Apr 29 2023

Book + Bottle

17 6th Street North
St. Pete, FL 33701

After the Farmer’s Market, we visit this nice little local book store with as many bottle of wines as books. No wonder our book club leader got discouraging reply when she contacted the store

Apr 29 2023

St. Pete Farmer’s Market

178 Beach Dr NE
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

Nothing is special, just another weekend market. Every veggie seems organic. Soaps, cheeses, orchids, coffees, breads (flies!! yuck), desserts, babies, doggies … harmonic and pleasant. One of the vender’s guacamole is wonderful.

… a few pix


Apr 27 2023

Kojak’s House of Ribs

1809 S Parsons Ave
Seffner, FL 33584

Will return -:)

A down to earth bbq restaurant, with plastics. The ribs are delicious! My two sides, beans and greens are too soft and saggy, the he potato and Cole Slaw are better.

The hot sauce is wonderful.

I ordered a rib and chicken to go – I know you can

Apr 25 2023

Lazy Gator

102 W Shell Point Road
Ruskin, FL 33570

An old building with outdoor dining area. Inside is homey, with a couple of small dining rooms, aside from the main hall. Good service, salty food – this is coming from the person who loves 🧂salt 😂


Apr 23 2023

Sunset at Apollo Beach

6760 Surfside Blvd.
Apollo Beach, FL 33572

This Nature Preserve is at the northern tip of this waterfront community, facing Tampa Bay with St. Pete to the west and Tampa to the north. The sunset view is wonderful.

… a few photos

No swimming no wading signs are visibly posted but beach goers go into the water anyway. The areas are well protected and the water is clear. It’s hard to stay away.

Apr 23 2023


This Italian tomato pasta sauce was brought to the market by Campbell ‘s Soup in 1981.

Over the years, I used many pasta sauces that sold in the supermarket. I don’t really favor one over the other because I like to make my own.

Recently, I bought pack of three of Prego. And yuck … yuck … they’re so sweet. Looking at the ingredient label, I’m shocked to see 9g of sugar per serving, which is half cup or 120ml. That’s a LOT of sugar. Why do they do that?

Some of the most recent restaurants that are on my sugar list:

Apr 22 2023

Garrison Channel

From Amalie Arena 

Garrison Channel is one of many waterways in Tampa. On the northern side/bank is Amalie Arena, the south side is Harbour Island. East is Ybor Turning Basic, with the Florida Aquarium, American Victory Ship & Museum and Sparkman Wharf, and west has that goes out to Tampa Bay.

Apr 22 2023

Beijing Zoo 北京动物园

We usually went to have lunch at Moscow Restaurant, either before or after visiting the Zoo.


Apr 21 2023

Beijing House 北京桃园

1441 E Fletcher Ave., #107
Tampa, FL 33612

Passing by this restaurant on our way to  Skipper’s Smokehouse. Reportedly, it’s pretty good. Looking up their web site: dated.

Apr 21 2023

Skipper’s Smokehouse

910 Skipper Road
Tampa, FL 33613

Will return.

The place is original, and pretty big with an open air stage in the back. We went tonight for the Grateful Dead tribute – decent performance by Uncle John’s Band. I think it’s John’s 70th birthday. Here is Uncle John’s Band released in 1970 by GD on youtube.

The service at the restaurant is good, food is pretty delicious. We’ve the famous sandwich, chargrilled oysters, hush poppy – all are decent.

We ordered their key lime pie but our friends devoured it – they said it’s really good.


The Grateful Dead tribute