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SPOTLIGHT 14-18 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg


Get ready to hear the roar of world-class race cars March 9-11 in downtown St. Pete. Our special package includes a race course street map, planning and ticket information. Check out our Conversation with last year’s winner and St. Pete resident Sebastien Bourdais and learn some “behind the scene” factoids.

48-49 Imagine Museum

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Welcome the latest addition to the St. Pete arts scene – the Imagine Museum. We visit the stunning collection and learn all about the history of the American Studio Glass Movement.

FEATURES February is Heart Health Month

Show some love to your ticker with hearthealthy activities this month. We give you some ideas from drop-in yoga classes at museums and breweries to bicycle trails and fitness classes offered through the city’s Healthy St. Pete initiative. Our Conversation with Bayfront Health cardiologist Dr. Angela Turner includes heart-healthy tips and we sneak in a delicious seafood recipe from Sea Salt Executive Chef Ken Tufo.

44-46 Neighborhoods



Take a look at living on Snell Island, one of St. Pete’s loveliest waterfront communities with an interesting history.

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LIVE 32-33 Romantic Restaurants

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Kevin Godbee offers up his Top 10 favorite restaurants for a romantic – and delicious - evening out.

30 Stylish Burgers

St. Pete residents and business owners Jose and Natalie Martinez are a breath of fresh air.

40-41 Men's Fashion

There’s a whole world of fabric technology that helps active guys stay dry, cool, sun-safe and supported. Jose Martinez fills us in on the attributes of athleisure wear.

42-43 Women's Fashion 31 Dining Out – Ichicoro Ane

Fashionista Megan Simons reminds us that femininity and florals are always in style.

66-68 St. Pete News

Happenings and news you can use in the business and academic communities.

PLAY 36-38 Sips & Suds

Tampa Bay Beer Week is right around the corner and Green Bench Brewing will play a special part, reported by Alexandria Jones. On the wine scene, Edith Swierzbinski gives us tips on three lush and lovely Spanish wines.

Lori Brown discovers the unique food and ambiance of downtown’s new ramen restaurant.

34 Dining Out – Reading Room

Lori Brown opens the book on the cool vibe and eclectic menu served up at the Reading Room.

70 St. Pete Jazz Fest

Get ready to swing and swoon in five nights of hot jazz entertainment at the Palladium.

54-57 Arts & Culture

We preview the Dali Museum’s new exhibit, Dali & Duchamp, and introduce our new arts writer Cindy Stovall who fills us in on the latest news with her Beauty and the Burg column.

63-65 Kindness

Community organizations CASA and Old McMicky’s Farm reach out to say “thank you” and raise food and funding for those in need.

10 Events

WORK 12 Conversations

Previews of exciting concerts coming up in Tampa Bay from five Beatle’s tribute concerts to opera and legendary singer Tony Bennett.

Cindy Cockburn interviews Anne Drake McMullen, the new chair of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and we get a brief overview of the Chamber’s accomplishments in 2017.

58-61 Travel

From the Old World charm of St. Augustine’s Historic District to the laid-back beaches of Anna Maria Island, Marcia Biggs and Cindy Cockburn offer up suggestions for a romantic travel getaway just in time for Valentine’s Day



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• Same- and next-day appointments often available; walk-ins welcome. • Online appointment scheduling available with select physicians. • Most major insurance plans accepted, including Medicare.

• Choose from three clinics across the community: Largo – 13163 66th Street N. Northeast – 7000 4th Street N. Pasadena – 1550 S. Pasadena Ave. • Online check-in, plus evening and weekend hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. | Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Go to BayfrontDoctors.com or call 727-592-5584 for an appointment.

Visit BayfrontClinics.com to check in, or call 727-498-1361.

WELCOME TO SPL Valerie Bogle

The New Year traditionally brings with it ideas of fresh starts and new beginnings. This one feels different, though, as our Burg has been building momentum for a while now. New businesses, developments and philanthropic causes in our market are already on the fast track. These are exciting times and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

We hope you join us in our mission to support all the good people, businesses, organizations and events that make this city a great place to live, work and play. Send us your news, photos and share your success stories with us so that we can help you in the coming year. We are a vibrant and beautiful city and only by helping one another can we shine even brighter. Our team is growing as well, as we welcome Marcia Biggs as our editor. She brings a wealth of experience to St. Pete Life and a passion for what we do. Her talents as a journalist and photographer bring a keen edge to the magazine, which we hope you enjoy in this issue.

ABOUT US St. Pete Life Magazine is a bi-monthly print publication distributed by mail to 20,000 of St. Pete’s most discriminating readers as well as at key local outlets. Follow us daily online and in social media on St.PeteLifeMag.com. Here, you’ll find the magazine’s features, archived articles, digital only content and promotions.


Beth Ann Drake EDITOR


Alicia Brown


Beth Ann Drake

bdrake�stpetelifemag.com Publisher Dorian Photography

Greetings, Burgers … and non-Burgers alike! I make my debut as editor in this issue and look forward to bringing you a diverse array of coverage on topics of interest to anyone who lives, works or plays in our fair city.

I chose one of my favorite St. Pete events – the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - as the cover story for this issue because as a Motor City native, cars are in my blood. When the Formula One races came to the streets of Detroit in the 1980s (home of the Detroit Grand Prix now), I got my first taste of the excitement of a live street race. Sleek, fast, sexy and definitely on the wild side, I was in love … and have been to this day. I can appreciate the strength of a perfectly tuned engine, the beauty of an exquisitely designed body, and the engineering wizardry of an aerodynamic race car that hugs the pavement at 200 mph. I encourage you to think positive and make the most of race weekend. Party with the locals and the visitors at local bars and restaurants, visit the paddocks and watch the race teams at work, attend an event, and you might just realize it’s one of the best weekends of the year. Another spotlight event in this issue is the opening of the spectacular Imagine Museum on Central Avenue just north of the Warehouse Arts Distsrict. This impressive museum brings insight into the American Studio Glass Movement and is definitely worth a visit. I was overwhelmed by the diversity and beauty of this collection – it certainly adds another jewel in the crown of the arts scene in St. Petersburg.

Annette Mensch Account Executive

Scott Spector Major Accounts CONTRIBUTORS

Lori Brown

Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies

Cindy Cockburn Travel/Features

Kevin Godbee

Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies

Jose Martinez Men’s Fashion

Megan Simons Women’s Fashion

Cindy Stovall Arts Writer

Alexandria Jones Sips and Suds

Edith Swierzbinski Sips and Suds


Marcia Biggs

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In Concert Tony Bennett Left His Heart in St. Petersburg PHOTO FROM MAHAFFEY THEATER

BY CINDY COCKBURN Tony Bennett can’t wait to come back to our city. Get ready St. Pete. The 19-time Grammy award-winning singer, whose music spans over six decades, will grace the stage on February 9 at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater. He’s been performing in Florida since he first got started in the 1950’s. “So much has changed since then, but it remains a beautiful and welcoming place and I love coming back each year,” said the legendary singer. Last year, he thrilled all of us who sat in awe and listened to this superstar on stage. It may be surprising to learn he’s also a talented painter and has exhibited his work in galleries around the world. Three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. “ I always try to paint while I am in Florida and have done many sketches and watercolors of the State and look forward to getting some drawings done of



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AN EVENING WITH TONY BENNETT 8 pm February 9 - Mahaffey Theater 400 First Street SE St. Petersburg Ticket prices: $69, $89, $119, $155 Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, or (727) 893-7832, or in person at the Mahaffey Theater Box Office. Enjoy a pre-show dinner buffet with complimentary parking and access to VIP Lounge following the show with champagne toast for $100, plus tax. St. Petersburg when I am there – as well as getting some sunshine, too!” he said recently through his publicist. With record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett touches the hearts and souls of audiences around the world. His long list of achievements includes the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” form part of

the fabric of American music culture. Bennett’s daughter, Antonia Bennett, has been touring with her father and will open the performance in St. Pete with a collection of jazz/pop standards. Antonia is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Last year, she thrilled the audience. In 2014, Tony Bennett released a collaborative album with Lady Gaga, “Cheek to Cheek,” featuring these two legendary artists performing jazz standards. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album charts making Bennett the oldest musical artist, at the age of 88, to have an album top the Billboard 200 and won the Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Album category. Tony Bennett is a Kennedy Center Honoree, an NEA Jazz Master and a recipient of the United Nation’s Humanitarian and Citizen of the World honors. Celebrating his 90th birthday in August of 2016, Bennett released his fifth book last fall, “Just Getting Started.”

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Anne Drake McMullen St. Petersburg Area Chamber Chair BY CINDY COCKBURN The last time I had lunch with Anne Drake McMullen, it took weeks to get on her calendar. We were sitting at an outdoor café on Beach Drive, overlooking the Bay on a sunny day and my friend, the Chief Development Officer for Doyle Wealth Management, suddenly started laughing. “My calendar will be even more packed in 2018,” she reminded me. During the St. Petersburg Area Chamber’s Annual Meeting on February 7 at the Mahaffey Theater, the gavel will be passed to Anne Drake McMullen. She will become the Chamber’s 4th woman chair in its 119-year history. Welcome to the Year of the Woman! She points out that in 2018, St. Pete will seat women in leadership roles at the Downtown Partnership, the St. Pete City Council, and the Pinellas County School Board. She says with a grin: “This is not your grandfather’s Chamber.” Drake McMullen is well-suited for her Chamber role - she has over 27 years of business development experience. She is happily married to Neil McMullen who is among the founding families of Pinellas County. As the business community celebrates the successes of 2017, the Chamber is planning for a robust agenda in 2018. Drake McMullen looks forward to advancing the Chamber’s efforts on the Grow Smarter Strategy, a public/private partnership with the City, to enhance and support the city’s “smart” economic growth plan.

GETTING PERSONAL Where were you raised? I come from the Boston and Cape Cod vicinity; began my career in Washington, DC, and spent 20 years working and raising my family in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to the St. Petersburg area in 2007.



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How will you juggle the full time job and new role? Given the many roles I have played with the Chamber since 2010 as Chair of Public Policy Committee, Treasurer of the PAC, Vice Chair of Membership for the Chamber Board, and member of the Board’s Finance Committee and Executive Committee, hopefully the demand on my time will not be much more than I have already committed. Tell us about the company where you work? Jillian and Bob Doyle have been tremendously supportive of the strategic plan I created and executed for the firm. We have witnessed remarkable growth since the founding of the business in 2005. What are you feeling, going forward and helping to lead this City that you love? Love is the right word to describe St. Pete. Whether you live, work or study here, you feel personally attached and responsible for the success of the city. It is

like no other place I have lived before. The city has a living, breathing, vibe that needs to be nurtured by every person who is part of this community. It is a passion every business person in the chamber exudes. Most importantly, the welcoming warmth of St. Pete is deeper and more profound than almost any other city in the world. Newcomers are welcomed like family and new business people are embraced in the community and immediately surrounded by leaders who have a stake in the success of each new business that moves or starts in St. Pete. What are some of your first initiatives? I am proud that the Chamber has selected a small business leader to take a visionary view of our future and support my efforts in advancing a collaborative regional relationship with with my counterpart in the Tampa Chamber. We are excited to work on regional transportation issues, infrastructure issues, increased diversity and minority owned businesses on both sides of the Bay.


St. Pete Area Chamber 2017 Review During the annual Summit held in December, the Chamber highlighted its work in 2017. Accomplishments in various focus areas included: • District & Corridor Development Highlight on the Innovation District, encompassing USF Marine Sciences, Poynter Institute, and our research hospitals which set the stage for “a collision of people and ideas” as concluded by author Peter Nagayama in a compelling video. This district also celebrated the success of the 2020 Plan which has achieved the lowest rate of poverty in the history of St. Petersburg. • Culture & Community - Overview on our art museums, cultural arts, and eclectic lifestyle which play a leading role in driving the economy. • Coordinated Education & Training – Advances in education and training from Pre-K to universities to the Iron Yard for jobs in our target areas were featured.

• Targeted Job Creation - There were abundant success stories in job growth in our target sectors of Marine & Live Sciences, Specialized Manufacturing, Financial Services, Data Analytics & Creative Arts & Design.

• Entrepreneurial Growth – This conversation emphasized the successes erupting from the support of tech start-ups and providing resources to entrepreneurs through the Greenhouse. • Awareness Building - The Amazon HQ2 video demonstrated the exciting results of a collaborative marketing strategy to highlight St. Pete’s Cool vibe while embracing the strengths of our sister city in Tampa.

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Start Your Engines 14th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg



World-class Indy Car racing will be roaring through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg March 9-11, promising the same highenergy excitement as in previous years. Three days of championship racing will feature 13 dierent races including the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, Pirelli World Challenge Championships and Robby Gordon’s



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SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks. Taking place along the spectacular downtown waterfront street course, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is among the most respected motorsports events in North America. More than 120,000 visitors are expected to converge on the Sunshine City; festivities will include a Spectrum Speed Zone with interactive games and exhibits, a

Fan Village, beer gardens, driver autograph sessions and other events to be announced. The star Verizon IndyCar Series Race will take to the streets on Sunday, March 11, for a 198-mile shootout on a 1.8-mile course with 14 turns. Last year, hometown driver Sebastien Bourdais with Dale Coyne Racing won the Verizon Indy Car race trophy to the wild delight of local fans .


