Swap Shop Swat

14 Aug

My sister was in town this past week to finish some registry stuff for her wedding this fall. She came in early on Monday, instead of Tuesday  and when she called me to tell me, I was already out of the house at Ikea. My friend texted me to see if I wanted to go and I really didn’t need anything at Ikea since I am without my own place but I am up for anything to get me out of the house. We went to Salad Creations to nourish before the big shopping trip . I was so happy to see they have Salad Creations here because I wasn’t sure if they were just a NC thing. But on the same note, I was also bummed because I had a punch card and threw it out when I moved. I told the cashier this (because she had a look on her face that said “Tell me a story!”) and she ended up giving me double stamps that day because she felt bad for me—score! I got the Thai Crunch salad and was in love with the modern bowl it was served in.

The salad was great and believe it or not, that was the junior portion. I never get the salads on the menu there, I just create my own with whatever I’m feeling that day but I will definitely get this salad next time I go.  All about the asian persuasion, even if in salad form. So we went to Ikea and we all know how that goes, walking around, stopping to stare at every single thing and then being duped into thinking I could actually do some of the stuff they have on display such as their gorgeous kitchens. Like Target, Ikea sang its siren song to me and I got a few items I wasn’t planning on but everything was super cheap and I only ended up spending $15!

I got home and my sister said she was craving some lettuce wraps from PF Changs. I’ve only been to PF Chang’s a couple of times before but heard they had a great happy hour deal in the bar area. We made our way in and it was empty but I guess you can expect that for a Monday night. The PF Chang’s in Boca was smaller than any other Chang’s I have been in and kept wondering where the rest of the restaurant was. They do have a little patio area to the side though. Their special runs from 4p to 6p in the bar area alone and includes beer, wine, specialty drinks and appetizers.

I got the hot and spicy wontons and  pork tacos while my sister got the chicken lettuce wraps. The service kinda blew considering the place was empty but I can deal with crappy service in exchange for cheap food. Never would I have imagined the pork tacos would be good at asian fusion restaurant but rock on with your bad self Changs!
Afterwards we went to Macy’s to work on my sisters registry. The only thing that displeases me more than a rude salesperson is a rude salesperson who is supposed to be happy for those getting married or having a baby but is bitter instead. The girl we were working with was a complete beezy and seemed inconvenienced that she had to help us. My sister and I are a pretty fun bunch, especially after two beers. so I’m not sure what her beef was. And I’ve officially decided that after helping her pick out items for her registry, I need to get married. I want gifts like waffle makers, cake pans, a nice coffee maker and other goodies. I guess companionship and love would be nice also but I could really clean house with registering for stuff. Or I can just pull a Carrie Bradshaw and instead of shoes, I could register for food processors?

While perusing the different items in the housewares section, I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this

Tuesday was going to be a long one so I woke up early and went for a quick bike ride. Once I got presentable and looked like a lady, my sister, mom and I made our way to the Swap Shop.  Theknot.com message board recommended going there for flowers on the cheap so that was the main mission….if we could get there that is. The Swap Shop is located in an *ahem* less than desirable part of Fort Lauderdale. When we pulled off I95, we saw multiple intersections barricaded off by the police. Add three helicopters in the air flying around us and I started to have Goodfellas flashbacks. But once I remember I only had Advil PM on me and can be narcissistic at times, I felt relieved that they couldn’t be after me. Turns out that there was a robbery and a shooting at a check cashing business (see, less than desirable part of town) so the SWAT team was called in. After a lovely ride through a quite sketchy neighborhood, we got to the Swap Shop. And if I thought that neighborhood was sketchy, I was wrong. The Swap Shop was sketchy with a capital “S”! Scary Swap Shop Swat—say that three times fast! My dad and I used to go once a month when I was younger and I never remembered it being that sketch. But then again, I was young, naïve and not quite jaded. My mom, sister and I made out way through the outside flea market where all the junk is then went inside through the food court. We made the mistake of not using the restroom before hand so we had to use theirs. It smelled like funk, bad cheese and cabbage. I had to squat, which I very rarely do and was afraid to touch anything in fear that I would develop open sores all over me. And of course there was no soap in there because that would make some sense. Good thing I always have a couple of hand sanitizers on me! We finally found the flower people which we were right next to the produce stands outside.

We looked at a fewer different florists they turned out to be more than half the price that she found online. My favorite was the dyed orchid I found because fuchsia and turquoise are two of my favorite colors.


