Mary Baum

Vacation Days

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes on Wednesday! It was an awesome day, and I am glad I was able to share some of it with all of you!

The only good part about not taking a long vacation this past year is that I have a few vacation days to use before the end of the year. At my job, we have to use it, or lose it – so today I am lucky enough to have the day off! Woo hoo!! I got up and got in a nice run this morning – a few miles with the pup, and then a few more miles with this guy…

Rather than being lazy on days off, I would much rather get up and get the day going. Luckily, I am able to get Marcus up to come along with me too. I love that we can run together and chit chat along the way. We both are running a holiday 5k tomorrow night, so we were sure to take our run this morning nice and easy! I see some reindeer antlers and holiday fun in our future! Marcus is also throwing a little birthday party for me tonight with some of our closest friends. We are having a hot chocolate themed party –  I can’t wait to show you how it turns out!

Edison Food and Drink Lab

Restaurant reviews are not something that I regularly do here, but my birthday dinner is something that I have to talk about. We went to a relatively new restaurant in Tampa, and it was fantastic! Marcus made dinner reservations for us at Edison Food + Drink Lab a few weeks ago, as we have been wanting to try it for a while.

It has a bit of an industrial feel to the restaurant. It is nice inside, but not fancy – my perfect kind of place. I have no problem paying good money for food, but I honestly do not like to feel pressured to dress up. This is the kind of place that you can go either way. Their menu is divided into tapas, hot apps, cold apps, salads & soups, and then the entrees. It is actually a pretty extensive menu, with something on it for everyone.

For our appetizer, we ended up ordering the goat cheese balls. For some reason, I was expecting them to come out warm, but they were cold. It ended up being a nice surprise. They had a kind of fruit glaze underneath them, which complimented the cheese and filling very well. It was the perfect way to start the meal.

They have a pretty extensive beer and wine list, but don’t serve liquor (yet). Wine is served by the glass, the flask, and the bottle. We ended up getting a flask to split between the two of us, which yielded about 2.5-3 glasses. It was the perfect amount. I can’t remember the name, but we were recommended a red blend of some sort. It had a bite at the end, but went down smooth. I would get it again.

For dinner, I got the mint chile peanut crusted yellow fin tuna. It was unbelievable. There was just the right amount of chile flavor without being too spicy. The fried rice underneath the fish was a bit salty, but it ended up complimenting the tuna nicely. There was also a very good size portion of tuna. I was pretty stuffed by the end of the meal.

Marcus ordered the sea scallops and roasted bone marrow. It was a very different meal for sure, but he loved it. There was an actual half of a beef bone sitting on his plate, with the bone marrow seasoned and roasted. I couldn’t get myself to try it, but he raved about it.

If you are in the Tampa area and have something special to celebrate, be sure to check out Edison. It was one of the best meals I have had in a very long time! And it wasn’t just because I had some pretty amazing company either!

Disclaimer:Edison did not pay for our meals or ask me to review the restaurant. I had such a great experience there, and I want to share it with all of you!

Have you ever tried something out of the ordinary (bone marrow??!!) or do you tend to stick to more tried and true options? Anyone else have a holiday race on the schedule for this weekend

3 Responses

  1. Chuck
    Chuck December 17, 2012 at 12:46 am |

    Thank you so much for having me over to your party on Friday night, Mary. It was great to see you and everyone and I had a great time. Happy birthday again!

  2. beka @ rebecca roams
    beka @ rebecca roams December 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

    Great review of edison Mary! I definitely want to check this place out :) Looks like you had a fantastic birthday between dinner, the 5k, and hot chocolate party!! I still haven’t decided what I want to do for mine (the 25th) most people are always so busy btwn Christmas and NewYears that I may have to wait until end of January since I’m working every other weekend until Jan 26th! AHHH!


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