Marrs’ Go-To Eateries

Local Eats – Bravo’s Pizzeria, Faceless Samurai and Junior Colombian Burger

It’s definitely no secret that I LOVE food. What’s not to love? It’s delicious (most of the time) and brings joy. As a self-described foodie, I like to treat my taste buds and stomach to the occasional treat…ok I’m lying it’s more often than that hehe. After two years of living in Florida, these are the places that I keep coming back to. Bravo’s Pizzeria, Faceless Samurai and Junior Colombian Burger. Out of all the eateries in Florida, here are the top 3 places that hold my heart and my stomach.

Bravo’s Pizzeria – Safety Harbor

Being a New York Native, pizza has been a love of mine since birth. Growing up in the Bronx, we had some of the best pizza around. Slices were almost as big as me and were less than $2 a slice. Safe to say I take pizza pretty seriously. When I moved to Tampa I was certain I wouldn’t find a place that was as good as back home. Almost every pizzeria outside of New York states they have the coveted recipe, but it’s just a gimmick that I refuse to fall for. So when I was strolling through Safety Harbor one day and smelled the pizza at Bravo’s, I was a bit skeptical, but a girl was hungry and the slices were cheap so I gave it a go. From the outside it looked like a mom and pop pizza shop with no gimmicks or over the top claims. When I had their slice for the first time I was immediately transported back to my home state. It was crisp, cheesy with a perfect sauce to cheese ratio and you can buy BY THE SLICE! Whenever I’m craving pizza, this is the only place I go to.

Bravo’s Pizzeria is located at 100 Main Street in Safety Harbor. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Faceless Samurai – Palm Harbor

My fiancé and I love Japanese cuisine. Like most people we are pretty picky with our sushi. Sometimes it can be hard to find a spot that is both delicious and affordable. We decided to give Faceless Samurai a try on a day we were too lazy to cook and we fell in love. The restaurant is quaint and everyone we’ve encountered has always been friendly. My absolute favorite thing on their menu is the Gyoza. It’s always cooked perfectly with a nice crisp outside and flavorful filling. Their dipping sauce is also top notch and really elevates the dish. There is some kick to the sauce which may be one reason I love it so much. Certified Spice Lord over here! Their sushi rolls are always fresh and are made on the spot. Everything we’ve tried here has been fantastic! They’ve become a go-to for me for a few reasons: great service, consistent product and it doesn’t break the bank.

Faceless Samurai is located at 3428 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor.

Junior Colombian Burger – Orlando

Technically this one isn’t located in Tampa BUT I’ve been a fan of theirs for about 7 years or so making it a certified go-to spot for me. I was first introduced to JCB back when I was working for Disney (DCP 2012, baby!). A few friends of mine had told me about the spot and how I had to check them out. The first week I tried them I had eaten there 3 times, lol. It’s that good! Another quaint spot that doesn’t look like much from outside, but let’s be honest, don’t the best food spots have this in common? The burgers come with lettuce, cheese, chips and a secret sauce. I’m a HUGE salty/sweet fan so this is right up my alley. The saltiness of the chips with sweetness of the secret sauce and a flavorful burger make my tastebuds bust out the Harlem Shake. I have not found another burger like it. It’s become a must have whenever we venture out to Orlando. They also have a sauce bar in the shop which is perfect for someone like me that is obsessed with sauces. Yass honey! Next time you’re in Orlando, swing on through and grab a single or a triple…live your best life!

Junior Colombian Burger is located at 5389 S Kirkman Road, Orlando.

There you have it, homies. My top 3 go-to eateries in Florida. What are some of your favorite places to eat? I love trying new spots so be sure to let me know!

Thanks for reading!
xx
Marrs

Hudson’s Favorite Hangouts: Part 4

A Pupper Series – Next Stop: John Chestnut Senior Park
Sunset overlooking the lake

Who’s a sucker for a sunset..especially overlooking the water? Me! Me! Me! It’s so peaceful, serene and makes me appreciate how beautiful this earth is. It’s one of the things in life that always fills my heart with bliss. What I love about John Chestnut Senior park is its accessibility and vastness. The park is huge featuring 2 dog parks, playgrounds, trails, picnic areas and wildlife. Deer can be seen on almost every visit. Hudson and I love coming here. We often go to the dog park which offers plenty of space for him to play and run with others dogs while also offering me and other owners plenty of shade from the brutal sun. I love the trails you can find throughout the park. They lead deep into the trees and soon it feels like you’re somewhere far from Tampa on an adventure. The downside is there are so many bugs in the summer so be sure to load up on bug spray! I’ve definitely forgotten this one too many times and the results are never pretty. When the “colder” temperatures come, we’ll definitely be visiting more and taking advantage of being able to run without dying of heat exhaustion.

