Sunday, March 22, 2009

Exploring Tampa

by Meghann on March 22, 2009

One of the great things I like about Derek is he believes in getting the most out of his weekend and spending as much time outside during a beautiful weekend as I do! ๐Ÿ™‚ He also doesn’t mind my obsession with exercising and grocery stores.

Today we decided to go outside and explore all things Tampa. First up was the Tampa Bay Trail for a little roller blading action.

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Safety first.. Helmet check!

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And we’re off!!!

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Actually I have very cheap ($20) roller blades from Target so trust me I did not get anywhere very fast. We did a nice and easy 4 miles and just enjoyed the trail and the beautiful day.

The Tampa Bay Trail was a gorgeous trail with canopy trees that ran a good distance from the road. There were even great trail passes that went over the major roads, so I had no fear of crossing a busy intersection.

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And they had COLD water stations along the way.

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I give this trail an A+ and can not wait to explore it further in the future.

I build up a little appetite on the trail, so enjoyed a Simple Harvest Trail Mix Bar while we made a pit stop at Derek’s apartment to change and pick Abbie up.

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Out next stop on our Tampa exploration involved an Organic Farmer’s Market I had googled during the week.

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The Sweetberry Organic Farm is a 100% organic farm that opens up to the public on Sunday for a weekly Farmer’s Market.

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I have to say I wasn’t very impressed. It was a little pricey $$ for my taste and very Peace, Love and Rock n Roll (If you catch my drift). But it was fun to walk around and explore. They even had a stage with Guitar Hippies singing about saving the earth. Rock on Hippie Dudes!

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After the farmer’s market it was time for lunch which led us to exploration stop # 3 – a new place for lunch.

We headed to Hyde Park and randomly selected Daily Eats for our dining experience.

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The menu had a big breakfast base, which I had been all for if I hadn’t had a big breakfast earlier and was in the mood for something lunchy. I decided to pick on of their bowl options.

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I ordered the BBQ Bowl which had Rice, Lettuce, Chicken, Mango, Red Onion, Tomatoes, and Carmelized Onions topped with a Mango BBQ Sauce. Yum!

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I really enjoyed the BBQ sauce with the Mango, it gave the BBQ sauce the additional sweet flavor I look for in a dish like this. The bowl had a lettuce base which made it almost like a salad. It was very yummy and the perfect lunch portion. I happily finished the whole bowl.

With our bellies semi full of lunch we Derek and I left the car parked and explored Hyde Park on foot. We ended up at Greenwise where we found out Sunday is ultimate sample day. Even after a full lunch I found it hard to control myself to not sample every delicious piece of food they offered. I stuffed myself on various samples of Cookies, Pizza, Cheese, Wine, and Bread. Needless to say I felt very gluttoness afterwards and stuffed to the gils. I really need to learn self control around samples! Derek was just as naughty as me and we each managed to some how waddle back to the car.

I did manage to make it out of Greenwise with a couple of treats.

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I fully intend to enjoy this beautiful pretzel for lunch tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As much I enjoyed exploring Tampa the day was getting late and I have work in the morning. I said my good byes and made the hour and a half drive back to O-Town.

I had missed my 30 Day Shred yesterday, so as soon as I walked in the door I was determined to shred it at level 2. I really got into it and even had my downstairs neighbor knock on my door and ask me if I was pounding the floor because it was really loud in her apartment..lol.. That’s the first time I got repremanded for exercising to hard.

Finally around 8:00 I became hungry again and heated up some left over Nutty Vanilla Sweet Potato + Kale Soup with Buffalo Tofu.

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Then I could not resist the two other goodies I managed to pick up at Greenwise today.

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A Bite Size Cannoli and Strawberry Tart. Their dessert section is like heaven its hard to resist! I wanted to buy one of Jenna’s Vegan Cupcakes but they didn’t have any . ๐Ÿ™

Its been a very filling day and I need to rest up from the exhausting weekend. Another great weekend to kick off another long week at work. Joy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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