Sebastien Bourdais

36 Time Racing Champion PHOTOS BY INDY CAR

In the world of race car driving, traveling is a way of life. Testing, racing, meeting with team engineers and sponsors – drivers are jetting across the country and sometimes around the world year-round. So when it comes to choosing a place to call home, a place where you wish to establish roots and raise a family, drivers can pretty much call the shots. St. Petersburg won the race for home base for Sebastien Bourdais, the winner of the 2017 Firestone St. Pete Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar race and four-time Champ Car Champion (2004-2007) with Newman-Haas Racing. The 39-year-old driver for Dale Coyne Racing (based in Illinois), lives in the Shore Acres neighborhood with his wife, Claire, and children, Emma, 11, and Alex, 7. he and Claire moved here in 2005 and now reside just minutes from the downtown waterfront.

Bourdais is a veteran behind the wheel and a big winner. Between Champ Car and IndyCar series he has won a total of 36 races, not to mention several years racing Formula One cars (2008-2009), won the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2015, and won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 and 2017.

“We thought it would be a really great area to raise a family,” Bourdais said during a phone interview. “We live on the water, so it’s easy to go kayaking and boating.” Don’t be surprised if you see Bourdais pedaling around town on his bike. “As

part of my workout regimen I bike a lot,” he said. “I like the Pinellas Trail, but will ride around the neighborhood, too.” Where do he and Claire like to dine when he’s not out on the race circuit? “We like to try new places, like along Central Avenue,” he said. But the couple also enjoys a taste of their native France. “We like Cassis a lot, the owners are friends and a lot of French people go there. Everyone finds their niche.”

The native of Le Mans, France, is also a big survivor after a terrifying crash during qualifying last year at Indianapolis that destroyed his car but did not crush his spirit. It was May 20, just months after the St. Pete win kicked off his season, when Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and a hip fracture in the fiery crash. While most predicted he was out for the rest of the season, he was determined to make a comeback - and he did. Only missing the Indy 500, he was approved by his physician after months of rehab to drive the final three races of the season. He plans to be on the pole March 11 for the start of this year’s Firestone Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar race. Bourdais first visited St. Pete for a race in 2003 and liked the weather and the vibe;

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Did You Know

A memorial downtown honors St. Pete resident Dan Wheldon, 2005 IndyCar Series Champion and twotime winner of the Indy 500, who lost his life in a racing accident at the end of the 2011 IndyCar racing season in Las Vegas. Look for the tall concrete memorial along Bayshore Drive at Albert Whitted Park (Turn 10); it stands alongside the Victory Circle Monument honoring the winner of each race in St. Pete.



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Get Down On It


Kick o race weekend by running or walking part of the course on Friday, March 9, at the 6th Annual Firestone Grand Prix 5K Run presented by Modern Business Associates. Race time is 6:15 pm; proceeds beneďŹ t the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. For more information, go to gpstpete5k.com


Building A Race Track

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A RACE TRACK? Months of planning and thousands of workers and volunteers go into the laborious job of creating a city street course for a grand prix race. At the helm of the logistics for the City of St. Petersburg is Tony Leno, manager of Event Recruitment and Management. Leno has been behind the scenes making the race happen since the first one 14 years ago. As the city liaison, he works with city staff and race management on the massive logistics of planning and construction of the track, overpasses, bleachers, garages, vendor areas and countless other details. He also works with downtown businesses to ease the inconvenience of street-closings, construction issues and parking. While race weekend can be a pain for some, Leno feels the benefits of spotlighting St. Petersburg as a major international race destination are undeniable. “Most streets downtown with the exception of Bayshore will remain open until the four days of race weekend,” he said. “We really do our best to try to keep downtown businesses running uninterrupted.” Here are a few interesting facts about building a race track from Leno: • The St. Pete track enlists some 250 construction workers and takes nearly 32 days to build. Tear-down and removal can take up to three weeks. • Building the street course safety wall system takes 18,000 feet of steel-reinforced concrete block, 44,000 feet of chain-link fencing and over 12,000 tires. • The course includes six race car paddocks and eight grandstands for spectators.

TICKET INFORMATION Reserved Grand Stand seating $75-$100 Saturday or Sunday, $105-$135 for 3-Day Tickets. All 3-day reserved grandstand tickets include a reserved seat on Saturday and Sunday with General Admission access on Friday. General admission $20 Friday, $35 Saturday, $50 Sunday or $55 for 3-Day Ticket. Paddock Pass $40 Saturday or Sunday, $65 for 3-Day Ticket. Paddock Pass does not include admission the race. Three-Day Pit & Paddock Pass $125, for age 18 and older, only available with a 3-day Reserved Grandstand ticket. To purchase tickets and for more information on the race, to gpstpete.com

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Getting To The Race What you need to know

Park Downtown: City parking garages are a $5-all-day event rate on Friday and a $15-all-day event rate on Saturday and Sunday. Park and Ride Shuttle from the Trop: From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. there is a free shuttle service from Tropicana Field to the race course. Park in Lots 1 and 2 at Tropicana Field, the cost will be $10. The shuttle picks passengers up on 16th Street S. and drops off passengers at Second Street S. and Fifth Avenue S. The shuttle operates all three race days from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.



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Take the St. Petersburg Trolley: The Looper Downtown Trolley and Central Avenue Shuttle (St. Pete’s trolley system) offers rides throughout Grand Prix weekend for .50 per person. The Looper provides a circular route between the city’s parking facilities, hotels, restaurants and attractions. For updated information on parking, street closures and other transportation issues, go to the City’s website at stpete.org/grandprix All information in this article is subject to change.



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Intimidated by yoga? Don’t be! Yoga stimulates your circulatory, digestive, and lymphatic systems, helping rid your body of waste and toxins. In addition, yoga helps the spinal column remain flexible, works on balance, and the soothing vinyasa can help provide stress relief and mental clarity. Other benefits include increased energy and improved sleep. What’s not to like? St. Petersburg is overflowing with opportunities to stretch, breathe and perhaps even break a sweat at a growing number of drop-in yoga classes. From museums to breweries and coffee houses, yoga is popping up everywhere! Most



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drop-in classes are geared for all levels, and it’s always a good idea to bring your own mat or blanket. Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early, so class can start and end on time.

Here’s a sampling of drop-in yoga classes found around St. Petersburg. Some held poolside or outdoors (Hyatt Place,

Hollander Hotel) are on hiatus until warmer weather. Yoga at the Dali One Dali Blvd. 10:30 am Sundays Join Lucky Cat Yoga for an all-levels vinyasa flow class in the Raymond James Community Room or Avant-Garden. Cost is $10 for members/students and $15 for non-members. End your practice with a café con leche and guava pastry in the cheerful Gala Café. Visit the galleries on the same day for an additional $10. Register in advance at thedali.org/events/category/yoga.


Kidding Around Yoga Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive NE 10 am first and third Saturdays Practicing yoga with everyone in the family, and especially children, creates a special bond. This one-hour class in the Bayview Room focuses on partner yoga, games and activities, music, stories and more. Ages 3 and older; $5 per person. SUP Yoga on Coffee Pot Bayou 9:30 am Saturdays C-RIDE Board Shop offers Stand-Up Yoga Paddleboard every Saturday morning in serene Coffee Pot Bayou. Meet at Coffee Pot Park Boat Launch at 9:30 am for an hour-long practice followed by a half hour free paddle. Got your own board? Class is $15. Need a board? Book your spot by 9 pm the night before for $20. Day of rentals are $25. Go to c-ride.com or call (813) 447-0600. Yoga for Every Body Grassroots Kava House 957 Central Ave. It’s all about community at this hip hangout (if you haven’t discovered kava, this is the place!). This practice is geared

to Every Body, meaning all are welcome from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Schedule may vary, but recently classes were being held Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, and Sundays at noon. Cost is by donation, best to call ahead to confirm. (727) 220-3041 What’s for Lunch? Station House 260 First Ave. N Put down that bagel! The super cool Station House is the place to head for a good stretch during lunch break. The 45-minute sessions are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon, either on the roof or in the yoga room depending on weather. Donations accepted. Sundial Plaza 153 Second Avenue N 9 am Saturdays Start your weekend off with Sundial salutations beneath a brilliant blue sky during the Saturday morning yoga classes at downtown’s upscale shopping and dining district. Then reward yourself at Locale Gourmet Market with a fresh coffee and organic muffin.

YOGA ON TAP 3 Daughters Brewing 222 22nd Street S. 6 pm every first and third Wednesday Green Bench Brewing 1133 Baum Avenue N. 11 am every second Sunday Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails 1111 Central Ave 6:30 the third Monday of each month The Body Electric Yoga Company hosts weekly and monthly classes at these and other bars and breweries all over town. Live music is often part of the vibe. The flow is moderatelypaced so you’ll leave feeling refreshed, relaxed, and recharged. Afterward, belly up with some of Florida’s best-tasting craft brews with your fellow yogis. Cost: $10 advance/$15 at the door. To register or for more information, go to thebodyelectricyoga.com or call (727) 490-9361

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Step It Up Healthy St. Pete partners with local community partners to encourage residents to get active at these free events: Swing Dance in the Park First Tuesday of the month at North Straub Park Pavilion, 400 Bayshore Dr. NE, 7 to 8:30 p.m., no dancing experience necessary. First 30 minutes beginner lesson. Bring a partner or make a new friend. Health Restoration Class 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at

6:30pm at Pierce Clinic of Chiropractic, 2201 62nd Ave N. Each class covers a different topic from nutrition and exercise to the latest research and neurology. For more information, visit pierceclinicstpete. com/calendar/ Bootcamp in the Park Get serious about fitness the second Saturday of each month at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave N., 8 to 9 am. Boyd Hill Cardio Burn Pump it up with a cardio based bootcamp with basic strength and training exercises

built for beginning to intermediate levels, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg. Other offerings include Early Bird Trail Runs every Saturday at 7 am on a 4-5 mile course, monthly hikes for adults and families, paddles and nature walks, and Hatha Yoga twice monthly at this 235-acre park with 6 miles of trails and boardwalks through native Florida habitat. Admission $3 adults; $1.50 children ages 3-16; free 2 and under. Class fees apply. Check out stpeteparksrec.org/boyd-hill.html


No bike? No problem. Rent a bike and take a spin around St. Petersburg on a Coast Bike rental. Look for the bright blue bikes all over town - there are 300 bikes at 32 hubs. But first you need to create an account either online at coastbikeshare.com/stpete or through the Social Bicycles app. Pick from three plans: Pay As You Go ($8 an hour), Monthly ($15 per month includes 60 minutes of daily ride time), or Annual ($79 per year includes



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60 minutes of daily ride time). Student discount rates are available. Find a map with available bikes on the website or app, where you can reserve and pay in advance. If you’re feeling impromptu, you can create an account at one of 10 kiosks that take credit cards (look for the solar panel). The 8-speed cruisers complete with baskets are ideal for short spins around downtown, says Coast Bike spokesperson

Eric Trull. St. Pete is a bicycle-friendly city, he says, with miles of shared bike/vehicle lanes (look for the white bike-arrows in traffic lanes) and dedicated bicycles trails. Trull recommends the Healthy St. Pete loop trail, a one-mile easy spin that goes around Al Lang Stadium and the Dali Museum. Our SPL fave takes us along the waterfront and lovely Coffee Pot Bayou and around Snell Isle. Happy Trails!


Dr Angela Turner, Do A passion to help people live longer, healthier lives is at the heart of each day for Dr. Angela Turner. Part of the threeperson cardiology team at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg and an assistant professor at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine, Turner realized the importance of heart health at a young age. When she had palpitations at the age of 13, she saw her first cardiologist.

Luckily, she was fine, and the experience “peaked my attention at a young age to get into the medical field,” she admitted during a recent interview. Turner went on to become board certified in cardiology and even visited Africa three times on faith-based medical missions. Now living in St. Petersburg with her husband William and 8-year-old daughter Amelia, Turner counsels patients on taking charge of their lifestyle choices to maintain a healthy heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, causing one in four deaths, according to the American Heart Association. Nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese, according to 2016 research by the National Center for Health Statistics. Heart disease risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity. “Unfortunately, due to our processed American diets and sedentary lifestyles, we are seeing weights go up and up along with these other conditions,” said Turner. “They go hand in hand, which is why it’s very important to address at a young age. We are so busy these days, we are heavily reliant on fast foods. We need to get back



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to basics and cook meals at home with fresh fruits and vegetables, and stay away from processed foods and sugar.”

