Local Bites: Sweet Soul in South Tampa

by Jennifer Thai in ,

If you haven't gotten the opportunity to check out Sweet Soul, Ciccio Restaurant Group's latest addition to its ever-expanding food concept portfolio, you've gotta make your way over there. Offering vegan, plant-based treats that are not only healthy but also satisfy the sweet side to your palate, it's a great little spot to detour to after a bike ride, walk/run or even just to take in warmth and sunshine over refreshing eats.

From smoothies to bowls that include acai, pitaya, chia pudding and soft serve base options (and more!), there is so much exploring to do with the Sweet Soul menu. During a recent visit, I opted for the matcha soft serve topped with cacao nibs, hemp seeds, bananas, kiwi, dragonfruit and matcha powder - it was absolute heaven in each bite, and the perfect start to my day.

I cannot wait to return to explore the menu more - I'm ready to dive into a colorful acai bowl topped with all the delicious toppings!

Sweet Soul is located at 1101 South Howard in Tampa. The superfood bar is closed on Mondays, open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. To stay updated on the latest happenings at Sweet Soul, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

Local Bites: The Rez Grill at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

by Jennifer Thai in ,

The Rez Grill has officially opened at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, and it's a welcome addition to the city's thriving culinary scene. With the talents of Culinary Creative Director Chef Frank Anderson, whose past experiences include running James Beard-awarded restaurants in L.A., The Rez Grill is on to something with its array of creative dishes designed to delight the palate.

I was invited to attend a special media dinner to get a taste (literally!) of all that The Rez Grill has to offer - keep scrolling for a delicious look at our curated menu! Because I was designated driver for my date (my mama!), I opted out of the wine pairings served with each course, but included details below in case you need ideas for what to order:

Welcome Cocktail

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The Rez Cocktail

house-infused pineapple tequila, mint, lime, club soda

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Improved G&T

St. George gin, elderflower, tonic water, b'lure ice

First Course

sparkling | brut | Gruet "Sauvage" | New Mexico

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Pimento & Chicken Liver Pâté

'nduja sausage, avocado, pea tendrils & lingonberry jam, radish, black pepper

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Benton's Country Ham

biscuits, red pepper jam, red eye aioli

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House-Made Biscuits

Second Course

sauvignon blanc | Southern Right | Western Cape, South Africa '16

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Trio of Seafood

composed oyster, peeled and eat shrimp, king crab

Third Course

rosé | Miraval | Cotes de Provence, France '16

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Cucumber & Heirloom Tomato Salad

pickled red onion, herb yogurt, dill, crispy garlic, red wine vinegar

Fourth Course

chardonnay | Rombauer | Carneros '16

cabernet sauvignon | Pine Ridge | Napa Valley ' 14

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Veal Chop Milanese

argula and heirloom tomato salad, lemon, piccata sauce

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Fried Chicken

waffles, citrus butter, maple, hot sauce, bacon jam

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St. Louis Ribs

fries, Texas toast, house pickles, sauces

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broccolini, roasted shallots, bearnaise, demi

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Roasted Petite Vegetable

with chimichurri

Fifth Course

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Chocolate Budino

dulce de leche, soft cream, chocolate soil

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Espresso Crème Brûlée

biscotti, candied lemon

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Lemon Curd

burnt meringue, blueberry purée, crumble 

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Pecan Pie

Jack Daniel's ice cream, candied bacon, spicy caramel

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Macchiato Martini

My must-order picks:

