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Beaching It

by Meghann on March 21, 2009

Reason #15674893 I live in Florida….


the beach is never more then a couple of hours away. πŸ˜‰

Well for me this beach is a little bit less then 2 hours away, but really whose counting? πŸ˜‰

After breakfast this morning I pulled on the swim suit and headed to good ole Tampa for some fun in the sun.

On the way out to the beach we stopped at Pita Pit for some grub.


I had a Whole Wheat Pita with Hummus, Jalpenos, Spinach, Sprouts, Onion, Black Olives, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Feta. With some Grapes on the side, it was just the kind of meal I was looking for.


Derek and I headed to meet up with Jenna and Ryan in St. Pete where they were kicking back at the famous Don CeSar Hotel.


Ok, so I’m not sure exactly how famous it really is since I hadn’t heard of it before today, but it was a pretty sweet hotel inside.

We of course immediately got to work on the beach doing super healthy things such as practicing our open water swimming techniques and starting up a pick up beach vollyball game…… or you know we took the beach day another direction and indulged in some yummy tropical drinks instead. πŸ˜‰


I enjoyed a Margarita on the Rocks while Jenna had her Mojito. Yes this is the way you live it up right here. (Sarah, I am rocking the green swimsuit and alcoholic beverage beach combo just for you πŸ˜‰ )

While resting and gabbing it up on the beach I also snacked on some Green Grapes…


And a cereal conconction I made before I left that involved Cheerios, 365 Brand Cinnasnaps and Peanut Butter Puffs.


Yum! Oddly cereal made the perfect beach side snack.

After some beachside tanning and hot tub sulking we were feeling the hunger deep in our stomachs for dinner or rather Jenna and I were crying hunger while the boys gave us funny face and told us it was only 5:30… but you know what ever. πŸ˜‰

For dinner Jenna and Ryan invited Derek and I to their favorite Cuban Restaurant on the beach called Bella Habana.


It was a little hole in the wall place where you can sit right outside and enjoy the night breeze.

Since I was by the water all day I had a big craving for seafood, so that was the only part of the menu I even read. On Jenna’s reccomendation I ordered the Blackened Grouper with Black Beans and Fried Yuca.


The blackened grouper had the perfect amount of spicyness and the yucca made for great dipping in the black beans.

I had a wonderful piece of Sweet Cuban Bread on the side that was perfect for seeping up the juices on the plate.


I even tried a bite of Jenna’s delish Chickpea dish, which to much of our effort she still had about 75% of the plate left when finished.


This plate was huge! She had enough to feed four people! She did put up a good effort to eat as much as she could though. πŸ™‚

After dinner Jenna gave us specific directions on how to get to D*Lights, a low cal ice cream place I constantly see featured on her blog. Derek was sweet and drove out of the way so that I may enjoy the creamy treat.

I ordered a small Tagalong with Chocolate Chips.


It had a great peanut butter and chocolate taste that paired nicely with the chocolate chips. I really enjoyed my first D*Lights experience and will happily return in the future. πŸ™‚

I believe I have had a perfect Saturday: 12 mile run, Beach, Hanging out with great friends, Ice Cream and now a little time with my Twilight obsession.

That’s right on the way to Tampa I picked up a little present for my self.


Let’s see how long I can stay awake before I crash to visions of Edward Cullen dancing in my head.

Good night!

1 Becca A March 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Sounds like you had a great Saturday. The Cuban restaurant looks fantastic

2 FoodsThatFit March 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I can’t tell you how jealous I am of your warm weather!

I bet it gets scorching hot there in the summer, but would be great the rest of the year!

3 Run Saraaah March 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Sounds like a fantastic day! Cereal sounds like a good snack for the beach (it’s a good snack anytime, IMO) I’ll have to bring it next time instead of chips πŸ™‚

4 TorontoGirloutWest March 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm

LOL Oh man . . . I’m kale green with envy! πŸ˜›

Up until fairly recently I lived on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Literally minutes away from the beach. And for a good chunk of my time there on the beach.

I’m in the Rockies now and I miss the water like no one’s business!!!

5 Sara March 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm

What a fun day!! I’m jealous of you and your beach. Yo

6 Sarah W. March 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm

super jealous of your beach escapades!!!! love me some yuca and black beans!!

7 Sarah March 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm

hehe, you’ve got lots of commenting sarahs!

anyway, yes, you’ve had a PERFECT day. and, as usual, i am jealous and you have given me reason #876950375656289 to move south. thanks πŸ˜›

8 dailydulcie March 21, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I’m so jealous of your Saturday! Looks like you had a great time on the beach & spending time with Jenna. I would LOVE that blackened grouper.. it looks really delicious. I can’t wait until its warm here in New Jersey!!

9 erinbee March 21, 2009 at 11:40 pm

and i was excited that i could go outside
in shortsleeves today. oh to live in florida.

10 Erica March 21, 2009 at 11:53 pm

What a fun day! I LOVE the beach! It is now about 10-15 minutes (depending on “traffic”) away from my house ! I am so excited for spring/summer!!! You look fab in your bikini by the way!

