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How plant based burgers stack up to meat-based burgers

Yesterday was National Cheeseburger Day! May 28, 2019. aka National Hamburger Day, and the lesser-known National Brisket Day. It’s also considered International Burger Day.

This seems the perfect time to weigh the differences between plant-based and meat-based burgers. There are considerably more people opting for plant based burgers these days. Plant-based meat is watching its popularity soar, reaching the stratosphere with Beyond Meat IPO on May 2. Then, on May 14, Burger King announced that it was expanding sales of its Whopper made with Impossible Foods patties from St. Louis to three other U.S. markets.

As you contemplate whether the meat you put on your grill comes from a cow or a plant, consider who may or may not stand to gain from your choice.

The ultimate part of anyone’s diet is what it means for your, well, diet. Whether you’ll be eating more calories – and stuff that’s not good for you – when consuming cow versus plant comes down to some simple numbers.

Calorie-wise, they’re almost identical. A 4-ounce Beyond Burger is 270 calories, compared to 240 calories for a same-size Impossible Burger and 287 calories for an 80% lean traditional burger.

The Beyond Burger has 3 grams of fiber, 20 grams of fat and 380 milligrams of sodium. Compare that to the Impossible Burger’s 3 grams of fiber, 14 grams of fat and 370 milligrams of sodium. A beef burger’s deets are 0 grams of fiber, 22.6 grams of fat and 75 milligrams of sodium.

A bigger issue is what you use to dress your burger: cheese or lettuce? A giant buttered bun or a pickle slice? A ton of mayo or a small dot of mustard? That’s where racking up grams of fat sneaks in.

When it comes to money, plant-based meat means less green. Traditional meat is significantly cheaper.

A package of two quarter-pound Beyond Burger patties is $7.09 on jet.com, compared to $4.49 for a 1.3-pound package of fresh 80% lean ground beef.

Impossible Foods, which doesn’t sell its products in stores at this time, declined to say what its prices are but pointed out that restaurants that use its plant-based meat charge around a dollar more.

There are some exceptions in the cow camp, though. Burgers made from specialty beef, like waygu, are pricier than the normal patties you’d pick up at your local supermarket as are halal and kosher beef.

It’s as subjective as you can get at this point. For example, which taste do you like better?

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll embrace the plant-based products, as you recall the horror of Non-Meat Patties 1.0.

If you’re a carnivore, you may have a harder time giving up the real stuff for the plant version striving to emulate it. For the latter group, there may be some one-and-done runs to sample the new protein contender; some may choose to put plant-based options in their dinner-plate rotation.

For people who are constantly gunning for social-media attention, the hipness of plant-based burger will probably get you more “likes,” especially if it’s a description of your first taste or accompanied by a designed-to-make-you-salivate photo.

Check out Gigglewaters in Safety Harbor

I’m always seeking out new restaurants to explore in our area, especially those that offer vegan selections!

Well……. I happened upon a new place that opened not that long ago in Safety Harbor, FL. and….. WOW! I was taken back (literally by the experience and in time). They specialize in the craft drinks from the prohibition era, hence the name “Gigglewaters”, which refers to what you would ask for if you ordered an alcoholic drink at a bar in the 1920’s.

The variety of food on the menu offers something for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan. My favorite is the VEGAN impossible burger. Yah!!

To top it off, this little gem of a restaurant has an on-premise movie theater that shows the classics. You know the type of movies that you can see over and over and over again? YEP! Those are the ones they show in an intimate setting. To boot, their menu offers a variety of seasoned popcorn to enjoy while watching the show.

If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend giving a visit to Gigglewaters ?????????

What’s Happening in Clearwater? May 24-27

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St. Pete Saturday Morning Market
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday
Where: 350 2nd Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Info: This is the largest weekly fresh market in the Southeast U.S. serving around 10,000 customers a week with its 130 vendors offering everything from fresh produce to homemade soaps to ready to eat food from 15 different nationalities. The market, which is free to enter, runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Pete. If you’re looking for an authentic St. Pete experience, hit up this staple of the community.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer – Rowdies vs. Swope Park Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
When: Saturday, May 25, 2019 7:30PM
Where: 230 1st Street S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Info: Kick it at Al Lang Stadium and cheer on the Tampa Bay Rowdies! Experience the electrifying home games with stands packed with fans cheering the team on with age old songs and chants, top notch concessions, and an outdoor stadium situated right on the waterfront of downtown St. Pete. Gates open 60 minutes prior to kickoff.

