restaurants Opening In Tampa 2018

Don't miss out on the openings of these highly anticipated new restaurants that will be opening it's doors this spring to the beautiful people of Tampa.

1. Bambusa Bar & Grill

The LGBT-friendly Bambusa Bar and Grill has had a successful branch in Naples and is now branching out to a new second location early this year in historic Kenwood where Georgie’s Alibi used to be. This casual restaurant will be offering great entertainment and serving up fresh seafood, burgers, pizza, pasta, and wraps.

Allergy friendly | Vegan options

where: 3100 Third Ave. N., St. Petersburg

website:  bambusaonline.com

contact: 2396495657 / bambusanaples@gmail.com

2. Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut, with stores in Portland, Denver and Austin, has a bit of a cult following and it's easy to see why. The iconic quirky shop with its signature pink theme will be opening a brand new store at the Universal Orlando Resort's CityWalk next to the NBC Sports Grill & Brew. Providing residents and visitors with their indulgent doughnuts. You can expect all the familiar favorites including Grape Ape and Bacon Maple Bar. 

Vegan options available

where: 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 

website: voodoodoughnut.com

3. Paul’s Landing

Thanks to Paul's Landing expected to open at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club on the 19th of Feb this year, you'll be able to enter a Vinoy restaurant directly from the street for the first time in 93 years! This new eatery is expected to be a casual, marina-front, Florida-inspired restaurant offering a menu that showcases locally sourced seafood, smokehouse elements and fresh citrus and even a rum-forward bar.

where: 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg

website: www.marriott.com

4. The C House

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This new lighthearted eat and drink spot, soon to open in Seminole Heights, is themed around the letter C. Everything on the menu all starts with C. Think cheesecake, charcuterie, Champagne, and other delicious baked goods. The store will feature two full-liquor bars, a retail store, and a covered patio. 

where: 6005 N. Florida Ave., Tampa

website: www.facebook.com/the.c.house.tampa/

contact: +1 310-990-6316

5. Gen X Tavern

Get a dose of nostalgia at this restaurant and bar inspired by the 80's and 90's. This old-school hangout is opening on the ground floor of the Bank of America building parking garage (between Tampa and Ashley streets) and will be serving up food like tacos, burgers, funnel cake fries, and orange creamsicles and will have a fully stocked bar for all you old school loving people out there by mid-2018

where: 200 N. Tampa St. #G-130, Tampa.

6. Osteria Italian Bar and Kitchen

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This new, rustic Italian themed bar and kitchen is expected to be  opening during the spring of 2018 and will be featuring executive chef Fabio Viviani and mixoligist Ro Patel. The kitchen and bar will be part of the new high rise NINE15 Carter building. Expect authentic Italian dishes and amazing cocktails.

where:  NINE 15 Carter building on the Franklin st block between Tyler St. and Cass st.

website: thenocturnalgroup.com

contact:  727-455-5665 / 813-732-1021 | info@thenocturnalgroup.com

7. Harpoon Harry’s Crab House 

The construction of the second location from Smuggler's Enterprises started in November last year and is due to open on the 19th of June this year at the Tampa Convention Center. This 18,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant will showing off a sushi bar, roll-up doors along Franklin Street, and a converted 1926 Chevy truck bar. 

where: 327 S. Franklin St.

website: www.harpoonharryscrabhousetampa.com

contact: rone@smugglers.com



Posted in food
Feb. 15, 2018

Cybersecurity Education SecureSet Comes to Tampa

Effective cybersecurity reduces the risk of cyber-attacks and protects organizations and individuals from the unauthorized exploitation of systems, networks, and technologies.

Cyber-attacks can disrupt and cause considerable financial and reputational damage to even the most resilient organization.

If you suffer a cyber-attack, you stand to lose valuable assets, a reputation and possibly even loss of income depending on the nature of the business, and potentially face regulatory fines and litigation – as well as the costs of remediation.

SecureSet Tampa is a firm that trains enrolees for a career in Cybersecurity. In mid-January, it has plans to launch a new training program for candidates from their new offices in Ybor City.

Adam Sheffield, director of SecureSet’s Tampa campus explained: “Cyber threats are growing exponentially, but there is a lack of qualified talent and innovation in Tampa Bay and nationally.” To breach this niche, the firm is seeking "IT job transitioners, veterans and others" who may be interested in a career in the ever-growing area of cybersecurity.

Two different immersive courses are offered: the CORE Analyst course is conducted over 20 weeks and aims to have graduates ready for immediate placement as security engineers, analysts, pen testers, and consultants. The other class is HUNT Analyst, which is over 12 weeks and hopes to have graduates serve as security and threat analysts.