Tips for a Heart Healthy Breakfast

Stress, a common component in many people’s lives, may also be a contributing factor leading to heart problems. Heart palpitations can be an indicator of too much stress, which is why regular checkups are so important, said Turner. “Often, routine testing can detect small problems before they become big problems,” she said. Taking steps to alleviate stress is important. “This can be anything from getting more sleep to meditation, yoga, and exercise,” said Turner. While it is important to know your family medical history (high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol can be hereditary), you don’t have to go down the same path if you can find out early enough. “We can find these things much earlier now with simple blood work and testing,” said Turner. “Go to your primary care physician and get a routine checkup. That’s a good place to start .”

• Start your meal with a glass of fruit juice. • Order whole-grain instead of white toast. Instead of butter, spread your toast with low-fat cottage cheese and a little jam. • Ask for low-fat cream cheese. • Look for whole-grain cereals with fat-free milk (but watch out for high-fat granolas). • Enjoy fat-free or low-fat yogurt with fruit — either in a bowl or as a smoothie! • Hot cereals such as oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat or cream of rice with a little honey can warm you up on a cool morning. www.heart.org


Reduce Your Risk

Reduce your risk of heart disease by adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle. • Engage in regular moderate aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week or more vigorous workouts at least 20 minutes three times a week • Adopt a diet low in salt, saturated and transfats and high in unsaturated fats (fish, avocado, etc.) like the Mediterranean Diet • Take fish oil supplements • Avoid smoking and recreational drug use • Imbibe no more than ½ to 1 alcoholic beverage per day The Heart Foundation

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From The Sea Sea Salt Serves Up Heart-Healthy Dishes

BY CINDY COCKBURN Healthy St. Pete is a citywide community engagement and empowerment initiative that encourages the community to EAT, PLAY, SHOP and LIVE healthy. Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin kicked off this popular program on the steps of City Hall over two years ago. She’s dedicated to working together with the community and local restaurants and chefs to build a stronger and healthier community. She’s also a great cook.


a perfect fit for the overall Healthy St. Pete initiative.” At a recent Saturday morning cooking class, Chef Ken explained to 15 guests in the Sea Salt kitchen that seafood is a great healthy option and Red Snapper is always popular. “It’s local, fresh, firm, doesn’t fall apart,” he told us. “It’s so fresh it’s practically just out of the water since seafood deliveries are made every day.”

Sea Salt is the vision of chef-owner Fabrizio Aielli, a nationally recognized chef who also owns Sea Salt’s sister restaurants: Barbatella and Dorona in Naples. Their dinner menu is extensive, and guests could start with caviar and then enjoy selections from the sea and ocean to land and farms.

Recently, Deputy Mayor joined Sea Salt restaurant Executive Chef Ken Tufo on ABC-TV to offer viewers an education in healthy cooking. They prepared Red Snapper with Tuscan Kale, Artichokes, Grapes & Truffle Vinaigrette in the TV kitchen on the set of Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend.

Diners begin their meal with a trio of imported salts and extra-virgin olive oil to give them an introduction to the restaurant’s central sea salt concept. You’ll find 130 different salts, a towering 22-foot high wine cellar (voted tops in 2017 by Wine Spectator) with thousands of bottles. Don’t worry, the knowledgeable sommelier, Jackie Eash, is usually there to assist in your decisionmaking.

“Great food starts with great ingredients,” explained Sea Salt General Manager Will Mattrey. All of the menu items are healthy and made from scratch,

Sea Salt’s wine collection is one of the most extensive in the region. The monthly wine dinners (like the Buena Vista Pairing Dinner on Jan. 25) and


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HEALTH & FITNESS monthly cooking classes are well attended and usually sell out. The outdoor patio is puppy friendly and there is a Children’s Menu. Ask your server for the fresh fish selection of the day, served with asparagus and citrus buerre blanc sauce. The Raw Bar features the Oysters Sommelier’s choice. Sea Salt happy hours rock, accented by a magnificent raw bar. Learn more about the Healthy St. Pete initiative by going to the web site healthystpetefl.org. Find healthy places to eat, play, shop and live, and an events calendar. Sea Salt 183 Second Ave. N. in Sundial 727-873-7964

Red Snapper with Tuscan Kale, Artichokes, Grapes & Truffle Vinaigrette Recipe courtesy Chef Ken Tufo and Sea Salt 1 lb kale (rough chopped) 20 red grapes (cut in half) 16 pieces quartered artichoke hearts ½ oz truffle oil ½ oz balsamic reduction Juice of 1 lemon 4 sprigs of thyme 1 oz. canola oil 4 5-oz fillets red snapper 1 tablespoon butter ¼ cup chopped chives


In a bowl mix the balsamic redux with the truffle oil and chives. Reserve. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add canola oil, kale, grapes, artichokes. Cook all together for 5 minutes until the kale has wilted, then season with some salt and pepper and reserve. Pre-heat an oven to 400 degrees. Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Add canola oil to the pan then season the fish fillets on the skin side with salt and pepper. Gently lay the fillets in the hot sauté pan skin side down. Transfer the pan with the fillets to the oven for 4 minutes. Season the red snapper fillets on the skin side and sear the snapper fillets skin side down. Place into a 450 degree oven, then remove fish after five minutes, flip and allow to rest. To plate: Spoon a portion of the kale mixture on each plate, place the fish on top then spoon some of the vinaigrette over the fish and around the plate.

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Style For The

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Classic Male

• Van Laack Shirts A true luxury shirt • Raleigh and Slate Jeans Limited edition and finest material jeans • Sailors and Brides Sailing inspired jackets • Strong Body, MPG and Viori Luxurious athleisure wear • Mizzen + Main The most comfortable shirt in the world! Performance, moisture wicking and four-way stretch • Margaritaville Apparel Authentic expression of the casual lifestyle. Washed in the Ocean and Dried in the Sun.

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Jose & Natalie Martinez and visitors. We want to reflect the chill personality of St. Pete.

How would you describe your sense of style?

Jose: Classic and confident, without being stylistically rigid. I will NOT wear dark brown and black together or a plushy sweats or sandals and socks. I like leather shoes without socks and will add personal flair as we all should (pocket square, great belt, etc.)

Why did you decide to live downtown?

Culture, community, diversity, the vibe. St. Pete is welcoming and will adopt you. It was a great opportunity to strive to be authentically local. As residents of downtown Old Northeast, we live within walking distance from the shop and Jose serves on the board of our condo association, we are a member of the St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce, supporter of the Dali, American Stage, Infinity, CASA, and many other great local organizations.

What are your favorite dining and drinking establishments? In our quest to highlight St. Petersburg style-makers, we feature in this issue Jose and Natalie Martinez. The fashionable couple can often be found around town, or at Jose’s menswear boutique, Sartorial Inc.

Tell us a little about your backgrounds.

Jose is the owner of Sartorial Inc., a new men’s fashion boutique in downtown St. Pete. Natalie is a wedding coordinator and special events planner in St. Pete and all over the US. Her company is TheDayoftheEvents.com. Jose is originally from the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, home of the best Carnival celebration in the world! Natalie was a US Army brat born in Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. We have two children - daughter Naadia is married and teaches at the University of Chicago Lab School and son Jelani is manager and chief



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stylist at Sartorial Inc. As of early January we are new grandparents – Natalie gave birth to a beautiful baby girl!

How did Sartorial Inc happen?

Brainchild of Jelani and Jose who thought that St. Pete needed a male specialty boutique with a focus on affordable luxury wear that would cater to the St. Pete vibe. We carry the most comfortable shirts, limited edition jeans, Italian sport jackets, windproof sailing jackets, great athleisure performance and resort wear.

What was your inspiration behind opening your establishment?

To recapture the original nature of St. Pete and its style. St. Pete once was a paragon of fashion and style. Sartorial Inc is intended to reflect the personality of downtown and provide the option of “style for the classic male” to the residents

We love Annata for the wine, selection of charcuterie and braised pork shank. Also at 400 Beach the Lobster Mac & Cheese and the Oyster Trio and Tap selection are favorites.

What do you do when you are not working?

Take advantage of all the many wonderful events St. Pete has to offer such as festival and concerts in the park and local shopping, Saturday Morning Market, etc.

What is your favorite night out on the town?

A gala supporting a worthy event within the community, like only St. Pete can do. Go to a play/performance, have dinner with a great choice of wine and stimulating thought-provoking people and end the evening with live music. We also simply enjoy watching people from a great seat on Beach Drive or at the rooftop bar at the Birchwood Canopy.


Ichicoro Ane

Downtown welcomes a sprawling ramen restaurant that will bowl you over

Ichicoro Ane 260 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, Dinner only, bar opens at 4 pm daily, dinner 5 pm weekdays, 6 pm Saturday and Sunday 727-300-0281 ichicoroane.com PHOTOS LORI BROWN

Hana Yasai

Niku Udon


BY LORI BROWN Ichicoro Ane opened downtown in the space formerly occupied by Café Alma and Station House. The original Ichicoro Ramen in Seminole Heights in Tampa opened two years ago in a smaller space than its newest big sister, Ichicoro Ane (pronounced ah-nay), meaning big sister in Japanese. The new space in St. Pete is almost 6,000 square feet designed as five separate spaces : the ramen room, the main dining room, private dining room, the main bar and the sipping lounge. Many traditional ramen eateries are small shops. The ramen kitchen here has its own space with an open kitchen (separate from the main dining room kitchen), menu, and it operates on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reservations. Just like in Tokyo, it is waitlist only. On this night, we shared a bowl of the Niku Udon. Diners can customize a bowl by adding “extras.” This not only adds more flavor fun, it also keeps the price lower if you choose not to add a lot of extras. For this bowl, we added the Ajitama - beni shoga seasoned egg -and Spicy Sauce 2 -

Sichuan style. Very flavorful and chock full of goodies!

cauliflower (we couldn’t get enough of these).

The main dining room is “Izakayainspired” cuisine (small plates) and takes reservations. We sampled many items from the main kitchen. In no particular order, here are some of our favorites:

In the center of the restaurant, the main bar has a limited menu from the main kitchen (ramen cannot be ordered here). There are lots of great drinks, as well. A few of our favorites were The Fake Mustache (bourbon), Gin & Tonic (they make their own tonic in house), The Golden Saucer (gin), and The Black Mage made with activated charcoal.

Yukke (Lori’s favorite)- Japanese steak tartare of Wagyu beef, gochujang, sesame, fuji apple, egg yolk, konbu chicharrones Gyu Skewers - Wagyu beef, spring onion, teriyaki Sake No Misozuke - broiled salmon, miso butterscotch, lime, shoji, furikake Tonkatsu - breaded pork loin and bulldog sauce on top of cabbage and pickled mustard seeds Kani Gyoza - deviled crab-stuffed fried dumpling with Thai chili jelly on the side Okonomiyaki - vegetable pancake made with cabbage, Kewpie mayonnaise, Bulldog sauce, beni shoga, katsuobushi Buta Gyoza – ground pork stuffed dumpling, soy, sesame Gyu Steamed Bun - smoked beef shoulder, creamy gochujang mustard Hana Yasai - the most delicious fried

The large and elegant sipping lounge is nothing short of spectacular with Japanese murals painted by New York artists. Along with other concoctions, the bar features whiskeys grouped by characteristics rather than name or brand. For example, light and floral, fruity and spicy, rich and rounded, full bodied and smoky. Ichicoro Ane is a very welcome addition to the downtown restaurant scene. Lori Brown writes about the local food scene at stpetersburgfoodies.com

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Top 10 Romantic Restaurants PHOTO BY DAVIS JASMIN

Kevin and Lori enjoying the Mushroom Tagliatelle at IL Ritorno BY KEVIN GODBEE Whether you’re a guy or a gal, it never hurts to have a handy list of romantic restaurants at your fingertips. Valentine’s Day is one of the biggies, but there are also anniversaries, birthdays, Mother’s Day, and other holidays. What makes a restaurant romantic? In general, it’s obviously the overall ambience. One of the important things to note is that many of the best restaurants in the St. Pete area do get noisy when busy. Normally, we would disqualify a loud place from being romantic, except if we did this, we would have a top two list and be missing some great places. So, for most of our recommendations, you may have to bear with a certain degree of discord to the occasional full-on cacophony. That’s just the way it is around here, although on this list Rococo and Selene are the quietest. All of the restaurants on the list offer outdoor seating, which can still be nice in



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St. Petersburg abounds in options for an intimate evening out. We offer this compendium of our favorites where all the ingredients add up to love. February. We recommend reservations, especially for Valentine’s Day. Rococo Steak 655 2nd Ave South St. Petersburg 727-822-0999 In a 1920’s manse, this Baroque-chic steakhouse serves grass-fed beef, seafood, small plates and wine. Although it has “steak” in its name, and the steaks are great, the seafood is excellent as well. Some of our favorite dishes include Shrimp Cocktail, Country Salad, Dry Aged Cowboy Ribeye,

