Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mini Road Trip

by Meghann on December 27, 2012

Any day spent with good friends is a good day. Today was a good day.

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Mary and I took a little road trip south to visit our wonderful friend Callie in Venice. After all the trips she’s made to the Tampa area this year, we figured we owed her one. ;)

Before Mary and I left Tampa, we stopped at Jet City Espresso for our caffeine fix. I ordered the Cafe Borgia and grabbed a goat cheese and rosemary scone for the road. The scone was savory and delicious. I ate half on the drive down and saved the other half to enjoy with dinner.

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The drive to Venice went a lot quicker than both of us were expecting. I’d say an hour and a half tops? It was really a straight shot south on 75. Once we made it to Venice, I couldn’t wait to say hi to my favorite little guy, the Mini Athlete.

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He is as cute and adorable as ever.

There was also someone new I’d been dying to meet!

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Little Miss Athlete!

Last time I saw Callie she was 9 months pregnant and ready to pop (she officially popped 4 days later). Now the Little Miss is 4 weeks old and such a bundle of joy. She slept and cooed the entire time. I love her already.

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Look at that little sockless foot! I die! Is there anything cuter than a sleeping baby? I think not.

We dropped the Mini Athlete at his “Amma’s” house and headed downtown for lunch.

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Venice is a quiet small town that’s right on the water. It’s about as cute as small towns come.

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Right down to the little downtown delicatessen that a friend of Callie and her husband owns (they all went to high school together, pretty sure it doesn’t get more small town than that).

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The deli was hoppin’ and had a menu full of sandwiches and soups that I would have been happy ordering anything off of.

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It was a little cool outside today, perfect soup weather if you ask me.

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I ordered half of the tomato bisque, which was chunky, creamy, and exactly what I was craving

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And half of the cobb salad for a touch of greens.

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For dessert, the owner’s mother brought us some cookies to snack on. The cranberry/white chocolate was a fast favorite.

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Mary and I could have stayed in Venice for days chatting with Callie. It was so good to see her and explore her hometown. They only moved back to Venice from St. Petersburg a few months ago and we miss them like crazy up here, but we know they’re happy in Venice and we couldn’t be happier for them for that. :)

Mary and I took a slight detour on the way home and found ourselves at the new Trader Joe’s in Sarasota.

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Yep. A Trader Joe’s. IN Florida. Woo hoo!

The Sarasota location opened a couple of months ago, but this was the first time I’ve driven through the area and had a chance to check it out. The location IS closer than any other Trader Joe’s have ever been to us, but it’s also still a good hour and a half drive from my house in north Tampa. Rumor has it they’re building a Trader Joe’s in Tampa in the next couple of years, I like that rumor – it’s one worth crossing my fingers for!

The Trader Joe’s was gorgeous. We spent a good 30 minutes roaming the aisles and picking up our TJ favorites (jerky doggie treats, two buck chuck, almond butter, pumpkin butter, etc) then headed back to Tampa.

For dinner, I made some pork ribs with barbeque sauce, roasted brussels sprouts, and had the other half of my morning scone.

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Now Derek and I are watching Disney classics on ABC Family and enjoying our evening. The perfect ending to a great day filled with friends.

Good night!

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