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Will you be my Valentine?

by Meghann on February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

I hope everyone is out there celebrating with lots of chocolate and wine. Even if you don’t have anyone I still heavily suggest the chocolate and wine. Hell even if its not Valentines Day I still suggest the chocolate and wine. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last night I made it to Tampa safe and sound after being stuck in MAJOR rush hour traffic in Orlando, I think everyone had the same idea has me to get out of town this weekend. :/

Before I left town I managed to snack on a piece of 9 Grain Publix Bread Toast with Cashew Butter and Strawberries. Yum!


I need a very filling snack as it turns out I didn’t end up eating dinner until after 9:00! Which is my usual bed time.

My friend, Derek, and I ended up going to a cute little spanish restaurant in Downtown Tampa called Spain.


My Sister spent a month last summer in Spain and this menu reminded me of everything she used to talk about. They had a collection of tapas and post of the menu was seafood. She said everything they served her in Spain was seafood (she hates seafood) and covered in mayonnaise. Needless to say she didn’t care for the authentic Spanish food over there. But luckily I like seafood and the place last night had a no mayo policy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We started with a pitcher of Sangria for the two of us.


Usually I’m not a sweet drink fan, but I was in the mood and enjoyed 2 glasses of Sangria.


Our meals started with a nice simple salad with Feta, Cranberries and Red Onions. And a piece of Garlic Toast on the side.


For the main entree I ordered the Mariscada Ajillo o Salsa Verde: Shrimp, Clams, Mussels and Scallops in a garlic or green sauce. (I meant to ask for the green but got the garlic instead… oh well)


I also had Vegetables on the side. And a some good spoonfuls of Derek’s Black Beans and Rice.


It was really good, but not much to the meal. I had to fill myself up on the black beans and rice.

And of course we had to have dessert.


These great looking margarita glasses filled with fruit and cream kept passing us by all night, so we had to order one. We got the Lemon Trifle which had a lemon cake base with strawberries and ricotta whipped cream on top. OMG YUM!

After dinner we went to this area by the water called Channelside, to a dueling piano bar called Howl at the Moon, in hopes of recreating our memorable experiences with Pat O’Briens.


The bar was great and fun, but definitely not a Pat O’Briens. Now bar could hold a candle to Pat O’Briens. We sat and sang and watched people make idiots of themselves on stage.


Its really amazing how much money people are willing to shed out to the piano singers at this bar. They had a contest of which team ‘owns the bar’


It started with Tenessee fans paying $40 for their name on the board and then $60 for USF, $70 for FSU and somehow it got back up to $160 for USF fans! People are crazy to waste that kind of money for something so useless. And the singers loved it, they must have made $500 in the 15-20 minutes the bar was arguing which school was the

Also they were selling the space behind the bar where if you paid more then the person before you, you could have whatever message you wanted up there. Again, so much money people were just giving up. The whole time I was thinking how can I do something like this as a fund raiser for TNT. What a way to raise all the funds in one night!

When we got back it was technically Valentines Day already so I was allowed to break into my ‘anti-runners’ chocolate…hehe


Anti-runners is right. This is the good stuff!!


I had a Hazelnut piece right out of the box. Heaven.


This morning I got up early and headed out for a sweaty Valentines Day work out. Derek lives on a sort of main road, and I don’t know the area very well so I decided to play it safe and stick with his apartment’s gym for the treadmill. It sounded like a great idea at the time, but walking through the cloudless 75 degree weather was a bit painful knowing I would be running inside and not outside.

If there is one thing the treadmill is good for, its speedwork, so I did a very sweaty 30 minute run where I played with the intervals of 6.5/ 7.0/ 8.0.. it felt great!

After the treadmill I decided to enjoy the fresh air outside and picked a spot on the grass outside by the pool.

I did:

  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • 50 Butt Kicks
  • 50 Jump Ropes
  • 50 Criss Cross Jumps
  • 50 High Knees
  • 50 Standing Mountain Climbers
  • (Repeated the Above)
  • 50 Crunches
  • 50 Bicycles
  • 50 left crunches
  • 50 right crunces
  • (repeat)

And to cool down I did some light yoga. I don’t know the names of the positions yet but I know there was some downward dogs and warriors thrown in there.

It ended up being a really great, enjoyable work out.

When I returned there were flowers waiting for me!