Raw Oysters, the Seafood Platter, a side of Mushrooms and Creamless Corn Mash. Rococo also hosts many weddings in their elegant, grand setting, and they are one of the only restaurants on the list that rarely gets noisy. rococosteak.com IL Ritorno 449 Central Ave St. Petersburg 727-897-5900 IL Ritorno’s unique style of Old Country Northern Italian with a modern twist is one of our favorites. The restaurant recently re-opened after a remodel that doubled its size and qualified it for a liquor license. They have some small-batch wines from Italy that you can’t get elsewhere, and have always provided us with excellent pairing suggestions. The restaurant has an intimate setting with rustic brick walls and a view of the park across the street. The setting and the amazing food remind us of


being in Manhattan. The service is impeccable and you won’t find food like this anywhere else. The Caprese, Tagliatelle, Short Rib Mezzaluna, Cappelini Nero, and Pan Seared Chicken are a few of our favorites. ilritornodowntown.com Annata Restaurant & Wine Bar 300 Beach Dr NE St. Petersburg 727-851-9582 Annata is another restaurant that reminds us of New York City for its brick walls and long, narrow shape, plus the elegance of their small plates and impeccable service. They offer excellent cheese and charcuterie, pastas, tapas, and full entrées. They offer exquisite wines from California, Italy and France. Annata does not take reservations, but they will take your number and send you a text message when a table becomes available. annatawine.com

the most authentic and freshest Spanish food in town. The building has Old World charm, and downstairs , a Latin-themed lounge called Ché offers late-night live music and dancing. ceviche.com/st-petersburg

Sea Salt 183 2nd Ave North St. Petersburg 727-873-7964

Gratzzi Italian Grille 211 2nd St South St. Petersburg 727-623-9037

Sea Salt St. Pete is one of the grand anchor tenants of Sundial in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. It’s an excellent 5-star gourmet restaurant with the freshest fish (most of it local), a large selection of oysters, and great steaks with several dishes having unique eclectic twists that foodies love. seasaltstpete com

Who knows food and romance like the Italians? Gratzzi Italian Grille is a long established favorite right in the heart of downtown St. Pete. The owners, Tony and Domenic, are both from Italy. Gratzzi is so popular that on nights other restaurants are half empty, Gratzzi has a wait for tables. There is something for everyone here with from all Italian classics to exotic specials like Gambas (Gigantic Mediterranean Prawns that could beat up a lobster - their lobster dishes are amazing, too), Rack of Elk and the Veal Ossobuco is to die for. Mama mia! gratzzigrille.com

Grace Restaurant 120 8th Avenue Pass-a-Grille Beach 727-317-4770 Grace Restaurant is the only fine dining in Pass-a-Grille, and only one of four elegant eateries with gourmet quality food in the St. Pete Beach area. Grace is an upscale yet laid-back, modern American dining experience. They offer New American, Greek/Mediterranean, and Seafood near the popular 8th Avenue shopping area on Pass-A-Grille Beach. They are an oasis of splendid epicurean creations at the beach. gracestpete.com Ceviche 10 Beach Dr NE St. Petersburg 727-209-229 Located in a renovated 100-year-old building, stepping into Ceviche is like stepping into the charm and ambiance of Spain. After a complete makeover about a year ago, they also revamped the menu to be

Parkshore Grill 300 Beach Dr NE St. Petersburg 727-896-9463 Parkshore Grill is another long-established favorite that was here long before the restaurant boom and still stands tall with excellent cuisine, professional service and an elegant setting in the scenic heart of Beach Drive.Try the Beef Wellington, the Parkshore Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail, Parkshore Salad, and the Blue Cheese Stuffed Meatballs. The Parkshore Martini is a favorite as well. The inside space is refined, and the outdoor patio provides great people-watching on Beach Drive. parkshoregrill.com

Selene Restaurant 4945 Gulf Blvd St. Pete Beach 727-317-2064 Selene is another one of the rare standouts on the beach. Everything is fresh, of the utmost quality, and expertly prepared. Recommended dishes are Lobster Linguini, Scallops and Shrimp Risotto, Half Chicken with Spaghetti Squash and Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts, Airline Chicken Sous Vide with Pureed Fennel and Roasted Mixed Vegetables, Branzino, the fresh catch, and just about anything, really. When you make your reservation, ask to be seated in the back room, which is more cozy and quiet. selenerestaurant.com Pia’s Trattoria 3054 Beach Blvd S Gulfport 727-327-2190 Pia’s Trattoria in Gulfport is a staple that’s been around for 13 years. The ambience brings you back to the rustic Italian countryside. It almost feels like you are in the cozy comfort of someone’s home. Perfect for Italian comfort food made from scratch, Pia’s shaded courtyard feels friendly and warm as well. They use family recipes from Pia’s mother. Piastrattoria.com Kevin Godbee is an unabashed foodie and admitted romantic. Read more of his restaurant reviews and news on the St. Petersburg dining and drinking scene at stpetersburgfoodies.com

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Reading Room

Overflowing with creativity and flavor, the menu is anything but by the book

Reading Room 6001 Central Ave. St. Petersburg Hours: Open 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday 727-343-0052 rrstpete.com PHOTOS LORI BROWN

Kimchi Soup

Hanger Steak

Winter Roasted Roots

BY LORI BROWN The Reading Room is one of the best and most unique restaurants in St. Petersburg, with its own garden which is the inspiration for the menu. Located just a short 3.5 miles from downtown, in the same parking lot as freeFall Theatre, the Reading Room is worth venturing out to dine in such a fabulous establishment. On our visit, it was tough deciding what to order because everything sounded fantastic. We started with Our Daily Bread. This day’s bread was homemade with oatmeal, beets and wheat then served with homemade cultured butter, a little sea salt and fresh radish. Soft, flaky and delicious! Next up was the scrumptious Winter’s Roasted Roots made with beets, parsnips, spicy nuts and pumpernickel vinaigrette. I ate my half of the plate faster than Kevin could get a bite into his mouth. It was a flavor explosion of epic proportions. The overall soft textures of the roasted root vegetables complemented the crunchiness of the



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nuts. This was served on top of a sweet potato puree that added a touch of creaminess to this already amazing dish. Did someone say kimchi? I love kimchi! We could not resist trying the Jjigae, which is kimchi soup with mushrooms, tofu and pickled greens. When they serve it, they bring the broth separately and pour it in the bowl at your table. The soup broth is tangy because of the kimchi, earthy from the wild mushrooms and the pickled greens just added that extra dimension. The tofu takes on all of the flavors and provides a different mouth feel. Executive Chef and co-owner Lauren Macellaro does an exceptional job at making every dish balance, not just with flavor but also with texture and visual appeal. Our shared entrees arrived at a nice pace. First, we had the Fish en Pappillote (cooked in parchment paper) – that night it was a Pumpkin (named due to its coloring) Swordfish with curried vegetables, black rice and saffron.

Steaming the fish in parchment paper made it come out perfectly. It cut like butter with just a fork. The black rice and curried vegetables were very good, but the star of the show was definitely the Swordfish. Our Steak entrée was a house dry-aged hanger steak cooked mid-rare and served with wheat berries, mushrooms, shallots and blue cheese. Cooking a tender hanger steak is not easy. It was cooked a perfect mid-rare, glistening with tenderness and bursting with flavor. Having no idea what a wheat berry is, we were surprised by the nutty texture and flavor when paired with the mushrooms and shallots sautéed in white wine. This entree was simply phenomenal. This restaurant is outstanding and completely elevates the level of dining in St Petersburg. Lori Brown writes about the local food scene at stpetersburgfoodies.com


On Tap

Green Bench Brewery hosts a seminar in specialty beer during Tampa Bay Beer Week PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRIA JONES

BY ALEXANDRIA JONES How much do you really know about beer? Yes, you have your favorite big brands like Budweiser, Miller, or Heineken but are you a beer connoisseur who knows the difference between farmhouse, sour, or wild beers? This year’s Tampa Bay Beer Week will be an opportunity for everyone to learn more about beer and the local beer culture. Over the course of seven days, March 4-10, breweries, bars, restaurants, vendors, and distributors from Zephyrhills to St. Pete will throw events ranging from tastings to beer dinners to festivals. Beer is literally in Khris Johnson’s DNA. The co-owner and head brewer of Green Bench Brewing in St. Petersburg grew up watching his dad create IPAs, ales, and stouts using a home brewing kit. Once he realized home brewing was what he wanted to do, he went around to



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different places drinking and tasting an assortment of beer to see what was out there. His first beer ever made as a home brewer is the popular Green Bench IPA. “I was a home brewer in college,” said Johnson. “My dad was a home brewer when I was a kid so I thought ‘If my dad can do it, I can do it.’ When I was 21, I bought my first home brew kit and started brewing my own beer.” Green Bench Brewing has participated in Tampa Bay Beer Week for the past five years. Johnson got involved while working at other breweries prior to opening Green Bench in 2013. This year, Green Bench is hosting the 5th Annual Foeder for Thought on March 9 as part of Tampa Bay Beer Week. For those who don’t know what a foeder is, it’s a huge barrel used for fermenting and it allows oxygen to enter the beer slowly.

Green Bench Brewing is the only brewery in the Southeast to have one. Foeder for Thought is an educationfocused event that this year will highlight fermentation-forward beers, said Johnson - meaning sour, wild, or farmhouse ales (no IPAs). Throughout the evening, attendees can taste unlimited samples of the highlighted beers from participating breweries and ask questions during the panel discussions and one-on-one interviews. For this year’s Foeder for Thought, Green Bench is partnering with beer podcast Good Beer Hunting(GBH) to co-host the event’s panel discussions. Johnson has known GBH host Michael Kiser for a few years and it was a collective decision to partner together. Kiser’s huge following from the podcast on top of his respected reputation in the beer industry makes this a match made in heaven, said Johnson.


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“It was an ongoing discussion over the last few years when it would be appropriate and make sense for us to partner,” said Johnson. “We’re bringing another level of education to the festival; he’s used to doing these panels and discussing these topics.” The three panels go into detail about different topics like where to find sour

and wild beers in Florida, the retail aspect of selling those beers, and the Sour and Wild Ales Guild (SWAG). Featured beer will be from Creature Comforts Brewing Company and Jester King Brewery, with Chase Healey of American Solera brewery and Trevor Rogers of de Garde Brewing a few of the guest speakers.

Foeder for Thought March 9 6-9 pm Green Bench Brewing 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg Admission $100; tickets can be purchased at Green Bench Brewing or online through Good Beer Hunting’s website at goodbeerhunting.com For updates check out Green Bench Brewing’s Facebook page. Hundreds of beer-related events will take place on both sides of the Bay including the 9th Annual Craft Beer Fest and Brewers Ball, both in Tampa. The schedule had not been posted when SPL went to print, so check tampabaybeerweek.com for updates.


Dine on amazing creations beside our 33,500-gallon aquarium or toast the beach life with live music on our deck. It’s a tropical culinary experience unlike any other.

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Ole! Spanish Wine

BY EDITH SWIERZBINSKI Enjoying a delicious meal with equally delicious wines makes for a fantastic evening. I heart discovering great wines at all price points. Of course, wines that are affordable under $20 are super treasure finds. It’s equally as awesome when a splurge buy drinks as a luxury, exclusive. When paired with the right foods quite a memorable moment and experience is created. Spanish wines are so pleasant and easy drinking. They pair beautifully with charcuturie, grilled meats, soft cheeses, light sauced pasta dishes, and of course, paella, ceviche or chorizo inspired dishes. I will feature three Spanish wines at three price points in this article that are simply wonderful.



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Juan Gil Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell 2016 is a steal at $8. This wine shows beautiful aromatics of black fruit such as black raspberries and spring flowers. Notes of dark chocolate, spice, and ripe fruit lead to a well-balanced, full bodied texture with bright acidity and savory finish. A tremendous value and a pleasure to drink. Bodegas Carchelo C 2014 is a solid buy at $15. This fantastic red wine is a blend of 40% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. To quote my colleague, Ryan Rugg, “Carchelo C is a fun and complex blend dense purple and wild berry fruits run deep on the palate with great acidity up front, making this wine a no-brainer for pairing with food and especially cheese.” In fact, locally in Murcia, Jumilla, Spain this winery’s juice is used to make the famed “Drunken Goat” cheese that can be found in St Pete’s boutique cheese selections. Of course, chorizo sausage and saffron yellow rice would be the ideal pairing for this delicious wine, Ryan tells me. It’s full and juicy with great balance of weight, texture,

and loads of complex fruits and spice. Grab a bottle for your next hangout and give it a whirl, it’s purple pleasure in a glass. Parada de Atauta 2014 is worth every penny of a splurge at $30. It’s made with 100 percent tinto fino, a high quality red wine grape from the Ribera del Duero growing region. Rich, powerful, fragrant and elegant, this wine displays red and blackberry aromas, hints of violets, black pepper and mocha. On the palate, it’s ripe and delicious bringing sweet spicy and toasty notes. Pair it with grilled meats, cured meats, cheeses and light stews. How exciting to know that these wines are readily available at many retailers in St. Petersburg. Enjoy discovering these Spanish brands, you won’t be disappointed. Edith Swierzbinski is owner of 4th and Vine, a boutique wine shop in St. Petersburg.




