February 15, 2015

Local Gems


Mother and I spent the day together today. We had lunch at Tre Amici at The Bunker. It's a great place to grab a bite to eat and relax. The calm and artsy atmosphere is ideal for writers, artists, students, and introverts. I don't enjoy places that are filled with chatter and too many humans. Today is a Sunday so maybe it was just a slow day. I can't imagine why this place wouldn't get business. Their chicken salad croissant and iced chai tea latte were tasty! I walked over to the Blind Tiger Cafe which was a few blocks down. It was my first visit. It occurred to me as I stepped over the threshold that it was a 1920s speakeasy prohibition style coffee shop. The name should have revealed that to me, but I missed it. For those who don't know, a blind tiger was another term used during Prohibition to describe a place which illegally sold alcohol. The coffee is Buddy Brew, a local here in Tampa, so I already knew it would taste fantastic.

I decided to walk around Ybor for a bit to clear my head and enjoy my surroundings. I've been there many times before, but it's always nice to go back. Mostly I thought about how much I miss photography and that I need to buy a camera soon. I currently use my iPhone 5S as a camera. My ideal camera would be one that is small enough to fit in my crossbody bag so I can carry it with me everyday. A point and shoot with great image quality. I currently have my heart set on the Panasonic LX100.

Last, but not least, I visited Oxford Exchange. This may have been my second or third visit and every time I go in the gallery of books are changed. I love it there. I was tempted to purchase the Penguin Civic Classics edition of Common Sense and The Declaration of Independence/The United States Constitution. I adore the illustration! The crown with an "X" over it and the Gadsden flag's rattlesnake. Seeing as I already own the Barnes & Noble editions, I passed on both. I am embracing minimalism this year.


CHARLENE ZALE

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