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dR AROUND THE BAY By Janan Talafer

Old World Pizzas The chef only speaks Italian and he’s usually busy deftly handling what looks like a long flat shovel—not for the garden—but for making pizzas, cooked to perfection inside a very hot, wood-fired brick oven. The oven was hand-crafted in Italy by a Neapolitan family who have been in the business for over 100 years. Pizzaiolo Bavaro is the real deal, an authentic Old World pizza restaurant with fresh ingredients, dough made on premises and a nice selection of Italian wine. It’s the vision of Dan Bavaro, who moved his family from New Jersey to Tampa to open the restaurant after vacationing in the area for several years. Located in the heart of downtown Tampa’s business district. 514 Franklin Street, Tampa; 813-868-4440 or

Waterfront Chic A turquoise blue and lime green color scheme, low-hanging decorative lights and a gorgeous view of Old Tampa Bay give AquaKnox in the new Westin Hotel a look of sophisticated glamour. The fine-dining restaurant, located in Rocky Point, can also be found in Atlanta and Las Vegas, but only in Tampa Bay can you step outside to take in the view of the Westin’s own private beach. The menu showcases great seafood selections such as Mesquite grilled king salmon and black bean sweet chili glazed grouper, along with an extensive raw bar. For a unique experience, book a private table inside the circular wine room complete with a waterfall behind one of the clear Plexiglas walls. 7627 West Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa; 813-675-8700 or

Tropical Boutique Tucked next to a string of beach shops on Clearwater Beach, Collections at Sandpearl stands out like a little jewel with its lovely collection of designer names for men and women. You’ll find Tommy Bahama, Bugatchi, Nat Nast, Karen Kane, Jams World, and more. Beautiful 100-percent silk beach cover-ups by Debbie Katz are elegant and delicate enough for evening-wear. Check out the fun Mad by Design purses decorated with mother-of-pearl— each one a little different. There are also one-of-a-kind necklaces by local artist Paula Pappas. The new shop is part of the luxurious Sandpearl resort-restaurant-condo complex, but it’s a stand-alone with a front door on Mandalay Avenue. Definitely not just for tourists. 500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach; 727-674-4149 or   

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Home-Grown Flavors Philadelphia has its Philly cheesesteak; Tampa has its Cubans. And the Floridian has one of the best hot-pressed Cuban sandwiches with a side of black beans to be found. The restaurant, a long-time landmark in Treasure Island, has a new sister spin-off in the heart of the Westshore district of Tampa thanks to Harold Seltzer, the founder and former president/ owner of Sam Seltzer’s Steakhouse. Tampa’s version of the Floridian has a few twists on the traditional menu such as Con Leche coffee and a Cuban breakfast sandwich, fresh-squeezed orange juice, homemade French fries, salads, and chili, plus delivery to local businesses and catering for events. 4424 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa; 813-287-6662 or

Stylish Comfort The sexy black sandal with the bling looked adorable but I couldn’t imagine using the word comfortable in the same sentence—until I tried it on. The leather was so soft and the arch support just right. Mary Finn smiled knowingly. As the owner of Shooz, a tiny new boutique on downtown St. Petersburg’s trendy Beach Drive, Mary specializes in mens’ and womens’ shoes that are the ultimate in cushioning, stability, luxury and style. There’s the Israeli-made Naot; Spanish-made Pikolinos; Onex; Sperry and Spira athletic footwear and Hobo International—“shoes and purses designed by women for women.” The hand-painted Anuschka purses from India are a work of art. 212 Beach Drive NE., St. Petersburg; 727-821-2200.

Garden Party A much-anticipated, greatly expanded version of Davis Anthony Home & Garden is now open in downtown St. Petersburg. This is a store that showcases the garden as an outdoor room for entertaining. Shop for attractive contemporary outdoor furniture and umbrellas; lots of unique decorative garden art accessories, and fountains of all kinds. A beautiful black baby grand sits in the middle of the showroom, ready to entertain during special events. Grab a bite to eat at the café and marketplace that offers Joffrey’s coffee, sandwiches, and pastry. Sit inside or street side at the outdoor courtyard that is expected to anchor this end of Beach Drive. Plant maintenance, design services, and delivery are available for downtown residents. 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; 727-821-3244 or dR 23


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1. A dazzling necklace from Tiffany makes a

statement with five-liquid strands of 747 sapphires and 242 diamonds. The exquisite stones are matched for color and clarity, then polished to perfection, and the gems are aligned in varied lengths, creating a graphic contrast between diamonds and the deep-blue luster of sapphires. Accented with a pavé diamond and platinum buckle clasp, the necklace moves with a fluid grace, shimmering with the legendary glamour of Tiffany jewels. $260,000. Available by request at Tiffany & Co. in Tampa,

2. The Gabriela bowl, part of the Spring 2009 Collection Jay, is a modern ensemble of handsomely proportioned amethyst-colored glass bowl with deeply cut linear facets that refract the light coming through to create a brilliant array of amethyst hues. The bowl is cradled in a bed of the most delicate life-sized blossoms— blue-bearded Iris, a purple Emperor tulip, a pinand-white-variegated Parrot tulip, and an intense yellow Peony—around the base. The bowl is comprised of fifteen separate castings— taking a full week to enamel in an impressive array of 21 shades and adding 1,066 Swarovski crystals. $4,600. Available at Neiman Marcus, Tampa, 3. TAG Heuer eye wear charts new territory with the introduction of the world’s first eyeglasses with carbon fiber, auto-adjustable arms. Practically weightless at .014 ounces, yet stronger than steel. Easy to wear, the new rimless C-FLEX eyeglasses have recently been awarded the prestigious SILMO d’Or Gold Award as the industry’s Frame Technology Innovation leader. Available in four shapes and two colors—brushed ruthenium and polished black ceramic. Priced starting at $760, and available exclusively at TAG Heuer authorized retailers. dR 24



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Aasif Mandvi By Shannon Stewart

e’s best-known as the “Middle Eastern correspondent” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but in some Tampa circles he’s still “that kid from homeroom.” Before he heads back to the Bay later this summer for his high school reunion—25th, but who’s counting?—Mandvi is in Philadelphia wrapping up filming on M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, set for release in 2010. We caught up with him to chat about Miami Vice, John Wilson, and the tux he wore to the prom: white with baby-blue bowtie.


So you’re from Tampa? I came to Tampa in 1982 with my parents from England, and went to Chamberlain High. Do you have good memories of Chamberlain? Did you go to prom? I’d gone to an English boarding school— Harry Potter with brass knuckles, that’s the school I came from—and then I came to this American high school where not only were there females, which I had never seen before, but then you gotta ask one of them to go to the dance. I was pretty dopey about that stuff. So I asked a girl who didn’t know me very well. How was it? Did you enjoy the prom? We were there mostly with my theater friends, and the DJ played Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. I know you’ll think I’m lying, but Michael Jackson was very pop28

ular in the 1980s. There was a talent show at school a while earlier, and I’d done an impression of Michael Jackson. I learned the performance he did for Motown 25-remember that? You did that at the prom? Billie Jean came on and my friends pushed me out onto the dance floor in my white tuxedo with baby-blue bowtie and cummerbund. I did the entire Motown 25 piece. Every step. It was kind of cool. It was the one moment in my high school life when all the football players were like, “Who’s that guy?” For that moment I was popular. How’d you get The Daily Show gig? I got a call on August 9, 2006, and ini-

tially I wanted to turn it down—I thought they just wanted me to go down there in a turban and a funny accent. But I went and auditioned for Jon (Stewart) and he offered me the job right there. He said, “You’re on the show tonight.” I didn’t even have time to tell people. Did your interest in theater start at Chamberlain? It actually started back in England. I saw a movie called Bugsy Malone, and I said, “I want to do that, I want to be an actor.” My mother suggested I do some research, find out what local theaters were around. I looked up the local theater, Brighouse Children’s Theater, about a half-hour from where we lived, and wrote   to them. It was a bunch of kids 

my age. I wrote a play there that we produced and I directed—my first introduction to the world of theater. I was 13 or 14. So then, when we came to America a few years later, my mother was like, “Hey, you’ve always loved it— why don’t you take it as an elective at Chamberlain?” So I did. That’s when I really got involved in theater. What productions did you do at Chamberlain? Senior year we did M.A.S.H.—apparently there’s a TV show with the same name— I think that was totally a rip off. Anyway I played Walt, a Polish guy. I don’t think I realized at the time that he was Polish. There was no role for a brown guy so they were like, “Let’s just give him the whitest guy in the play.” And after Chamberlain? I went to USF and then left in ’89 to go and work at Disney in Orlando, with Streetmosphere—that was great. I got that job right out of school, my first professional acting gig, and I was fortunate to have it. You study improv in school, but then to do it on the street, on the Disney lot for five or six hours a day for a year—that gave me really great training, which I’ve now forgotten, but at the time it was really good. And then you left for New York. I was dating a girl and she was going to go to New York. When it came about as an option, I felt like I’d done what I was going to do in Florida. I had my SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card, I’d done theater, I’d done Miami Vice— You did Miami Vice? Yeah, when I was in school at USF. There used to be a theater on Fletcher, The Loft, which Wendy Leigh used to run— she’s now the director of education at the Patel Conservatory at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Once she had a casting director from Miami Vice at The Loft, and I did a monologue and she said, “Hey, you’d be great on the show.” I

played a doorman outside the Biltmore, and had two lines with Don Johnson. We shot it on Election Day in 1988, the year George Bush Senior got elected. And then New York. That was the next logical move for me. And then things really got cracking. Tons of auditions? I’d go and sing Corner of the Sky—I would do all of that. At that point you audition for everything. I got some regional theater, got some gigs. I did three months at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, then off-off-Broadway... Your one-man show, Sakina’s Restaurant, was not only hugely popular but also highly critically acclaimed. Back in 1998 I took a bunch of characters I’d been developing and turned them into a one-man show, Sakina’s Restaurant. That show was an inspiration for a film, 7 to the Palace, which I wrote with Jonathan Bines. The movie is about Indian food—a heartwarming coming-ofage romantic comedy about Indian food. We’re in post-production right now. You also did a Broadway musical? Oklahoma. Never in a million-gazillion years did I think I would do a Broadway musical. But there I was. Sometimes things make sense in your world—and sometimes they don’t and they’re cool anyway. I did Sakina’s Restaurant, and Ismael Merchant came and saw me and offered me a role in this movie called The Mystic Masseur. Afterward I thought, "I've just done my first lead in a film-I should go to Hollywood, and Joel Schumacher will call!” I went to Hollywood and waited, but he didn’t call. But then I got a call from my agent in New York who said I had an audition for Oklahoma on Broadway. Which didn’t make sense at all—I don’t sing or dance. How was it? It was awesome. One of the most thrilling career experiences of my life. I did it for a

year. The other crazy thing is that Patrick Wilson was playing Curly, and he says, “I’m from Tampa, my dad is John Wilson, of the news,” and I was like, “Oh, that’s so cool!” So one night John Wilson came to see the show—and it was the same night Meryl Streep was there. I was so excited to see John Wilson—he might as well have been Gayle Sierens. I walked right past Meryl Streep and went over to John Wilson—“I’m a big fan. I love the way you report and talk about the news.” Later, I thought about my priorities—metaphorically, in my life, am I bypassing Meryl Streep to go say hi to John Wilson? So what else is going on? This summer you’re in The Proposal, with Sandra Bullock, you were in Ghost Town last year … I’m also developing a pilot about a dysfunctional self-help guru, and I’ve always got several writing projects going on—a book, another solo show, a play. And you’ve been in Philadelphia filming The Last Airbender, the M. Night Shyamalan movie. It’s based on a Nickelodeon cartoon, and I’m playing Commander Zhao. A bad guy? A villainous character. Is this your first bad guy? I played a Taliban mullah in Homebody/ Kabul, by Tony Kushner, and I didn’t have a big, big part but it was a really intense character. I know that people associate me with The Daily Show, which is a wonderful show to be associated with, but on some level as an actor it’s reductive. As an actor I’ve been doing dramatic roles and comedic roles for many years, so to me it doesn’t feel any different—it’s all the same thing: acting. At the end of the day, even the character on The Daily Show, even though he has the same name as me, he’s a character, he’s not me. For starters, he’s way better looking than I am. And he’s a lot funnier. dR 29


Accessories to Recharge your Room Best

By Gale Steves

Is your favorite room having the summer doldrums?

