Delicious Destinations

My good friend (and fellow enabler) Ashley Greco had a great idea for a day trip that involved the TECO Streetcar and a trip down the line for breakfast, lunch and what turned out to be a great Ann-Venture (a future blog).

Let’s start with breakfast at Foundation Coffee in Ybor City. I swear I didn’t plan it, but I was actually wearing my Foundation Coffee t-shirt and they love that, of course. Excellent coffees, delicious pastries and oh so close the Streetcar stop. So fully fueled we enjoy the trip that took us past the Florida Aquarium, Amalie Arena which was hosting the WWE Friday Night Smackdown that night, and down to the Tampa Bay History Center for a long overdue trip.

If you’re not familiar with the History Center, don’t feel bad. I’ve had to tell a few people about it, but it’s such a good way to get to know the history of the area. The reward at the end of our tour was lunch at the Columbia Cafe. For a smaller version of the Columbia Restaurant, the decor is spectacular, and the Cuban and 1905 Salad never disappoints. I’ve tried getting in before, when I was going to a show at Amalie Arena, but since they do not take reservations, it was tough. But the familiar tableside creation of the 1905 Salad and that crunchy Cuban bread from La Segunda were so, so good! La Segunda says they “bake history every day” and it wouldn’t be a Cuban without their bread.

By the way, speaking of Amalie Arena, you need to check out Firesticks Grill before a show. Dinner and a show were never better with an impressive number of stations to choose your favorites from. Plan to make a reservation the minute you know you’re heading over for a Lightning game or show. They book early and fast.

It was a nice visit and I am in love with the Streetcar. Just watch out for the Ybor chickens.

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