Christmas Day Holiday Meal at Castile Restaurant

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Is there anything more Florida than Christmas Day at the beach? Celebrate XMAS 2018 with a holiday meal at Castile Restaurant located inside Hotel Zamora on St. Pete Beach at 3701 Gulf Boulevard. Castile will be offering a 4-course meal from 11:30AM to 8:30PM.

Reservations are encouraged.

Adults can enjoy the meal for $ 70 or spend $ 90 to include a wine tasting. Children ages 12 and under will cost $ 25. Bring your santa paws to their outdoor seating options. No need to leave your fido at home.

Some items on the menu: Grilled Octopus, Burrata & Tomato Salad, Pork Ossobuco, Seared Filet, Wild Mushromo with Black Truffle, and Maple Mascarpone Cheesecake with Candied Vanilla Walnuts. Just reading out the menu is making me hungry.

Call (727) 456-8660 to make your reservations. You can also make reservations at OpenTable.

Carlos Eats

December 20, 2018 |

The Godfrey Hotel Tampa upcoming Winterland + holiday events

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Looking for some holiday cheer this December?

The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa located at 7700 West Courtney Campbell Causeway has a number of upcoming events for the holidays that guests can enjoy.

The main event is “Winterland” which will have a number of rotating events throughout December and a pop-up bar. The event is FREE on weekdays with the exception of private events and family-friendly until 10PM. Winterland is 21+ after 10PM. The event will operate 7 days a week.


Winterland is produced by Matthew McCahill, who leads the growing division of Food and Beverage as Corporate Food & Beverage Director at Oxford Hotels and Resorts. 

During McCahill’s 28-year career, he has worked alongside top chefs/restaurateurs including Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Nick Nicholas in fine dining restaurants and hotels from Las Vegas and Los Angeles to Chicago.

Christmas Caroloke will be available on Thursdays December 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. Sing your favorite Christmas songs at Winterland.

Families can enjoy photo ops and dinner with the Grinch: Saturdays on December 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 5PM to 9PM.

The dinner buffet will feature an special holiday menu along with cookie decorating for kids, hot chocolate and eggnog bar, a giant snowman, and FREE photo ops with the Grinch. Dinner is $ 24.95 for adults and $ 12.95 for kids ages 6 to 12. 50% off for first-responders. 

Here are some notable events to keep track of:

  • Wednesday, December 5th (6PM to 2AM) – Grand Opening of Godfrey Hotel & Cabana Winterland: Enjoy a FREE event featuring a lighting of Winterland ceremony at 6PM, tour of Winterland, and the Grinch’s Cave, a meet-and-greet with the Grinch, holiday-themed Instagram photo ops, 12 cocktails of Christmas, and an eggnog and chocolate bar for kids and adults.
  • Thursday, December 6th (4PM to 9PM) – Pets in Wonderland: Bring your pets to this FREE event and enjoy some special photo ops with Winterland festivities on this day.
  • Friday, December 14th (5PM to 9PM) – Ugly Sweaters & Toys for Kids: Come out to an ugly sweater party at The Godfrey benefiting families in need. Tickets are $ 10. Donate a used or new toy for a FREE cocktail.
  • Monday, December 24th (5PM to 9PM) – Christmas Eve Dinner with Mrs. Claus: Enjoy a holiday dinner on Christmas Eve featuring a ham carving station, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Winterland this day. Tickets are $ 24.95 for adults and $ 12.95 for kids ages 6 to 12. 50% off for first-responders.
  • Tuesday, December 25th (11:30AM to 8PM) – Christmas Day Buffet: Celebrate Christmas Day with a holiday buffet. Tickets are $ 24.95 for adults and $ 12.95 for kids ages 6 to 12. 50% off for first-responders.