Think of an instant makeover with new accessories.


alk slowly through your home as though you are a visitor, and what do you really see? Did you detect those few spots on a chair, testimony of your dog’s resting area, or even a little wear and tear on a rug that you never noticed before? It is still summer, and you rationalize that this is the season to live outside. It is a good time to take off your sun-

glasses, and look carefully inside. Now is the time to take action! Give that weary room a totally new look with one new addition. Think of this as smart spending by investing in one signature piece instead of a whole room. If you do not believe this is possible, ask Ed Biggs of Interior Planning Services in St. Petersburg. He is the

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master of great decorating disguises… from turning a ho-hum model room into one with eye appeal. Ed can perform magic for his private clients as well, bringing out their own personality in his designs with witty touches here and there. We turned to him to make some recommendations for recharging a bland space into something beautiful.


A splash of unexpected color adds a new focal point to any room. “I like oversized, colorful accessories which bring new life to a quiet space,” says Biggs. The Daum Ultra-violet Magnum Vase (21 5/8inches tall) is a great piece because it changes color as the light around it does—from daytime to evening. Available at Neiman Marcus, Tampa for $16,060.

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Avoid matchy-matchy furniture and give that room a bit of personality with a new hand-painted piece. He adds, “The eye goes to the unusual so do not be afraid of being eclectic.” Guildmaster’s Duchess three-drawer chest from the Savona finish (66- x 46-inches tall) has a hand-painted finish that gives a theatrical look. Available at Decker Ross Interiors, Clearwater or Being, St. Petersburg for $1,199.    30


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There is nothing like a screen to create allure. “What lies beyond adds to the appeal of a room,” reports Biggs. The three-panel Paris Snowflake Screen finished in gold leaf (36 1/2 inches x 75 inches) from the Selected Works of Tony Duquette, legendary designer, by Baker, brings instant glamour. Available at PJ Newman Fine Furniture, Tampa for $17,136.

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In a neutral room, even a subtle design becomes eye-catching. “Don’t be afraid of taking a room to a bolder look with one splash of pattern,” advises Ed. The subtle pattern of the Batik Rug from the Thomas O’Brien Collection for Safavieh comes in a dark chocolate leaf motif on a creamy background. Available at Addison Dicus, Tampa or Bokara Rug Gallery, St. Petersburg for   $3,795 retail, 6- x 9-foot size. 


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Clearwater – Beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bath executive home situated on an acre-sized lot on a quiet tree-lined street. Open floor plan, with over 5,000 square feet, is ideal for entertaining. High quality renovations include new gourmet kitchen, elegant master bath, plantation shutters and porcelain tile in main living areas. Oversized lanai and pool. $799,000



Clearwater Beach – The ideal gulf front home. White sand, sea oats, blue water and dunes. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, with over 3,600 square feet of luxurious coastal living. Tastefully renovated with casual elegance. Spacious and luxurious third floor master suite with fireplace. Every day will feel like a vacation! $3,200,000

Clearwater Beach – Situated inside the prestigious Carlouel community, this exquisite, timeless home offers 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and over 5,000 square feet of gracious, up-scale living space with magnificent views. The newer construction provides exceptional quality, especially in the kitchen which will impress 499,000 any chef. Come see our sunsets! $3,4

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There is nothing like a little stunning light to transform a space totally. “I like the glamour of a glittery chandelier to bring twinkle into a room,” urges Ed. The Wisdom Chandelier (28-inches round by 35 inches) with palm-leaf design element and hand-applied silverleaf finish in antique wash by Currey and Co. makes a dramatic splash. Available at World of Lighting, Tampa for $1,995.

Rule 6 Add SCALE If everything is the same size or shape, the look is dull. “Think of replacing a lamp table with a small dining-size table to produce some visual interest,” recommends Biggs. This multi-functional Metro Cone dining table (42-inch diameter) is handcrafted in renewable bamboo from Maria Yee adding a unique look to any sitting space. Available at Robb & Stucky, Tampa for $1,850. dR


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Serenity on the Shore Serenity comes to the shore in this gracious coastal custom home featuring Gulf front vista of tropical blue waters and sandy beach dunes. $3,800,000

Dramatic Waterfront Penthouse This elegant waterfront penthouse boasts 3200 square feet of fine finishes and upscale amenities to harmonize with panoramic waterfront vistas. $1,999,000

Waterfront Elegance Lovely custom built home on beautiful Belleview Island boasts one of the best locations with wide yet protected water for the boat of your dreams. $2,950,000

White Sands and Blue Waters Sweeping decks on two floors plus a ground level covered patio offer views of the white sandy beach and the sparkling blue water of the Gulf of Mexico. $1,949,000


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Lead Off Hitter If you love great French onion soup then you probably already know of the many failed attempts to do it right. Pulling off a soup classic like this is no easy task but we think the folks at Bascom's Chop House have it down pat. Combine a savory caramelized Vidalia onion broth with cream sherry and Swiss and parmesan cheeses, then bake at 375 to 400 degrees and you have nothing less than a taste revelation—what we think is Tampa Bay's best French Onion Soup. 3665 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater; (727) 573-3363 or

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Pennant Race Derby Lane is in the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest continuously operating greyhound track—since 1925. Patrons get a taste of the past as they walk through the main entrance. The architecture, styling, and seating have been preserved to convey a timeless and nostalgic feel. Live greyhound races and simulcast wagering year round enable visitors to bet on horse races, jai alai, and other sports at other tracks throughout the country. Enjoy a leisurely luncheon or an evening prime rib buffet in the Derby Club. Entrance to the track is free and race programs are available for $1.25. A real change from the everyday that will most likely please everyone in your pack! 10490 Gandy Boulevard North, St. Petersburg; 727-812-3339 or

Sometimes you just gotta have one. And when that feeling hits you—the need for a big and delightfully messy Sloppy Joe—look no further than this famous sandwich's namesake restaurant, Sloppy Joe’s on The Beach. Located at the Bilmar Beach Resort, Sloppy Joe’s is perfect for watching sunsets from the two-tiered deck while you enjoy their signature sandwich. 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island; 727-3671600 or

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Upper Deck If you are on the hunt for some authentic Thai curry, you will love Thai Thani located on the upper deck at the Channelside dining and entertainment complex. Thai Thani features some of the best authentic Thai cuisine that Tampa Bay has to offer. Exquisitely decorated to be a reflection of authentic Thai culture features a grand Thailand dining room. You can savor this tasty curry in mild, medium, or hot and enjoy it almost any way imaginable. 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa; 813-228-9200 or

Dancing With the Stars

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Swing dance enthusiasts need look no further than Gulfport Casino Ballroom. It is a popular venue to enjoy swing dancing with regularly scheduled dance sessions that even include a lesson. The Gulfport Casino has been a historical observer, in this area since 1905, watching the decades of progress, war, and change come and go. Grab your partner and enjoy a night of dancing or the ballroom can be rented for special occasions or events. 5500 Shore Boulevard South, Gulfport; 727-893-1070 or

Round Tripper

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Lowry Park Zoo is full of possibilities from feeding giraffes or parakeets to taking a safari ride. However, we believe the coolest is getting to ride a camel! Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has received its second top honor in five years. In 2004, Child magazine voted Lowry Park Zoo as the number one family friendly zoo. This past April, Parent magazine awarded the zoo their number one ranking in their 10 Best Zoos survey, touting it as number one zoo in America. Originally opening in 1957 as a small zoo with fairy-tale themed structures and rides, Lowry Park has evolved into a world-class, award-winning, 56-acre zoo where every child can walk with and talk to the animals. 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa; 813-935-8552 or

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International League Any student of the culinary world probably already knows that truffle oil is a high-quality olive oil that has been infused with the flavor of either white or black truffles. They deliver an earthy flavor that imparts an unusually wonderful essence to savory dishes. A taste that is not easy to describe, the white oils will tend to have a more peppery taste. The origin and quality of the oil used has a significant impact on the flavor as well. A variety of truffle oils can be found at Mazzarro's Coffee & Italian Market. How do we suggest using truffle oil? In a word, drizzle. Over mashed potatoes, fresh bread, pastas, salads, and pizzas. Once you can comprehend its taste fully, you can experiment by infusing small amounts of truffle oil in your favorite recipes. 2909 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg; 727- 321-2400 or

Noon Tee Time

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Looking for the best Sunday brunch? You need look no farther than Frank Chivas, Mike Alstott, and Dave Moore's Island Way Grill on Clearwater Beach! Replete with salad bars, omelets, roast beef carving, fresh hand-rolled sushi, and dessert stations for your pleasure. $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. Reservations recommended as this waterside dining hot spot fills up fast! Open Sunday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. 20 Island Way, Clearwater; 727-461-6617 or

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Hall of Fame

Triple Play

The perfect place to cool off with your pooch—an international award-winning beach in Fort DeSoto Park! Dogs are permitted anywhere in the park on a sixfoot leash, except the beach outside of the Paw Playground. The Paw Playground area is the exception—dogs are allowed off leash on this part of the beach and inside of fenced areas. There are two-fenced areas in Paw Playground— one for large dogs and another for smaller dogs. On a hot day, your dog can enjoy the doggie showers and drinking water that is available. 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde; (727) 582-2267 or

Step inside the Tampa Bay History Center and experience 12,000 years of powerful stories. During your journey, you will stroll through a 1920's-era cigar store, row up the Hillsborough River, ride along with a cattle drive, create Seminole weaving designs, and hear about the discovery of Florida in an immersive theater setting. This 60,000-square-foot, waterfront building includes a three-story atrium, a museum store full of unique treasures, and the Columbia Café. This is an outstanding experience for families, history enthusiasts, Tampa natives, and beyond. 801 Old Water Street Tampa; (813) 228-0097 or

This BLT reminds us of the one mom would make. Thick, freshly toasted whole wheat bread slices filled with red ripe and flavorful tomato slices, hearty smoked bacon, and crispy lettuce! The Happy Shack offers a retro ambience, cold beer, and sandwiches with billiards. A great place to watch the game and catch up with old friends. 4400 4th Street North, St. Petersburg; (727) 525-0969

Time Out

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The third generation owner Mark Boggs promises all clients a pleasant, warm, and friendly environment in which to conduct their business. Top repair technicians perform all repairs on the premises—your valuables never leave the store. All repairs are unconditionally guaranteed. Boggs Jewelers, started in 1923, has earned its reputation as the number one watch, clock, and jewelry repair business on the sun coast. 3601 49th Street North, St. Petersburg; (727) 5255771 or



