Why You Should Visit The Florida Shell Shop on Treasure Island
If you’re vacationing on Treasure Island, The Florida Shell Shop should be on your to-do list.
The Florida Shell Shop is a real treasure. Sure, you can buy “shells” at the local grocery or drugstore, or even try to harvest your own (please don’t!). But if you do that you’ll miss experiencing a nostalgic slice of Florida that is still thriving today – The Florida Shell Shop.
Read on for our tips on experiencing this tidbit of authentic Florida.¬†
Move slowly so you can take it all in. See the colorful carryalls mid-photo? These are for the shells you’re almost certain to want to collect.
What Can You Find at The Florida Shell Shop?
- Shell wind chimes
- Big shells
- Shell wall signs
- Small shells
- Shell coasters
- Shell greeting cards
- Tiny shells
- Shell jewelry
- Real buoys
- Fake buoys
- Huge shells
- Stained glass shells
- Shell greeting cards
- Really tiny shells
- Shell Christmas ornaments
- Shell identification guides
- Shell books
- Shell stickers
- Shell food (Ok, not really shell food, but Florida-related sauces, candies and other treats)
- Shell Christmas trees
They might even have a copy of The Shell Seekers lying around if you look.
Why The Florida Shell Shop Matters
The Florida Shell Shop was¬†established in 1955. ¬†That‚Äôs a long time ago folks. ¬†Before I was born and I‚Äôm OLD. It‚Äôs also a family-owned business.
We are huge supporters of local businesses and family-owned enterprises, so we like to point them out just in case you are too.
April Recurring Events
I’m afraid they’re going to get wet
As I sit here nursing a foot energy, the thought if a Tri seems next to impossible.
Perhaps you feel differently. Or maybe you just want to show some support for those who are so ambitious. At the very least you need to know where they’ll be and where the streets will be closed.
Ten days spent celebrating sand. Activities include The Giant Sandbox (shh, don’t tell my cats), the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, sand sculpting classes, live music, fireworks., movies on the beach and more.
For the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, eleven world-class sculptors create sand sculptures according to a changing annual theme. The Walk is housed under a 21,000 square foot tent.
Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival
This year’s event will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds on April 25th, 2020.
Now in its 15th year, this festival continues to preserve and enhance the cultural and historical legacy of Caribbean American heritage.
Events include exhibits, crafts, a street parade, a Steelpan Jamboree, top-name entertainment and vendors, a Jouvert morning experience, and high-stepping masquerade bands. This might be the most colorful and lively festival the area has to offer and it is held in the beautiful month of April. I can‚Äôt think of a better reason to give it a go.
Green Thumb Festival
The Green Thumb Festival is St Petersburg’s annual Arbor Day celebration.
Plants, flowers and plant and flower lovers come together, along with individuals and families looking for a fund weekend activity.
There will be more than 120 – yes one-hundred-and-twenty – plant and flower vendors and exhibitors.
Held at Walter Fuller Park at 7891 26th Ave N on April 25th and 26th from 9 am to 4 pm
Check out the website here.
A 3-day rite of passage for blues fans each spring. Recipient of the Blues Foundation’s “Best U.S. Blues Festival” in 2011, this event keeps people coming back year after year. Unfortunately. this event is not pet-friendly.
April 3, 4, and 5, 2020
Check out the history section of the website for a list of past performers. Held in Vinoy Park, downtown St Petersburg.
Also held in Vinoy Park in downtown St Petersburg. Ranked one of the Top 20 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. 2019 marked the 44th year of the festival.
April 18th and 19th, 2020
Family fun for everyone!
April 11, 2020 from 10 am -12 pm at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd S)
Free festivities including an egg hunt, riding in a police boat, a fire truck an ambulance and more!
3 Simple Steps For All The Gear Your Baby Needs
We know traveling with your baby or toddler can be stressful! They crave their routines and traveling is anything but that!
Cribs, car seats, stollers, high chairs, booster seats, pack n plays, bouncers, booster seats – I could go on and on.