TNBA Championship & Convention
When: May. 23, 2019 – Jun. 2, 2019
Where:  27867 US Hwy 19 N., Clearwater, FL 33761
Info: Championship Tournament for The National Bowling Association. Bowlers from across the country will compete in teams, singles, doubles mixed doubles, and senior mixed doubles. Find the official schedule on their website!It’s all going down at Seminole Lanes, Sunrise Lanes, Liberty Lanes & Maple/Countryside Lanes.

USA Softball Clearwater Memorial Qualifier
When: May. 25, 2019 – May. 26, 2019
Where: 3050 Drew St., Clearwater, FL 33759
Info: The USA Softball organization will host the Clearwater Memorial Qualifier for Region 3 – Southeast Florida at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. The tournament format is 4 GG, 3 pool games into single elimination. Ages 14U-18U.

Clearwater Music and Arts Festival
When: May. 25, 2019 – May. 26, 2019
Where: 301 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33755
Info: Jam out to this two-day music festival happening on Clearwater’s beautiful waterfront of Coachman Park! Enjoy live music by a lineup of national recording artists, fine art displays and dozens of fun attractions. The best part? Admission is free! Happening from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on both Saturday & Sunday.

Memorial Day Party at 3 Daughters Brewing
When: May 26, 2019
Where: 222 22nd St S., Saint Petersburg, FL 33712
Info: Celebrate the holiday with live music, cold beer and an all American cook out! DJ Lye will be performing from 1 – 5 p.m. followed by the Bearded Brothers Band taking the stage from 6 – 10 p.m. Come hungry because 3 Daughters Brewing will be serving up your choice of a burger or 2 hot dogs and a drink for $10. This Memorial Day Party is happening from 2 – 11 p.m.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays vs. Blue Jays, 1:10 p.m.
When: May 27, 2019
Where: 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Info: After winning 90 games last season, first time since 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to be a force in the American League in 2019! Come watch them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

A Feast for the Eyes Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete
When: Now – July 28, 2019
Where: 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost: $20.00 adults $15.00 seniors
Info:Dreamy landscapes and luscious still life paintings from one of the world’s greatest private collections join together in A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection. This stunning exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete from March 23 through July 28, 2019. The exhibition features 40 of the finest Old Master paintings by artists from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Germany -including Jan Brueghel the Elder and Canaletto, one of the greatest view painters of all time represented here with an iconic view of Venice.The works span from 1600 to 1750. The collection is on loan from the Grasset family of Spain, whose patriarch assembled this group of masterpieces.
Dreams of Dali Virtual Reality Experience
When: Now – Jun. 30, 2019
Weekly on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Where: 331 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL 33755
Cost: This exhibit is free and runs through June 30, 2019.
The hours are:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fridays: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Info: Enjoy the remarkable marriage of art and technology in Dreams of Dali, a virtual reality pop up exhibition in downtown Clearwater’s Second Century Studios. This immersive experience will transport you into Salvador Dalí’s surrealist painting Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus.” Come get a sneak peek of the fantastical and surreal experiences The Dalí Museum has to offer as you go inside – and beyond – one of Salvador Dalí’s masterpieces.

Moonlight Canopy Tours
When: May 17, 2019 – Dec 14, 2019
Where: 
423 Lafayette Blvd, Oldsmar, FL 34677
Info:Are you ready to experience Tampa Bay’s Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve after dark and from 70 feet off the ground? In these Moonlight Canopy Tours, you’ll glide into the unknown on a zip line and experience the nocturnal life of Tampa Bay. For two hours, you’ll traverse all 5 zip lines in the preserve as well as walk the 200 foot suspension bridge, otherwise known as the “Flight of the Osprey” bridge. To reserve this one of a kind experience, call (813) 448-5635.

Theo Wujcik: Cantos Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete
When: Now – June 2, 2019
Where: 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL
Info: One of Tampa Bay’s best-known artists, Theo Wujcik (1936-2014), spent a decade creating a series drawn from the dark and profound literary classic, Dante’s Inferno. Now, those extraordinary paintings are the theme for Theo Wujcik: Cantos, a special exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. This exhibition celebrates the work of Theo Wujcik (1936–2014), with a focus on the literary references in his work.

