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Buddy Brew Coffee

by Meghann on March 21, 2011

The next stop on my coffee house tour of Tampa took me to Buddy Brew Coffee – a little gem near Hyde Park that came highly recommended from fellow Tampa-ian Sarah.

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First of all – LOVE the logo. How adorable is that doggy face?

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Buddy Brew is a very chic and modern coffeehouse. They roast all their own beans in store and always brew fresh to order.

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The menu was a little limited – there were no tea options and I’m not a huge coffee drinker – but I have a rule about ordering something if I plan on taking up a seat for a good while at a coffeehouse. Gotta support local businesses! πŸ™‚ After speaking with the girl ahead of me, I ordered the BBC Caramello based on her recommendation. She told me it was basically an iced caramel latte and one of her favorites.

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This was my first time trying any sort of iced latte and I was immediately impressed. The cold drink reminded me of melted coffee ice cream. Yum. πŸ™‚

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My only complaint? Too much ice. Not enough drink.

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That baby was gone in 30 seconds flat. Easily. πŸ˜‰

This place is so cozy. I may never leave.

Between breakfast and coming to Buddy Brew I was able to get some much needed chores taken care of around the house. Our place is currently a mess with several projects happening at once. My parents are visiting in a couple of weeks and my plan is to have the living room done and the ‘office’ somewhat organized before their stay. Can I do it? Probably not, but it’s worth a try. πŸ™‚

Derek made a comment yesterday about my tendency to ‘stock’ the freezer (the frozen veggies were on sale – plus, I had a store AND manufacture coupon – of course I needed to buy three bags!), so I promised him I would eat up some of the bulk of it this week.

The first to go? A frozen pizza.

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Frozen pizzas are one of those purchases that always seem good at the time, but end up staying in the freezer for weeks (months) at a time.

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Nothing bores me more than a plain ole frozen pizza. They always need a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’ to please my taste buds.

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The addition of roasted red pepper, mushrooms, and eggplant did the trick for today. I just threw the trio on top before going in the oven and baked per usual.

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Much better.

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I had half the pizza for lunch

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Because – let’s face it – the suggested ‘1/3 serving’ never cuts it.

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So pretty. πŸ™‚

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With a side salad of spinach, strawberries, and grapes.

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Loved my lunch today. Lots of colors, textures, and crunch. Spring is in the air and on my plate. πŸ™‚

My A-Ha Moment

My monthly Attune post went up today! πŸ™‚ Screen shot 2011-03-21 at 2.41.57 PM.png

This month I discuss my ‘A-Ha’ moment when getting healthy finally clicked. Check it out here. πŸ™‚

1 Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I always think frozen pizzas leave something to be desired too. Always have to add my own ingredients! They look so good on the box though πŸ™‚

Your side salad is making my mouth water. I keep waiting for strawberry prices to drop a bit!
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2 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food March 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Tampa has some cool coffee houses!! I’ve always wanted to try the pizza from Publix, it looks so good. Now I have to check it out for sure…love your topping additions πŸ™‚
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3 michelle March 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I’ve never been a big fan of frozen pizzas. Like you, they always leave me wanting more and something a little extra on them.

4 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Your article sounds interesting, I’m going to check it out now! That pizza looks absolutely divine – and I agree…. who needs thirds when you’ve got halves!?!
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5 Jenny March 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

The coffee shop looked so cute!
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6 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Re: “I have a rule about ordering something if I plan on taking up a seat for a good while at a coffeehouse”

Would anyone actually go to a coffee house, sit around, and NOT order something? If you’re by yourself that’s definitely not cool.

I used to work at a coffee shop and if anyone did that (which was rarely, and only included bored, loitering teens) we’d kick them out.

7 Lily March 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

LOL my thought exactly!

8 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I like iced coffee drinks like that, but they always have too much ice and not enough drink! Now I get them blended with the ice, so I don’t have that problem.

Frozen pizzas don’t cut it for me either — they are screaming for extra toppings.
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9 Kiran March 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

You are right about that logo – so cute πŸ™‚
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10 JessicaEn March 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

You can ask for light ice! I ALWAYS do πŸ˜€

11 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

That Caramello looks so delicious, but dang that IS a lot of ice!
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12 Jess@atasteofconfidence March 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I really like your article!

13 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I hate when there’s that much ice!! It’s hard to order iced coffee “light on the ice,” but whenever I order regular drinks I ask for them without it. I’m paying for the drink, not cubes!!
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14 Hannah @ Healthy Whip March 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I’m glad it’s not just me that thinks 1/3 of a pizza is never enough! Looks delicious.
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15 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Yeah, frozen pizzas are kind of stingy with toppings! Good call adding more. And 1/3 never cuts it; half or all is much more satisfying, lol.

