Trek Store of St. Petersburg Dinner Cruise

September 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Yesterday was a whirlwind of fun at the Central Florida Blogger Conference. I’m working on getting my photos and thoughts in order to write about that, but first I need to back up to Friday night which was also a good time.

Just to record it for posterity, Mack got a package in the mail on Friday that he was pretty excited about.

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The whole house has gone skateboard crazy and although Cal has three skateboards, Mack didn’t actually have one of his own. Now he does.

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Chad must have lost his mind because he also ordered one for himself. I just hope I don’t have to take all of them to the emergency room.

Before I left for my fun evening I made dinner for the boys. A five minute dinner.

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I added extra frozen peas to it and I think it was really good based on my “tester” bite. The boys and Chad liked it.

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There are so many things I would buy regularly if Trader Joe’s was just closer! Still planning a product review. There are several individual frozen entrees I bought that I want to try first.

As soon as Chad got home from work I headed out to the Trek Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg with Star the Trek in the back of my car.

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They were having their monthly dinner cruise, which is a casual ride to a local restaurant for dinner.

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You know I love the Trek Store. I am such a regular there that I know most of the employees now and it sort of feels like home.

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My friend Kathy met me there for the cruise.

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We had ten people in all, including two kids.

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We left from the Trek store at 6:30 and followed the pedestrian/bike path down Coffee Pot Bayou.

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This is one of my favorite routes.

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I was in the middle of the pack.

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Within a few minutes we were on the North Shore Park path closing in on The Pier.

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And then we were downtown.

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The Vinoy marina.

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Heading past the St. Pete Yacht Club marina.

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By The Dali Museum.

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After four easy miles we arrived at Albert Whitted Airport…

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home of The Hangar restaurant and flight lounge.

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I have been to the Hangar twice before, but once was for breakfast and one was for a cocktail party. This was my first time going there for dinner.

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First up, of course, was drinks.

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I chose the Turbo Prop, because I have been wanting to try Dragonberry Rum since I saw it on the AQUA menu the other night (and they were out of it). I don’t drink rum very often, but this drink was fabulous. And pretty.

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We sat out on the patio and had a great view of the runways.

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We watched the sun set and it was a beautiful evening.

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Time for dinner!

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I got the stuffed chicken breast.

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It was stuffed with spinach, sundried tomatoes, and goat cheese and topped with a truffle cream. I enjoyed it, but would probably try something different next time just for variety’s sake. The chicken itself was delicious, but the mashed potatoes and veggies were nothing special.

This little dude (Jace’s son) entertained us throughout dinner:

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He told me he knew how to take pictures, so I gave him my old beater camera and told him to have at it. Here are his (and his sister’s) masterpieces:

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We had a great time hanging out and talking and lost track of time. I didn’t take any photos on the ride back because it was dark and we were moving. No point.

Thank you Anne and Jace and the Trek Store! Can’t wait to do it again. This dinner cruise was just a free fun event (except for the cost of dinner) organized by the Trek Store. They also have free bike maintenance classes and flat classes. Anne even teaches a free yoga class at the store once a week which I still haven’t had the chance to take advantage of. I encourage everyone to check out their local bike stores and see what kind of fun and possibly free events they have to offer. I love events that combine something active with something fun, like a delicious dinner and good people. Thanks for joining me Kathy!

Okay, on to Saturday. I still need to figure out what to say about it. It was overwhelming in a good way. Weekend’s almost over!

Cya.

The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge