Seasons 52 Mini Indulgences Preview (Tampa)

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Hubby and I got an invitation from Seasons 52 to preview their new mini indulgences on Monday, April 28.* I had a final exam that night but it ended by 7:30. The problem was Hubby was working. So they let me bring my mom instead! She loves that place anyway.

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Disney recap

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Hubby and I went to Orlando the weekend February 7th to visit with his parents and go to Disney World. I think a recap post will be worthwhile because we tried lots of new things (not just food-wise) that might be of interest.

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North Pinellas brewery tour

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Saturday, February 22, we did a brewery tour of northern Pinellas County with three of our friends. We had a real blast.

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Cruise recap

The foodies went on a New Year’s cruise. We have recapped some highlights here.

Dates: Saturday, December 28, 2013 to Saturday, January 4, 2014
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Ship: Reflection

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Many years ago my husband went on a New Year’s cruise with his parents. They always speak very highly of the experience, so several times I asked, why don’t we do that? Last year I finally talked everyone into it and we went on a Carnival cruise that was really, really bad. We tried to have fun (several friends went with us) and enjoy not being at work but the food was awful, the ship was tacky, dirty, and poorly maintained, the bars sucked, and the crew was surly. We were standing on our balcony in port and across the dock I saw a beautiful ship with REAL GRASS on the top deck. I said to my husband, “We should be on that ship.” It was a Celebrity ship (likely the Reflection). Within two weeks of getting back last year, we had booked this year’s cruise.

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Valentine’s Day, Dinner Done! style (Tampa)

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Just wanted to write a quick post about our fabulous Valentine’s Day at home, thanks to Dinner Done!. Dinner Done! is one of those places where each month they have a menu of about 15 items that you prepare at their location and freeze for later. They also offer to-go items and limited delivery. For holidays they run specials. For instance, for Thanksgiving they have something called Everything But the Turkey, where all you have to do is make the turkey. You buy all of your sides and desserts pre-assembled and ready to cook. For Valentine’s Day they offer pre-assembled meals ready to cook and we think it really beats the pants off going out.

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Biscayne Tavern (Miami)

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We were in Miami overnight at the end of December to get a cruise from Port of Miami. The following is a Yelp review I wrote that night about our really nice dinner at Biscayne Tavern in downtown Miami.

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Columbia Restaurant (Ybor)

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Day of the Week: Christmas Day (Wednesday)
Total Bill: $363.00 (before tip)
Breakdown: 4 starters, 5 salads, 1 soup, 7 mains, 4 desserts, 3 coffees, 2 beers, 2 pitchers of Sangria, 3 sodas/iced teas
Pros: Historic restaurant, excellent food, fabulous service.
Cons: None.
Verdict: A stellar Christmas experience.

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I haven’t gone out on Christmas Day in ages. The last time I did was probably when a friend and I took our moms to Disney for Christmas (about eight years ago). But our plans got a little topsy-turvy this year and we ended up in Tampa for the holiday (instead of Orlando, like the last six years) and decided going on to dinner on Christmas sounded nice. Not a lot of places are open Christmas Day, and a lot of the ones that are open are quite pricy. We all finally agreed on the Columbia in Ybor.

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