16 Jeni @ stepping out March 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I would love to try that coffee shop! I’m definitely a coffee person and in-store roasting is a big plus in my eyes.
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17 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

So jealous! I wish I had fun local coffee shops in abundance! I live in ghetto-ville. πŸ˜‰
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18 Karen @ Run Shop Travel March 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

That drink looks amazing! I worked at my university’s coffee shops while I was at school and my favorite drink was an iced caramella – espresso with caramel sauce melted in after it brewed, milk, ice, whipped cream. I got really sick of them (and had the worst caffeine withdrawl headaches when I stopped drinking them!) over the course of working there though!
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19 Marina March 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I love iced coffee latte!
Stocked freezer is so important, it really is great to have all kinds of frozen veggies and other stuff for making quick meals.
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20 Kara March 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I always eat half a frozen pizza at a time too! Glad you’re with me on that one πŸ™‚

We’ve lived in this house for almost 2 years and I still have so many unfinished things!

I love how men complain about how full the fridge/freezer is, but they are more than willing to eat it all! πŸ˜›
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21 christina cadden March 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

That coffee looks so good!

22 Kacy March 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I hate when iced coffees are way loaded with ice. Boo! The coffee shop sounds great though!!
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23 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Pizza looks amazing! I don’t like having a full freezer–hate wrestling to pull stuff out!
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24 Hope March 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

That drink looks so good! I love private coffee houses like that. Unfortunately, there are none like that near me. I wish there were. πŸ™‚ That pizza looks so good! I love everything that you added to it. It definitely makes it a lot prettier! πŸ™‚
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25 Sana March 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I don’t like coffee either, but I do love frozen drinks!

26 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

oooh I also love cold drinks like that – but agree – I drink them too quickly!
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27 kristine March 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I always have the freezer stalked to the max… lol πŸ™‚
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28 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Love your coffeehouse rule about ordering something if you’re going to take up a seat. I truly hate when people just hang out, taking up space without ordering anything. It’s not a public library, after all! πŸ™‚

Also, love the look of that iced coffee drink!
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29 mary March 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I wish Raleigh had cute coffee shops like that close to where I am in the city. all of the good ones are a good 20 min. drive downtown.
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30 Katy (The Singing Runner) March 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Mmmmmm that pizza looks amazing! πŸ˜€
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31 Biz March 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

As much as I love making homemade pizza, some Friday’s I am like “I don’t want to cook!” So our local store sells a 16 inch cheese pizza for $5 – unbaked. Then I use whatever veggies, extra cheese I have on hand to make it my own – so much better!
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32 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

YUM you are making me crave pizza! Maybe I will have to concoct a little something…
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33 Katherine: Unemployed March 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm

who is that attune model? i expect to see you there soon
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34 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

We have locally-owned coffee house near us that puts way too much ice in too! But the drinks are too good to stop going πŸ™‚ I think I’d rather buy a drink and support local business than support chains that make billions of dollars every year!

Loving the lunch!! A colorful meal is so much fun to eat (and healthy too!) πŸ˜€
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35 Ashley March 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I don’t buy or eat a lot of frozen pizzas but they are great for quick meals. You’re right the recommended serving never really is enough. It looks delicious, and I loved the place setting for the day!

36 [SMASH] March 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Cute coffee shop. I love local places like that!

37 Hilary March 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Looks good…and very colourful! A great way to brighten up a frozen find.
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38 Kristen March 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I lobe coffee places that roast their beans and that brew to order. I have one in my neighbourhood that opened in January and I’m there at least face a week πŸ™‚
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39 Kristin @ FoodFash March 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Have you been to Greenwise in Hyde Park yet?? If not, you need to go ASAP! If so, how in love are you?
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40 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Whenever I order anything iced, I always ask for easy ice!!
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41 Alaina March 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks the 1/3 serving is wrong. πŸ˜‰

I love finding local coffee shops too! Especially once the weather gets nicer and I can sit outside.
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42 Jamie@everydaydolce March 22, 2011 at 12:24 am

That pizza looks so yummy! Pizza is always a good decision on a Monday πŸ˜‰

43 sarah the tampa-ian. March 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I’m so glad you got over to Buddy Brew. And I’m extra happy that you had the drink that I forgot to recommend you. Hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy a BBC Caramello in the near future!

44 Carly March 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Ah! I’m SO jealous you were able to find the Feta and Spinach pizza. Since I am also a marketer’s dream, I saw the ad for it and had been craving it ever since- then our Publix was sold out πŸ™ I settled for the Veggie variety, but the one you created actually looks WAY better! lol

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