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Stealing Home Dominique Martinez founded Rustic Steel Creations in 2003 and discovered his niche: making custom pieces of art from steel and iron. Rustic Steel Creations combines client needs with designer expertise to create truly unique art. We produce extraordinary steel and wrought-iron creations with an emphasis on expression and distinction after collaborating with each client on the design, style, and choice of materials and finish, so that every piece comes exactly as wished. Manipulating recycled metals, found objects, lustrous stainless and raw steel polished to the likeness of a black pearl, Rustic Steel Creations find the possibilities endless. Each finished product is built to last, coated with a clear sealant to preserve your vision. 114 South 12th Street, Tampa; 813-222-0016 or

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Super Bowl Where else can you dine, bowl, and dance the night away in one location? America's original bowling parlor Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge takes bowling to another level, serving hand-tossed pizza, fresh-rolled sushi, and hand-cut steaks alongside their thirteen bowling lanes. The menu created by Tim Cushman, named by Food and Wine as one of the top ten chefs in America in 2008, serves a variety of dishes—from Crunchy Ahi Poke (Ahi tuna, avocado, cilantro, and chili aioli served with house-made wonton chips) to Steak Oscar (marinated top sirloin grilled and topped with crabmeat, asparagus, and a housemade sauce)—sure to please anyone's palate. Splitsville also offers four bars, six billiards tables, and a dance floor in a retro hip atmosphere. 615 Channelside Drive, Suite 120, Tampa; (813) 514-2695,

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Visitors’ Clubhouse Since 1927, Gallagher's Steakhouse has been first in mind when discriminating diners have thought of steak. We think this is the best treat for out-of-town guests. Gallagher's Tampa continues the tradition that once was preserved for prominent New Yorkers. Gallagher’s is for those who want to celebrate exceptional food and wine in the company of friends and family. It’s an ideal setting for business dinners, parties, romantic evenings, drinks, appetizers, and great times. We’re known for offering the finest USDA prime steaks—dry aged in-house for a minimum of 21 days for maximum flavor and tenderness—grilled to perfection over fiery hickory coals and the freshest seafood in the bay area. Located in Channelside Bay Plaza, one block from St. Pete Times Forum. Hours: Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m., Sunday 5 to 9 p.m. 615 Channelside Drive #203, Tampa; (813) 229-8000 or

Great Catch Love to fish? Want to know where the fish are and the best way to catch them? Call Captain Mike Hubbard. He has been fishing the gulf waters out of John’s Pass Marina for the past 35 years and can lead you to where the fish are and ensure you catch your quota. Captain Mark offers half- and full-day trips on his 40-foot Morgan Sports Fisherman named Hub. All gear is furnished for any type of fish. 150 John’s Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach; 727-393-1947 x1418 or

Set against the backdrop of Rocky Point Island, the new Westin Tampa Bay is your destination for luxurious accommodations, world-class-four-star amenities, and spectacular views of Old Tampa Bay. The hotel features 255 guest rooms and suites, each custom designed with a 37-inch flat screen TV, two-line speaker phone with data ports, high-speed internet access, fully stocked refreshment center, iHome radio/ipod player, and in-room movies. Rejuvenate your body in our workout gym or relax in our indoor heated pool. The Westin offers 6,500 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space and a 24-hour business center. Satisfy culinary cravings at AquaKnox, our waterfront restaurant boasting global seafood flown in daily. Enjoy the tranquility and grace of the boardwalk and our private beach. 7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa; 813-281-0000 or 42

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Rookie of the Bay

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Draft Day In downtown Tampa, TAPS Wine & Beer Merchants features hundreds of beers and

Pinch Hitter For the best crab wontons you have ever tasted, visit Michael’s 717 South. This delectable treat is made with lump crab, sesame, green onions, cream cheese, cilantro pesto, pineapple, and mango served with a papaya dipping sauce. Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner Monday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. 717 S. Howard Avenue, Tampa; 813-250-1661 or

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wines on tap. Try one of the twenty-five beers on tap, or choose from an assortment of over 280 unique bottles from microbreweries around the world. Enjoy happy hour on Wednesday and Friday for half off any draft and $4 house wines. Sample wines in one-, three-, or five-ounce portions from a state-ofthe-art wine dispensing system. Compliment your beverage with a selection from the menu that includes artisan appetizers, pressed sandwiches, salads, and seasonal entrees. Lunch served Monday through Friday. Open daily for dinner. 77 North Ashley Drive #A. Tampa; (813) 463-1968 or

Home Field Advantage For years, the name has evoked visions of colorful flowers and beautiful plants; the place where Tampa Bay shops for cutting-edge designs in silk floral arrangements, home accessories, and holiday décor. New owners, a totally new design team, and customer service staff are all committed to make Silk Gardens your favorite place to shop. Showrooms are stocked with new furniture, lighting, artwork, rugs, home accessories, silk flowers, plants, and trees with new shipments arriving daily. Silk Gardens even has a bridal department to make your dream wedding a reality. Ladies know that shopping is hard work, and you can reward yourself with bling from a selection of fashion accessories of handbags, scarves, jewelry, sunglasses, and more. Silk Gardens—we’re going to be your favorite place to shop, just stop by and we’ll prove it. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday. 3407 West Green Street, Tampa; (813) 877-2773 or 43

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Whether it’s an intimate gathering garbed in Renaissance gowns or 250 guests classically attired for a traditional ceremony, Cinderella wishes and fairy tale romances come true for more than 400 weddings each year at the Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort— Florida’s legendary Pink Palace since 1928. Rising regally from the sugary gulf shores of St. Pete Beach, the Don surrounds the betrothed in a wedding cake setting while resort specialists make bridal whims a reality. Honeymooners and vacationers enjoy seven-and-one-half miles of pearlescent sand beaches, the Spa Oceana offers expansive suites and salon services for bridal parties as well as couples rooms and beachside massages for the bride and groom, and The Maritana Grille the resort’s signature four-diamond restaurant, serving delectable New American cuisine. Blending seaside elegance and sunset finales with the enchantment of yesteryear, the pampered service of the Don captivates couples of all ages, from newlyweds to not-so newlyweds. St. Pete Beach; 800-282-1116, 727-360-1881 or

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Ocean Prime has redefined the great dining tradition of the American supper club. It's electric, sophisticated, and fun. The service is unsurpassed. And, needless to say, the handcrafted cocktails and prime seafood and steaks will make Ocean Prime your new favorite place. Ocean Prime features an outdoor patio terrace with dining and a lively cocktail lounge and piano bar inside features live piano music seven days a week, beginning at 6 p.m. Ocean Prime has five private dining rooms for up to 44 guests. Ocean Prime's Blu lounge features Prime Hour Monday through Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m. and the restaurant is open weekdays for lunch and dinner. Reservations available. 2205 South West Shore Boulevard, Tampa; (813) 490-5288 or

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Skybox Seating One of the best ways to see downtown Tampa is from the 42story vantage point, window-side at the famous Tampa Club. Membership has its benefits—the best view of Tampa as you enjoy the elegance of white tablecloth service and gourmet cuisine with the affordability of a neighborhood bar and grill. The scenery, food, and wine, not to mention the club’s super happy hour on Fridays, free parking, and special events, are just a few of the reasons to experience the Tampa Club for yourself. As you gaze at the changes in the Tampa skyline from your 42-story perspective, hopefully you’ll realize the sky truly is the limit. 101 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 4200, Tampa; 813-229-6028 or

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Moffitt Cancer Center opened its doors in 1986 and has quickly risen to prominence as an international leader in cancer research and treatment. It has been consistently named in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Hospitals” list and the only Floridabased cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute. Moffitt’s sole mission is “to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.” And with its Total Cancer Care™ approach, it is making personalized cancer care a reality. Moffitt’s physician-scientists are researching the genetic makeup of a patient’s tumor, and then using that information to develop individualized treatments as unique as a fingerprint. Total Cancer Care™ also enables Moffitt to identify and meet all the needs of patients, from nutrition to pain management and spiritual support. 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa; (888) MOFFITT (6633488) or

Extra Innings offers breathtaking waterfront views of Clearwater Bay as you enjoy some of the finest aged certified Angus beef, the freshest seafood, and the most decadent deserts. Opening at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast you can begin the day watching the sun rise slowly over the bay. Savor lunchtime offerings as you watch boats sailing across the waters. Revel in gorgeous sunsets as you delight in the many dinner offerings. Watercolour has earned a reputation nationwide for spoiling their patrons with culinary masterpieces, friendly professional servers, and delightful waterfront views. Hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 1201 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater; (727) 596-1100 or

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Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille

Post Game Celebration Willie Martinez, president and founder of the Latin Quarter House of Cigars, entrusts the making of his cigars to master cigar roller Audi Brito. Each cigar is handmade using traditional, authentic Cuban techniques, and the blends are fresh, exotic, aromatic, and deliciously unique. The Latin Quarter House of Cigars retail store is a family owned, casual-elegant shop catering to experienced connoisseurs as well as new cigar aficionados. With twenty-four/seven service via the Internet, you can always treat your individual tastes and there is even a Cigar Club you can join ensuring purchase of your favorite cigars from anywhere in the world. 7400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach; 727-393-4000 or 45

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Nationally recognized for their fine dining restaurant and superb catering of special events, The Wine Cellar Restaurant and Fine Catering is one of the few dining establishments with an exclusive "Kosher" kitchen—built specifically to provide excellent service for kosher events. The Wine Cellar caters events up to 2,000 guests at a venue of your choice. Smaller events of fifty or more receive the same attentive catering. Having earned the reputation of being "The Best," The Wine Cellar is dedicated to giving you and your special events the finest service possible. 17307 Gulf Boulevard North, Redington Beach; (727) 393-3491 or

Are you tired of that roll around your waist or those bulges at your hips? Maybe it’s some loose skin at your neck or upper arms that bothers you. Get rid of them with SmartLipo™. This critically acclaimed procedure produces amazing results with minimal scarring, discomfort or downtime. There are quite a few Medi-spas in the area that do great work but we pick the beautiful, elegant and relaxing REDBAMBOO Medi•Spa as the best in Tampa Bay. Board Certified Physicians, Dr. Frank Toscano and Dr. Laszlo Teleszky were the first to introduce SmartLipo™ to Pinellas County. 2516-C McMullen Booth Road, Northwood Plaza, Clearwater; 727726-6100 or

On Sundays, Tampa Bay Rays offer a special deal for families—Family Fun Days at Tropicana Field. For regular Sunday games outfield seats are $18 and baseline box seats are $23. For prime Sunday games, outfield seats are $25. Tickets include a voucher for a hot dog, Pepsi, and snack. In the Rotunda your family can visit a face painter, clown, stilt walker, and mascots. There is even a special promotion where the first 10,000 children fourteen-years old and under can run the bases after the game! Another perk is if you carpool to the game with four or more people in your vehicle, Rays parking at the Trop is free. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg; (727) 825-3250 or

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League Champion

Slam Dunk Swim with the Fishes at The Florida Aquarium and experience an in-water reef adventure with 2,000 fish and a sea turtle! This introduction to SCUBA diving includes a SCUBA tank, regulator, and floatation device that keeps you on the surface of the 500,000-gallon Coral Reef Exhibit. Swim with the Fishes is offered to children at least six years of age. A participating guardian must accompany children under nine. Cost for the program is $85 and includes admission to the Aquarium. Call and make reservations for this unique swimming adventure. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; 813-273-4015 or 46

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Line-up Card OHMISS Concierge is a full range personal

