Friends in Far Places: When Work Requires Travel

The view from Mike's Crab House

The view from Mike’s Crab House


So saying that my life has been a whirlwind of activity would certainly be an understatement at the moment.  New job with lots of travel and the start of summer is totally throwing me off my normal routine.  Forget about even being able to find the time to attend an event or go to a new restaurant just so I had something to post about.  But things are finally starting to settle and I’ve had some time to develop a better routine.  Back into the mix, I have been able to attend an event and make it to a restaurant I have never been to before, both of which ended up being pleasant surprises.

Crab for days!

Crab for days!

Did I mention that my new job included a lot of travel?  Let me just say that my calendar for June and July is slammed full already and I’ll be lucky to have much time to explore anything local.  Consiquently this means my blog is changing direction a bit and will start to include some of my travels.

First trip – Baltimore, Maryland.  In anticipation of going there I did a quick search of what you must do in the area to experience some of the local flare.  Eating crabs and drinking beer came up time and time again.  This certainly seems like my kind of town!  I was lucky enough to have a great friend already living in the area so she took me to Mike’s Crab House in Riva, Maryland.  From what I was told crab wasn’t exactly in season, but I didn’t care.  And you know the place is good when there is an hour wait to even park your car!  Let’s just say nothing could have been more perfect then when they rolled out the paper and put a stack of napkins and buckets on the table.  And can you really go wrong with perfectly seasoned crab?  I think not.

Returning to Tampa

Returning to Tampa

My second trip found me in my old stomping grounds, Tampa, Florida.  This time I got to treat a good friend who recently moved to the area to a local favorite of mine, Byblos  in South Tampa.  If you want a great atmosphere with amazing Lebanese food this is the place to go.  While I will most likely write a much more in depth piece about this place sometime in the future, I will quickly dispense with some advice.  Go there with friends and with the intention to sharing dishes.  Forget the entrée menu altogether and get a bunch of appetizers.  Between the two girls I was there with, we spend roughly $30 on appetizers and still have food left over.  It was a great way to experience a little bit of everything since not all of us were as familiar with Lebanese food as others.  Go there later in the evening, around 8 or 9, for dinner and also enjoy the show their wonderful belly dancer puts on.  Sit back, relax, and have a great time with friends.  This isn’t the place you want to rush through or head someplace afterwards.

That about wraps up some of my highlights from travelling.  Let me just say, it feels good to be writing again.  I can’t wait to share with you guys some exciting things I’ve done locally.  Check back soon!

Girls Night Out!

Girls Night Out!


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