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club
It’s not just for the older generation anymore! Join the fun at the world’s largest shuffleboard club to see why this pastime has regained its popularity in the Sunshine City. Free every Friday night from 7-11 p.m., locals and visitors alike flock to this private recreational club. If you’re not sure how to play, have no fear as volunteers are on hand to give you a lesson or two. Bring your own snacks and beverages – local craft beers tend to be a popular choice. There’s often live music or a DJ on-site to keep you shufflin’. Children are welcome and so are well behaved dogs.

Dunedin Food Tour
When: Tours available every Saturday from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Where: Dunedin, FL
Cost:Limited tickets available, book your tour now.
Info:Craft beer enthusiasts, upscale fine dining, Florida casual… there’s a tour for everyone! Experience the food and beer scene in Dunedin during a 3 hour walking tour that will offer you the opportunity to meet the chefs and owners of one of a kind restaurants, breweries and shops.

Safety Harbor Farmer’s Market on Main
When: Now – Dec. 29, 2019
Weekly on Sundays
Info: Start your Sunday with open-air shopping in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your grocery list to stock up on fruits and vegetables, plus specialty foods like meats, cheeses, desserts, bread and more. You’ll also find vibrant crafts and artwork.

Sunday Z-Brunch at Castile Restaurant
When: Now – Dec. 29, 2019
Weekly on Sundays
Where: 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Info: Savor a Mediterranean-inspired Easter brunch buffet featuring breakfast specialties, seafood stations, sushi, carving stations, bottomless mimosas and so much more! Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Pete Beach, with indoor and outdoor seating options available.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing
When: Now – Oct. 13, 2019
Monthly on the second Sunday

Where: 1133 Baum Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Info: Do a little downward dog before you down a cold craft brew! Get your workout on in the Green Bench Brewing beer garden at 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month led by The Body Electric Yoga Company. This one hour class is $5 for members in advance or $15 at the door or $10 if you pre-register online.

Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk
When: May. 18, 2019 – Dec. 21, 2019
Where: Beach Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707
Info: Feel the funky beat and shop for unique treasures during this bi-monthly event held in downtown Gulfport from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday. Over 35 locally owned boutiques and artists line the streets along with live musicians to keep you movin’. Don’t miss the opportunity to dine at one of the area’s delicious restaurants or belly up to the bar for a cocktail or two.

The Ultimate Water Park Guide in the Tampa Bay Area

Looking for something to do on the hot summer days? Don’t fret…. check out these nearby water parks!

Buccaneer Bay

Buccaneer Bay Waterpark is a true piece of Roadside America. Located inside Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, it features four awesome waterslides, three of which drop you off in natural Weeki Wachee Springs! If you’re a thrill seeker, try the exhilarating fun-filled flume! Guests must be at least 42 inches tall to ride Pirate’s Revenge and the Thunderbolt flumes and 48 inches tall to ride the Cannonball.

The Lift Adventure Park

The Lift aspires to provide a unique experience in outdoor recreation. Never been wakeboarding before? Spend your summer on the water learning how to ride behind our System 2.0, dialing in new tricks on the Full Size Cable and conquering the Aqua Park on our beautiful spring-fed lake.

In addition to our on-water amenities, SunWest Park also offers a public swimming beach, volleyball courts, concession stands and more. We have everything you need for a fun day on the water, just bring your swimsuit and we will provide the rest!

Tarpon Springs Splash Park

Colorful splash pad featuring maritime-themed water sprayers & covered seating areas.

Adventure Island

Adventure Island is a water park located northeast of Tampa, Florida, across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park features 30 acres of water rides, dining, and other attractions. The park opened on June 7, 1980, and is part of SeaWorld Entertainment.

McCormick’s Waterski Wakeboard and Cable Park

Time-tested hub for water sports with lessons & cables that pull skiers & riders without a boat.

Splash Harbour Water Park

Water park with a variety of slides, kids’ splash zones, a lazy river, casual dining & a tiki bar.

Clear Sky on Cleveland is highly recommended

Clear Sky now has three locations in the Clearwater area (one on Clearwater Beach, one in Dunedin and one in downtown Clearwater). BY FAR… my favorite is the one in downtown Clearwater.

They offer 3 dining areas with different ambience.  ONE is outside the front entrance, curb side, mimicking a quaint European outdoor cafe in the city. TWO is inside the back entrance giving a feel of being outdoors with loud acoustics, tile floors and running fountains. THREE and my fav is the in between situated around a long bar and tables that nestle in rows against the bar giving it a feel of coziness and winter.

Their food is awesome and delicious with such items as PB&J Brussel sprouts. While it sounds like it might be weird, I can only say that you have to try it to understand the melting of flavors that this combo brings out.