Rookie of the Year

assistant and errand service company. From personal shopping and house sitting to errand running and event planning, OHMISS Concierge can handle nearly any task on your to-do list saving you time and stress. OHMISS is committed through superior customer service and personal attention to every detail to de-stress your life and allow you to enjoy the lifestyle you once only envisioned. 4532 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 284, Tampa. 813-636-9700 or

Right-hander, Evan Longoria, made his Major League debut in April 2008 with the Tampa Bay Rays. What a stroke of fortune for the Rays. Longoria played baseball for Cal State in Long Beach before joining the Rays. At twentythree, Evan, the American League Rookie of the Year in 2008, has this season been named Player of the Week two times, and Player of the Month once— that's just through May! How does he keep all the accolades from going to his head? "I constantly try to humble myself," Longoria said. "If you don't, I'm sure that the game is going to find a way to humble you. Like I always say, I've got to come to the ballpark and do the same things. And treat everybody the same and try to keep things as simple and plain as possible. I think the minute you start filling your head with those kinds of things it's going to be the downfall of anything that's going good. So I try to keep myself humble and stay grounded." We all hope he just keeps on doing what he is doing.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a people watching haven. In Tampa it is the ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of a nonstop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, Three-Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus, and Mini Baccarat now in play along with 3,300 of the most popular slot machines. In addition, Florida’s largest smoke-free poker room, with fifty-live-action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Seven-Card Stud. For the fourth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Enjoy a variety of critically acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and Fresh Harvest. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. 5223 Orient Road, Tampa; (813) 627-7625, 800-937-0010 or visit

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Big Easy Out An authentic New Orleans Po’ Boy shop has to have a great roast beef po’ boy. The combination of the tender eye of the round roast beef thinly sliced and swimming in a rich brown gravy on a crunchy loaf of good French bread slathered with mayo and dressed with lettuce, tomato and pickle makes as delicious a sandwich as you can find. In New Orleans you measure the sandwich by the number of napkins you need—the more napkins you need—the better the sandwich. Ricky P's makes a bona fide 5 napkin roast beef po’ boy that makes you realize why New Orleans is the best place in the world to eat. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday nights until 7:00 p.m. 6521 4th Street North, St. Petersburg; 727-525-2023 or

Home Plate Cutting Edge Granite is the coolest showroom. They recently opened the bay areas only air-conditioned slab showroom. Peruse the

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indoor slab showroom in a comfortable environment viewing some of the bay areas most exclusive products from around the world. Cutting Edge Granite has been in the same location, the corner of Dale Mabry and Alva Street for 20 years and offer state-of-the-art fabrication equipment. They are also the only countertop company offering a lifetime warranty. Locations are in Largo, Tampa, and Ft. Myers. One block North of Ray J. on the Corner of Dale Mabry/Alva, Tampa; 813-874-3343 or

Heavy Hitter Boulevard Customs of St. Petersburg was started

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nearly fourteen years ago by the Bradley family and now features a staff of seven dedicated professionals. They operate as a team, bringing overlapping areas of expertise and years (decades in some cases) of experience to bear on each job. Boulevard is able to deliver innovative and personalized solutions to their clients, and performs work for athletes, captains of industry, car enthusiasts of all types, and those burdened with too much time in traffic. Boulevard will work with you to tailor a rim and tire package, including painted accents. They also do appearance items such as grills and body kits for highline vehicles; and can accent or even redo your interior. On the mobile audio/video side, they will help you obtain results akin to a fine home system, either by designing a system from scratch or integrating with the stock system. They also add missing features (Bluetooth, iPod, etc.) to stock systems on today’s complex cars. Speed laser jamming and stealth radar detection is another service they offer. 3051 Tech Drive, St. Petersburg; 727-540-0700 or


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Almost like a sidewalk in Paris, Pawsitively Posh Pooch and Classy Cats Too, a very exquisite Pet Boutique recently opened in St. Pete. The Boutique includes five luxurious and well thought out departments: Coco's La Paw-risian Bistro where great organic and all natural treats are displayed for your pets to choose what tempts them the most. The boutique holds a Yappy Hour every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for people and their pets. Not to be missed, bring your four-legged friends and mingle over great wine and appetizers for you and treats for your pets. In our Paw-ty Salon we host birthday parties, Canine Nuptials, Barkmitvah's, and fashion and trunk shows. 1425 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg; 727-892-9303 or dR 49

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Outdoor Seating By Gale Steves



ne of the reasons for living in Florida is to enjoy the outdoors. Today, it seems that we are all reinventing the whole outdoor living experience. “Florida is after all a unique place because it is really seasonless”, says Armida Fernandez of Patio Ways in Tampa. She adds, “In fact, in the past five years the single most important phe-

nomena in decorating has been the focus on outdoors.” If you have not recently shopped for outdoor furniture, then you have a big surprise ahead of you. The new mandate is comfort as well as durability and easy care -the same as you would expect for your indoor living. “The line between indoor and outdoor spaces is blurring

and the overall trend is to create a seamless flow between the areas,” suggests Jon Rubinstein, VP, Patio Division, Robb & Stucky.

Material Improvements “The new category of outdoor deep seating—whether it is a sectional, double chaise lounges or even oversized chairs—

Forget about the outside world in the Wave chaise from Brown Jordan. Frame is made of extruded aluminum, with Parabolic® mesh seating support, shown in Azurite finish with Azurite mesh. Find this at Patio Ways, 110 Holland Lane, Lutz. $1,950 as shown.

Gloster’s Estrada Siesta in solid teak with stainless-steel details is modular deep seating with different sizes and shapes that fit together. Shade and privacy is available with optional sail cover. Find this and more at Robb & Stucky, 2223 North West Shore Boulevard in the International Plaza, Tampa. $11,507 as shown.

has been designed to do just that”, says Carol Browner of Bronze Lady Home Furniture in Madeira Beach. Look for the extraordinary new materials from totally weather-resistant (not weather-proof) fabrics and fibers and quick-drying fillings for cushions. Check on whether the fabrics are also mold or mildew-resistant. The new solution-dyed acrylic   

Lloyd®/Flanders’s Casa Grande sectional with large ottoman, end table, and rocker, shown in antique sage finish in an all-weather wicker wrapped around an aluminum frame. Discover this at Patio Land USA, 1913 East Bearss Avenue, Tampa. $10,147 for 6 pieces included as shown.

which includes several comfortable club chairs around a common table.” This table can be taller so you can eat a casual meal there and in some cases has replaced the dining space outdoors. With more styles and selections, you can truly   relax in comfort. 

Take your chat group to the beach or your backyard. The Sedona low-lounge chairs in N-Dura resin wicker by Summer Classics is shown with a tile and stone table and cloth tent. Locate this at The Bronze Lady Home Furniture, Inc., 15015 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach. $5,970 chairs only, as shown.

outdoor fabrics are now available in hundreds of soft textures and colors including linen-looks, velvets, and chenilles. There is new breathable polyurethane that resembles leather.

Testing Your Metals Frame materials have radically improved with a wide variety of metal choices on the market. Donna Wachtler of Rain Thatch in Clearwater, recommends that, “where and how you plan to use your furniture may affect what you select.” For example, poolside furniture should be able to withstand the chlorine and other chemicals from the pool. The UV (ultraviolet) capability of protective coatings or sealants on the cast-aluminum, stainless-steel, and extruded-aluminum frames is important if you plan to leave the furniture exposed to the sun.

Comfort is King Todd Peikin of Patio Land USA in Tampa says that the hottest new trend is called the “conversation pit” or “chat group”,


Relax in style on the Sirocco dining table with stackable chairs from Brown Jordan. Frame is made of extruded aluminum, with Brown Jordan Versatex® mesh seating support, shown in Azurite finish with Stardust mesh. Find this at Rain Thatch, 1000 South Myrtle Avenue, Clearwater. $ 3,650, as shown.

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Get ready to entertain a crowd with the Trovato extension dining table and chairs at the new Crate and Barrel at 2201 West Shore Boulevard in the International Plaza,Tampa. Made of sustainable teak, you can feed up to 12 people with included extension leaves. $3,799 as shown. dR

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This Windstar built home located in Pasadena Yacht & Country Club features an opulent gentleman's study, ladies office, an extremely high-end gourmet kitchen, veranda with summer kitchen, fabulous entertaining area around the pool and overlooking 137 feet of waterfront with a large deep-water dock. Offered at $3,499,000

A beautiful 2003 built home on one and a half waterfront lots with forever wide-water views! Designed for entertaining, this 4-bedroom home enjoys great spaces for family gatherings or elegant parties. On Paradise Island just 5 minutes to the beach, shops, restaurants, and golf. Offered at $1,949,000

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SOLD 2003 builder’s model home with beautiful views of the gulf and spectacular sunsets. A fabulous media room, 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and a 3+ car garage. Offered at $1,595,000

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The Merritt Portfolio Carole Merritt

Your Most Valuable One-Stop Resource for Luxury Homes in the Tampa Bay Area Over $45,000,000 in Sales 2007–2008 Highest Priced Sale in South Pinellas #1 Coldwell Banker Realtor in South Pinellas for 2007 and 2008 #1 Realtor Pinellas County 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008 International President’s Premier Top 1% Realtors Worldwide National Luxury Estate, Executive, and Corporate Relocation Specialist

Just completed in St. Pete Beach, this grand Mediterranean home has the finishes of a designer model. With 147 feet on Boca Ciega Bay the panoramic, open water views are a delight to enjoy from this fabulous home. Offered at $3,195,000

And imposing residence located directly on Gulf of Mexico waters, yet tucked away in a very exclusive enclave on Tierra Verde. This solid brick mansion is infused with a light and airy ambience, 7,800 square feet, and outstanding amenities including theater-size media room and a complete outdoor kitchen/dining/living room. Offered at $3,200,000 SOLD Beautifully remodeled home on a double fairway in gated, Bayou Club with a 2 bedroom, 2 bath guest house, media room, plus courtyard pool, and spa. Offered at $999,500

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his estate home—located in an exclusive gated enclave of twenty luxury homes—is the perfect combination of traditional and contemporary design providing timeless elegance. Over two acres of pristine landscaping is the backdrop for the heated pool and spa, expansive paver terrace, and basketball court set on a regulation tennis court. A handsome vaulted gazebo makes entertaining a breeze in the outdoor kitchen complete with convenient pool bath. Interior details feature imported tile floors, volume ceilings, and custom moldings presenting the perfect canvas for many hours of enjoyment in both formal and casual living areas. Upscale amenities embellish the open-island kitchen that includes maple cabinets, granite counters, Viking gas range with double ovens, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Casual living centers around the family room which offers a gas fireplace and walk-in bar, airy breakfast area, adjoining media room, and upstairs billiards room with wet bar. The peaceful atmosphere


in the private study is enhanced by the use of custom wood paneling and wood-coffered ceiling, enticing you to curl up with a good book and enjoy. A spacious master bedroom boasts handsome walnut floors and French doors to the backyard. A luxurious master bath with custom his and her walk-in closets

completes the retreat. Two bedrooms with walk-in closets share a private “Jack and Jill� bath. The second level offers the perfect hideaway for guests in a split fourth bedroom. Additional amenities include a private-gated-rear driveway, oversized three-car-side-entry garage with storage closets, laundry room, irrigation system

with two wells, landscape lighting, and circular drive. This estate home is truly one of a kind. This 5,864-square-foot property is offered for $2,599,000 and is listed by Martha Thorn of Coldwell Banker, 727432-9019 or visit www.TheThornCollec dR 61

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ASTONISHING WATERFRONT ESTATE MINUTES TO THE GULF BY BOAT!! Spectacular 5 bedroomroom, 5 bath, 5993 square foot residence includes fully equipped media room, elegant office, luxurious living and family rooms, oversized elevator, indoor sauna and 2 fireplaces. Fine Cherry wood flooring, generous use of granite and marble, luxury fixtures, outstanding sound system and gorgeous designer lighting. Fabulous gourmet’s kitchen includes concealed commercial grade appliances, warming drawer and pantry. Thick crown molding, flawless faux and Venetian plaster finishes, custom glaze coffered ceilings and fine plantation shutters throughout. Enjoy amazing intracoastal views that stretch for miles. Dock/moorings support large cruiser. Fantastic opportunity and exceptional value near downtown Clearwater Offered at $2,850,000.


