Tampa Bay Blog

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

1. COLUMBIA

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

2. FARM TABLE CUCINA

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

3. MARITANA GRILLE

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

 

4. BONGOS BEACH BAR & GRILL

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

 

5. CASTILE 

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

 Check out some amazing homes for sale in Clearwater:  www.ClearwaterBeachCondoSales.com

 

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.

Where:
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?

 Where:
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.

 Where:
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….

 Where:

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!

 Where:

Address
294 Bayshore Blvd

Clearwater, FL 33759

  

 Check out these amazing homes for sale: 

 

 www.stpetehomesandliving.com

www.DunedinHomesandLiving.com

www.ClearwaterBeachCondoSales.com

 

 

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. 

Just as amazing are the houses for sale in this area. Take a look: 

www.stpetehomesandliving.com

Posted in food
Jan. 16, 2018

Tampa ranks 7th in Yelp's Up and Coming cities!

According to current research, Tampa has come to be viewed as having one of the nation’s healthiest property markets. Forbes has even listed it as one of the cities characterized by strong start-up cultures. Tampa is now ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 cities for economic growth and opportunity.

Yelp’s new Local Economic program – a program which keeps track of areas in America where small businesses are likely to prosper and maintain – has been released. Charlotte, NC and Jacksonville, FL currently are in the top rankings, with Tampa sitting in 7th position overall. This program arrived at its rankings by looking at various criteria for businesses in 50 metropolitan areas. These included ratings, searches for their websites, and visitors to their pages. It also looked at how long the business has been operational for.

 

This ranking is really no surprise: Tampa’s business scene is abuzz with creative and driven entrepreneurs. There is loads of room for expansion and new business ventures.

Check out some amazing homes for sale in this economically sound area: www.HomeFinderTampaBay.com

 

Posted in Tampa
Jan. 11, 2018

Doug Parker Receives 2017 Tony Jannus Award In Tampa

Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2013. On Dec 1 he landed in Tampa's International Airport to attend the 2017 Tony Jannus banquet where he had the honor of being Awarded the winner of the Tony Jannus Award.

The Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society was formed in 1964 by the Tampa and St.Petersburg Chambers of Commerce. It honors the extraordinary accomplishments of individuals in the field of commercial aviation. The Society was named after the late Tony Jannus, who scheduled the world's first airline in 1914, pioneered the inaugural flight of St.Pete - Tampa Airboat Line, flew the first airplane from which a parachute jump was made and he was also the first airport pilot.

Doug Parker, who oversees American Airlines Group and it's principal subsidiary company American Airlines, was previously chairman and CEO of US Airways and became president and chief executive officer of America West in 2001. During 9/11 (just 10 days after he became CEO of America West) he led the carrier through the crisis. 

U.S. Airways achieved record revenue growth under his leadership and their performance and profit margins outpaced most industry peers.

"In this time of division, American Airlines is all about connecting people and making it easier to bring people together," Parker said at a conference held the morning of the banquet. 

Parker is the third American Airlines Executive that has received this award. He has a bachelors degree in economics from Albion College in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University.

The 2017 Tonny Jannus Awards Banquet was held at The Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club on December 1. The Dinner set a record as having the largest paid attendance in the Aviation Society's history. They also provided scholarships to college students that are pursuing a career in the aviation industry that totaled $17,500. 

Previous recipients of the award that attended the banquet included CEO of Southwest Airlines Gary Kelly (2016), Robert Crandall (2001) and Edwin Colodny (1990).

"(Parker) knows aviation and has worked with and led some of the top airlines in North America including America West, US Airways and since its merger, as chairman and CEO of American Airlines Group. A vocal proponent of airline industry consolidation, Parker is a pioneer and the award is well-deserved." The chair of the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society, Paul Piro stated.

Posted in Tampa
Jan. 9, 2018

The Best Fishing Spots On The Florida Gulf Coast

Take a look at some of Florida's favorite fishing spots for your next fishing trip.

1. Gulf Pier & Bay Pier at Fort De Soto Park

Choose between two beautiful piers. One on the Gulf and the other on the Bay. The Bay pier has a lovely view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the Edgemont Key. The popular Gulf Pier is the longest at 1,000 feet and you do need a fishing license to fish there.

Running water and tables are available.

