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Passe-a-Grille + Tampa Breweries + Time Tracking = Weekly Love

May 12, 2012

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Three weeks in, and I’m starting to feel like a local around here. Usually this means I’m getting itchy feet and about ready to move on. I am loving the beach life though. As much of the Northwest girl that I am, I think I love the beach and sunshine just as much… or whatever I’m currently engrossed in anyway. Life is good living in the present!

This week:

Passe-a-Grille Beach & sunsets – I love having an evening routine of walking or running the beach. Treasure Island is our default beach, and while we’ve gone up to Madeira and Reddington, Passe-a-Grille is my favorite beach thus far.
The Refinery – Always fun to find restaurants that are at the top-end of the [universal] tasty scale vs just compared to what’s around it. The Refinery is in Seminole Heights and they’re all about local food. The menu changes every Thursday, and prices are pretty good, especially considering their local suppliers.
New World Brewery in Ybor City – We went to Yappy Hour with boyfriend’s Tampa people. If I lived in Tampa, New World would be my Migration Brewing (ie. fav).
Vintage shopping in St Pete – lazy Sunday exploring vintage shops in St Pete. Paper Street Market and the Gas Plant Antique Arcade that had 3 or 4 floors of vintage/antique. The third floor houses Furnish Me Vintage, with mid century modern & Danish furniture most of which I would welcome into my home if I was inclined to spend money on furniture. :)
Postcard Inn cuteness – We stopped at the Postcard Inn in St Pete Beach to get burgers at Beachwood BBQ & Burger, and ended up eating outside at the Beach Bar (mistake! but this post is called Weekly Love, not Weekly annoyance. Details.) So the interior of the Postcard Inn is exactly how I would decorate a beach hotel… you know if I happened to own one or something. Redeemed by cuteness I suppose.
Gulfport & Peg’s Cantina & Brew Pub – After a quick wander around Gulfport, we stopped in at Peg’s Catina & Brew Pub. Tried some of their beers and had an interesting evening hanging out in a “locals” pub. Super friendly bartender too, so it was fun learning about area breweries etc.
Time Tracking – I go through phases of time tracking for both work and personal time. I’ve been pretty consistent about it since March as it really helps me “check out” of idle tasks (like mindlessly checking email & Twitter) and get completely absorbed in projects. Things always take longer than you think they will.

What made you happy this week?


  • Jenn C
    May 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Great post! As soon as I saw the first photo, I knew you had been to one of my favorite shops in downtown St. Pete, Paper Street Market. The owners Celesta and Sean are so nice. I only wish I could afford to buy have the stuff they sell. I blogged about them several weeks ago.

    PCI is a very cute beach hotel. I love the decor too. Most places have the tackiest furniture and paintings. yick. I wasn’t too impressed by the food and Beachwood BBQ either. I wrote this place as well, last summer.

    So are you new to St. Pete? Will you be here very long. I can recommend lots of fun places to visit, shop and eat. That’s what my blog is basically about. If you’re near the beach, I’d recommend trying Beach SnoBalls (dessert) and Beverly’s La Croisette (breakfast) and The Conch Republic (lunch or dinner).

    There are some great shops in downtown St. Pete, like The Trunk Boutique, MISRED Outfitters, Sweet Cheeks Candy & Beauty Bar, Milagros (specialty soaps). Great food there too, BellaBrava, Red Mesa Cantina and Paciugo (gelato). If you like Italian food, you should definitely check out Mazzaro’s Italian Market on 22nd Avenue N.

    I could go and on about all my favorite places in St. Pete and beyond.