It’s almost the end of mango season here in Central Florida. I’ve been carefully watching the blooms on my tree for several months, waiting for when the fruit is large enough to pick. The mangoes haven’t reached their yellow or orange stage yet, so I want them to stay on my tree for a few more weeks. It’s hurricane season here, and even if there are no hurricanes, there are tropical storms or at least very windy storms that knock the fruit off the tree.
Due to my relationship with Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was treated to a three course meal with wine and cocktails at Noble Crust Wesley Chapel. All opinions are my own.
I had the opportunity to try out the Noble Crust Wesley Chapel last night. I drove almost an hour and a half to get there, but it was worth it! There is also another location in St. Petersburg on Fourth Street.
I really liked the warm decor and the juxtaposition of the gleaming chandeliers against the raw bricks at Noble Crust Wesley Chapel.
We were almost giddy as we headed off to Safety Harbor to our favorite local restaurant – Parts of Paris Bistro. We first found “PoP” in December 2015 when a local friend and Safety Harbor resident told us she had had one of the best steaks ever.
We fell in love with it the first time we visited. We’ve been for a Sunday brunch, or to pop in for a couple extra large hand-crafted martinis, and often for an amazing meal of steak, boullebaise, grouper or mussels.
Due to my relationship with Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was invited to Armani’s to try their new Happy Hour, where they shared several menu and cocktail options with us. All opinions are my own.
In Tampa Bay we are blessed with a never-ending roster of restaurants from the beaches to Ybor City to South Tampa. When most people think of a restaurant in Tampa, they think of Bern’s, but most people who live here know that one of the best special occasion restaurants is Armani’s, located atop the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.
It is perhaps one of the top three restaurants one thinks of when they think of anniversaries or other special events. The restaurant, known for its Northern Italian cuisine and floor to ceiling windows with amazing views, has been awarded 4 Diamonds award for many years.
Living in Florida, we have a lot of gorgeous fauna and flora. However, there’s a lot we miss out on in not having four seasons and that includes some of the gorgeous flowers that Northerners enjoy in the spring and summer.
So when I saw these huge colorful peonies at the St. Petersburg Trader Joe’s, I gasped out loud.
I was there to look for blue hydrangeas and yellow tulips, so I had to stick to my budget and just get those. (You’ll see those in a another blogpost.)
I could just picture these with Limoges pink rose china, turquoise plates and a lace tablecloth. I’ll have to visit again soon.
Due to my relationship with Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was invited to 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg, where we were given a flight of the eight new ciders produced at 3 Daughters, along with a nice treat of Red Mesa tacos. All opinions are my own.
We are lucky in Tampa Bay, where breweries dot the map in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, throughout St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa.
Recently I was invited along with other bloggers from the Tampa Bay Bloggers group, to taste test the new ciders at 3 Daughters Brewing.