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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 to.

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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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Downtown Dunedin Day Trip

Posted in Tampa Bay, Travel
on June 7, 2017

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.

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Ocean Hai at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Posted in Eat + Drink, Tampa Bay
on May 4, 2017
Lobster Fried Rice at Ocean Hai

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.

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A Local’s Guide to St. Pete: Quickest Lunch Spots Downtown St. Pete

Posted in Eat + Drink, Tampa Bay
on March 25, 2017

It’s no secret that there are an overwhelming amount of St. Petersburg restaurants to choose from to satisfy those pre-lunch time hunger pangs. We all want the same thing: food that is both delicious + quick because let’s face it, we’re all busy people. So I’ve put together a list of my favorite quickest lunch spots downtown St. Pete (or in the surrounding area) that won’t take all day.

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A Local’s Guide to Tampa: Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen

Posted in Eat + Drink, Tampa Bay
on January 4, 2017

So this really cool thing happened to me a couple months ago. I was approached by BestFoodTampa (My Fab 5 if you are familiar with that) to be one of their community leaders. What did I say? Heck YES. So be sure to follow along find on Instagram as I (along with a couple others) find YOUR foodie photos to feature the local restaurants in Tampa Bay. Part of the role includes going to restaurants + events on their behalf so I’m sharing my first experience at Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen with you here on the blog… Enjoy!

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