If you are local and haven’t been there, I would highly recommend that you plan an evening out to Clear Sky on Cleveland!

What’s Happening in Clearwater? May 17-19

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A Feast for the Eyes Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete
When: Now – July 28, 2019
Where: 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost: $20.00 adults $15.00 seniors
Info:Dreamy landscapes and luscious still life paintings from one of the world’s greatest private collections join together in A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection. This stunning exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete from March 23 through July 28, 2019. The exhibition features 40 of the finest Old Master paintings by artists from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Germany -including Jan Brueghel the Elder and Canaletto, one of the greatest view painters of all time represented here with an iconic view of Venice.The works span from 1600 to 1750. The collection is on loan from the Grasset family of Spain, whose patriarch assembled this group of masterpieces.

Avenue Q
When: May 10-12 and 16-19
Where: 105 Central Park Dr., Largo, FL 33771
Cost:Tickets are $28.50, $25.50 Group (10+), $13.50 Student (22 & under) (plus applicable service fee)
Info: Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book! Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score (not to mention puppets), Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical and a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. The show is happening at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo and starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Soul Circus Cowboys
When: May 17, 2o19 7PM
Where: Largo Central Park is located at 101 Central Park Drive. For more questions or more information, contact SpecialEvents@largo.com.
Cost: This event is free to attend.
Info: Soul Circus Cowboys will rock the stage on Friday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m!  Reaching Billboard’s Top 50 Country chart with their record “Tailgate Country,” the band brings a polished yet gutsier, grittier kind of country rock to today’s music scene.

Safety Harbor’s 3rd Friday Music Series
When: Friday, May 17, 2019
Where: Safety Harbor, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Info: Head to Safety Harbor the third Friday of each month for an evening of live music, shopping, and dining. Main Street closes off between 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and is lined with live bands, vendors featuring arts, crafts, and food, and local businesses and restaurants open late for your enjoyment. The best part, it’s free!

Dreams of Dali Virtual Reality Experience
When: Now – Jun. 30, 2019
Weekly on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Where: 331 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL 33755
Cost: This exhibit is free and runs through June 30, 2019.
The hours are:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fridays: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Info: Enjoy the remarkable marriage of art and technology in Dreams of Dali, a virtual reality pop up exhibition in downtown Clearwater’s Second Century Studios. This immersive experience will transport you into Salvador Dalí’s surrealist painting Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus.” Come get a sneak peek of the fantastical and surreal experiences The Dalí Museum has to offer as you go inside – and beyond – one of Salvador Dalí’s masterpieces.

Moonlight Canopy Tours
When: May 17, 2019 – Dec 14, 2019
Where: 
423 Lafayette Blvd, Oldsmar, FL 34677
Info:Are you ready to experience Tampa Bay’s Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve after dark and from 70 feet off the ground? In these Moonlight Canopy Tours, you’ll glide into the unknown on a zip line and experience the nocturnal life of Tampa Bay. For two hours, you’ll traverse all 5 zip lines in the preserve as well as walk the 200 foot suspension bridge, otherwise known as the “Flight of the Osprey” bridge. To reserve this one of a kind experience, call (813) 448-5635.

Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi
When: May 17, 2019 – May 19, 2019
Where: 253 5th Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Info: Two Puccini one-act operas make for a fabulous night of singing, drama, and antics!  In the tragedy Suor Angelica, a nun must face the truth about her past and confront her judgemental aunt who has arrived at the convent for purposes of her own. In Gianni Schicchi, the Donati Family really puts the fun in dysfunctional as they squabble over the inheritance from Cousin Buoso. Ultimately they hire a crooked lawyer to rewrite the will, but the outcome is not what they expected. Performances at The Palladium Theater on select dates between May 17 – 21. Tickets available through St. Pete Opera: (727) 823-2040.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer – Rowdies vs. New York Red Bulls II, 7:30 p.m.
When: May 18, 2019
Where: 230 1st Street S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Info: Kick it at Al Lang Stadium and cheer on the Tampa Bay Rowdies! Experience the electrifying home games with stands packed with fans cheering the team on with age old songs and chants, top notch concessions, and an outdoor stadium situated right on the waterfront of downtown St. Pete. Gates open 60 minutes prior to kickoff.

