Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Review: Tampa’s Columbia

June 13, 2010

In December, I was lucky enough  to have a business trip to beautiful and warm Tampa. Unfortunately, I missed out at staying at the conference hotel. This was sad on two counts. 1. I was horribly sick (which may have slightly affected my taste buds on this review), and  2. The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, the conference hotel, is a pretty spectacular spot. The hotel is located on on a 35-acre wildlife preserve right on the shore. It has a cute path and gazebo where you can spy on some egrets, pelicans, and ibises.

Before my cold took a turn for the worst, I managed to make it out to Ybor (“eee-bore”) City. Ybor is Tampa’s historic Spanish district with fun bars, places with flamenco dancers, cigar rolling places, and live music. My coworker and I were told to go to the Columbia Restaurant, est 1905, for great Spanish cooking. We ordered a salad, tapas, and paella.

The building was pretty spectacular.



Here Comes the Sun!

April 27, 2010

While Rice and I have had the matzoandrice twitter account for some time, I never had my own until 2.5 weeks ago. When I started my own, I instantly chose to follow thinkgeek, one of my favorite geek stores. About 2 hours after starting my account, they posted that NASA was holding a contest to have people be twitter correspondents to their Solar Dynamic Observatory Launch press conference. I signed up and got picked! Insane!

We first met at NASA to get our press passes and headed over to Grand Deli to grab sandwiches. I chose the House Special, a croissant with turkey, lettuce, tomato, and some sort of condiment. You can’t go wrong with the “house special” right? I’d say it was a decent sandwich, but that’s really only because anything on a croissant tastes instantly better. Really, it was an average sandwich, but it was made quickly and the staff was friendly.
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Thinly veiled attempt to make a post about food rather than science.


Review: Morimoto

February 9, 2010

In high school, Iron Chef was on in the background of every house party, dirty basement, or hang out location my friends and I went to. We loved the hell out of it. Iron Chef had everything! Crazy food? Check! Competitions? Check! Nutty Japanese? Double check, because you know both the Chairman and his crazy cowboy shirt each get a count.

Of all the original chefs, Morimoto was our favorite. Young, handsome, and a chef! You can imagine how excited I was to go to his restaurant in Philadelphia.