  • Benton's Ham: The ham is lovely, but honestly, this starter is worth ordering just for the house-made biscuits - they. are. amazing.
  • Pimento Toast: A delicious pairing of both taste and texture - a perfectly toasted slice topped with the right amount of pimento cheese, creamy slices of avocado and crispy microgreens.
  • Composed Oysters: I was so impressed with the composed oysters. I typically only enjoy oysters served with cocktail sauce and lots of horseradish (no mignonette, please), but the flavor of these composed oysters was astounding - a delicious miso-sesame paired with crisp, finely chopped Granny Smith apples.
  • King Crab: Oh-so-juicy and oh-so-sweet! And, when dipped in the accompanying chimichurri sauce - delicious.
  • St. Louis Ribs: While I'm usually a baby back ribs type of person, these St. Louis ribs truly impressed - super tender and fall-off-the-bone, and the fries on the side are my favorite kind of skinny and crispy.
  • Ribeye-Cap: Give me all of the perfectly-seared ribeye and crunchy broccolini! So, so good.
  • Chocolate Budino: This creative dessert was amazing - added miso in the soft cream provided a delightful sweet and salty taste.
  • Lemon Curd: This was another dish I was pleasantly surprised by - I do not like citrus flavors, and I especially stay away from key lime pies and lemon meringues. But the way this dish was composed, I can honestly say I'm a fan - the blueberry puree helped to soften the tartness, and the crumble was the perfect element of added texture.

After this dining experience, I’m confident that the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has solidified its status as a food destination, and not only a spot for those with a hankering to try their luck at one of many casino games offered. Plus, a little birdie revealed to me that there is more to come food-wise, and I cannot wait!

The Rez Grill is located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, at 5223 Orient Road in Tampa. The restaurant is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday. You can view the menu here. To stay updated on the latest happenings at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, follow along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Local Do: Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens

by Jennifer Thai in ,

Last weekend, I got the opportunity to visit Busch Gardens Tampa for its Food & Wine Festival and eat my way around the park before a special evening concert featuring the Goo Goo Dolls. It was a really special day for pH and myself, because the first concert we ever went to together was the Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry tour back in 2014 - bring on the nostalgia and the delicious eats!

I attended a VIP preview of the Food & Wine Festival the evening before it kicked off, so I had the benefit of knowing which favorite dishes to come back for and which ones I wanted to try this time around. Out of everything I tried in total, I was most impressed by the Minute Maid Apple Glazed Pork Belly with Kimchi Slaw and the Griddled Cheesecake Sandwich with Raspberry Drizzle - do not leave the park without trying these!

I've included some of my favorite dishes below, along with which food cabins they can be found in. You can buy sampler lanyards to add more flavor to your day at Busch Gardens - choose from 5-, 8- or 12-item samplers!

28) Coke Fusion: Minute Maid Apple Glazed Pork Belly with Kimchi Slaw

23) Artisan Eats: Duck Fat Truffle Fries with Parmesan Truffle Aioli

22) Coast to Coast Cookery: Flourless Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Sauce

Cooking with Coke Pavilion: Baked Brie with Strawberry Fanta Coulis

10) Gourmet Lodge: Griddled Cheesecake Sandwich with Raspberry Drizzle

A really neat thing that Busch Gardens is implementing into this year's Food & Wine Festival is live painting throughout the park, featuring local artists in the Tampa Bay area! I have so much appreciation for our local creatives and think that this is such an awesome opportunity for them to showcase their talents for the public to see how much work goes into a mural or work of art.

Live painting from Alexandria Gogolin

In addition to all of the amazing eats, we also got to partake in a special meet-and-greet with Johnny and Robby from the Goo Goo Dolls! They're not just incredible musicians - they're also incredibly kind and charismatic as well.

Even after 30 years of playing together, the Goo Goo Dolls are still amazing live - we sang along from Section 2 of VIP seating to classic hits like "Iris," "Name," and "Black Balloon," and newer songs like my favorite "Rebel Beat." 

And there are still more awesome concerts to come! Concerts are every Saturday and Sunday through April 29th - all concerts are included with your admission to the park, but you can upgrade your experience with VIP seating for a more up-close and personal look at your favorite artists.

And, of course, I couldn't leave the park without first feeding an adorable wallaby! 