Even if your car would hold all these items or the airlines would let you check them all, do you really want to?¬†
Enter Pack Less Play More. This “easy button” business helps you order your baby equipment online, have it delivered to your vacation rental and they’ll pick it up after you leave. ¬†Three simple steps:
- Secure Checkout
Fun in the sun and surf
Cleaning and Sterlizing
Babies and toddlers are messy! One of the reason we refer our guests to this wonderful company is the care they take in cleaning and sterilizing their equipment after each use. ¬†
Pack Less Play More cleans their rental items with ¬†100% all-natural cleaning products. ¬†You can read about how the clean cribs, strollers, car seats, toy boxes, high chairs, booster seats, and bouncers here.
The Process is Easy and Packages are Available
The process is easy – just click and reserve. Have it delivered before you arrive.¬†¬†
A few baby-oriented beach items are available too. Sand toys, Kidco Go-Pods. and Beach Baby Cabana & Sunshades.
March Recurring Events
Sometimes it just doesn’t get much better than lounging about, watching professional ball players warm up for the season.
While Florida teams are a bit more spread out than in say, Phoenix, you can still catch some spring training in Tampa or Clearwater. Check out the schedule here.
IndyCar Racing Series Grand Prix of St Petersburg
The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg will be March 13 through March 15th in 2020.
This IndyCar race has been held in St Petersburg since 2009. And a recently renewed agreement means the race will be returning to the area for the next 5 years as well.
If you’re an IndyCar fan, the significance of the season opener needs no explanation for you. If you’ve never been to Grand Prix before, St Petersburg is a great place to get your feet wet.
Check out the website here and plan your adventure now.
Florida Strawberry Festival
Pop one in your mouth. Or maybe a few dozen
Did you know about Florida’s love affair with the strawberry? No, not the orange. (Or any citrus, really.) The strawberry! The first time I visited the Florida Strawberry Festival I thought it might be somewhat unique. It’s not. There are strawberry festivals all over the United States and even some in Canada, Australia, Italy and Japan. You can find a website with links to worldwide strawberry festivals here.
But we’re talking about the Florida Strawberry Festival, held in (where else?) Plant City, Florida in late February and early March. 11 days in all.
The website is https://flstrawberryfestival.com. You van find out about rides & attractions, musical talent and visit the livestock show. Visit the website and signup for updates via email including 2020 dates!
Gulfport Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes
Gulfport’s tour of eclectic homes returns on March 7, 2020.
This year’s event will focus on the east side of the historic downtown.
Run for the sake of cupcakes in Pass-A-Grille, will ya already?
Race for the Cupcake
March is all about races here, and this event is no different.
OK, well it is different in that it involves you moving at high speed. Ok just moving, maybe not a high speed. And not in an IndyCar or a boat.
So before you head out to the Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes, head out to Hurley Park at 1501 Gulf Way in St Pete Beach for the 2020 Race for the Cupcake.
Proceeds from this event benefit Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is a non-profit program that encourages girls to develop self-respect, to be joyful and confident, and to live a healthy lifestyle through interactive lessons, running games, and a culminating celebratory 5k run.
Sounds worthwhile to me! Plus you get a cupcake! You can find the website here.
Cuban Sandwich Festival
If you’ve ever had a REALLY good cuban sandwich, the finding out that a Cuban Sandwich Festival exists is probably just a big dull “duh” to you. Am I right or am I right?
Ever since I fell in love with the idea of a Cuban sandwich after Jon Favreau’s “Chef” in 2014, Cuban sandwiches are on my short list of favorite foods to try at new eating establishments.
(If you must know the other items on the list are crab cakes, fish spread, flan, lobster bisque and tortilla soup.)
Now this is just a guess, but I have a hunch that a great place to sample some really tasty cuban sandwiches just might be at a Cuban sandwich festival. Just sayin’ I have the inside scoop on this.
The 2020 Tampa area event is on Sunday, March 29th at Centennial Park in Historic Ybor City at 1800 E. 8th Avenue in Tampa.
The event is an international competition that attracts cooks from all over the world.
Maybe not quite this small
2020 Florida Suncoast Tiny Homes Festival
Oh, the irony that the 2020 Florida Suncoast Tiny Home Festival needs a larger venue.
