Paint and Pinot

I’m coming off one of my most enjoyable weekends in a long time. Busy (but not overbooked) with a nice variety of activities, surrounded (as always) by delicious food. Friday date night in with homemade tacos, Saturday late afternoon lunch on the bayou (Cajun Cafe – you MUST save room for the whiskey bread pudding), Sunday brunch at Neptune Grill (skip the Bloody Mary and go for the mimosa), a last-minute trip to Orlando to see the Oklahoma City Thunder kick the Magic’s butt, my first-ever National Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Justice Parade, Bachelor Girls Night and I even squeezed in a few sessions of PiYo!

Cajun Cafe fried oystersCajun Cafe fried oysters (served with remoulade) and red beans and rice

However, one of the major highlights of this weekend was a Girls Night OUT. In addition to our Monday night in, watching Bachelor, we managed to coordinate our schedules and get together on Saturday night. We headed into downtown St. Petersburg for delicious eats at Red Mesa Mercado (taquitos! guacamole! queso! outdoor eating!), then walked over to Pinot’s Palette (they have locations throughout the United States) for painting and wine.

Pinot’s Palette’s slogan is “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” And we did. Pinot’s sets up each attendee with a blank canvas, paint, brushes, and an instructor that will guide everyone through the steps of creating a particular image. Pinot’s also provides a cash wine and beer bar. During our three-hour class we easily went through two bottles of wine. Had we not been so focused on painting, we could easily have handled a third.

Dreaming Tree pour

Blank Canvas


Layer Cake bottle

One of the best parts about the experience is that, even though everyone has the same paints, paintbrushes, and instruction, the final results are entirely unique. Clearly we had the same inspiration, but our finished products show individual style. Each piece is truly a reflection of the creator.





Good friends, good wine, good times.

Have you tried the painting/drinking thing? What have been some of your favorite Girls Night adventures?

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