Pretty Darn Quick!

Ah, 4 days of running in a row. 27 miles in 4 days. An 8:54 pace 5 miler and a 9:04 one day – PROGRESS! Consistency is the name of the game for me now, and I’m loving these improvements!

As I figure out what to eat for breakfast & blog, let’s go back to a Sunday adventure, eh?

After my recovery run Sunday, I’d planned to meet up with the lovely Tampa Lady Bloggers to try out a new food digs & meet up about bloggy blog thangs.

Beks came over a tad earlier to meet up and head to Fit2Run so that I could pick out arm sleeves and pick up some new flavors of Shot Bloks.

(when I got home to show Jaeden my new sleeves, he said he was too busy eating dinner to care – le sigh)

After some fun depressing window shopping looking at things I can’t buy just yet some of the new stores they just put in International plaza, we headed to St Pete to meet up with the TBLB gang.

The acronym PDQ stands for People Dedicated to Quality – which was an evident part of this restaurants’s philosophy the moment we stepped through their doors! Boasting “the freshest chicken nuggets and salads” I was readily available to meet up and eat up!

The drive thru is Pretty Darn Quick! {Peewee laugh}
The marketing and PR officer, Jeff, along with the Operating Partner, Dan, welcomed us once we all arrived and offered to treat us to a PDQ lunch! This was a first for me so I was kind of overwhelmed with what to choose as my first meal.
I ended up deciding to go with the Grilled Chicken Salad while sharing fries with Beks. The dressing, the fiesta vinaigrette, was AWESOME! I thought I wouldn’t finish the salad, but…I did…and pretty darn quick too! πŸ˜‰
[before shot]
I was also like a kid in a candy store once I saw 2 of my favorite machines in the world – the Coca-Cola Freestyle! I’m not a huge soda drinker, and if I do it’s diet/sugar free, but this machine is magical! You can create over 100 flavor combinations including your choice of soda (or water!) plus flavors like peach or raspberry! A lot of the restaurants we frequent have these glorious machines, so that’s always a huge plus for me when deciding where to go – hey, no judgement please. *Sidenote: One of these puppies costs like $50k! Anyone want to pitch in for Christmas for Kat? Bueller?? My drink of choice: Sprite Zero with Raspberry flavoring…muy delicioso.
Kid. Candy Store.
Beks is super excited to try the fries

These apples are paired with a spectacular dip that has toffee/chocolate pieces in it. Who would make such a creation?!
Verdict: I love it! The chicken was super fresh and tender and the salad was a welcomed healthy option – because when you eat fries with it, it all balances out. There were great options on the menu for everyone from sandwiches to shakes to salads to crispy chicken and grilled. I asked Jeff when one of these would be opening closer to my side of town and he said the company is looking into it. Thank goodness!
After we ate, we were treated to a ‘beheind the scenes’ tour of how PDQ operates!
Dan walked us through the fridge where he taught us that all of the chicken was fresh daily & hand cut and marinated to be stored for use. The dressings and all of the sauces are also made in-house and packed there as well. The french fries had a 5+ step process to make sure they were the best PDQ could offer as well!
This is Josey. He is a professional potato smasher. I am jealous of his job title. He showed us how the potatoes are cut fresh, washed 3 times, and then put through a blanching and refridgeration process before being fried. He was nice enough to let us ladies try out potato smashing for ourselves.
I am She-ra, the potato smasher. Watch as Josey is laughing at my lack of smashing skills behind me.
This was definitely another great TBLB meet up! Thanks to Caroline for organizing it and to Jeff & Dan for welcoming us to their restaurant for lunch and a tour – we really enjoyed the day … and the chicken!
Tori, Beks, me, Jackie, Caroline, and Debbie
Be sure to check to see where there is a PDQ near you – here in town there is one in South Tampa and this location in St Petersburg.

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    October 23, 2012, 12:36 pm

    So fun to hang out with you again!

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    October 23, 2012, 12:38 pm

    Sounds yummy! That salad and fries looked delicious!!! Congrats on those fast runs girl!!! You rock!

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      October 23, 2012, 1:16 pm

      It was awesome! Thanks Mindy! πŸ˜€

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    October 23, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… #thatisall

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    October 23, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Pdq sounds so cool!! I’ve never even heard of it!! I need to look them up now!!!! So excited for the progress you’re making!! You rock!! Have a fab day! Xo

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      October 23, 2012, 1:17 pm

      Thanks Jenna! Hope you have one close, happy Tuesday! πŸ™‚

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    October 23, 2012, 1:16 pm

    I need to try out this place. It looks so good! And I love love the concept behind it.

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      October 23, 2012, 4:00 pm

      It was super nummy πŸ™‚

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    October 23, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Looks like you guys had a wonderful meet! I wish I could have gone πŸ™‚

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      October 23, 2012, 4:01 pm

      Next time Grace! πŸ˜‰

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    October 23, 2012, 2:25 pm

    How fun!! They have those machines here at six flags STL and I love them. The water with peach flavoring is my fav!

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      October 23, 2012, 4:03 pm

      I’m obsessed with them, I want one!

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    October 23, 2012, 3:27 pm

    There is one close to mi casa I have yet to go visit. Must check it out soon.

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      October 23, 2012, 4:05 pm

      South Dale? yea that’s the other one

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    October 23, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I’ve never heard of PDQ, thanks for sahring! You are so fun!!!

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      October 23, 2012, 4:07 pm

      Thanks Jenelle!

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    October 23, 2012, 5:45 pm

    That looks like so much fun. I want to try one of those machines! I’ve never heard/seen them before!!

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      October 23, 2012, 7:26 pm

      I’m not sure if they’re in Canada yet!

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    October 23, 2012, 6:01 pm

    Great….Now I’m starved. Thanks Kat!

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      October 23, 2012, 7:28 pm

      Anytime G! πŸ˜‰

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    October 23, 2012, 6:36 pm

    Excellent review! A lot of reviews of PDQ have stated that it is the best replacement for Chik-fil-a and beats it hands down. I had the chicken salad and I really thought it was amazing but I love that you received a tour of the kitchen. That is awesome.

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      October 23, 2012, 7:29 pm

      It was very neat! I wish one was closer to where I lived!

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    October 23, 2012, 6:40 pm

    I must say those apples and dip look sweet (literally) πŸ˜‰

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      October 23, 2012, 7:30 pm

      they’re definitely not competition friendly;) Maybe I need to sign up for one so I can get lean and mean like you! πŸ˜‰

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    October 23, 2012, 9:47 pm

    Such good fun! Kat, I’m jealous :-D. I want the chicken salad, and I want the soda machine.

    Also – nice job with the mileage this week – your workouts have been epic.

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    October 24, 2012, 12:26 am

    What a fun afternoon! The food looks delicious, especially the toffee/chocolate dip for apples. πŸ™‚

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      October 24, 2012, 3:00 am

      It was delish!

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    October 24, 2012, 1:10 am

    Yummy food, bloggy fun, uggggg….
    So happy for you and jealous all at once.
    I love Charleston to much, so ya’ll are going to have to move here.

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      October 24, 2012, 3:01 am

      Florida trumps south cackalacky Abs! πŸ˜‰

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    October 24, 2012, 2:58 am

    i love those coke machines! it is so much fun to make your own!

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    October 24, 2012, 11:22 pm

    I gave up chick-fil-a and PDQ is my happy, healthy replacement. What a fun meetup!

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    October 25, 2012, 5:10 pm

    That apple dip looks amazing! yummmm haha That restaurant looks great, we passed one in tampa on sunday as well.

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