Airheads Fun Pass giveaway and awesome weekend recap

March 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Spring break is coming up very soon here in Pinellas County (and going on right now for some of the private schools and for Hillsborough County) and if you were wondering what to do with your restless kids all week, consider wearing them out at Airheads Trampoline Arena! Remember when I did a trampoline fitness class there with the Tampa Bay Bloggers? It was so much fun and I can attest that it will burn any excess energy the kids may have. A one day all-you-can-jump pass is $16.95, but they have just introduced a “Fun Pass” which is an all-you-can-jump package that offers seven days of non-stop activity for $29.95 per person.

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And they’ve given me two fun passes to give away on the blog! Just leave a comment TELLING ME YOU’D LIKE TO WIN A FUN PASS and I’ll have Mack pick two winners this weekend (I promise). This contest is closed. Winners have been notified. Congratulations to Ali and Jessica!

So, this past weekend was so busy and I feel like I still haven’t had a chance to come up for air. I’m going to run it down as briefly as possible.

Friday night was the Brookwood Carnival, benefitting Brookwood Florida, a residential group home for teen girls.

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My friend Kelly offered to drive, so I was ready for some fun.

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A couple of my IRunMommies friends are on the board at Brookwood and helped organize the event, so my girls came out in force to support this great cause.

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I guess I don’t need to mention that it was a Mardi Gras theme. The Lakewood High School Jazz Band was there playing live music and they also had a DJ. We danced the night away.

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Val, Ali, and I teamed up and together we won the “best mask” competition.

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My triathlon relay team from TriRock Clearwater Triathlon were all in attendance.

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We had the best night and hopefully helped to raise a bunch of money for Brookwood.

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I know I did my part with the raffles and my bar tab. One of the former residents of Brookwood gave a speech about her experience there and the difference it made in her life. It was so moving and made me even more happy that I decided to support this charity.

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Thank you again for driving Kelly! I am totally blaming you for the raging hangover I had on Saturday. I intended to get up and run ten miles, but that didn’t happen. I was way too sick.

I did manage to rally just a bit in order to show up for the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon Saturday morning.

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It was a gorgeous morning and Chewie was so happy to be included in our plans!

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I couldn’t let our fundraising team, Team Woofin’ It, down.

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My friend Katie of A Full Plate organized our team and she did an amazing job getting sponsors and keeping us motivated to raise money for this fabulous organization. There were so many people out there and so many dogs! I think I heard that there were over a thousand people walking, and they also had walkathons in a few other nearby cities. All of the walkathons generated over half a million dollars for the organization!

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Chewie couldn’t keep his eyes off of the hundreds of dogs all around him.

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The walk was three kilometers around the waterfront and along Beach Drive downtown.

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They had more water stops (for people AND dogs) than a half marathon!

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Chewie is a great dog but he isn’t the most socialized beagle in the world just because we are so busy and don’t get him around other dogs often enough. He’s generally friendly at a dog park, but sometimes on a leash he will have a scuffle with another dog. He did pretty well at the walkathon and was friendly to 98% of the dogs he sniffed. He just had a couple of little growl-ups, but no real throw-downs. I was nervous about it, but he did really well and made it across the finish line without embarrassing me too much.

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It was a fun morning and helped clear away a few of my hangover cobwebs.

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But not all of them. I spent the rest of the day on the couch unable to do anything productive. My Friday night fun was worth it.

Sunday morning the boys and I went to the preview for the opening of the new Outspokin Bicycle store in Tampa.

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Sunday afternoon we all went to an annual party thrown by some of our friends in honor of St. Joseph’s Day.

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We have been lucky enough to be invited to this party for many years but this year it was almost like being at a new house because our friends recently did a huge renovation. Check out their new GORGEOUS kitchen!

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When the priest walked into the house and saw the new kitchen he exclaimed, “Oh my God!” I thought that was pretty funny. This celebration, also known as “The feast of St.Joseph” is definitely a huge Italian feast at our friends’ annual party.

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“Baby” was in charge of keeping the floors cleaned.

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We are honored to be included in this tradition and have a great excuse to eat tons of delicious homemade pasta. So much for avoiding grains.

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Well, that was it for the weekend. It was awesome. I don’t think I could have packed anymore awesomeness into it considering the hangover, and without the hangover it wouldn’t have been so awesome.

Cya.

Eat, Sip, Indulge St. Pete food tour

February 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Last night my friend Ali and I left our kids with a babysitter and headed to downtown St. Pete for an Eat, Sip, Indulge food tour.

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Back in August she and I went on the Eat, Sip, Indulge Gulfport food tour and really enjoyed it.

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We bought that tour with a Living Social deal and when Ali noticed it pop up again on Living Social we bought two of them to use for the St. Pete tour. Our vouchers were expiring soon so last night was the night, even though Chad and Ali’s boyfriend Mark both have pool league (on the same team) on Thursday nights and it required getting a babysitter.

The St. Pete food tour began at Savory Spice Shop.