I should just stop there.
Anyway…The 2020 event will be held March 28 and 29th in England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park and will feature more than 30 tiny structures.
If you’ve been binge-watching Tiny House Nation, then this is for you. Where else can you try on so many small structures, even if just to assure yourself that your McMansion is perfect for you?
Still, as the owner of a 330 SF “tiny home”, I’m intrigued.
Gulfport Grand Prix
It’s fair to say that this event is not without controversy in our sleepy little community. Because during this event the area is anything but sleepy.
Still, for 3 days at the end of March, this boat show and boat race is happening and Boca Ciega Bay is a rather unique area to experience an event like this.
Visit the event’s website for the schedule maps, and other helpful information.
And one thing is guaranteed – you’ve never seen Gulfport like this!
Reggae Rise Up Music Festival
It’s hard to think of better music for a festival than reggae.
And it’s even more difficult to think of a better location and time of year for any music festival than Vinoy Park in St Petersburg in March.
2020 Dates are March 20-22.
Visit the website at reggaeriseupflorida.com for festival info, including the lineup, tickets, what you can bring in and what you can’t and even how to get involved.
Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival
When an event is in its 46th year, I think it is safe to say it has been a success.
The 46th Annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival takes place March 14 and 15th in beautiful Craig Park. This park is ocated between Spring and Whitcomb Bayous.
Tarpon Springs was voted best Historic Small Town for 2018 by USA Today. Tarpon Springs is home to the Sponge Docks, brick streets, Victorian mansions and intimate bungalows.
The arts festival is juried, so you won’t find any mass-produced items here.
Green space and outdoor fitness done right
Can you say face-plant?
The recently renovated Tomlinson Park Complex in Gulfport Florida has a little something for everyone:
- 1-acre man-made pond with fountain
- Nature Boardwalk
- Walking Trail
- Playground equipment for children ages 18 months through 12 years old
- Fitness and exercise area for adults
- Batting cage
- One softball and one baseball field
I think half the challenge is figuring out what to do here
What do you even do on these?‚Äč
The park has both softball and baseball fields, providing one of two homes for Little League.
Insider Tip: Go early in the day or late in the day
Especially in summer. Most if not all of the equipment is in full sun. For a shaded playground try RW Caldwell Park.
There’s a pond with waterfowl and fish. ¬†Plus trees along the perimeter can provide a great backdrop for walking your furry friend.
Time to work on that upper body strength kids
This looks like hard work
Tree spears for climbing
Where to Find It
Tomlinson Park Complex Gulfport Florida
19th Ave S and 54th St S
Open 7 am to 9 pm.
Gulfport has two little league fields – this one at Tomlinson and one at Hoyt Field.
I like the imagination that went into some of these contraptions
The pond is home to a few waterfowl and fishies!
One of two places Little League plays in Gulfport
This Newcomer is Getting Attention
The food at Chili Verde is awesome. Awesome as in I think about it even when I am not there. Awesome in that I think about it even when I have leftovers in my fridge.
Awesome in that I check my leftover container multiple times to make sure no one in the household is stealing bites. (Or worse, eating all of it!)
Just go knowing there’s no memorable atmosphere, no famous chef, no killer margaritas and no hour-long wait. Just authentic food you may never forget.
How I Found It
Ironically, my journey to Chili Verde started at VIP Lounge in Treasure Island.¬† After yet another trip to VIP where the wait was an hour or more in the middle of a weekday afternoon, Terry and I took to Yelp and Google. We were starving and we wanted Mexican. Now. ¬†Deciding that both Agave and Chili Verde sounded like solid options, we let the direction the car was already headed make the decision for us. Chili Verde it was.
We drove onward, me chattering on about how it must be new because I drive that way all the time and I couldn‚Äôt place it.¬† ¬†We arrived at the appointed location and turned left into‚Ä¶a former gas station?
You know what I‚Äôm talking about. ¬†Once a gas station in appearance, always a gas station in appearance. And not what I was expecting. ¬†But my stomach, 170+ reviews on Yelp and almost 700 ‚Äď yes, seven hundred ‚Äď reviews on Google with an average rating of 4 1/2 stars suggested we give it a shot.
