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Back in Tallahassee

by Meghann on November 21, 2009

No need to worry I made it safely to Tallahassee. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been an evening full of yummy food, beer, wrist bands, and Tennessee Street. Yep! – feels like college again. ๐Ÿ™‚

As much as I love sitting in Orlando’s rush hour traffic, I managed to avoid it this afternoon by skipping out of the office a tad on the early side. Take that bumper to bumper I4! I also managed to rework my route out of town so that I ‘just happened’ to drive by the Whole Foods on way to the turnpike. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A fresh veggie juice has been on my mind lately and the Clearly Carrot I ordered hit the spot.




Derek and I met each other in Ocala where I ditched my car and happily took my place in the passenger’s seat for the remaining 2+ hours of the trip. I also proceeded to download Pandora on Derek’s iPhone and serenaded him with showtunes and Disney songs.

Both of our stomachs were grumbling, but we wanted to hold off eating dinner until we hit Tallahassee. Thanks to my overflowing bag of snacks, we were able to temporarily ward off the hunger by splitting a Iced Gingerbread Clif Bar.


Love their seasonal flavors!


When we did finally make it to Tallahassee I had my heart set on my favorite build-your-own burger restaurant, Monk’s, for dinner, but alas the wait for a table was too long and eating outside in the cold simply wasn’t an option.

Instead we ventured to another local favorite of mine – Gordos -for a tasty cuban treat.


I discovered Gordos my freshmen year of college and it became a frequent hot spot of mine the years of school that followed. Gordos serves amazing cuban dishes that are full of lots of spice and flavor. My favorite – the Lechon Asado – is a house speciality. A plate full of cuban pork, black beans and rice, fried plantains, cuban bread – oh my!


This huge plate of food is a steal at $8.50! This meal is really enough for two and back in school I would always go home with tons of left overs to enjoy the next day.

I did my best, but just as in the olden days I could only eat half.


Derek helped finish the rest to ensure none of the good food went to waste. ๐Ÿ™‚

After dinner Derek and I headed to a few college bars to catch up with some friends.



Beer selection was a bit limited and on the cheap side, but I managed to settle on a cup of the Bud Wheat I had been meaning to try anyways.


Verdict? Not something I would order again. It reminded me too much of regular bud or bud light. If I am going to enjoy a beer I would rather it be something that tasted great and not cheap.

Derek and I barely lasted until 11:30 before we decided to call it a night. It seems crowded bars aren’t as appealing as they used to be. The hotel bed, however, is very appealing at the moment. Better rest up before our run around campus in the morning!

Good Night!!

1 Shannon, Tropical Eats November 21, 2009 at 1:24 am

Glad you made it there safely! I’m going to have to find me those Clifbars soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

2 Jenna November 21, 2009 at 1:41 am

looks like a fun night! why are you in tallahasse again?! i think i missed that part. hah.

3 greensandjeans November 21, 2009 at 2:02 am

have fun being back at school!

4 Kristie Lynn November 21, 2009 at 8:45 am

Hope your run together goes well! ๐Ÿ™‚

5 Karla November 21, 2009 at 9:11 am

I love Cuban food and Lechon Asado might be my favorite. Whenever I think of it, it’s the only time I genuinely miss meat ๐Ÿ™
Glad you enjoyed it! Isn’t it great to have boys that finish anything you don’t want!

6 Rachael November 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

That Cuban food looks SO GOOD! There is a Cuban place in the town over from me that I want to check out, however it is not as affordable as your place ๐Ÿ™

7 Matt November 21, 2009 at 9:20 am

I’ve never had Cuban food, except for a Cuban sandwich lol. Does that count?

8 Kara November 21, 2009 at 9:27 am

Ha isn’t it weird how quickly college bars lose their appeal after graduation? I like the bras hanging from the ceiling, though, lol.

9 Jamie (A Healthy J.D.) November 21, 2009 at 9:50 am

That’s so crazy my husband and I contemplated going to Monks last night for burgers but decided the wait would be too long so we headed to Ray’s Steel City Saloon instead because their burgers are amazing. Great minds think alike ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Laura Georgina November 21, 2009 at 10:54 am

Cuban food + great friends + gorgeous purple scarf = happy times!

11 Christy November 21, 2009 at 11:25 am

yay for being in tally! i <3 monks, too!!!

12 Evan Thomas November 21, 2009 at 11:41 am

That clearly carrot juice sounds delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had fresh squeezed

13 Carrie @ I See Monsters November 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Have fun in Tally! I went back there this year (to attend the awful FSU/USF game) for the first time in about 8 years and had so much fun. Of course, the campus has changed a lot since I graduated in the olden days (1998, LOL). Gordos was a new restaurant when I lived there! I am old. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

14 biz319 November 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Ah, college bars – now they just make me feel old!

Have fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

15 Priyanka November 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I love your purple scarf and the Cuban food!

16 Alison November 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I actually like the Bud wheat! (But I also like PBR haha:-) You look so pretty in your gray coat!

17 eaternotarunner November 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Haha that is how I feel! Getting old I guess….;-)

18 megan November 21, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Sounds like a fun evening! You always have such exciting weekend plans ๐Ÿ™‚

19 Jamie November 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm

That Cliff bar looks so good- I can’t seem to find them! Hope you have a great time with Derek!

20 Angela November 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm

mmm man i miss me some gordo’s.

21 Danielle November 21, 2009 at 3:39 pm

I’m glad that you made it safely up to Tally. My husband went to FSU and has fondly talked about Gordos for YEARS. When I told him that you went there for dinner last night he asked if he could see pictures of the food and beer so he could reminisce about the amazing times that he had there. Too funny!

I hope you are having a great time!

22 Brittany November 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I love your packed snacks! I’m the same way- gotta be prepared.

Gordo’s looks yummy! I love Cuban food.

Lastly, I love your purple scarf- so cute!

23 sisrocks1996 November 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Never had cuban interesting flavors I’m sure! I couldn’t have finished all of that either.

I have never had that Clif bar that’s the one I’ve been wondering about!

Have a great time and college campuses can make for some scenic runs!

24 Jess November 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm

You might want to try the Bud Wheat in a bottle vs. draft. We bought some the other day and I didn’t think it was too terrible but it was only just ok…

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