Favorite spot to take guests from out of town: A Tampa tradition, The Columbia is entertaining and delicious. The 1905 Salad is a classic, and the seafood paella is delectable. Don’t forget the sangria!
Favorite local boutique: DKM Accessories is a unique boutique owned by a local woman with such artistic flair to her fashion and jewelry.
Favorite place for a healthy meal: I love SoFresh’s zoodles!
Favorite waterfront restaurant: Hula Bay Club is inviting, with its great views of the bay, live music and delicious food options. They have the best bang bang shrimp!
Favorite Mexican restaurant: O Cocina has a refreshingly modern vibe and menu that is distinctly elevated by their tableside guacamole and cocktails. My favorite is the Cocina Margarita with tomatillo foam.
Favorite weekday breakfast spot: Pinky’s breakfast quesadilla is my go-to!
Favorite weekend brunch spot: I love a great brunch, and Roux’s entire brunch menu is top notch. The bartender is a true cocktail chemist. Ask him for a French 75 — it’s yummy!
Favorite Asian restaurant: Restaurant BT is phenomenal. A twist on classic French-Vietnamese cuisine, the dishes are creative, and the fusion of flavors is perfection. The atmosphere is energetic.
Hidden gem restaurant: Osteria Natalina is, by far, the greatest hidden gem in Tampa. The cuisine is authentically decadent, and the service is unsurpassable. Quaint yet lively, it is a charming experience.
Favorite fine dining restaurant: Mise en Place is truly decadent every single time.
Favorite seafood restaurant: Oystercatchers has so much to offer, from the views to the dishes.
Favorite sushi: SoHo Sushi is always outstanding. The sushi rolls are creative, and the ingredients are always fresh.
Favorite place to sit with a cup of coffee, and coffee of choice: Buddy Brew is chic but comfortable. I love their fresh black coffee as well as their breakfast.
Favorite place to grab a drink downtown: I love the ambiance at Anise Global Gastrobar. Their cocktails are perfect, and the truffle tater tots are not only delicious but also addicting.
Favorite place for a long walk: Of course it is Bayshore Boulevard! I also love the Tampa Riverwalk.
Favorite exercise class or gym: From the atmosphere to the instructors, Bella Prana’s energy is inviting and inspirational. I love the abundance of class options with various yoga styles and levels. I constantly look forward to going and always leave feeling relaxed and grounded.
Favorite place across the bay: The Canopy at The Birchwood. I love the sunset from the rooftop!