Food, Friends and Fun

Well it must have been a fun weekend because I took no photos 🙂

After an awesome yoga class at YogaBlu and a quick dinner of leftovers at home I met up with Jon at our friends’ Joe and Mandy’s place for some hang out time.

Saturday was the ultimate of lazy, but I did have the energy to whip this out.

Homemade banana bread! This came out GOOD.

I used this recipe, but added a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the mix and a tablespoon of vanilla. I also realized we were out of milk, but found the chocolate milk that I haven’t been drinking. So I used that and it didn’t seem to make any difference 🙂 Out of the oven it tasted a bit dry, but it was much more moist the next day. Great mixed in with plain Greek yogurt and fruit!

We did muzzle up the energy to attend my friend Julie’s birthday party in Safety Harbor at Whistle Stop Grill. We didn’t know anybody there, but thought “what the heck”. It turned out to be a great night.

Whistle Stop has all outdoor seating, but luckily it wasn’t too hot Saturday night. It has a cute, slightly diveish feel to it. The menu was your normal bar grill kind of food with a few twists thrown in. There were a few apps that got ordered for everyone to share like friend pickles, fried green tomatoes and corn fritters. All of which I loved. Nothing was overly fried. For my entree I ordered the crab and shrimp sandwich with sweet potato fries. The sandwich tasted a little off, but I ate it anyway. The fries were of course awesome. Unfortunately, I got sick later in the night…I had only had one glass of wine so I knew it wasn’t from drinking. Not sure if it was the food or what, but ugh what a way to end a night 😦

Sunday started with some pool time at my friend Lora’s with some other friends. Lora’s apartment complex has a lovely courtyard area with a pool, lounge chairs and a few cabanas. We had a lovely time chatting in one of the cabanas and enjoying some refreshing mimosas by the pool.

And of course there were snacks a plenty!

On my way home Jon told me we got invited to our new friends Alex’s house to hang out. We met Alex and her boyfriend, Reese, at Julie’s party the night before and had ended up talking to them most of the night.

So after a quick stop at Fresh Market we headed over for a fun night of hanging out with new friends. We had some great conversations…Alex is from Paris and Reese from South Africa, so it is always interesting to hear how different our cultures are…especially in terms of the way we live and how we approach food. Speaking of food I cannot get enough of fresh corn on the cob right now. It doesn’t even need butter! We had some fresh corn alongside some awesome bangers we got at Fresh Market. The guy at the meat counter recommended them for grilling. Always ask for recommendations!

A little laugh for the day…saw this guy in the sausage section at Fresh Market and it cracked me up. One of those things that makes you go “What the…??”

How was everyone’s weekend?

Low Key is the Key

After a long, strenuous week there’s nothing like a low key weekend with your favorite gal pals.

Friday I was uber tired and didn’t want to do too much. The Chef had gone home for the weekend and I needed dinner so my friend and I decided to meet up. We decided on Three Birds Tavern, which is a regular place for us. One of the few restaurants in St. Pete that is consistently good.

We started off with sharing the veggie egg rolls, which was a special that night. They were chock full of avocado and had a nice bit of spice to them.

For my entree, out waitress had me at “diver sea scallops” when reciting the specials.

Partnered with bacon brittle and paired with mashed potatoes and their signature garlic spinach this was a perfect Friday night dinner. Kendra was our waitress and was so nice and conversational. We had a little problem with receiving the happy hour special…we arrived before 7 but by the time someone came to our table it was after 7…but she fixed it right away.

After dinner we were in need of a sweet treat. Gelato! It took awhile since it was a Friday night, but we eventually found a spot close enough to Paciugo.

Extra dark chocolate and creme caramel…marriage made in heaven.

Accompanied with a walk through the park.

We rounded off the night with a glass of champagne in my friend’s courtyard.

Saturday I had to wait on a plumber…luckily he came early so I didn’t have to wait around most of the day. I worked on a present for a friend’s bridal shower (details will be in an upcoming crafts post). Then I headed to my friend’s place again so we and another good friend of ours could lounge by the pool while sipping on margaritas. We took a trip to Taco Bus as well…you would have thought it was Cinco de Mayo rather than Labor Day weekend 😉 It was a perfect not too hot, not too sunny type of day and was oh so chill.

We took a stroll downtown and stopped for a drink at Mandarin Hide. I can’t really take most bars on a weekend because they get so crowded and obnoxious. Luckily we found our own little corner and had fun people watching, which included a group of sailors and a bachelorette party haha.

Today I had a bridal shower to go to at Parkshore Grill. I normally don’t like the food there, but today it was really good! I had the Parkshore Burger that was topped with maytag bleu cheese, bacon and caramelized onions. Served with a side of vegetable salad, which was broccoli and cauliflower in a light dressing with a little cheese. The bride used to work there so she was able to tell me that they make most of their stuff in house and nothing is frozen.  All meat and seafood is fresh and some of it’s local. It was a small party with a few girls I’ve never met so it was low key and fun. They had done the bachelorette party the night before so it was fun to hear about all the shenanigans 🙂

The Chef just got home from work…we have a game night to attend tonight. So glad I have off work tomorrow! I love 3 day holiday weekends!

Conversation Starter: What’s on your agenda this weekend? Do you prefer low key nights or nights out on the town?