The CORE Analyst course will happen at the Ybor location in January and is designed to help those who are looking to change careers or begin a new one to enter this high-growth field. With new enrollees being able to complete the program in as little as three months, and a placement rate at their original location in Denver at 100%, high-paying jobs can be had for SecureSet students either near the campus or across the country.

An exciting development is that Bay Area cyber firm and Managed Security Services Provider Abacode has already partnered with SecureSet as a hiring partner to ensure immediate employment for graduates.

As the campus grows, hopefully, more people will complete the courses and fill the growing need for cybersecurity jobs along the I-4 Corridor, helping to prevent the "brain drain" that the emerging technology area desperately wants to avoid. With more and more technology businesses heading to Central Florida, the need for qualified people to fill jobs in these fields has never been higher, and SecureSet is aiming to fill this niche.

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Posted in Tampa
Feb. 13, 2018

Integral Energy to Build Natural Gas Station at Port of Tampa

Integral Energy LLC was unanimously chosen by the Port Authority as the preferred contractor to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) station on the grounds of the Port Tampa Bay 

The station is primarily designed to serve fleet vehicles, but it will also be open to the public. On offer will be both regular gasoline and compressed natural gas. The addition of CNG is targeting the 9000 trucks that enter and exit the largest port in Florida every day. 

“We are thrilled to have our next project right here at home, and to bring smarter and cleaner fuel to Tampa Bay,” said Anddrikk Frazier, President, and CEO of Integral Energy. Frazier has been in the energy business since graduating from USF. “The station will serve passenger cars, but also fuel the trucks that are essential to making the largest port in Florida operational every day with CNG that will benefit everyone," Frazier added.

Four pumps at the station will be dedicated to CNG service, providing a steady supply for trucks and fleets wanting to change to cleaner and cheaper fuel for trucking. One of the biggest obstacles for those looking to make the change is the lack of available supply once on the roads, which the new station hopes to alleviate for Bay Area ground transportation companies.

The project will occupy 5.7 acres of land on the Southeast corner of Maritime and Causeway Boulevards, with a convenience store and a restaurant attached that will be operated by vendors yet to be determined. Integral will make the land “construction ready” as part of their 20-year lease, providing all site infrastructure, underground facilities, and utility connections.

“Integral Energy’s facility is an exceptional fit for the Port,” Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson said in a statement. “Integral Energy’s facility is an exceptional fit for the Port. Not only do we welcome clean fuel alternatives which are domestically produced, this station will support the thousands of trucks and growing number of service providers at the Port every day.”

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Posted in Tampa
Feb. 6, 2018

Dog Friendly Spots In Tampa

Man's best friend is part of the family and deserves to enjoy a day out too.

Thankfully Tampa is one of the most dog-friendly places to be and there are plenty of great spots, beaches, and restaurants to chill out and spend some quality time with your furry friend.

Hyde Park Villiage


t: +1 813-251-3500

1602 W Snow Ave, Tampa, Fl

a day in the village with @ambereileen98 and rosie ?

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Logan Gate Dog Park


 t: +1 813-635-3500

7374 Monterey Blvd, Tampa, Fl


Cooling off at the dog park today! #rugerthereddobe

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Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk

c: (813) 274-7778

333 S Franklin St, Tampa, Fl


Six Ten Brewing


e: info@sixtenbrewing.com

7052 Benjamin Rd, Tampa, Fl

Nothing like mans best friend and a few brews! ????????

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Ella's Folk Art Cafe


t: 813-234-1000

5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL


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Dunedin Dog Beach


t: 727-469-5942

Honeymoon Island Pet Beach,1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, Fl

Ginger Beard Coffee


t: +1 813-434-0795

1208 E Kennedy Blvd, Ste 112, Tampa, FL


Picnic Island Beach Dog Park

t: (813) 274-8117

7404 Picnic Island Blv, Tampa, Fl 

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Posted in Tampa
Feb. 1, 2018

Hungry Howie's Pizza Challenge Pizza Eating Contest at the Florida State Fair February 13

How much pizza can you eat?

Are you excited by the concept of winning and pizza all in one package? Winning is always satisfying and fun, and pizza is always most welcome. Logically, winning something by eating a lot of pizza would be double the fun, right? 

Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs is giving you the chance to go big at this year's Florida State Fair. There will be literally hundreds of boxes of pizza waiting for you to get your teeth into. The question is: do you have what it takes to win the Hungry Howie's Pizza Challenge?

