The chefs at Lisa's Café sate hearty appetites with steaks, burgers, and seafood on the dinner and lunch menus. For dinner, fresh grouper sings a savory culinary duet with a Maryland crabcake on a plate of Lisa's recipe grouper oscar, inspiring an audience of garlic mashed potatoes to applaud with a shower of hollandaise and toss fresh asparagus bouquets onstage ($27). Noontime noshers can test their incisors’ mettle against a sharp-shooting western burger armed with barbecue sauce, bacon, cheddar cheese, and spiky fried-onion spurs ($10). Alternately, patrons can lounge outdoors under large umbrellas to enjoy the breeze from the nearby beach or toss freshly breaded grouper nuggets ($9) into the mouths of passersby.
Behind Indian Shores Massage's seafoam green exterior is an arched entryway evoking the symmetrical domes of ancient Mughal architecture. The lobby’s decorative Buddha statues, elephant sculptures, and wall decor further heighten the Eastern aesthetic. Patty Iorio is well versed in bodywork techniques as varied as head, hand, and foot reflexology, hot stones, and Thai yoga massage. Soft music mingles with the sound of the Gulf of Mexico's nearby shoreline during services that take place in spacious private rooms, where aromatic ocean zephyrs and the occasional trident soar through billowy white curtains.
Since 1987, St. Pete Bagel Co.'s bakers have crafted New York–style bagels and both old-fashioned and yeast-raised donuts every morning. Rabbi Uriel Rivkin presides over each day's batch of certified-kosher dough rings bedecked with salt, onions, and poppy seeds, which share space with sandwiches and assorted spreads on the café menu. Fluffy and sweet specialty donuts such as PB&J, red velvet, and strawberry-glazed bike tire join coffee and espresso drinks for maximum donut slam-dunks. Around the shop, wood and leather stools seat diners, who can pass the time by admiring colorful flora and photos of bagels snapped at the food pyramid’s class reunion.
Helmed by owner Bill Brown, the talented artisans at William Dean Chocolates handcraft premium candies with the type of inimitable designs and flavor combinations that have made the confectionery the repeated winner of a slew of prestigious awards. Select single chocolates such as crème brûlée teeming with white-chocolate ganache, vanilla beans, and raspberry Chambord jelly, or transport taste buds to the border with Mexican mango––a savory bonbon packed with fresh lime juice, mango pate de fruit, and sea salt infused with green chilies and a miniature mariachi band. Customers can opt for boxes of chocolate assortments, choosing their own mixes in a five-piece ($12), nine-piece ($18), 10-piece ($22), 20-piece ($40), or 36-piece ($70) assemblage, or they can trust the experienced staff to select morsels for them based on dessert preference and each sweet tooth's astrological sign. Chocolate bars such as the orange-peel ($5) and wasabi bars ($5) introduce distinct concoctions to discerning palates, and the pate de fruit 18-piece gift box ($18) swarms with handpicked fruit puree in flavors such as kiwi, guava, coconut, and Caribbean cocktail.
Built in 1918, the Craftsman House's expansive, adobe-toned bungalow collapses time as visitors step onto a breezy veranda, walk past a lush carpet of flowers and fronds, and witness more American craftwork than they can shake an intricately whittled stick at. Blown glass, turned wood, and fine pottery and jewelry provided by a 300-strong network of local and national artists are just a few of the pieces that settle in at this homey abode. The building is so homey, in fact, that one artist hardly ever leaves. Surrounded by the courtyard, what was once an old-time carriage house is now the clay-caked studio of professional potter Stephanie Schorr. There, visitors can find her partway through many projects at once, crafting functional wares and feeding the carnival fire breathers that keep her kiln hot.
The historic hub of creative know-how hosts a multiplicity of events, including live music, gallery tours, and artistic workshops. In honor of the gallery's tireless community efforts, Craftsman House was named the 2011 Top Retailer for a Charitable or Philanthropic Event by Niche magazine.
Lace tablecloths, decorative flowers, and china cabinets filled with ornate teacups and saucers lend A Corner Of England the ambience of a vintage parlor. In these whimsical digs, Danielle Bruning and her mother, Julie Hicks, brew certified organic tea leaves harvested from two century-old gardens in Assam, India. The women pour fragrant brews of black, green, and antioxidant-loaded white tea into teacups, along with concoctions of their own devising that they flavor onsite. Their Green Tea Delight blend, for example, marries the classic potable with chamomile, mint, ginger, and fruit peel.
During the bistro’s signature high tea, guests snack on housemade scones and cakes or savory bites of sausage rolls, quiche, and croissant sandwiches. Parents can stop in with children for a kid-friendly tea experience as tykes dress up in faux-fancy hats and gloves while sipping from cupfuls of a juice-tea blend. Quenched cross-cultural caperers can relive their high-tea hijinks or recreate the boston tea party in the neighbor’s pool with bags of dry tea and teacups, available for purchase.