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Trying a New Place

by Meghann on January 24, 2010

The other week I tweeted a request for Valentine’s dinner suggestions in the Tampa area. One reader e-mailed me immediately raving about Pane Rustica Bakery & Cafe in South Tampa.

After studying the menu I knew this wasn’t what we were looking for for Valentines Day, but did know it would make the perfect Sunday lunch spot! I jumped on the chance to check the cafe out for lunch today.


As soon as we walked in I fell in love with Pane Rustica. They had a great casual yet elegant atmosphere and everything was so clean and beautiful.


All of the lovely baked goods and flatbreads immediately caught my eye.




Not to mention the lovely desserts!





I nibbled on a sample of flatbread while waiting in line to order.


Pane Rustica has a very fresh seasonal menu. I was considering the flatbread for lunch, but in the end went with a hearty sandwich.


Oven roasted fall vegetables with herbed goat cheese on the 7 grain bread.


served with a side of olives and herb roasted potatoes


You can just imagine how incredible this sandwich was!


I think it was the herbed goat cheese that put it over the top! ๐Ÿ™‚

Derek and I were temped to order dessert, but in the end we both cleaned our plates and were too stuffed to think about fitting in another bite. Next time though we want to at least try on of their fabulous cookies! ๐Ÿ™‚

After we stuffed ourselves silly, Derek and I thought it would be a good idea to take a walk on Bay Shore to help our settle our stomachs.


It was a windy, gorgeous day!


This is why I love living in Florida!


Beach weather in the middle of January! Can’t beat that!

We walked for just over an hour including a break on the above bench where we almost both went to sleep. The whole walk brought back memories of when I ran along the water during Gasparilla last year. It got me very pumped for this year’s race!

After our walk our stomachs were finally ready for the dessert we had promised each other. On the way back to the apartment we stopped at Berryism where I ordered a small original tart yogurt with raspberries and chocolate covered pretzels.


I couldn’t resist a side by side shot of mine and Derek’s yogurt.


Boys will be boys…

I didn’t end up leaving Tampa until late and by the time I arrived home and went to the grocery store I was starving. I ended up throwing just a bunch spanish inspired ingredients in a pan and calling it dinner.


My mish mosh dinner contained:

  • onion
  • carrot
  • yuca
  • corn
  • black beans
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • salsa


with blue corn tortilla chips


My last minute meal turned out great. All the flavors complimented each other perfectly and it was fun to have the chips as dippers.


For dessert I had two of my Almond Butter Chocolate Chip cookies that I made last Sunday.


And with that the weekend is over. ๐Ÿ™

On the bright side that means its only 2 more weeks until my birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week!

Good night!

1 Evan Thomas January 24, 2010 at 10:03 pm

The cupcakes look so delicious! I would have bought one or two home for dessert probs ๐Ÿ˜€

2 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 24, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Looks like such a great place, and i’m beyond jealous of the weather and the fro-yo. It was 41 here today, and i went out in just a sweatshirt instead of my down coat. It felt like springtime!

3 TorontoGirloutWest January 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Look at you, Caitlin, and Ashley rubbing in the wonderful Florida weather – in JANUARY!!!! Boo!!

My cold Canadian self wishes it were skirt weather here too! I’m pea green! ๐Ÿ˜› lol

4 Jenna January 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Restaurant looks great with those yummy dessets!
Fro yo looks fab and so jealous of the Florida weather ๐Ÿ™‚

5 Erin January 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Everything looks AWESOME — you’re making me hungry for a second dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

6 Bec January 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Mmm that sandwich does sound amazing!!!

7 Jaima January 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Yea!! I’m so glad you liked the recommendation! It’s one of my favorites and I eat there way too much b/c it’s right around the corner from my house!

8 Matt January 24, 2010 at 10:32 pm

That sandwich looks really good ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Anna January 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Mmmmm…fro yo looks delicious! SO jealous of your warm weather!