STUNNING ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, REMARKABLE ATTENTION TO DETAIL, LUXURIOUS AMENITIES and MAJESTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERVIEWS. Brilliant 4230 square foot 4bedroom, 4bath home built in 2005 includes upper and lower level offices, impressive great room, rich/elegant den, formal dining and spectacular serpentine wood staircase. Lavish chef’s kitchen is flawlessly finished with cherry cabinetry, thick granite and commercial grade appliances. Magnificent, luxurious master suite offers large sitting area with granite/cherry wet bar and huge covered deck that delivers miles of open water views. Master bath is a work of art built for a king - cherry, travertine and granite are beautifully integrated with finely painted walls and elegant archways. Bath includes his/her vanities, Jacuzzi tub, dazzling shower area and separate water room. Multi-level outdoor complex features verandah, pool/spa and dock with lift. Extremely well priced at $1,750,000. 62


ONE-OF-A-KIND KEY WEST STYLE ESTATE BUILT ON STUNNING 300 FT OF WATERFRONT! Graceful finishes throughout this amazing home are complemented by extraordinary landscaping and an enormous waterfront footprint on a full 2/3 acre! Solid maple flooring, wood ceilings, elegant contours, plantation shutters, extensive lighting and superb house-wide sound system. Master suite encompasses entire upper level, delivering big, wide waterviews on 3 sides. Brilliantly finished Master Bath features a wave-shaped tumble tile shower, luxury tub encased in beaded wood, elegant vanities and private rest room. Dedicated media room is great for movies/entertainment. Home boasts large office and fitness center. Semi-circular seawall and dense landscaping give the effect of living on your own private island. Huge open spaces feel like a park and are perfect for outdoor entertaining. Large dock includes full utilities. Offered at $1,249,900


ELEGANCE IN DESIGN,RICHNESS IN DETAIL,LUXURY IN APPOINTMENT and VALUE PRICED MAKE THIS BRILLIANT NEW WATERFRONT HOME A FABULOUS BUY!! 2007 custom built 4 bedroom, 3 bath 3250+ square foot estate in prestigious Yacht Club Estates features generous use of travertine marble, rich cherry wood, amazing faux and metallic wall coatings and a long list of architectural accouterments. Grand 25 foot ceilings, huge water views and majestic master chef’s kitchen - complete with cherry wood, thick granite counters, distressed marble backsplashes and commercial grade SS appliances. Dining area set in a rotunda, offers panoramic views of the waterway. Luxury bedroomrooms include waterfront balconies and private/adjacent baths. Huge master suite delivers sweeping water views, large closets and bath with granite, travertine marble, cherry wood cabinetry, Jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower. Dock comes with lift configurable for jet skis/boat and accommodates separate cruiser. Offered at $1,500,000.

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SUNSET BEACH—Fabulously luxurious 2600 square foot 3bedroom 2.5 bath beachfront residence in quiet, secluded Sunset Beach. This newly built piece of paradise is finished with the best of everything - granite, marble, commercial appliances, high contoured ceilings, extensive custom woodwork, huge deck, spa, fireplace and many other very fine amenities. Offered at $1,690,000.

SUNSET COVE—Finely-appointed Key West Style waterfront home is


In all of Pinellas County, the lowest price single family home on the beach with a full 50 foot wide lot!! Live on the Gulf away from traffic in relaxing and secluded Sunset Beach. Completely renovated in May of 2009, this 4 bedroom 2 bath home is great to live in or as a rental. Enjoy dramatic sunsets and full moon reflections that light up the beach. Hear the soothing sounds of waves roll through the night and easy gentle breezes that take your breath away. Ride the waves, walk to restaurants or stroll the Blind Pass boardwalk. Offered well below market value at $1,199,000.



Century 21 Jim White and Associates

Extraordinar y Waterfront homes on the entire West Coast of Florida!! This 8800 square foot Masterpiece with 175 feet of Seawall on 2+ miles of wide open water is finished with an Unmatched Richness and Detail by one of the Finest Luxury Builders in America. Brilliant Venetian Plaster walls, custom Mahogany woodworking, Travertine Marble, soaring Cypress ceilings and elegant lighting are integrated with astonishing effect!! Stunning chef’s kitchen, amazing electronics and a long list of opulent,luxurious amenities. Offered at $4,995,000.

the finest luxury home you can buy for under $1Million in south and central pinellas county!! Newly constructed in 2006, this 4400+ square foot 5 bedroom 5 bath residence boasts a richness of detail rarely found in homes twice the price. Topof-the-line travertine, granite, cherry wood and custom cast stone are brought together to brilliant effect. Majestic great room, soaring ceilings and flawless commercial-grade gourmet kitchen. Large luxurious pool/deck area finished in hand-made mexican tile features oversized spillover spa, fountain and pool and an extraordinary midnight blue Pebbletec finish. This home is an incredible opportunity and is available for $500k less than the cost to build it!! Offered at $899,900.

Outstanding equity opportunity! One of the widest and most private residential beachfront properties available anywhere in Tampa Bay. Fabulous 140 feet (mol) of beachfront in St. Pete Beach, with one-of-a-kind 5092 square foot, 5 bedroom, 6 bath, residence and pool, with approximately. 900 square feet of ocean facing window area,is home to brilliant sunsets. This estate is priced at an astonishing $1.5m below recent comparable land sales. Offered at $3,199,000 the best kept secret in Madeira Beach! Walk to the beach and just a few minutes to the Gulf by boat. This elegantly designed open plan 3600+ square foot 3story custom home features 10 foot ceilings with crown molding throughout,a dramatic entrance, 4 bedroom and 3 bath, lavish kitchen with warming drawer, convection oven and microwave and 3 stop elevator. Spacious 2,400+ square foot 3 car garage; new dock. The Master Bath is huge with his and hers separate vanities, separate shower and Jacuzzi Tub. Superb value for 2006 construction. Offered at $1,299,000.

miles of spectacular unobstructed open water views located on Prestigious Bayshore Blvd. NE! This almost 3,000 square foot Waterfront Home is on a quiet street nestled among multi million Dollar Homes. A unique find with an open floor plan that delivers spacious living and dining, 6 Bedroom, 4 Bath and 2 car garage. Water views from many rooms including master bedroomroom. Large kitchen with Pantry. Oversized swimming pool. EXCEPTIONAL VALUE near Downtown St.Pete. Offered at $995,750.

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Endowed with impressive craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, this 7,729 square foot 2007 Golf View Masterpiece is positioned on the Palma Ceia Golf and CC’s 17th hole with expansive views from tee to green and across the course. Distinctive features of this one of a kind Tuscan estate include: Volume Ceilings, Detailed Artisan Tile, Generous Gourmet Kitchen, Spacious 1st Floor Master Suite, Wood Paneled Sauna Facility, Fitness Room, Fabulous Outdoor Kitchen and Fireplace, Heated Pool/Spa, 3-Car Garaged Parking, and magnificent gardens. Resort living in the heart of South Tampa! $4,995,000

Live the luxury lifestyle with boating, water skiing, fishing, and your own beach! Spectacular White Trout Lakefront Estate providing breathtaking views of the inviting pool with flowing fountains, spacious gated acreage, and the Lake Dock House all overlooking beautiful and private White Trout Lake. Custom luxury touches and finishes abound in this exceptional Windstar built home offering quality at its finest! This is the perfect oasis of tranquility for the most selective and very discriminating buyer in a most central Tampa location. $2,000,000 Photos by Raif Fluker



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ocated in the exclusive community of Golfview, just minutes away from upscale shopping and numerous fine dining experiences, this luxurious golf frontage estate offers amenities that most urban families can only dream of. Endowed with impressive craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, the 7,279-square-foot masterpiece is positioned on the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club's seventeenth hole with breathtaking and expansive views looking from tee to green and across the course. Built in 2007, this Golfview estate sits on over a half acre and is designed with European flavor evidenced throughout. Meticulous custom finishes abound including an elegant sweeping staircase in the entry way, volume ceilings throughout, detailed artisan tile work in kitchen and baths, separate garage accommodations for three cars, and carefully


positioned lighted art niches. The generous gourmet kitchen offers custom cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances with gas, and hidden walk-in pantry all overlooking the family room and breakfast area. The spacious first floor master suite is enhanced with an impressive glass enclosed luxury shower featuring elaborate tile details—while overlooking a private garden—a huge walk-in closet, a soothing wood-paneled sauna room with resort-style seating; and a fitness room overlooking the many outdoor pool amenities. Additional rooms include a game room, handsomely embellished library/ home office, an upstairs media room, and a bonus room perfectly designed to support home projects as well as caterer prep for more elaborate entertaining. The entire back of the home boasts a resort-styled heated pool with flowing fountains and accompanying separate heated spa, fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, sitting areas with outdoor fireplace, a fully-stocked Koi pond with fountain, and separate garden areas for reading and relaxation. This extraordinary home is truly one of a kind and is perfect for entertaining on a grand scale. This estate is offered by Luxury Listing Specialist Mary Kelly of Smith & Associates Real Estate, 813-695-0163 or www. dR

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A Luxury Home in the Sky

Executive Golf Course Home

Indian Shores, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Beautiful model perfect 5 bedroom condo covering the entire top floor! Features include 10-foot ceilings, 360-degree views, a family room with media room, pool table, and wet bar, a guest suite with sitting area, plus a large top-of-the-line island kitchen. The great room has a fireplace, walls of windows, and 2 gulf-front balconies. All of this comes with a 2-car, private garage and a private pool-side cabana.

Lakefront home on Feather Sound Country Club golf course in the gated community of Eagle Pointe. More than 6,700 square feet of space, chef’s kitchen, theatre, 4 bedroom suites, office, and 4-car garage. Outside is a screened entertaining area with heated pool and spa overlooking a lake and the golf course. Great location: ten minutes from Tampa, Tampa airport, and downtown St Pete. Price reduced $500,000.

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Wide Open Gulf

Belleair, Florida

Crystal Beach, Florida

Architectural features of this new Belleair 4-bedroom, 4.5bath custom home include New Orleans style wrought iron and dramatic arches. Other special offerings are pool and spa, custom cabinets, granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, gas family room fireplace, dramatic two-story foyer, billiards room, butler’s pantry, covered outdoor living area, and four-car tandem garage.

Panoramic views from this updated 3-bedroom, 3-bath home in charming Crystal Beach. Spacious floor plan includes formal living and dining rooms with marble floors and bay window overlooking water. Family room with fantastic views adjoins country kitchen with fireplace. Renovated master bathroom. Also available for rent.

