Occupying 22 sprawling acres of Tampa Bay coastline, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa combines the leisure of a luxury resort with the peaceful release of a day spa. A pack of 10 resort day passes provides unlimited access to the 50,000 square feet of recently renovated resort, spa, and fitness facilities for a full face-wallop's worth of relaxation. Three pools offer aquatic opportunities for every temperament. A fitness center is stocked to the muscle-bound rafters with cardio and weight equipment, and group classes take place daily, with 78 classes available each week. Clean and spacious men's and women's locker rooms give guests a chance to wind down in privacy after schvitzing within the confines of a sauna or steam room. The 10 passes can be used by one person over the course of 10 separate days, or shared with nine companions chanting "number nine" in a vaguely British monotone.
What draws humanity so consistently to eat food—besides the adrenaline rush of competitive-eating contests—is the pleasant sensation of taste. Today’s Groupon tastefully honors your taste buds: $5 gets you $10 worth of food and drink at Taste Cafe, a Safety Harbor institution serving up customizable dishes that can easily meet any dietary requirement or overwhelming fruit phobia. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
At Copperheads Tap House, beer aficionados and casual drinkers alike line up at the lengthy bar for frosty glasses of 30 craft beers. Local breweries such as Cigar City supply suds alongside internationally renowned brews as guests play pool, shoot darts, and watch sports on the flat-screen TVs above the bar. Out back, a sun-drenched patio welcomes imbibers as they soak in vitamin D and the tart orange and lemon flavors of an Ommegang Witte ale or the warm finish and Russian accent of a North Coast Old Rasputin stout. An event schedule chock-full of parties and concerts ensures that the spacious tavern is constantly humming with the sounds of weekly trivia, beer-sampling events, and live tunes from local bands.
Stroll through an Oldsmar farmers market early in the morning and you might run into Andrew Koumi rifling through baskets of tomatoes in search of the ripest ones. The mastermind behind Green Market Cafe, Andrew was still in college when he hatched the plan to open an eatery that served healthy takes on sandwiches and soups. When discussing the inspiration behind the restaurant with reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, Andrew explained, "I wanted to create a place where I'd like to go and eat everyday."
Arms laden with bags of produce, Andrew returns to his café, where his chefs fold the fresh vegetables into crisp salads and toasty grilled flatbreads. Because everything is made to order, chefs are able to accommodate special requests, adding extra tomatoes or picking out any raisins that look too much like a California Raisin. Diners chitchat over cups of organic tea inside the colorful dining room, an open space tinted with greens, purples, and pinks to please the eye. The building is also home to Kiwi Frozen Yogurt, Green Market Cafe's sister shop, which serves wholesome yogurt with candy and fruit toppings.
While it takes prodigious skill to man the 600-degree, 7-foot grill that is the center of bd?s Mongolian Grill?s dining room, the chefs running it don?t have any secret recipes. Instead, customers fashion their own customizable bowls of stir-fry according to their taste preferences, dietary restrictions, and desired portion size. Guests wander, nearly overwhelmed as they choose from an array of meats and veggies and ladle sweet, spicy, and herb-filled sauces into a cup. Chefs saut? the meal in front of their eyes, swords flicking skillfully across the grill to entertain and build anticipation like a mime about to jump buses on an invisible motorcycle. The resulting stir-fry dishes are accompanied by brown rice, white rice, tortillas or lettuce wraps.
While House of Brews prides itself on its beer selection, it also features a hearty, upscale food menu. Find yourself appetized after polishing off a plate of drunken cheesy bread topped with tomatoes, onions, garlic, black olives, and blue-cheese crumbles ($8.99). Move on to a fresh salad ($3.99–$7.99, add chicken for $2) or one of the friendly sandwiches ($4.99–$9.99), such as mom’s homemade chicken salad on multi-grain bread with melty provolone ($8.99). On tap, the House of Brews collection includes familiar domestics such as Miller Lite ($3) and Blue Moon ($5), as well as some more adventurous varieties, such as Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale ($5) and heavier brews including Bell’s Two Hearted Ale ($7). The bottled beer assortment features 50 different domestics, microbrews, and imports, including the mighty 9.5% ABV Victory Golden Monkey ($6.50).