*Disclosure: The visit featured in this post was provided by Busch Gardens Tampa in exchange for editorial placement. This opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Busch Gardens Tampa or SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Local Do: Relax & Unwind at Streamsong Resort

by Jennifer Thai in , ,

Friends, get ready for a post filled with gorgeous sights and droolworthy eats - and while the scene of this post looks as though it's set somewhere in the Midwest, you'll be surprised to discover that this hidden gem is located only an hour away from Tampa, 16,000 acres somehow tucked away in the city of Bowling Green.

Those who know of Streamsong Resort know it primarily as a golfer's paradise, but it is so much more than that. pH and I were recently invited to Streamsong Resort for a weekend getaway to experience its glory for ourselves, and I had the chance to partake in a 12-course tasting tour throughout four of its five dining options located on the property.

We arrived at the resort's lodge around noon on Saturday to check in, get settled and do some exploring before the evening's food tour. We were both mildly bewildered that this gorgeous place was located in the middle of nowhere, but delighted by the idea that such a staycation resided just an hour away. The biggest thing noted upon stepping out of the car was how peaceful it was. Whether you're standing outside by valet or laying out by the infinity pool, the ambiance of the resort exudes serenity.

And the views, guys - from the lobby to the hotel room, there are so many spots to take in the beauty of the property.

When we arrived to our room, we were greeted by a surprise flight of smoked manchego, candied bacon and chocolate bark, paired with make-your-own Bulleit rootbeers and glasses garnished with candied ginger and smoked blood orange wheels. Although I usually dislike the taste of bourbon/scotch (these are a few of pH's favorite things), I actually really enjoyed the cocktail - the house-made rootbeer made all the difference in this refreshing drink!

The room, and the resort's architecture in general, was a mid-century modern-lover's dream. It did not take long for us to fall in love.

After taking some time to explore the grounds, we took a brief nap on our perfectly firm and comfortable bed-- sideways (because that's just how we do). Then, while pH got some extra time to relax in our room, I headed down to the lobby to meet with the folks embarking on the evening's food journey with me.

Our group took a shuttle to The Clubhouse at Streamsong, a short drive from the resort's suites and positioned atop Streamsong's golf courses. From there, we were driven via golf carts to the first hole of Streamsong Blue, greeted with Chambord bellinis and the most breathtaking views of the terrain. Jim Bullock, Director of Sales and Marketing at Streamsong Resort, gave us a warm welcome to the weekend, and Chef Mike Ford, Executive Chef at Streamsong Resort, treated us to a special cooking presentation of Key West Pink Shrimp paired with a kumquat-horseradish chutney.

After we toasted to the exciting weekend ahead of us, and watched the sun set in the distance, we took the golf carts back down to The Clubhouse at Streamsong and its Restaurant Fifty-Nine.

Restaurant Fifty-Nine

This first leg of our culinary tour felt like home to me, especially with the whole Key West yellowtail - while many patrons oohed-and-ahhed over its head being intact, that's all I've known growing up with Asian cuisine. Plus, most fish-lovers are well aware of the fact that a fish's jaw contains a surprising sum of delicious meat.

The most notable dish was, of course, the Miyazaki ribeye - the texture was like butter, with a beautiful-crusted exterior and full of savory flavor.

After eating all the Miyazaki ribeye slices in sight, we hopped back on the shuttle for a brief ride to Bone Valley Tavern, the resort's newest dining option located at the Streamsong Black Clubhouse.

Bone Valley Tavern

Only halfway through my Bloody Mary did I realize it was bourbon-based and not vodka - I texted pH excitedly to let him know that I was now officially a fan of bourbon. The common theme throughout this trip was that Streamsong thoroughly surprised me with its cocktails. While I usually let pH do the drinking for me, I found myself sipping away (and enjoying myself!) throughout the experience.

The Rotisserie Chicken was an incredible take on your typical chicken and mashed potatoes dish. Paired with just the slightest amount of jus, it packed a punch of flavor and left me wanting more with its ultra-tenderness and crispy skin.

