My friend recently moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida and invited me over for brunch followed by the Epiphany celebration. It is held on January 6th every year and is highlighted by local teenage boys diving into Spring Bayou to retrieve a cross thrown into the water by an archbishop. Sounded like an interesting event, so I drove to Tarpon Springs from Tampa to see what it was all about!
Crystal and I both went to college in Pensacola, Florida and one of the places we frequented often was McGuire’s Irish Pub. McGuire’s is a local favorite and it was always a great place for us to start our Thursday college nights with some cocktails, craft beer, and light bites.
Ulele opened in 2014 and has been a popular native-inspired restaurant for the locals ever since it’s opening in Tampa. Whenever friends come to visit, we like to take them here as it is a beautiful restaurant with gorgeous surroundings and delicious food.
If you are looking for a classy bar with a brilliant ambience, you have to experience C.W.'s Gin Joint in downtown Tampa. Not only is it a classy bar, but they have excellent handcrafted cocktails, amazing food and a wonderful staff.
Usually, Orlando and Miami are the destinations that get all the hype in Florida but we wanted to go somewhere different and decided to make a weekend road trip to Fort Lauderdale. We only had 36 hours, so we spent one day at Las Olas Boulevard and the second day at Fort Lauderdale Beach.
We're always on the hunt for pet-friendly places in Tampa, Florida and recently stopped by c.1949 Florida Beer Garden. We always feel bad leaving Kuma at home when we are out having fun on the weekends, so when we heard about c.1949 being a pet-friendly establishment, we were excited to take Kuma with us.
We were looking for things to do in Tampa on a rainy Saturday and found that Yuengling offered free tours with complimentary samples!
Bern's Steak House is a local favorite and has been around since 1956. I know you are probably thinking this is going to be a typical steakhouse restaurant review but let me reassure you that it is more than just a steakhouse. Even I had my doubts but was blown away by the meal and the entire experience. It was none like I've ever experienced before.
We don't take advantage of the beach enough here in Florida, so we decided it was time to make a trip while the weather was still bearable in Florida. Last year, we spent a lot of time in Clearwater Beach, so this year we decided to check out Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach.
I have been wanting to go back to O Cocina ever since I had the wonderful brunch at their restaurant and since Candy was in town visiting Tampa, I thought this was the perfect time to visit O Cocina again to try their dinner menu. I’m so happy we went back for more because this dining experience was even better than the last!
We have been hearing so much about Armature Works from all of our friends that we had to go see what the buzz was all about. Armature Works opened in early 2018 and locals were eagerly waiting for this stunning social space to open it's doors. With more than 15 amazing vendors, unique sitting areas, a courtyard and beautiful location, we can see why there was so much hype around this place.
As I was looking for hotels around Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, there was no better choice than Riverside Hotel. It is the only hotel located on the trendy Las Olas Boulevard and walking distance to numerous restaurants, shops and bars. It is also the oldest hotel in Fort Lauderdale dating back to 1936.
We enjoy visiting unique museums so when we started researching the attractions around Fort Lauderdale, we came across the Stranahan Museum. We had no idea who the Stranahans were but we love learning about the history of the cities we visit. Even better was that our hotel was right next to the museum.
We aren't rookies when it comes to staying at Hilton's Conrad properties. We stayed at one in Tokyo, Japan and it was one of the most luxurious hotels we've ever stayed at. Every year, we get a free hotel night at any Hilton property with the Hilton credit card and we can choose from any hotel around the world, even the fancy 5-star hotels. This year, we chose to stay at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Sweet Soul is the perfect place for you to indulge in sweet treats without feeling guilty. They serve all vegan, paleo and plant-based items that all benefit the body in some way. Two of my favorite ingredients lately are matcha, a.k.a. green tea, which is high in antioxidants, and charcoal, which helps with your skin complexion. Sweet Soul has a unique soft serve that mixes both of my favorites!
Ichicoro Ane’s is one of our favorite Japanese restaurants and we wanted to try the ramenya this time with delicious dishes like the Sake Matcha, Shio Ramen, Halo Halo and more!
Not in the mood to check out amusement parks? Want a more laid back day or just something different? Here are some day trips you can take that are not too far away from Orlando and definitely worth checking out.
If you live in the Orlando and Tampa area, chances are you have driven past Dinosaur World numerous times on Interstate 4 but have you actually stopped by? Many people have not although I hear from everyone that they do want to stop by one day because the idea of dinosaur structures in a park is intriguing.
The much anticipated Ichicoro Ane is now open in St. Petersburg, Florida! I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the newest Japanese restaurant and am very excited about this new addition to the Tampa Bay area as it is like none other.
My friend, Mariko, was coming to visit me from Canada and since she's a huge Harry Potter fan, I thought it was the perfect time to visit Universal Orlando Resort. I've been wanting to ride the Hogwarts Express ever since it opened a few years ago and I'm not even a Harry Potter fanatic. I've been on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride before and was super impressed with how innovative it was, so I was excited to see what they created with the newest Harry Potter additions.
Fort De Soto Park is one of my favorite places in the Tampa Bay area because it is super pet friendly and the dog beach is absolutely beautiful. Fort De Soto is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and has three miles of gorgeous white sand beaches that are ranked among the best of Florida’s beaches.
We had tickets to visit the Dali Museum and finally got a chance to explore the exhibits together. We both knew of Dali's famous painting "The Persistence of Memory" so we were curious to see more of his art. This museum carries the largest collection of Dali's work outside of Europe and is rated the #1 place to visit on Trip Advisor in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Have you heard of Spook Hill in Florida? If you’re looking for weird things to do in Florida, you definitely need to stop by here. Spook Hill is located in Lake Wales, Florida, which is 60 miles east of Tampa or 55 miles southeast of Orlando.
I have been wanting to write this post for awhile because it’s my favorite ramen shop in the Tampa Bay area. Actually, Japanese Kitchen Dosunco is probably my favorite ramen shop ever; even compared to some ramen restaurants in Japan. It took me awhile to write about it because every time I go, I eat the ramen right away and I don’t have anything to take pictures of. Finally, after numerous trips, I have calmed myself down and took the time to really take in the food, restaurant and the ambience.
We were really looking forward to this unique dining experience at Animal Kingdom's Sanaa Restaurant, so much so, that we made sure to get there as soon as they opened to get the best seat in the house. Being able to dine with the view of the safari animals was one thing we really wanted to experience while staying at Disney World's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Egmont Key is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay and we wanted to visit this little island for the private beaches, wildlife and history of Fort Dade. The entire island is only 328 acres and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
I feel so lucky to be living in Tampa, Florida with all the pet-friendly locations in this city. Kuma, my sassy corgi, is my best friend and I like to take her everywhere with me if I can. Thankfully, Tampa has numerous pet-friendly spots and these are my favorite places I like to take her with me.
I have been waiting months to dine at one of the newest restaurants in Disney World at Be Our Guest Restaurant. It's a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant located within the Magic Kingdom amusement park and you get to meet the Beast himself!
We were searching for a place to have a nice and chill Wednesday night when we came across Cheese Please. Cheese Please is a nice little wine bar that offers wine and cheese tastings and their online reviews were outstanding. We couldn't believe that we didn't stumble upon this place sooner with all the rave reviews.