Saturday morning I woke up with a small goal. That goal was to find my beloved Rossi Pasta at the Ybor City farmer’s market. I started my morning with a yogurt parfait that I picked up at Subway Friday, I have been majorly low on food since the move.
After my tiny breakfast, I went to the gym for a 5k on the treadmill. It felt sooo good!!!
Then I showered and we headed to the farmer’s market. My pasta stand wasn’t there, I was sooo disappointed!!!! Instead I got a crazy $7.00 loaf of rosemary Italian bread.
The craziness started there and just got more crazy as the day marched on.
For lunch, I wanted to try La Creperia Cafe. I had high hopes to find a crepe like I had in Paris, so I ordered the ham and cheese crepe ( I had one a day for 4 weeks in Paris…LOVE!), but I was sadly disappointed as a giant overstuffed with cheese crepe came to the table. It was WAY too much cheese. It had a good flavor, but not like my Paris crepes 😦
I have always wanted to ride the trolleys in Ybor City, so we decided to board the trolley in Centro Ybor and head to Channelside:
At Channelside, they were gearing up for the Republic National Convention:
We stopped in Splitsville for a refreshments. I had an ice-cold beer, which is totally out of the ordinary for me. Even crazier, we both decided to do a shot of tequila!!! Who are we? What a crazy day!
We did sober up and make our way back to the trolley for the ride back to Ybor City. After a few more pictures, we started our journey back home:
Then we stopped at Publix to stock up on some and groceries hurricane supplies. Here’s my hurricane plan:
Hah, this sign was posted up at a bar at Channelside. Such a fun crazy day!!! But in all seriousness, I pray for the safety of everyone as Tampa gears up for the RNC and tropical storm/ hurricane Isaac.
I may not have found my pasta that I love so much. But I made an awesome homemade pasta sauce for dinner.
Served over whole wheat spaghetti and a salad on the side.
For the sauce, I browned some ground chicken in olive oil, added half an onion diced, and 2 cloves of garlic minced. I seasoned with fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, dried basil and oregano, salt and pepper. For the “sauce” part, I simply took a large can of Cento San Marzano peeled tomatoes, pureed them in the blender and added to pan. I simmered on low for about and hour and added fresh basil at the end.
Simple and delicious!