The beautiful colorful city of St. Pete, Florida – Only carry-on luggage
The next morning we said goodbye to Clearwater for a decent breakfast. (Except for a quick pastry and a coffee when we left).
We did not have any plans on leaving Clearwater, but we did get some recommendations along the way – one of them was John's Pass Village.
A quick glance at John's Pass Village caught my curiosity, but when I came to visit, I wished we had planned to spend a little more time here.
It's such an amazing, rustic (maybe intentionally so?) Little spot that feels like you've stepped back into the past of an old fishing port. Everywhere on the promenade there are cool restaurants and bars and on the water even some mini-piers.
Here, fishermen go about their daily business and attract lots of hungry birds to do as little work as possible for lunch. 😄
Finally, we left John's Pass and made our way to St. Pete Beach, where we would stay at the Don Cesar Hotel next to the Pink Palace.
The Pink Palace is a place whose reputation precedes it! Marilyn Monroe, Al Capone and even F. Scott Fitzgerlad (writer of the Great Gatsby) were at home.
It has so much history and is very popular with the locals. It is the kind of place you dream of as a child, in which you marry or spend your honeymoon. I have been reliably informed on Instagram – the ice is not bad here too!)
Unfortunately, we arrived too early to check in which was fine as we had plans in St. Pete's to look at the city wall pictures (there are so many great ones) and have lunch.
However, when St. Pete arrived, the plans had changed and the hull tubes we had decided to have lunch first.
For lunch, we went to the Pacific Counter, a place I had no idea how much I would love to go inside.
As soon as I stepped into the bright, colorful room, I somehow realized that I was probably surprised (though I think back now, I have no idea what I expected).
Then we took some time to get into the menu (which was so patient and helpful by the manager).
It turns out that everything is thought through to the last detail. Even the bright lights are there so you can see exactly how fresh your food is. The ingredients are prepared daily and you can tell from the first bite.
But let us support things a bit. Pacific Counter is essentially inspired by Pacific cuisine – think of Hawaii (Poka bowls) and Japan (Sushi, Sashimi, etc.).
There is so much choice here – so much that it could be almost a bit much, but then you're all right if you have two options to build your meal, a bowl or a pack (and I know that's the pack ) maybe more mexican than the pacific, but it's very much to be appreciated, as it's the most practical edible plate considering the delicious choices you're about to make.
We went in the Poke Bowl style and I went for everything spicy, including extra spicy sauce because … well, why not.
Lloyd tried to go into the similar spice street like mine, but retired as he picked his fish and a few vegetables.
I will just say something now. And that's a pretty big deal considering how good the food is here – this was the best meal we had ever eaten (all meals included), all the time we spent here on our trip. As with all the effort "one prefers to" dance while eating it ".
Looking back now, there was actually just one other place that could handle this, but I'll tell you more about it later (it was actually the last place we ate in town before we left).
It was just so delicious and that was even before I had the frozen sake (kind of like a sake slushie – sooooo good and appreciated in this heat in Florida).
Dessert was in the form of a pineapple enjoyment.
It's like one of those desserts that not only tastes good, but is also free of artificial things and also feels good. I think one of the few other places you could possibly find is Disneyland.
After lunch and with an extra spring in our step, we decided to visit the mural of St. Petersburg (actually the official long name of St. Pete).
The murals here are a certain level, not necessarily in terms of what they are, but in terms of integration throughout the city. As if there were sooooooooo many, and you could spend a whole day looking for all of them and still not be able to see them all.
The main thing here is to decide which ones you most want to see and focus on. This colorful piece has been shortlisted very easily, but that is also because it was next to Twiggy next to some others.
Mr. Sunshine also made me giggle a lot, mainly because of the random car in front of it and how it looked like someone was ridiculously happy with his new car. (I know, it seemed so weird at the time, even Lloyd did not get the reason why I always burst into giggles.)
Hai-toof is something special.
The possibilities to play with it are endless, but what really impresses me is how detailed it really is!
It's just one of those pieces that makes you take your hat off to your artists. (I'm awesome at drawing or painting – that's more Lloyd's strength, so I appreciate that stuff so much).
I could go into detail (I tried to find out more about the artists and the art), but I'll let you know that on your visit – I'll show you some of my favorites this afternoon …
This one with the fish was the favorite of Lloyd. (Like it's cool, but I do not feel the way he does it – everyone for themselves, I think).
Marilyn Monroe rounded us off a bit before I realized that Don Cesar was long gone.
Well, we had a seat (and with "we", I mean "me") had planned to see the evening, and that's Green Bench Brewing, but thanks to a festival in town, the parking proved to be near impossible and so on We directed Don Cesar for evening cocktails.
The Don Cesar is in and of itself a whole atmosphere. It's just such a fun place! (Besides, if you've ever been there, do you know the big pink candies at the front desk? I can not even tell you how many of them I had, I tried one when we arrived, and immediately started apologizing for a sugary charge).
The cocktails here are so good and just what you need to start the evening.
At that point, we decided to park the car with the valet and get into a taxi for dinner.
The dinner we had at Trophy Fish, which I do not understand, was the point at which I decided that I could probably be quite happy (if only for a few months) to live in St. Pete.
The atmosphere here was so fun and relaxing when we arrived and the cocktails were as delicious as I had hoped (again, this was another local recommendation, so we went with great hopes).
I chose the shrimp (do not ask – considering what we had in Clearwater, I feel that this does not require an explanation – hehehe! 😄).
We continued with tacos for both of us, asparagus and coleslaw – everything was just delicious, but left little room for dessert!
With the last drops of cocktails we had stashed in our bellies, we decided to adieu to Trophy Fish and go to Don Cesar to get drinks at the bar.
In a very pleasant surprise, Don Cesar had left something effervescent in the hotel, which turned out to be the nightcap I did not know I wanted, but somehow I felt like I deserved it! 😄
Well played Pink Palace, played well. 😄