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Tiny Sips

Remember the pour-your-own wine bars where you could purchase a debit card, then select and pour your own glass of wine from a couple dozen spouts? They’re baaaack. Even better for some, there’s a beer version at Pour Taproom, 225 Second Avenue N., where you use a wristband instead of a card to pay by the ounce for sampling from 85 taps — including 75 beers and a half-dozen wines. The setting is industrial-warehouse in 2,300 square feet of space, so don’t expect chic. But if you are in the mood for checking out some new beer, this is the place! At the Tap Room at the Hollander Hotel, 421 Fourth Ave. N., Tuesday is $3 Craft Beer Night until 11 pm. There’s something for everyone in the outstanding selection from 21 taps. We love not only hanging at the bar in the cozy restaurant, but the front outdoor porch is great for catching the evening breeze and feeling like a part of the Burg’s downtown scene. Happy hours from 3 to 6 pm Monday through Friday include $6 appetizers, $5 martinis and margaritas, $4 house wines and $3 select craft beers. Try over 12 different whiskeys, enjoy light bites like steak crustini and ceviche, and mingle over music at Winter Whiskeyfest from 6 to 9 pm February 9, at Red Mesa Cantina’s (128 3rd Street S) new La Florida event space. Sounds like a sure winner, tickets are $75. Go to ilovetheburg.com for tickets.

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Men’s running tights and long-sleeved top by MPG are made of comfortable performance jersey offering 4-way stretch and moisture wicking properties. BY JOSE MARTINEZ As we aspire to reduce our waistlines and improve our health and quality of life in 2018, outside of naked yoga, we will all need something to wear. The best approach is to invest in some great athleisure wear! It will support your goals and initiatives while providing the comfort and confidence you deserve. Plus it keeps you feeling cool and fresh all day in our Sunshine State. Athleisure is a practical and good-looking trend in fashion in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities



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is worn in other settings, such as at the workplace, at school, or at other casual or social occasions. Athleisure can be considered as a fashion industry movement, enabled by improved textile materials, which allows sportswear to be more versatile, comfortable, and fashionable. They allow for an easy wardrobe transition from your everyday routine to the gym. That means no more excuses! Many of the leading manufacturers of athleisure clothing include benefits such as

anti-bacterial treatment that fights odor, breathable fabric that wicks moisture, and soft, stretchy fabric that allows for unlimited movement. Some items include flat, chafe-free seams and SPF 50 all -day sun protection wash after wash -- all while being fashionable, functional and durable. In my research to gain a greater insight and understanding here are some of the technologies being used by some of the leading athleisure manufacturers (MPG, Vuori, Strong body) and their associated benefits.

SPL FASHION • Performance Cashmere - A hassle-free, luxury fabric blend with softness, drape and temperature regulation. • Engineered Fleece - Offers featherweight warmth and breathability in a unique spongy texture fabric • Bluesign® Approved - Ecofriendly fabrication process reduces environmental impact • Propellite® Technology - Subtle prints become illuminated in the dark and transform into hi-vis reflective garments • Built-in drirelease® Technology Offers drying, cooling and 24-hour freshening • Polygiene® Stink-Free Technology Natural antibacterial finish reduces odor, extending wear between washing

• Tech Twill - Modern performance fabric with 4-way stretch AND water-resistance • Magic Rain Technology - Transforms when wet to reveal a hidden pattern

Jose Martinez is president of Sartorial Inc, a menswear boutique in downtown St. Petersburg.


• Sweat Tech - Provides body mapping for a chafe-free, second-skin fit that breathes • Performance Silk - An easy-care blend with a luxe look and feel, moisture management AND natural odor resistance. Infinity 360 - Seamless fabric offers chafe-free construction for a barely-there feel and built-in Polygiene® technology • Rapid Fabric - Lightweight, gentle compression, 4-way stretch and moisture-wicking • Performance Jersey - Advanced fabric blend with 4-way stretch, shape retention AND moisture-wicking properties • Flex Woven Fabric - Super soft, lightweight with 4-way stretch plus excellent moisture wicking • Café Tech Fabric - Made from recycled coffee grounds with natural odor control and cooling properties

• Warrior Knit - High-performance, stink-free fabric with the look AND feel of a cotton knit Lightweight Vuori athletic shorts offer 4-way stretch and a supportive Coolmax anti-odor liner. They are paired with Vuori The Rise The Shine tee.

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Romantic Florals That one, precisely chosen dress is a perfect way to express yourself BY MEGAN SIMONS Valentine’s Day is the time to celebrate, we express our emotions and devotions to our true loves and we build memories. But what is the one thing that stays in our minds the longest, what is the one thing that creates the warm and fuzzy feeling way after the day has come and passed? Remember Frank Sinatra singing “The way you look tonight”? What stays for a long time in our memories is the way she looked that night! The great thing about our fashion rules today is that there are not too many. There are three cardinal guidelines, which I follow consistently. • You have to be comfortable in what you are wearing • You have to be true to yourself, which means being unique, irreplaceable • You have to be exquisite, emphasizing all the best features that Mother Nature gifted you with When the occasion calls for romance, and a dress to impress in a feminine way, we should, without doubt, reach for floral prints. Nothing reverberates romance like pastel colors and flowers. The options are many. Flowers of all sizes are immensely prevalent trends for 2018, from tiny peasant-style patterns looking like they just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel, to large realistic prints of the modern-girl romance.

Fun and femininity combine is this dress with flared skirt trimmed in flowers by Joseph Ribkoff



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We all have our favorite reds for special events, but I can assure you that there is one universally attractive color. Navy is the new black, just better and definitely more versatile. Combine navy with just about any color and you won’t make a mistake. Navy is great with white for the morning, with pastels for the day, and with bolder, brighter colors for the evening. It is a color appropriate for any occasion, but not as dark and more flattering for most skin tones than black.

SPL FASHION Clothes speak volumes about you, “fashion is an instant language” as Prada said. Go for formfitting, sensual style if that’s your preference. Or go for the contrary and select a wide, feminine flared skirt. This style was a hit on the runways for Spring 2018. Flared skirts have many advantages, they complement women of any height, they will thin and emphasize the waist area, and make the legs look longer. To finish your look match your shoes with bright colors on your dress,

or go for spectacularly chic gold pumps, a pair of sparkly earrings and a splash of your favorite fragrance. Now, I can imagine you entering the room, and “The way you look tonight” is taking all breaths away with the brilliance of YOU. Megan Simons is owner and CEO of Capota Trends and owner of Pippa Pelure, a women’s fine clothing and accessories boutique on Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Snell Island Waterfront views and historic charm are the essence of living in this upscale enclave

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Snell Isle, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown in northeast St. Petersburg, is an oasis of tranquility and beauty. Along the winding main thoroughfare, Snell Isle Boulevard, one finds lush, tropical foliage amid perfectly manicured lawns, tree-lined streets and stately residences both old and new. Patrick and Gloria Bauer decided Snell Isle was where they wanted to establish



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a residence when they left Illinois in March 2015. Their spacious 4,265-squarefoot waterfront home offers everything the couple wanted in a St. Petersburg residence – a breezy Florida feel, plenty of space for outdoor entertaining and quick proximity to downtown. Built in 1986, the four-bed five-bath home features leaded glass French doors from the kitchen and dining area,

opening onto the waterfront terrace to maximize views and accessibility. Perfect for the outdoor lifestyle is the travertine patio with infinity-edge heated saltwater pool, dining area with plenty of seating and a built-in grill, and double-sided fireplace. The Bauers recently renovated the home with the help of Floor Coverings International, adding walnut flooring throughout and upgrading the bathrooms, including deep soaking tubs.


“To enhance the value of this beautiful home, Gloria and Patrick realized that certain upgrades would be required to bring them up to date with latest design trends and increase the quality of materials used throughout their home,” said Lee Rohner, president of Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg. “Their remodeling project included upgrading from laminate to walnut floors throughout the main living areas of the home, new upgraded carpet in all bedrooms, fully remodeled bathrooms and decorative backsplashes in the kitchen, pantry and wet bar area.”

LOVING SNELL ISLE The island was the perfect choice for the active couple, who enjoy outdoor activities including bicycling and boating. Patrick, CEO of Heartland Dental, golfs at nearby Vinoy Renaissance Country Club while Gloria enjoys daily walks. “We chose Snell Isle because it’s on the Bay and close to everything downtown,” says Gloria. Their favorite places include The Mill for dining and “having drinks on the front porch of the Vinoy,” said Gloria. “It’s so relaxing and such a beautiful view.”

When guests come to visit, she whisks them downtown for Saturday Morning Market or a festival on the waterfront, she adds. When it comes to dining, “we like to go anywhere along Beach Drive or the Sundial restaurants.” One unexpected bonus of living on Snell Isle – the wildlife. “We didn’t realize when we chose to live here that dolphins were literally in our back yard,” Gloria said. “We love looking out and seeing them.”

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ABOUT SNELL ISLE Now one of St. Petersburg’s most upscale and desirable neighborhoods, Snell Isle was once nothing more than a low-lying mangrove swamp. When C. Perry Snell, a Kentucky pharmacist, came to visit the area in 1899, he envisioned a residential waterfront enclave and invested in the property of what is now Coffee Pot Bayou and Snell Island. In 1911, he began developing Snell Island. In 1926, Snell opened what is now the 18-hole Vinoy Renaissance Resort Golf Club on Snell Isle. A few years later in 1928, he gifted land to the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club which still stands today on Coffee Pot Bayou and is on the U.S. Register of National Historic Places. Snell Isle is completely residential, with several apartment communities, two schools, and two churches. Many original homes from the 1920s still exist today, with charming European and Spanish architecture. More than 80 percent of homes on Snell Isle enjoy waterfront views, some of the Bay and others on interconnected waterways.



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Did you know? Snell Island was gifted to the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club in 1928


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The new Imagine Museum is a welcomed addition to St. Petersburg’s thriving glass art scene SEAGRASS AMULET BASKET/LAURA DONEFER PHOTO IMAGINE MUSEUM

BY MARCIA BIGGS John Lennon would no doubt be amused. The new Imagine Museum, in the heart of St. Petersburg’s up-and-coming Grand Central District , is a dream brought to reality. Within a mile or so of two nationally-renowned glass art destinations – the Morean Arts Center’s Chihuly Collection and Duncan McClellan Studios – Imagine creates a Holy Trinity of fine art glass museums near downtown. Add in a growing number of smaller galleries, studios and hot shops



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throughout the city’s arts districts and it’s clear that Imagine Museum will be a major player in Tampa Bay cultural arts tourism, joining a flourishing arts community along the Gulf Coast of Florida. “This will be an incredible addition to the city’s cultural assets and will be yet one more reason for tourists to visit,” said Wayne Atherholt, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg. “Imagine Museum continues to expand the arts west along Central

Avenue following the relocation of the Chihuly Collection in the Central Arts District. The educational opportunities around glass will be phenomenal. The museum’s location just north of the Warehouse Arts District makes it well positioned to attract visitors.” STUDIO GLASS A bright blue three-story exterior (it was previously a bank and a charter school) hints at the colorful treasures that lie within. Nine galleries are filled with contemporary American glass art , a


This will be an incredible addition to the city’s cultural assets and will be yet one more reason for tourists to visit

temple of awe and inspiration in groundbreaking glass technique, and most of all imagination. The collection spans the American Studio Glass Movement from its birth in the 1960’s to the present. The movement started in 1962 with pioneers Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino at the Toledo Museum of Art when they created and built a small furnace for melting glass designed for an individual artist studio. Studio glass is extremely diverse ranging in size and subject matter from nature and the human form to geometric and abstract. Techniques include blowing, casting, intricate flame work, layering, grinding and polishing. “It is our goal to educate people about

this particular glass movement,” said Jane Buckman, the museum’s deputy director. “We give established and emerging glass artists an opportunity to show in a fine arts museum.” THE COLLECTION The museum was the vision of local glass collector and artist Trish Duggan who contracted with Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Michigan, to curate and compile the stunning collection. Visitors are greeted by an open, two-story light-filled lobby complete with a Kahwa coffee café and large museum shop overflowing with jewel-tone glass art to take home. Step inside the dimly lit white and black galleries with dramatic lighting, and the art often appears to float in mid-air. The visitor walks through time as each gallery

moves through the decades of the Studio Glass Movement.

The permanent collection contains more than 450 pieces by 55 glass artists from across the country, although all are not on exhibit at once. Yes, there is a nod to glass pioneer Dale Chihuly with several pieces of his early work. What makes this collection special is that many of the artists are still alive and working, said Buckman. For grand opening week in late January, she was expecting hundreds of glass artists and collectors from across the country to converge on Tampa Bay and Sarasota. The museum opening was being held in conjunction with Sarasota Glass Weekend.