For more information visit Winterland online at

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December 4, 2018 |

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

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  Whether you’re toasting to turkey day or gearing up for a day of family debates at the dinner table, one thing’s for sure: A festive cocktail in hand is sure to make Thanksgiving a whole lot better.     Fall Punch INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup apple cider 1 cups hard cider 1 cup Sparkling Ice […]
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December 3, 2017 |

8 Simple Small Plates for Holiday Entertaining

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    8 Simple Small Plates for Holiday Entertaining   (Family Features) For holiday parties of any size, tasty appetizers and starters are menu must-haves. While the main course roasts and before dessert is served, guests may flock to the table for snacks and small plates to keep cravings at bay. When pre-dinner hunger strikes […]
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November 28, 2017 |

FHP: Holiday, spring break a dangerous combo on the roads

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The Easter weekend was a deadly one across Central Florida roads. 

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say the holiday weekend mixed with spring break travelers usually makes March one of the deadliest months for the area.

Claudia Rushlow’s family and friends, from Michigan, are making their way through Central Florida on spring break.  Rushlow says she’s noticed a disturbing trend on the roads.

“A lot of texting and driving, a lot of distracted driving,” said Rushlow.

FHP troopers say distracted driving – and sometimes drunk driving – mixed with all the spring break travelers, can make for a deadly combination.

On Saturday in Seminole County, six people were thrown out of a van as it tumbled across I-4 near the Longwood rest area.  Investigators say a person killed in that crash, and two others killed in a crash in Sanford Sunday night had one thing in common – none of the victims were wearing seatbelts.

Troopers say you can’t control what other drivers are doing out on the road.  But they say if you at least buckle up, you can give yourself a chance to survive a crash if you get into one.

“Be in the mindset when you get in that car that you can see anyone coming towards you. Wear your seatbelt, be paying attention, we always tell people to put down the phone. And if you can – just try to avoid the crash,” said Sgt. Kim Montes with FHP.

Rushlow says she does everything she can to prevent spring break from taking a tragic turn for the worse.

Troopers say alcohol is also to blame for the rise they usually see in fatal crashes. Montes says they find some drunk drivers are well over the legal limit during this time of year.

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March 28, 2016 |

Ready, Set, Shop at JLT’s Holiday Gift Market

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Shoppers are delighted with the selection of holiday merchants at the JLT's Holiday Gift Market

Shoppers are delighted with the selection of holiday merchants at the Junior League of Tampa’s 2014 Holiday Gift Market  

It is time to find the perfect gifts for yourself or someone on your gift list at the 12th Annual Junior League of Tampa’s Holiday Gift Market. The Holiday Gift Market will be held all weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall opening Friday, November 13 and ends on Sunday, November 15. Featuring more than 150 boutique merchants selling everything from clothing, jewelry, children’s items, holiday decor and more.

Tickets are $ 8 and are available for purchase at the door or online at Holiday Gift Market is one of the League’s largest fundraisers of the year. JLT commits 100 percent of net proceeds from fundraising events to JLT’s community and membership programs.

For tickets and more information, visit or learn more at





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January 14, 2016 |

10 Tips for the Holiday Season

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Simple Ways to Save Time and Enjoy the Holidays

10 seasonal tips simple ways to save time
(BPT)   It may be the most wonderful time of year in the Bay area, but at times, it can also feel like the most stressful. This holiday season, take a fresh approach to your “to-do’s list” to save time and energy so you can be merry and bright. These 10 tips and tricks will help you relax, unwind and enjoy all the best parts of the holidays.


Wrap while shopping

It’s a given that shopping early avoids the last-minute frenzy, but you can save even more time and stress by getting gifts wrapped while out and about. Many stores in the Tampa Bay area offer gift wrap services, all you need to do is ask.


Streamline holiday cards

Sending cards is a holiday tradition, but it shouldn’t cause unneeded stress. No need to worry about a dated address book — an easy trick is to cut return address labels from each card you receive and place in an envelope. Now it’s easy to send cards to loved ones and update your address book without hassle.


Use baking hacks

Using premade foods is one of the simplest (yet yummy) ways to create holiday bakery delights. Check out for simple, amazing recipes like Entenmann’s Dreamy Chocolate Bars that feature crumbled Rich Frosted Donuts as the secret ingredient. While you’re baking, double the batch to have an extra on hand for a hostess gift.


