What is So Funny?!?!

Hi Dolls!

Two things I can say about Florida is that it is HOT and almost guaranteed to pour rain every afternoon during the summer. This particular morning there was an overcast which sort of matched my look for the day! However, I built my outfit around this really cool bracelet.
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I love this top not only for the cool print ....
....but especially for the peek-a-boo back!
Depending on my stance it shows a little mid-drift too. 
 It's cute and super comfy!
One of the things I have grown to love about Florida since moving here years ago, is the bodies of water throughout the state.  There is something so beautiful and peaceful about being around it. However, I will admit I'm not a huge fan of "going" to the beach.  There's something icky about having wet sand in between my toes. ICK! I do love the water though!
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Sidenote:  My friend snapped this pic of me that came out pretty cool but I was in awe at the size of the ant inching towards me!  I wanted to make sure it didn't get close enough to bite!

And of course, when with friends EVERYTHING is excessively funny!  
(I have absolutely no clue what I was in stiches over lol!)
Bracelet:  Guess
Clutch: Wilson's Leather
Top: Cotton On
Jeans:  Seven Jeans
Heels:  ShoeDazzle
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As always, thank you so much for stopping by!  
Enjoy the rest of your week!
XOXO




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Media Dinner at Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails

Hey Dolls,


I recently attended a media dinner at The Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails (see review here) and learned a lot about great events they host that I didn't know about before! 

By the way, I'm still in love with the decorative apples they have on the counters inside of the cafe!
Though I've been several times, the whimsy and being awestruck never gets old when I walk into Sweet Pete's!
Just seeing this tablescape made me anxious for what the night was to bring!  Do you see the white apples? 
 <Insert Heart-Eyes Emoji Here>

CANDY & COCKTAILS
One Friday a month, from 6:30pm-8pm, Sweet Petes features light nibbles, an interactive candy demo, and a signature cocktail bar.  These signature cocktails are made with a sweet treat and I can't think of a better place to have a cocktail made with candy!  

Our fabulous bartenders were picture ready and eager to make these craft candy cocktails...and quite frankly so was I!
Soooooo, do you you see what he's adding to the glass?  
Yep, that's right!  POP ROCKS!!!  
This was for the cocktail, Pop Rockadopolis!  It is made with Tito's Vodka, Cointreau, Lime Juice, Cranberry, and yes, good ole-fashioned Pop Rocks!
My anticipation was seriously growing as I watched him shake up the vodka!  I was thinking "...those are going to pop like crazy once he adds the drink to the glass?"
                                       It absolutely did snap, crackle, and pop!
  My excitement was like a kid in a candy shop...pun intended!  Needless to say, this poppin' cosmo was fantastic!
My second drink was the Sweet Pete's Watermelon Sour.  
For the event it came non-alcoholic with watermelon puree, watermelon pucker, lime juice, and a cute little sour watermelon gummy on top!  This was a great drink and you really don't miss the alcohol.
While enjoying candy cocktails, I couldn't resist taking a picture of this gorgeous room filled with bright colors, beautiful chandeliers, and of course, candy!  
After cocktail hour, we made our way to the third floor for the interactive candy-making demo!  We were greeted with this lovely table of hors d'oeuvres!
Our candy expert gave us a great lesson on what goes into making a lollipop!  
Lots of heat and LOTS of sugar!!!
Once he added the watermelon flavoring to the hot sugar, the smell was divine!
There was a lot of scraping and rolling of the ball of sugar 
Then lots of pulling.
Between the heat from the hot sugar, the excessive rolling, then constant pulling, I would imagine a candy maker gets a heck of an arm workout by the end of the day!
After the candy cooled some, we were able to make lollipops!
You have to move quick because it hardens as it cools.
This was my attempt to make a round lollipop.....
HA!  I called it a lolli-rose because that definitely was not the shape of a round lollipop!  Making it was a lot of fun though!  This is a perfect activity for a girls night out, first date, and even for kids (minus the cocktails, of course)!  It is a ticketed event so advance purchase of a $35 ticket is necessary to partake in all the fun!  Click here to read about other events they offer!  

DINNER
After the festivities with candy and cocktails, we made our way back down stairs to partake in a five-course meal prepared by the very talented Executive Chef, Jamey Evoniuk.


