Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yelp Elite Event- Magical Dining Month Kickoff Party!

I was so excited for this Yelp Elite Event that I skipped my softball game for it!!  (luckily the other team forfeited, so I didn't miss much).  But anyways, it was totally worth it!

The event was to kick of Magical Dining Month.  Magical Dining Month is amazing.  There are tons of restaurants that have three course meals for only $33!  I love this promotion because I get to try tons of restaurants that I might not normally try!

I had never heard of the Church Street Ballroom before but it is absolutely GORGEOUS!  I could see so many weddings happening there! (I have never heard of this place before the event, but I honestly think that if I hadn't gotten married at Disney and had done research into venues, I would have chosen this place.  This picture doesn't do it justice but looking at weddings pictures taken here, they're breathtaking!)

Upstairs we were in a large room.

There was music being played by a wonderful musician!

And tons of food!

We started out at Cuba Libre with the Mango Mojito.

I'm not a fan of Mojitos. I don't like the mint flavored.  But I tried this because I was thirsty and it was free.  And it was delicious!  No hint of mint at all.  I might have gone back for seconds later.

You know Meghan and I had to take our traditional picture!

The pork dish was good, but a little too spicy for me.

Chef Jose was so friendly!

For dessert, they had Tres Leches cake.  My favorite desert of the night!  So so tasty!

Up next we went over to Onli to try their water which they were mixing with Tito's vodka.

 I asked for the sweetest variety they had and it tasted wonderful with the vodka.

Next we headed to Ruth's Chris Steak House.
(I've been here many times and apparently been pronouncing it wrong!  I've always said just Ruth Chris!)

We had the filet and shrimp.  The filet was pretty rare but that is exactly how I like it!  My only complaint was that the slices were too big and there were no knives so I didn't look very ladylike shoving the whole piece in my mouth at once!  Definitely didn't stop me from going back for seconds at the very end though!

We headed over to Napa.

There we had Seared Yellowtail Snapper, Preserved Lemon Risotto, Broccolini, Charred Bell Pepper Coulis

Pretty tasty!

Right by them was Fiorenzo

They were serving Vesuvio Pasta, Butternut Squash, Baby Spinach, Ricotta Salata, Fresh Pear, and Roasted Pine Nuts.

This was my favorite food of the night!  I loved the pasta with the butternut squash and cheese!  If I hadn't been so full, I would have gone back for seconds!

Up next was Hemingway's, which has special meaning to us since that's where we met Meghan at the Elite event!

They had their delicious crab cakes!

We already have plans to go there for magical dining month and I'll definitely be getting these suckers again!

Over at Siro they had three items.  For the life of me, I cannot remember the first one, even after looking at the menu.  Oops!  I remember it was good though.

The second one was their tomato salad with watermelon and burrata cheese.  I had my hands full and meant to go back so I could try the cheese, although I hate tomatoes, but I forgot.

The third one was Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Raspberries on top.  I also tried a bottle of the water from Onli.

The dessert was delicious but the water by itself wasn't sweet enough so I passed it off to a friend.

Puff 'n Stuff had some delicious desserts out

The chocolate one even had real gold flakes on top!

K is one of my friend's favorite restaurants

I had the Seafood "Minestrone" and the Roast Palmetto Creek Farm Pork.

The pork was pretty good.  For the Minestrone, I didn't like the broth but the seafood in it was delicious.  I found a HUGE oyster in mine!!  Score!

There was a fun twitter contest going on.  I thought mine was pretty creative.

My caption said "Onli Yelp does Magical Dining Month the Elite way."  Get was a play on words from the pictures!

Our own Pam won the contest!!  She won a stay at one of the hotels and dinner for 2!!!  Woohoo!!

It was such a great night!  I was so stuffed with delicious food!  Thanks to Andi and Yelp for spoiling us once again, and to the restaurants for such great food!

Monday, August 25, 2014

PowerICE Review

It's HOT here in Florida!  I often come back after a run just as wet as if I had been in the shower and sometimes slightly dizzy from the heat and lack of hydration.  This is where PowerIce steps up to the plate!

PowerICE is like a popsicle for runners!

It reminds me of those Otter Pops you would have as a kid.

Check out how PowerICE is an all natural frozen fuel for your body:

Frozen: PowerICE is the next generation in sports hydration.

Electrolytes: Electrolytes are vital to athletic performance, 20mg of Potassium working together with 25mg of sodium helps maintain the body's proper fluid balance.

Caffeine Free: PowerICE provides energy through natural sugar and does not contain the harmful effects of caffeine.

Less Calories: Realize the benefits of PowerIce without the guilt of high calories.  Only 30 calories per bar.

No High Fructose Corn Syrup: PowerICE is a unique frozen hydration bar that does not contain high fructose corn syrup.

100% Vitamin C: PowerICE has over 100% of the daily Vitamin C recommended for active lifestyles.

Gluten Free: Many athletes follow gluten-free diets to ease unappealing digestive symptoms during competition.  They are finding that a gluten free diet results in improved digestion and can lead to improved performance.