After listening to some of the resort's patrons try a hand at some karaoke, we shuttled back to the lodge to immerse ourselves in the dishes of Streamsong Resort's flagship restaurant, SottoTerra.

SottoTerra Ristorante

I opted out of the wine pairing for this part of the adventure, as I wasn't going to allow myself to be lethargic by dessert-time. I was incredibly impressed by the 1 lb. meatball - considering its thickness and the amount of time it'd need in order to cook all the way through, it was moist and full of flavor with its robust tomato sauce pairing.

I've been on such a scallops kick lately, and the Linguine Pesto & Scallops dish definitely satisfied my craving - the diver scallops were cooked and seared to perfection, and as you can imagine with a basil pesto, the pasta was quite flavorful.

With the feeling that we've almost had enough, but still have room for dessert (I swear, there's a separate reservoir in your stomach for dessert), we took the elevators up to the 6th floor for our fourth and final stop-- Fragmentary Blue.

Fragmentary Blue

Fragmentary Blue is one of Streamsong Resort's special gems, as it boasts an incredible 360-degree panoramic view atop the lodge. We ended the evening with a memorable assortment of desserts, and I couldn't begin to select a favorite, because they were all amazing in their own unique way.

If you're in the mood for something light, but filling, to wind down with, I recommend the Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake and Cast Iron Skillet Cherry Cobbler. But, if you're down for an indulgent finish, the Candied Bacon Churro and S'Mores are the way to go.

After we all said our good nights, I was more than ready to collapse on our cozy bed and allow myself to be induced into a serious food coma. But, we couldn't sleep in for too long, because the next morning contained some fun plans for us.


But first, breakfast. P2O5 is the lodge's casual dining option, and we eased ourselves into the day with coffee and breakfast. While pH opted for the buffet, I chose to keep it simple with some hash browns, sausage and seasonal berries.

After breakfast, we headed to the lobby to meet with our sporting clays guide, Bill, who is legitimately the kindest person you'll ever acquaint yourself with. During the 15-minute ride to the sporting clays range, I explained to Bill that I'd been clay shooting before, and experienced terrible bruising to the shoulder due to a heavy recoil - with that in mind, he recommended a 20-gauge shotgun and assisted me with proper stance in order to minimize the impact of the gun to my shoulder.

Sporting Clays

We had such a fun time out on the range with Bill - I only managed to hit one clay, but pH was a pro (must be from all that gaming time at home) and hit several. While our time with Bill was short-lived due to our spa appointment, we really enjoyed ourselves and will be back for more fun!

AcquaPietra Spa

Spa time at AcquaPietra was quite the unique experience - it features a European grotto-style design that takes your breath away, and most importantly, services designed to relax and revitalize.

While pH went off to his deep tissue massage service, I enjoyed the most relaxing massage with Patrice - my service of choice was the Shirodhara Signature Massage, which combines deep tissue techniques with a revitalizing Shirodhara oil stream to the forehead. This technique calms the nerves and has a cleansing effect on the mind.

The massage was exactly what I needed after a long work week, and the Shirodhara oil stream was a really neat thing to experience, unique from all the spas that I've been to. The only thing to note is that there's quite a bit of oil that's massaged into your scalp - for me, it took about four washes to finally remove the excess oil from my hair.

For lack of a better way to fully encompass my feelings about Streamsong Resort - I'm blown away. It's not just a paradise for golfing aficionados - it's a getaway for romantics, those craving a little adventure and the food-obsessed who need to make an escape from the daily life. I'll be be forever dreaming about Streamsong Resort until I can make my way back.

Streamsong Resort is located at 1000 Streamsong Drive in Bowling Green, FL. In addition to the golfing experiences offered at The Clubhouse at Streamsong, Streamsong Lodge features 216 guest rooms, spa, fitness center and lakeside pool along with outdoor adventures such as guided bass fishing, hiking trails, bird watching and sporting clays. To stay updated on the latest happenings at Streamsong Resort follow along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

*Disclosure: The accommodations featured in this post were provided by Streamsong Resort for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord, and opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Streamsong Resort.

