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Love is Calling at Tampa Museum of Art

“Season Of Love” At Tampa Museum Of Art

 Fall is a great time to head inside to view the beauty of art. Opened in late August, Patricia Cronin’s commissioned sculpture Aphrodite Reimagined, was unveiled to explore the Greek goddess of love and beauty inspired...
Nancy Seijas-Kipnis

Nancy Seijas-Kipnis: On the Pulse of Tampa’s Culinary, Arts and Downtown Scene

 While she was not raised in Tampa, Nancy Seijas-Kipnis, a native New Yorker, has embraced our city, as if it were her own, representing many local and state initiatives with her communications prowess over...
Sam Maybrook's condo with a view

METROHome Tour: Modern, Eclectic, Elegance With A View

By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by Greg Dean, Owner/Photographer, Real Pro Media LLC  Spectacular views of the downtown Tampa waterfront and cityscape from the comfort and privacy of a spacious condominium balcony, convinced Sam...

Celebrate National Lobster Day

Who doesn’t love lobster? Enjoy one of most delicious creatures from the ocean at The Council Oak Lounge with special menu items to celebrate National Lobster Day on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Enjoy a Lobster Roll...
The Schaaf Castle in the Clouds

METROHome Tour: Castle in the Clouds

 The Schaaf's Castle in the Clouds By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by Robert Richards  Gary and Josephine Schaaf had high hopes about making their next home a high-rise in Tampa’s Channel District. Their search for...
Ariella Jumpsuits from The Haute Shop Boutique

METRO Style: Haute Look of the Week

Jumpsuits Are Haute Jump into Summer with a Ariella Jumpsuit from The Haute Shop Boutique. Whether you prefer geometric prints or florals, The Haute Shop has you covered for fun, comfort and the latest fashion...
Mexico’s Family Friendly All Inclusive Resort Experience - Hotel Riu Dunamar

Mexico’s Family Friendly All Inclusive Resort Experience – Hotel Riu Dunamar

By Ronda M. Parag  A recent visit to Cancun, Mexico brought me to what many are calling the next tourist destination in Mexico, Costa Mujeres. An easy 21 miles from the Cancun International Airport and...
Tampa Bay Metro - Sugar Free Margarita cocktail recipe

METRO FOODIE: Sugar-Free Margarita Recipe

 They say tequila won’t fix all your problems, but we say it’s worth a shot. And this July 24, you’ll have ample opportunity to see what problems you can solve by having a drink...
Key West Inspired Waterfront Estate On Davis Islands

Hot Property: Key West Inspired Waterfront Estate On Davis Islands

  Hot Property: Key West Inspired Waterfront Estate On Davis Islands  The sunset views and open bay are just two reasons that this Davis Islands stunner of a home is spectacular. Feel like you are on...
Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs recipe

Must-Have Recipes for Your Hot Summer Soirees

(Family Features) Summer in Tampa Bay is all about enjoying the warm weather and sunshine with family and friends, but even with the longer summer days, the season can feel short for many. That’s...
Tampa Bay Backyard Chillin’ In Style

METROHome Details: Backyard Chillin’ In Style

 Spring is the ideal time to spruce up and spend a few extra hours outside. From serving glasses to comfortable seating and décor elements, METRO has found a few pieces to create a backyard...

METRO Home Tour: Custom Coastal Chic Estate on Boca Ciega Bay in Sunset Park

Blending Views with a Custom Coastal-Inspired Design in Sunset Park By Ronda M. Parag  Creating and designing a custom home involves lots of decisions and vision. Homeowners and builders, Mark and Lori Todsen, created a majestic home...
Spanish Wines

Select Wines that Match Your Style

  Spanish Wines To Compliment Your Taste  (Family Features) For a novice, simply distinguishing a wine preference – white or red, sweet or dry – may be the extent of his or her comfort level. However,...
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Announces Expansion

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Announces Expansion

It’s all fun and games as it was announced today that Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa plans nearly a $700 million expansion making the Tampa location one largest casinos in America. The...
Outdoor Home Design Trends

METRO Home: Living Lavishly Outdoors with 2018 Trends

2018 Outdoor Living Trends (Family Features) As many families prepare to ramp up their time spent outside, it can be helpful to keep the latest trends in mind while planning for outdoor living spaces.According to...
Tampa Bay Metro resort wear style feature

METRO Style: Resort Gear Trends

It’s time to think about what to pack for that next vacation and METRO has found a few must-have essentials. From top to bottom, you’ll be stylish with these finds.   Suit Up Be colorful and cool...