The pizza-eating contest starts at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13. The winner will win free Hungry Howie's pizza for a year, plus the obvious boasting rights that come with the title!

But before you can compete, you have to prove that you have what it takes to be in the Final. To qualify, all you have to do is Go to the contest entry site and upload a gutsy photo of yourself guzzling a pizza. Along with this, you need to submit a video telling us why you have what it takes to be a Hungry Howie's Pizza Challenge finalist. Then the great pizza-eating voting public will vote to decide who gets to compete for the grand prize. You can vote for your favorite contestant on the same site you use to enter, with only one vote allowed per day.

The Hungry Howie's Pizza Challenge will be hosted at the Florida State Fairgrounds, only a few miles from downtown Tampa off Interstate 4 and Orient Road. If you're chosen as a finalist, you will receive two tickets to the Florida State Fair on February 13th -- one for yourself, and one for a friend to come and support you. 

Hungry Howie's is also sponsoring a Family Night deal at the Fair on February 13. After 4 p.m., two adults and two children can get admission and rides for only $45! So, pick up the kids from school and head out to the Florida State Fair for a relaxing afternoon of fun, entertainment... and pizza. More pizza than you can handle?

The promotion is managed by Hungry Howie's Florida. 



Posted in food
Jan. 30, 2018

How to find the Best babysitter in Tampa Bay

Calling all Tampa parents and even visitors to Tampa! Are you in desperate need of a night out? Or do you need a fun girls’ day out? Or what about those unforeseen circumstances and you have to take care of it without your kids in tow? There are some things you just cannot do with your children, and finding someone trustworthy at the ninth hour is always difficult.

So here are some options:

SoHo Sitters

This tried and tested company is based just out of Tampa, with 90 fully screened babysitters on staff to suit your needs. They even have a backup plan if something happens and the original sitter cannot get to you.

Soho Sitters understands that finding the perfect babysitter in Tampa can be both time consuming and overwhelming! On the website it says, “With an affordable monthly membership or our traveling package options, we happily accommodate your sporadic child care needs, including last-minute binds, date nights, you name it! We are the only private company in Tampa that helps with these types of needs and have the lowest sitter rates around!”

Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency

This is a national company with several branches. The Tampa branch prides itself on its reliable, headache-free services, and offers its clients fully screened babysitters.

Twinkle Toes Tampa believes it is in another league of babysitting “because we take the time to determine the needs of each family before we begin the nanny search. I (Manager Robin Landry) meet with each family in their home before we begin the search. We focus on working with the entire family because we understand that a great nanny not only cares for the children but helps to make the parents lives easier as well.”

There are no initial startup costs, and rates vary depending on the size of your family and the services required.


This nationwide site is one of the most popular and well-known sites to get a babysitter or nanny. Luckily for you, there are LOTS of available care providers in the Tampa area, especially with the University of South FloridaUniversity of Tampa, and HCC so close! All you have to do is create an account, detail your needs and the agency will contact only those sitters who meet your exact needs. There is also an App that you can download to your phone which provides you with all the information and links to action a sitter.

According to Care “Basic membership is free and allows families to view and post jobs, receive newsletters full of expert tips and advice, and access a wealth of content on all things care-related. Premium members pay a subscription fee ranging from approximately $37 for a monthly subscription to $147 for an annual subscription and enjoy all these services, plus the ability to view contact details and make contact with an unlimited number of caregivers, purchase background checks, and access references for providers.”


If you are trying to double date or go out with some of your friends, you obviously can’t share the same babysitter. But for those times you’re not, it doesn’t hurt to see if your friend’s sitter is available! Chances are if your friend trusts them with their children, so will you. Word of mouth is often the best reference for these kinds of services. 

Posted in Florida
Jan. 25, 2018

Where To See The Best Views In Tampa

Sometimes you just need to take a moment to stop the busyness of day to day life and admire your surroundings.

Here are a few of the best spots in Tampa that you can do just that!


101 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach

For panoramic views of the surrounding beaches and ocean go the Jimmy's Crows Nest. An open-air bar located on the 10th floor of the Pier House 60 Marina Hotel.



148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin

 For the best views of the sunset over the harbor, have your meal at the Marina Cafe



2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, Fl

Enjoy freshly prepared seafood with a stunning view of the bay.



5300 Interbay Blvd, Tampa

Take a stroll down to the fishing pier for amazing views of the Bayshore Blvd Waterfront and downtown in the distance.


7720  W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa, Fl

Go to Whiskey Joe's for great food and the best beachfront views.



