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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,...

Inspirational Performances Under The Big Top

Cirque du Soleil’s “VOLTA” Cirque du Soleil announces its 41st original production, VOLTA, a new touring show under the big top.  VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of...
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

Tampa Bay Welcomes Artists & Art Lovers

THE 47TH ANNUAL RAYMOND JAMES GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS WELCOMES ARTISTS & ART LOVERS From all parts of the country, artist migrate every winter to the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts,...
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...
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...

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...
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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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Gettin’ Tiki With It

  Summer Drink Recipes The Mixologists at Datz in Tampa have created a few summer cocktails and shared the most popular Tiki cocktail concoctions with METRO. It's Tiki time!       Endless Summer Ingredients: 1 oz      Bernheim Wheat Whiskey 1 oz  ...
classic stripe indoor outdoor pillows

Home Details: Outdoor Entertaining

  Summer time is the best time to get outside and embrace the warmth of the season, relax with style, comfort and enjoy good backyard entertaining. METRO found a few items to enjoy your next...
Florida Aquarium Splaspad

10 Family Fun Adventures Before The Summer Ends

Summer Guide To Cool Every Floridian family knows the 'real' summer doesn’t hit until mid-July and can go into September.  METRO gives you great ways to beat the heat and enjoy the hot summer days...
Norma Kamali in Tampa Bay

Fashion & Art: A Discussion With Norma Kamali

   Merging Fashion, Fitness and Art  Metro Exclusive Interview With Norma Kamali by Ronda M. Parag   On June 6 in New York City, Norma Kamali received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion...
Tampa Bay Metro Foodie article about The Mill

Foodie: Pushing Culinary Boundaries

  The Mill in St. Pete By Ronda M. Parag   The dining scene in downtown St. Petersburg is exploding and the timing is right for the culinary movement. “With the addition of great new restaurants, we are...
Ichicoro Ramen with plum cocktail

The Noodle Craze

  Ichicoro Ramen By Ronda M. Parag   We all remember the ramen noodles that we ate in college for about 25 cents a pack; those noodles offered a great value and filled the hungry belly of students...
Tampa Bay Metro Summer with Style

Summer’s Splash of Style

    Tampa Bay Metro's Hot Summer Style Trends   Keep cool this summer in Tampa Bay with light, flowing fabrics in white or pale peach. Add a striped hat, a beach bound bag and a pair of...

Metro Pix: Tampa Bay Heart Ball 2016

METRO SPONSORED EVENT: Tampa Bay Heart Ball 2016 When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 Where: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel On Saturday, April 30, 650 people gathered in downtown Tampa for the 58th annual Tampa Bay Heart Ball, emceed by WFLA News...
Atlantic Coast Kayak in nearby Fort Lauderdale

Weekender: Paddle Into Paradise

Grab A Paddle And Explore The Natural Beauty Of Fort Lauderdale   With its spectacular glass lobby overlooking a lush natural preserve, Fort Lauderdale Marriott North provides a grand destination for business guests and vacationing families. The hotel...

METRO ART: Canvassing The Bay

   By Mary Lou Janson   Large-scale paintings are popping up in unexpected places throughout Tampa Bay, creating brilliant backdrops on exterior walls, adding drama to drab parking garages and bringing original, dynamic artworks to the...
Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors in Newly Designed L.A. Townhouse

HOME TOUR: Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors

view photo gallery below   Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors In Newly Designed L.A. Townhouse By Mary Lou Janson   Bright, bold and a bit unconventional. What describes a newly decorated, vibrantly designed, Los Angeles townhouse owned by a prominent...
METRO PIX: Bern's Winefest VIP Party & Grand Tasting

METRO PIX: Bern’s Winefest VIP Party & Grand Tasting

  Sunday, April 17 The Grandeur of Bern's Winefest No.19 Culminated with a VIP Party & Grand Tasting   Bern's Winefest Grand Tasting kicked off early with an exclusive VIP Party, patrons enjoyed the grandeur and elegance of the...

Bern’s Steak House Wins James Beard Award

Photos courtesy of Bern’s Steak House: Eric Renaud, Senior Sommelier and Bern’s Owner, David Laxer   A perfect way to kick start the 60 year anniversary celebration of Bern’s Steak House is the James Beard Award...

Exploring the Evolution of Portraiture Art

Vanni Rossi (Italian, 1894-1973) Self-Portrait Smoking (1920) Oil on canvas Collection of Robert Flynn Johnson     Contemplating Character Drawings and Oil Sketches from Jacques-Louis David to Lucian Freud There is still time to visit the Museum of Fine Arts' exhibition Contemplating...
Westshore Yacht Club Estate

Hot Property: Westshore Yacht Club Estate

  Contemporary Retreat   Conveniently located near Tampa’s downtown and Westshore business districts and near the Gandy Bridge with easy access to Pinellas County, this single family home located inside the Westshore Yacht Club, boasts over 4,548...
Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV

DRIVE: Discover The Undiscovered

  Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV   Land Rover’s history of luxury off-road vehicles continues with the 2016 Discovery. Upgrades this year include: new  powertrains, upgraded infotainment and connectivity systems and enhanced driver assistance features. The sleek interior...
White Party 2016 at The Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

Metro Pix: 2016 White Party

  2016 White Party   The 13 Ugly Men hosted one of the hottest parties in town at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino last weekend. The rainy weather forced the party inside as Grey Salt...
Excellence Riviera Cancun Dining

Mexico For Romance and Family Memories

  Excellence Riviera Cancun and Finest Playa Mujeres By Ronda M. Parag   The direct flight into Cancun from Orlando International Airport makes sense when trying to get to Mexico from Tampa. The hour and twenty minute drive...

Celebrated Chef Marc Murphy Opens Grey Salt

  Celebrity Chef Melds Rustic Farmhouse with Modern Casino Glitz Get a taste of the Big Apple in Tampa with the new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant by celebrity chef, Marc Murphy. Inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &...

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