A Better Byrd is in town

#BetterBloggerSp Event

 

Last week I was invited to a special blogger event hosted by Better Byrd before their grand opening. Better Byrd is a new restaurant by Ciccio Restaurant Group, and I have to admit that I'm already a BIG fan of a lot of their other restaurants. I frequent Fresh Kitchen, and I had been following the progress of the restaurant next door .... patiently anticipating the announcement of what was to come. Imagine my surprise when I found out the restaurant would be home to Better Byrd, who would be serving both chicken AND doughnuts!

SmokeyByrd 

SmokeyByrd 

StrawByrdie Bowl

StrawByrdie Bowl

IslandByrd

IslandByrd

Needless to say, I absolutely loved it. I got to taste a lot of the menu items at the event, my favorite being the Brussels Bowl and the Bacon Sriracha Queso Fries. Oh ... and I can't forget the watermelon lemonade (pictured on the last photo) ... that stuff is BOMB. Seriously, I had about 5 glasses of it at the event! 

Truffle Garlic Parm Fries

Truffle Garlic Parm Fries

Mural by  Badonkzart

Mural by Badonkzart

I absolutely love this place, so much that I've been back twice for lunch. I haven't tried their brunch ...but yes, they also have brunch items! So next time you're in St. Pete, check Better Byrd, let me know what you think!

SHINE Mural Festival

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL

27.7518° N, 82.6267° W

 

The Shine On St. Pete Mural Festival just wrapped up it's second year and it was so amazing to see this city come alive with so much color. All of the artist, both local and international, are so incredibly talented. I loved making my way through St. Pete, chatting with the artist, and watching these beautiful works of art unfold before my eyes in such a massive scale. 

I'm constantly in awe of this city ... we are so incredibly lucky to witness the art culture explore and thrive here. Of course, I didn't include pictures of finished murals because you're just going to have to visit St. Petersburg and see them for yourself. Head over to  Shineonstpete.com for a map of  all of the mural locations. Enjoy! 

WWIM13

St. Petersburg, FL & Tampa, FL

27°46'18.1"N 82°38'31.2"W27°53'21.5"N 82°28'50.4"W

This past weekend was Instagram's 13th World Wide Instameet, and as always, Jimmy and I attempted to go to as many meets as possible. All together we were able to attend 3 of the 5 meets that were being held in our area. If you have never been to an intameet, or are unfamiliar with an instameet, it's a chance to get to know people you interact with on instagram. My first instameet was  (approximately) 2012 in Tampa. Some of the people I met at that meet are still in my life today, and we have been mutually supportive of each others photography. I talk about these meets with people that are not involved in Instagram, and I always seem to get the same reaction. I get a weird look, or a question about if it's weird hanging out with people I only know online. My answer is always no, I have never felt unsafe or unwelcomed. Yes, a bit awkward at my first meets, but as my friendships grew over time, these meets felt more like home. A space where I can share ideas, meet people with the same passion, be inspired, and ultimately create some really cool photographs.  

Instagram has changed my life, it has opened doors, it has given me the power to share my work across states and countries. The most valuable things I have obtained from this app are the relationships I have gained.  I can tell you countless stories about the amount of love and kindness people have shown me in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Pete and Gainesville. All of this kindness from people I have discovered through Instagram. Not to mention Jimmy made his first appearance into my life at an Instameet. 

@_nikki_hunter_  at IgersStPete 600 Block instameet    

@_nikki_hunter_ at IgersStPete 600 Block instameet 

 

Group shot of IgersTampa Sunrise and clean-up meet

Group shot of IgersTampa Sunrise and clean-up meet

To see more moments from last weekends meets, make sure you check out #IgersbytheBay on Instagram. Also, I attended an instameet at Universal Studios. If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen some of the pictures. I will post all about that meet soon *excited face* !!