Prior to opening a yoga studio, Aaron Ledesma had spent over a decade as a professional baseball player—playing for teams including the Mets and the Tampa Bay Rays. This grueling career resulted in a back injury, and it was while recovering from surgery that Aaron first encountered yoga. Impressed with the healing benefits, he made the decision to retire from baseball and take a hot yoga training course instead.
At Yoga 365, Aaron is joined by his wife Karen, who combines her background in psychology with classic yoga techniques to cultivate a deep mind-body connection. The duo—along with a roster of talented instructors—lead 60- to 90-minute classes from the early morning to the late evening inside an airy, modern studio. During classes, the rooms are heated up to 105 degrees to help detoxify the body and loosen muscles for deeper stretches. Should clients like to unwind or untangle, they can step inside a private treatment room for a soothing massage or chakra balancing. The gender-specific locker rooms have showers for post-class primping, along with amenities including shampoo, conditioner, and hair dryers. Yoga 365 also offers nutritional counseling and muscle response testing.
Peace Love & Cake's staff of pastry perfectionists wields high-quality butter cream and a plethora of fine ingredients to conjure up a confectionery siren song that attracts sweet teeth from lands afar. The customizable cupcakes are delicately prepared to convert frosted fantasies into sugared certainties: choose from flavors such as red velvet, spice cake, raspberry, white chocolate, and more, then add extra style with customized frosting designs if desired ($0.50 per cupcake). Alternatively, the dessert party trays boast a choice of bite-size cupcakes, cheesecakes, cannolis, and more.
The chefs at Deeya Indian Cuisine go to great lengths to bring the traditional flavors of India's northern Punjab region to Clearwater. In addition to embracing traditional cooking techniques?such as roasting breads and skewered meats within a clay tandoor oven. They also import a number of rare herbs and spices directly from India via giant slingshot. The distinctive combinations of turmeric, ginger, garlic, curry powder, coriander, bay leaves, and garam masala lend even more South Asian flair to the menu items. In addition to tandoor-baked chicken in a creamy tomato-based gravy, these menu items also include fiery lamb vindaloo and yellow lentils flavored with cumin and cilantro. Some of these dishes may be served with an incendiary level of spice, although the servers happily recommend dishes to suit virtually any palate.
Quirky, baseball-themed diner known for its giant portions of down-home fare with a deli-style twist.
When to Go: Arrive early. You can get breakfast any time of day, but expect to wait in line unless you're up before the sun.
While You're Waiting
While You're in the Neighborhood
After breakfast: During spring training, you can watch the Phillies warm up at Carpenter Complex (651 N. Old Coachman Road). They usually appear around 9 a.m., giving fans a free glimpse of the team in action and a chance to get a few autographs.
After lunch: Catch even more Phillies action at Bright House Field (601 Old Coachman Road), where they play all their spring training games.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Yanny's (1258 S. Highland Avenue), another local favorite for diner-style grub with a name that's conspicuously similar to Lenny's.
Conceived by Las Vegas restaurateur Mark DiMartino, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery evokes Ireland by way of Vegas, with waitresses dressed in plaid mini kilts shouldering trays of chilled beer and pub fare. Like an enchilada stuffed with four-leaf clovers, the eatery’s Irish nachos interpret a south-of-the-border classic in a Celtic way, slathering potato chips in cheese sauce and seasoned ground beef; alternatively, pot roast and vegetables simmer traditionally in the Olde Dublin Irish stew’s Guinness-infused beef stock. Barkeeps pour a full bar’s worth of wine, cocktails, and beer, which surfaces in bottles, bombers, and multi-brew mixes such as the Blue Moon and Guinness combination. High-definition TVs glow with a ceaseless parade of professional and college baseball, basketball, and hockey, and live bands add to the entertainment smorgasbord on Monday nights.
Dine on a versatile menu of freshly prepared, Asian-inspired delights that are whipped up quickly and skillfully. Start off with an appetizer, such as the potstickers (filled with pork, green cabbage, scallions, and ginger), lettuce wraps (chicken or tofu with shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, scallions, and garlic), and general’s wings (full pound with spices, sweet chili, garlic, and scallion glaze). Salad and soup options include the peanut soy salad (soy-glazed chicken over mixed greens, carrots, snap peas, wonton chips, and sesame seeds, with a soy peanut dressing) and Thai coconut soup (with chicken breast, lemongrass, mushrooms, tomatoes, and lime). Or opt for an entree with your option of chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu, or veggies. Options include honey glazed, Thai cashew stir fry, lo mein, Vietnamese crunchy noodles, and Thai fu noodles.