Catherine Ansel

Owner, Couture Designer Resale Boutique

Favorite spot to take guests from out of town:
I wow out-of-town guests with Ulele’s amazing food and picturesque views.

Favorite place for a power lunch:
Fresh Kitchen is healthy, delicious and fast. I love it because I’m always in a hurry!

Favorite place for special family occasions:
We like Catch Twenty-Three, located right in our neighborhood (Westchase). Not only is it close by, but it has delicious options for everyone.

Favorite local store:
RareHues Modern Vintage Market is my go-to spot for finding unique home décor. Featuring an array of local artisans, it’s a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Favorite place for a healthy meal:
Swami Juice has the best acai bowl. Any time I am in South Tampa, I have to have it.

Favorite place for authentic cuisine:
Whenever I want to be reminded of home, I go to So Gourmet Bakery on South Dale Mabry and indulge in one of their fabulous French quiches, croissants or pastries.

Favorite weekday breakfast spot:
The Grind in Westchase is the perfect local spot to grab a quick coffee and healthy breakfast prior to work.

Hidden gem restaurant:
Terra Sur, a Peruvian café in Carrollwood. Try the sangria and the ceviche – it doesn’t disappoint.

Best fine dining spot:
For special occasions, Restaurant BT is an easy choice, with its unique ambiance, awe-inspiring presentation and fresh French-Vietnamese flavor.

Best sushi:
Zen Bistro has amazing sushi and appetizers. I recommend the lime beef tips with cilantro, mint and crushed peanuts.

Favorite place for a craft cocktail and cocktail of choice:
Repeal 18 features an array of hand-crafted cocktails. My favorite is the Cat’s Meow, a refreshing mix of Farmers Organic Botanical gin, champagne, grapefruit, strawberry puree and Sambuca.

Favorite museum:
The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. We’re fortunate to have the largest collection of Salvador Dalí’s work in the United States right in our own backyard.

Favorite place to catch live music:
Amalie Arena is great for big concerts, and Ruth Eckerd Hall for more intimate performances.

Favorite local attraction:
As a movie fan, I enjoy attending the Gasparilla International Film Festival each year, especially when it takes place at the Tampa Theatre.