Yesterday after my fun Chevy Fit4Life Tour – Moms2Be Edition adventure I went home and relaxed for a few minutes, changed clothes, then headed out for Sunday fun day, part two. It was time for the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers’ October Meet-up.
I’ve been hanging out with my friends at PDQ Fresh Tenders quite a bit lately, like when they treated me to lunch at their South Tampa PDQ location, and when the St. Pete PDQ location recently had their grand opening training days.
When they offered to host the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers meet up this month I was psyched…a chance to try another PDQ milkshake flavor! I’m definitely a regular at PDQ now.
Five of my blogger buddies joined me and we sat outside in the beautiful Florida fall weather. I love the patio at PDQ.
PDQ treated us to a meal, but I just opted for a small Heath milkshake since I had already eaten lunch with the GM crew.
It was fantastic. Good thing they have fat straws for their milkshakes, because there were plenty of Heath bar chunks in there. I’m not one of those girls who thoughtfully stops at half way through an indulgence. Yay for them and their lack of muffin tops, but…
The PDQ crew also brought several of one of their fall specialties out for us to try…sliced apples with a delicious dip.
The apples are kept in pineapple juice to keep them from browning…so much better than lemon juice! I also had to grab a raspberry caffeine free diet Coke from the super cool touch-screen Coke machine that dispenses over 100 soda combinations.
The girls and I sat and ate and chatted about all things blog and Tampa Bay. We laughed a bunch. I always have the best time hanging out with this group. Check out their blogs!
After we were finished eating Dan Schefer, the Operating Partner for PDQ St. Petersburg, took us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the restaurant.
This is the “hospitality room” as they call it, otherwise known as the drive-thru window.
PDQ does not use staticky microphones and speakers to take orders. It’s all done through person to person direct communication.
When a line develops at the drive-thru a PDQ crew member goes outside with a computer tablet and takes the order right at each driver’s window to help speed things up. PDQ is all about providing the best customer experience possible.
Next Dan showed us the huge walk-in cooler.
Everything is prepared from scratch on site, including the hand-cut French fries.
Nothing at PDQ is ever frozen. They don’t even have a freezer there.
Next we got to see the food prep area. This guy was portioning out the delicious blueberry cole slaw:
We were introduced to Josey who gave us a demonstration on French fry cutting.
Then we each got to demolish a potato.
It was fun and I owned that potato.
All of the crew was so friendly and everyone seemed like they were in a great mood.
It was really cool how they had iPads mounted all over the place and they used them for everything. All of their top-secret recipes are right here at Dan’s fingertips…
Jeff, the PR and Marketing Director for PDQ, and Dan answered all of our bloggy questions and were so welcoming to our little group. They can cater events and have awesome party platters. I’m definitely going to keep that in mind.
Thanks for having us PDQ St. Pete! And thanks to my Tampa Bay Lady Blogger friends for coming and hanging out. Love you guys!
Wonder what fun adventure we’ll have at our next meet-up?