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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,...
La Playa Resort Dining

Casual Beachfront Elegance

   LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort By Ronda M. Parag     Located directly on the sugar white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples offers the dream escape for an easy, relaxing...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Souzou Asian Fusion

Imagine. Create. Inspire.

  Asian Cuisine at Souzou Fusion By Patricia A. Vorbrich  With a vision to bring world-inspired cuisine and architecture to St. Petersburg, the Executive team of Patrick Marston, local entrepreneur, long time restaurateur Mike Harting, and a...
Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy will partner at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa

Hard Rock Partners with Chef Marc Murphy

 Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy will partner at the Seminole Hard Rock in TampaScheduled to open in November is a new restaurant concept in partnership with celebrity chef Marc Murphy at the Seminole Hard Rock...
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...
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...

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...
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,...
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...

Sensational Sides for the Holidays

 Top Chefs Dish Out Some Holiday Tips   The holiday season often comes with a calendar full of festive celebrations and get-togethers. Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or attending as a guest and bringing...
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...
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,...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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...

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 &...
creating an outdoor oasis

Creating An Outdoor Oasis

Transform your outside space into a party place   (Family Features) Creating a perfect outdoor oasis — the first step toward a summer filled with carefree entertaining — requires careful planning for the entire space. While...
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...

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...
Del Frisco's Grille Upper Deck

Modern Grille and Chill

Del Frisco’s Grille Has Something For Everyone  Del Frisco's Grille glowing & buzzing with activity.Photo © Pezz Photo; www.pezzphoto.com    Modern, inviting, stylish and fun. Del Frisco’s Grille in Tampa is a modern and fun destination for dining,...
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...
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...
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...

CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture

 When: September 19, 2015Where: 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...
Porch Swing Tea

Cheers to an Endless Summer

6 Endless Summer Cocktail Recipes There’s nothing quite like enjoying the beautiful summer sun in Tampa Bay with loved ones and a great cocktail...Beach House CosmoIngredients2 cups Pinnacle® Vodka 1/2 cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur 1 cup...
The Walt Disney World B Resort & Spa

Weekender: B Central To All Things Disney

 The Walt Disney World® B Resort & Spa The fresh design and contemporary interior of the B Resort & Spa create a feeling of peace and tranquility, in a place that can be crazy-filled with...
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 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...

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...
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...
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...
Exercise Tips for Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

Summer Exercise Tips

Exercise Tips for Staying Safe in the Summer Heat By: Adela Lilollari Summer break shouldn’t mean a break from your workout routine. Yes, it’s easy to use the tropical heat here in Tampa Bay as an...
children on cell phones

12 Best Parental Control Apps

12 Best Parental Control Apps to Restrict Screen Time Addiction 
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...
Stillwater Tavern in St. Petersburg

Stillwaters Tavern

Modern Tavern Hits Beach Drive The white subway tiles and hanging Edison bulb lighting create a modern and inviting feel to the latest addition to the dining scene in St. Petersburg. The tufted, high backed...
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...

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...
Tampa Bay Metro's Colors Of The Yea

Colors of the Year: A Compliment to Spring in Tampa Bay

 A Softer Take On Color For 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year. As consumers seek mindfulness and...

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...
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...
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...
Tuxes and Tails

Social Pix: Tuxes & Tails

  13th Annual Tuxes & TailsWhen: Saturday, October 17, 2015Where: Tampa Convention Center  The Humane Society of Tampa Bay hosted its 13th Annual Tuxes & Tails event at the Tampa Convention Center. Co-chairs, Kelly Feldman and Brooke Palmer...

Sizzling Swimwear Trends

Turn Up the Heat with These Sizzling Swimwear Trends By Desiree Noisette Animal print one pieces throw “matronly” out of the window. These strategic prints provide coverage, tummy camouflage AND sex appeal.       Strappy swimwear makes more coverage look...
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...
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...
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....

Grab a Craft Beer at 5 Tampa Bay Area Brew Pubs

3 Daughters BrewingMETRO 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.,...

Scalloping Returns to Pasco County

By Ronda M. Parag  Summer time is filled with beach and boating activities. As a child, I fondly remember going out with my sister, brother and cousins on the boat and searching for treasures in...
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...

Heart Healthy Grilling

Summer Grillin’ can be Heart Healthy By: Adela LilollariAs summer comes with full force, so do the opportunities to grill and enjoy delicious food with the family. These fun times shouldn’t have to be a...
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...

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...
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...

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