Celebrate the holidays with the Tommy Bahama Happy “Huladays” cocktail. Refreshing and original, the Happy “Huladays” cocktail is a nice alternative from eggnog and more traditional holiday drinks. A combination of Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, cranberry ginger syrup and lemon juice is topped off with some prosecco for a sparkling touch will tingle your taste buds and have you feeling the holiday spirit in no time. The handcrafted Happy “Huladays” cocktail can be enjoyed at any Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar or Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar. You can also prepare at home using the recipe provided below.
Happy "Huladays" Cocktail
1.5 parts Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
1 part Cranberry Ginger Syrup (see below)
0.5 parts lemon juice
1 part Prosecco
Cranberry Ginger Syrup:
Combine 10 oz cranberries with 8 oz water, 8 oz sugar, and 5 thumb-sized pieces of peeled ginger, and cook for about 10 minutes in a saucepan on low-medium heat. Leave one piece of ginger in the mix and blend thoroughly. Do not strain. Store in a squeeze bottle.
In a mixing glass, add rum, cranberry ginger syrup, and lemon juice. Shake, with ice, in a mixing tin. Add prosecco and gently strain into glass. Garnish with cranberry and mind sprig, and enjoy!
What a month in Tampa Bay! When taking a look at the calendar before October started, I had no idea all of the amazing things that were going to unfold in our area! Tampa and St. Pete have so much to offer, and this fall has been so packed full of fun, a blog recap is necessary! I'm using links to my recent Instagram posts. If you don't already follow me over there, make sure to connect: www.instagram.com/tampahousewives. You'll also see a couple posts below from friends of mine: Caitlyn at @livesweatsleep and Tracy at @forkingaroundtown. Follow these fabulous ladies for another local voice!
Getting in the Halloween spirit early, my family loved ZooTampa's Creatures of the Night! Haven't visited yet? Read all about our experience and make a plan to visit before it's gone!
Located in St. Pete's Innovation District, Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi opened in October. Check it out for delicious quick-casual pan-Asian food!
My blogger friends and I were spoiled with an incredible selection of food at Paul's Chicago Pizza in St. Pete. I can't wait to have some of their dry-rubbed wings again. Many people asked - yes, they are still in Clearwater too!
Hard Rock Tampa invited us to come check out their newly remodeled Center Bar with creative new cocktails.
I never miss a reason to visit Armature Works, and I loved the Metropolitan Ministries Tampa Bay Food Fight event. I may have made a few extra trips around the room to get the goat cheese baklava from the people's choice winner, Sacred Pepper!
Popular South Tampa restaurant Boca has also experienced some updates recently! Their farm fresh dishes are always impressive, and I especially enjoyed their Empire State of Mind flatbread. Let me know if you try it!
Clearwater is welcoming the Fenway Hotel back! This gorgeous hotel has been under construction and is ready to welcome guests soon!
The much-anticipated new restaurant from Datz Restaurant Group, Dr. BBQ, has opened in St. Pete this month! I can't wait to check it out!
Tampa Housewives in the City's next Girls Night Out event is our first in Hyde Park! We will be at the fabulous bartaco and hope you will join us for a fun night!
Next weekend, Clearwater Beach Uncorked returns to Pier 60, and my husband and I cannot wait! This food and wine event is unlike any other and brings delicious food and drinks to our beautiful beach!
What an exciting month! Thank you to everyone who spent their Saturday with us for our first ever Tampa Housewives Brunch & Mimosas! I loved watching so many of you make new friends and enjoy each other's company for the duration of the event. Also - what a wonderful coincidence that we were able to take advantage of American Social's new bottomless mimosas deal. A huge thank you goes to their staff for accommodating our group!
Please take a moment to support our featured Tampa businesses from this event. We had a great variety, and these women would love for you to keep them in mind if you are in need of their services.
As always, thank you for supporting and being a part of our Tampa Housewives in the City community! I hope to see you at an upcoming event. Check out the list on our Facebook page!
