Tag: Dining

How To Make The Most of a Great View

One of the awesome things about living in a coastal region like Terra Ceia Bay or anywhere on the coast of Tampa Bay for that matter is that you can buy a piece of property with an absolutely breathtaking view. Even better, while it’s not dirt cheap, the real estate prices in Florida can be quite affordable when considered to similar homes and properties in other parts of the country.

In Terra Ceia Bay, you have a great chance of getting a view of the bay or the Gulf, and you may even luck out and have a view of the beach as well. How do you make the most of this view then? The answer is simple – design your home to make the absolute best of it.

Here are some tips that I’ve gathered from visiting many beautiful homes in this lovely region of Florida:

If You Can Have A Balcony You Should Have A Balcony

One of the most jaw-dropping ways to enjoy a beautiful view is to have a balcony that looks out over it. A balcony is best placed in a location that has the most coverage of the view as you sweep your eyes from left to right (or vice versa) across the horizon. You’ll want to carefully consider the railings and the design of the balcony as well. If improperly designed they can block your precious view. Along that note, you want to make sure that the rails of the balcony are visually pleasing and go with the overall feel of the view. A balcony that doesn’t look great is only going to detract from the beauty that nature has bestowed upon us.

Just a few other quick notes about balconies – you should have room for a few chairs at the very least. Standing room only is fine of course, but you’ll have much more room for enjoyment if you can bring out a few chairs. Better yet, a table and chair set so you can enjoy meals as the sun goes down for the evening.

Consider Your Dining Areas

This leads me to my next point – carefully consider where you place your dining areas and how they are laid out. It’s best if you can take advantage of your amazing vantage point while you are enjoying any of your meals at home. Think of how amazing it would be to have breakfast every morning while looking out towards the bay. Another great use would be having guests over for dinner and them being absolutely “wowed” by your view.

This is still something you should implement even if you’ve already achieved an outdoor dining area on your patio as previously discussed. The benefit of having a similar dining room inside is that it protects you from the elements – whether that is the cold, the rain, the wind, or insects.

Your Master Bedroom Is Paramount

This one is probably the most selfish use of your view, but when it comes to your own personal enjoyment of your property it’s probably the most important. If you’ve ever woken up to a magnificent room in your bedroom – whether you’re blessed with this at home or you’ve only experienced it while traveling – you’ll know why.

To make the most of your view it’s important to have as much window area open to the view as possible. The best bet is to get sliding doors if it will work structurally give the design of your bedroom. The great thing about a master bedroom overlooking a view is that you won’t have to worry about neighbors looking back in. All that will be there to stare back at you is the beauty of nature.

Local Hotspots: Great Places To Eat in Tampa

Who doesn’t love a nice meal out at a restaurant every once in a while? It’s nice to have your selection of food and drink and no obligation to prepare the meal or clean up afterwards. If you choose the right place the food might even be better than anything you can cook up in your own home kitchen.

Some places even have a nice view, making them a great place to go on a nice warm evening when you can sit outside and enjoy the scenery. Whether you’re in the mood for a night on the town, a romantic evening with someone special, or just a good time with friends and family, you’ll be able to find something on this list that’s right up your alley. Here are some of my favorite places to eat in the Tampa Bay area:

Ocean Prime

First on my list is Ocean Prime in the Carver City area. This is one of the most highly rated spots to dine in Tampa. You can get fantastic seafood as well as plenty of options for the landlubbers out there. It’s definitely a bit on the pricier side as far as dining goes, but if you can swing it it’s well worth the quality and sophistication that they have to offer in their dishes. The ambience also brings a lot to the table. It has a modern and upscale feel that compliments the extravagant food nicely. This is a great choice for special occasions.

Happy Fish

If you’re looking for something a little more casual and affordable, then Happy Fish is another great option. Located a stone’s throw from the Hillsborough river, Happy Fish serves up Peruvian style cuisine in a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. It’s a great option when you’re craving something a little different than the standard American fare. Don’t miss the picarones with lucuma ice cream for an interesting and deliciously satisfying desert.

Datz Tampa

An establishment loved by the younger generation, Datz Tampa is what people these days are commonly referring to as a “gastropub”. On the menu you’ll see appetizers like Fusion Fries (loaded with truffle oil), Nom-Noms, and Monkey Bread. The burgers are far from ordinary with all sorts of options that will make your mouth water. Tending to the younger generation of craft drink lovers, they have an extensive list of craft beers and specialty cocktails sure to get the juices flowing.

On Swann

A similar alternative to Datz Tampa for when the line gets a bit too long is On Swann, located right in downtown Tampa. They specialize in American cuisine and take pride in their seasonal menu, much of which is sourced locally. This is a casual dining spot with lots of creative food and drinks that certainly won’t disappoint for your next meal out.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Last on the list is Eddie V’s prime seafood. If you’ve done a bit of traveling then you’ll know that this establishment is a chain, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the experience that they provide. If you’re looking for somewhere to get top-notch seafood or steak, along with live music for an enjoyable and entertaining evening, then Eddie V’s is definitely worth checking out.