Archive for July, 2011

July 28, 2011

Nicole Lee Photographs – David and Lisa Gilmore Engagement

by Nicole Lee

For Scott’s birthday we went to Chicago. This is going to take my a number of posts to get through with everything that we did including boat tours, concerts, music festivals and eating our hearts out. But somewhere in the midst of all the chaos I was offered the chance to take photos for our host’s engagement. I was flattered and excited to do. Fortunately for me they are both beautiful people and made the entire shoot an absolute blast. So please join me in congratulating Mr. David Gilmore and his oh-so-lovely bride to be Lisa.

   

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July 16, 2011

Fourth of July 2011 – Part 4 – Miami Tour

by Nicole Lee

And to wrap up the Fourth of July here are a few photos from around town. By the time I was taking most of these I had been drinking a little bit so I had to over edit a lot of it. The black and whites are blown out beyond belief, but I think I kind of like it. (The “Scott does Spiderman” at the end is my favorite, though. He was hanging from that tree and within two seconds of the shutter snapping he fell, flat on his back. He had a huge sore for days. Poor sir.)

 

July 8, 2011

Fourth of July 2011 – Part 3 – CJs Crab Shack for dinner

by Nicole Lee

After our mediocre Cuban we decided it was time for some seafood. CJ’s Crab Shack came up on Yelp! and was close to where we were wandering on Ocean Drive. So we settled in for what we hoped would be a delicious meal. For starters we grabbed a margarita for me and a mojito for Scott. They were $10 each, which is steep, but we knew where we were and had already been paying about that much since we arrived. To start we also ordered two appetizers: clams and drunken shrimp. There appeared to be some sort of mix up because we never received the clams, but we got two orders of the shrimp- fortunately they tasted delicious. Buttery, fatty and garlicy. Could I ask for anything more?

For entrees we followed it up with blackened mahi with a side of hush puppies and corn on the cob (for me!) and fish and chips (for him, but we share). I didn’t get a good photo of mine unfortunately (we’d been doing a hell of a lot of drinking over the weekend). It tasted good. The winning dish though was the fish and chips. Scott made the right choice and we devoured everything on the table.

To finish off we had some key lime pie. It was good, but to me when you start adding sauces and soaking the crust in…well…something (I couldn’t tell what, but it was was too sugary). I like my desserts tart and unadorned for the most part. But thankfully they didn’t dye it green or do anything equally as cheesey.

Overall the food was a definite 4-star. We sat outside and I didn’t look inside, but the sidewalk seating was great. People watching was fun and the weather was beautiful. Service? Meh. Like I said with the appetizers, she missed the one, brought two of the other one. She never asked if we wanted a second drink, was somewhat inattentive and distant, but we didn’t really care. The real kicker though? We got the bill. Now, I know. Two drinks, two apps, two entrees and one dessert. It adds up fast. But let me show you exactly how it added up. Make sure you’re sitting down when you click this link, okay? Ready, set, GO!

…THAT’S CRAZY! Am I right? I mean day-um. Either way, the food was pretty damn good. I don’t think I’d go back, but for where we were, what we got and the memories? Yeah, I guess it was worth it.

July 7, 2011

Yelp Elite! – Review of the Day – Mel’s Hot Dogs

by Nicole Lee

I don’t double post in a single day often, but this seemed like a good reason to start.

Last night Yelp Tampa’s new community manager gathered us for our very first official get together at Cheap. I’ve been a part of this community for the better part of five years and have met some of my best friends through this website. It’s homey, honest and overall the best review site I’ve found on the whole of the internet. So when they announced we would finally be on the Yelp! map I was thrilled.

Now, adding to my list of accomplishments they have also chosen one of my reviews as “Review of the Day” to be displayed on the main page for everyone to see. Not that it’s a huge thing and carries next to no bragging rights, it does make me feel good. Knowing that I am helping people in their daily choices for eateries.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the new heights we can reach and what Tampa can get out of having such a wonderful group working toward a bigger and brighter tomorrow!

To check out my review go sign up for Yelp! or just click here. ;)

July 7, 2011

Fourth of July 2011 – Part 2 – Sazon for dinner

by Nicole Lee

One of the biggest things that drew me to the Miami area was the promise of delicious Cuban food. Something about “the closest you can get to Cuba while remaining continental”? So if that’s what I was going for- Sazon was delicious food.

That said, If you’re looking for a great dining experience and going to Sazon is in your plan the single most important question you can ask yourself is this: Do you speak Spanish? If the answer is yes then you’re good to go. If the answer is no you’ll be in the somewhat unfortunate position that I found myself in. See, thing is I understand a good bit of Spanish, so I know what you’re (being the “Spanish speaker” in this case) saying. I’m just not able to speak back (though I would love to change this). So when we didn’t get our menus for fifteen minutes, but the Spanish speakers beside us did immediately, and when I ordered drinks and they both cost too much and took too long, but the Spanish speakers beside us got theirs immediately, I was a little put off. I guess it must be a cultural thing, right?

The arroz con pollo say it would take twenty minutes, but I don’t think it did. There was a hearty crowd, and the food was really tastly. But when push comes to shove? I missed the Taco Bus. Or Sukothai, or any of my other Tampa hang outs. And fact was they got $60 of my hard earned money. In that case does my language matter? Apparently yes and apparently too damn much.