December 13, 2012

A Santa Swag Swap at Datz is where it's at

Last week I went to a delicious place. That delicious place is Datz.

I've been wanting to try Datz for awhile. Thankfully, the Tampa Bay Bloggers gave me the opportunity with a Santa Swag Swap.

What is a Santa Swag Swap? Well, bloggers bring wrapped swag (items sent from PR folks, giveaways from conferences, re-gifts, whatever you got) and swap it in a white elephant gift exchange.

I wrapped some random re-gifts and headed to Datz after work. Datz is conveniently located close to downtown Tampa (where I work), so that was pretty handy. 

Upon arrival, I was greeted with a Wreck the Halls. Hello, Datz and Tampa Bay Bloggers, I love you.

Wreck the Halls is a mix of vanilla vodka, Kahlua
peppermint mocha and Adult Chocolate Milk.
(Photo credit: Raffi)
Tampa Bay Bloggers from left to right: Caroline from My Fascinating Life,
Raffi from Running Betty, Brian from Digital Running, me, Asha from
The Dansha Diaries, Denise from RunDMT, Kristen from Gone Bananas.
Not pictured: Marisa from Fit Kids Playground who joined us later.

After drinks, the appetizers arrived: poutine (fries, cheese curd demi-glace and a fried egg), corn fritters (with powdered sugar and jalapeno-maple syrup), figtastic flatbread (slided fig, Asian pear, roasted red onion, blue cheese, baby arugula) and bruschetta flatbread (pesto, Parmesan, mozzarella, roasted red onion, plum tomato, basil, balsamic glaze).

Poutine (Photo credit: Raffi)

The corn fritters rocked (as did the other items). I'm not a syrup fan so I passed on it, thinking it was just maple syrup. After the fact, realizing that this was jalapeno-maple syrup, I'd definitely give it a try. Jalapenos make everything delicious.

Corn fritters (Photo credit: Raffi)

My favorite appetizer, which surprised me, was the figtastic flatbread. I'm not a huge blue cheese fan, but this had just the right amount mixed with the sweetness of the pear and fig and the spiciness of the arugula. You've got to try everything once because you'll never know what you'll like, right?

My surprise favorite appetizer: figtastic flatbread (Photo credit: Raffi)

After appetizers, we did the swag swap. I went first and was rewarded with a Turbie Twist. Score! No one stole it, so I ended up going home a happy girl. I put it to use right away.

The main course arrived after the swap. We were treated to: chicken little (black tea-spiced, baby, free-range chicken, tri-colored quinoa, honey-fig sauteed spinach, Asian pear chutney) with a side of curried vegan winter stew (carrots and butternut squash braised in a tomato curry broth, tri-colored quinoa, cilantro, mint, pumpkin seeds).

Chicken little (Photo credit: Raffi)

I think the coolest thing about dinner was that they were all new tastes to me. Nothing was an "oh, I had something like this at another restaurant." I particularly liked the honey-fig spinach. Apparently, I like figs. I didn't know this.

And then dessert happened. Oreo beignets. Holy yum. And yes, an Oreo beignet is exactly what it sounds like: an Oreo fried inside of delicious donut goodness. For an Oreo-loving girl like myself, this could be the perfect dessert. 

Oreo beignets (Photo credit: Raffi)

My first trip to Datz and my first Tampa Bay Bloggers meetup rocked! I'll definitely be back to both (with my regular camera, not an iPhone camera — thanks so much to Raffi for the non-dark, non-blurry photos; and thanks to Datz)! 

Do you have a Turbie Twist? Have you ever eaten poutine, corn fritters or jalapeno-maple syrup? Are you an Oreo lover? Do you live in the Tampa Bay area? If so, have you been to Datz? What did you think? If you don't live in the area, come to visit me; I'll take you there!


  1. Sounds like you had a blast. The food always looks amazing at Datz.

  2. What a fun exchange! No, I don't have a Turbie Twist, what is it for?

    1. It's a super absorbent towel so it is supposed to help with drying time. It's also very light and secure on your head, not like a regular bath towel.

  3. My daughters have microfiber hair towels, but I got them at the dollar store. They have a button in back to keep them on.
    I like Oreos, but do not love them. I did love them hot and mushy though!

    1. They were so good that I think they could be very dangerous!

  4. LOL, I would love to find a turbie twist...awesome score!

    1. I agree! I was so happy that I picked that gift.


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