Xperiencing Downtown St. Petersburg! + Giveaway! (closed)

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Yes, I spelled Xperience ‘incorrectly’ but only because it’s related to Xperiencedays.com!

 
G and I LOVE to travel and experience new foods in all kinds of places, which you guys all know already – and that’s made evident from the trips we take every other month or so during the year. We also LOVE to experience our city and enjoy trying new restaurants with friends or events that may be going on locally.
 
We were given the opportunity to try out a Downtown St. Petersburg Walking Culinary tour, courtesy of Xperiencedays.com, just a hop skip and jump away from our house – a staycation for the day?! Right on!
 
*Disclaimer: Xperiencedays.com compensated our culinary tour experience in exchange for a review on the tour. All opinions in this post are my own (and G’s 😉

A couple of weekends ago, we headed down to Downtown St Petersburg for a tour that took us on 7 stops throughout the area to get a taste of the town!

Stop #1: Kalamazoo Olive Company – Our tour started here at this Olive oil/Balsamic vinegar haven. We learned all about the oil and balsamic making process and were able to taste different flavors of both. They had SO many to choose from – oil & vinegar times 100!

 
 
 
Stop #2: Wood Fired – This pizza place was a couple of blocks over and bragged “gluten-friendly’ dough where the enzymes in the yeast were to break down the gluten in the dough. Regardless of that being fact, I dug right in to try out their Lydia pizza that included ricotta, mozzarella, spinach, onion (took these off), and tomato along with their white sauce! The dough was thin but soft and the ingredients were fresh and delicious!
 
 
 
 
Stop #3: Crowley’s – Home to many sports fans gazing at their Saturday games, Crowley’s was a friendly neighborhood bar that put a twist on typical ‘bar food.’ We got to try their Reuben eggrolls and St Pete roll – both were super delicious and unique!
 
 
 
Stop #4: La Sandwicherie – We journeyed over to the North side of downtown to this shop that made fresh sandwiches and gelato. G and I shared the brownie and vanilla bourbon flavors to sneak in a sweet treat between tastings.
 

 
Stop #5: Rollboto – I would’ve never noticed this little cute place hidden in downtown St Pete. Rollbotto is a fun, very Japan-esque, restaurant where you can create your own sushi rolls. We tried the vegetable and sweet potato rolls – both were great!
 
 
Stop #6: Savory Spice Company – Closer to Beach Drive was this spice company that housed OODLES of in-house-bottled herbs, spices, and rubs and the like. They had 2 kinds of cinnamon (2 additional types of Cassia which is similar to cinnamon in the states), a wall of meat rubs, sea salts, and more!
 

 
Our tour guide, Gabriel, taking us throughout downtown
 
Stop #7: Sweet Divas – Our last stop was at Sweet Divas chocolate shop. Here we were able to learn that the owners of this shop started only a couple of years prior after retiring from corporate jobs and having a big love for chocolate. All of the chocolates are Belgian chocolates and handcrafted inside. We got to taste their Chocolate shop wine, that was infused with chocolate but not too sweet!
 
 
 
Needless to say, we didn’t come home empty-handed, that’s for sure!
 
 
G said that he loved this ‘day date’ and we should try to do our own ‘tastes of the town’ in other areas to see what we can find on foot. I thought that sounded like such a fun idea!
 
Xperiencedays.com offers a variety of choices for gifts that include these culinary tours, hot air balloon rides, pilot classes for the day, and MORE!
 
How do you Xperience your city or town?
 
* I’m able to GIVEAWAY $50 to Xperiencedays.com as a gift to one of my readers for the holidays!
 
To enter, just comment below with which Xperiencedays.com venture in your area you’d be interested in!
 
Happy Halloween too everyone!
 
Tomorrow night G & I get to partake in this fun stuff that I have been waiting ALL month for – a post-Marathon treat of sorts!
 
 
I’m SO excited!!!
 
Don’t forget to check out my MCM Race Recap too!
 
 
 


HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    October 31, 2013, 12:55 pm

    What an awesome idea! That looks like a lot of fun! Have fun tonight with Mickey!!!

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    October 31, 2013, 12:59 pm

    What a fun time going to all those different places that serve tasty treats. That pizza looked so good! Have a great time at Mickey’s Halloween party and enjoy the trick or treating….it will be a candy lover’s heaven! I’ve heard the parade is fabulous too!

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    October 31, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I would love to do the same tour you did! Kalamazoo and Crowley’s are two of my absolute favorite places. James at Kalamazoo is so sweet and funny ….and he can COOK. We went to one of his cooking demonstrations and it was an amazing treat. I have about a dozen Kalamazoo bottles in my house. 🙂

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    October 31, 2013, 2:32 pm

    Amazing stay-cation, I wish we had something like this here in our little city. The Ruben egg-rolls and chocolate wine are enough to get me on a plane ASAP!

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    October 31, 2013, 3:04 pm

    What a fun way to try out new places in your own backyard!!
    We love St. Pete (it’s still on our list of possible retirement places!) – this past summer we were on Anna Maria Island and loved it!!!

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    October 31, 2013, 3:11 pm

    Gosh, I would be in a food coma after that kind of tour. It looks very delicious and like a fun thing to do though. We have something called “5280 Restaurant week” and you can get a great meal in fancy restaurants for 2 people for $52.80. lots of restaurants participate when this event is on. Denver is the mile-high city and that translates to 5,280 ft.

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    October 31, 2013, 3:55 pm

    There is a cupcake tour in Boston I wouldn’t mind hopping in on 🙂

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    October 31, 2013, 4:35 pm

    What a great idea!! Have fun tonight!

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    October 31, 2013, 5:10 pm

    I want to do the Yosemite National Park Tour!! Looks like so much fun!

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    October 31, 2013, 10:38 pm

    HAVE FUN!!! You deserve it after your huge accomplishment!

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    November 1, 2013, 2:34 am

    I’d be interested in Indoor Skydiving or Flyboarding in Orlando!

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    November 1, 2013, 11:57 am

    ((((sharing with my FLA peeps)))

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    November 1, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Love this! My sister moved to St. Pete not too long ago, and I used to work that way and haven’t hung down there in a while. I have been wanting to try Wood Fired for a while now. The tour looks awesome 🙂

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    November 1, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Cool! Hope you had fun.

    p.s. That Gelato!!! 🙂

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    November 1, 2013, 2:51 pm

    I love gelato. Have fun at the party!

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    November 1, 2013, 11:45 pm

    How fun. I think olives are the grossest thing ever, but could happily dive face first into fun eggrolls like that.
    I would love to do the culinary walking tour or chef’s kitchen tour- heck, they might become my momma’s Christmas presents.

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    November 2, 2013, 2:38 am

    I have a feeling if I went to Rollbotto, I would have to be rolled out of the restaurant! lol

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    November 4, 2013, 3:03 pm

    Cool! I’ll tell my in-laws about it because they live just across the Skyway from there! I’d love to try a food tour near ME – Uptown Dallas Culinary Walking Tour (in Dallas)!
    wilburnnewsome atyahoodotcom

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