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I’ve been whining for weeks that I wanted to go see Wicked again (I’ve seen it twice), but that the ticket prices were way too high.  There’s no way I was going to shell out $180/ticket.  Then last night, TBPAC posts $49 tickets on Facebook.  Seriously, $49, 8th row, I’m so there.

Since the show was in Tampa at 7:30pm, we needed to eat somewhere that was going to be quick, so we headed over to Cuban Breezes.

They had their Havana burger on special, so Loren got one of those with the ultimate beans and rice.

Cuban Breezes makes a pretty good burger.  He scarfed it.  I opted for the steak philly with beans and rice.

Their steak philly is different than a cheesesteak you get other places.  It has it’s own special blend of spices, onions and peppers on their yummy Cuban bread.  I smother the whole thing in their Havana sauce.  Good stuff.  The rice and beans were a little dry this time, though. 

We were in and out of there for $15 in about 45 minutes.  Got to Tampa in plenty of time.  The show was great.  The actress playing Elphaba had a fantastic voice and Richard Kline (yup, Larry from Three’s Company) played the Wizard of Oz. 

Cuban Breezes
13980 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL

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  • We got up early this morning to go see “The Wolfman”.  Not your typical romantic Valentine movie, but it did have a few hearts in it… they were just no longer connected to their owners. 

    Since we weren’t sure how crowded most places would be for lunch today, we opted for Jack Willie’s.  It usually doesn’t have an early crowd on Sundays and the food doesn’t disappoint.

    We started with some calamari.

    Jack Willies has a very light batter on their calamari.  It doesn’t offer a lot of flavor, but that’s where the marinara comes in.  The combination of the two is very yummy.

    Loren ordered a very colorful cobb salad.  I swear this salad has everything you could ever want in it.  Quite a bit of seared tuna, lettuce, blue cheese, egg, tomato, onion, olives, spinach, bacon, and other greens. 

    I’ve been craving a burger, so got the mushroom swiss with fries.  Jack Willie’s serves 1/2 pound burgers and I only managed to eat half of it.  Juicy and cooked just right, plus their fries are really good too.

    We go to Jack Willie’s pretty regularly.  It’s close to our house and they have live music.  We usually sit out on the deck where you can see fish, birds and the occasion alligator.  It’s a very laid back kind of place. 

    Two entrees, appetizer and a drink ran us $32.

    Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar and Grill
    1013 St Petersburg Dr
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-854-1972

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  • It was a foggy evening in Safety Harbor tonight, but it was warm enough to sit outside at the Whistlestop Grill downtown.  

    They have live music several nights a week, though I’m not sure who was playing tonight.  I gotta say, I was glad we weren’t seated near the stage.  The band was good, the singer didn’t do much for me though.

    Although fried green tomatoes are their specialty (yeah, just think “Steel Magnolias”), I opted for the corn fritters instead.

    They were crispy on the outside and had some corny goodness going on inside.   Loren was craving a burger, so he got the Santa Fe burger.  It had jalepenos, onions, cheese, avacado, and crushed tortilla chips on it.  I thought the crushed chips were weird, but he seemed to enjoy it.

    I went for the Portabello Mushroom wrap with goat cheese.  I ordered it without the roasted red peppers, but somewhere between my mouth and the waiter’s ears, that little tidbit got lost.  Otherwise, it was pretty tasty.  I got some sweet potato fries with it and those were awesome.  I could have just sat there and eaten those for dinner and been quite happy.

    For $24, we got an appetizer, two dinners, and a drink.  Their appetizers are half price during happy hour, 4-7pm.

    My only sadness tonight was that they stopped carrying the raspberry truffle ice cream I loved.  It had the most delicious dark chocolate hearts with raspberry filling in a vanilla/raspberry ice cream.  I think it was a Working Cow ice cream, so I’m going to have to see if  I can find it somewhere else. 

    At least they still have the cow…

    Whistlestop Grill
    915 Main St
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-726-1956

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    We went to Daddy’s Grill for lunch on New Year’s Day after going to see “It’s Complicated” at the movies.   It was too cold for Florida, so I had to start off with some chicken soup.  It was pretty tasty.

    I usually get the fish on a bun or a cheeseburger and opted for the mushroom swiss burger today with a side of macaroni salad.  Shad got one of the daily specials, country fried steak with scrambled eggs and grits. 

    The food is pretty consistent at Daddy’s Grill, nothing spectacular, but you don’t leave hungry.  Total bill was $23.69 for lunch.

    Daddy’s Grill
    3682 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    (813) 891-6556

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