IKEA restaurant refresh

Earlier this week the Tampa Bay Bloggers enjoyed a pre-party lunch at IKEA. Today is the start of IKEA's 3 day celebration of "fantastic food and family fun." 

You may have caught some of the stats in Tuesday's blog post. For more details on daily giveaways, dining specials (like Sunday's $9.99 All you can eat brunch), and family activities visit Ikea.com/us/en/store/tampa.

No time for a meal? Need a little pick-me-up while shopping? Pop by for Fika, essentially a coffee break - including a little something sweet like IKEA's classic cinnamon rolls (my family's fave) or the BAKELSE PRINSESS (pink cream cakes with marzipan). The pink cakes, TÅRTA BLÅBÄR (blueberry cake) and the TÅRTA MÖRK CHOKLAD (almond & dark chocolate cake) were very popular with the bloggers.  By the way, you can also find these in the frozen aisle in the Swedish Grocery section  for Fika at home.

Now, I know I sound like a commercial or something, but I really love this store. So much so that I'll go for one item and spend an extra hour browsing and taking photos just for fun. The rows of objects and assortment of colors and textures just beg to be captured! 

Full disclosure: Each blogger received,in addition to lunch, a swag tote filled with goodies. I'd barely finished taking this pic when my kid swooped in for the chocolate and husband "ooh"ed over the organic lingonberry jam. The bamboo tablet stand has already found a place in my craft room.

Talk about Eye Candy!

I'm not a candy fan but love the assorted shapes/colors of these sweeties. There's a whole wall of bulk Swedish candies in the grocery section. While far from a health food, at least they are made without high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats or gmos. (This true for most IKEA foods as they have to meet the European standards which are more health-conscious than the USDA ones.)

Off the topic of food, I had to share a quick snap of this fun display from the new GILTIG collection. The wacky vibe and vibrant colors are almost eye-popping. Actually, the eyeball bowl above is part of this group. 

So, hey, if you find yourself in Tampa this weekend (pre-Beyonce concert or for Riverfest or the Mac & Cheese Throwdown) pop on over to IKEA for some munchies and other celebratory stuff. Maybe I'll see you there!

1 comment:

  1. Gah, I so badly wanted to attend this. I get 'lost' in Ikea often, I love it so much!