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St. Pete Beach: The Views, Cocktails & Seafood of Crabby Bills.

Crabby Bills Seafood in St. Pete Beach, Florida sits right along the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The up-top outside deck provides beautiful tropical views during the day and romantic sunsets each and every night. A rum runner or two and some Sea Scallops and Bairdi Snow Crab are the last pieces to the puzzle of a fun St. Pete Beach experience.

I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

St. Pete Beach, Florida, tropical cocktail, Crabby Bills

St. Pete Beach, Florida, tropical cocktail, Crabby Bills

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach bar

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, scallops

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, king crab

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, scallops

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, king crab

Food-wise you aren’t looking at the same dishes more than once. 🙂 The photos are from consecutive days. When you find great seafood why not order it again. The sides of choice are the Southern Green Beans and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Crabby Bills has other locations in St. Cloud and nearby Clearwater, but how can beat the beauty of being alongside St. Pete Beach and the Gulf of Mexico?!

What delicious, scenic, outdoor dining fun have you had in your travels? Or around home?

Photo(s) of the Week: It’s Ann Arbor Foodie Time at Frita Batidos.

Frita Batidos in Ann Arbor, Michigan offers Cuban inspired street food. My go-to there is the Chicken Frita topped with a sunny side up egg and shoestring fries. You can never have enough fries there so you’ll always find in front of me garlic cilantro fries alongside for the ride. It’s definitely Ann Arbor foodie time now!

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Walking the Market on Pike Street in Seattle.

When people think Seattle they think Pacific Northwest, coffee, seafood, the Space Needle and Mount Lanier. One of the first things that came to mind also when I found out I’d be spending a little time there was Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Right along Elliott Bay and Pike Street, in the heart of the city, is a foodie and shopping paradise. It’s one of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the United States.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

You’ll find many, many people capturing the signage and clock. It’s almost lunch time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One thing that will definitely catch the eye right away are the flowers. The assortment of boutiques, arrangements and flower colors at very reasonable prices will make the tourist wish they lived locally.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Being along the water in the Pacific Northwest you’ll definitely find a lot of every kind of seafood imaginable. The size of some of the fish you can buy wow!

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, fresh seafood

Ditto on the produce. One stand after another of colorful vegetables in perfect condition.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, vegetables

Walking outside of the main market area along Pike Street you’ll find shops, restaurants, stands and people lining the streets.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

One of the shops is the original Starbucks. Of course I will notice anything coffee related. 🙂 It’s definitely worth a visit, but get there early. If you want to sit inside and/or get a caffeinated coffee beverage, be prepared to stand in line. A good alternative is Local Color Art Coffee and More a few doors down. It’s part coffee shop, part gallery and a good place to people watch and hang out.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, original Starbucks, coffee shop

There are unique vendors all-around selling something for everyone. One that caught the eye was the tie-dyed t-shirts stand. If you’re looking for a local souvenir to take home check out Mt St Helen’s Ash and get something made of the ash from the 1980 volcanic eruption.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

Tip: Hearing a lot from the locals while there, finding a parking spot is a major issue so pack patience or walk/take public transportation.

Whether its people watching, shopping, hanging out in the big city or enjoying coffee and some eats, Pike Place Market in Seattle is definitely worth the time.

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

What other markets would you recommend that you have come across in your travels?

Being a Foodie, Celebrity Cruise Style!

I’ve been a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad. I’ve always been a foodie on land, well that was until we went on an Alaskan Celebrity Cruise this past summer. On a Celebrity Cruise, like others, you have the option to formally dine every evening on the ship. We took full advantage.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Below was just a sample of what I consumed at dinner the seven nights abroad the Celebrity Solstice. You name it I probably had it. The best part was that it was all-inclusive. I could have ordered the entire menu and they would have brought it to me. I did in fact order at least two appetizers, entrées and desserts most evenings. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Frog legs? They could have told me it was chicken and I would have believed them.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Oh I forget to mention the soup. I choose to start every meal with a bowl of French Onion covered in layers of cheese. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

The presentation was outstanding. The wait staff was extremely knowledge making suggestions every step along the way. If you didn’t like something they would take it back and bring you something else quickly. Because of that I tried lots new things on the cruise, like raw scallops. Definitely prefer the cooked one sitting next to the lamb chop below.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Sometimes I didn’t order multiple things off the menu, but instead two of the same dish. Two Thanksgiving Day meals please!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Just keep those cheesecakes and other cakes coming. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

I don’t know where I found the room to eat it all. I hadn’t even mentioned the continuous buffet they had going on morning, noon and night. Wound up in the buffet lines mostly in the early morning hours to load up on breakfast food. Poached eggs, omelets, corned beef and lots of bacon every morning sitting at the stern of the boat, perfect!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Being around the main dining area at dinner on the Celebrity Solstice resulted in so much good food being brought to the table with so little time to eat it all. 🙂

Have you ever been on cruise? If so, what was your eating philosophy?

Checkout the time I’ve spent being a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad and on land.

#ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Find the Goose Bumps!

When I walk-in somewhere for a coffee and the atmosphere within gives me goose bumps, that makes the coffee drink that much better. That’s what happened when I walked into The Laundry this week in Fenton, Michigan.

The Laundry sits right outside downtown. The black-and-white 1950’s style flooring and the oldies playing lightly in the background gives off a relaxing, old-school atmosphere.

The Laundry, Fenton, Michigan, coffee, foodie

It was very early so I got to choose which chair I wanted to sit in. You’ll be hard pressed to find two of the same chairs. So many colors, shapes and sizes, so many possibilities.

The Laundry, Fenton, Michigan, coffee, foodie

The Laundry lures visitors from all around as it’s known for its huge breakfasts, sandwiches and pastries, made from the freshest of ingredients. More on visiting as a foodie in a future post though. 🙂 Today was about grabbing #ElCafeDe2013 #60!

The Laundry, Fenton, Michigan, coffee, foodie

I found my chair…

The Laundry, Fenton, Michigan, coffee, foodie

…and still having the goose bumps I ordered a salted caramel latte with whipped cream from their extensive coffee drink menu. The Almond Roca Mocha, French Silk, Nutty Irishman and Creamy Dreamy Caramel Delight, don’t worry you’ll get your turn!

The Laundry, Fenton, Michigan, Salted Caramel Latte

The Laundry, Fenton, Michigan, Salted Caramel Latte

That trusty water was alongside as always. 🙂

The Laundry, Fenton, Michigan, coffee, foodie

The early morning on this day provided delicious coffee. Great java by itself makes one smile, but if you…

Tip #14: …find a place that gives you the goose bumps when you walk in the door….

…it will make the coffee that much better. What non-chain coffee shop or café around home or in your travels has given you the goose bumps just walking in the door?