31 Looks Good

I turn 31 tomorrow but you know, it looks pretty good. I am celebrating as a Mommy for the first time and I get to enjoy the Florida weather with my husband. This time last year I was almost half way through my pregnancy and we had just moved to Tampa (hadn’t even found a place to live yet!).

Hanging out at the beach!

We went to Spa Beach, at the base of the St. Petersburg Pier, this morning so my husband could take some photos for a friend which meant I got to hang out with Kelsey and get a little color. It’s a nice little beach without too many people and nearby parking. With the pier, museums, and shopping nearby you could park once and make a day out of it but that wasn’t our plan today.

Of course, it also means I’ll be finding sand all over the place for the next week! After some much needed showers and unpacking the car we headed out for lunch.

We decided to check out a new-to-us restaurant that is just up the road. Love’s Artifacts Bar and Grill had caught our eye a couple of times as we drove past it but it honestly looked more like a bar than a grill from the outside so it never really jumped to the top of the “let’s try that place” list. That was, until I saw their billboard reading “Selected for Food Networks Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.” Well, if Guy’s gonna be there then maybe we should really check it out! (Not sure if they’ve taped it already or not, forgot to ask, but if not, I’m going to have to try to go!)

At MacDill and Gandy

It was cute on the inside, kitschy. It’s kind of like a restaurant opened up in an antique store. The plates and silverware are all mismatched sets and there are all sorts of “artifacts” on the walls, making walls and on display. We sat under a stained glass window and a World War something display of items and on our table was an antique book under an old lamp and the ketchup, mustard and sugar.

I did a little research before we went and found out that the item to have is their fried chicken. Thankfully, they had a lunch buffet that featured the fried chicken, bbq ribs, salad, a baked pasta dish and an assortment of sides. Not only was it great to get us in and out of there (eating out has become dine and run before Kelsey gets bored playing with her toys) but I also got a chance to sample their sides. The fried chicken was delicious; crispy but not flaky skin and juicy on the inside. The ribs were really tender and flavorful. The potatoes, grits, baked beans and rice weren’t bad either.

A lovely little treat awaited me at home – Kelsey took a nice long nap which meant that the hubby and I got to take one, too!

At Love's

Tomorrow I’m hoping I can take my new bike, a birthday present from my Mom, out for a ride when Kelsey takes her morning nap and before the hubby heads in to work. Then I’m going to try to take advantage of some birthday freebies! Why not?

Finally, I’m looking forward to playing with the electronic drum set my husband gave me. I’ve been wanting one for a while and now I’m kind of more excited about letting Kelsey play on them than playing by myself.

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We Love DDD! Marietta Diner Visit

Marietta Diner, Marietta, Georgia

My husband and I love watching Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri. I like hearing the stories of the places and we try to make our own versions of dishes inspired by the different restaurants.

We always mean to try to go to a restaurant featured on the show when we are traveling but we forget to look them up or there ends up not being any on the route we are going, etc. We went to Lucky’s Cafe in Cleveland, Ohio on our way back from Toronto last year and now we’ve made it to Marietta Diner in Marietta, Georgia on our way back from Tennessee to visit family. There are a couple more along this route so we’ll have some other restaurants to check out on future trips.
My hubby had the Reuben Sandwich (Your choice of Corned Beef or Pastrami with Melted Swiss Cheese and Sauerkraut on Rye Bread, served with (2) Onion Rings, French Fries, Cole Slaw & Pickle) and I had the Caribbean Monte Cristo (Turkey, Ham, and Melted Swiss & Cheddar Cheese wrapped in a Tomato Basil Tortilla, Beer Battered and Deep Fried, served with Pesto Mayonnaise & French Fries). Both were delicious and didn’t last on the plate very long!
Although we opted to skip dessert, I do want to mention it because they all looked sooooooo good.