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Celtic Woman March 2 8 pm Mahaffey Theater 400 1st Street SE, St. Petersburg Ireland’s most talented singers, musicians, and dancers take over the stage of the Mahaffey Theater on March 2 for an exciting evening of world-class Celtic entertainment. The Grammy winning group Celtic Woman, featuring Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and violinist Tara McNeill, will be accompanied by a full ensemble of musicians and dancers. The new Homecoming Tour promises to be a joyful fusion of all things Celtic - from bagpipes and bouzouki to Irish dances, as well as a universal celebration of life. Celtic Woman has performed for over four million fans across 24 countries and six continents, with an especially devoted following in America. Tickets start at $53.50; at the box office, at themahaffey.com, or by calling (727)-893-7832.


The Sound of Gospel March 4 5 pm The Palladium – Hough Hall 235 5th Avenue N. St. Petersburg

Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues March 3 8 pm The Palladium – Hough Hall 253 5th Avenue N. St. Petersburg

The Sound of Gospel Awards and Recognition uplifts and celebrates the sounds of “good news” throughout the church and community. The show, rescheduled from Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Irma, will include the powerful Battle of the Choirs and Battle of the Church Bands. The Sound of Gospel will also recognize citizens and businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area. Tickets $30, $45 at the box office, at mypalladium.org or by calling (727) 822-3590

Two grand pianos, four great boogie and blues pianists. It will be a Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp at the 9th anniversary of this now-legendary Palladium show. St. Pete’s Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues; Detroit’s Matt Ball, the Boogie Woogie Kid; St. Louis’ Chase Garrett; and from San Francisco, Wendy Dewitt. Tickets $28, $38 at the box office, at mypalladium.org or by calling (727) 822-3590


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Keeping up with St. Petersburg Arts, Theater Events, Performances and Personalities

BY CINDY STOVALL Greetings to my friends, listeners, and all lovers of the artful life here in our Beautiful Burg. It is an honor to be a contributor to a publication so rich in visual appeal and compelling content. My hope is that this piece will be the first of many discussing the ever exploding and evolving cultural life of the Sunshine City. Of course, I welcome your feedback and love, love, LOVE any inside info on mustsee art/theatre events, performances, and personalities.

Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, the seminal masterpiece by one of America’s greatest playwrights, runs Jan. 27 through Feb.18. This deeply personal semiautobiographical work by Tennessee Williams is regarded as one of the most powerful and important plays of the 20th century. Looking ahead, the witty and romantic musical Daddy Long Legs, based on the novel by Jean Webster, opens March 17.

Let’s start by talking about some of the upcoming events you’ll be sure to want on your calendar. On my podcast, we call them Beauty Marks and there are always an abundance to choose from, many of them free. If you’re bored in the ‘Burg, you have absolutely no one to blame but yourself!

Summer Shakes: Fans of Shakespeare are invited to join freeFall’s annual trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival August 6-13 to experience live performances of the Bard’s legendary work performed by the largest professional repertory company in the U.S. For more information, call 727-498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com to book your tickets.

Performing Arts Eric Davis directs freeFall Theatre’s first offering of 2018. Don’t miss Tennessee

American Stage continues its “We the People” themed series of plays with A Raisin in the Sun. Director L. Peter Callender of San Francisco’s AfricanAmerican Shakespeare Company returns to American Stage after directing August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come & Gone and Jitney to great critical success accumulating ten Tampa Bay Award nominations and winning six, including Outstanding Director. A Raisin in the Sun

Applause, please, for Cindy Stovall, SPL’s new arts writer covering the thriving arts scene around town. Cindy is a St. Petersburg-based podcaster, writer and long-time cheerleader for the arts in our Beautiful ‘Burg. For more than three years, she has been the host of Beauty & The ‘Burg, a weekly national Helium Radio Network podcast.



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runs from Jan. 24 - Feb 18. To purchase tickets, visit americanstage.org/raisin

Arts Happenings The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, always supporting the arts and artists, celebrates excellence on February 9 at 7pm with the 4th Annual Muse Awards taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts. stpeteartsalliance.org The 5th Annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival comes to South Straub Park February 24-25. The work of some 120 artisans will be featured offering a true feast for the senses. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm and admission is free. The festival is produced by Paragon Fine Arts Festivals, co-sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg and helps support the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

Listen in as Cindy interviews the artists, writers, directors, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and behind-the-scenes people who make the St. Pete arts scene happen. Beauty & The ‘Burg airs at 6 pm every Wednesday at http://heliumradio. com/podcastfilter/beauty-and-the-burg/ , where you can find an archive of previous episodes. Cindy can be reached at cstovall5@gmail.com


The Morean Arts Center showcases emerging avant-garde Florida artists in Fresh Squeezed 2. The exhibit opens on March 10th and runs through April 27t. Quote- “The purpose of Fresh Squeezed is to encourage, support and celebrate artists who fly under the radar and have not had their big break.” moreanartscenter.org On the Museum Calendar Check out Happy Hour with the Historian at The St. Petersburg History Museum. It’s a monthly fun and educational event complete with libations and nibbles! The next one is scheduled for March 1 at 6pm and features John Capouya, author of “Florida Soul”. historystpete.org At The Museum of Fine Arts, the very popular Star Wars and the Power of Costume continues through April 1. But I want to mention an event that is a personal favorite. For the 21st year, Art in Bloom returns to the museum March 22-26. This annual rite of spring fills the museum with fresh floral interpretations of the permanent collection and current exhibits. I am a proud participant and look forward to seeing you there! Details at mfastpete.org

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Star Power

Star Wars and the Power of Costume Take a journey into the Star Wars universe as characters from seven movies are brought to life through a super-galactic exhibit of more than 60 original costumes. Star Wars and the Power of Costume, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition, continues through April 1 at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. Get an inside look at the process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in the first seven films of the Star Wars saga from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor, the robes of Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, along with Chewbacca, X-Wing Pilots, the Droids, and, of course, C-3PO and R2-D2. Galleries show the creative process of costume design and how the costumes shaped the identities of the iconic Star Wars characters through the vision of

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producer George Lucas. Short films go behind the scenes to show production of costumes and props, and interviews with the artists, designers and actors. Interactive flip books in each gallery present sketches, photos and notes that capture the creative team’s inspiration and vision. Entries to the exhibition are timed every 20 minutes on the hour; advance ticket purchase is recommended. Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Dr NE St. Petersburg 33701 (727) 896-2667 Through April 1, 2018 For ticket prices and hours, call the museum or go to mfastpete.org


Dali Duchamp February 10-May 27 The Dali Museum One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg 33701 (727) 823-3767 For hours and ticket information, go to thedali.org

The father of Surrealism, Salvador Dalí, meets the father of Conceptual Art, Marcel Duchamp, in the Dali Museum’s latest exhibit. Dedicated to the friendship between the controversial French-born Duchamp (1887-1968) and the eccentwric Spanish-born Dalí, the show explores the common ground shared by two equally inventive, intelligent and irreverent minds. Duchamp and Dali maintained a lasting bond of friendship and mutual admiration throughout their careers. The two men were united by a combination of humor and skepticism, which led both, in different ways, to challenge conventional views of art and life. The exhibit combines some 60 works including

Duchamp’s paintings, assemblages and ready-mades, along with betterknown and lesser-known work by Dalí, correspondence and collaborations between the two artists.

Duchamp and Dalí play chess during filming of “A Soft Self-Portrait” (1966) Archivo Fotografico Pere Vehi, Cadaques / Photo by Robert Descharnes and Paul Averty /Photo courtesy Dali Museum

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Anna Maria Unplugged Go find your peace. Escape across the Skyway. Unplug. PHOTO CINDY COCKBURN



I first discovered Anna Maria Island while meandering along the Gulf of Mexico preparing to write my first book. My Frommer’s Guide to Florida assignment featuring the West Coast was published over 20 years ago. Not much has changed. Back then, the seven-mile-long, eco-friendly Anna Maria was way, way off anybody’s radar. Today, it’s been rated the third best island in the U.S. by Trip Advisor.

yourself a gift and visit in the afternoon, end up at the Beach Bistro for a fabulous sunset happy hour on the beach and make reservations well in advance for a spectacular gourmet dinner.”

While only an hour south of St. Pete, it’s a gigantic step back in time. My description from years ago is still the same: “Give

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There’s nothing more romantic after a fab dinner overlooking the Gulf than a night at the charming Harrington House (5626 Gulf Drive), located a short walk away from the Beach Bistro.

consistently been awarded the highest ZAGAT scores in the state of Florida for “Best Food,” and has been honored with inclusion in ZAGAT’s “Top Restaurants in America.” The Bistro also boasts a longstanding Wine Spectator Award. The Bistro’s beachfront location on the beautiful white-sand beaches of Anna Maria Island, overlooking the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, makes this an evening to be remembered. Applause for the fresh grouper, Prime American beef, domestic lamb and the “best Smoked Salmon in the free world.”

TRAVELS WITH CC and traumatic, having emerged from the throes of a hurricane that pounded the windows. Today, it’s survived many storms.

New York Times – “Remarkable smoked salmon…perfectly cooked grouper… beautiful wine list…fabulous sunsets over the Gulf” Food & Wine – “Exceptional…almost like being at Sea” Gourmet Magazine – “Most Romantic Restaurants in America” Southern Living – “There’s not a more magical spot” The Beach Bistro was opened by Sean Murphy and his wife, Susan Timmins, in the fall of 1985. The opening was dramatic

The Harrington House does a big business catering to small beach weddings. I call it bare bones weddings. All romance. No glitter. Back to basics! PHOTO HARRINGTONHOUSE.COM

Accolades over three decades include: Los Angeles Times – “One of Florida’s best restaurants”

I love sitting at the intimate bar watching Murphy (a mini-celeb in his own right) hosting locals and visitors who have been repeat customers for years. Brit superstar golfer Tony Jacklin was dining there during my recent visit and I saw his name on the menu - The Tony Jacklin Bombay Sapphire Martini with Maytag blue cheese olives.

The inn has expanded over the years and now offers guests the options of beach house, motel, bungalows, and condos, with lots of renovations in 28 years. You can count on breakfast and afternoon tea served inside the original home.

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BY MARCIA BIGGS St. Augustine, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways on a romantic weekend getaway. An easy 3-hour jaunt from Tampa Bay, I have grown to love the unique charm and history of St. Augustine more with each visit. St. Augustine is all about the history – it recently celebrated 500 years. That’s why it’s worth the splurge to stay at one of more than two dozen historic bed and breakfast inns located in the Historic District. The esteemed St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast is considered the “Nation’s Oldest Inn” built in 1791 as a Spanish residence. With its tropical courtyard, guests are invited to sip a sangria and nosh on social hour appetizers and nightly desserts made fresh daily. Rooms and suites are charming and romantic.



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Our corner room with a fireplace and whirlpool tub offered a private balcony where we could kick back and listen to the soothing clip-clop of the carriages on the street below.

Modern but equally romantic is the Casa de Suenos on Cordova Street, which is close to just about everything. The Mediterranean-style Casa presents breakfast buffets and social hours in

a bright, airy dining room, perfect for socializing with interesting guests from around the world. The best part about staying in the Historic District is it allows you to park your car and forget it. St. Augustine is a walker’s delight. For a good introduction, start your visit with an Old Town Trolley Tour. Then head out and enjoy! Stroll the brick-lined streets and pop into the many shops and boutiques and art galleries. In St. Augustine’s early days, St. George Street was the main street, and today the thoroughfare is still considered the heart of the city. However, no trip to the Nation’s Oldest City would be complete without time spent traversing some of the roads less traveled. St. George is just one of many enchanting streets that make up the city’s historic downtown district.

TRAVEL mix with jazz clubs, outdoor cafes and European bistros. St. Augustine harbors a strong cultural scene with a diversity of talented artists. The First Friday Art Walk has gained “must-do” status for both residents and visitors. What could be more romantic than strolling the city’s historic streets, perusing more than 20 galleries. You’ll find everything from fine art paintings to handmade jewelry, ceramics, glass, photography and sculpture. Galleries are spread out among five distinct districts. Parking is free at the San Sebastian Winery on King Street where you can hop aboard free Artwalk trolleys from 6 to 9 p.m.

One thing that makes St. Augustine so attractive to me is the amazing dining scene. A diverse array of excellent restaurants makes it difficult to select where to go. Highly recommended for a romantic evening is the award-winning Michael’s Tasting Room with its extensive wine selection and innovative dishes in a casually elegant atmosphere. Michael’s Tasting Room has received numerous honors and national recognitions. Wine Spectator awarded the wine list its Award of Excellence for the 10th year in a row. Chef Michael has also been recognized as Best Chef of St. Augustine by several the city’s publications.