USA Water Polo Clearwater Beach Challenge
When: May. 17, 2019 – May. 19, 2019
Where: 1001 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
Info: USA Water Polo is proud to announce a brand new event, the Clearwater Beach Challenge! This tournament will feature 4 on 4 water polo, 3 field players and a goalie, and will be played on the intracoastal waterway at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center in Clearwater, Florida. Teams can expect to play 4-5 games over the course of the 2 days and will play using FINA Beach Water Polo Rules.

Magritte and Dali
When: Now – May 19, 2019
Where: 
1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL33701
Info: 
Magritte and Dali is a first-of-its-kind special exhibition dedicated to the world’s two most celebrated surrealists, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. Viewers will be taken on a journey from the late 1920 to the early 1940s, the period when the two artists spent significant time together and displayed their works in the same Surrealist exhibitions. Although both had very different approaches to their respective paintings, they were equally committed to implementing practices that challenged reality and generated fuller freedom of imagination and experience. Their works also employ several shared themes, which are explored throughout the exhibit.

Theo Wujcik: Cantos Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete
When: Now – June 2, 2019
Where: 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL
Info: One of Tampa Bay’s best-known artists, Theo Wujcik (1936-2014), spent a decade creating a series drawn from the dark and profound literary classic, Dante’s Inferno. Now, those extraordinary paintings are the theme for Theo Wujcik: Cantos, a special exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. This exhibition celebrates the work of Theo Wujcik (1936–2014), with a focus on the literary references in his work.

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club
It’s not just for the older generation anymore! Join the fun at the world’s largest shuffleboard club to see why this pastime has regained its popularity in the Sunshine City. Free every Friday night from 7-11 p.m., locals and visitors alike flock to this private recreational club. If you’re not sure how to play, have no fear as volunteers are on hand to give you a lesson or two. Bring your own snacks and beverages – local craft beers tend to be a popular choice. There’s often live music or a DJ on-site to keep you shufflin’. Children are welcome and so are well behaved dogs.

Dunedin Food Tour
When: Tours available every Saturday from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Where: Dunedin, FL
Cost:Limited tickets available, book your tour now.
Info:Craft beer enthusiasts, upscale fine dining, Florida casual… there’s a tour for everyone! Experience the food and beer scene in Dunedin during a 3 hour walking tour that will offer you the opportunity to meet the chefs and owners of one of a kind restaurants, breweries and shops.

Safety Harbor Farmer’s Market on Main
When: Now – Dec. 29, 2019
Weekly on Sundays
Info: Start your Sunday with open-air shopping in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your grocery list to stock up on fruits and vegetables, plus specialty foods like meats, cheeses, desserts, bread and more. You’ll also find vibrant crafts and artwork.

Sunday Z-Brunch at Castile Restaurant
When: Now – Dec. 29, 2019
Weekly on Sundays
Where: 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Info: Savor a Mediterranean-inspired Easter brunch buffet featuring breakfast specialties, seafood stations, sushi, carving stations, bottomless mimosas and so much more! Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Pete Beach, with indoor and outdoor seating options available.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing
When: Now – Oct. 13, 2019
Monthly on the second Sunday

Where: 1133 Baum Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Info: Do a little downward dog before you down a cold craft brew! Get your workout on in the Green Bench Brewing beer garden at 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month led by The Body Electric Yoga Company. This one hour class is $5 for members in advance or $15 at the door or $10 if you pre-register online.

Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk
When: May. 18, 2019 – Dec. 21, 2019
Where: Beach Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707
Info: Feel the funky beat and shop for unique treasures during this bi-monthly event held in downtown Gulfport from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday. Over 35 locally owned boutiques and artists line the streets along with live musicians to keep you movin’. Don’t miss the opportunity to dine at one of the area’s delicious restaurants or belly up to the bar for a cocktail or two.

Rawk Star Cafe is Amazing

I stumbled across Rawk Star Cafe a few years ago when seeking out wonderful and FRESH vegan food.

4011 Tampa Rd, Ste 11
Oldsmar, Florida 34677
rockstarcafe.com

They offer a smorgasbord of amazing raw vegan food. It doesn’t matter if you are a die-hard vegan or a carnivore at heart, their food will be sure to sweeten your palate. I make sure to hit this HOT SPOT at least one time a week.

The owner is extremely knowledgeable on natural remedies to our everyday ailments (joint pain, stomach upset, acid reflex, rot gut and more) in the form of …. wait for it…… the food we eat every single day! Their menu consists of smoothies, wraps, salads, soups and even vegan pizza options. If you haven’t tried it yet, I would highly suggest it. Your body will THANK YOU!