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Lunchbox Wax South Tampa
At LunchboxWax, they believe that beauty is much more than just your external appearance – it’s how you feel about yourself. They wax women and men, bottoms and brows, cheeks and chests – a little (like ear fuzz) or a lot (from tip to toes). Their expertly trained waxologists are devoted to making every guest's skin smooth in a chic, modern environment that was specially designed for your comfort and care. Visit our blog post to learn more about this fabulous studio!
Wendy Carlston with CruisePlanners
For your next vacation, instead of spending time researching and trying to find all the best spots, contact Wendy to help you plan it all! She has a wealth of resources and knowledge to make sure you have the vacation you deserve, and specializes in luxury travel. She is a full-service travel agent in Tampa and wants to make sure you have the opportunity to make wonderful memories traveling the world!
Chase Cristia Photography
Chase Cristia is launching her photography business and can do it all - weddings, events, portraits, maternity, engagement, fur babies, cars, real estate!!
May brings Mother's Day, and it's a wonderful time to celebrate those special moms in your life - especially if it's you! If you and your family want to celebrate Mother's Day on May 13 at a fantastic restaurant in the Tampa area, check out our favorites below!
Treat Mom to a delicious Spanish inspired Brunch or Dinner on Sunday, May 13th and she'll receive a complimentary glass of our freshening Cava! Reservations are available 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
930 S Howard Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33606
Tampa's famous Columbia Restaurant is offering a special Mother's Day menu. Reservations at each of their restaurants can be made at ColumbiaRestaurant.com.
Golden fried yuca tossed with sea salt and topped with a spicy tomato jam and drizzled with garlic alioli. 8.95
Scallops “Costa Del Sol”
Colossal scallops sautéed with Serrano ham, piquillo peppers
and tomatoes, in a spiced butter sauce. Served over Manchego cheese polenta. 28.00
Adobo spice rubbed Lamb loin medallions served with a black cherry mint sauce spiked with balsamic, sautéed spinach and olive oil mashed potatoes. 31.00
Dulce de leche Chocolate cake
Cuban Espresso chocolate cake , with a dulce de leche mousse and vanilla crème. 8.00
Tradewinds Resort - St. Pete Beach
Show how much you care by treating your mom to our popular Tradewinds Mother's Day brunch. Enjoy a variety of Breakfast Offerings, Carvery Station, Chef's Table "Pho" style, decadent dessert table and more! Mother's Day Brunch will be held in the Grand Palm Colonnade at TradeWinds Island Grand - May 13th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations required by calling 727.363.2258 or see Lobby Concierge.
Waterline Resort - Anna Maria Island
Treat mom to coastal cuisine for this Mother's Day! Mom knows best, and mom deserves Crawfish Eggs Benedict. In addition to the already fabulous brunch menu at Eliza Ann's Coastal Kitchen, our chefs have prepared specialty items just for the occasion.
Reservations recommended. Please call (941) 238-6264 or find us on OpenTable!
Mother’s Day Brunch Specials
Blue Point Oysters | Bloody Mary Granita $20
Avocado Toast | Maine Lobster | Breakfast Radish | Poached Eggs $24
1855 6 oz Beef Tenderloin “Steak & Eggs” $32
BBQ Short Rib Potato Hash | Fried Egg | Béarnaise Sauce
5325 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
For gorgeous views of the Hillsborough River from this Riverwalk hotspot, bring Mom to Ulele on Mother's Day! Visit www.ulele.com/reservations or call for reservations.
Bananas Foster French Toast
Thick cut white bread dipped in custard and cast iron seared, topped with fresh berries, banana rum caramel sauce, fresh whipped cream and maple sausage. 12
14 oz slow roasted rib loin, white cheddar popcorn mashed potatoes, natural au jus, and broccolini. 29
Seared Spring Corvina
Meyer lemon scented fresh Fava beans, roasted spring leek and creamer potatoes, lobster sauce. 24
Golden Beet Carpaccio
Warm Quinoa ,Kale and chick pea saute, heirloom tomato vinaigrette. 14
Vanilla custard, caramelized sugar top and fresh berries. 10
Visit American Social on Harbour Island to enjoy their amazing patio space and views of Tampa Bay! We will be serving a Brunch Buffet to include an Omelette Station, Carving Station, Pastries, Sausage, Bacon, Home Fries and more. Additionally every mom will receive a complimentary Rose glass of wine and chocolate covered strawberry.
