07/21/14

Capital Tacos review (and an inspired recipe!)

Way back in once upon a time time, I learned about a new Mexican dive that was sooo good, it could bring the coldest of assholes to tears.

Soooo good that it was worth the 30 minute drive from Tampa.
Soooo good that it would make you come back for breakfast, lunch and dinner… multiple times a week. 
Soooo good that it would make you stop cooking at home altogether.
Soooo good that eating just 1 thing off this diverse menu might make you punch someone that speaks of “the Bell”. 
Soooo good that someone needs to call Guy from triple D. 
Soooo good that it would make my friend Kristen ask us to go there 351,882 times within the past 6 months.  Continue reading

05/11/14

Mother’s Day Weekend in Pictures

Happy Mother’s Day! 
I hope you had a wonderful weekend with all of the mothers in your life. 
I had a lovely weekend celebrating two special moms in my life. 

On Saturday, #TeamJudy completed our third Miles for Moffitt in honor and memory of my mom Judy. It was a beautiful day with friends and family and we raised an AMAZING $1,400 for Moffitt Cancer Center!  Continue reading

04/14/14

Jet City Seminole Heights (and a quiche recipe!)

Way back in once upon a time time, I saw my blogger friend Meghann, from Meals and Miles, write a blog post about this amazing coffee shop in South Tampa. It was the first time I’d heard of Jet City, and I must admit, I was just a *tad* jealous of all of the scrumptious looking things she got to try (like the Cafe Borgia!).  Continue reading

08/9/13

Nutrition S’mart review

I love supporting smaller stores around the Tampa Bay area. Especially when the managers of theses establishments are near and dear to my heart.

That’s the case with Nutrition S’mart. Currently Rudy and Maruchi manage two locations here in Tampa: Carrollwood and Wesley Chapel and I’ve known them, well let’s say they’ve known me since I was a just a little baby. We lived in the same neighborhood, and we were all the best of friends. I use the word “all” because Rudy and Maruchi have 3 children, and I have the fondest of memories growing up with them. Dozens of play dates, beach trips, fishing adventures, Halloween parties and so much more.

Eventually the family moved away, we grew older, and went off to college leaving those fun adventures in our childhood, however our families never lost contact. In fact, they remained very close to my mom and dad, especially throughout my mom’s illness and passing. They have supported Team Judy and our fundraising endeavors, and even walked by our side at our inaugural Miles for Moffitt, Jogging for Judy event. I’ve also reconnected with their daughter, Lauren, and her fabulous blog Gluten Free with Lauren Marie. She shows you how delicious and satisfying gluten free cooking can be!

Rudy and Maruchi are the real deal. They are genuine, kind, giving and two of the most positive people you’ll ever meet. In my opinion, when you manage a business, qualities like this mirror in an establishment. Walk into one of their stores and you’ll feel that vibe.

970998_513600238706698_1759472447_nNutrition S’mart is staffed with friendly and knowledgeable employees who are willing to help you navigate the over 10,000 natural and organic vitamins, groceries, produce and beauty supplies they carry. Their motto “organic, doesn’t mean expensive” rings true. Their prices are truly amazing, and they offer a variety of weekly BOGO specials. When I was in the store last weekend, the BOGO specials were a-plenty! Everything from Zevia soda and Almond Breeze to coconut water and Alexia frozen potato products! They even featured Kind Bars BOGO! These specials aren’t advertised, so each week you walk into a Nutrition S’mart you will definitely be in for a surprise!
photo 1photo 1 (3) photo 2 (2)photo 1 (5) photo 3 (2) photo 3 (3)They have an extensive and exclusive Gluten Free section of the store, and a vitamin aisle that literally stretches as far as the eye can see!

photo 5 (2)Their 100% organic produce section is impressive, and so are the prices! Each week they feature sales on different items. While I was there organic avocados were $.99 each! That is one of the best prices I’ve seen!

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photo 5 (1) photo 4The Carrollwood location carries vast selection of craft beer and wine, and great variety of dry goods in bulk bins. Even some of their wines were BOGO!

photo 2 photo 4 (1)photo 1 (1)In addition to the awesome BOGO specials sprinkled around the store, I also noticed amazing deals on some of the products I love.

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The shopping experience doesn’t stop at the prices though. Both of the Nutrition S’mart locations in the Bay area offer classes on cooking, and health, in addition to weight loss challenges, product demos, samples and more! Oh, and if you bring your own shopping bag, they’ll give you a nickel off your purchase for every bag you use!

photo 5 (4)If you haven’t visited a Nutrition S’mart, I definitely suggest you stop by and see what it’s all about! Visit their website for more details, store hours, directions and more!

I’m more than happy to support local businesses in the area, especially those who are dedicated to quality, healthy living and are looking out for the customer. Hoping you’ll stop by and visit Rudy and Maruchi! Tell them Steph sent you! 🙂

**WINNERS**

nutritionsmartPlease make sure you contact me so that I can get your gift cards to you! 🙂