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Swim Friends

by Meghann on April 23, 2012

This afternoon I was introduced to a new (to me) tea shop in Tampa called TeBella.

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TeBella is located on Davis Island – and as many times as I’ve run on Davis Island in the last year – I’ve only driven on the island twice and both times were to the dog park. To be honest, I didn’t even know there were little shops or restaurants on the island at all. I thought it was just a big hospital and a lot of nice houses. :)

Courtney was the one who introduced me to TeBella. She discovered TeBella a couple of months ago and told me it was a place she thought I would love. She wasn’t kidding either, as soon as I walked in I knew I would love this place. It was quiet, quaint, and stocked with hundreds of exotic teas that had my head spinning on which to choose.

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Love.

Instead of combing through all the tea options, I decided to order a Wicked Fog per Courtney’s recommendation, which was basically a tea latte with their wicked loose tea.

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If you ‘Like’ TeBella on Facebook they give you 50% off of your first beverage purchase. Like!   

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The tea was sweeter than I was expecting, but very tasty. The steamy, rich drink was a perfect complement to the unseasonably cooler weather we were spoiled with today.

I also had a hazelnut macaroon since Courtney informed me that no trip to TeBella would be complete without one. ;)

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Yum. :)

TeBella was great, but the company was even better. Courtney helped me sort out my plans for Kelly’s bachelorette party that’s coming up (sometimes it’s nice just to have someone to bounce ideas off of) and I helped her select some recipes for an upcoming dinner party she’s throwing. Ok.. that’s a lie. Really I just drooled as she flipped through a recipe book and threw out a few “that looks yummy!” as she nailed down the details. ;)

After we had our tea, I followed Courtney (like a lost puppy dog) to swim practice.   

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Yes, swim practice. I know, it’s been a while *cough* September *cough*, but tri season is around the corner and Courtney did invite me to meet with her swim group – what better time than the present to get back in the water?

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I’m out of practice – very, very out of practice. I was nervous about coming into the group as a newbie, especially a newbie with a stroke that needs some serious work and times that are less than impressive, but they welcomed me with open arms. It wasn’t like I was new at all, they threw me right into the group and right into their workouts (catered to my speed and abilities, of course). I swam my little heart out and even participated in the mini relay race at the end of practice (and my group won!).   Swim practice was amazing. Better than amazing. :)

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The group meets every Monday and Wednesday and I promise I will be back. Swimming with a group (especially a group that caters workouts as we go) is soooooo much better than swimming on my own. Tons better. They make swimming fun and I think that’s what I need when it comes to pushing myself and sticking with it. Three cheers for swim friends!

I walked in the door hungry and tired just after 7:30. Derek helped me throw together a quick meal of randomness for dinner.

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While quinoa was simmering in one pot, we had peppers, carrots, spinach, black beans, and corn sauteing in the other. Once the quinoa was done, we added the veggies, tossed in some pesto sauce, and topped our creation with ricotta cheese and green onion. Done and done.

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It was pretty tasty too. Not bad for a quick meal.

I had a mini chocolate cupcake for dessert (Derek finished off the rest).

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Time to chillax in front of the tv and get some couch time in with my two favorites.

Good Night!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats April 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Ahhh that reminds me of when I did swim team as a kid at my county club! So much more bearable as a team sport!

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2 Heather April 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Yay for swim friends! Sounds like fun. And your dinner looked amazing!

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3 Chuck April 24, 2012 at 1:26 am

Fun swimming with you today, lane buddy!

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4 Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 24, 2012 at 6:52 am

Wow, all I can focus on is that macaroon! Yum!!

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5 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City April 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

I’m debating joining a swim club this winter when its cold in Chicago- I think it’ll be nice to have an option when running outside is unbearable.

Also your dinner looks great. I love when random ingredients come together to make a good dish!

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6 Megan @ Megan's Munchies April 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

Looks like a fun and delicious day to me!

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7 SkinnyRunner April 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

thats the way i would have to do it – a group – to get any swimming in because i hate swimming. unless its in an infinity pool overlooking the beach somewhere tropical.

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8 Cait's Plate April 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

Aw that’s so great that you’re able to have a group of people you like to share that with.

And holy yum – that macaroon looks AWESOME.

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9 Christina April 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

The macaron sounds great! I haven’t eaten a macaron in a while.

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10 Emily N April 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Good job getting back in the pool. You’ll be ready for tris again in no time!

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11 The Many Thoughts of a Reader April 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

yum! that chocolate cupcake looks good. i miss swim class.

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