One thing Hudsons loves to do is be chased and the dog park here is the best place for it. Like I mentioned earlier the dog park is enormous. If there are no dogs for Hudson to play with, I’ll chase him around the park. First it’s great exercise for both of us and second this place is always clean. I don’t really have to worry too much about stepping in little surprises while I’m there – which let’s be honest is a big relief. The last thing any one wants is to have to hose crap off their shoes.

Along the park are picnic areas; perfect for families or parties. They 100% remind me of the birthday parties we used to throw when I was just a kid. All you needed was family, food, booze and a boom box. Ahh to go back to those days. Anyway back to 2019, I highly recommend checking this spot out. It’s wonderful year round given all the shade provided by the gorgeous trees. It’s another perfect place to just escape the chaos and madness of the world and just reset. Whether you’re looking to take your pup on a play date, go for a run along the trails or throw a party…this can easily become a go-to spot.

The park is located at 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor and is open until sundown.
More information on the park can be found here!

Thank you for reading. Catch you on Wednesday!

xx
Marrs

Hudson, David and I rate John Chestnut Senior Park 5 out of 5 Dog Bones

Four Fashion Myths All Petite Women Have Been Told

For the women 5’3″ & under – This one’s for you!

This may come as a surprise to you, but I am short. Like real short. So short people have to constantly remind me how short I am, lol. Throughout my life when people meet me they always make a comment of it, as if I don’t see myself daily. Or they’ll make the usual jokes asking me how the weather is at my level and how do I see anything, yadda yadda. It’s nothing original and if you’re reading this post, there’s a chance you’ve experience the same. Being short is a struggle but there are some pretty dope benefits. For example, I can completely stand up and stretch my legs once the plane lands without bumping my head. Thriving! At concerts or anywhere that’s crowded, it’s actually a lot easier to maneuver around because people don’t notice you as easily. Getting to the front of lines is a breeze. What can be more challenging is shopping. There are so many trends that are considered a no go for those of us who are under “average” height. However, I’m here to tell you that you CAN wear the trends were normally opted to go against. Just because we’re short doesn’t mean we can’t keep up with the rest. Here are 4 Fashion Myths All Petite Women Have Been Told and should NOT listen to.

1 – The Midi Skirt

Myth: Petite women should avoid wearing tea length or mid-length skirts or dresses as they cut the legs and make you appear shorter.

This could not be further from the truth. I personally LOVE a mid-length skirt or dress. They’re fun and extremely comfortable. If you feel like your legs look shorter, you can dress them up with heels or wedges to elongate your legs. If you’re wearing a midi skirt, wear a crop top to help cinch the waist in and elongate your lower half. For this look, I took inspiration from my style icon, Meghan Markle. Paring a beige body suit, denim button up, midi skirt and wedges. The skirt sits high helping cinch the waist in and elongating my lower half, adding in the wedges to complete the look. This skirt is from Uniqlo and features POCKETS! This is a look that can be dressed up or down. Perfect go-to for a day in the sun.

2 – The Boyfriend Jean

Myth: Petite women should avoid wearing boyfriend fitted jeans as the baggy look will drown the legs causing you to appear shorter

Boyfriend jeans are in and don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Not only are they fashionable, they are super comfortable. Again, this myth is completely false. A simple cuff and pairing with a body suit easily combats the bagginess of the jeans. There are so many variations of boyfriend fitted jeans you can choose how loose you want the fit to be. Boyfriend jeans with a fitted top and classic pointed pumps is a quick, chic and effortless look. The pointed toe will make your legs appear longer and it’s sexy. This look is perfect for date night or a ladies night out.
Jeans were provided via StitchFix. Click the link for $25 off your first box.

3 – The Oversized Blazer

Myth: Oversized blazers will drown the torso area causing you to appear short AF.