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When you walk into the spice shop you are overwhelmed by the delicious, spicy aroma. All of the walls are lined with rows and rows of herbs and spices, from the exotic to the mundane.

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Paul Bailey, the owner/manager of the St. Pete Savory Spice Shop, told us about the store’s philosophy, and how their 400+ herbs and spices are hand-ground weekly in batches and that their more than 160 blends are original recipes and are hand-crafted.  Both are offered for sale in as little as half ounce and in either bags or bottles.  Savory Spice Shop also offers extracts, sauces, spice ware and even more specialty items.

Paul said that he tells customers that when it comes to herbs and spices, if they don’t have it, you don’t need it.

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I mean, they have six different varieties of paprika!

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Pau had samples of their dill dip seasoning blend and nacho cheese seasoning blend made into dips for us to try along with some apple cider infused with mulling spices.

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The dips were very good, but the apple cider was seriously delicious.

I purchased some of their spiced vanilla bean sugar at the Angels After Dark shopping event back at Christmas time, and I really hadn’t planned on buying anything last night.

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But everything in the shop is available to sample, and Ali tempted me with a sample of their black truffle Italian sea salt.

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This stuff is über expensive. A tiny bottle is $22 and an even tinier baggy inside of a bottle is $11. But after tasting it, I couldn’t NOT buy some, so I bought the smaller quantity. While I had my wallet open I also splurged on some chocolate-dipped crystallized ginger. OMG.

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Seriously, if you don’t want to spend lots of money on a tiny bit of SALT, then I would recommend not ever trying a sample of this stuff. It is that good. You will hand over money.

The next stop on our food tour was Le Macaron, which appropriately enough is a French pastry shop.

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These little yummies, about the diameter of a half-dollar, go for $1.85 a piece…

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and if they are all as good as the salted caramel macaron that I tried then they are worth it.

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It’s two $.93 bites of amazingness.

Le Macaron also has beautiful Norman Love chocolates for $1.75 a pop.

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As a bonus our sweets were served by a handsome guy with a French accent. I think I’ll be back some time.

Stop number three on our food tour was Meze 119.

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I visited Meze 119 once before as part of the St. Pete Bike ‘n’ Eat, and enjoyed the samples then very much so I was happy to be trying it again.

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First we were brought a variety of hummus options to try, including very spicy, olive, roasted garlic, fava bean, and eggplant varieties.

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All of them were amazing, but the table favorite appeared to be the eggplant since that bowl was practically licked clean. I think my personal favorite was either the very spicy or the roasted garlic.

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Next we were brought small portions of the shepherd’s pie and the barbecue “chikk’n”.

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Everything at Meze 119 is vegetarian and many of the menu items are vegan. The shepherd’s pie was great and I really loved the fried basil on top of the bbq “chikk’n”.

Our tour guide for the evening was Chane (pronounced “Shane”) and as we walked from one stop to the next he gave us tidbits about St. Petersburg history.

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He was great and I could tell he was a natural entertainer, so I wasn’t surprised when he told us that he was the singer in a blues band called The Black Marys.

The next stop on our tour was Crowley’s Downtown.

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Our little group had a table in the back room…

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where we were given some info about the menu and the scene at Crowley’s. We were also given a sample of their famous Reuben egg roll with Thousand Island dip.

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That was one half of a seriously indulgent and delicious egg roll. This was my first time visiting Crowley’s, but I would be more than happy to go again. They have live music and according to Chane, the band playing there last night was one of his favorites. We didn’t get to hear them though because they were still setting up as we were leaving. What was their name again Chane? Leave it in the comments. The t-shirt brigade here was the band last night:

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Our next stop was Wood Fired Pizza.

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Chad and I ate at Wood Fired Pizza once before in March 2012 when I had my first jalapeno margarita (awesome)…

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and when we tried the pistachio pizza and one topped with Brussels sprouts!

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Last night we were offered a margarita pizza (just cheese) and a pepperoni pizza.

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I think they should have offered up some of their more exotic varieties, but these were delicious as well.

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They told us about the pizza oven that came all the way from Italy and how the pizzas cook in 2-3 minutes at 800°. We also learned that they make all of their own mozzarella in-house and have perfected a very smooth and almost “creamy” dough that makes their pizza very special.

The last stop on our St. Pete food tour was St. Pete Brasserie.

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Chad and I went there once…

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back in October 2011 when apparently my hair was very long. I remember super awesome dirty martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives.

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I was also there fairly recently for an IRunMommies holiday party.

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There are those martinis again!

Last night we were there for dessert.

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This was definitely the “indulge” part of our Eat, Sip, Indulge evening.

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Oh, who am I kidding? The whole evening was pretty indulgent and fabulous. I had a great time spending the evening with my fab pal Ali and Chane was a great tour guide.

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Chad and I are definitely going to have to go check out The Black Marys some time…they play at Wood Fired Pizza. Sounds like a good excuse for another jalapeno margarita.

Thanks for a fun evening Ali!

Cya.