Phone: 813 605 3333
Want to Avoid the Brunch Crowds?
Our favorite mattress company, Allswell Home, is running an amazing contest to #BanTheBrunch on Mother's Day this year! Moms everywhere can post their own videos or photos on Instagram sharing their dream Mother's Day plans with the #BanTheBrunch contest. One grand prize winner will receive an Allswell mattress with white glove delivery and two runners-up will receive a $500 gift card to redeem at www.allswellhome.com. To participate, follow @allswellhome on Instagram and to enter, tag @allswellhome and include #BanTheBrunch and #AllswellContest in the caption of your post. The contest runs through 11:59PM EST on May 13, 2018. For all of the rules, visit www.allswellhome.com/banthebrunch-rules.
In celebration of all moms and to make your day in bed luxe and comfortable, Allswell is offering a $100 off the Supreme Queen mattress from May 1 – 13, 2018. Visit www.banthebrunch.com and use discount code BanTheBrunch at checkout.
If you attended our Holiday Kickoff event at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa, you probably already know how I feel about Bulla's beer sangria. If you have spoken to me about Bulla for any reason, you probably know how I feel about the beer sangria. It is incredible. It is as delicious as it is unique, and now, it's even more dangerous because I am able to share their recipe with you today to celebrate National Sangria Day!
I must caution you that the at-home version may not live up to Bulla's standards. They squeeze their own fruit juices every day and have amazing talent behind their bar. But, if you're looking to give it a try at home, gather your best ingredients and let us know how it turns out!
Bulla Gastrobar Tampa's Beer Sangria
Small handful of fresh basil leaves
Pear purre (about 4 tablespoons)
Spoonful of small orange wedges
½ oz. St. Germain
½ oz. fresh orange juice
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
Looking for a great resort to spend time with your family? We had the immense pleasure of spending a weekend at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra, and we all had an amazing time! The resort is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida. Its location off of A1A made it convenient to the beach, local shopping (Publix is just off the property), and of course the famous TPC Sawgrass Golf Course.
This Marriott has recently undergone renovations, and the rooms were fresh, bright, and new! There are not only standard hotel rooms, but the villas on the property provide more space and even kitchenettes. If you are staying for a longer amount of time or want to splurge, the villas are a great option. Traveling as a family of 5, we loved the ability to add an adjoining room. My husband and I shared a king-sized bed, we had a comfortable living area with a couch and chairs, and our boys were able to have their own beds (and bathroom!) in the adjoining room.
My favorite area of the entire villa was our balcony! We had a view of the main hotel and could even see the TPC Sawgrass course!
Fun for the Kids
My initial thought was that my three boys, ages 6, 4, and 10 months, wouldn’t have much to do at a golf and spa resort. I was so wrong! It only took about 3 hours into our stay for our 6 year old to proclaim that he “loves this place!” He and his brothers enjoyed the restaurants, pools, cornhole game, ping pong, putt-putt golf, Surfstream (more on that later!), and the beach. The Marriott even provided a pack n play for our baby to sleep in, complete with fresh sheets.
Marriott has really thought of everything for the children of guests here. They recently added the Mighty Oaks play area where parents can accompany their children for some quiet play time with a great selection of toys and even foosball! There was never a dull moment during our stay!
Sawgrass Marriott has an amazing selection of restaurants with a variety of fare for every desire. We were lucky to sample delicious food ranging from beach casual, brunch buffet, Mediterranean themed dinner, and the fine dining selection at Vernon’s. I loved that our kids felt welcome and had great choices at each of the restaurants, and my husband and I were able to enjoy delicious food as well! Just a few of our favorites include: the swordfish and desserts at Vernon’s, the burrata at 619 Oceanside, the crabcakes at the Sea Porch Bar & Grill, and the chili glazed gator nugget tacos at the American Gator Club!