Kosher: The Orthodox Union has certified PowerIce as meeting its Kosher standards.

I love having a PowerIce bar after a long run.  It's the perfect treat to cool me down (and I use it for double duty--I hold it against my wrist as I'm eating it to cool me down even quicker!)

Check them out on Twitter and Facebook!

( Disclaimer:  PowerIce provided me with the product to review but I received no compensation for this post.  As always, the opinions here are my own.)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekly Recap- August 18-24, 2014

On Sunday I did an ab workout.  I briefly skimmed the top part of the post and just saw to do 25.  It was hard!  I later realized my mistake.  I went back and re-read it.  Apparently it was created to be similar to P90X's Ab Ripper and you are supposed to start out at 10 reps and work your way up to 25 over time.  Yeah.  Oops!  I was in pain on Monday but Tuesday was way worse.  I could barely walk.  My abs hurt, which I get, but my ribs hurt and my hip flexors were killing me!  It hurt to do certain movements like move my legs certain ways (although walking up stairs and lunges were fine).  I was trying out a PIYO class with friends that night.  But I could only do some of the moves.  I felt silly because for lots of them, I had to just stand there because I COULD NOT lift my legs!  Most of the leg pain is gone now, but there is a spot around my ribs/waist in the back that is still painful when I turn several ways.

I ran 9 miles today.  I was comparing this week's 9 miler vs my 8 miler two weeks ago. Miles 3, 5, and 6 were at the exact same pace both times. Mile 4 was only one second off. And with the exception of the first mile, the other 3 miles were only off by 5-7 seconds. I'm pretty consistent across my runs!

Monday-- Softball

Tuesday-- PIYO

Sunday--9 miles in 1:40:10 (Mile1: 9:50, Mile 2: 11:24, Mile 3: 11:25, Mile 4: 11:19, Mile 5: 11:20, Mile 6: 11:16, Mile 7: 11:28, Mile 8: 11:24, Mile 9: 10:44, Average Pace: 11:08)

Total miles this week: 9
Total miles in 2014: 143.19
Total miles: 1211.18

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stitch Fix #2

My second Stitch Fix box came today!  A few days early!  Woohoo!  It's always like Christmas morning!

I got a nice note from my stylist, who was different from the last one.

I could tell my stylist read my notes.  I had put a link to a certain type of top that I like and I wasn't sure what it was it called.  And I got a shirt and a dress with that type of top!

Unfortunately, as I lay out all of my items, I knew right away that there was going to be an overall issue.  And I was right.  I'll get there.

First up, 41Hawthorn McQue Solid Lace Sleeve Blouse $48

Super cute!

I LOVED the lace sleeves!  And the color!

BUT it was too big!  Hard to tell in this shot

See..too big...

If it was smaller like this, then it would have been perfect!

Verdict: Returning

Mystree Abigail Colorblock Lace Trim Top $58


Love the color and detailing but while I was hanging it up, I noticed the back was sheer and I had asked for nothing to be sent that I had to wear a tank/cami under.  But it was cute so I willing to overlook it.

But again too big.  It's hard to tell in these shots.

If it was pulled tighter, again, it would be a keeper.

Verdict: Returning

41Hawthorn Winselt Silk Scar Print Halter Top $88

This is one of the ones the stylist grabbed for me because I like how the strap area was.

I loved the scarf design.

But again, too big!

Verdict: Returning

Collective Concepts Jacqui Geo Print Maxi Dress $54

I love the top area!

And the detailing on the back was interesting too!

But too big. It made me look really wide and I can't pull off those dresses with the elastic waist areas.  I need to put that in my notes.

Verdict: Returning

Collective Concepts Ahlia Keyhole Colorblocked Dress $54

This one, I was not a fan of right off the bat.  The only one my stylist missed on, style wise.  And it is HORRIBLE on.  I debated even posting the picture, but figured I should in case anyone else is looking for the dress.  But ugh.  Soooo unflattering!

Verdict: Can't return quick enough!

So overall my total was $336.  If I had bought everything, with the $20 I had already paid and the "buy everything" discount, the total would have been $237.

Sadly, this Stitch Fix was a fail.  The overall theme was that almost everything was too big.  But I'm blaming myself.  Most of the shirts I buy myself are medium and that's what I put in my profile.  But I'm finding that I think I need a small in the shirts they're sending me so I changed my size to a Small.  Now I just hope they aren't too small!

But style wise, my stylist hit 4 out of 5 of them right on the head!  If I can just the sizing right, the next box should be a hit!

I told myself that if I got a box that was a complete fail, that I couldn't get another one for 6 weeks.  I debated keeping one of them, just so I wouldn't lose out on the $20 styling fee.  The one that I would have kept was the Mystree Abigail Colorblock Lace Trim Top but it would have still been another $38 and I just didn't like it enough for that.

If you'd like your own Stitch Fix, you can sign up here

(it's my referral code and I do get credit)

Have you used Stitch Fix?  If so, how did it work out for you?  Or are you planning on trying one?  If so, let me know how it goes.  I love seeing all the outfits!!