So happy to visit Epcot – Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival this week with my daughter. Even though I live in Florida, I hadn’t been to the Food and Wine Festival in more than 20 years, before I had children.
We went two days before the end of the festival, which was also the opening day of Disney World’s A Very Merry Christmas, so it was pretty crowded.
I loved – well, what everyone loves – being able to visit so many different countries in one day! And it’s so much fun to be able to try foods from every country as well.
My favorite pavilion is always France, with lavender, linens and champagne!
Did you know it was Tampa’s second oldest gas station and garage? It’s been renovated into a darling and rustic spot that is enjoyable and cozy.
The food was wonderful last night for our tasting with Tampa Bay Bloggers and ShoutOUT Tampa Bay. Because of my relationship with Tampa Bay Bloggers, I received dinner and drinks on the house. Opinions here are my own.
It was such a great night to enjoy the weather outside on their patio! Another great thing about Boca is that they offer a free dinner for your birthday.
Birthday or any day, you’ll enjoy this restaurant!
Goody Goody opened its doors for us to show us that Anytime is a good time to enjoy breakfast here at this iconic shop.
The restaurant has a charming history, in that owner Richard Gonzmart, owner of Colombia Restaurant Group, including the Colombia and Ulele, used to visit this burger shop with his mother when he was a young boy. She would take him when she had Woman’s Club meetings, and it was always dear to his heart.. When the restaurant fell into disrepair, Gonzmart took it upon himself to revitalize the corner jewel, which is located in the heart of Hyde Park.
You will fall in love with the black and white tile, the turn of the shiny silver stools and counters, and the retro chunky coffee mugs.
You will also love the the cafe con leche and coffee that they use from local makers, as well as their amazing line of pies.. As a bonus they have mimosas and bellinis – and if that’s not good enough, they are served in adorable tall stemless glasses! What can I say, pretty glasses and china makes me squeal!
The sweet potato pancakes with homemade syrup are amazing. They taste like Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And Grandma’s kitchen. All at the same time. And I have never liked grits before tonight! We had the chance to meet the chef who told us his grandmother had taught him how to make them.
We had a wonderful night being treated to plate after plate of deliciousness, and being entertained by their public relations rep, Jeff Houck, who used to be the food editor at The Tampa Tribune. Jeff and the staff made the night extremely enjoyable. And they filled our arms with bags of leftover pie, menus and retro placemats, which we giddily took home to remember them by.
A burger place so memorable, you say? Yes! Because it’s not just burgers. I literally thought about our meal the whole night. And by Friday afternoon I was back there again with a girlfriend, eating sweet potato pancakes, grits and cafe con leche. You should do the same!
St. Petersburg is known for a lot of different things – its art scene, breweries and eclectic local stores that line Central Avenue west of downtown. Here you’ll find vinyl shops, brocante markets, consignment stores and enough hipster hangouts to fit in your disco purse.
New to the restaurant/brewery scene is Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe. Owned by Amanda King and Pegan Foster, the shop opened six months ago in February 2017.
There are some really cool places in Tampa Bay and it’s virtually an endless adventure here.
A friend and I visited the The Florida Cane Distillery in Ybor City Historic District recently and tasted some of their spirits, where they make Florida Cane vodka, Tamiami Gin, Sunshine Moonshine and Red Drum Whiskey. (Which at first I thought was “Red Rum” from The Shining. It’s not.)
(See more about the distillery, its owners and history here. )
Due to my relationship with Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was treated to a three course meal with wine and cocktails at Noble Crust Wesley Chapel. All opinions are my own.
I had the opportunity to try out the Noble Crust Wesley Chapel last night. I drove almost an hour and a half to get there, but it was worth it! There is also another location in St. Petersburg on Fourth Street.
I really liked the warm decor and the juxtaposition of the gleaming chandeliers against the raw bricks at Noble Crust Wesley Chapel.