We all can use some time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Sawgrass Marriott has a secluded, quiet location that provided comfort and beautiful views! If that’s not enough, you can enjoy time at their spa for a variety of services including facials, massages and body treatments for men, women and couples, and manicures/pedicures.
If you prefer to relax by exercising, the workout studio has a great selection of cardio and strength-training equipment.
Fun in the Sun
I am a beach girl at heart. I hadn’t visited the Atlantic Ocean in about three years, so it was a delightful treat that the resort offered a free shuttle to their Cabana Beach Club for our enjoyment! Our kids played in the sand, enjoyed the surf, and then transitioned right over to the pool at the beach club. The resort had toys on hand, towels by the pool, and clean bathrooms. The Sea Porch Bar & Grill and 619 Oceanside Restaurant are both located at the beach, so you can spend the day here without any problem at all!
The first Surfstream American Wave Machine in the continental US just opened at Sawgrass Marriott, and it was the highlight of my trip! The instructors gave us the safety equipment and training we needed, and were so supportive while we tried out this fun activity! My husband, my 6 year old (height requirement of 42 inches), and I had a blast taking turns riding the waves right at the resort! They had boogie boards and surf boards available so everyone was able to ride a wave without trouble. I was a nervous wreck, but it was such an amazing experience!
You can’t stay near TPC Sawgrass without feeling the influence of the game of golf. Adjacent to Alice and Pete’s Pub is a floating hole challenge. For a small fee, guests can try their luck at hitting a golf ball into the “floating” hole 65 yards away.
A Wonderful Family Getaway
The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa was a perfect destination for our family. We were able to sample delicious food, have fun, and relax on the property and at the beach club. The Marriott staff all went above and beyond to make our weekend memorable, and we would gladly return! You can find many more details and book accommodations on their website.
We were invited for a media weekend as a guest of Sawgrass Marriott.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
All photos are my own unless otherwise noted.
I LOVE brunch! There are so many choices in the Tampa Bay area for a great brunch, I am also always on the lookout for a fun spot. This past weekend my friend Jamie and I had the pleasure of trying the newly revamped brunch buffet at Beach Bar | Restaurant on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The restaurant is attached to the Bay Harbour hotel which overlooks Tampa Bay.
I could stop right here. They make them to order and even include blueberries and/or raspberries!
Their location overlooking Tampa Bay is perfect! It saves you the drive of going all the way out to the beach on the gulf, but brings the view right to you!
Hot buffet items
What an amazing variety of delicious foods ready to eat! They had veggies, mashed potatoes, shrimp and grits, bacon, eggs, and even chicken and waffles! It was my first true chicken and waffles experience (can you believe it??), and they were amazing!
This was my first stop on my first trip through the line. A properly made omelet with personalized toppings is always better when someone else makes it!
Don’t skimp on the protein! The ham and prime rib are carved fresh to order!
There was a beautiful selection of fresh fruit including cantaloupe, pineapple, blueberries, watermelon, and honeydew melon.
Caesar salad, green salad, and tortellini to accompany the breakfast items
I’m not a huge seafood fan, but my friend Jamie sampled the crab legs and shrimp for us! They had a wide variety of seafood choices including crab legs, oysters, and shrimp!
Sweets, Muffins, and Pastries
I’m a sucker for sweets. I sampled an AMAZING lemon bar, and I simply cannot believe that I forgot to go back for all of their chocolatey goodness!
In addition to the lovely buffet, you can enjoy music from the live band outside, and have your choice of seating inside or outside. If you are looking for a new place to try for a brunch in the Tampa area, Beach Bar | Restaurant has so much to offer! You can find more information on their website or Facebook page.
Welcome to the Tampa Housewives in the City! I am Nicole and I am excited to be the new host of the Girl’s Night Out events! I have attended the events for years and I just love big group gatherings whether I'm hosting or attending. I am a wife, mother of 2 and networking marketing professional! Spa treatments, lazy days by the pool and playing loud music alone in the car -- all make me happy!