Expanding The Art Scene: The New James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

  Enhancing St. Petersburg's Cultural Status  Downtown St. Petersburg adds another museum – The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art to its already acclaimed museum district. Co-Founded by Chair Emeritus, of Raymond James Financial, Tom...
Hammock Beach Resort

METRO GETAWAY: Hammock Beach Resort

Unspoiled Haven By Patricia A. Vorbrich  With two championship golf courses, a 6.5 acre multi-level pool complex, a 10,000 square foot spa, and coquina-laden beaches just a stroll away, Hammock Beach Resort beckons to be explored....
Pantone Color of the Year home trends

METROHome Details: 2018 Color of the Year

  Color of the Year: Ultra Violet   A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. METRO has found a few new pieces...
Compass Land & Title in downtown St. Petersburg

Colorful, Bold and Creative Office Space

 With a flair for fashion and love of art, Compass Land & Title owners and founders, Phil and Valerie Yost, designed the new St. Petersburg office together. Rather than a stuffy and conservative law...
METRO Home Tour: 5120 W Longfellow Ave Tampa FL

METROHome Tour: The Look of Love

  Building and Designing a Family’s Dream Home By Mary Lou Janson | Photography by Susan Carnes   Designing a new home for their family of five was truly a labor of love for Benjamin and Nadia Heldfond. Their...
Pantone Color of the Year

Stylish Trends Inspired by the Color of the Year – Ultra Violet

click on images to enlarge or view as a slideshow  Purple Reign Introducing Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, Pantone® Color of the Year 2018. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity,...
The Rezz at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

The Rez Grill Opens in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The newly opened Rez Grill offers elevated comfort food including delicious house made biscuits, shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. The new American grill concept is under the direction of Creative Culinary Director,...
adding pizzaz to a modern estate

METROHome Tour: In Living Color

Adding Pizzaz To A Modern Estate By Mary Lou Janson A contemporary architectural style, features that include tall glass walls, wide windows and light-inviting skylights are mixed with a monochromatic color scheme. The lines and design...
children on cell phones

12 Best Parental Control Apps

12 Best Parental Control Apps to Restrict Screen Time Addiction 
Reeves Porsche

BEST OF METRO 2018: Style & Décor

 Best of Style and Décor Val’s Home Décor Best Place to Accessorize the Home Within a warehouse setting in Carrollwood, there are aisles of home décor accessories to make your house a home. From table top décor...

BEST OF METRO 2018: Arts & Entertainment

 Best of Arts & Entertainment Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Best Entertainment Under One Roof The casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines, as well as a new smoke free slots area. The...
Council Oak Restaurant

BEST OF METRO 2018: Dining & Spirits

 Best of Dining & Spirits The Hall on Franklin Best New Food Court Concept A chic new restaurant in the Tampa Heights area offers seven drink and food establishments, from a coffee bar to a cocktail bar...
The Zombie Pirate cocktail recipe for Gasparilla

The Zombie Pirate: The Perfect Grog For Ye Maties!

The pirates are setting upon Tampa Bay and it’s time for the locals to prepare for the annual invasion in typical fashion — throw a party!  METRO has a great Rum recipe for such an occasion.  ZOMBIE PIRATE SPICED...
Metro Home Feature

METROHome Tour: Color, Texture, Sophistication & Creativity

  Posh custom-designed high-rise condo By Mary Lou Janson The private elevator opens to reveal bold black and red monogrammed carpeting, marking the entrance to the custom-designed condominium, just beyond the mirrored doors guarded by two lions...
Tampa Bay Metro holiday coctail recipes

