The next morning, we bade farewell to Clearwater a bit too late to squeeze in any correct breakfast. (Save for a fast pastry and a espresso as we left).
Leaving Clearwater, we didn’t actually have any plans however we’d gotten a couple of suggestions alongside the best way – certainly one of which was John’s Cross Village.
A fast google of John’s Cross Village piqued my curiosity however truly getting to go to made me want we’d deliberate to spend a bit extra time right here.
It’s the such an incredible, rustic (maybe deliberately so?) little spot that feels such as you’ve stepped again in time into an olden fisherman’s harbour. There are cool eating places and bars all throughout the boardwalk and even some on mini-piers on the water.
Fishermen go about their day by day enterprise right here, attracting a crowd of hungry birds, seeking to do the least potential work to get their lunch. 😄
Finally, we left John’s Cross and made our option to St Pete seaside the place we might be staying on the Don Cesar resort a.ok.a. the Pink Palace.
The Pink Palace is a spot whose fame precedes it! It’s been ‘house’ to Marilyn Monroe, Al Capone and even F. Scott Fitzgerlad (author of the Nice Gatsby).
It’s acquired a lot historical past round it and is a favorite with the locals (it’s the form of place you dream of getting married in or honeymooning in because you have been a child, I’ve been reliably knowledgeable on Instagram – the ice cream can also be not unhealthy right here too!)
Alas, we arrived too early to verify in, which was high quality as we had plans in St Pete’s to take a look at town murals (they’ve acquired so many superb ones right here) and seize some lunch.
By the point acquired into St Pete’s although, plans had modified and tummies-a-rumbling, we determined to go lunch first.
For lunch, we headed over to Pacific Counter, a spot which I had no concept how a lot I might love till I stepped into it.
As quickly as I stepped into the intense vibrant area, I kinda realised I used to be in all probability in for a shock (although pondering again now, I don’t know what I used to be anticipating).
Then we took a while to get into the menu right here (which was so patiently and moderately helpfully defined by the supervisor right here).
Seems, every thing right here is assumed by to the final particulars. Even the intense lights are there so you’ll be able to see precisely how contemporary your meals is. The elements are prepped day by day and you’ll positively inform as quickly as you are taking your first chew.
However let’s again issues up a bit. So, Pacific Counter is basically impressed by Pacific delicacies – suppose Hawaii (poke bowls) and Japan (sushi, sashimi…and many others).
There’s a lot selection on provide right here – a lot in order that it may nearly be a bit a lot however then it’s all reigned in as you get two methods to ‘construct your meal’, poke bowl or in a wrap (and I do know the wrap is probably extra Mexican than it’s Pacific however it comes drastically appreciated because it’s fairly probably the most handy edible plate, given the scrumptious selections you’re about to make).
We went poke bowl type and I went for all issues spicy, together with additional spicy sauce as a result of… effectively, why not.
Lloyd tried to go in the same spice lane as me however backed out when selecting his fish and a few veggies.
I’ll simply go forward and say one thing now. And this can be a fairly large deal contemplating how good the meals right here is – this was the perfect meal we’d had (all meals included so far), the complete time we’d been right here on the journey so far. Like palms down, probably the most “makes you wanna dance whilst you’re consuming it” meal.
Actually, wanting again now, there was just one different place that rivalled this however I’ll let you know extra about it later (it was truly the final place we ate within the metropolis earlier than leaving).
It was simply so scrumptious and this was even earlier than I had the frozen sake (kinda like a sake slushie – soooooo good and far appreciated in that Florida warmth).
Dessert got here within the type of a soft-serve pineapple delight.
It’s like a type of desserts that not solely tastes good however is like free from synthetic something so it additionally feels good. Actually, I feel one of many solely different locations you would possibly be capable of discover it’s in Disneyland.
Lunch executed with and with an additional spring in our step, we determined to go take a look at the murals of St Petersburg (which is definitely the official lengthy title of St Pete).
The murals listed here are kinda subsequent stage, not essentially when it comes to what they’re however when it comes to how built-in they’re throughout town. Like there are soooooooooo many, and you could possibly spend a complete day on the lookout for all of them and nonetheless not find yourself getting spherical to seeing all of them.
The primary factor right here is to resolve on which of them you wanna see probably the most and concentrate on them. This vibrant piece very simply made the shortlist however that’s additionally as a result of it was proper subsequent Twiggy one, amongst a couple of others.
Mr Sunshine right here additionally made me giggle a good bit, largely due to that random automotive in entrance of it and the way it regarded like somebody ridiculously happy together with his new automotive. (I do know, it appeared a lot hilarious to me on the time. Even Lloyd didn’t get why I stored bursting into matches of giggles).
Shark toof is one thing of a particular one.
The alternatives to mess around with it are infinite however what actually struck a chord with me is how detailed it truly is!
It’s simply a type of items that makes you duff your hat to the artists. (I’m horrible at drawing or portray – that’s extra Lloyd’s forte so I admire these things soooo a lot).
I may run by all of them in particulars (I attempted to seek out out a bit extra in regards to the artists and the artwork as we went alongside) however I’ll allow you to uncover that for your self whenever you go to – I’ll, nonetheless, present you a few of my favorite throughout that afternoon…
This one with the fish was Lloyd’s favorite. (Prefer it’s cool however I don’t ‘really feel it’ the identical approach he does – every to their very own I suppose 😀 ).
Marilyn Monroe kinda rounded issues off for us earlier than I realised that it was effectively previous check-in time on the Don Cesar.
Now, there was a spot we’d (and by ‘we’, I imply ‘I’) had been planning on seeing the night into and that’s Inexperienced Bench Brewing, nonetheless, because of a pageant on the town that night, parking proved close to unimaginable and so with that, we headed the Don Cesar for night cocktails.
The Don Cesar is a complete vibe, in and of itself. It’s simply such a enjoyable place to be! (Additionally, in the event you’ve ever been there, these large pink sweets on the reception? I can’t even start to let you know what number of of these I had. I tasted one once we arrived and immediately began making excuses to go to reception only for a sugary top-up).
The cocktails listed here are so good and simply the factor it’s worthwhile to begin your night.
By this level, we determined to desert the automotive with the valet and hop right into a taxi for dinner.
Dinner had us at Trophy Fish, which I child you not, was the purpose the place I made a decision that I may in all probability be fairly completely satisfied shifting (even when only for a couple of months) to reside in St Pete.
The vibe right here was so enjoyable and enjoyable as quickly as we arrived and cocktails have been precisely as scrumptious as I’d hoped (once more, this was one other native advice so we went with excessive hopes).
I went for the shrimp to begin (don’t ask – given what we had in Clearwater, I really feel like this wants no rationalization – Hehehe! 😄).
We carried on with tacos for each of us, asparagus and coleslaw – all of which was simply so yummy however left little or no room for dessert!
With the ultimate drops of the cocktails tucked away in our tummies, we determined to bid adieu to Trophy Fish and head over to the Don Cesar for drinks on the bar.
In what turned out to be fairly a pleasing shock, the Don Cesar had left some bubbly on the resort for us which turned out to be the nightcap I didn’t know I wished however kinda felt like I deserved! 😄
Nicely performed Pink Palace, effectively performed. 😄