My Trifecta – Enchiladas Verdes made with ground beef, steak and chicken quesadilla and those beans!
And what a shot it was. ¬†I had the Enchiladas Verdes made with ground beef. I love enchiladas ‚Äď chicken enchiladas, cheese enchiladas, spinach enchiladas, seafood enchiladas ‚Äď you get the idea. ¬†If you love enchiladas you‚Äôve probably tried them every way imaginable. ¬†Enchiladas to me always seem decadent. ¬†Lots of cheese, usually.
The Enchiladas Verde
Chili Verde‚Äôs Enchiladas Verde are different.¬† Maybe it is the delicate corn tortillas that seem as though they were made seconds before moving on to the their enchilada destination.¬† Maybe it is the generous smothering of the light verde sauce. Maybe it is the delicate unmelted grated cheese on top of the mound of shredded lettuce piled on top. ¬†After almost a dozen servings of this same dish, I‚Äôm still not sure. ¬†But trust me, it‚Äôs good.
Accompanying the enchiladas are rice and beans.¬† I‚Äôm not a huge rice fan, but I usually end up eating it all.
Now for the beans. ¬†I love beans. ¬†Whole, refried, churro-style, black, pinto, you name it. ¬†These are quite decadent and I have taken to ordering an extra side. ¬†I want to know and don‚Äôt want to know how they‚Äôre prepared. I‚Äôm afraid my nutritionist might not approve‚Ä¶
Close-up of the enchilada goodness
Equally delicious but definitely heavier and more filling are their quesadillas. ¬†We usually get the steak-chicken combo, and get an extra to take home nosh on.
This is the combo steak-chicken quesadilla with everything
Steak combo quesadilla – In case the first photo didn’t snag you
The tacos are little bits heaven. ¬†Traditional Mexican street tacos with tortilla, meat, onions and cilantro. ¬†If you want tomatoes, lettuce etc you can ask for it American style.
They’re sold individually, but I bet you can’t eat just one. ¬†Order 3 and try the Barbacoa. ¬†It is truly moist, flavorful and tender.
St Pete Foodies named Chili Verde one of the 10 Best Places to get tacos in St Petersburg Florida in 2018. ¬†https://stpetersburgfoodies.com/restaurants/best-places-in-st-petersburg/10-best-taco-places-in-st-petersburg-fl-2018/
Barbacoa Tacos – looks pretty healthy to me!
Insider Tip: Yep, it used to be a gas station
Whatever you do, don’t let that deter you.¬†¬†
Hmm. I wonder what this used to be?
In 2018 St Pete Foodies included Chili Verde as a notable newcomer on its list of the 10 best St Petersburg restaurants list. ¬†Since my personal favorites Red Mesa Restaurant and VIP Lounge¬†are on that list I knew they were on to something. ¬†But I was already on to Chili Verde. ¬†And so were a couple of my friends! When I was so gracious to share my Chili Verde discovery with a couple fo so-called friends, guess what? They already knew.
My dream at present is to make it there some day before 10 am, so I can try the Chilaquiles.
I don’t believe the Cydesdales are real
Chili Verde, 2801 22nd Ave N, St Petersburg, Fl 33713-4248. ¬†They’re open late.
It’s a small Mexican market too
Insider Tip: Second location coming to the Skyway Marina Village shopping center!
Stay tuned for more info
Popular Gem Tucked Away
If you are new to the area, here’s what you need to know about VIP:
- The food and atmosphere are addicting (watch out, waistline)
- It has a cult-like following (do they put something in the food so I can’t stop?)
- They don’t take reservations or call ahead orders (who wants to wait, right?)
- It’s a TI landmark that is hard to find at night (maybe you shouldn’t be driving at night?)
- VIP has an insane number of “regular” patrons (will there be any room for little ole’ me?)
- Parking may be tricky. Free parking impossible really. (I thought the best things in life were free?)
- It’s small so best for smaller groups (But I want to go with all my Facebook friends?)