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

 Whether you're toasting to turkey day or gearing up for a day of family debates at the dinner table, one thing's for sure: A festive cocktail in hand is sure to make Thanksgiving a...
The Henderson in Destin, Florida

A Coastal Escape With A Sense of Place

   The Henderson in Destin, Florida By Chad H. Vorbrich  Located on the “Emerald Coast” in Destin, a stunning new resort is nestled on property that offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico, pristine beaches, dunes,...
Ocean Prime Ahi Tuna Rossini

Ocean Prime Features Dish From James Beard House Dinner

Ahi Tuna Rossini, a dish created by the Ocean Prime culinary team especially for the James Beard Dinner menu     Ocean Prime Tampa Features Dish From Brand's James Beard House Dinner Menu  Ocean Prime, an award-winning modern American...
Porsche Panamera at Reeves

The Last Sports Car You May Ever Need

The newly re-designed second-generation Panamera continues to offer the sleekness of the Porsche brand, but the roominess and comfort of a sedan, with four seats. By re-shaping the rear and lowering the roofline, the...
Tampa Bay METRO Style - Boots and Bags for Fall

METROstyle: Boots & Bags

  Boots 'n Bags Kick up your Fall fashion game with a pair of new suede or colorful booties and a new leather, fur or suede handbag to carry all the essentials.   All About Stripes These Manolo Blahnik...
Best Doctors in Tampa Bay

Best Doctors in Tampa Bay

  Best Doctors® List Tampa Bay Metro’s 16th Annual Guide: 505 Respected Physicians 62 Medical Specialties  For 16 years, Tampa Bay METRO has partnered with Best Doctors, Inc. to provide a valuable community resource. The list includes...

A Home Built Upon Trust and Friendship.

  By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by Jean Allsopp  A beachfront condominium requiring a major makeover, prompted Drew and Kerri Hudgins to first contact the founders of Chancey Design Partnership nearly three decades ago. Acting...
Susanne Bartsch

A Bold Look At The Art Of Fashion Icon Susanne Bartsch

  The upcoming exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art will display Susanne Bartsch: Art-a-Porter from July 29 – November 12, 2017. The exhibit will feature 35 looks spanning Bartsch’s career including designs by Alexander...

METROHome Tour: Historic Pass-a-Grille Renovation

 Couple Reclaims An Historic Pass-a-Grille Home With Flair By Mary Lou Janson | Photography By Amy Lamb  One stands grandly on the glistening white sands bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The other occupies a waterfront parcel...
Exterior View From Palm Terrace Pool

Getaway: Naples Grande Beach Resort

    A Peaceful or Playful Escape Naples Grande Beach Resort | By Patricia A. Vorbrich  Set on 23 waterfront acres on Florida’s Paradise Coast, adjoining a 200 acre nature preserve and mangrove estuary reminiscent of Old Florida,...
Beach Bound Style Guide by Tampa Bay METRO

METRO Style: Beach Bound

  Beach Bound Style Guide The temps are ideal for a trip to the beach or nearby park. METRO found some summer time essentials from totes to shades to enjoy the great outdoors.  Made for Shade Protect the eyes and...
Tampa Bay Metro: How to host a wine party

Hosting Your Own Wine Tasting Party

  How to host a wine party. Table set up and tips. Written and photographed by Krayl Funch   No time to plan, book and take that dream wine tasting vacation to Burgundy or Sonoma this year? Get your...

METRO Home: High Life Living in Downtown Tampa

  Grand Penthouse at Skypoint  Feel the vibe of the city and escape the suburbs with one of the most unique properties currently available in downtown Tampa. The two-story, two bath Grand Penthouse is on the...
Metro Home Details. The Pantone Color of the Year

METROHome Details: Greenery, The Color of the Year

Pantone® Color of the Year: Greenery    Symbolizing new beginnings, the newest color trend in home décor and design is a bright, fresh burst of Greenery. Inspired by nature and bringing the great outdoors in, METRO has found...
Tampa Bay Metro Home Tour

METROHome Tour: A Redesigned, Rebuilt and Refined Davis Islands Estate.