What a great Valentine I have! Sometimes a good friend is all you need on Valentines! I got chocolate and flowers… what more could a girl ask for today?

Oh.. yeah food!

I also got breakfast cooked for me as well. ๐Ÿ™‚


I had 1/2 of an Everything Bagel with Scrambled Eggs on top and a big juicy apple on the side

And since it is Valentines Day I had a piece of the Dark Chocolate Ganache for my breakfast dessert.


I could get used to having a breakfast dessert!

WOW that was a long post! Kudos for you if you actually read the entire thing and if not I totally understand!

I’m off to spend time at a beach house on an island you have to take a ferry to get to. Its going to be a good day.

Have a great Valentines Day everyone!! Don’t forget the chocolate and wine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

1 marafaye February 14, 2009 at 10:31 am

What a fun night!!! I love going for Spanish food… it makes me think of my trip to Spain (duh!).

2 eatingbirdfood February 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

Your Valentine was such a sweetie. I’m with you on the chocolate and wine- must have for v-day and any other day for that matter.

Great workout this morning as well.

Happy Valentines Day!

3 Sarah February 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

i’ll be your valentine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

sounds like you have a great weekend planned, and dinner last night looks sooooooo good. how sweet of derek togive you flowers and brekkie. enjoy the rest of the day!

4 caitlin February 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

wow derek is being a pretty good valentine ๐Ÿ™‚ where’s my flowers, husband?!?!!

5 Emily February 14, 2009 at 10:45 am

Wow, sounds like you’ve had quite the Valentine’s holiday already! Enjoy your day! (those chocolates look amaaaazing!)

6 VeggieGirl February 14, 2009 at 10:46 am

FAAAAABULOUS meal and chocolates!!


7 Mica February 14, 2009 at 10:57 am

Happy Valentine’s to you, too! I don’t really like wine, but I DO love chocolate.

That dessert looks amazzzzzing. I want to stick my face in it. (Not really, but I do want to eat it ALL!)

8 Olga February 14, 2009 at 10:57 am

I LOVE sangria, it’s ultra great!

Wow, it sound like a great day! I need more man friends like that =]

happy VDay!

9 Amelia February 14, 2009 at 11:02 am

Aww what a good friend you have! Looks like your Valentine’s is already off to a great start. Enjoy the rest of the day! ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Shelby February 14, 2009 at 11:07 am

Happy Valentine’s Day sweet Meghann!!!

Fantastic eats and workout. Enjoy the rest of your day =)

11 Ryane February 14, 2009 at 11:12 am

Ooooh sounds very nice indeed!!
I personally LOVE Howl at the Moon – but I think it depends on the city and location. They still haven’t got the piano bar thing figured out right in Boston!

Happy Valentine’ Day – enjoy the beach – jealllloouussss!

12 Andrea (Off Her Cork) February 14, 2009 at 11:12 am

What an awesome v-day! ๐Ÿ˜€

13 HangryPants February 14, 2009 at 11:22 am

I will definitely be your Valentine. I got plenty of love love love to go around.

14 Angel February 14, 2009 at 11:22 am

Sangria, flowers and chocolate…. sounds like a wonderful Valentine’s day. Enjoy your weekend!!!

15 Victoria February 14, 2009 at 11:28 am

Wow! Derek sounds like a great Valentine. Have fun today!

16 Ami February 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

Wow, sounds like Derek might want to be more than just friends! None of my guy friends would ever go to that much effort for someone they didn’t have the possibility of some romance with. ๐Ÿ˜€ But then again, maybe I just hang out with scumbags. Who knows?? Enjoy your V-day.

17 Red Head, Yellow Dog February 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

sounds like a fab Valentine’s Day to me!!! Enjoy the sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

18 molly February 14, 2009 at 11:51 am

MARRY HIM!! seriously, what a sweet guy! enjoy the rest of your weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

19 sweetandnatural February 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

Happy Valentine’s Day! You have a sweet friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Sharon February 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

Oh my gosh, lovely!!!!!

21 Sammie February 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm

WOW, you are a lucky girl. I haven’t even gotten a card yet and it is already noon time. My hubs is so not romamtic. I made him truffles, bought him Ugg Boots and even managed to get him a card. Love is not in the air at my homestead. Enjoy your day – you deserve it.

22 Kimberly February 14, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Aw, your Valentine is treating you like a princess ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the beautiful weather today! I am indeed stocked with chocolate and wine.