Chicken Tinga Tacos
Why You Should Go
However, if these things sound like reasons not to go, think again:
- Tomorrow is always a great day to start a diet.
- Yeah, they do put stuff in the food. Spices. Peppers. Cheese. Tortillas. It’s a restaurant, not a grocery store.
- If you don’t want to wait go in the afternoon! You are on vacation so your day probably started late anyway.
- I bet your Uber or Lyft driver can find it. Better yet, put the address in your GPS map app and then just stop your car in the middle of the road when she says you have arrived. Take your time looking around while you hold up traffic. Its cool – everyone does it.
- VIP is friendly but not clique-y. It isn’t high school all over. You’ll be welcome.
- Free parking? Even love isn’t free. There are diamonds, Tinder subscriptions, diapers…
- All 12 of your real Facebook friends will fit. For those of you with thousands of Facebook friends, they’re probably already at VIP. You don’t really know all those people anyway.
The chips are so good you don’t need the queso and guac, but get them anyway
Because VIP has been around since the 70’s, locals and visitors who have been coming here for years have grown with the restaurant. It’s a true Rapisardi family affair, and one that’s focused on making your experience here as memorable as possible.
Two words: The Three Amigos
So here’s one thing I always forget between visits to VIP: The food can be spicy. Really spicy. So much so that your beverage of choice will become your BFF. And if that BFF involves a VIP margarita, you may need a “Lyft” or Uber home. Even items that aren’t labeled spicy are spicy, so you know if they mark an item “Spicy” AND mark it “No Returns Please“, they mean it..
Can’t handle spice? Then ask your server about the menu item you’re considering or eat from the Gringo menu. Gringo food includes the mandatory chicken tenders loved by children everywhere, along with hot dogs and hamburgers.
Insider Tip: Better for small groups
It’s pretty small inside and very popular. Even at off times you’ll have trouble seating a large party.
VIP Perfect Meal
I’ve heard the fajitas at VIP are phenomenal. I’ve only smelled them, and always too late when I’ve already ordered. (If you’ve had them feel free to leave a comment below and tell us what you thought.) Having lived much of my life in Texas, I have a thing about fajitas. The best place in Austin for fajitas used to be the Hyatt Regency on Town Lake. And it was THE place for runners to go post Cap 10K. Then Pappasito’s arrived on the scene, with garlic butter poured over tender, sizzling fajitas. That’s the bar VIP fajitas have to beat.
I’ve also heard folks get quite emotional talking about their Wet Burrito. It’s actually the Tinga Chicken tacos that make me cry.
If you could only feel the heat this dish packs
So more about parking. Because let’s face it, you’re at the beach so parking is limited to begin with. But then you put it in a tiny little center next to Ricky T’s Bar & Grille and Sweet’s n’ Treats ice cream shop, and put it right on Gulf Blvd where Central Avenue comes over and you can imagine the difficulties.
Paradise parking has a large lot located behind VIP, where Park Place dead ends at 106th Ave. It’s paid parking but unless you have a parking fairy on your shoulder this will be your only shot.
However, if you park back in this lot and walk in through the back entrance (through the patio section), you’ll likely see cars parked 3 deep. Don’t be tempted, dear tourist. This is not for you. This is for those locals I mentioned earlier that frequent VIP so often that other frequent patrons know who’s car is whose and therefore who they can park behind and block in. I only wish I could drink margaritas and eat Mexican food so often that I could be a regular there.
Anyway, walking in through this entrance also means you will walk through the kitchen to get to the dining area.
Insider Tip: One small bathroom
So maybe go before you go, if you know what I mean. And don’t wait until the last minute. It’s all nice and friendly until a line forms for the potty.
One word: Mango. Your reward for a life lived well.
VIP Mexican American Cuisine – 10625 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, Florida 727-360-5062. Enhance your visit to the VIP by visiting their website, Facebook page and Trip Advisor!
Visit the news page of the website to find out about special events (Cinco De Mayo is one) and daily specials.
Sugar And Soft Shaved Ice Fuse In Shivery, Sweet Awesomeness
Do you know anyone who doesn’t like shaved ice?