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when: 7am - 11pm

contact: 727-552-1862 

where: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Tierra Verde, FL, 33715 

 

2. Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach

 Pier 60 has a 1080 foot fishing pier, recreational park, bait house, telescopes and 6 covered pavilions. Get your tackle, bait, snacks, and souvenirs at The Pier 60 Bait House where knowledgeable staff will be eager to assist you.

There is also a play area for the kids and crafts and entertainment every night at 6-9pm.

when: 24/7

contact: 727-462-6466

where: 7 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 

 Check out some amazing homes for sale in Clearwater:  www.ClearwaterBeachCondoSales.com

3. Merry Pier

This historic Pier is a world famous fishing and boating destination. You can expect to catch flounder, snapper, snook, redfish, and many others. Rod, tackle, bate and bicycle rentals and sales are available.

when: Mon-Sun: 7:30am-5:30PM

contact: 727-360-1400

where: 801 Pass-a-grille way, Pass-a-grille, FL 33706

 

4. Hubbard's Merina

With their many years of experience, Hubbard's Merina Fishing Boat catches more fish than any other in the Florida Suncoast. They offer party boat fishing trips, dolphin watching, a private charter boat, and more.

 

when: Mon-Sun: 6 am - 8 pm

contact: 727-393-1947

where:  170 Johns Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, Florida

Posted in fishing
Jan. 4, 2018

Millennials become 'Tampreneurs'

In previous decades, it was a given that people simply just lived where they had been brought up or if they did move, it was a specific work opportunity that drew them there. These days, with the world’s globalization, however, the Millennials choose their moving options as if they are selecting the perfect fruit, carefully considering the advantages and disadvantages of each potential city before committing. According to "Millennial Matter" research, three in every four U.S. Millennials say that they are willing to consider moving to a new city, with 19% planning to move within a year, and 44% within the next five years.

Tampa, Florida is emerging the number-one choice of the city that people moved to in 2016, according to Realtor.com. It also ranks as the most chosen city for those starting up new businesses, according to “Fortune”, the most pet-friendly claims “Reward Expert”, and the best overall city in the Southeast says “Money Magazine”.

The demographics of Florida have been changing and drawing a younger crowd in recent years. It is this hive of activity, along with a visionary mayor, an accessible airport, and a diverse population, that Tampa is coming to be viewed as the city where it is all happening.

Millennials quote ‘less traffic’ and ‘a lower crime rate’ as two major criteria that influence them in their selection of a new city of abode. To that end, Tampa is recorded as having the lowest violent crime rate compared to other major cities, namely Atlanta and Dallas.

Millennials seek out communities near water and beaches, list warm weather as a must, parks, nightlife, lots of activities and events, and its culture is key. They want vibey breweries and a thriving music scene. And finally, affordability is another draw-card which tips the scales in Tampa’s favor.

Either online or offline, one of its appeals is that Tampa is the ‘city of romance’. The area has a plentiful supply of prospective dates. Nearly three quarters (73%) of Millennials are single/never married. In fact, only 21% of Millennials in the entire Tampa metro area are married, compared to 41% in Dallas, 38% in Nashville, 36% in Charlotte, and 30% in Atlanta.

This population influx is led by several Millennial leaders who are attracted by the business climate. They are lured there by the attractive and safe lifestyle and the rare ability to balance one’s lifestyle with a career. Although Tampa has a thriving job market an increasing number of Millennials are seeing fit to embark on their own entrepreneurial adventures.

Anthony Derby, one of these ‘boomerang residents’, founded The Brew Bus in 2011, following his graduation from the University of Colorado. His love of the beer community had led the 26-year-old to politics where for the past three years, he has worked tirelessly to lower excise tax and raise awareness in Florida and Tampa Bay breweries.

Another iconic ‘Tampreneur’ is Chon Nguyen who has founded three city-based companies and this all before his 35th birthday. His life mantra is to ‘pay-it-forward’ by serving as an investor and mentor to aspiring young CEOs in Tampa.

Thirty-year-old Ali Glisson is overseeing a $3 billion-plus plan to convert the 53-acre area around Amalie Arena into an urban, mixed-use waterfront development and what the city hopes will become the first health-and-wellness focused city district.

Tampa is also embracing the Millennials' preference for scaling down by becoming one of the first major U.S. cities to develop micro-apartments. As a lifestyle, this makes perfect business sense.

