Celebrating the 113th Annual Epiphany in Tarpon Springs, Florida

Celebrating the 113th Annual Epiphany in Tarpon Springs, Florida

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!

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We Revisited the Famous McGuire's Irish Pub Whose Ceiling is Covered with Over a Million Dollars in Bills

We Revisited the Famous McGuire's Irish Pub Whose Ceiling is Covered with Over a Million Dollars in Bills

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.

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Tampa’s Popular Native-Inspired Restaurant at Ulele on the Riverwalk

Tampa’s Popular Native-Inspired Restaurant at Ulele on the Riverwalk

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.

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36 Hours in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - A Relaxing Weekend Itinerary

36 Hours in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - A Relaxing Weekend Itinerary

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.

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Pet-friendly c.1949 Florida Beer Garden in Tampa

Pet-friendly c.1949 Florida Beer Garden in Tampa

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. 

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You Have to Try the Dining Experience at Bern's Steak House in Tampa

You Have to Try the Dining Experience at Bern's Steak House in Tampa

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.

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We Never Thought We'd Enjoy the Beach This Much Until Postcard Inn

We Never Thought We'd Enjoy the Beach This Much Until Postcard Inn

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.

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O Cocina Modern Mexican Restaurant is Still Wonderful and Delicious!

O Cocina Modern Mexican Restaurant is Still Wonderful and Delicious!

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! 

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Tour of Tampa’s Armature Works - Stunning Social Space with Good Eats!

Tour of Tampa’s Armature Works - Stunning Social Space with Good Eats!

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. 

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Stay in the Heart of Fort Lauderdale at Riverside Hotel

Stay in the Heart of Fort Lauderdale at Riverside Hotel

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.

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Exploring Fort Lauderdale's Oldest Surviving Building at Stranahan Museum

Exploring Fort Lauderdale's Oldest Surviving Building at Stranahan Museum

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.

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The Conrad in Fort Lauderdale Beach is the Best Beachfront Hotel

The Conrad in Fort Lauderdale Beach is the Best Beachfront Hotel

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.

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Vegan & Superfood Treats at Sweet Soul in Tampa

Vegan & Superfood Treats at Sweet Soul in Tampa

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!

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Pet Friendly Dinosaur World Theme Park in Florida

Pet Friendly Dinosaur World Theme Park in Florida

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.

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Get Excited for Ichicoro Ane - Modern Japanese Restaurant and Ramen Shop in St. Petersburg, Florida

Get Excited for Ichicoro Ane - Modern Japanese Restaurant and Ramen Shop in St. Petersburg, Florida

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.

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Universal Orlando Resort and Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express

Universal Orlando Resort and Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express

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.

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