We had friends in town the weekend before last and decided to try a new brunch place. We ended up at Stella’s in Gulfport, which was a cute little spot with friendly service and great food. My corned beef hash was mighty tasty, although I wish there had been more! And who can pass up a bloody with bacon?
Banana stuffed french toast with a side of bacon. A Chef Jon creation on a lazy morning.
Another Chef Jon creation. Eggs with roasted cherry tomatoes, thyme, capicola, cheddar and truffle oil. Served with brioche toast and fresh mango.
A breakfast creation by moi. Base is sauteed kale. Topped with scrambled eggs with gouda, bacon and red chile sauce. Yum-o!
Lunch at Red Mesa Mercado. I’ve been dying to try this place and the day finally came! My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach as I ordered their combo platter with a beef taco, a chicken sopa and a pork tamale. Jon had a burrito and was supposed to share with me, but his burrito was a pretty decent size. I had read reviews about the portions being a bit on the small size, but I thought they were pretty on par. And that frozen sangria was phenomenal.
Homemade cubans and tostones by Chef Jon. *I die* #enoughsaid
Smoked Salmon BLT from Banyan Cafe. We checked out their new location on Central next to Morean Arts Center. It’s just as cute as their MLK location and this sandwich hit the spot. Loved the side of fresh watermelon.
Oh look, a salad! I need more of these in my life right now. Spring mix, marinated artichoke quarters, sundried tomatoes, horseradish cheddar, turkey and ham. Dressing was my fav Brianna’s French Vinaigrette.
Memorial Day dinner! We were going to grill the hot dogs outside, but a storm rolled in (thanks Florida). Served with corn on the cob, sauteed zucchini and homemade potato salad (so good).
I was my friend Lora’s plus one at a wedding last weekend and it was beautiful! The wedding was at Cross Creek Ranch, which was one of my favorite wedding venues I’ve been to to date (despite the ridiculous amount of bugs that bit me throughout the night). Loved their southern BBQ menu. I don’t know who catered their food, but everything was absolutely delicious. That mac and cheese was some of the best I’ve had in a long time. So creamy! Instead of cake for guests they had cupcakes, which adorable and tasty.
So, um, ya…more mac and cheese. Don’t judge! I was joining my friend in eating comfort food after a bad day. Buffalo Mac and Cheese at The Lodge in Tampa…it’s what dreams are made of. Side of broccoli to get my greens in!
For a healthy dinner, the other night I made a quinoa casserole with turkey sausage, zucchini and tomatoes. I used this recipe and just added turkey sausage. Very good and very fresh tasting.
Jon and I had a sushi night at Blue Fugu on St. Pete Beach. Out of all the sushi places I’ve tried in the Tampa Bay area, this place is my favorite. We sit at the sushi bar and chat up the sushi chef and always order their special rolls of the day. They never disappoint. And that plating? Wow. I always say it’s too pretty to eat, but ya…I eat it any way.
What’s been on your plate lately?