It just seems so indulgent. One, it’s sweet. Two, it’s so cold. Three, it’s so soft. Four, it just seems a little naughty. (After all, didn’t your mother tell you not to eat snow? More than once?)
Well, hold on, because we’re about to take naughty to a whole new level.
It is a grave error to assume that shaved ice consumption requires hot weather.
Beach Snoballs in St Pete Beach is the purveyor of these delightful icy desserts they call Snoballs.
Ever run out of syrup with a sno-cone? It’s just so sad! Hopeless even. That doesn’t happen with Snoballs. With finer ice than that found in Sno-cones, there’s no fighting between the syrup and the ice. Ice and syrup are one.
You adults know what I’m talking about. Add a little warmth to counteract all that coldness.
You can find Pina Colada, Margarita. Bahama Mama (my favorite) and more. Or just add a shot to any flavor. Or two. Or three to any Snoball. Terry likes to go big on the Bahama Mana.
Have Fun Choosing
Add Some More Sugar!
Flavored syrups made with real sugar not enough carbs for you? It’s OK, we get it.
Then how about you add ice cream. Yes, to your shaved ice.
Still not hitting the sugar receptors on all cylinders? You can add that food of the gods, Sweetened Condensed Milk. Or Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Sauce or Whipped Cream.
Ready for adventure? No training wheels for you. You can build it yourself. You pick a size, decide whether or not you want to add ice cream, choose up to three flavors and then select your toppings.
Do you find 60 flavor choices and over 25,000 combinations a bit, err, overwhelming after a simple day at the beach? Not to worry.
You can let someone else do the heavy-lifting and try one of the Signature or Specialty snoballs. These include such creations as Salted Caramel Deluxe, German Chocolate and a Tangerine Dream.
The menu includes little icons to let you know which combos are their best sellers.
Pure and simple Bahama Mama! Watch the video and keep an eye on the spoon in the video below
Locally owned by just the nicest people (a mother daughter team), you won’t be disappointed. Unless they’re closed.
Visit them at 7350 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach. Weekdays from 2 pm to 10 pm and weekends from noon to 10 pm.
Note to you old-timers. Beach Snoballs used to be located on Treasure Island where Middle Grounds Cafe is.
When Freshness Really Counts
As any chef or good cook will tell you, one of the keys to cooking success is to start with the freshest ingredients.
And I think there’s nowhere where that’s more important than fresh seafood..
We’ve all taken that stroll through a supermarket reeking of questionable seafood products and bleach, only to find our appetite and enthusiasm taking a dip. Or nosedive. ¬†No pun intended.
Well worry not, we’ve got you covered! Read on for how to buy fresh fish and where to buy it in the Gulfport, Treasure Island, St Pete Beach and St Petersburg area.
“Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”
How to Buy Fresh Fish
Step 1: Go to a local and reputable seafood shop. ¬†See the next section “Where to Buy” below.
Step 2: Ask what the freshest fish is or what the catch of the day is.
Step 3: If you decided to buy anything other than what they tell you is freshest or the catch of the day, make sure what you’re buying isn’t “previously frozen”.
Step 4: Make sure the flesh is firm and shiny. ¬†It should provide resistance when touched. Don’t go poking it with your uncovered finger, however. I saw one source that said the fish should look as if it might jump up and swim away. If only, the fish is thinking. If only…
Step 5: Sniff it. Yes it’s ok. ¬†Fish isn’t supposed to smell fishy. It should smell fresh.
Step 6: If the poor creature still has its head intact, check the eyes. ¬†They should be clear, not cloudy. ¬†(You know, so he can see better…)
Step 7: Gills if present should be bright pink and wet. No slimeyness. ¬†Ever.
Step 8: For fillets or steaks, make sure the meat doesn’t separate from itself.¬† If it does it isn’t fresh.
Step 9: If the fish still has its skin, make sure the skin is not discolored. ¬†No brown or yellow edges. Mostly this means even, consistent coloring.
