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Monday, August 31, 2015

Eating Out: Bonefish Grill Mandarin

Second to dessert, seafood is my favorite food to eat. Fish, crab, lobster, shrimp... prepared any way Bubba could rattle off. When I was contacted to visit the recently renovated Bonefish Grill in Mandarin  - I was in.

I loved the classy vibe at the restaurant. The atmosphere was refreshing and more more high end compared to other seafood chains. No carpeted floors here.

We started off the night with one of my husband's favorite dishes to order, ceviche. The mango and pineapples were a nice addition to the traditional ceviche we were used to and gave the dish a tropical flavor. Hubby ordered their tasty corn and crab soup, and I skipped this course to save room for dessert. ;) We couldn't get enough of their bread and pesto though. The chopped olives made for a saltier pesto than normal and was perfect with their freshly made, warm bread.

I ordered their grouper special topped with a lobster and crab thermidor sauce. Yum-oh! That sauce could transform any fair dish into amazing. Our server said it was also his favorite and mentioned how good it was on steak; I could definitely go for a filet with lobster and crab thermidor sauce on top. :)

Anytime we see lobster rolls on the menu my husband kind of geeks out. It seems to be more of a northern dish and one we don't see it very often in Florida. Bonefish offered one though, and of course he had to order it. It was a little different than what I was used to, celery and a hint of wasabi, but he enjoyed it no less.

During the entirety of our visit we were well attended by multiple employees. There was someone rushing by to clear off a table, or serve someone nearby a drink every couple of minutes. We had no problem catching a servers attention if we needed more bread or a refill on drinks.

By the time my favorite course rolled around I was reading through their menu for a dessert that could easily travel home with us. Fresh doughnuts sounded perfect, but they didn't even make it into the box. Chris Herring, the Managing Partner of Bonefish Grill Mandarin, recommended another dessert to us, the Jamaican Coconut Pie. (Insert smiling husband and wife here.) If you've been around this blog before you know that we got married in Jamaica and are kind of obsessed with the people, food and culture there. This couldn't have been a better recommendation. It was delicious, and warm, and the rum sauce was pretty awesome too.

If you're looking for a nice place to grab a bite Bonefish Grill Mandarin is a nice spot for a date night, a meal with the girls, or maybe just a post-shopping cocktail. The oak furnishings, tasty menu and comfy booths make Bonefish a cool spot for any occasion.

Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to Bonefish Grill in exchange for a review on the recently renovated Bonefish Grill in Mandarin. I wouldn’t have blogged about it if I didn’t enjoy it, these are my true opinions on the restaurant.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I'll Never Get Tired Of

I saw a post like this on Neely's blog and thought it would be nice to do some personal posts like this one. So here it goes.


I'll never get tired of...

Smelly dog kisses

Falling asleep to a rainstorm

Sunsets in St. Augustine

Writing on a Sunday morning

Hubby helping with chores and telling me to relax

At home yoga sessions

Splitting the last cookie with Dee

Sending silly videos to my sister to make her laugh

Taking 10,000 pictures of my food/outfit/dogs to get the perfect shot

What will you never get tired of?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Lunar Event at Magnolia Supply

A blue moon and a fun event/sale at Magnolia Supply was the way to close out July in St. Augustine. With free cocktails, a braid bar by Philosophie Salon, live music, and some serious sales, Magnolia Supply was the place to be last night. Bri and Tara, the adorable owners of the shop, threw a rockin' event, and I'm glad I attended.

Bri West and Tara Ferreira
Mandy and Brittney from Philosophie Salon were tying up braids left and right. I was happy to see so many familiar faces and spent some time chatting with Sarah, Blogger at Vegan on the Run and Editor for St. Augustine Social. We both had braids put in by the lovely Mandy, but I'm sad to say mine didn't get much visibility as dinner was a Chipolte sofritas bowl on the couch. :/ 

Braid bar by Philosophie Salon
Aslyn and the Naysayers performed as guests milled around with Blue Moon beers in hand. There were stones scattered throughout the shop building on the energy from the full moon. I found a sweet pair of druzy earrings that look like peacock ore. Stay tuned for those in a future post.

Magnolia Supply Collage

Read Bri and Tara's blog for posts on their travels and beauty/fashion advice like this one: To Bang or Not to Bang. Stop by their shop if you are in St. Augustine or view their shop online.