First Course:  Baby Arugula Salad 
Made with Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans, Pickled Onion, Golden Tomato, ans Pommery Mustard Vinaigrette.
This salad was delicious.  The ingredients paired together perfectly.  My favorite was the candied pecans.
Second Course:  Mini Duck Confit Crepes & Sauteed Escargot
These were delicious as well.  We wanted to finish all of them but decided to save room for the rest of our meal.
The Sauteed Escargot was made with Wild Mushrooms, Vol-au-Vent, and Sherry.  It was very flavorful and the flowers on the plate were so pretty.
Third Course:  Mango Snapper with Sauce Gribiche and Short Rib Meatloaf with Port Reduction
These were served with brown butter whipped potatoes and petite vegetables.  I've had both of these before when I visited Candy Apple Cafe in the past and knew we were in for a treat with this course. Amazing!
Fourth Course:  Grilled Local Wahoo
Made with Thai Curry Broth and Snow Pea Stir-Fry.  Beautiful dish.
Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb
Made with root vegetable hash, roasted cauliflower, and pommery beurre rouge.
Dessert
Banana Trifle Brulee
This was absolutely amazing!  It was made with vanilla custard, banana bread, and crisp wafers.
Callebaut Chocolate-Almond Dacquoise Torte
This was also phenomenal!  It was made with espresso buttercream.  It melted in your mouth.  Simply divine!
This evening was nothing short of amazing!  I met a lot of wonderful people and got to experience a little bit of what The Candy Apple Cafe and Sweet Petes duo has to offer.  From corporate events, weddings, parties,and  field trips to candy cocktails, soulful jazz dinners, and chocolate pizza parties, there is something to fit everyone's entertainment palette.  If you haven't been to Sweet Pete's and The Candy Apple Cafe, I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list!  
It's "The Sweetest Destination on Earth"!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO




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Sweet Pete's and The Candy Apple Cafe

Hey Dolls,


This post is way overdue but I'd be remiss if I didn't share with you Jacksonville's sweetest new destination,
 Sweet Pete's and The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails!  
Both are located inside the historic Seminole Club building on Hogan street and I must say that this candy land is an exciting new addition to Jacksonville's urban core.  It reminds me of a real-life Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, which is kind of a dream come true!  
The decor is so bright and whimsical! How fancy are these apples?!?!
You can't help but smile when you walk in.

I can only imagine that this is a dream land for children (and adults)!  The ice cream and dessert parlor has treats galore, making choosing an after dinner treat quite difficult.  At least it was for me.
Just to name a few, they've got cupcakes....
 Cookies....
  more cupcakes....
 Pralines, which I absolutely LOVE.... 
  and candy apples, of course!!!
 Since their opening last winter, I've visited on several different occasions and each time I discover new things like these food-flavored candies!  I've never heard of Thanksgiving, wasabi, or bacon-flavored gumballs.  I can only imagine what the T.V. Dinner gumballs taste like.  The next time I attend an event where gag gifts are in order, I know where I'll be heading for the perfect gift!
 Then there's this guy!  A 30lb. gummy snake!  You'd probably rack up a serious dental bill trying to tackle this bad boy!
 My fab find, however, was the chocolate high heel!!!  I mean come on!  It was love at first sight!
 The food is located on the first floor inside of The Candy Apple Cafe.  The menu is full of French flare with Southern influences and they serve brunch, lunch, and dinner. A group of friends and I went for brunch and I had the pleasure of tasting the following dishes!

 Buttermilk Fried Chicken 
Served w/ Pink Peppercorn gravy, house fries, and collard greens.  Very tasty!  I thought it was plated beautifully.
Candy Cherrywood Bacon
If candied bacon is on any menu, the unspoken rule is that you MUST get it and there's nothing else I have to say about that! GET...THE...BACON! 
Lemon Ricotta Pancake
Served with Strawberry Compote and Sweet Cream.  This was everything you'd want a pancake to be, fluffy and delicious!
Rock Shrimp and Grits
Served with tomato relish.  This was a friend's dish so I didn't get a chance to taste it.  She told me it was a tad bit salty but good nonetheless.
Southwest Crepe:
Made with smoked sausage, pepperjack, spinach, avocado, and salsa fresca. YUM!
Deviled Eggs:
How cute are these?!?!  I don't believe I've ever had deviled eggs from a restaurant.  These were all three flavors they offer.  Traditional. Spicy hummus, and Cobb.  It was just like homemade!
  Brunch with my friends in the Candy Apple Cafe was wonderful and it's like being a kid again when ever I go into Sweet Petes! 
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 Before I go I've got great news for all of you Jazz lovers! I recently found out that they will be having Sweet and Soulful Jazz Dinners on the 4th Friday of every month from now through November!  This jazzy event includes a buffet style dinner, live comedy, dancing, and a cocktail.  This is another fabulous thing to do in Jax!  If you're interested, you can secure your spot here for the next Soulful Jazz Dinner.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!!! 
XOXO




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