10 thewhatkateateblog January 24, 2010 at 10:38 pm

so jealous of your beautiful weather! the gelato & cupcakes look a-mazing. youll have to go back & try some!

11 Kellie January 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm

when is your Birthday? Mine is the 6th!

12 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm

The pictures of the cupcakes and the fro yo are making my mouth water. I can’t believe you Floridians can wear dresses in January!

13 fromatopink January 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Choc. covered pretzels?! I wish the yogurt place near my house had that topping – it sounds SO GOOD! Yay for fun weekends. ๐Ÿ™‚

14 theprocessofhealing January 24, 2010 at 10:46 pm

That sandwich looks incredible!!!

And I am SO jealous of your weather! So jealous..

15 abbynormally January 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm

The restaurant looks delicious! and the eather looks gorgeous! I want to move to Florida!!!

16 Marissa January 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I am jealous of your weather!

17 Ashley January 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm

It looks like you had a great weekend! I can’t promise that our weather will be that warm in two weeks!

18 Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me January 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

OMG I’m so jealous! That weather looks amazing. No beach weather here today. I was psyched that it was 40 degrees out!

19 Nicci January 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Oh wow, I love the roasted veggie sandwich you had…I’m jealous.

20 Amy January 24, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Your sandwich looks amazing! When is your birthday? Mine is also in two weeks…Feb 5! Yay Birthdays =)

21 Carolyn January 24, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Looks like a fantastic day! You’re making me miss Florida. ๐Ÿ˜‰

22 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 24, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Yes, that’s the reason I love living in Cali. Nice weather ALMOST all the time.

23 Karla January 24, 2010 at 11:55 pm

That place looks AMAZING! I love hearty sandwiches!!

Cute outfit too ๐Ÿ™‚

24 adrienmelaine January 25, 2010 at 12:52 am

how cute are you?!

I love trying new places, especially when they are delish! Fantastic photos!

25 Running on Faith January 25, 2010 at 1:17 am

I am jealous of your weather!! The rain has to stop here in NorCal!

26 sophia January 25, 2010 at 1:40 am

That’s funny — When I read the sandwich menu, I thought to myself, “I would probably order the one with the fall veg and goat cheese”…and so did you!
I thought SoCal was supposed to be hotter than Florida…but guess not! It’s not exactly skirt and shorts weather right now, brrr….

By the way, have you tried taro before? Does it taste like yucca? I’d love to try yucca but I’m afraid it’ll taste bland like potatoes.

27 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 25, 2010 at 2:00 am

That food looks amazing! Love the sandwich ๐Ÿ™‚

28 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 25, 2010 at 2:04 am

pizzas and cupcakes and sandwiches, oh my! that place looks phenomenal!

hope you’re having a great night with Derek and a good day at work tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

29 foodfitnessandfreya January 25, 2010 at 3:41 am

2 weeks, you must be excited!!
Haha the portion size of dessert Derek had there is the same size serving of Ben and jerrys I had last time I was at the cinema – I obvs have a man’s eye for food ๐Ÿ˜›
Your dinner looks fab, the avocado looks like a nice touch ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a great evening!

30 usfmeg25 January 25, 2010 at 6:27 am

Now do you actually LIVE in Tampa or are you just visiting? My husband and I live there too!

31 Erin @ January 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

I am so jealous of your self-serve frozen yogurt place! Please keep going back and sharing your treats so I can live vicariously through you haha. I live in New York and even though we have great places like pinkberry etc I want self serve with tons of flavors/toppings!

32 fitandfortysomething January 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

What a perfect day!

33 Heather January 25, 2010 at 10:12 am

Mmm goat cheese and froyo…definitely a great day!!

34 jenngirl January 25, 2010 at 10:21 am

Looks like you guys had a really nice day–the cupcake display at lunch is adorable!

35 Anne P January 25, 2010 at 11:59 am

I LOVE Pane Rustica! I went there a bunch this summer. Aw and Berryism and Bayshore Blvd… all my favorite places!! Jealous! Wish I’d been there to play with you two ๐Ÿ™‚

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