It has been quite the delicious week 🙂
Monday I had an appointment in Tampa so I figured it would be the perfect opporunity to meet up with a friend who lives in Old Hyde Park. We chose Datz as our dining destination. I’ve only been here one other time and it was no less than awesome. Definitely a place that lives up to the hype.
I had their High Steaks Cesar Salad.
I would have liked some more actual salad, but they certainly loaded it with yummy steak. The pineapple salsa was a bit too citrusy for me but everything came together really well. And that little darling cornbread on the side? Easily the best part of the dish…reminded me of a hostess cinnamon crumb cake.
My friend got her favorite: the Roasty Toasty sandwich (love the name).
I refused to leave without getting dessert. For those who have not been to Datz before, it has a market downstairs filled with goodies, a cheese display, beer and wine, chocolates and tons of yummy looking cakes and cookies.
I chose this massive piece of red velvet cake. Oh. My. Goodness. It was beyond good.
Lunch highlights of the week:
Boar’s Head jerk turkey and chipotle gouda Publix sub…I love when Boar’s Head comes up with these ever so yummy and creative subs. I was originally going to order a simple turkey and cheese sub, but then saw this special and decided to give it a whirl. Verdict? A little too spicy for me…I also always seem to forget how much I really don’t like that chipotle taste. But the jerk turkey was good. My fav Boar’s Head sub is still the Everroast Chicken sub…everroast chicken, cheese, bacon, gourmaise…mmmmm.
We had some leftover quinoa to use up so I decided to make this spinach quinoa bake. Everything is already cooked when you mix it together so you actually eat it just like that. But the texture was awesome once it was baked. I bought a simple rotessiere chciken to pair with it, but of course the chef stepped it up a notch. He mixed it with some greek yogurt, peppers and spices and voila…yumminess is created.
I made a stop in Earth Origins this week (formerly Nature’s Finest). During my visit I picked up Dr. Praeger’s California veggie burgers. I’ve always heard good things but never tried them. I made myself a simple garden salad one day and topped it with one of these babies. Very flavorful! A bit mushy, but it went great on the salad.
Added this on top.
Some dessert highlights:
My favorite Caribbean Coconut Talenti gelato with a banana on top.
Homemade seven layer bars.
These are SO easy to make, and easily one of my favorite desserts ever. Just mix 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs with 1/2 cup of butter and spread it on the bottom of a 9×13 pan. On top sprinkle evenly 1 cup of coconut, 1 cup of chocolate chips, 1 cup of butterscotch chips and 1 cup of nuts (I chose walnuts). Yum. E.
Hope everyone’s weekend was grand! Mine was espicially lazy. It was filled with a nice dinner at Red Mesa Cantina with friends, chicken and dumplings, a Rays Watch Party and steak and bleu cheese salad. Sorry, no pictures 😦
Conversation Starter: How creative do you get with your work lunches? Do you make it easy with just a frozen entree or leftovers? Or do you go out of your way to make a salad or sandwich.