CLASSICALLY ROMANTIC Above: Patio dining at Old City House. The St. Augustine Music Festival Below: Tapas at Michael’s Tasting Room features two weekends of live classical music performances during the last two weeks in June every year. Worldclass musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra join internationally known guest artists to perform in the acoustically splendid St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica. Concerts are free with donations accepted. This year, the festival is set for June 21-23 and June 28-30 with concerts beginning at 7:30 pm. For more information, go to staugustinemusicfestival.org For information on St. Augustine, contact St. Augustine Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, 29 Old Mission Ave., 800-653-2489 floridashistoriccoast.com Aviles Street

Other recommended restaurants perfect for couples (intimate, not loud) include Old City House, Collage, and Catch 27. All offer fine dining and wines, and a unique “St. Augustine experience.” One of my favorite lunch spots is the Café Alcazar (not open for dinner), located in the lower level of the beautiful Lightner Museum. Café Alcazar sits in what was once the indoor pool of the Alcazar Hotel built in 1889 by Henry Flagler. Combine a visit to the magnificent art galleries here with lunch at the Café. There are plenty of great drinking holes in this college town, but in recent years the level of sophistication has kicked up a notch. Martini and craft cocktail bars

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R & B Legends with Michael Lynche Florida Orchestra Raymond James Pops Series 2 pm and 8 pm Saturday, April 7 Mahaffey Theater 8 pm Friday April 6 Straz Performaning Arts Center, Tampa American Idol star and St. Petersburg native Michael Lynche fuses classic R&B and vintage soul into a powerful, fresh sound. “R&B Legends” follows “Big Mike’s” journey and coming of age through soul music with songs of some of the most iconic R&B/soul singers of all time. Lynche joins forces with the orchestra and top pops arranger Jeff Tyzik for the music of James Brown, Otis Redding, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye. Tickets are $15 to $45 through floridaorchestra.org, the box office at 244 Second Avenue N., or by calling 727-892-3337

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Dream Wedding Part of Farm’s Community Giving Many careers can be hugely demanding. But the job of school teacher is one career choice that takes a special kind of person – someone who gives their heart and soul to educating the next generation of adults who will be leading this state and this country. Up before the sun, with long days on their feet, dedicated teachers are often selfless and giving, investing personal time and emotional support to young children and teens. Old McMicky’s Farm, a children’s educational farm in the rolling countryside of Odessa, wants to reward a local schoolteacher with a free all-inclusive wedding at its beautiful lakefront venue. In the past four years, Old McMicky’s has donated eight free weddings to active U.S. military and veterans as part of a community giving program called “Mission I Do.” In 2018, the Farm will award a free dream wedding worth $20,000 to a schoolteacher in the Tampa Bay area through its “Teachers ROCK” giving program.

“Teachers make such a huge difference in the lives of children and families in our Tampa Bay community, we thought a great way for Old McMicky’s Farm to show our appreciation was to help a teacher start a family of their own with this Dream Wedding gift,” says Ralph Zuckerman, owner of Old McMicky’s Farm.

Vote Now! Go to oldmcmickeys.com to read about each finalist couple and view a 2-minute video. Then cast your vote! Hurry, online voting will close on February 7. You can vote daily.

While nominations have closed, the public is now urged to VOTE for the candidate couple of their choice on the farm’s web site at oldmcmickys.com. Candidates were chosen from public and private schoolteachers in grades Pre-K through 12 in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties who entered the giveaway before the application deadline of January 5. Old McMicky’s Farm offers educational group and individual farm tours, kid’s birthday parties, beautiful barn weddings and corporate event rentals as part of their services to the general public.


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Eat, Drink & Be Artsy Join St. Pete Life at CASA’s main fundraiser of the year on April 28 at the beautiful Renaissance Vinoy. This year’s theme, Farm to Table(aux), promises to be an arts and culinary event extraordinaire combining the French concept of tableaux vivant (meaning “living picture”) with farm-to-table cuisine, craft cocktails, fine wines and beer. Guests will enjoy an entertaining evening as some of the Burg’s most respected artists create unique paintings for auction right before your eyes. For more information, go to farmtotableaux.com/casa

Saturday, April 28, 2018 5:30-9:30 THE VINOY

STAND UP FOR PEACE. Support our mission to raise our voices against violence through advocacy empowerment and social change.

Soup-er Bowl

Food Drive For a Safe Home Your help is needed to provide CASA, the Pinellas County domestic violence emergency shelter, with food to fill the pantry of its service kitchen. This amazing facility provides food, clothing, empowerment programs and other services to women, men and children, with typically half of the beds filled by children. Donations are being accepted for CASA’s Soup-er Bowl through February 28; more than 50 drop-off locations are throughout Pinellas County. Donations should be non-perishable, healthy food items such as soup, cereal, 100% fruit juice, peanut butter, jelly, oatmeal, canned tuna or chicken, canned vegetables, rice, beans, and pancake mix. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated. For more information on the Soup-er Bowl and to find locations, go to casa-stpete.org/souperbowl

Every little bit helps

For assistance with domestic violence-related issues, call CASA’s 24-hour hotline at (727) 895-4912.

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Keeping Up With ST PETERSBURG www.flholocaustmuseum.org

“TO LIFE” HONOREES The Florida Holocaust Museum has announced the 2017 Loebenberg Humanitarian Award winners: John Rinde, Toni Rinde, Lisl Schick, and Mary Wygodski . All four recipients are Holocaust survivors and will be honored for their outstanding contribution to the museum at a sold out gala, To Life: Honoring the Past; Empowering the Future! on Feb. 10 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. All of the award recipients are prominent ambassadors for the museum, sharing their stories at the museum and across the state. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, the St. Petersburg museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL

KIDS RADIOTHON In its 10th year, the US 103.5 FM Cares for Kids Radiothon raised a record-breaking $406,488 for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. During the two-day on-air event in December, supporters presented checks and kept the phone lines ringing as grateful patients and families shared their personal stories of care and healing. Part of what made this year’s Radiothon such a success was a generous matching donation from former Tampa Bay Lightning player, Vinny Lecavalier. A long-time supporter of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Lecavalier pledged to match every donor dollar up to $200,000.

BIKE FRIENDLY The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the City of St. Petersburg with a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community award. The Silver level recognizes the city’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies - a ranking that no other mid-or largesize city in Florida has attained. Congrats, St. Pete!



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WADA APPPOINTMENT The Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) has announced Diane Bailey Morton as its new Executive Director. Morton is a fixture in the local arts community having served over 20 years on the Board of Trustees of American Stage. She and her family sponsored all 10 years of the August Wilson Century Cycle at American Stage. She served on the International Relations Commission for the City of St. Petersburg. Morton has sponsored numerous theatre productions for The Studio@620, Stageworks and FreeFall theatre. She served on the Boards of Great Explorations, USF Alumni Association and the Florida Bar Grievance Committee.

WILLIAMS PARK REDUX The revitalization of Williams Park continues. In 2016 and 2017, the park in the heart of downtown served as a venue for festivals, film screenings and monthly food truck rallies. Local efforts to make the park a true hub of activity show no signs of stopping. On January 13, the City introduced Second Saturdays at Williams Park, which will be a monthly happening. The inaugural event from 6-9 pm featured live music by Mighty Good & Strong Band, as well as a beer and wine garden, a cigar lounge hosted by Central Cigars, a vendor fair, a food court, and a kids zone. Come April 21, Williams Park will be the site of the annual St. Pete Earth Day festival, filling the park with green, eco-friendly vendors and crafts, demonstrations, sustainability and clean energy info, kids activities, live music and more.

Morton has practiced law in the Tampa Bay Area for over 30 years. She began her career as an Assistant State Attorney and opened her own trial practice in St. Petersburg handling labor and employment cases. She served as General Counsel of the Tampa Police Benevolent Association and the Tampa Firefighters. She was named General Counsel to C1 Bank and guided the bank through the successful merger with Bank of the Ozarks. “Diane has a true love of the arts and is a consummate professional in all the tasks she undertakes. We are lucky to have her and are excited about her advancing the mission of the Warehouse Arts District,” said Rob Kapusta, WADA Vice President.

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SHOOT, WE’RE GOOD The upscale and trendy Garden&Gun magazine sang the praises of the Burg’s emerging culinary, craft beer and cocktail scene in the October/November issue. In an article titled “The South’s Five Best Food Towns,” St. Petersburg joined Birmingham, AL; Greenville, SC; Knoxville, TN.; and Raleigh, NC, as the editors’ top 5 picks as rising stars.

Here’s an excerpt: “The craft beer craze jumped the bay from Tampa with a vengeance a couple of years back, which in turn begat micro-distilleries and other food businesses. The new Ichicoro Ane izakaya, for example, will feature ramen, and the city also now boasts the Mandarin Hide’s craft cocktails and the artisanal pickles of the Urban Canning Company. St. Pete has even attracted interest from afar: New York’s Empire Oyster launched a pop-up oyster bar in the Edge District’s Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails. Chefs who worked together in Asheville opened the Reading Room, building a menu around produce from their own garden. And serial restaurateur Michael Mina, with Don Pintabona—former executive chef at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Grill— parachuted in with Locale Market (FarmTable Cucina at Locale).” (Note: See reviews of Ichicoro Ane and the Reading Room in this issue of SPL)

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Taking The Leed

Creating a healthier environment in Tampa Bay Photos by Shannon Kalahar/USFSP

Lynn Pippenger Hall, home to USF St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business, has received a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the third building at USFSP to receive LEED Gold certification, the most widely used green building rating system in the world. “The more we can construct buildings that meet the highest of environmental standards, we not only improve the health of our college community but it pays in the long run with greater energy savings and lower day-to-day costs,” said Joe Trubacz, Regional Vice Chancellor of Administrative and Financial Services at USFSP. Sustainable design elements and products were used throughout Lynn Pippenger



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Hall to include Forest Stewardship Council certified wood, materials sourced locally and regionally, and a management system to monitor energy usage. The building received especially high marks for water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and innovation. Additionally, the project received praise for its access to public transportation and concerted efforts to reduce pollution and recycling waste during construction.

while prioritizing sustainable practices.”

“The work of innovative building projects such as USFSP’s Lynn Pippenger Hall is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, designed and operated,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and reducing operating costs

The Science and Technology building at USFSP was the first to earn LEED Gold certification in the USF System in 2010. The University Student Center received LEED Gold certification in 2014. LEED provides a framework for healthy, efficient and cost-saving green buildings. Projects pursuing certification earn points for attributes such as energy use and air quality.

Lynn Pippenger Hall is a four-story building with more than 68,000 square feet of classroom, office and common spaces. It was designed by a joint venture between Harvard Jolly Architecture of St. Petersburg, Florida and ikon.5 architects of Princeton, New Jersey. The building is home to the Kate Tiedemann College of Business.



The 2018 Valspar Championship will be held March 5-11 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. The first round of Tampa Bay’s premiere PGA Tour tournament kicks off March 8 and wraps up with the final round on March 11. Rory McIlroy, a four-time Major Champion and two-time PGA Tour Player of the Year, will make his Valspar Championship debut. Fans will be treated to loads of family fun throughout the four days, including a live country music concert Saturday evening (check the web site for the artists), a Family Fun Zone, and a Fan Expo. On March 4, the Osteo Bi-Flex® Made to Move Copperhead 5K invites runners and walkers to traverse the scenic tournament Copperhead Course. The race is set for 4 pm and will be followed by an upscale recovery party at the Benchmark International Snake Pit Club on the 17th green. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. For more information on both the tournament and 5K race, go to ValsparChampionship.com

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St. Petersburg Jazz Festival The 10th annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival presents five nights of smooth sounds, along with jumpin’ and jivin’ to hot Latin and Big Band sounds February 21-25 in the intimate setting of the Side Door at the Palladium. Here’s what’s in store: Wednesday, Feb. 21 The Tal Cohen Trio Israeli-born Jazz pianist Tal Cohen dishes up original jazz compositions with Israeli influences. Cohen has performed at the Melbourne, Australia, Jazz Festival and the Detroit Jazz Festival; he will be accompanied by Dion Kerr on bass and David Chiverton on drums. Thursday, Feb. 22 The Jeff Rupert Quintet with Veronica Swift At age 23, Veronica Swift is being recognized as one of the top young jazz singers on the national scene. In 2016, she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, and has performed at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City with Michael Feinstein. A YAMAHA performing artist, tenor saxophonist Jeff Rupert has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Swift and Rupert will be joined by Marty Morell (drums), Richard Drexler (piano), and Ben Kramer (bass). Friday, Feb. 23 B3 Fury with the Shawn Brown Group Lordy, can you feel it? Soul-meister Shawn Brown makes love to the Hammond B3 organ from the depths of his being. Brown has shared the stage with Al Green, Clarence Clemons, Christopher Cross, Earth Wind & Fire, Keith Sweat, Ronnie Earl, Lucky Peterson, Little Milton and Percy Sledge. He will be joined by Nate Najar on jazz guitar, Jeremy Carter on saxophone and Anthony Breach on drums. Saturday, Feb. 24 Helios Jazz Orchestra with Whitney James & Chuck Wansley Two amazing vocalists and a roaring



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17-piece jazz big band promise to set the room on fire! Wansley and James are in demand at clubs, concerts and festivals across the country, putting their personal touch on favorites from Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye to Billie Holliday and Sarah Vaughn. The Helios Jazz Orchestra directed by David Manson has performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ybor Jazz Fest and is ensemble-in-residence at St. Petersburg College. Get ready to be blown away. Sunday, Feb. 25 The Gabriel Hernandez Trio Salsa, samba, bossa nova, Afro-Cuban and more - enjoy sultry Latin jazz with Cuban jazz pianist Gabriel Hernandez, accompanied by Mauricio Rodriguez on bass and Dimas Sanchez on percussion. Hernandez has shared stages around the world with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, among others. Apart from his career as a jazz soloist, he performs at festivals around the globe as part of the Afrocuban All Stars. The St. Petersburg Jazz Festival is presented by EMIT with support from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, City of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg College, Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, the Palladium and private sponsors.

