Dear St. Pete,
I have a confession to make...I'm not proud to admit it, but I feel compelled to: I thought visiting you was going to be a colossal waste of time.
It feels good getting it out. And if it were true, I would never say it out loud.
(Spoiler alert: I was wrong)
Truth is, I had NEVER met you (well, according to my mom I did but I was too young to remember) and yet, I fully judged you and had decided in my mind that you would be <whispers this> 'kinda trashy'.
Stings a little bit to read that, doesn't it? I don't even know what to say. I have absolutely NO IDEA why I thought that.
Recently having moved to the Tampa Bay area and working as a radio morning show host, I knew I would need to become familiar with all aspects of the community.
So, I piled my family in the car, and off we went.
WOW. Just WOW.
My first impression was your Downtown/Yacht and Marina area where my husband said "I feel like we're in another country...like Finland or something." <---he's never been to Finland.
It was truly breathtaking.
We walked so much just soaking it all in and by the time we snapped out of it, the kids were starving and we had to stop in the first place we could to eat...it was a restaurant called "The Lure" and we were a little scared since it looked too swanky for our 3 and 5 year olds...
If you're a parent, you know kids only have two food groups: mac n cheese and mac n cheese.
And there was NO kids menu! Just as we considered going somewhere else, the server told us there was a 'secret' kids menu that isn't shown! It was great!
My food was awesome too.
Then saw a record store. That was it for my husband who has an unhealthy obsession with all genres of music and a record store is a magnet to him. He says he just likes to hold the records and ... wait for it ... smell them.
I'll go ahead and let you see the progression of my how cool my son thought it was...
And finally...we got dessert at a place called (swah-rey). I had the banana cream pie which was advertised as the 9th best pie in America! The kids got 'mini-cakes'.
So, I have to apologize to you St. Pete. I had the nicest day with my family. It was the perfect weather outside. The boats on the water were just unreal. Just gorgeous.
The kids finished the day playing in a park that overlooked the Bay. They cried when we had to leave you. And as far as what I said about you before I arrived...let's just say my foot didn't taste as good in my mouth as that pie did. ;)
We'll be back...we still need to go to your beach!