One week before our vacation with my family visiting from Germany, I checked the weather forecast for my destination. I was shocked and then considered to pack my warmest jacket but then I found out, it was the forecast for St. Petersburg in Russia not in Florida and the weather there had been just right. Locals call St. Petersburg just St. Pete, so will I to avoid any further confusions. You can find St. Pete between the Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, so if you go west, east or south you will find the sea eventually.
This time I didn’t try many restaurants one reason had been my dear sisters already had a long list of donut shops, burrito places, and ice cream stores but most of the time we had BBQ or cooked together in our vacation house (you can find more about fish filet with capers, black olives, and tomatoes). But one place I want to recommend is the great fish restaurant 400 BeachSeafood & Tap House. It had been one of this perfect moments, we had a nice table on the porch with a great view and the food had been very tasty and fresh.
I am not someone who likes to get crispy in the sun but I like walking on the beach and the sea always has an attraction to me. I loved the beach at Fort De Soto Park for many reasons: greatest dog park ever with dog showers and dog-friendly beach area. It had been fun watching all the dogs playing at the beach and swimming and anyway it had been Fido’s vacation too. But there is enough space at the beach left that is dog free and quieter. The area is so much more natural, no hotels, no villas, no bars… We drove the Anderson Boulevard until its end and saw a great sundown.
One Saturday morning we went to the great farmers market in St. Pete downtown on the Al Lang Stadium parking lot (1st Ave S and 1st St) and had a great time. We strolled up and down the whole market while sipping iced coffee which we bought there from a local roaster.
We found some German bread and it had been awesome. I am still impressed by the huge selection of organic fruits and vegetables. I spent some time at a spice booth and after I stuck my nose in every sample I still couldn’t decide which one I want. But next time I won’t have breakfast before I go to this market, I missed so much food I wasn’t able to try.
The farmers market will be held during October until End of May and it is not just a farmers market it is entertaining and a little art fair too. You can also find a lot of multicultural vendors “la petite France” or Italian gelato, cajun style food or wood-fired pizza.