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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...
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...
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...
roux-tampa

Expect the Unexpected

    Roux Brings Cajun & Creole to Tampa By Ronda M. Parag     When owners, Roger & Suzanne Perry do something, they do it right. As owners of Datz and Dough in South Tampa, the  couple decided to...
Private schooled families in Tampa Bay

Family Profiles: Choosing A Private School

Deciding where your children go to school should involve a lot of research and visits to various schools around town. For some parents, the choice is made by their own experience and fond memories...

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...

CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture

  When: September 19, 2015 Where: Tampa Museum of Art     Dressed to be seen, local supporters of the Tampa Museum of Art and CITY enjoyed a fashionable evening of designs by Zang Toi. Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota...
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...

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...
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...
Checkers

Rockwell: A True Artist

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell on view at Tampa Museum of Art     One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978) was a keen observer of...
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...
Strawberry Lemon Glade

10 Cocktails For The Bay

Stay cool and hydrated with these fruity warm-weather-friendly drinks. Use fruits of the season including kiwis, strawberries, peaches, oranges and watermelon to add flavor to these delicious cocktails. Strawberry Lemon Glade 2 oz        Strawberry RumShine 3...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...

Hot Property

Charleston Charmer in Beach Park     Feel the rich charm of the deep south in this magnificent Charleston-style home surrounded by stately oak trees. The six bedroom, six and a half bath home has been expertly...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
State-Of-The-Art Home In Historic Hyde Park

State-Of-The-Art Home In Historic Hyde Park

    Just steps from beautiful Bayshore Boulevard is a home with all the modern conveniences of a newly built home in one of Tampa’s most desired neighborhoods. In Historic Hyde Park, you’ll find an incredible...
Tommy Bahama in Tampa Bay Metro

Inspired By The Sun

From your head to your toes, look stylish at the beach this summer in bold, bright hues of orange, yellow and white.   Hula in Hibiscus Print Include this tropical and casual dress for a weekend escape. Catch...
Pavilion XXIX

Pavilion XXIX

Pavilion XXIX When: Saturday, November 1, 2014 Where: Tampa Museum of Art     The mother and daughter team of Tilda Brabson and Anderson Wakefield, co-chaired a spectacular evening to benefit the Tampa Museum of Art’s exhibitions and educational programs. The...

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...

Holiday Drink Recipes

  A signature cocktail is a must at any holiday get-together. Tampa Bay Metro has discovered some tasty holiday cocktails, sure to warm the cockles this season.       Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Frappe   2 oz. Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon 4...
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...

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...
state-of-the-art office for Michael Martin’s branding, sales and marketing company

Work Space Design Tour

Work Space Geared For Battle  By Ronda M. Parag        Driving along Cypress Street in West Tampa, there has been ongoing construction behind the metal fence that was once Hector-Elisa’s Health Club. For the past eight months,...

Tampa Chef Performs In The Big Apple

Chef Jeannie Pierola recently performed at the famed James Beard House   This month, Chef Jeannie Pierola and her team at edison: food + drink lab, headed to New York City to delight diners and guests...
Land Rover Discover Sport

DRIVE: Land Rover Discovery Sport

The New 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport   The New 2015 Discovery Sport offers a sleek, aerodynamic silhouette, legendary Land Rover capability and a flexible interior that can accomodate an optional 5+2 seating configuration that allows...
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...
Great Holiday Wines by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine & Blog

Great Wines For The Holiday Season

  Go Richer, Fuller & Bolder   With the holidays here, it is now time for wine lovers to focus on celebrating with a special wine. As the cooler weather arrives, so does the opportunity to drink...
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...

Beat the Summer Heat

Two New Exhibitions At The Tampa Museum of Art Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Flowers (II.64-73?), edition ?, 1970 Screenprint 38 1/8 x 38 1/8 in. 2006.161 Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer © 2015 The Andy...
Seasons 52 Tampa

Hearty Dishes, Seasonal Cocktails

  Celebrate the return of winter with hearty dishes and seasonal cocktails at Seasons 52. Metro recently sampled their new winter pairing menu.     With rich flavor and fine texture, venison is perfect for a range of...
Elevated Beach Chic

Elevated Beach Chic

  Elevated Beach Chic By Mary Lou Janson   Moving to Florida presented New Jersey residents, Lee and Cindy Launer with an opportunity to take a more comfortable — but unconventional — approach to how they live....
Coffee Pot Hot Property Tampa Bay Metro

Hot Property: Stunning Waterfront Beauty

Coffee Pot Riviera Estate in Old Northeast, St. Pete The brick streets and charm of Coffee Pot Riviera only add to the beauty of this two-story, Hacienda-style home, located in the heart of Old Northeast...
Central Otago

Wine Regions You Should Try

  Up-and-Coming Wine Regions to Try in 2015 By Kevin Pelley       Now is a great time to be a wine lover. Never in history have there been so many quality wines being produced from around the world. ...
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,...

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...

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...

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...
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...
cookbook – Bern’s: Rare & Well Done

David & Christina Laxer Release New Cookbook

    "Bern's: Rare & Well Done" The Bern’s legacy continues to be honored with the latest release of a new cookbook, Bern’s: Rare & Well Done, by David & Christina Laxer. Written in collaboration with Chris...

On Trend With Color

  Enrich the season with a color palette that includes pops of red, burgundy and Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year – "Marsala."   Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year – "Marsala."          It's a Wrap Stay warm and cozy...
Kelly-Kapowski-drink-recipe

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  ...
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...
Holiday Table Decor

Holiday Decor

  The Joy of Entertaining By Ronda M. Parag | Floral & Styling by Krayl Funch     The holiday season is upon us and it is the ideal time to gather with family and friends to celebrate the...
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...

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 &...
the soho backyard

A Pub with a Palate

    The SoHo Backyard Gastropub By Ronda M. Parag       Tucked behind SoHo’s Gourmet Pizza Company, The SoHo Backyard Gastropub opened earlier this spring and is a great alternative to the madness of the bar scene on Howard...
Davis Islands Estate

METROHome Hot Property

Waterfront Living on Tampa’s Davis Islands     Ideal for a family that loves the water, this Davis Islands Spanish style, two-story home is expertly built and is located on a deep water canal with direct access...
Maureen and Doug Cohn

A PASSION FOR ART

Maureen and Doug Cohn Support Tampa Museum of Art Maureen and Doug Cohn   Maureen and Doug Cohn are pillars within the Tampa Bay art scene, as both private collectors and supporters. The Cohn’s passion for art...
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...
Metro summer entertaining

Sensational Summer Entertaining

  Unique tips for sensational summer entertaining (BPT) - The weather is HOT and that means entertaining season has arrived. This year, elevate your Bay area gatherings with some unique twists. From serving fresh fare to...

Grab a Craft Beer at 5 Tampa Bay Area Brew Pubs

3 Daughters Brewing METRO found five local breweries serving up cold, local brews in hip, casual settings. From the oldest, continuous running microbrewery in Florida, Dunedin Brewery, to the latest Ybor City brewery, Coppertail Brewing Co.,...

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