Another lie! This one is a little bit trickier as not all blazers are cut the same. Old Navy came through for me when I purchased this Oversized Blazer in an XS. The sleeves fit perfectly for me; which honestly never happens! To pull off this look you may have to see a tailor. No worries if you do, I get most of my clothing tailored for a perfect fit. For years I refused and just dealt with it, but spending the extra few bucks is surely worth it. The best ways to pull off this look is to cuff up the sleeves creating a more fitted look. Pair with jeans and a crop top or body suit to show your shape. I chose a bodysuit and high-waisted jeans to offer contrast. Finishing the look with my handy black pumps, I just need a rooftop bar for some views. You can also change the jeans for shorts for a great summer look.

4 – Any Duster/Long Cardigan/etc

Myth: Same lie, different clothing. It’s long and makes you look short.

Oh, the lies we are fed! I’ve always been steered away from these because allegedly it’ll make me look like a munchkin. I think the biggest part of this is wearing with confidence. Yes, there’s a lot of fabric, but that just gives you more to work with. I’m always up for a dramatic walk or anything that makes me feel like little extra. Best way to pair the duster is with some high-waisted jeans so you elongate the legs and cinch in the waist. A crop top will also help with this effect. Depending on the length you can dress with or without heels. As always you can get it tailored if it’s made a bit too long. Living in Tampa, a long duster is a great addition to your fall wardrobe. It’ll come in handy when transitioning from the heat to a/c powered indoors. Side note: the duster also makes for a wonderful prop during photos. This duster was found at a local boutique in Tampa called Scout & Molly. Click the link for more info on them.

There you have it guys! 4 Fashion Myths All Petite Women have been told. Did you learn anything new? Have any tips and tricks you can share? I’d love to hear from YOU!

Thank you for reading. Catch you guys soon!
xx
Marrs

Discovering Camp Tampa – Marrs Does Fitness

A Fitness Series – The One that Has it All

Camp Tampa is a boutique gym located in South Tampa that offers a variety of classes from circuit to yoga. The gym consists of three buildings each housing their speciality. There’s Yoga, Cycle/Circuit and Stations/Hit. I decided to give their HIIT classes a try after two of my friends started teaching there. Shoutout to my homies/workout queens, Anna & Alyssa, for putting me on!

Now what is HIIT? HIIT or High Intense Interval Training involves bringing your heart rate in and out of the fat burning zone. It is one of the most effective types of training when it comes to burning calories and Camp offers an entire studio dedicated to this type of training – which is pretty dope.

First impressions are important and Camp did not disappoint. Their website is clean, fun and super easy to use. I was able to create an account and schedule my first class in under 10 minutes. The hardest part was picking which class to try first. Their schedule is LOADED with so many choices.

Variety is the spice of life

William Cowper, “The Task” 1785

The first class I tried was Ass & Abs with Anna. Man did she make me WORK. Her playlist was top notch and every exercise made my muscles pop! The best part is everyone is going at their own pace. You put in the work to see the results you desire and that’s exactly what I need at this point in my fitness journey. Since that initial class, I’ve also taken Anna’s Hot Arms & Abs and Hot Full Body. All the classes mentioned are 50 minutes long and consists of a warm-up, 3 blocks of exercises and core work to finish. What’s great about these classes is they are always different and each instructor brings their knowledge and flair. You get to use equipment as well such as weights, bands, TRX straps and blocks.

Not only do they offer variety with their classes, they also offer different ways you can enjoy classes at Camp. There are several class packs you can purchase if you don’t want to commit monthly or you can go unlimited. Guys, they even have an intro offer for your first month. Class packs range from 5-30 classes and priced between $90 to upwards of $395. Their unlimited starts at $99 for your first month and then goes to $159. Now I know these prices ain’t cheap but I did mention this was a boutique. I do find their prices to be worth the money 100% for $159 I can take cycle, yoga, hit and more? The gif says it all. Most of the high end gyms around here are at that price or more and offer one type of class. Case closed on value.

Final Thoughts: Camp Tampa offers so much flexibility. You can really tailor the experience to fit to your schedule and budget which is why it 100% gets my pick for Best Workout in Tampa. Happy Camper over here!