Millennials are not just all about their careers. They love their downtime as much as the grit of business. Tampa's breweries and bars are continuously formulating new and interesting pairings to entice Millennials, This summer, Cigar City Brewing's Ferrell Alvarez and partner Ty Rodriguez are introducing Nebraska Mart, a new casual concept aimed at younger crowds. The key selling point to lure their young guests? Shuffleboard courts.

Like any city, Tampa is by no means perfect. It is not without its shortcomings according to some Millennials who complain that the community is not a headquarter city (39%), the K-12 public school system could be stronger (36%), and that there is a lack of public transportation (35%).

 

That said, when asked to name Tampa’s negatives, 48% of the local respondents said "none."

If you are looking to move into the area, check out some amazing homes here:

www.HomeFinderTampaBay.com

Posted in Tampa
Jan. 2, 2018

New Gin Joint Brings Southern Charm with an Edge to Franklin Street

CW's Gin Joint is open! This is a must-see spot over on 633 N Franklin St.

Carolyn Wilson (CW), owner and designer, has styled this place up with a 20's/30's theme to pay homage to when The Exchange National Bank and The Vault were the epicenters of Downtown. 

Coming from Bern's and Haven, mixologist rock star Dean Hurst has fashioned up an incredible array of spirits that will knock your sox off. Be aware, every one of these drinks is quite delicious and will creep up on you lol. We are waiting to see what other deliciousness comes out of the kitchen as their culinary team explores pairing options. 

Since Gin has lost market share over the past decades the creative minds are looking to provide a bit of an educational experience to go along with the incredible spirit program in efforts to open up a conversation

Step into the Matrix...the Gin Matrix that is... 

Stay up to date with them on FB, or find yourself a place to live Downtown. www.DowntownTampaCondoSales.com

 

Posted in Tampa
Dec. 28, 2017

Tampa Barbershop The Ultimate Mancave

Imagine you are relaxing in a leather chair, watching your team play on TV while being served the highest quality whiskey by master bartenders and getting a hot towel shave by one Tampa's Finest Master Babers.

 

If that doesn't sound like the ultimate Man Cave experience, I don't know what will!

The Bourbon Barber is setting a new standard for barbershops. They describe themselves as a premier Speakeasy and Barbershop experience with a world-class atmosphere. From their 32 foot bar, you will be spoilt for choice where they serve 8 different craft beers on tap as well as 30 different bottled beers and an assortment of 50 of the highest quality whiskeys. If you still don't find something you fancy, you can order one of their amazing craft cocktails.

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Their 3 Master Babers with over 50 years of combined experience is ready to make you look sharper than you have ever looked before.

 "From beards to the wildest mustaches, to the smoothest fades, our barbers can craft your best look."

They offer shaves, cuts, hot towel razor shaves, and more. After you've been groomed to perfection indulge in the finer things in life by enjoying a fine cigar in their 1000 square foot outdoor private cigar lounge.

Find their shop at 7522 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa, Florida if you want to experience the next level of a cutting-edge Barbershop Experience.

They are open TUES-THURS: 11 AM-Midnight, FRI-SAT: 11 AM - 1 AM and SUN 4:30 PM 10 PMPM

Website:thebourbonbarber.com

Contact details:  813-252-7640 | mark@thebourbonbarber.com

Check out some amazing homes for sale in Tampa Bay:  www.HomeFinderTampaBay.com

 

Posted in craftbeer
Dec. 26, 2017

Tampa Ranks 3rd On The List Of U.S Cities With The Fastest Growing Incomes

Thanks to the redevelopment of the Channelside District area, the "shop local" movement, and the escalating popularity of the Craft Beer scene, Tampa has experienced a boom in their local economy.

SmartAsset analyzed household income data from 2015 and 2016 to find the cities with the fastest growing incomes.

In their research, they found that Tampa ranked third on the list with Miami and Oakland ranking first and second.

They also discovered that the income in most U.S households has generally gone up. With only 11 of the countries seeing a drop in income rate.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in September 2017 the US unemployment rate hit the lowest it had been in a decade at 4.2%. For American families, what matters more though, is a rise in income.

In Tampa, SmartAsset found that the average household's income went from earning $44,000 in 2015 to $50,000 in 2016, that's a raise of $6.000 or 13.4%.

 

Before you go check out some amazing homes for sale  www.HomeFinderTampaBay.com

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