What’s Happening in Clearwater this Weekend? May 10-12

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2nd Fridays in Dunedin
When: May 10, 2019 5:30PM-8:30PM
Where: Downtown Dunedin
Cost: Free
Info: 2nd Friday is a free event now! No wristbands or tickets required ! Just show up and enjoy!
Shop Sip and Stroll through delightful Dunedin!
Several participants include Our House, Clay and Paper , Amanda Austin Antiques , Sun Coast Beach Company, Lafayette and Rush ford, The Feathered Nest, Key West Express, Stirling Art Gallery, Good Vibes Juice Co. , The Spice and Tea Exchange, The Great Giftby, My Favorite Things, Roxie K. Boutique , Presents of Mine, Spoiled Rotten and many more!
Make sure to stop by The Honu, Sea Sea Riders and Bon Appetit for unique cocktails and delicious food !

A Feast for the Eyes Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete
When: March 23, 2019 – July 28, 2019
Where: 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost: $20.00 adults $15.00 seniors
Info:Dreamy landscapes and luscious still life paintings from one of the world’s greatest private collections join together in A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection. This stunning exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete from March 23 through July 28, 2019. The exhibition features 40 of the finest Old Master paintings by artists from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Germany -including Jan Brueghel the Elder and Canaletto, one of the greatest view painters of all time represented here with an iconic view of Venice.The works span from 1600 to 1750. The collection is on loan from the Grasset family of Spain, whose patriarch assembled this group of masterpieces.

Avenue Q
When: May 10-12 and 16-19
Where: 105 Central Park Dr., Largo, FL 33771
Cost:Tickets are $28.50, $25.50 Group (10+), $13.50 Student (22 & under) (plus applicable service fee)
Info: Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book! Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score (not to mention puppets), Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical and a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. The show is happening at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo and starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

American Stage in the Park: Mamma Mia!
When: April 10 – May 12 (on select nights)
Where: Demens Landing Park
Cost: *bring your own chair or blanket Wed, Thurs, Sun – $20 (advance)/$30 (at the gate) Fri & Sat – $25 (advance)/$35 (at the gate) Children 6 and under are free.
Info: Grab a blanket and your friends for an evening of live theater under the stars! American Stage in the Park brings comedies & modern musicals to Demens Landing Park in St. Pete each spring. This year, watch the enchanting tale of love, laughter, family, and friendship as they present Mamma Mia! on select nights From April 10 – May 12.

Dreams of Dali Virtual Reality Experience
When: Now – Jun. 30, 2019
Weekly on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Where: 331 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL 33755
Cost: This exhibit is free and runs through June 30, 2019.
The hours are:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fridays: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Info: Enjoy the remarkable marriage of art and technology in Dreams of Dali, a virtual reality pop up exhibition in downtown Clearwater’s Second Century Studios. This immersive experience will transport you into Salvador Dalí’s surrealist painting Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus.” Come get a sneak peek of the fantastical and surreal experiences The Dalí Museum has to offer as you go inside – and beyond – one of Salvador Dalí’s masterpieces.

Moonlight Canopy Tours
When: May 10, 2019 – Dec 14, 2019
Where: 
423 Lafayette Blvd, Oldsmar, FL 34677
Info:Are you ready to experience Tampa Bay’s Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve after dark and from 70 feet off the ground? In these Moonlight Canopy Tours, you’ll glide into the unknown on a zip line and experience the nocturnal life of Tampa Bay. For two hours, you’ll traverse all 5 zip lines in the preserve as well as walk the 200 foot suspension bridge, otherwise known as the “Flight of the Osprey” bridge. To reserve this one of a kind experience, call (813) 448-5635.

Magritte and Dali
When: Now – May 19, 2019
Where: 
1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL33701
Info: 
Magritte and Dali is a first-of-its-kind special exhibition dedicated to the world’s two most celebrated surrealists, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. Viewers will be taken on a journey from the late 1920 to the early 1940s, the period when the two artists spent significant time together and displayed their works in the same Surrealist exhibitions. Although both had very different approaches to their respective paintings, they were equally committed to implementing practices that challenged reality and generated fuller freedom of imagination and experience. Their works also employ several shared themes, which are explored throughout the exhibit.

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club
It’s not just for the older generation anymore! Join the fun at the world’s largest shuffleboard club to see why this pastime has regained its popularity in the Sunshine City. Free every Friday night from 7-11 p.m., locals and visitors alike flock to this private recreational club. If you’re not sure how to play, have no fear as volunteers are on hand to give you a lesson or two. Bring your own snacks and beverages – local craft beers tend to be a popular choice. There’s often live music or a DJ on-site to keep you shufflin’. Children are welcome and so are well behaved dogs.