Offered at $1,549,000

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Where to eat around the bay   AQUAKNOX GLOBAL WATER CUISINE 7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway in the Westin Tampa Bay Airport, Tampa. 813-675-8700 or AquaKnox has made a huge splash with its Global Water menu, and ultra-chic decor. Occupying over 10,000 square feet, AquaKnox provides a modern, open atmosphere and a waterencased, walk-in wine tower is visually captivating, and functionally spectacular, housing over 400 selections. The centrally located, state-of-the-art kitchen and raw bar, visible from virtually every table, offers an open elegance, while a private chef's table is designated for guests wishing for a more intimate experience. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations recommended.

 BACKFIN BLUE CAFÉ 2913 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport. 727-343-2583 or People come for the baked-not-fried crab cakes, which are Maryland style, filled with jumbo lump blue crab and very little else. Owner and chef Harold Russell, who ran the kitchen at the Hurricane on Pass-A-Grille and Shula’s in Tampa before opening this spot in 1997, serves up hearty comfort foods and fish dishes in a charming bungalow, where cans of Old Bay Seasoning figure into the décor. Dinner only: Mondays and Wednesdays through Sundays. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Kids’ menu available.

 CENTRAL AVENUE OYSTER BAR AquaKnox Global Water Cuisine

249 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727-897-9728 or Oysters are the stars here, with freshly shucked Louisiana Selects served raw, fried, or baked on the half shell. Sit at the long, white marble bar and enjoy the lively banter in this neighborhood place. Or for a more formal dining experience luxuriate at a table. Wherever you choose to sit, though, the food, which also includes fish, steaks, pasta, and chicken, is as good as the big-city ambience. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 CEVICHE TAPAS BAR AND RESTAURANT 10 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, 727-209-2302; 1502 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, 813-250-0203. Today it’s a mini chain with four locations. But when Ceviche first opened in Tampa in 1995, it had only a handful of tables. Thankfully, it still lacks chain ambience. Nothing feels canned, and nothing tastes bland either. A dizzying list of traditional tapas, pinchos, ceviches, paellas, and cazuelas are accompanied by more inventive little dishes, such as ceviche a la Rusa Charley’s Steak House & Market Fresh Fish

(an oyster ceviche topped with caviar and chilled vodka). Some warm dishes are drenched in sherry and cream and taste so divine that you wonder why they haven’t sparked a trend. You can wash everything down with sangria or Spanish wine, sherry, cider, or beer, take in Flamenco at the Flamenco Bar, and end the meal by splitting a towering torta de tres leches. The Tampa location offers poolside dining, and the St. Pete one occupies three separate restaurant spaces, really, at the Ponce de Leon hotel, and it’s a see-and-be-seen place. In Tampa: dining room and Flamenco Bar open seven days a week; Sundays open for brunch. In St. Pete: breakfast, lunch, and dinner served seven days a week at Pincho; dining room and Flamenco Bar open seven days a week.

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 CHARLEY’S STEAK HOUSE & MARKET FRESH FISH 4444 West Cypress Street, Tampa. 813-353-9706 or Charley’s serves only the best USDA Prime and Choice cuts which come from three-year-old grain fed steers. The steaks are cooked on a 1,100-degree open pit fueled by oak and Florida citrus woods. Charley’s also offers an array of amenities—among them a private dining room and wine lockers. The overall ambience is unpretentious. It’s like home—except that you don’t have to flip the steaks yourself. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

Monday through Friday 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesdays til 7 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.

 CRAZY CONCH CAFÉ 1110 Pinellas Bayway South, Suite 206, Tierra Verde. 727-865-0633 or If people blowing past “downtown” Tierra Verde on their way to Fort DeSoto knew about Crazy Conch, they just might time their beach excursions with dinner here. Owners Michael Pee

TAMPA BAY’S FAVORITE SPOT FOR CELEBRATING SUCCESS ~ SINCE 1976 ~ For over 3 decades The Wine Cellar has been committed to a 4-star culinary experience. Choose one of our private dining rooms for your special events. Check out our Monday Grand Buffet for $19.99 Dining and Dancing every weekend.

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and Sally Herb are Tierra Verde locals with a local following. Chef Peel’s Gulf Coast menu is comfort food for the beach with Southern dishes mixed in. Dinner: Tuesdays through Saturdays.

 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR 4322 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa. 813-874-9463 or Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is an ongoing celebration of exceptional food and wine. Indulge yourself with the finest aged Prime beef and discover new tastes with our unique wine list, featuring 100 wines by the glass. Fleming’s gracious service and dedication to excellence turn evenings out into memorable times. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 GALLAGHER’S STEAK HOUSE 614 Channelside Drive #215, Tampa. 813-229-8000 or Founded in 1927 in New York City, where it first served (and named) the New York Strip. The steaks, Prime, are dry aged on premises for three to four weeks, then are cooked over a charcoal fire. They live up to their reputation: well marbled, nicely crusted, boldly flavored yet tender. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 IRB SUSHI 416 - 1st Street, Indian Rocks Beach. 727-593-2808 (next to Crabby Bill’s) Owned by Matt Loder Sr., owner of Crabby Bills and managed by Matt Loder, Jr., IRB Sushi is carrying on a 30 year tradition of serving the finest and freshest seafood you will find on the beaches, in a relaxing, laid back beach atmosphere. Matt Jr. and Sr. welcome all of you to an evening of fun and fine food. Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations accepted.

 MALIO’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 400 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-223-7746 or A luxurious offshoot of the fabled Malio’s Steakhouse, a Tampa institution. Malio’s Prime takes that 35-year neighborhood tradition and improves upon it, with an emphasis on friendly service and an innovative cuisine. Located on the bottom floor of a downtown high-rise that looks out over the Hillsborough River and the picturesque University of Tampa campus. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Monday through Saturday. Reservations accepted.

 MARLIN DARLIN KEY WEST GRILL 2819 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. 727-584-1700 or This fancy-but-casual seafood joint also serves steaks and like to keep the landlubbers happy. Fish foodies will be in their element, though. The décor is sport-fisherman chic with island ambience, as is the menu: with so many fish in the sea to choose from, you can thankfully be indecisive and dine tapas style. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Children’s menu available.

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 GRILLE ONE SIXTEEN 15405 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-265-0116 or It’s glamorous in a part of town that is so not glamorous that lounging in the elegant bar or dining in a stylish booth feels defiant. Yes, new American cuisine served in modern swank can change the world for a little while. Beyond the fancy, understated décor, though, the food is steak house and then some. Organic steaks and perfectly cooked fish tempt those in for more than just nibbling. Otherwise you can make a meal sharing appetizers, salads, and desserts. Side dishes are steak house standards, upscaled a bit and served family style. 72


442 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 100, Tampa. 813-254-5373 or A classy place in a classy part of town, Mise En Place oozes sophistication. Its chic décor complements its clientele of movers and shakers and beautiful people. The swanky lounge attracts the after-work crowd with elaborate cocktails, a top-notch wine list, and an extensive menu of small plates. This fine-dining restaurant is not just looks, though: its new American menu undergoes a weekly transformation based on what’s in season and the whims of chef Marty Blitz. For more than fifteen years, Mise En Place has been ground-zero for serious foodies that want to wow their palettes. Blitz takes inspiration from the world’s cuisines, using local ingredients whenever possible, so it’s hard to not want to try more than one dish. Lunch and dinner: Tuesdays through Fridays. Dinner only: Saturdays. Reservations accepted.

 MYSTIC FISH 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. 727-771-1800 or You’re lucky if you live in north Pinellas and can come often. No matter how far you have to drive to get to Mystic Fish, though, it’s worth the trip. Co-owner and chef Doug Bebell knows his fish and you’ll find seafood standards, like Maine lobsters, yellowfin tuna, and salmon cooked traditionally and with invention on the menu. Sashimi, of For example, blackYellow Fin Tuna, Mystic Fish ened Chilean sea bass is seasoned with ginger, soy, and seaweed, and the rare tuna gets Thai garlic-chili sauce and Japanese spices. Despite its name, Mystic Fish has a reputation among meat lovers, too. The steaks are hormone free, thankfully, and the New Zealand rack of lamb in a Guinness demi-glace has a following. The special menu dishes are truly special. Dinner only: Seven days a week.


The Steak Sizzles, the Claws Crack...the Sounds of Summer at Gallagher’s LOBSTER & FILET DINNER FOR TWO $75 CHOICE OF TWO SALADS


Gallagher’s Wedge Caesar Salad

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CHOICE OF TWO DESSERTS Key Lime Pie Strawberry Shortcake

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615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-228-9202 Here you will find the art of Teppanyaki and the ultimate traditional Japanese food, specially prepared to pamper your palate, by professional chefs bent on spoiling you and making this a delightful feast you will long remember. One visit and you will be back for the best and freshest sushi you have ever tasted. Lunch specials and a full bar for your pleasure. Lunch and Dinner: Seven days a week.

 PRIMI URBAN CAFÉ 27 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg. 727-895-4909 or It’s Italian with a Cape Town twist, thanks to its South African owners Arno and Irene Waltsleben. Some Italian standards are spiced up with hints of curry, red chili peppers, coriander, and cilantro, for example. Chef Arno consistently delivers high-quality food for a great price. It’s one of the best-kept secrets in downtown St. Pete. Lunch: Mondays through Fridays. Dinner: Tuesdays through Saturdays.

 RAWBAR SUSHI 777 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-422-5220 Rawbar Sushi is undeniably a one stop destination as it features a modern twist on a traditional menu by Sushi Chef Naohiro Higuchi (Nobu at the Atlantis, Paradise Island) and a late night lounge scene in one unified venue. Guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy themselves long after their meal as the scene effortlessly evolves from an upscale restaurant into a chic lounge. Dinner and Late night: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. Reservations accepted. 73

dishes that aren’t just an afterthought. Noodle bowls at lunch are satisfying and good for you. Lunch and dinner: Mondays through Saturdays. Brunch: Sundays only. Reservations accepted.

 RICKY P’s A NEW ORLEANS PO BOY SHOP 6521 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg. 727-525-2023 or Rick Parsons, a native of New Orleans is thrilled to be living his dream—making people happy in the face with his delicious home cooking. In addition to his mouth watering Sloppy Roast Beef, Muffaletta, and Shrimp Po Boys he also cooks up an authentic Seafood Gumbo, Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, Etouffee, and Louisiana-style Crab Cakes. Another speciality of the house is the most delicious Bread Pudding you haveever tasted. Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner: Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m.

Restaurant BT’s shaken beef

 RED MESA 4912 Fourth Street North or 128 Third Street South, St. Petersburg. 727-527-8728 or Technically Red Mesa is a Mexican restaurant, but it’s also one of the best seafood restaurants in the area, with grouper and gulf shrimp to remind you this is Florida. If there’s a wait, order a glass of sangria and savor the aromas from the kitchen as you deliberate between authentic Mexican, southwesterninspired dishes, or ones with Caribbean, Cuban, or Asian influence. Guacamole and fundidos may tempt you to fill up on tortilla chips, but plan to save room for an entrée. And platanos Foster if you can. Lunch: Mondays through Saturdays. Dinner: Mondays through Sundays. Breakfast and brunch: Sundays. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more.

