Saturday, May 28, 2016

Brews with Attitude 2016 Recap

For the first time, I attended an event as an "official blogger!"  Tampa Bay Brews with Attitude was held on May 10th at the T Pepin Hospitality Center.

Upon arrival, you are given a small beer vessel to sample beers throughout the night.  It's attached - you can never lose it!
As you meander through the event, you can stop and sample any or all of the brews by each craft brewer. 
At each location, there is a list of beers with a description of each.  It's easy just to stay at one brewer and sample everything, but it is much more fun to try one and go to the next. Try one and move on! We had a great time walking around and inhaling the wonderful aromas coming from the food trucks.

I was very impressed with the ease of parking as well as the speed of checking in.  Since this was my first time at this event, I had envisioned long lines and little fun.  I was COMPLETELY wrong about that!!

We made our way around to all of the craft brews and sampled... a lot! (Fortunately, we had a friend picking us up after the event, which I highly recommend.)

Some of the brewers had takeaway cards! PairO'Dice Brewing had some interesting brews.

 Not only do you get to taste the beers, but also see the company vehicles!

 I was beyond delighted to see WINES on tap!  That's pure genius!!
I am certainly looking forward to Brews With Attitude 2017.  If you missed this event and you love (or even like) craft beer - you will want to attend this event. Keep your eyes and ears open because you will want to be there!

All that - and they give you a great souvenier photo to remember the fabulous time that you had!

#Brewswithattitude2016 #Tampa #craftbeer

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Caribbean Cafe has something for everyone!

I was looking for a place to meet a friend for lunch between Gulfport and Seminole.  Normally, I just drive by a place and stop in because it looks interesting or there is something on the sign that grabs my attention. I googled the 49th street area where I wanted to be and found a couple different places. I randomly picked the Caribbean Cafe . 

The inside was very cute and clean. There are several different seating options from tables, to booths to a counter along the window. 

  I stood at the counter not knowing what to order!  There were a few sandwiches that I wanted to try, delicious sounding salads, as well as soups. 
I decided (upon a customer's recommendation) on the jerk pork. [Mayo, mustard, cheese & pickle on fresh Cuban bread. ] My friend ordered the turkey and cheese [Dill pickle, mustard and mayo on fresh Cuban bread.]  All sandwiches are served pressed or cold and available as a 12" ($7.25), 9" ($6.25), or a combo which includes a 4 1/2" sandwich and a bowl of black beans, scoop of rice and a side of chopped onions ($6.25).
 9" jerk pork sandwich
turkey combo
We sat down by the window and it didn't take long before they called our names and our sandwiches were ready.  

Drinks are available by the can ($1.35) or from the fountain ($1.35/$1.75).  Also available are herbal teas, fruit smoothies and frozen cappuccino.  Desserts include flan ($2.95), coconut flan ($2.95) and cookies (.75). 
Caribbean Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 10:30am- 6:00pm and on Saturday from 10:30am to 3:00pm and located at 4801 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.