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.
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:
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.
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.
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 to.
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.
Planning for a vacation has always been one of my favorite things to do in life. Except for the part that involved packing. It wasn’t until recently that I realized the minimalist packing approach is the way to go.
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?
Downtown Dunedin is about a 45-minute car ride from downtown St. Pete. In the past, my whereabouts in this town have consisted of one type of place: breweries (which they have plenty of and all are amazing). So despite having made the day trip to Dunedin numerous times, I had never spent the day exploring Main St. or the surrounding shops.
Knowing it’s a beach town, I half expected tourist-y stores full of cheesy souvenirs. But what I found was quite the opposite; the shops are just as charming as the town itself.
I was recently invited to dine at Ocean Hai at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach. The upscale restaurant located amidst tourists and beach-goers stands out as one of the more high end places to dine on Clearwater Beach. Head Chef John Capponi (previously of On Swann) and his kitchen staff carefully prepare Asian-inspired dishes that add a fine dining twist to the dishes you’ve come to know and love. The Asian-fusion cuisine combines flavors from many different regions and even includes a separate sushi menu.