 RESTAURANT BT 1633 West Snow Avenue, Old Hyde Park Village, Tampa. 813-258-1916 or Exquisite food and great ambience are just two ingredients that make Restaurant BT a place to put into your restaurant rotation. Chef and owner B. T. Nguyen spent her childhood in Vietnam and draws upon Asian, French, and flavors she’s developed over two decades in the restaurant biz for the sophisticated menu. It’s a place where you can eat healthy, too, and offers vegetarian 74

Sloppy Roast Beef Po Boy, Ricky P’s

 SIX TABLES TAMPA 4267 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa. 813-207-0527 or Six tables, six courses, and only one seating per evening keep the fine-dining experience top notch. The prix-fixe dinner ($90) starts with an appetizer and a glass of Champagne and is followed by soup, salad, an intermezzo sorbet, an entrée (six to choose from), and ends with a cheese course and dessert. Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and owner Richard Bottini uses classic French techniques with a new American twist to create the innovative, ever-changing menu, where what’s fresh and in season stars. Diners can count on roast duckling, fish, beef, something chocolate for dessert, and an impressive wine list nightly. Dinner only: Tuesdays through Saturdays. One seating at 7:30 p.m. Reservations required.

 SLOPPY JOE’S Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island. 727-367-1600 or When you want to soak in a stunning sunset while sipping a beachy cocktail nothing hits the spot like Sloppy Joe’s. Sure, it’s not the original one, but that’s just a detail, especially when the beachfront deck seats 150 and it’s the place to be, with music, vacationers, and seasoned locals making it festive. It also offers a casual beachy menu with the favs from the Key West institution, among them the conch fritters, sloppy joes, Key-lime pie, and wings. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week.

 TAPS WINE & BEER MERCHANTS 777 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-463-1968 or Located at the base of the Skypoint condominium building on North Ashley is Taps Wine and Beer Merchants. There are over 60 bottles of wine available by the glass dispensed from high- tech dispensing machines. And for the beer drinker the selection includes over 300 domestic and imported beers. The kitchen turns out a creative assortment of light meals. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Seven days week.

Caribbean. St. Pete’s Table is created to appeal to hip urbanites, reflected in the menu and the big-city décor. Sexy? Uh-huh. Buzzy? Oh yeah. And the food? Gorgeous, sensual, delicious. Give us a mojito and a plate of tasty tuna empanadas while we chill and we’ll go native. Lunch and Dinner: Monday through Saturday.

 WATER UNIQUE SUSHI 1015 12⁄ South Howard Avenue, Tampa. 813-251-8406 or Sushi gets really Americanized in a good way here. Those that fear carbs, for example, can order sushi deconstructed (called “water bowls”) with Asian slaw or greens in place of the rice. And more traditional sushi rolls can be made with brown rice, and its “water rolls” replace the nori with rice paper. The healthy menu offers intriguing combos, such as the don’t-knock-it-until-youtry-it banana-eel roll and Asian guacamole served with wonton chips. Dinner only: Seven days a week.

 WATERCOLOUR STEAKHOUSE AND GRILL 1201 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL. 727-593-1661 or Acclaimed to have the best steaks on the beach, Watercolour Steakhouse and Grill features certified black Angus beef steaks as well as the freshest seafood, and the most delectable desserts. Served in a relaxed elegant waterfront environment, Watercolours is one of the area’s finest places for a group party, business meal, or a quiet romantic dinner. Expert service staff will make your dining experience one to remember. Dinner: Daily 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Tuna appetizer, Taps Wine & Beer Merchants

 TEATRO ON SEVENTH 1600 E. 8th Avenue, Suite C-201, Centro Ybor. 813-248-9400 or Centro Ybor's Teatro on Seventh honors the historical past of Ybor City. The beautifully restored brick building, originally built in 1892, provides a unique ambiance with its detailed tin ceiling, hardwood floors and floor to ceiling ornate windows, and a unique cigar terrace that overlooks the historic and lively Seventh Avenue. Teatro’s International fusion cuisine offers something for everyone. The menu provides signature dishes and cocktails that are distinctive and found only at Teatro. Valet parking is provided on 9th Avenue at the North end of Centro Ybor. Lunch and Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 THE TABLE AND MESA LOUNGE 539 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727.823.3700 An über-cool restaurant and bar in Sarasota opened a sister location in the historic Alexander Building. Its “Atlantic Rim” cuisine mixes flavors from South America, south Florida, and the

Sunset at Watercolour’s

 WINE CELLAR RESTAURANT & FINE CATERING 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach. 727-393-3491 or Ted and Kai invite all of you to an evening of award-winning fine dining, with continental fare and European flair. Serving Tampa Bay for over 30 years with theme-designed rooms that reflect French, Swiss, Italian, and Spanish decor. The Wine Cellar has been awarded the Florida Trend "Golden Spoon Award" and the "Silver Plate Award" from the International Culinary Society on numerous occasions. Live music and dancing from 7 p.m. in the Old World Lounge. Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. dR 75

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ormally, when you refer to cooking, you think of a kitchen with lots of pots and pans heating up over a gas flame. Not here. At the Salt Rock Grill on Indian Shores, they measure a days work in fire and wood. Now don't take that too seriously, they have a kitchen, let's just say that the center piece of this culinary landmark is a shrine of burning oak. A small mountain of oak is hauled in and set to blaze, setting the stage for an evening of world-class steaks and seafood cooked over a 1,200-degree flame to absolute perfection. The Salt Rock Grill is part of the Baystar Restaurant Group which also includes the Island Way Grill off Clearwater Beach, the Marlin Darlin’ Key West Grill in Belleair Bluffs, and the Rumba Island Bar & Grill in Clearwater. As you walk into the restaurant, you'll pass by a beautiful bar complete with stand alone and booth seating. Only a few more steps and you're on your way to the main seating area but not before you pass over a glass floor that showcases an incredible wine cellar located beneath the restaurant. The Salt Rock Grill offers fresh caught seafood, stone crab, king crab, flavorful steaks, pork chops, and chicken in recipes that are sure to make your mouth water and bring you back time and time again. For the kitchen fearless, here is the recipe for one of their signature entrees.

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Bronzed Snapper with Seafood Creole Sauce 4--8 ounces snapper fillets, boned, skin off 12 jumbo scallops 6 tablespoons clarified butter or olive oil Place fillets on a flat pan and brush with butter or oil. Sprinkle evenly with blackening spice. Preheat a sauté pan on medium high heat. In a different large sauté pan, sear scallops until cooked through. Place prepared snapper fillets in preheated pan and cook for 5 minutes per side. Evenly divide the seafood and Creole sauce and place on four large plates. Place snapper on sauce bronzed side up and serve. Seafood Creole Sauce—makes 4 cups 1 medium yellow onion, peeled, diced 1 celery stalk diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 tablespoons butter 6 very ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 tablespoon cumin 1/2 tablespoon gumbo file (spice blend) 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3 tablespoons kosher salt Saute onion, celery, and bell pepper in butter until tender. Add tomatoes and all spices and simmer three to four minutes. Add flour to form a roux. Add chicken stock and Worcestershire sauce and simmer about 20 minutes until flour combines. Adjust seasoning if necessary and add tomato paste last to give the sauce a nice red color. Presentation: Ladle pool of hot red creole sauce on plate. Place snapper fillets on sauce bronzed side up. Garnish with seared scallops. Serves 4 dR



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Alliance By Mark Traverso


t’s no secret that the borders of the wine world are ever-expanding, for both producers and consumers. While much of this growth is attributable to multinational corporations jumping into the game with an eye on the bottom line, there is also room for growth among traditional, family-owned wine companies like E & J Gallo. Gallo has recently broadened its portfolio by partnering with philosophically similar, family-owned wineries around the world. These new partners include wineries such as Martin Codax in Spain, Alamos in Argentina, and Bridlewood, Frei Brothers and MacMurray Ranch in California. While their wines may differ stylistically, they all share the same goals of producing high-quality wines made from unique terroir, often orchestrated by young and dynamic winemakers. One of the newest members of the family embodies this partnership philosophy. The iconic, family-owned, Bodegas Gascon first laid roots (or rootstock, as it were) in Medoza, Argentina in 1884. Founder Miguel Escorihuela Gascon saw an opportunity to produce wines of the same high-quality as in his native Spain, at the foot of the Andes. His entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to quality helped establish Gascon as one of the leading wineries in Argentina.


Today the winemaking is in the capable hands of Ernesto Bajda, where he combines the old-world traditions of Gascon with his background in engineering and earth science to craft truly memorable wines. Like the other wines in the Gallo portfolio, Gascon’s flagship Don Miguel Gascon Malbec is a high-value cuvée, offering loads of dark fruit and

tannic structure at a modest price point of under $15. Bajda and his young winemaking colleagues across the globe represent the latest chapter in the evolution of quality wine at reasonable prices. For consumers, it is a refreshing sip in what has been an otherwise parched economy. dR


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The fourth annual Rays on the Runway Fashion Show, hosted by the Tampa Bay Rays wives, had over 200 guests in attendance June fifteenth at Nordstrom International Plaza. The Rays players, their wives, and Children's Dream Fund dream recipients modeled the latest Nordstrom fashions as guests participated in a raffle and silent auction highlighting Rays memorabilia. Proceeds benefit the Children's Dream Fun and the Rays Baseball Foundation. dR

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1. Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, and Sherely and Rays catcher Dioner Navarro 2. Nicole Brandon, Children’s Dream Fund recipient Gabrielle Davidson, and Children’s Dream Fund Board Member Dana Brandon 3. Stephanie Wheeler, Julianna Zobrist, Rays pitcher Lance and wife Jamie Cormier, and Lisa and Rays out fielder Gabe Kapler 4. Rays out fielder Ben and wife Julianna Zobrist modeling casual attire 5. Rays out fielder Fernando Perez and Dream Child Kalen Watson modeling a “night on the town” look


AN EVENING OF TEMPTATION The 12th annual Tampa General Hospital Foundation's Moments in Time Gala was held on the ninth of May at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa. Soirees in Style coordinated the gala, which netted more than $165,000 for Tampa General Hospital’s Fund for the Future. Mary Jane Campbell and Barbara Hurst volunteered as the event chairpersons. dR

Π1. John Tomlin, Holly Tomlin, Mary Jane Campbell 2009 Gala Chair, and Ron Campbell 2. Mary Frankle and Mark Frankle with Adam and Eve and the apple tree stiltwalker

 1. Cancer Survivors join Dick Vitale for Florida Bank’s Miles for Moffitt night at with the Rays on April 16. Robert Daul, Joe Moser, Charles Laurila, Rachel Moodie, Rays’ Pitcher Chad Bradford, Susan Newman, Dick Vitale (threw out the first pitch), Senator and Mrs. Connie Mack, Sandi Mulcahy, and Courtney Dempsey. 2. Ultra Miles for Moffitt athletes each run over 50 miles. Pam Dickens, Kathleen Wheeler, June Leland, Patrick Bene, Andy Barrett (2nd Place M), and Andy Mathews. 3. Ashlee Gramatica, Martin Gramatica, Karen Dalton, Bill Gramatica, Santiago Gramatica and friend Bri



MILES FOR MOFFITT Florida Bank's Miles for Moffitt at held at University of South Florida on the ninth of May a huge success with over 3,800 participants and more than $125,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center. Thank you to Florida Bank, Tampa Bay Rays, Gerdau Ameristeel, University of South Florida, Whole Foods, Columbia Restaurant, Embassy Suites, WQYK-99.5, and WRBQ-104.7. dR

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1. Director of Public Relations at Chi Chi Academy Frankie Ingo, member of the Board at Chi Chi Academy Elliott Ross, Senior Vice President of Chi Chi Academy Cary Stiff, and artist T. W. Curtis 2. Senior Vice President of Progress Energy Mark Wimberly, Community Activist Debbie White, Realtor Donna Nettestead, and Andrea Zahn with Pinellas County Schools