58 San Marco Avenue, Suite B, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Did you do anything special for the blue moon? Or is it just like any other moon to you?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blue Moon in St. Augustine

Somehow my week got thrown off. I woke up this morning thinking it was Saturday (on a Thursday).  :( Don't you hate that? Everything is going fine, it's not like I have some extravagant weekend plans either... just an odd feeling. Then I thought, maybe it's something in relation to the full moon we are having tomorrow night.

Do you have any big plans for tomorrow night's blue moon, or this weekend in general? I'm really looking forward to the Full Moon Sales on San Marco here in St. Augustine. I still haven't had a chance to stop by my friend Bri's shop Magnolia Supply and I'm excited to check it out.


I know I've been pretty quiet on the blog lately, but here's to changing that. I'm finishing up an online writing course over the next couple weeks and finally starting to settle into my new job. While my blogging slowed down over the last few months I established a solid yoga routine, worked on my writing, and was able to whip through some books I had on my summer reading list.

Sometimes you just need to take a break from blogging and refresh. Do you agree?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Blogging Your Way to a New Career

My blog helped me get a new job. If it weren't for me sitting down and starting this blog 5 years ago I would have never cared about Twitter, optimizing Facebook for business, learning (a decent amount of) HTML, or upping my writing skills.

Luck and preparation quote by Seneca

This blog has not only given me a creative outlet, but it has led me to the career I have today. With a desire to work from home I picked the brains of fellow local bloggers, and it seemed that V.A. (Virtual Assistant) work would be a good place to start for me. I had previous experience with web copy, web design, and Facebook for business. That along with my own established (I use that loosely, I had about 1,000 at the time) Twitter following gave me a footing and the confidence to offer social media services.

Now I'm sure this was a total fluke, but the first Tweet I shared got a bite! I worked with Bernie Borges of Find and Convert for 3 months in a V.A. capacity handling the Twitter account for his main business and his podcast: Social Business Engine. As our business relationship progressed I took on more responsibilities including drafting up copy for his show notes pages and even doing some audience research.

I need to point out that I still had my 36 hour a week day job at this point. In order to leave time for myself each week I started to wake up an hour earlier every morning and invest about an hour after work too. For me, this was do-able. I was logging 50+ hours a week between the two jobs and I was happy. (Side note: I like to stay busy.)

Then I received the job offer. Again, I don't know how normal of a situation this was, it had only been 3 months but I clearly proved my worth. Now I am a Digital Marketing Associate for Find and Convert, a B2B marketing agency out of Tampa, Florida. I work fully remotely and am enjoying the opportunity to write every day as a part of my job. The knowledge I am gaining from the digital marketing world is amazing too. I have so much more to learn.

Now that I have given you my story... if you are interested in a new career in any field, go for it. If it's a digital career you are looking for — keep your blogging professional. Possible employers will look to it to see how seriously you handled everything.

Learn everything you can. I am a regular attendee of blogging/social media conferences and trainings. Not only did this allow for networking and growing my following, but I have been able to learn so much. People in the blogging community are very open with what has worked for them.  Many have no problem sharing social media tips and the common pitfalls they've encountered along the way. Your fellow attendees have a lot to offer at these events too, not just the speakers.

Going along with learning everything you can — READ! Of course you should be reading other blogs, but don't forget about those hard bound things with paper in them called books. There are plenty of niche style books about blogging (or content writing) and social media. Even successful fashion bloggers are dishing out their tips and tricks formulas for success.

Most obvious to me now is podcasts. I wish I had taken advantage of them sooner. I can listen to them when washing the dishes, walking the dog, even working out. The Social Business Engine show is a podcast and internet TV series of interviews with people and companies who have seen success in social business. There's plenty of other podcasts out there on virtually anything you may want to hear about. The social media podcasts on my list currently are:
  • Social Business Engine (duh!)
  • Social Media Zoom Factor with Pam Moore
  • Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
  • The Social Media Examiner Show
  • Social Media Marketing Podcast with Michael Stelzner
  • Social Pros Podcast: Real People Doing Real Work in Social Media
If you are interested in social media you should be following these hosts on Twitter too.

It's going to take hard-work and extra hours but you can do it. Check out my Pinterest board for more techie/blog tips. There is so much good information there too!

If you have any questions or I can help you with anything let me know. I'm on Twitter @meaghanmae and I would be happy to assist. :)