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ST. PETERSBURG JAZZ FESTIVAL WHEN: February 21-25; all shows are at 7:30 pm WHERE: Side Door at the Palladium 253 5th Avenue N. St. Petersburg 727-822-3590 ADMISSION: All shows are $20 general admission/$30 reserved seating through Palladium box office or online at mypalladium.org Special Festival Subscription Offer All five shows for one price: general admission $80/reserved seating $120 (available only through the box office prior to Feb 21). For advance tickets, go to mypalladium.org



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Twist and shout, Beatles fans! Five Tampa Bay tributes to the Fab Four are coming to Tampa Bay. Get out your go-go boots and love beads for one of these concerts: THE MERSEY BEATLES: FOUR LADS FROM LIVERPOOL PALLADIUM FEB. 8 The Liverpool-based Beatles tribute band was the resident band for over a decade at the world famous Cavern Club, where The Beatles got their start. The retrospective show will take the audience on a trip (so-to-speak) of the greatest Beatles hits from all eras. The band’s stop at the Palladium is part of their worldwide tour. Mypalladium.com RAIN-TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES RUTH ECKERD HALL FEB 10 It’s wonderful to be here, it’s certainly a thrill. The internationally touring show offers up a psychedelic multimedia spectacular that promises to give you goose-bumps. This year’s performance salutes the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Rutheckerdhall.com THE FAB FAUX CAPITOL THEATRE MARCH 3 Performing A Hard Day’s Night in its entirety, The Fab Faux may not look like the mop-tops, but close your eyes and imagine. Reproduced note-for-note will be hits such as Strawberry Fields Forever, I Am the Walrus, Because, Nowhere Man, and Paperback Writer. The Fab Faux is “the best Beatles tribute band, without the wigs,” according to David Fricke, writer for Rolling Stone. Rutheckerdhall.com THE FAB FOUR CAPITOL THEATRE MARCH 15 The Emmy award-winning Fab Four cranks out a full Beatles tribute concert with three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles and note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as Can’t Buy Me Love, Yesterday, A Day In The Life, Twist And Shout, Here Comes The Sun and Hey Jude. Rutheckerdhall.com 50th ANNIVERSARY ROCK SYMPHONY TOUR RUTH ECKERD HALL APRIL 26 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Black Jacket Symphony delivers a full symphonic rock concert experience, featuring a video wall, magical lighting, and state-of-the-art graphics. Black Jacket Symphony will be accompanied by the Florida Rock Orchestra. Rutheckerdhall.com

February 21 7:30pm Tal Cohen Trio

Side Door at the Palladium Theater

February 22 7:30pm Jeff Rupert Quintet with Veronica Swift

Side Door at the Palladium Theater

February 23 7:30pm B3 Fury with the Shawn Brown Quintet

Side Door at the Palladium Theater

February 24 7:30pm Helios Jazz Orchestra, Whitney James & Chuck Wansley The Palladium Theater

February 25 7:30pm Gabriel Hernandez Trio

Side Door at the Palladium Theater

General Admission: $20 Reserved Seating: $30 www.mypalladium.org

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Florida Orchestra/Sting Gala Raises $1.5 Million The Florida Orchestra’s 50th anniversary gala on December 9 featuring a sold-out performance by renowned artist Sting, was the orchestra’s most successful fundraiser ever, bringing in a record $1.5 million to support TFO’s growing community programs. Some 2,000 lucky patrons were treated to “An Intimate Evening with The Florida Orchestra and Sting” at the Mahaffey Theater, under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis. The 16-time Grammy winner performed symphonic arrangements of his biggest hits, including Fields of Gold, Roxanne and Every Breath You Take. In addition to the concert, more than 300 patrons attended a reception and catered dinner with Sting as part of the gala event. The $1.5 million raised through the gala includes fundraising donations and concert-only ticket sales. The funds will support TFO’s free community programs, which last season reached about 80,000 people in hospitals, schools, parks, museums and more, as well as artistic initiatives that bring top talent to Tampa Bay stages.

Dali Fashion Show High school students from across Tampa Bay presented their designs at a fashion show held at The Dali Museum on Dec. 10. The runway show was the culmination of a 13-week Fashion Design at the Dali program organized in conjunction with the Dali & Schiaparelli exhibit. The Dali, along with community volunteers in the fashion and retail industry, partnered with Pinellas County Center for the Arts located at Gibbs High School to work with 22 student designers from 18 different high schools. Photos by Marcia Biggs



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Compass Title SP Grand Opening Compass Land & Title founder Phil Yost, above with SPL’s Beth Ann Drake and Cindy Cockburn, celebrated the opening of the firm’s new 4,000-square-foot office at 360 Central Avenue on Jan. 11 with a champagne ribbon-cutting ceremony. Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher (above right) helped cut the ribbon. Hot salsa background music and nibbles by Il Ritorno and ASIE Pan-Asian added to the vibe. Photos by Alex Horden

A Swinging New Year’s Eve Michael Fox (below center) held his 4th annual New Year’s Eve party. The theme was a 1945 WWII Victory Party. The party featured a bunker and actual air raid siren. Photos by Barry Lively

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Gold & Diamond Source Holiday Party Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay partnered with Wheels of Success to present three hardworking families in need with cars full of presents at Gold & Diamond Source’s Annual VIP Holiday Party. The key to success is sometimes really a “key” and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the attendees cheered on the car recipients. Thank you to our Build-a-Car sponsors, PureLife Medi-Spa, Mel and Laura Klinghoffer of A1HR, and Brian & Elena Artze. It was a glamorous evening celebrating a record breaking year of success for Gold & Diamond Source, but the best part of all was the heartfelt emotion and love surrounding the event. Photos from Gold & Diamond Source



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Grillin’ and Chillin’ at Parkshore Grill Celebrity Chef Eric Gephart (in hat) impressed guests with his masterful skills on the Kamado Joe red ceramic portable grills set up at a fundraiser block party on Dec. 9th benefiting Frog Men/Navy Seals in front of Parkshore Grill. Restaurant owners and hosts Steve and Nancy Westphal (bottom photo) joined dozens of guests for a delicious grilled feast supplied by LOCALE Gourmet Market. Parkshore Executive Chef Tyson Grant cohosted the festivities. Photos by Barry Lively

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Booze and Boutiques Fundraiser

Booze and Boutiques, founded by Brittni Lynch and Kimberly Proano, hosted a fundraiser benefiting Heels to Heal Inc. The pre-holiday shopping event involving local restaurant/bars and boutiques benefited Heels to Heal therapy program which helps survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence through CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse). Participating boutiques were Uniquely Yours, Ashe Couture, Salty Roots, Rock Shop, The Trunk Stylist and Bartique. Participating restaurant/bars were Copper Shaker, Mandarin Hide and Intermezzo. Photos by DANIEL GALLANT©GALLANT IMAGES 2017

A Smokin’ Good Time

Greg Haddad (left), owner of Central Cigars and Ruby’s Elixir, celebrated their 20th Anniversary Nov.30 with a Prohibition theme party. Photos by Barry Lively



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Inauguration Day

As the sun peeked out on one of the chilliest days of the year, Rick Kriseman took the oath of office on the steps of St. Petersburg City Hall, ushering in his second term as Mayor. Nearly one hundred gathered for the January 2 ceremony.



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Saturday Morning Market Saturday Morning Market is a MUST-DO for anyone! Since 2002, the seasonal (October through May) outdoor market has been attracting thousands each Saturday to downtown St. Pete’s waterfront for a morning filled with arts and crafts, live music - and especially food. Many Burgers come weekly just to hang out at the umbrella tables, listen to

music and nosh. Dozens of vendors offer a delectable array of fresh pastries and baked goods, exotic coffees and teas, and artisan foods from around the world including cheeses, salsas, jams, honey and more. The market is popular for its farm vendors who bring fresh produce to the masses.

One of our longtime favorites is Worden Farm, an organic farm in Punta Gorda that sets up a splendid tent every week. The market is located in the Al Lang Field parking lot (the corner of 1st Street and 1st Avenue S). Hours are 9 am to 2 pm; saturdaymorningmarket.com Marcia Biggs PHOTOS BY MARCIA BIGGS



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Opera 101 ON STAGE February 2-8 - The Magic Flute June 1-5 - La Traviata June 29-July 8 - The Music Man All performances are at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Avenue N. St. Petersburg. Tickets available at stpeteopera.org, or by calling (727-823-2040), or at the Palladium box office. Don’t know an opera buffa from an opera seria? Up your concert IQ by spending a morning, afternoon, or evening cocktails with Maestro Mark Sforzini of the St. Petersburg Opera. A series of introductory previews with the Maestro are being offered for the general public to learn more about the masterful art of the opera in a casual setting.

accompany Maestro’s insightful explorations of plot, character, and music. Upcoming programs will discuss Tenors and Villians and Maids, Oh My!

March 22 6 pm The Iberian Rooster 475 Central Ave. St. Petersburg

March 15 6 pm The Music Gallery 5990 Ulmerton Rd. Clearwater

Maestro Sforzini leads the 90-minute programs at various times and venues, themed to enhance your experience in an engaging and entertaining way. Live performances by opera members

March 16 11 am Museum of Fine Arts 1 Beach Dr NE St. Petersburg

What Makes a Great Opera Melody will be the theme April 19-22, Preview to La Traviata will be May 17-20 and Preview to The Music Man June 14-21. All programs end with an opportunity to socialize with the cast. General admission tickets $20, seniors $17, and $10 for students under 18 (with valid student ID). Tickets and more information available at stpeteopera.org or by calling (727) 823-2040, or at the door.


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A $20,000 Teacher Appreciation Dream Wedding Giveaway Open to all Public & Private School Teachers of Grades Pre-K through 12th in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Ralph Zuckerman of Old McMicky’s Farm “Teachers make such a huge difference in the lives of children and families in our Tampa Bay community, we thought a great way for Old McMicky’s Farm and the community to show our appreciation was to help a teacher start a family of their own with this $20,000 Dream Wedding Gift.” There is no cost to any Teacher, School or Organization.

Vote Daily January 15 - February 7 at www.OldMcMickys.com

Old McMicky’s Farm is pleased to announce our 7th “Mission I Do” Free Military Dream Wedding. The Farm is profoundly grateful to our media partners and very generous vendor partners for helping to make this Mission I Do wedding possible. On behalf of Old McMicky’s Farm, our Media and Vendor Partners and all of our staff, customers and supporters of the Farm, Thank you to everyone in our military for your service to our country and Congratulations Giovanni & Kayla.

Thank you to our Media Partners Tampa Bay Times • WFTS ABC Action News • Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend iHeartMedia Tampa Bay • Newsradio 970 WFLA • Stars and Stripes• Maus Nissan Thank you to our amazing vendor partners for donating their great services: Catering - Amici’s Catered Cuisine, Inc. Rings - Gold & Diamond Source Wedding Planner - Exquisite Events Florida Floral - Tampa Bay Wedding Studio Custom Wedding Dresses & Accessories- Anglo Couture Amanda Zabrocki Photography Videographer - Ashley Lamb, Resurgent Fire Films Bartending Services - Spunky Spirits

Computer Consulting - Atlas Results Hair and Make up - Eyes on You Salon & Spa Table Linens - Connie Duglin Specialty Linen Cake - Chantilly Cakes DJ - Breezin’ Entertainment Invitations - The Write Stuff Officiant Services - Marry Me Mary

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St. Pete Life Magazine January/February 2018  

A bi-monthly magazine about St. Petersburg and downtown St. Pete (Florida). We curate the best of the city's arts, culture, nightlife, shopp...

St. Pete Life Magazine January/February 2018  

A bi-monthly magazine about St. Petersburg and downtown St. Pete (Florida). We curate the best of the city's arts, culture, nightlife, shopp...

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