Local Bites: Armature Works' Heights Public Market

by Jennifer Thai in ,

Get ready for an image-heavy post, because there is so much to discover at the newly-opened Armature Works in Tampa Heights! A beautifully restored, mixed-use building that includes Heights Public Market as well as both event and work spaces, Armature Works is a welcome additional to the ever-thriving neighborhood. Ever since I was invited to the soft opening event, I've been back three times, and I'm still left wanting more.

A few things to take note of about Armature Works:

  • The Gathering space at hosts Tampa Indie Flea every third Sunday of each month and is also available to rent as an event space. In addition, there are five other event spaces at Armature Works that suit any celebration.
  • Heights Public Market features 14 currently-open food and drink vendors with three more on the way.
  • Armature Works is also home to Bay 3, a co-working space offering memberships, dedicated desks and private office space. Applications for founding memberships will be accepted soon.

Scroll through to peek my last four visits and all the noms I've tried so far:

Ichicoro Imoto at Heights Public Market

Shoyu Ramen from Ichicoro Imoto at Heights Public Market: Chicken broth, chasyu asado, ajitama, menma, scallion, nori, fried garlic

Hemingway's Modern Cuban Cuisine at Heights Public Market

Palomilla Steak Cuban Bowl with Cilantro White Rice, Garlic Tostones & Sweet Plantains from Hemingway's at Heights Public Market

Pressure Brew from Union by Commune + Co. at Heights Public Market

Steelbach Southern-Inspired Kitchen & Chophouse at Heights Public Market

Fine & Dandy Cocktail Emporium at Heights Public Market

Graze 1910 Refined American Fare at Heights Public Market

Graze 1910's Milkshake of the Week: Red Velvet Cake

The Courtyard at Armature Works

The Gathering at Armature Works

The Gathering at Armature Works

Overall - I'm in love with this place. It's a fantastic place for a casual date night, meet-up with an old friend, work-home-home day and so much more. Everything that I've eaten has impressed, and if you haven't been yet, you must make plans soon! Next up: I'm checking out Steelbach my next visit.

Local Bites: Bonefish Grill Winter Menu 2018

by Jennifer Thai in ,

Last weekend, my sister and I stopped by the Bonefish Grill in South Tampa to check out the latest specials menu. Bonefish Grill has increasingly become my favorite casual dining chain restaurant, because with each and every visit, they'll pleasantly surprise me with a delicious dish that I wasn't expecting. Keep on scrolling to find out which dish that was!

Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini: Cruzan Guava rum, pineapple juice, Zico coconut water and desert pear and coconut flavors, finished with a floating edible orchid

Sparkling Mango White Sangria

Bang Bang Shrimp: Crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce

You just can't go to Bonefish Grill and not order the Bang Bang Shrimp to start - it's just not right! I found out from my sister that there's actually a Bang Bang Chicken option available that's not listed on the menu. The more you know!

While my sister opted for the Sparkling Mango White Sangria, the Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini was a tropical journey for my taste buds - it tastes like a refreshing island getaway, and I definitely recommend if you're a big fan of rum.

Italian Seafood Risotto: Medley of shrimp, bay scallops, tomatoes and asparagus served over a rich pesto Parmesan risotto.

Oscar-Style Filet Mignon

The Italian Seafood Risotto blew me away - each and every bite was filled with a delicious balance of seafood and cheese, and the dish was bursting with flavor. I had some leftover from our meal, which I chose to reheat in the microwave the next day for lunch, and it was just as delicious as the day before, if not better from the pesto getting the chance to settle into the creamy risotto.

If you're not a seafood fanatic, then the Oscar-Style Filet Mignon is for you. Grilled to a perfect medium rare, the steak was mild in flavor, but still delicious. For the perfect flavor pairing, I recommend ordering the Garlic Whipped Potatoes - they're addicting.