A new fundraising event, The Night of Heroes and Angels, was created to benefit three local charities serving disadvantaged and learning disabled children. Skyway Capital Partners hosted the event with a live auction and music by jazz artist Eric Darius. Over $36,000 will be given to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, The Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy, and Hope Preparatroy Academy. dR

SAVORY TASTES Rawbar, held a VIP preview party Saturday May 16. The party provided guests the opportunity to meet the owners and Executive Chef Nao Higuchi. Guests enjoyed tasting several savory dishes and the behind the scenes tour of the restaurant. dR

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The 10th Annual Wildlife & Western Visions Art Show took place April 25-26 at Raymond James Financial Center in St. Petersburg. Attending the VIP preview for collectors, artists, and patrons were three artists from the Youth Art Corps whose work was displayed at the show. “Collectors were buying and sales were good,” said Jill Berry of The Plainsmen Gallery (co-sponsor of the show), “in spite of the current state of the economy.” The show is the only nationally recognized western and wildlife fine art show in the state of Florida. dR

 1. Artist John Coleman, Joe Oreland Jr., and Don and Candy Fuller 2. Wildlife painter Ernie Simmons and two students with their paintings who studied Mr. Simmons work at Youth Art Corps. 3. Tom and Mary James admire native American jewelry with Gene Waddell



IRON CHEF CHALLENGE The All Children’s Hospital Tampa Branch held their third annual Iron Chef Challenge on April 26th at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel. The fundraiser helps the All Children’s Hospital Foundation provide resources to children who need the hospital services. At Tampa Bay’s Premier Iron Chef Challenge, professional and amateur chefs competed with original creations using a “secret ingredient.” More than 300 guests tasted and judged the chefs’ offerings, as well as bid on children’s artwork and items in a silent and live auction. Visit dR

 1. Amateur Chef Team—Global Market Fusion. Bonnie Bertolino, Nancy Harris, Suzanne Bernardo and Lisa Rogers 2. All Children’s Hospital patient Diane (age 15) with her painting Happiness and Frank Trunzo, owner of Sentry Benefit Auctioneers 3. ABC Action News reporter Jackie Callaway and five o’clock news anchor Linda Hurtado

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Through September 30 Terry Klaaren Art Exhibit: Following the Footsteps of VanGogh MOSI Through November 6 Salvador Dalí: Seen Through Glass Salvador Dalí Museum June 19–August 2 Respect: A Musical Journey of Women Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center July 9-26 The Little Dog Laughed Presented by Stageworks Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center July 10–August 1 Sordid Lives by Del Shores Carrollwood Players Theatre

Mike Epps & Friends 8:00 p.m. Mahaffey Theater Respect: A Musical Journey of Women Jaeb Theater Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center August 1-2 Suncoast Avian Bird Expo 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Coliseum August 2 Creature From The Black Lagoon 3:00 p.m. Tampa Theatre August 3 Green Day 8:00 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum Slam Poetry Jam 9:00 a.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

July 24 Jeremy Carter Trio: The Sounds of Miles Davis and John Coltrane Museum of Fine Arts

August 6–23 Pericles: A New Rock Musical Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

July 24–August 16 Doubt American Stage

August 7 Impromptu Tribute to Django Reinhardt Museum of Fine Arts

July 25 BélO Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center July 25–26 Thomas & Friends™ Live! Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

August 7–8 Always and Forever 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall Willy Wonka Junior by Roald Dahl’s Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

July 27 The Deer in the Wood 9:00 a.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

August 8 Hippiefest 2 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

July 28 American Idols Live Tour 2009 7:00 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum

Kenny Chesney with Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum 8:00 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre

July 31 Demi Lovato 7:00 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum

August 9 North By Northwest 3:00 p.m. Tampa Theatre

July 31–August 2 Urinetown 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

August 11–16 Mamma Mia 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

August 1 David Brenner Tampa Improv

August 14 Nate Najar, Jazz Guitarist Museum of Fine Arts

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Through August 9 New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Sawtooth Dunedin Fine Arts Center

Mama Mia

August 11–16

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For her wedding Sophie goes on a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle. She brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited twenty years earlier. Over twenty-four chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Ruth Eckerd Hall

August 14–15 Women of Faith: A Grand New Day St. Pete Times Forum August 15–16 Gone With The Wind 3:00 p.m. Tampa Theatre Dora the Explorer Live!: Search for the City of Lost Toys Carol Morsani Hall Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center August 16 Brass Roots Trio: Marly Music Society 2009 Summer Music Concert Museum of Fine Arts Judas Priest and Whitesnake St. Pete Times Forum

August 17 Counting Crows 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall August 17–October 10 Teresita Fernández: Blind Landscape USF Contemporary Art Museum August 18 The Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 St. Pete Times Forum August 18–23 Grease Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center August 21 Jim Morey Band Museum of Fine Arts

Venue key August 22 Buckler's Craft Fair 9:00 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds

September 11–October 18 Rachel Simmon: Wonders of the Sea Dunedin Fine Arts Center

September 19–20 Fisher-Price PlaySpace Weekend 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo

Crosby, Stills & Nash 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

September 11–December 23 The Cabinet of Natural Curiosities Exhibit of Contempory National Artists Dunedin Fine Arts Center

September 22 The International Day of Radiant Peace The International Museum of Radiant Peace

August 22–23 The Wizard of Oz 3:00 p.m. Tampa Theatre August 26 O.A.R. (...of a revolution) 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center August 28 Summer Jazz Series: Orlando Stewart Trio 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts

September 12 Arts Alive: Free Museum Day St. Petersburg Museum of History September 11–27 H.M.S. Pinafore St. Petersburg Little Theatre September 13 $5 Day Presented by Wal–Mart Stores, Inc. 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo

Asolo Repertory Theatre Sarasota, American Stage St. Petersburg, The Beth Ann Morean Arts Center St. Petersburg, Carrollwood Players Theatre Tampa, The Coliseum St. Petersburg, Demens Landing St. Petersburg, Dunedin Fine Art Center Dunedin,

September 24 Second Annual Curtain Call 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Mahaffey Theater

Gorilla Theatre Tampa,

September 24–October 11 Yellowman Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

The Lakeland Center Lakeland,

Harborview Center Clearwater, Henry B. Plant Museum Tampa,

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Rachel Simmons—Wonders of the Sea

September 11–October 18

Rollins College studio art professor Rachel Simmons brings her acclaimed multi-media Wonders of the Sea exhibition to our coastal community. The work for this exhibit is based on a 2008 trip to Antarctica. Dunedin FIne Arts Center

Tampa Museum of Art Tampa, Tampa Theatre Tampa, USF Contemporary Art Museum Tampa, USF Theater 2 Tampa, USF Sundome Tampa, Vinoy Park St. Petersburg, Woodson African American Museum St. Petersburg,

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Take a luxury icon, place it in the hands of the world’s most innovative automotive engineers, and challenge them to take an extraordinary step forward. What do you get?

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. edesigned inside and out, the new E-Class raises the bar for driving excellence. With dynamic styling, cutting-edge technology, and new safety features, the 2010 E-Class is just what you’ve been waiting for. And now, the wait is over. You can find the 5-passenger luxury sedan and 4passenger sports coupe now at Fields Motorcars of Lakeland. The sedan and the coupe are available with either the 268-horsepower V6 or the 382-horsepower V8 engine, plus the performance of 7-speed automatic transmission. “We’re just as excited about the new E-Class as our customers,” says Gary Gordon, General Manager of Fields Motorcars. Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the



2010 E-Class defines high-end luxury driving. When purchasing a vehicle like that, customers deserve high-end service from the moment they step into the showroom and for as long as they own their Mercedes-Benz. And that’s what makes Fields Motorcars a step above the rest. Their focus on top-quality customer service is on display everywhere—from the free movies for guests, play areas for the kids, coffee bars, and more. It’s all about creating a tremendous experience for every customer, and to Fields customers matter most. “Our referral and repeat business is huge because of how we treat our customers,” Gordon says. “No matter what kind of car you buy, all Fields customers will get the same exceptional service.”

You can find a new 2010 E-Class as well as full line of premium MercedesBenz vehicles at Fields Motorcars, located at 209 South Lake Parker Avenue. Open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 863-688-8111 or go to How Much: $48,925 E350, $55,525 E550 Coupe. Engine: 3.5 liter V-6 or 5.5 liter V-8. Power: 268-hp V-6, 382-hp V-8. Torque: 258 lb-ft V-6, 391 lb-ft V-8. Transmission: 7-speed automatic with manumatic shifting. Fuel economy: V-6: 18 city/25 highway, V-8: 16 city/23 highway. dR 93




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Cutting Edge Granite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Sheraton Sand Key Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Grand Central Stained Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Granite Transformations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Lights & More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Gallagher's Steak House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Marla Davidson Tile and Stone Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Il Terrazzo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Olde World Cabinetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Mazzaro Italian Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Phillips Pools & Landscape LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Oishi Sushi Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Precision Elevator Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Rawbar Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Southern Closet Systems, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Ricky P's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Landmark Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Sloppy Joe's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Tampa Bay Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


The Table Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Wine Cellar Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Interior Design and Home Furnishings Patio Land USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Patio Ways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Medical and Dental Services

Salons and Spas REDBAMBOO Medi•Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Spa Waterside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Cenegenics, Stephanie Bien, DO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Center for Weight Management, Cesar Lara, MD . . . .


Speciality Shoppes

Gentle Dentistry, Angela Rasmussen, DDS . . . . . . . . .


House of Cigars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


WeightSmart MD, Mark A. Roberts, MD . . . . . . . . . . .


Mazzaro Italian Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Beautiful lakefront property nestled on a 100acre nature preserve. The Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park is conveniently located in the Tampa Bay area close to both Tampa and Clearwater International Airports. Spacious guest rooms, suites, and over 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space make it easy to plan your next event. Meet in the Park and see for yourself why our guests voted us #1 in customer service out of all Hiltons in the Americas.

950 LAKE CARILLON DRIVE ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33716 727-540-0050 95


Hot Import Nights "Hat Trick" By Zach Abass

Mercedes GLK 350 Roadster Conversion

Originally scoring three goals in the same hockey game, pulling a Hat Trick now means three scores/wins in the same event. And that is just what Boulevard Customs accomplished at the recent Hot Import Nights held at Tropicana Field on April 25th with their hot Mercedes-Benz GLK350 roadster conversion. At the end of the evening, they walked away with top honors for Hottest Unlimited Mercedes, Hottest Body Work, and Hottest SUV. Commissioned directly by Mercedes-Benz , the GLK sports custom 26-inch Asantis, a one-off body kit with custom Strut grillwork, redone interior featuring white diamond tuck and black perforated leather seating areas as well as fresh-built rear bucket seats and center console in lieu of the factory supplied bench. Boulevard removed the top, raked the windshield back and shortened it, smoothed the exterior handles, and fabricated a motorized speedster cover for the cargo area. True to its “Urban Whip� theme, sound is amply supplied through JL Audio amplifiers, component speakers, and no less than six of their slimline 13.5-inch subwoofers, including one in each door! Hot Import Nights is a series of national events showcasing the utmost in all areas of vehicle customization. Boulevard Customs is proud to have their Blvd GLK Roadster and Jeff Lacy's Chrysler 300C convertible featured in 2 Pistols latest video Lights Down Low. Boulevard Customs is a St. Petersburg, Florida based shop accomplishing this work for clients across the globe.



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