Florida Weekly Love

Beach House + Shells + Summer Eats = Weekly Love

May 16, 2012

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From my Instagram pictures, you’d think all I’ve been doing in Florida is walking the beach and collecting shells. This is only partially true.

This Week:

Beach House in Orlando – The band! Not an actual house. Sometimes things look closer on a map. After seeing that Beach House won’t be coming through Portland on this tour, we decided it would be fun to drive the two hours to Orlando for their show. So glad we did. Awesome show!
Mandarin Hide – St Petersburg has a newish old-timey cocktail bar downtown. We originally planned to just walk by since we were in the neighborhood for dinner and come back another night, but then went in anyway. Cool little space.
Cigar City Brewing – After having their Jai Alai IPA several times, we finally checked out Cigar City Brewing in Tampa. We were short on time, so split a tasting tray and a pint, trying the Jean Ribault French Pale Ale, Improv India-style Brown Ale, Cubano Espresso Brown Ale, and the Table Saison. Fun times. Last week we talked to a bartender who was really excited about the micro brew scene getting ready to “blow up” in the Tampa area. So I’m expecting next time to have a big list of new breweries to check out. :)
Ybor City & Tropical Heatwave – a couple shows, Greek food, beer, ouzo, friends.
Cooking – cooking in a vacation rental has its challenges, but it’s been fun keeping up with our weekly meal plan while working from Florida. We’re definitely checking out new restaurants a few times a week, but also making tasty things with fresh, summery ingredients like: black bean tostadas with corn relish, salmon with avocado-pineapple salsa, pineapple mango buckle, strawberry with greek yogurt etc. Summer!
– Beach House Bloom. Love.

What are you happy about this week?