Daylight Donuts – Pensacola, Florida

What: Donut Shop; Where: 6560 Pensacola Blvd; When: Open at 6am Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday); Cost: Donuts start at 89 cents

Daylight Donuts is a great place to meet your friends with the kids if you are looking for a sweet treat.  They have designed the interior with children in mind.  In one room, there are a few tables and a train table where the little ones will stay entertained.  In another part of the dining room, there are several booths, couches and a large flat screen television.  They have wifi so I plan on making it one of my regular locations to write and get some work done when I need to get out of the house!

I met a friend at Daylight Donuts for a meeting and we were very pleased with everything about our visit.  The donut I tried was delicious (I had the blueberry cake and my friend had a chocolate nut) and of course we love to support locally owned businesses at PWK! 

There is a drive thru window if you don’t have time to stop inside.

Daylight Donuts is located at 6560 Pensacola Blvd between Ruby Tuesdays and Quality Inn.  They are open at 6am Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).  You can connect with them on the Daylight Donuts Facebook page where they often post deals and coupons.

Dolce – Downtown Pensacola

On my very favorite street downtown, across from the Old Christ Church you will find a tiny little cafe named Dolce.  It has been open for a few months serving gelato, coffee, and handmade candies.  It is in what was originally the shotgun home known as the Moreno Cottage and is part of Historic Pensacola.  According to Film North Florida, the Moreno Cottage was part of a family compound and was built in 1870. 

Dolce sells handmade chocolates, specialty coffees, and gelato. 

After taste testing a few flavors, Little S decided on the vanilla gelato.  She is picky about her ice cream treats but she ate every bite!

Things to Do Before You Know:

  • Our group leader set up the visit and we were told to bring cash.  I am not sure if they take credit cards because I forgot to ask! 
  • Call ahead to confirm the hours they are open before you make the trip. 
  • While you are at Dolce in the historic area, wander around, take a tour, or visit the Pensacola Bay Brewery next door (I will be telling you about our visit to the brewery later this week!).

Chili’s Kids Eat FREEbruary

If you are on Chili’s email list, you will have already received information about this Chili’s promotion.  On February 8, 15, 21, and 22, kids age 12 & under eat free at Chili’s with the purchase of an adult meal. 

Thanks A. and N. for the information!  As always, PWK recommends that you call ahead if you are counting on the free meal to make sure that your store is participating.

Cupcake Emporium – Pensacola, Florida

Cupcake stores have been popular up north and over on the East Coast for quite some time but we have only recently seen the popularity popping up here.  They are easy, less messy than a cake, and they are just as tasty.

Cupcake Emporium is hard to miss…or at least is was when I went last week.  They may have a sign up now, but don’t be worried if you don’t see one.  They are open for business!  They have lots of big, yummy cupcakes ready for purchase to eat there or to take to go.

We tried four different cupcakes: pumpkin spice; mint chocolate; double chocolate; and the vanilla cupcake (vanilla cupcake and vanilla icing). 

Our verdict?  They were all pretty tasty but both the kids loved the icing the best and stuck to digging their fingers into the icing.  Our box of cupcakes looked like a little rat had gotten into it and chowed down!  I think the double chocolate cupcake was the biggest hit.  The chocolate mint cupcake was fabulous and probably my favorite but VERY strong in the mint department.  If I were to get chocolate mint again, I would ask for it to be put in a separate box so as not to cover the other cupcakes with its delicious mint flavor!   

The cupcakes are around $2.75 a piece.  Cupcake Emporium is located in the small shopping strip with Baskin Robbins off of Bayou Blvd.  It would be a perfect stop after a long morning of shopping at the mall!

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Sweet Memories Ice Cream – Pace, Florida

***Sweet Memories is permanently closed.

**Sweet Memories is under new management and not only are they offering an array of ice cream flavors now but they are also serving cupcakes!  Visit them at their new Facebook Page.**

We often get emails from readers and business owners alike telling us about new (and old favorites) things to do in and around Pensacola.  Sometimes, we might never have heard about a great place without your emails so we thank you!  I received an email from someone from Sweet Memories Ice Cream shop and it got tucked away for a visit when we were out that way.  The ice cream shop is located in Pace and I am not!  When my friend and I headed out to check out the Holland Peanut Farms Pumpkin Patch at the beginning of October, we drove past Sweet Memories and the sign caught my eye.  As we drove past it, I remembered that it was on my list of places to visit so we decided to stop on our way back and have ice cream for lunch!  I promise I fed my child her real lunch when we got home!