  Designing an ideal home for entertaining and escaping By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by John Kantor  Located on a prominent, half-acre pinnacle of land offering enviable views of the nearby Davis Island Yacht Club, landmark...
Executive Chef, Luke Decker

Chef Luke Decker: Passionate, Creative and Intense.

  The Birchwood's New Executive Chef, Luke Decker By Ronda M. Parag   There are many new and exciting things cooking up in the kitchen at The Birchwood. First, is the announcement of their new Executive Chef, Luke...
Pantone Color of the Year 2017 and fashion

Fashion Inspired by ‘Greenery’

  Fashion Inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year A reconnection with nature and the pursuit of personal passions and vitality, are reflected in Pantone’s Color of the Year – Greenery. To add a pop...
Serena Williams

On Exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art

    Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present  The exhibition currently on display at the Tampa Museum of Art was created in hopes to bring a new audience to the museum. The 217...
Paso Robles Wine Country

Getaway: Wine Country Extraordinaire

  Paso Robles Wine Country | By Patricia A. Vorbrich Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s famed Central Coast, Paso Robles is a place where wine critics become wine lovers and where...
Tampa Bay Metro magazine style

METRO Style: Floral & Fringe

  The season may say fall/winter, but these bright floral prints will certainly add a boost of color to the fashion scene. Pair with some fringe on a dress, boot or handbag and you’ll be...
Contemporary Design by Enrique Crespo of Tampa’s, Crespo Design Group

METROHome Tour: Contemporary Design Within a Historic Setting

 Once the decision was made to hire a professional to help improve their home’s interior, the first move made by the owners was to set up a meeting with Enrique Crespo of Tampa’s, Crespo...
SoHo Backyard bar

Foodie: Not Just Another Gastro Pub

SoHo Backyard’s Bar   SoHo Backyard In South Tampa Continues To Shine   The SoHo Backyard, located at 610 S. Armenia, was named South Tampa’s “BEST PUB WITH A PALATE” after it opened three years ago. Today, the gastropub continues...
Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach John Cooper

Q & A: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Head Coach Jon Cooper

Tampa, FL. June 16, 2015 The Tampa Bay Lightning engage with fans upon their return to Tampa following Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.    "Get us to the Dance"   Fans, along with the entire team,...

METRO Home Tour: Relevant Design For All Time

click on images to enlarge or view as a slideshow Relevant Design For All Time   No corners were cut and quality was never compromised, despite the intricate and elaborate architectural design and globally-sourced, one-of-a-kind features and...
Tampa Bay Metro Style: The Haute Look

METRO Style: Haute Fashion of the Week

click on images above to enlarge or view as a slideshow   The Haute Look (No. 2)  Recently, METRO took to the streets of historic Ybor City to showcase the latest styles for Fall 2016. From lush...

Art: Tampa Museum of Art Showcases Folk Art

Self-Taught Genius: Treasures From The American Folk Art Museum    Featuring more than 100 works by diverse artists, the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, presents an original premise that considers the changing implications...
porsche-718-boxster

Drive: The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

click on images to enlarge  Redesigned. Renamed. Refined.   The wind is blowing, the sun is shining and it’s a perfect day in Tampa Bay to test drive the brand new, two-seat convertible 718 Boxster from Porsche...
Stephan Schubert

It’s A Sweet, Sweet Life

  Meet Stephan Schubert, Executive Pastry Chef at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino By Ronda M. Parag   Overseeing all the pastries and delightful treats at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is 25-year veteran of...
Tampa Bay Metro Home Tour 4501 Vasconia

Home Tour: Deep In the Heart of South Tampa

  Olde World Charm Blends With New World Convenience in Sunset Park Estate   In the heart of south Tampa is the neighborhood of Sunset Park, with its numerous canals and water access to Old Tampa Bay....
Sacred Pepper restaurant in North Tampa

Where Everything That Happens Around The Table Is Considered Sacred

  North Tampa's Sacred Pepper. Worshiping food, flavors, people and style. By Patricia A. Vorbrich    Upscale dining in North Tampa has been long overdue, enter Candy DeBartolo and interior designer, Enrique Crespo, Crespo Design Group, to create, Sacred...

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