23 Amy February 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm

lovely day! happy valentines day, meghann! (hell yes for single gals)…hope your day is filled with love and smiles. and like you said, chocolate and wine ๐Ÿ˜€

24 Erin February 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Haha, I had breakfast dessert today too!
Everything sounds wonderful.
I’ve already started on the chocolate and wine but shall be continuing today ๐Ÿ™‚
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!!

25 Nicole February 14, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Have a fabulous day! I am super jealous that you get to spend the day at the beach, girl!

PS: I’m sending out the whoopie pies today ๐Ÿ˜€

26 Maggie February 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

aww so sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

I love that dessert! YUM!

27 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Sounds like a really fun day! Enjoy!

28 mel February 14, 2009 at 2:04 pm

you need to keep this man!! Maybe love interest?? haha
enjoy the day Meghann

29 Lindsay February 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm

definitely had the same breakfast today and didn’t even see this post until just now! great minds think alike!

30 Sarah February 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Happy Valentines, LOVE!

I have heard the same thing about real Spanish food from friends that have been–lots of funky ham and cheese. Looks like yours turned out okay though.

I agree about the wine and chocolate…I’ve had neither yet so far today =(

31 Amanda February 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm

happy valentine’s day, Meghann! ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your awesome day with amazing weather…I’m jealous! the snow returned to the midwest this morning. My black car was white when I woke up this morning.

32 Erin February 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm

What a beautiful day! I love your flowers! They’re gorgeous! Enjoy your chocolate and wine! ๐Ÿ™‚

33 Heather Eats Almond Butter February 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day Meghann. Flowers…chocolate? Perfect. That’s all a girl needs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Loved your poolside workout. Enjoy the rest of the day and your wine.

Oh, I almost forgot. I love Spanish food, and your dinner at Spain looked delicious…especially dessert!

34 Marianne February 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Your seafood dish for dinner looks excellent, espeically when paired with some yummy sangria ๐Ÿ™‚

35 raspberryrunner February 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm

i love pubix bread!!! looks like you had an awesome dinner, too! happy v-day!

36 Allison February 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm

That sangria looks delicious – you seriously have the most fun life! You are always doing something exciting!

37 fitforfree February 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm

mmm i LOVE sangria! and chocolate! glad you had a fun night ๐Ÿ™‚

38 Beadie February 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I’ve already had lots of chocolate, now I just need some wine!

39 biz319 February 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Happy V-Day Meghann! I’ll skip the chocolate but keep my wine!

40 Stephanie February 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Hmn…. just a “friend”?!?! maybe he’s “just that into you” ๐Ÿ˜€

41 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm


Spanish food def needs getting used to, but after 6 months there in college I was hooooooked. Still dream of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

42 Bridget February 14, 2009 at 7:03 pm

What a great valentine! Hope the rest of your day has been as wonderful!

And amen to the chocolate and wine ๐Ÿ™‚

43 rhodeygirl February 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm

happy valentine’s day dear! those chocolates look gorgeous!!!!

44 ksgoodeats February 14, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Last night looked fun ๐Ÿ™‚

45 Meg February 14, 2009 at 9:41 pm

What fun! Happy Valentine’s Day!

46 Bridget February 14, 2009 at 10:15 pm

HAppy Valentines Day Meghann!!! I LOVE Godiva…I got some as well…glad you had a great day!

47 Danielle February 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Happy Valentines day! A box of Godiva? Oh my you are super lucky!

48 Jenny February 14, 2009 at 11:56 pm

HA! I heart Howl at The Moon. Never been to Pat O’Brian’s or whatever, so I can’t compare, but Howl is always a good time for me and the girls.

P.S. I had wine and chocolate tonight because you said so ๐Ÿ™‚

49 Julz February 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

I was so beyond touched by your comment about running the race in Jilli’s memory, I cannot even tell you, Meg… I want to come!! You’re such a special friend and your heart is just so unique. I’m truly blessed. Thank you love.

50 Kelly's Belly' February 15, 2009 at 11:17 am

Looks like you had quite the night! That restaurant looks like so much fun… I loove Spanish food. Love your blog keep up all the good work with training ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know if you have any left over chocolate…I’ll send you my address. hehe

51 kaneil February 15, 2009 at 11:38 am

What a great friend/Valentine! Glad you had fun!

Thanks for the sweet comments, I really appreciate them!!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

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