11 Megan March 21, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Congrats on your 12 mile run!! And wow the beach and hotel looks SO gorgeous. I was in Miami last week for spring break and unfortunately it rained half of the time I was there but it was so warm and so nice out!! I am so jealous you’re in Florida!!

12 Natalie March 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm

The weather looks perfect!!!
Very cute shades. πŸ™‚

I’m so with you on the Twilight release!!!

13 Sarah March 22, 2009 at 12:21 am

You HAVE to go read my post from today. I SWEAR on all that is holy (chocolate, peanut butter, Pita Pit) that I did NOT read this post before I posted mine.

14 Hallie March 22, 2009 at 12:55 am

Frozen yogurt is an excellent way to close out a Sat night πŸ˜‰

Fun beach day! Good for you for taking advantage of your surroundings. I am so bad…I live literally walking distance (~2 miles) from the beach and never go!

15 Caroline March 22, 2009 at 1:18 am

You make me wish we had Pita Pit!

Tagalong fro-yo sounds too good to be true…

16 Nicole March 22, 2009 at 2:14 am

Fantastic looking day!

I finished my night with a Twilight viewing party as well πŸ˜€

17 Susan March 22, 2009 at 6:02 am

That does sound like the pefect Saturday!! Clearly, I am living in the wrong part of the continent πŸ˜›

18 Erin March 22, 2009 at 6:40 am

Wow, so jealous again! Glad you are living it up!

19 VeggieGirl March 22, 2009 at 6:56 am


20 Hangry Pants March 22, 2009 at 7:22 am

I am spoiled and would never drive 2 hours to get to the beach. I am, however, extremely jealous that you are on the beach in a a bikini (w/ awesome abs) in March!!!! Not fair at all.

21 Yasmin March 22, 2009 at 7:26 am

I am so jealous but great pics πŸ™‚ I feel like I’m on the beach with y’all!

22 Brandi March 22, 2009 at 7:27 am

sounds like a great Saturday – and I’m jealous of the d*lites! πŸ™‚

23 Leanne March 22, 2009 at 7:36 am

Your post makes me want summer to be here SO bad! You seem so healthy and happy right now… Live it up!

24 diana March 22, 2009 at 7:40 am

What a wonderful Saturday. You are doing great with all the running, biking and swimming too!

25 Andrea [bella eats] March 22, 2009 at 7:51 am

Awe…I miss the beach AND Cuban food!!! Still won’t get me to move back to Florida but I should really visit more often…

Glad you had such a lovely Saturday!

26 Mica March 22, 2009 at 7:57 am

Ooh, love the beach! You and Jenna are bathing beauties! πŸ™‚

27 Gina March 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

Twilight! haha, I ran to Target last night literally right before it closed because I remembered that it came out on DVD today! Sounds like you had a great day at the beach! Send some warm weather up north, although it’s spring, it’s still quite chilly. πŸ™‚

28 Katy March 22, 2009 at 9:07 am

I just interviewed with the company that printed those Twilight covers and the dvd boxes. Look real closely and you can see sparkles in it.

29 ksgoodeats March 22, 2009 at 9:11 am

What an AMAZING day!! Glad you guys enjoyed yourselves πŸ™‚

30 Meg March 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t read or seen Twilight! I feel so out of the loop! πŸ™‚

Looks like you all had a great day!!!

31 marafaye March 22, 2009 at 10:10 am

Seriously, a perfect day!! Beach, drinks, cuban food, and TWILIGHT!!!

32 Trish (girlatgym) March 22, 2009 at 10:15 am

Looks like such a fun day! πŸ™‚

33 inmytummy March 22, 2009 at 10:48 am

They need to open one of these Pita Pit places in Atlanta. Looks delicious.

34 hopeinpeanutbutterandoats March 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm

ughhh Edward<3 love him.
enjoy πŸ™‚ i’ve watched both discs already and came to the conclusion i have no life haha!

35 Natalie March 22, 2009 at 12:50 pm

LOL I had to laugh when I got to the end of this post and saw your Twilight DVD! I did the exact same thing yesterday. I went to the gym and had a killer workout then on my way home I stopped at Whole Foods and Best Buy. Ahhh a Saturday night with Edward Cullen.. oh so fun! Great minds think alike πŸ™‚

36 Debbie~ March 22, 2009 at 7:24 pm

The Don Cesar hotel is absolutely fabulous!! We have great memories of a vacation we took there a long time ago. I love how you can hear the music when you go underwater in the pool…lol. Looks like you had fun…D’Lites is a favorite of mine..the ice cream is so low cal, low carb and pretty amazing!!

37 caitlin March 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm

god i wish i hadnt missed that!!!!

38 Tina March 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Iiihhh!! I’m jealous of the Twilight DVD!!

39 Sarah March 23, 2009 at 4:42 pm

ah! My hubby and I were in St. Pete Beach last May and ate at that Cuban restaurant! It was a-mazing.

40 Marianne March 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I can get to the beach in probably 10 min from my place. It doesn’t exactly look like that, but it’s a beach! HA!

Dinner sounds pretty tasty.

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