Go tech free

Smartphones ringing, emails beeping, texts buzzing — technology is time consuming. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by designating tech-free times for your family each day. Use this time (1-2 hours) to relax and focus on each other, perhaps with a hot cup of cocoa — the emails and messages will still be there later.


Schedule a salon visit

With a long holiday to-do list, it’s hard to find time for you. That’s why treating yourself to a haircut or manicure can do wonders for your holiday spirit. Plus, you’ll look and feel fantastic when you attend all those festive get-togethers.


Opt for an open  house

Having a holiday gathering adds to the season’s merriment, but where will everyone fit and how will you feed them? Instead of a formal dinner, opt for an open house with hors d’oeuvres. You’ll have less work and more time to spend with love ones as they come and go.


Embrace holiday breakfasts

Start every day off right by enjoying a delicious breakfast with your family. No need to spend hours in the kitchen cooking; instead include iconic breakfast classics that you and the kids love. For example, scrumptious Entenmann’s Donuts are undeniable when paired with fresh fruit for a quick breakfast delight. Find more breakfast inspiration at







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December 25, 2015 |

Holiday Drink Recipes

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Tampa Bay Metro Magazine's Holiday Drinks 2015

A signature cocktail is a must at any holiday get-together. Tampa Bay Metro has discovered some tasty holiday cocktails, sure to warm the cockles this season.



Four Roses Bourbon Pumpkin Frappe


Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Frappe


2 oz. Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon

4 tsp. pumpkin puree

2 tsp. Sugar in the Raw

Pinch of ground cinnamon

Pinch of ground allspice

3 oz. half-and-half

1 cup vanilla ice cream

Combine all of the above ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish grated nutmeg.

Fernet-Branca Apple Toddy photo by Lara Ferroni and recipe by the editors of imbibe

Fernet Branca – Apple Toddy

by Douglas Derrick , Nostrana 

3 oz. fresh apple cider

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. honey syrup *

1 3/4 oz. aged rum

1/3 oz. Fernet- Branca

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

In a small saucepan, heat the cider, lemon juice, and honey syrup to a simmer.

Remove from the heat and stir in the rum, Ferent-Branca, and bitters.

* To make the honey syrup, stir together 2 1/4 teaspoons of honey and 3/4 teaspoon of warm water.

Old Fashion Eggnog

Old-Fashioned Eggnog


6 eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 pint cream

1 pint milk

2 cups Four Roses Bourbon

1 oz. aged Jamaica rum

Beat the yolks and whites of 6 eggs separately. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to the yolks while beating. Add 1/4 cup of sugar to the whites after they have been beaten very stiff. Combine the egg whites with the yolks. Pour in cream and milk, as well as the bourbon and rum. Serve cold with grated nutmeg.


Vodka Pomegranate Holiday Cocktail


1 ounce vodka (1/8 cup)

1 ounce grapefruit juice (1/8 cup)

1/2 ounce tonic syrup (2 tablespoons)

2 ounces soda water (1/4 cup)

12 pomegranate seeds

3 mint leaves (for garnish)

Fill your glass about 3/4 full with ice. A lowball glass is the perfect size. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup and stir.

Pour in the soda water and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.


Templeton Rye Spice Tipper

Templeton Rye Spiced Tippler


1 1/2 oz. Templeton Rye

3/4 oz. Carpano Antica Formula

1/2 oz. Honey Liqueur

2 dashes allspice dram

2 dashes orange bitters

Mix all ingredients and pour over ice, add lemon peel for garnish.





 By Jay Silverman from Agave, NYC

2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal

.5 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram Ancho chili liqueur

Fresh cranberry maple syrup

Combine 1/2 lb. fresh cranberries and 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup water and a pinch of salt and cook

or 3 ‐ 4 minutes on medium heat or until the cranberries are just soft but still round. Rosemary sprigs for garnish and 4 – 5 of the cooked berries.

Stir together the tequila, dram and the ancho liqueur in a glass. Add 1/2 oz. cranberry maple syrup that has been strained.

Pour over fresh ice into a rocks glass and garnish with a sprig of Rosemary and a lemon peel, and a small amount of the cooked cranberries.







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December 24, 2015 |
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