Chocolate Lava Cake: Rich chocolate cake with molten center, served warm, topped with fresh strawberries and house-made whipped cream

The Chocolate Lava Cake was good, but not totally memorable. I think the best thing about this dish was the strawberries, which were lightly cooked to the perfect texture to complement the cake. I recommend sticking to Bonefish Grill's OG Creme Brulee.

Overall, we had a delicious time, and I plan on coming back to try the remainder of the items on the specials menu, including the Imperial Dip, featuring tender shrimp, bay scallops, lump crab and mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, Thai-Inspired Georges Banks Sea Scallops and Caribbean-Style Fresh Cobia. These specials will run through March 19.

Bonefish Grill South Tampa is located at 3665 Henderson Boulevard in Tampa. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can view all of the menus here. To stay updated on the latest happenings at Bonefish Grill, follow along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

*Disclosure: The meal featured in this post was provided by Bonefish Grill for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord, and opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bonefish Grill.

Imbibe & Energize with Hackamore Energy {Recipe}

by Jennifer Thai in

If you're like me, the hustle, bustle and busyness of the work week makes me feel like by the time I've finally made it to the weekend, I'm completely drained! And while sometimes it's necessary, there's no worse feeling than realizing you've wasted away your weekend by sleeping through it.

Insert Hackamore Energy, a premium, non-alcoholic energy beverage with no sweeteners, sugar or calories. While it can be enjoyed as a shot or sipped on the rocks for a boost of caffeine, it's even better enjoyed in a mixed drink, and I'm partnering with Hackamore Energy to share a yummy, refreshing mocktail version that can easily be transformed into a cocktail with a single shot of vodka:

This recipe serves two people. You'll need:

  • Two glasses
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz Hackamore Energy
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime and grapefruit slices to garnish
  • Optional: 2 oz vodka 

In a shaker or large glass, stir lime juice, grapefruit juice and Hackamore Energy. If you are making the alcoholic cocktail version, stir in vodka as well. Pour over ice evenly between two glasses and top off with ginger beer. To garnish, place one lime slice and one grapefruit slice atop each glass. It's super easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!

Confession: I've made this mocktail two other times after creating and testing this recipe - I'm not usually a fan of citrus flavors, but it's freaking delicious. And that pumped feeling you get after drinking it, like you're ready to take on whatever adventures the weekend holds - it's the best.

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hackamore Energy. The recipe shared and opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hackamore Energy.

'Tis the Season to Love Yourself

by Jennifer Thai in , , ,

As we near the time when bouquets of freshly picked red and pink shades of flowers, boxes of assorted chocolate truffles and giant heart-shaped balloons strategically line the entrances of stores to remind us that love is in the air, I thought I'd take a moment to remind you to not forget the best love of all: self-love.

Conventionally, there are two sides to this time of year - the one where romantic gestures and love blooms, and the side that holds Anti-Valentine's Day, Singles Awareness Day and Galentine's Day. But regardless of whether you've got a significant other or not, whether you love having someone in your life or are happy experiencing life's adventures by yourself, there is still no more important love than love for yourself.

I've rounded up some of my favorite reads, products and things-to-do that will help you treat yourself, whether mentally, spiritually or physically, any time of day, and at any time of the year:

This Jenn Girl - Tampa Blogger - Unfuck Yourself

Gary John Bishop

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life

Motivate your mind, and your life. A straightforward, refreshing, BS-free approach to helping overcome challenges.

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Zeel Massage on Demand

Your body deserves this. Book a same-day, in-home massage with the best licensed and vetted massage therapists.

This Jenn Girl - Tampa Blogger - Dune Jewelry

Dune Jewelry

Traveling Heart Necklace

Make the memories in your happy place last. Co-created by Jennie Garth, this piece of .925 sterling silver is handcrafted with your choice of sand, from thousands of locations across the globe.

