Ichicoro Ane “Brunchuru”

Posted in Eat + Drink, Tampa Bay
on February 2, 2018
Smokey Yucca Korokke at Ichicoro Ane

What exactly is Japanese brunch?

That is the question I asked myself when I heard Ichicoro Ane brunch was debuting with new menu items for which they coined, “Brunchuru”. This appealed to me for multiple reasons but mainly, trying new foods is my jam especially when they’re Asian-inspired.  So naturally, I went searching the internet for photos and reviews to get an idea of what I was in for during my next brunch outing.

Everyone was already raving about the new sister restaurant to Ichicoro in Seminole Heights (“Ane” means sister in Japenese), probably because they had made such a name for themselves at the Tampa location. High expectations are somewhat of a concern to me. I’ve learned to go into restaurants with low expectations. That way if I’m disappointed it softens the blow. But somehow in the midst of all the excitement around Ichicoro Ane, I lost sight of that.

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11 Chicks Yummy Creations are Yummy Indeed

Posted in Eat + Drink, Tampa Bay
on January 22, 2018
Arepas, Churros, and Cafe Con Leche at 11 Chicks Yummy Creations

To those of you out there that have never tried Venezuelan food, please do yourself a favor and head over to 11 Chicks Yummy Creations the next time you opt to eat out. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best thing to happen to St. Pete since Bodega opened its doors in 2013.

While the taco game here is strong, St. Pete lacks a more diverse Latin American food scene. With the addition of 11 Chicks, we can knock another flavorful cuisine off the list.

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Tampa’s Newest Hot Spot: Platt Street Borough

Posted in Eat + Drink, Tampa Bay
on December 19, 2017
Ricotta Gnudi at Platt Street Borough

Places like Platt Street Borough don’t usually wow me. Typically there’s something missing, whether it be subpar food with a great atmosphere or vice versa. I’m pleased to say PSB is different. The menu is relatively small meaning the kitchen can give each plate the attention it needs to be exceptional, which they do. Chef-owners Kiel and Adam, two forward-thinking restaurant veterans had a dream of opening up a chef-driven concept, where the menu can change with the seasons. Chef Kiel stopped by our table and immediately I realized how much heart and soul went into this passion project, also evident in their cooking and generous hospitality.

Not only is the food delicious, but they’ve also nailed the decor (no pun intended) and ambiance. A mix of modern-contemporary pieces that add some elegance to the South Tampa restaurant that also has a game room (formerly The Rack then The Hyde Out). So you can’t take yourself too seriously while you’re there. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a fun night out with friends bonding over delicious food and libations.

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St. Pete December Events That Will Get You Into the Holiday Spirit

Posted in Lifestyle, Tampa Bay, Travel
on November 30, 2017
St. Pete December Events

It’s that time of year again when time flies because we’re all having so much fun… or perhaps we’re just super busy. Either way, I think we can all agree that the month of December is a little extra special for us Floridians. While most of the rest of the country is dusting off their Winter wear, we’re just over here enjoying average temps of 75 degrees,  our “Florida Summer” if you will. Lately, the weather seems to be ever in our favor and I sure hope this continues as there are plenty of events, festive and otherwise, to look forward to in the coming weeks. Here is a list of St. Pete December events that I think are worth highlighting:

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Camping at Paynes Prairie State Park in Micanopy, FL

Posted in Florida, Travel
on September 21, 2017
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Fall in Florida doesn’t really exist. We are lucky if temperatures drop below 80 degrees in December. We typically experience our best weather months during late Winter and early Spring (better late than never, right?) Still, we love to participate in the act of Fall and grab onto every bit of what’s out there available to us that reminds us of Fall. Because, afterall, it’s a magical time. That’s why on our camping trip at Paynes Prairie State Park, I was pleasantly surprised when bits of Fall began to shine through as we hiked our way through the grounds.

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Best Vietnamese Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL

Posted in Eat + Drink, Tampa Bay
on August 29, 2017
Bun + Banh Mi at Alesia

Over the years, Vietnamese has become my favorite of the Asian cuisines. This is in large part due to my affinity for soup. To me, there is nothing more comforting that a giant bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. Lucky for us St. Petians, there are PLENTY of Vietnamese restaurants that are cooking up some phenomenal authentic dishes. If you’re looking for more of a traditional place where you’re likely to be among the minority, head to Pinellas Park, where there is a large Asian population. If you prefer a more upscale atmosphere? Central Ave. is the spot. With so many to choose from, I’m sharing my list of the best Vietnamese restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Top 10 Taco Spots in St. Pete

Posted in Eat + Drink, Tampa Bay, Travel
on August 8, 2017
Tacos at Red Mesa Cantina

In my world, there’s no such thing as #tacotuesday. My motto is tacos. EVERY. day. Okay, I don’t eat tacos every single day (though, that would be impressive) but I eat them a lot. St. Petersburg has some incredible restaurants that offer delicioso tacos, but I’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 taco spots in St. Petersburg. Many are in the heart of downtown where all the action takes place and some are hidden gems tucked away in areas you may never think about going.

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22 Things To Do On Anna Maria Island, FL

Posted in Eat + Drink, Florida, Travel
on July 21, 2017
Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island has easily become my favorite beach town. As soon as I stepped foot on the white powdery sand beaches and looked out onto the long stretch of turquoise water, I was immediately hooked. Despite having grown up in Tampa Bay, I’m still in awe of the breathtaking beach views each and every visit.

The locals call it AMI and have done a great job of maintaining the island’s charm as it’s grown into such a popular tourist destination. No chain restaurants. No high rises. Even most of the large new builds stay true to the “feel” of the island. However, nothing could ever replace the old beach cottages found throughout the island.

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The Reading Room Restaurant: A Foodie Heaven

Posted in Eat + Drink, Tampa Bay
on June 13, 2017
Burrata at The Reading Room in St. Pete

After only two visits, The Reading Room restaurant has easily become one of my favorite dining destinations in St. Pete. Everything about this place excites me: the beautiful outside gardens, cool vibe, hip decor and especially the fantastic FOOD.

Seriously, what’s not to love?

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