Baseball, Burgers and Oatmeal

Whew! It sure has been an eventful week so far.

Every year, as a thank you to their employees, the company I work for usually comes up with a fun outing. This year one of the choices was a Rays game, where we’d get to hang out in an executive suite. Yes please!

My friend and neighbor, Ashley, and her boyfriend all work together (Ashley is in my same department!) so we carpooled.

Great view!

We were greeted with some yummy food. I had a mini pulled pork slider, which was awesome, and split a hot dog with Ashley. I eventually went back for more pork, it was so good!

There were a lot of people there and we got to meet some employees we had never even met before. That’s the best thing about company gatherings isn’t it? We were so busy chatting with everyone we barely watched the game. But it also wasn’t the best Rays game…we lost 😦

Due to a late night I fully ignored by 6 a.m. alarm, which was set so I could get my run in before work. So after work, it was straight to the treadmill, then after cleaning up, straight to dinner with Lora.

We had a Junior League meeting last night and there’s yummy burger place, the Avenue, just down the street from where it was so it was the perfect excuse to meet for dinner. Lora had the Mac and Cheesy with a vegan burger, which looked good. I got the Rasta Monsta, which had bacon, mango pineapple chutney, pepperjack cheese and a spicy sweet jerk sauce. I’m drooling just thinking about it again!

We also had another Junior Leaguer join us and she ordered the fried pickles, which were also really good. I haven’t had too many fried pickles in my day, but I’d have to say these were the best I’ve tried so far.

Luckily the meeting was short and sweet so I got to have a decent amount of downtime at home. Jon and I watched some Louis CK standup.

He’s one of the very few comedians that we like. It takes a lot to make me laugh and Louis CK does it for me!

Tuesday night I decided to give overnight oats in a jar another go and whipped up a batch for the next morning.

The first time I tried OOIAJ I wasn’t too impressed. I’m still not completely sold, but this batch was better than the first I made.

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup skim milk

Few dashes of cinnamon

A little vanilla

A couple handfuls of blueberries

And of course the yummy peanut butter at the bottom and around the edges…that is the best part!

Later that day I got another fabulous haircut at Number 9. I’ve been seeing Morgan the last few times and she rocks. Afterwards my mom and I had a nice dinner at Tijuana Flats and drinks at Starbucks. I’m not a coffee fan, but a chai tea latte always hits the spot 🙂

Tonight I’m looking forward to my only non-eventful night this week. Then tomorrow is a girls night with dinner and Brave! Also on the agenda is going to see Cabaret at freeFall and a Yelp Elite event. Going to be a fun weekend!

 

My Week in Food

I swear I eat healthy. Even though all of the photos you see below will make you think otherwise. I just never seem to take a photo of the big, healthy salads we have for dinner. Maybe I think “bad” food is more interesting to document? 🙂 Either way I had some great and not so great food experiences this week. Time to share!

That glorious-ness was my lunch on Thursday. I have been so good about bringing my lunch to work, but we were low on supplies so I had to order out that day. There’s not a lot of healthy options nearby and I quickly got a craving for BBQ. Especially when I remembered that Smokin’ J’s just opened down the road. They’ve had a place in Gulfport for quite awhile and are pretty well known. I got the pulled pork with a small side of mac and cheese and beans. Yes, those are considered small sides. I love big portions, but I hate having to reign myself back from eating everything up! I hate of all this and brought the rest home for Jon. This was really good BBQ. The pork was nice and tender and slightly smokey. The sauce was on the sweet and tangy side, which is how I like it. I prefer the kind of mac and cheese that’s thicker and has bread crumbs on top, but this was pretty good too. The beans were excellent with little bits of meat mixed in. Could have done without the day old roll.

That same night after dinner, Jon and I went to meat up with a friend on the beach. Everyone on the beach knows about Twistee Treat.

Jon and I hadn’t been there since we were in school. Soft serve has definitely grown on me over the years. Could have had more vanilla flavor, but this puppy was still delish…espicially with the rainbow sprinkles 🙂 Felt like a kid again!

Friday I had a meeting at Ale and the Witch after work. I tried the new Woodchuck Spring cider, which was crisp and light with a hint of caramel. Perfect on a sunny, slightly breezy day.

After my meeting I headed to Three Birds Tavern to meet up with Jon and a few friends for dinner. We were so excited since we hadn’t been in awhile, but unfortunately we ended up having to leave. One of my friends is a vegetarian and she was looking forward to their grilled chedder sandwich. It wasn’t on the menu anymore (which we know menu changes happen) so she tried ordering the grilled cheese menu off the kids menu and they wouldn’t let her. They have very few vegetarian options and she didn’t want the other options they had. They pretty much refused to do anything for her…even when she offer to may double the price of the kids grilled cheese. It was not a good experience so we finished our drinks and decided to head to The Avenue.

I had been here for drinks before, but not food. We sat out on the back patio, which lacked some greenery, but was otherwise quite nice. Our waitress was friendly and very nice. I ordered the hunch punch and the Bacon Cheeseburger with BBQ sauce and fries.

I eat burgers very rarely. This was a good one. Flavor was great and it was cooked perfectly. I asked if they make their fries, which the server said no, but they were still crispy and tasty. Hunch punch was fruity and refreshing. I love when drinks are served in mason jars.

The next morning Jon and I were up early to take our cars in for oil changes. We decided to get bagels at St. Pete Bagel Company. We’d never been, but I’ve heard it’s the “go to” place for bagels in St. Pete. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. We actually think that the bagel place by our house is much better…they have bigger bagels and they have more flavor. Something was off about the dough too. Also wasn’t crazy about the cream cheese either. Jon got their lox spread, which had the lox already mixed in where as the place near us actually has huge bits of lox mixed in with the cream cheese. We also shared an apple fritter, which was pretty good. All of their donuts looked fantastic! And Jon said the coffee was excellent. The service was also pretty good. They had a lot of people, but the line moved quickly and efficiently.

Later that day, this happened.

I’d never seen a 3D movie before and it was pretty cool. Especially the parts where they show the ship under water and all the water particles are flying at you.

Have you had a bad restaurant experience lately? What was the worst experience you’ve had?