This Jenn Girl - Tampa Blogger - Bali Body

Bali Body

The Golden Traveler Bundle

When you look good, you feel good. Luxe Lotion, Moisturizing Sunscreen, the tanning oil you love, and a BB Cream in your favorite shade, zipped away and ready to go wherever your day, may take you. 

This Jenn Girl - Tampa Blogger - Ullo Wine Purifier

Üllo Wine Purifier

Wine Purifier

Treat yourself to a full glass of wine, without the headache. A revolutionary wine purifier that uses Selective Sulfite Capture™ technology to filter sulfites and sediments, bringing wine back to its natural state.

This Jenn Girl - Tampa Blogger - FarmHouse Fresh

FarmHouse Fresh

Sundae Best - Chocolate Softening Mask

Lady, you better treat yourself. A skin softener, wrinkle defender and skin revitalizer. With soothing wholesome ingredients, it leaves your face feeling tight, smooth, and radiant!


Outside of treating yourself to all the things that will help make you feel and look your best, just remember that self care is the best kind of gift you can give yourself. An hour each day to unplug from the digital world and meditate, do yoga, go for a walk/run does wonders for the body, mind and soul. And if you've been getting a feeling this year, like you want to talk to someone and improve your mental health with perspective and a positive mindset, I 200% encourage you to find a therapist that is the right fit for you. Making the decision last year to see a therapist for my anxiety was one of the best decisions and moments of 2017 for me, and I'm so sure that you'll feel the same after just going for it!

*Disclosure: I was gifted a few of the items featured in this post in exchange for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord - items included in this round-up are of my own suggestion and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of any of the featured brands.

Local Bites: MidiCi St. Pete

by Jennifer Thai in ,

It's National Pizza Day weekend, and you want to celebrate properly, right? After trying many pizza spots around the Tampa Bay area, I'm pretty excited to share my most valuable find to-date: MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza at Tyrone Square Mall.

I know what you're thinking - "mall pizza?" But don't let its location fool you - MidiCi offers reasonably-priced, delicious Neapolitan pies with fresh, simple ingredients. Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful influencer brunch hosted by MidiCi, and I was blown away by the quality and freshness of their dishes. A good friend of mine paid a visit herself and even said the pizza reminded her a lot of Italy - simple and delicious.

Keep scrolling for an inside look at the passion and culture surrounding this gem of a place, along with savory bites, of course:

The Margherita: Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, basil, extra virgin olive oil

The Devil's Pizza (on housemade gluten-free Neapolitan crust): Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, housemade spicy sausage, spicy Italian sausage, Fresno chilies, parmesan, basil, extra virgin olive oil

House Cheese Board: Black truffle cheese, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, gorgonzola, parmigiano-reggiano. Served with pears, dates, king walnuts, honey & wood-fire toasted Neapolitan bread

MidiCi House Salad: Seasonal greens, baby arugula, grape tomatoes, parmigiano-reggiano, tossed with housemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing, garnished with housemade roasted tomato dressing

Signature Nutella Calzone with Fresh Berries: Signature Neapolitan dough, baked fresh with Nutella, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, topped with a hint of balsamic reduction and shredded coconut

Everything was incredibly impressive - the texture of the Neapolitan crust is everything I love about a good pizza: crispy at first bite, then chewy as your teeth sink in. But the flavor, that's the real kicker. Each dish is thoughtfully crafted, and that passion is evident as you watch them prepared. And for my gluten-free friends, you can now enjoy pizza with a crust that has substance. I tried a bite for myself, and although not a fan of the thin-ness, I can't deny that it was pretty damn good for being gluten-free.

Although Tyrone is a bit of a drive for me from South Tampa, I cannot wait to return to indulge in more delicious pizza slices - I'll have to convince pH to take a cheat day for me. ;)

MidiCi is located at 2424 Tyrone Boulevard North in St. Pete. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. You can view the menu here. For the latest updates from MidiCi, follow along on Facebook and Instagram

*Disclosure: The meal featured in this post was provided by MidiCi St. Pete for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord, and opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of MidiCi St. Pete.