Dunedin Food Tour
When: Tours available every Saturday from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Where: Dunedin, FL
Cost:Limited tickets available, book your tour now.
Info:Craft beer enthusiasts, upscale fine dining, Florida casual… there’s a tour for everyone! Experience the food and beer scene in Dunedin during a 3 hour walking tour that will offer you the opportunity to meet the chefs and owners of one of a kind restaurants, breweries and shops.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays vs. Yankees, 6:10 p.m.
When: May 11, 2019 6:10PM
Where:1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Info:After winning 90 games last season, first time since 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to be a force in the American League in 2019! Come watch them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

Safety Harbor Farmer’s Market on Main
When: May 5, 2019 – Dec. 29, 2019
Weekly on Sundays
Info: Start your Sunday with open-air shopping in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your grocery list to stock up on fruits and vegetables, plus specialty foods like meats, cheeses, desserts, bread and more. You’ll also find vibrant crafts and artwork.

Mother’s Day Beach Yoga and Mimosas
When: May 12, 2019
Where: 200 Rex Pl, Madeira Beach, FL 33708
Info:Find your balance this Mother’s Day with yoga on Madeira Beach. The yoga class will be from 9 – 10 a.m. followed by a complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Use the North parking lot at Archibald Park, walk on to the beach, turn right and look for our YOGA sign. There will be a $15 drop-in fee. Bring a towel or two and a water to stay hydrated.

Sunday Z-Brunch at Castile Restaurant
When: May. 5, 2019 – Dec. 29, 2019
Weekly on Sundays
Where: 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Info: Savor a Mediterranean-inspired Easter brunch buffet featuring breakfast specialties, seafood stations, sushi, carving stations, bottomless mimosas and so much more! Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Pete Beach, with indoor and outdoor seating options available.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays vs. Yankees, 1:10 p.m.
When: May 12, 2019 1:10PM
Where:1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Info:After winning 90 games last season, first time since 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to be a force in the American League in 2019! Come watch them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing
When: May. 12, 2019 – Oct. 13, 2019
Monthly on the second Sunday

Where: 1133 Baum Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Info: Do a little downward dog before you down a cold craft brew! Get your workout on in the Green Bench Brewing beer garden at 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month led by The Body Electric Yoga Company. This one hour class is $5 for members in advance or $15 at the door or $10 if you pre-register online.

Fairway Pizza in Palm Harbor – my new fav

This past Friday night, I met friends out at Fairway Pizza and Sports Page Pub! The patio in the back is a pleasant surprise as you can’t see it from the street. They have live music on the deck 3-4 nights a week. It’s a great place for family and friends to enjoy a great meal accompanied by our beautiful Florida weather and some nice easy, fun music.

They offer a variety of food on their menu but specialize in pizza. If you haven’t been, I suggest giving it a try. You don’t see it from the front, but there is plenty of parking in the back of the building. Let me know what you think!Local

What’s Happening in Clearwater this weekend? May 3-5

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Clearwater Beach Taste Fest
When: May 3, 2019 6PM-9PM
Where: Clearwater Beach
Cost: Taste Fest tickets are available online or at the gate priced from $6 – $35
Info: The 10th Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will be held on Clearwater Beach, named TripAdvisor’s 2019 #1 Beach in America for the second year in a row! Clearwater Beach will host this scrumptious event at the newly renovated and iconic Pier 60 Park from 6-9pm Friday May 3rd. This event will feature tastings from over 30 participating restaurants, wine & craft beer, live entertainment by C’Nergy and Fireworks right after the sun sets.

Indigo Girls
When: May 3, 2019 8PM
Where: Ruth Ekerd Hall at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
Cost: $38.25
Info: GRAMMY®-Award winning, platinum selling iconic folk duo Indigo Girls return with their small band to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2013! After 30 years & selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong! Amy Ray & Emily Saliers are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.

American Stage in the Park: Mamma Mia!
When: April 10 – May 12 (on select nights)
Where: Demens Landing Park
Cost: *bring your own chair or blanket Wed, Thurs, Sun – $20 (advance)/$30 (at the gate) Fri & Sat – $25 (advance)/$35 (at the gate) Children 6 and under are free.
Info: Grab a blanket and your friends for an evening of live theater under the stars! American Stage in the Park brings comedies & modern musicals to Demens Landing Park in St. Pete each spring. This year, watch the enchanting tale of love, laughter, family, and friendship as they present Mamma Mia! on select nights From April 10 – May 12.

