5/27/2009

Tampa Tweetup

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Tampa Twitters
Tampa Twitters Night Out

Making new friends over drinks and delicious food is one of my favorite activities. This past Saturday, I broke bread with a group of awesome people (@RebekahReidy, @chefgui, @srowl, @mysummerbeard, @ChefKathy, @MicheleNorthrup, and @TheBeerWench among others) I had only previously known by twitter handles and brief status updates.

Before I spill all of the details, I have to share one piece of advice: if you ever have the chance to attend a tweetup, you should definitely make it a point to attend. Twitter meet-ups are a great way to take time off from the computer screen and make some new friends. Take social networking to the next level. Bring the virtual world together with the real world and you are sure to have a blast!

Ok, now for the details...

The tweetup kicked off at 5:30pm with some Cajun spice at Harry's Seafood Bar, and Grille:


Harry's
Cajun Curbside

Harry's took excellent care of us. Our waitress, Tiffany, and the rest of the staff were very accommodating. The table was ready before we arrived, we had plenty of bread and water, the food was promptly delivered, and the wine bottles were opened before our glasses had a chance to be emptied.

What more could you ask for?


Jambalaya
Mound of Jambalaya

With so many great New Orleans style dishes on the menu, I struggled with the decision of what to order. After some deliberation, and several glasses of wine, I decided to go with my traditional Cajun favorite: Jambalaya accompanied by a bowl of Gumbo. I made the right choice! It was perfectly prepared and the portions were large and delicious! The gumbo combined with a little of Michelle's hot sauce was just enough spice to get the party started.


Pinot
Pinot party starter

Being the Wine Whore that I am, I brought a box (check out how I bring wine to the party) of four bottles to dinner. The following selections (listed in order of appearance) were corked over dinner:

  • Graton Ridge RRV Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2006
  • Collier Falls Dry Creek Sonoma Private Reserve Zinfandel 2004
  • Collier Falls Hillside Estate Dry Creek Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2003




We started with the Pinot Noir and quickly tore into the Zinfandel. Oddly enough, the favorite of the night was the Cabernet Sauvignon from Collier Falls which closed out the show. I could go on and on about the wine, but I'll save those details for a future post.


World of Beer Logo
Buzzing from the wine and full of spicy food, we proceeded to the World of Beer. This cozy watering hole is home to an extensive selection of over 500 beers from around the world. You are always sure to find friendly and helpful staff, live music, and tons of other beer lovers.

My beer flight began with a Bolita Double Brown made from none other than the local Tampa Cigar City Brewery. This thick dark Northern England-style brown ale clocked in at 9.0% and was full of malty character and a slightly nutty finish. After one of these, it was time to switch back to my favorite: Rogue Dead Guy Ale.



My poker hand

Throughout the course of the evening, we had a great time talking, drinking, and playing a game called Apples to Apples. Although it was new to me, the rules were simple enough to be learned in a matter of minutes despite the fact that I had a few cocktails clouding my brain.

Rules:
Each player is dealt seven "red apple" cards; on each is printed a noun or noun phrase (such as "Madonna", "Canada", "The Spanish Inquisition", "Michael Jackson", etc.). Then each player (except the judge) chooses a card that they think is the best match for the green apple card, and places it face-down. The judge shuffles the red apple cards, reads them (often aloud), and decides which noun is the best match for the adjective. This decision is subjective; the official rules encourage the judge to pick the match that is "most creative, humorous or interesting". The winner is the first player to accumulate a pre-designated number of green apple cards; the more players, the lower the total.

I can't remember if anyone won, but then again, I don't think it really mattered. Things eventually started to wind down as people came and went. My night ended at about 2:00am after returning from a trip out to Shepherd's in Clearwater. A couple of glasses of water and ten hours of sleep later, I woke up with a smile.

I would like to thank you all for coming out and making this event a blast. This was a night I will never forget. Where will the next event will be?


To all of my other 'Wine Whore' friends, don't forget to send in your own fun pictures to be included in next week's post!

Cheers!
Randy Watson (a.k.a 'The Wine Whore')


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4 comments:

Mark from NJ said...

apples to apples is a great game...makes the adults feel how we felt when we were kids playing Operation or something like that...great post..I am attending a 3 course wine dinner myself tonight in Richmond, Va..should be great...ill post about it on my blog...cheers!

jFLASHj said...

I would kill for some good Cajun out West In Cali. Thanx for the new wines too. Looking them up as we speak. Cheers!

Shelly said...

Wow. Sounds like a great time. I've never heard of the game either but it sounds like fun. I need to go check out this 3 course wine dinner Mark is referring to...

Cheers!

Miss Attitude said...

I was so bummed to miss out, and by the looks of it I did miss out:( But I'm glad y'all had a blast! Hopefully I can make the next one!

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