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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™‚

1 kristi March 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Roller blading looks like so much fun…I haven’t done it in sooo long!

Can’t wait to see what you do with that pretzel for lunch tomorrow!

2 caitlin March 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm

and i wish i hadnt missed this, TOO!!

i miss you!

3 Steph March 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

It’s nice to know someone else is doing Shred with below neighbors! I live in a top floor condo, and I’m on day 2 of Shred level 1. I can’t do any of the jumping jacks or jump ropes, because I have a mean neighbor below me. Arggg it’s very frustrating! Any suggestions? He’s always home, so I can’t just wait to workout until he leaves. =(

4 VeggieGirl March 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Great fun and deliciousness!!

5 Meganerd March 22, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Another great place to check out is Flatwoods in New Tampa. They have a great 7 mile paved trail. It’s perfect for biking, running, or rollerblading.

6 marafaye March 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Looks like a fantastic day! I’m very envious of that bowl…
I sent you a FB message yesterday and I’d love your opinion!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

7 Mel March 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Looks like you had a fun day! I would love for the weather to be that wonderful here!

Your lunch looks fabulous, I love all in one bowls like that!

8 Maggie March 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I ALWAYS worry about exercising above my neighbors! No one has said anything yet though. I try to do the jumpy exercises near the wall because it doesn’t creak as much as if I do it in the middle of the floor.

Glad Derek shares your point of view ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m trying to get Bobby outside more.

9 biz319 March 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm

What a great day you had! Jealous of your weather as usual.

I need to make soft pretzels soon!!

10 Sharon March 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Oh my gosh, what an awesome time!

11 RuntoFinish March 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

oh farmers market I heart thee ๐Ÿ™‚

I love spending the day outside when it’s nice, so fun!

12 NAOmni March 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Everything looks fantastic! So much fun..

NAOmni

13 Jennifer March 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Your blog is so fun to read! ๐Ÿ™‚ You look like you had a great time, and that BBQ bowl looks majorly YUM.

14 Meg March 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

An organic outdoor farmers market???? I am so beyond jealous!! I might need to relocate to Tampa ASAP!

15 Trish (girlatgym) March 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Looks like you had a really busy day. It was so nice out too – a perfect one to be outside. ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Bec March 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm

sounds like a great action packed sunday!

17 eatingbirdfood March 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I am jealous of the amazing weather you are having in FLA right now. Roller blading looks like so much fun. I haven’t been in years.

18 Holly March 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Hi Meghann, just stopping by to say how much I love your blog! I started my own this weekend and added your blog to my blogroll- hope that’s ok! Holly ๐Ÿ™‚

19 Maddy March 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

DAILY EATS! I love love love that place =) I got the Greek Bowl last time I was there!

Glad you had fun in Tampa!

20 Mica March 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I generally think rollerblading is kind of dorky looking, but you two make it look cool!

21 Emily March 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm

What a fabulous sounding Sunday! I’m too chicken to rollerblade (it’s kind of sad, I skydived with no problem but rollerblades terrify me) but it sure looks fun!

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22 carolinebee March 23, 2009 at 1:04 am

haha omg i HAVE those blades that is amazing!! Hm, how bout a blading date for our meet up?? ;D maaaybe not…you two are looking sa-weet in those helmets and blades, what a fun day!! I need to find a boy to work out and grocery shop and eat fun stuff with me!

23 Sarah March 23, 2009 at 1:53 am

If Meghann’s apartment floor is rockin’ don’t come a knockin’…

24 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 23, 2009 at 4:55 am

Glad you had fun in Tampa! And mm…Greenwise desserts. They are so amazing! If you like lemon you should go for the lemon tart next time. It’s WONDERFUL!

25 Julie March 23, 2009 at 6:40 am

Where do you get your cute sports bras? All the ones I have would make me feel naked without a shirt, I want one like yours!!

26 Meghann March 23, 2009 at 7:43 am

Hey Julie! I actually purchased the outfit on sale at Target last week. I get most of my work out gear from Target and Old Navy. Its always cute and functional!

27 Leanne March 23, 2009 at 7:16 am

That’s so funny about the hippie farmer’s market! ha ha I can’t wait to go to a farmer’s market here… We’ve still got a couple of months to go though! Very stylish outfit by the way. Looks like you guys had fun!

28 Mariposa March 23, 2009 at 7:28 am

i loved the whole weekend!!!! looks like you guys had a great time..even meeting up with Jenna .. so jealous of the beach- i cant wait till its beach weather here!

29 Sarah W. March 23, 2009 at 7:36 am

love your rollerblading outfit – sounds like a great weekend was had!!!

30 Elina March 23, 2009 at 8:13 am

Mango + chicken sounds like a great combo! That bowl looks delicious ๐Ÿ™‚
I want those mini desserts. So yummy looking! And don’t feel bad, I think most of us can’t control ourselves around samples ๐Ÿ˜€

31 Danielle March 23, 2009 at 8:39 am

What a fun sunny day! I can’t wait for it to be warm here!
That bbq bowl looks so good!

32 ksgoodeats March 23, 2009 at 10:18 am

What a lovely day!! Glad you two had fun!

Q: Where are those capri pants from – they are CUTE!!

33 Tina March 23, 2009 at 10:59 am

This looks like such a fun day! ๐Ÿ™‚

34 Caitlin March 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I just laughed out loud at your neighbor checking to see what was up with the banging! haha

35 Dori March 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I love samples – I always feel (wrongly) like they don’t count as part of the day’s eating!

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