What’s On My Plate – 07/08/15





Is there anything better than homemade pancakes? Fact: I barely ever eat pancakes at a restaurant because Jon’s are my favorite.



A good ol’ fav. Scrambled eggs, avocado, chicken sausage, ketchup.



Avocado toast! With scrambled eggs, chicken sausage and yes, ketchup. Another norm around here.



It’s hard to tell but there’s greek yogurt under that pile of KIND granola.



My friend Ashley and I started off our 4th of July with brunch at Stella’s in Gulfport. This was their spanish omlet with chorizo. Not pictured: a killer spicy bacon bloody mary.



A Jon creation. Slow cooked scrambled eggs with some kind of yummy tomato creation atop toast. Side of fruit and bacon.





We had friends in town a few weeks ago for a wedding. We HAD to take them to our fav place for dim sum, Ha Long Bay.



That seem weekend we had other friends in town and we got lunch with them at Pom Pom’s, which I’ve raved about before. This was there Turkey with Ginger Cran Chutney on pumpernickel and their asian slaw on the side. Delish!



This was a salad creation by moi from leftover salmon cakes. Roasted corn, black beans, tomato, cucumbers and spinach. For the dressing I did a sriracha ranch.



Another creation using leftover salmon cakes. Brown rice, roasted corn, black beans. Topped with guacamole! 



A fav salad lately…turkey, goat cheese, cucumbers, hearts of palm and artichokes with a french vinaigrette. 



Another fav salad…lemon grilled chicken from Trader Joe’s, caramelized onion cheddar, hearts of palm, artichokes and sundried tomatoes with a french vinaigrette.





Roasted pork loin, mashed sweet potatoes with kale and goat cheese and roasted asparagus.



Jon cooked this delicious meal when we had friends over. Roasted pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and ratatouille. 



Needed a quick dinner one night and stopped by to get sushi at Rollboto. Love this place!



Dinner at Three Birds Tavern for a Lightning game. We hadn’t been to this place in FOREVER and decided to give it a try. I got the Shishito Pepper Burger and subbed chicken breast for the burger. It was nothing too special, but pretty good all the same. Fries were great!



Home. Made. Lasagna. Do I need to say more? I will any way…Jon made this completely from scratch…homemade pasta and all.



I made salmon cakes and we had them with leftover mashed sweet potatoes with kale and goat cheese.



Jon got fresh Grouper so he served it blackened with a baked potato and a yummy mixed vegetable creation.



Take out night! We wanted thai and discovered our fav thai place (The King and I) closed!! Apparently they sold the building (wonder what’s going in there??) So we took out from #9 Bankok down the street from them. Yellow curry with chicken and papaya salad. 




Another Jon creation. I wanted to make a mexican casserole and he took it over…I don’t even remember everything that was in but it was delish!



My friend Lora and I went to happy hour at Copperfish in Tampa. I’ve been wanting to try this place for forever! They have the BEST happy hour specials…you all seriously need to check them out. Half off cocktails, wine and beer. And they have some of their house favorites at a seriously reduced rate. Pictured is their fantastic burger, grilled oysters and oaxaca shrimp. 



I know this photo looks gross, but I promise it was tasty! This is one of my fav quick meals. A sweet potato covered in turkey chili and cheddar. 



Homemade Grouper tacos and rice and black beans! One of the best meals in the past few months. Jon used coconut flour on the Grouper and was an excellent touch!



4th of July! Smoked bratwurst on a potato roll with potato salad and my green bean salad



Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey. One of the best meals I’ve made in awhile (if I do say so myself). This recipe was so easy and SO tasty. I’ll definitely be making it again!



Jon’s latest creation. Grouper with a coconut milk curry sauce complete with sweet potatoes, pineapple, mango and spinach. Served atop soba noodles. All made from stuff we had in our pantry/fridge/freezer!





This was a standard snack while we had friends in town. A cheese and meat plate that we couldn’t get enough of.



When Jon made his homemade lasagna we stopped at Mazzaro’s for supplies. We got a gelato treat as a result! This was their strawberry balsamic flavor and it was glorious! 



After a shopping trip at Trader Joe’s I just had to dig in to my finds. Their caramelized cheddar is seriously my fav cheese in the whole wide world.

What’s been on your plate lately?

What’s On My Plate – 06/09/15




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!


Breakfast cookies from The Protein Bakery that Lora shared with me! I loved loved loved these. They were a great breakfast and good fuel for my workout.



Take out from Pom Pom’s (review here). This was there Cobb sandwich and their House salad. Love them!



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?

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival *Giveaway*

So, remember how much fun the Bloody Mary Festival was? Well, Big City Events has another awesome event coming up…the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival!


The Tampa Bay Margarita Festival will be at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, FL from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.

I’m already drooling over their website…there will be 14 (yes 14!) tequila and liquor brands pouring different kinds of margaritas. Brands include Cabo Wabo, Hornitos, Sauza 901, Camarena, Margaritaville and more! There’s even an Extreme Margarita Bar featuring a RedBull Margarita, Sour Patch Margarita, Strawberry Sriracha Margarita and even a Bacon-a-Rita!

And while you’re enjoying those yummy margaritas there will be some awesome bands on stage throughout the day. And you’ll never guess who the headliner is…Smash Mouth!! 


Now that you know how much fun is going to be happening, who wants to go?? I have two pairs of FREE general admission tickets to the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival up for grabs. To enter to win visit their website here and comment below on which margarita you’re most excited to try! Comment by Wednesday, May 20 at 12 a.m. and I’ll be randomly choosing two winners on Thursday, May 21.

Good luck and hope to see you there!

*Winners have been chosen and contacted. Congrats to Summer and Katie D.!*



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