Top 10 Brunch Spots in St. Petersburg

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Mimosa or Bloody Mary? Weekend mornings are made for sipping and noshing at one of The Burg’s top brunch spots    BY LORI BROWN It’s the weekend and time to treat yourself to a terrific brunch, but where should you go?…

REVIEW: Sola Bistro & Wine Bar

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 Sola Wonderful Expect the unexpected at this intimate dining spot in busy St. Pete Beach BY KEVIN GODBEE Sola Bistro & Wine Bar is definitely not your typical beach spot. Many beach eateries cater to tourists with a “turn and…

REVIEW: MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza Company

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Now Thatza Pizza! Authentic Italian pies, atmosphere make MidiCi worth a trip to the mall BY GINA DE LUCIA  At MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza Company, the focus isn't just on the pies. The space is a gorgeous mix of modern and industrial…

FOOD BITES - Restaurant News

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FOOD BITES It’s hip, it’s funky, it’s so un-stuffy and cool that it’s almost hard to believe you are chilling at the distinguished Renaissance Vinoy.  Paul’s Landing, the hotel/resort’s  new pool-front indoor-outdoor restaurant,…

TRAVEL: Sawgrass a Golfer's Dream

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The legendary golf resort is an oasis of beauty and luxury on Florida’s East Coast  THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP MAY 8-13  TPC  Sawgrass  Ponte Vedra Beach For more information and tickets, go to  www.theplayers.com Along…

SIPS&SUDS: Healthy Living Through Wine

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BY EDITH SWIERZBINSKI One of the most commonly asked questions in my shop is “Do you carry organic wine?”  I do have a nice selection of organic, biodynamic, sustainable, no sulfite added, natural, gluten free and vegan wines. Now,…

Sea Salt Serves Up Heart-Healthy Dishes

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By Cindy Cockburn Healthy St. Pete is a citywide community engagement and empowerment initiative that encourages the community to EAT, PLAY, SHOP and LIVE healthy. Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin kicked off this popular program on the steps…

DINING OUT: Reading Room

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 Overflowing with creativity and flavor,  the menu is anything but by the book BY LORI BROWN The Reading Room is one of the best and most unique restaurants in St. Petersburg, with its own garden which is the inspiration for the…

DINING OUT: Ichicoro Ane

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 Downtown welcomes a sprawling ramen restaurant  that will bowl you over BY LORI BROWN  Ichicoro Ane opened downtown in the space formerly occupied by Café Alma and Station House. The original Ichicoro Ramen in Seminole Heights…

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants Around St. Pete

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 With its picturesque waterfront, abundance of al fresco dining and beautiful beaches, St. Petersburg abounds in options for an intimate evening out. By KEVIN GODBEE Whether you're a guy or a gal, it never hurts to have a handy list…

Sips&Suds: Tampa Bay Beer Week on Tap

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Green Bench Brewery hosts a seminar in specialty beer during Tampa Bay Beer Week BY ALEXANDRIA JONES How much do you really know about beer? Yes, you have your favorite big brands like Budweiser, Miller, or Heineken but are you a beer connoisseur…

Sips&Suds: Spanish Wine Ole!

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BY EDITH SWIERZBINSKI Enjoying a delicious meal with equally delicious wines makes for a fantastic evening. I heart discovering great wines at all price points. Of course, wines that are affordable under $20 are super treasure finds. It’s…

Florida Travel - Anna Maria Island Unplugged

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BY CINDY COCKBURN I first discovered Anna Maria Island while meandering along the Gulf of Mexico preparing to write my first book.  My Frommer’s Guide to Florida assignment featuring the West Coast was published over 20 years ago. …

Florida Travel - Romantic St. Augustine

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BY MARCIA BIGGS St. Augustine, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways on a romantic weekend getaway. An easy 3-hour jaunt from Tampa Bay, I have grown to love the unique charm and history of St. Augustine more with each visit. St. Augustine…