Posted in Tampa
Jan. 22, 2018

Top 5 Most Romantic Eateries for Date Night

Dinner dates can become monotonous if you keep going the same restaurant night after night. Why not try something a little different tonight?

Impress your date with a romantic night out at one of these top eateries in St Pete./Clearwater


This restaurant has been operating for over 110 years and has been owned for 5 generations making it the oldest in Florida.

At Columbia Sand Key you can enjoy the view of the Intracoastal Waterway from inside or from the deck outside while enjoying an ice cold cocktail and feast on delicious Columbian Tapas.


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| Gluten Free, Vegan, & Vegetarian Options Available |

website: www.columbiarestaurant.com

where: 1241 Gulf Blvd. Fl

when: 11:30 AM - 10 PM 

t: 272-596-8400 | e: colsand@columbiarestaurant.com


Inspired by Italian Cuisine this casual farm-to-table eatery is sure to impress any foodie.

Their well-known favorites include pizzas, house-made pasta, and fresh bread. Enjoy some handcrafted cocktails, craft beer or wine at their fully stocked bar.

website: farmtablecucina.com

where: 127 Second Ave N, St. Petersburg

when:  Mon-Thurs 11AM-10PM/Fri-Sat 11Am-11PM/ Sun 11AM-9PM

t: | e: info@localegourmetmarket.com


Experience a night to remember when you dine at the award-winning Maritana Grille in The Don Cesar. They pride themselves on serving food that has been sustainably farmed locally. Stunning salt water aquariums decorate the restaurant for an elegant backdrop for a perfect night. Expect fresh seafood, fine wines, and grills.

website: www.maritanagrille.com

where: 3400 Gulf Blv, St. Pete Beach, Fl 33706

when: 5:30PM-10PM

t: 727-360-1882 | e: jpyles@doncesar.com



For something a little more relaxed and casual go to Bongos for a beachfront dinner for two. Sit on the comfy couches by the fire or stick your toes in the sand while watching the sunset with a cold cocktail or frozen drink. 

website: www.grandplazaflorida.com/dining/bongos

where: Grand Plaza Hotel & Beachfront Resort, St. Pete Beach, Fl

when: 11AM-3AM daily

t:.(800) 448-0901 | e: info@grandplazaflorida.com



Enjoy a waterfront ocean view while sharing delicious plates made from ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries or experience a 360-degree view of the Gulf of Mexico on their rooftop bar with a craft cocktail.


website: www.castilerestaurant.com

where: 3701 Gulf Blv, St. Pete Beach, Fl

when: Dinner Mon-Sat 6PM-10PM

t: (727) 456-8660 | e: info@castilerestaurant.com

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Posted in food
Jan. 18, 2018

6 amazing outdoor trails to help you to fulfil your New Year’s resolutions.

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but research suggests only a fraction keep them. In fact, only 8% of New Year’s resolutions are successfully achieved. Things like weight loss and getting more exercise are typically among the most popular resolutions. But if you’re like most people, your resolve to get in better shape, declutter your home, or learn a new language, or “be a better person” likely disappears by the time February arrives.

Top of most peoples’ lists is the desire to get back in shape after the food feats of the festive season. Working out takes grit and commitment, but here are 6 wonderful trails that you can use to action that New Year’s resolution and not become a statistic. The trails are all located near to St. Pete/ Clearwater, and there are breath-taking sights to enjoy along the way to make you forget that you are even exercising. Give them a try. And take lots of breaks along the way…because you deserve them.


1.    Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail.

The Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail, also known as Clearwater East-West Trail, is a 13-mile bicycling and pedestrian trail corridor under development in Clearwater, Florida.

Make an early start at the Safety Harbor Marina and then proceed South along Bayshore Boulevard. When you hit Kapok Park, you have covered a whopping 3 miles! Swimming is a no-no around Alligator Creek for obvious reasons, but by all means, if you stop here, look around for signs of wildlife. Hungry and thirsty after such a grand effort? Take a stroll back to the Marina’s Main Street for some shopping and tasty treats.

Ream Wilson Trail

Clearwater, FL 33759

Phone: 727-562-4852


 2.    North Bay Trail, Downtown, St. Pete

 Whether you want to walk, bike, fish, skateboard, stroll, jog, sprint, or just simply enjoy the mesmerizing view, you can do it on the North Bay Trail. This trail really caters to everyone. It stretches from Demen's Landing Park (south) to Rio Vista Park (north), The North Bay Trail provides a paved, scenic route where you can enjoy views of Tampa Bay, downtown St Petersburg, wildlife, boats, and beautiful old homes in the Old Northeast section of St Pete. 