Dreams of Dali Virtual Reality Experience
When: Now – Jun. 30, 2019
Weekly on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Where: 331 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL 33755
Cost: This exhibit is free and runs through June 30, 2019.
The hours are:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fridays: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Info: Enjoy the remarkable marriage of art and technology in Dreams of Dali, a virtual reality pop up exhibition in downtown Clearwater’s Second Century Studios. This immersive experience will transport you into Salvador Dalí’s surrealist painting Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus.” Come get a sneak peek of the fantastical and surreal experiences The Dalí Museum has to offer as you go inside – and beyond – one of Salvador Dalí’s masterpieces.

First Friday St. Pete
Celebrate every First Friday of the month in St. Pete with a free block party complete with live music and dancing! The action goes down between 2nd and 3rd streets on Central Ave. from 5:30-10 p.m.

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club
It’s not just for the older generation anymore! Join the fun at the world’s largest shuffleboard club to see why this pastime has regained its popularity in the Sunshine City. Free every Friday night from 7-11 p.m., locals and visitors alike flock to this private recreational club. If you’re not sure how to play, have no fear as volunteers are on hand to give you a lesson or two. Bring your own snacks and beverages – local craft beers tend to be a popular choice. There’s often live music or a DJ on-site to keep you shufflin’. Children are welcome and so are well behaved dogs.

Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament
The oldest and richest Kingfish tournament in the United States comes to Madeira Beach twice every year in the Spring & Fall when the Kings are running on Florida’s west coast. If you fish for Smoker Kings, you should be fishing the 26th Annual Old Salt SPRING King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament, happening May 2 – 4. The total purse is $225,000 with 1st place winning $60,000. This 3 day event kicks things off on Thursday with the Captains Meeting and goes through Saturday, when anglers will weigh-in their prize catches and claim their awards. Bring the kids out to the waterfront party on Friday where they can get in on the action during the Kids Fishing Slam!

Dunedin Food Tour
When: Tours available every Saturday from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Where: Dunedin, FL
Cost:Limited tickets available, book your tour now.
Info:Craft beer enthusiasts, upscale fine dining, Florida casual… there’s a tour for everyone! Experience the food and beer scene in Dunedin during a 3 hour walking tour that will offer you the opportunity to meet the chefs and owners of one of a kind restaurants, breweries and shops.

St. Pete Beach Beer Festival
When: May 4, 2019
Where: 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Cost: Admission includes a commemorative Craft Beer Festival tasting cup, complimentary valet parking, water, and DJ.  Buy tickets here.
Info: More than 50 beers from National and Local craft breweries will be available for your sampling pleasure when you attend the 2019 St Pete Beach Beer. Set directly on the intracoastal waterway of St Pete Beach; enjoy tasting some of the best craft beers while enjoying the incredible waterside setting. In addition, there will be food, a brewing demonstration throughout the event, and various beers to sample from Tampa bay area homebrew clubs and award best of the beach.

Cinco De Mayo in Downtown Dunedin
When: 
May 5, 2019
Where: 365 Main St., Dunedin, FL 34698Cost: Free
Info: Every year, Casa Tina blocks off Dunedin’s Main Street for their annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Visiting artists, direct from Mexico, join the celebration to perform traditional song and dance and sell beautiful folkloric handcrafts. Enjoy delicious Mexican food prepared by Casa Tina. Mariachi music fills the air, colorful dancers grace the stage, and salsa lessons begin to prep the crowd for the upcoming dance party. This event is free to attend and is from 7 – 11 p.m.

Safety Harbor Farmer’s Market on Main
When:May. 5, 2019 – Dec. 29, 2019
Weekly on Sundays
Info: Start your Sunday with open-air shopping in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your grocery list to stock up on fruits and vegetables, plus specialty foods like meats, cheeses, desserts, bread and more. You’ll also find vibrant crafts and artwork.

Sunday Z-Brunch at Castile Restaurant
When: May. 5, 2019 – Dec. 29, 2019
Weekly on Sundays
Where: 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Info: Savor a Mediterranean-inspired Easter brunch buffet featuring breakfast specialties, seafood stations, sushi, carving stations, bottomless mimosas and so much more! Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Pete Beach, with indoor and outdoor seating options available.