Camp Tampa – South Tampa
Value for price-point: 5 out of 5
Schedule Flexibility: 5 out of 5
Workout: 5 out of 5
Cleanliness: 5 out of 5
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


Gym: Camp Tampa
Location: 3012 W Palmira Ave, Tampa, FL 33629
First Class Cost: $10 or free with a code (Google magic, my friends)
Rentals Included: Yes
First Class Link: Click Here

Thank you for reading! Catch you guys again soon.
xx
Marrs

Rock Out With Your Knock Out – Marrs Does Fitness

A Fitness Series – The One with all the Kicks

Kickboxing is an awesome workout. You kick, punch and have your heart pumping for the entire class. I’ve tried two kickboxing gyms in the last year so for this post instead of trying a new one out, I thought it’d be best to write about my experiences with I Love Kickboxing and 9 Rounds. They both offer kickboxing classes, but are in no other way similar. Let’s start with the basics.

Gym: I Love Kickboxing
Location(s): Trinity, Largo, Sarasota, Oldsmar
First Class Cost: They offer 3 classes for $20
Rentals Included: Gloves are included in offer and are yours to keep
Class Link: Click Here

Gym: 9 Rounds
Location: Safety Harbor, Dunedin, St Pete, South Tampa and New Port Richey
First Class Cost: Free
Rentals Included: Yes
Class Link: Click Here

Online scheduling is not offered at I Love Kickboxing, which is a bummer. You’ll need to speak to someone directly to get scheduled for class. It’s part of the experience and for them to get to know you. However, 9 Rounds does allow you to book your first class online. You simply input your information, select the best date and time for you, and boom you’re done. They’ll call and/or text you beforehand to confirm. Now let’s get into the workouts.


ILKB is an hour long class. The general format is always the same. You start with a warm-up which is designed to get your heart rate in and out of the fat burning zone. Seriously don’t be mislead by the term “warm-up.” The first 15 is far from easy. You have an instructor or two there the whole way to show you the moves and make sure you are in proper form. The best part of their culture is everyone is to progress at their own pace. After the warm-up, you stretch as a class and head into 6 bag rounds.

There are always 6 rounds and a speed round, but the combinations change every class. All your work is done on a free standing heavy punching bag. You learn all the basic punches and kicks with dope music playing in the back. When I first started going, I always felt like I was in a training montage of a sports flick. Even if you give minimal effort here, you will be sore the next day. After your bag rounds you go into partner glove drills which focuses on accuracy and coordination. You finish class with conditioning and boom your hour is over! FYI, class time varies by studio.

9 Rounds is only 30 minutes and does not offer class times! It’s an ongoing circuit style workout so you can jump in at any time. Like the name suggests, there are 9 rounds in the class. You start with jump rope to get your heart rate up and then it’s a mix of bag rounds, weighted exercises and non-weighted exercises. At 9 rounds, you work with a speed bag, a traditional double end bag, a maize bag, and an uppercut bag. The rounds are about 3 minutes each and go by quickly. I really enjoyed these workouts as they were convenient and you got to work with various equipment.

At 9 rounds, you have the opportunity to purchase a chest strap heart rate monitor. It’s relatively inexpensive as far as HRM goes. I paid about $70 for mine and it works with other apps on my phone; overall pretty decent investment. If you do buy one, you will see your stats on the screen while you workout. This is perfect for those of us who are competitive. You’ll know exactly where you are at all times and when you sure speed it up or slow it down. It’s the ideal opportunity to keep yourself in check. Having a good workout isn’t about being completely out of breath the entire time. It’s crucial to listen to your body and not overwork yourself to get the most out of it. The rounds always change, every time you come to class. Since the times are so flexible, the gym is never completely full. This is perfect because it allows more one on one attention from the instructor. After class you get an email with your stats and how many classes you’ve taken. Perfect for accountability and motivation. Oh and you get to ring the bell after your workout, which was honestly my favorite part.

Final thoughts! Kickboxing is a really fun way to workout. You feel badass, you burn loads of calories and your toning at the same time. Depending on your budget and schedule, either option can really help you met your fitness goals. I personally think it’s a great option for those just starting off and looking for fast results. Both gyms offer month to month memberships so you do not need to be locked in for a specific length of time. I love flexibility, homies! As of writing this post, 9 Rounds starts at $79/month for unlimited workouts and ILKB starts at $145/month for unlimited workouts.

9 Rounds – Safety Harbor
Value for price-point: 4 out of 5
Schedule Flexibility: 5 out of 5
Workout: 4 out of 5
Cleanliness: 5 out of 5
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5


ILKB – Oldsmar
Value for price-point: 2.5 out of 5
Schedule Flexibility: 4 out of 5
Workout: 4.5 out of 5
Cleanliness: 3 out of 5
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Thank you for reading. Catch you guys soon!
xx
Marrs