Line ’em up
Where to Buy #1 – Key West Shrimp Company
We get it. ¬†You’re not in Key West. ¬†And no, I don’t know why. But I do know that the entire business is a family affair, with their own boats and own stores. ¬†One shop is located in St Pete Beach and the other in Madeira Beach.
“Most of our fish was swimming less than 24 hours ago.” Says it right on the website. You’d have to fish for it yourself to get it any fresher. ¬†Like them on Facebook to find out what their specials and fresh catches are.
Read about their dedication to sustainability here. ¬†And check out products available in their online store here. ¬†(Fish Spread fans will find some things to love here!)¬† You can even ship some home if you’d like.
10 am to 6 pm every day. ¬†St Pete Beach location is 7217 Gulf Blvd Ste 13 (727) 873-3913. ¬†Madeira Beach location is 215 150th Ave. (727) 592-1885
Where to Buy #2 – Mid-Peninsula Seafood
Both a restaurant and a full-service fish market. ¬† Looking for something special? Call them! They just may be able to deliver.
Not sure which fish to buy? Visit their Fish School for tips on cooking and information on origin.
Mid Peninsula Seafood’s restaurant is one of my faves. Soups, sandwiches, dinners and big orders to feed a gang. ¬†Fish Spread is available and something you don’t see just anywhere – hushpuppies! They call them Cornpuppies!
Find the full menu of prepared foods here.
Follow them on Facebook.
They’re gone fishing on Sundays. ¬†Just keep that in mind.¬† Open Monday – Saturday 11 am – 9 pm.¬† 400 49th St S, St Petersburg, FL 33707
Insider Tip: The Seafood Watch App
Download the app for your phone.¬† Sustainability at your fingertips!
Gulfport has two outstanding places to buy seafood.¬† “Fresh From the Boat“.
Gulf Coast Seafood began by providing products to stores, resorts and restaurants over a large part of Florida. ¬†In response to repeated requests over the years, they are now selling to the public with their own retail shop!
Fresh fish in display cases. ¬†Frozen products are vacuum packed). Head on over and catch tonight’s dinner.
Follow them on¬†Facebook.
4921 9th Ave S, Gulfport (727) 321-1068 ¬† Open from 10 am – 6 pm Monday through Friday. 10 am to 4 pm Saturday
Chances are they have what you fancy
Where to Buy #4 – Don’s Dock & Wild Seafood Market
Don’s Dock has a wonderful fish market in addition to provide bait, ice and other gear you need to go fishing.
You can call¬†727-391-3223 for the Catch of the Day, see where your sustainably-caught seafood is coming from “Track Your Fish” and more.
Sauce and seasonings available too.¬† Online seafood market coming soon.
Check out the photo gallery for sample wares. ¬†Those babies look ready to go home with you.
Don’s Dock Wild Seafood Market is located at 215 Boardwalk Place E, Madeira Beach, Fl. (727) 391-3223
Insider Tip:¬†Sustainable Seafood?
View the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Consumer Guide here.
Recipe Suggestion: Perfect Salmon
Note: This cooking technique can be used on other varieties of fish too. ¬†Just use your seasoning of choice!
- Salmon filets, not steaks
- Olive Oil
- Soy Sauce
- Maple Syrup
Spray or rub a small amount of olive oil on the bottom or skin-side of the fish. ¬†Massage soy sauce into the top of the fish. ¬†Place the fish skin side down on a small metal tray. ¬†(Sizzle platters are perfect for this.) Pour a modest amount (approximately 1 T) of maple syrup over the top of the fish and spread it around.
Place the salmon in a COLD oven. ¬† Now turn the oven on to 400 degrees and set a timer for 25 minutes. Your fish will be moist and flaky and the soy sauce maple syrup on top provides a slight crunch.
Perfect every time
Disposing of Fish Parts – How to be a Good Neighbor!
No matter how fresh that fish is when you get it, eventually it won’t be.¬† If you have leftovers (or leftover “parts”), please don’t just toss them (bagged or not) in the trash can and let them marinate until trash day. Please help keep the trash cans clean and smelling the best they can by refrigerating your excess in a plastic bag and tossing out the morning of trash pickup.
For an amazing assortment of delicious seafood recipes