They serve Edy’s ice cream, which you can certainly buy at a store, but it is definitely not as tasty!  I had a mint chocolate chip sundae that had mint chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, mint cookies, and whipped cream.  Both of the kids had Birthday Cake ice cream which was surprisingly delicious.  My friend had the Strawberry Cheesecake sundae.  Yum…ready to head over there right now?!

We were greeted as soon as we opened the door and were served quickly.  I was happy to find that the ice cream was reasonably priced.  We sat on the front porch and enjoyed our ice cream while the kids ran around.

If you are in Pace and craving some ice cream, Sweet Memories is definitely worth a stop!

Sweet Memories is located at 4458 Woodbine Road, Pace, Florida and their contact number is 850.995.4999.

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Pensacola Seafood Festival – September 24-26

The Pensacola Seafood Festival is one of our favorite festivals to attend in Pensacola.  I love the smell of seafood frying and boiling, the sound of the bands playing, and the bright colors of the arts and crafts spilling out of the vendor booths.  The Seafood Festival has activities for children as well.  They will love watching the Splash Dog Competition where dogs compete to jump the farthest in a pool of water.  There are also other free and cost friendly activities like inflatables, rock climbing wall and a bubble tower. 

According to the website, the children’s activities will be open Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Seafood Festival hours will be Friday, September 24 – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m; Saturday, September 25 – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m; Sunday, September 26 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Gulf Coast Wings of Hope Hootenanny!

 Support the Gulf Coast Wings of Hope, Inc. on September 4th at a real Hootenanny, with country fun for the whole family.  All funds raised will be used to support familes with children dealing with pediatric cancer and blood disorders. 

The Hootenanny is at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds Expo Hall (main building facing Mobile Hwy.).

You can purchase tickets ahead of time here.  Advance tickets are 10 dollars for adults and 5 dollars for kids and can be purchased until September 1.  The “Fun Tickets” are 50 cents a piece and can be purchased at the Hootenanny.  Some of the activities include a petting zoo,   photo opps, arts and crafts and much more.

Saturday September 4, 2010

Fun & Activities From
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Dinner Served From
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

We went last year and had such a wonderful time.  The food was delicious.  The kids loved playing the games and riding the pony. 

Free Queso at Moe’s July 21!

In honor of Moe’s 10 year anniversary, they are giving away free queso all day on Wednesday, July 21.  We met Daddy J up at Moe’s for lunch today and I saw a sign confirming that the store in the mall was participating but be sure to call ahead to confirm!

Oh Snap! Cupcakes – Pensacola, Florida

When we travel, we love to find fun stores and restaurants.  One of the kids’ favorites?  Cupcake stores like Sprinkles or Hello Cupcake !  We were excited to see a similar store open up here called Oh Snap! Cupcake.  The above picture was the Mystery Photo Monday picture this week…this is the Red Velvet.  Yum!  Unfortunately I left my memory card at home and wasn’t able to get any other pictures.

Last week, Oh Snap! Cupcake had a soft opening and I think it was pretty successful!  Seriously, who doesn’t want a cupcake to brighten their day?  They are working out all of the kinks and getting ready for a Grand Opening.  We went on Opening Day and had a great time.  Our cupcakes were tasty and the kids were disappointed that they couldn’t try all of them. 

You can connect with Oh Snap! Cupcakes on Facebook right now as their website is still a work in progress.  According to their Facebook page, “the store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm and the cupcakes are priced as follows: Mini $1.25, Regular $2.75, Jumbo $3.50 – and we offer a baker’s dozen (13th cupcake free), and if you get 6, you get a free Mini.” 

Be sure to call ahead or check their Facebook page to confirm the above information before you go.

Oh Snap! Cupcake is located at 707-A E. Cervantes Street.  Their contact number is 850-387-4777.

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Disclaimer: I did receive one of the four cupcakes I purchased complimentary (and no…they weren’t all for me!!).  My review is based solely on my experiences and opinion with no outside influence.

Mystery Photo Monday #24


So this picture wasn’t taken at the actual location (because unfortunately I left my memory card at home), but do you know where this cupcake came from?  You might have heard the buzz about this particular place but if you haven’t and you love cupcakes, you will be so happy to read tomorrow’s post!

We hope you will play along.  If you know where this cupcake came from, leave a comment in this post!

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