There was also this interesting, little food stand there.

I feel compelled to try it when I have nothing to do for a few days, just in case I get food poisoning. Something about swap shop seafood just doesn’t sit well with me.I made my way over to the produce stands right after.

I found some interesting stuff and when I went to three different stands to ask what this was, I got three different answers
*Soft and sweet
*(Grunt)  followed by something said in Haitian

If any of you knows this or wants to grunt at me as well, please hook a sister up, I‘m curious now. I found really cheap buys, like really cheap all of this for $4.25 so I was a happy gal!

With prices like that, they are close to knocking off my beloved Charlotte hippies from their pedestal. We’ll always have produce, dear hippies.

What exotic fruits or produce have you tried?

Where would your dream wedding registry be?

23 Responses to “Swap Shop Swat”

  1. Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice August 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Oh how I love Ikea! They are building a massive one in Ottawa right now – it’s apparently going to be the biggest in North America.

    re: the grunt – ugh!

    re: the dyed orchid = stunning!! I want one.

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      Very cool! I may have to make my way up to Canada one of these days!

  2. Alex August 15, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    Oh no….a Beezy at Macy’s. You should have gotten her a Sausage Basket…that’ll make anyone’s day!

  3. Vix @ LittleMissEverything August 15, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    A beezy? Love that word!!

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      Its my nice way of saying, well something not so nice 🙂

  4. Amy @ Second City Randomness August 15, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Ahahaha! I have that EXACT tupperware with the green lids. We match! :p

    If I could register anywhere, I think I’d hit up some serious Williams Sonomoa. And then Target. Because I love Target…

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:42 am #

      holla for cheap Ikea tupperware! It was only $3.99, you just cant beat a deal like that!

  5. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle August 15, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Ikea always sucks me in too…along with HomeGoods and Target…all three stores are full of shit I never knew I needed until I got there, saw it, and decided I had to have it. I too have the heart shaped ice tray…that I have never used. Sigh. I’m a sucker.

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      I can only go to Home Goods if I have cash. If I bring my credit card in there, I’m toast.

  6. diana@mymarblerye August 15, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    that’s so exciting she’s getting married. Where is she getting married? Anyways although I got money for my wedding, my dream one would have been at pottery born or william sonoma!

  7. Kace August 15, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    That orchid is insane! So pretty.

  8. Carly August 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    My roommates went to Ikea Saturday, I was so jealous! Here I am again! Haha!

  9. Katie @ Legally Fit August 15, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Ugh, so sorry that the employee had to ruin it for your sister. Not fun. Registering is awesome! We registered at BBB and Williams Sonoma- Williams Sonoma was clutch (though overpriced!)

    I’ve never been to an Ikea- I need to remedy that stat! i’m glad that the clerk felt back for you and gave you double stamps- score!

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      You need to go on a day where you have absolutely nothing to do -preferrably not a wknd either! You will absolutely love it!

  10. miriam August 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Those ice cube trays are super cute – I have the flowery ones – but the ice never comes out properly and ends up on the floor 😦
    Dream registry? Somewhere with furniture and knick-knacky things – maybe Restoration hardware? But honestly, I’d be happy with Nieman Marcus and would gladly sneak a few pairs of Louboutins on there!

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:39 am #

      I wish I was a show girl for that reason alone. But I guess by not being one I save a bunch of money!

      When I was at IKEA the lady next to me was saying how she owns the flower ice tray but they always break apart while coming out.

  11. Natalie @Will Jog For Food August 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Is that like a custard apple? Can you believe I have NEVER been to the swap shop! Well… only to the drive in which is pretty cool (they let you drink alcohol, woohoo). I wouldn’t touch the ceviche there either, hehe.

    • simplyshaka August 16, 2011 at 10:37 am #

      I’ve never been to the drive in there but always wanted to go! We pulled it open and it was little chewy pieces with big seeds when you took a bite, it was NOT appetizing.

  12. leashieloo August 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    I am obsessed with those orchids, I didn’t know that flowers could be dyed. That’s how far removed I am from the flowering world. I wonder if I could find them in one of my run of the mill shops.

    • simplyshaka August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am #

      Righ there with you, I need to see if there is a Flowers for Dummies book out there.

  13. olivia August 18, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Hi! Just in case you are still curious- that fruit is called a custard apple 🙂 they are pretty common (and yum) here in Australia!

    • simplyshaka August 19, 2011 at 9:30 am #

      Thank you so much, thats good to know for future use!

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