Once downtown, you can stop for a gelato at Paciuga's, a croissant at Cassis, or a chocolate at the new Kilwin's. If you are thirsty, stop for an ice-cold craft beer at Hops and Props, or a coffee at Coffee Pot Bayou. You have exercised, haven’t you?

North Shore Dr. and 13th Avenue

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-821-4069


 3.    Fort De Soto Park Trail.

 Enjoy this gem of a trail. You can do it solo or with your canine running buddy who can socialize with other furry friends when you stop off at the Dog Park along the way. You will have stunning views of enticing beaches, and this is the perfect trail if you want to do a run-swim-run! There is a 5$ entrance fee to gain entry to this 7-mile paved route, but it is worth every cent spent.

3500 Pinellas Bayway S.

Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Phone: 727-552-1862

 4.    Beach Walk, Clearwater Beach.

 This promenade starts from Pier 60 all the way to the South end of this world-class beach. The allure of all the shops, restaurants and bars might be a distraction but that’s ok too. It is all part of the experience. Who said anything about walking?  Wear your swimwear under your gym kit if you are still set on exercising and have a swim in the ocean to cool down.  

 Where: Address
Gulfview Blvd.

Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

 5.    Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, Downtown Dunedin.

 Named after a former Pinellas County administrator, the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, Downtown Dunedin is part of a whole 40-mile-long trail. You can leave your car at Hammock Park and then head towards Dunedin. Once again, there are so many quaint shops and restaurants and bars tempting you with delectable fare. Yes, you have set yourself a goal to get back in shape. But there is nothing stopping you after indulging along the way to get back on track! Literally….


12520 Ulmerton Road

Largo, FL 33774

Phone: 727-582-2100

  6.    Courtney Campbell Trail.

The Courtney Campbell Causeway is the northernmost bridge across Old Tampa Bay, connecting the State Road 60 between Clearwater and Tampa. This beautiful clean bridge/trail makes you feel energized for whatever workout you have chosen. There are walkers, cyclists, runners and rollerbladers taking advantage of the amazing views. 
Whether you are exercising or just want to breathe in the fresh air and exquisite view of Tampa Bay, this is an amazing place to do it. Sunrise, sunset or anytime in between. There are loads of scenic stop-offs to enjoy a cold glass of something and a meal to satisfy the hunger after your vigorous exercise. Or your leisurely stroll. It’s also exercise!


294 Bayshore Blvd

Clearwater, FL 33759


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Posted in outdoor event
Jan. 18, 2018

St. Petersburg/Clearwater food scene recognized by USA Today.

St Petersburg is mostly recognized for its stunning world-class beaches, but more and more the area is becoming known for the great quality of restaurants in the area. So much so that it has gained national attention and is regarded as one of USA Today’s five most underrated foodie cultures in the East coast region. Experience the delectable treats on offer in St Pete and see for yourself.


If local and upscale are what you seek, then try some of the local restaurants in the St. Pete/ Clearwater area. Owner and chef at Café Ponte tempts taste buds with American fusion which never disappoints. Downtown St. Pete’s The Mill serves everything from Pork Tomahawk to delectably packed boards and each and every meal is a feast. It is no wonder this rustic restaurant was voted Best New Restaurant by Florida Trend Magazine.


The Grand Central district has its own diverse and arty vibe – different to the beach venues. To work up an appetite, start with the Gulp Coast Craft Beer Trail and taste some of the area’s best beer on offer. Then when the hunger calls, pop into URBAN Brew and BBQ for a barbeque, and some more beer of course. If you are in the mood for something a little more authentic, low-key and maybe al fresco, Pia’s Trattoria offers you authentic Italian cuisine. If you still have a bit of energy and it’s Friday, head off to the islands and complement your hula dance with some tasty Hawaiian treats.


Another reason for St Pete’s foodie fame are the celebrity chefs who have made their mark here. Michael Mina and Don Pintabona have teamed up to usher in a New-Age cuisine concept to downtown St. Pete.


Celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona partnered to bring a new-age culinary concept to downtown St. Pete.  Locale Market, with its 11 state-of-the-art kitchens and seasonal menus, was originally planned for New York and is a go-to spot for gourmet ingredients from fresh kinds of pasta and locally sourced produce to seafood and meats. See inside Locale Market here.

More of the same at Cassis American Brasserie, with Chef Jeremy Duclut —champion of the Food Network show “Chopped”— who rehashes American classics giving them an ever so subtle French flair. Impeccable service and a well-priced menu – it is a must for all food connoisseurs.



All these fabulous eateries are reasons why the area has been recognized for its food offerings. 

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