The Frugalista Life

Living my best frugal life.

Year: 2018

Fortunato’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria brings family dining to South Pasadena

Just from interviewing Vincent “Vinny” Fortunato at his new restaurant Fortunato’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, it’s clear he loves the people and the people love him. In 4 decades, he’s opened and sold numerous restaurants so the process isn’t new to him at all. In my latest Creative Loafing article, I had the opportunity to […]

Where to eat in Tampa for Christmas

It’s Christmas-time and so much is going on in our worlds right now. We’re all running around like chickens with our heads cut off making sure everyone is getting the gifts they want. One other thing we have to worry about: Christmas dinner.  If you haven’t made dining plans for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, […]

XT Munchies is newest member to Xtreme Tacos family

I’ve been obsessed with Xtreme Tacos for a couple years now. Every now and then Robert and I Last time I met up with owners Sofie and Uzi, they were in the process of moving the popular taco spot and running their food truck. Life happens so while we all wait on pins and needles […]

Downtown Tampa’s Remedy is the newest cure

It’s not uncommon for me to find out about new restaurants on Instagram. It’s like seeing a child grow up in front of your eyes. I’ve been following Remedy on IG for about a month now before I ever step foot inside. Last week, I met up with wife/husband duo Jen and Derek Iavarone and […]

Fall/Winter 2018 Coat Trends That Keep You Warm

The sun goes down at 5pm and it’s dark for majority of the day so we all know what that means…it’s winter! This is when I’m layering the heaviest with sweatshirts or sweaters underneath coats. One coat that I loved in particular when I was in high school was a white DKNY puffy coat. It […]

St. Pete’s Tombolo Books delivers your faves to your doorstep

Convenience is a huge part of our lives now. We can get anything we want delivered to us whether its clothes or food. But, did you ever think you’d be able to get your fave books without having to stop by your local Barnes and Noble? That’s where Tombolo Books come in. Tombolo is a […]

Where to Eat in Tampa on Thanksgiving

Fortunately for me, I’ve managed to get a Thanksgiving Day off this year without having to switch my schedule around. Thanksgiving Day has been huge for me and Robert the last couple years because we hosted and our folks came over. This year we’re doing it a little differently: we’re not hosting anything this year. […]

4 Fashion Podcasts for Your Imaginary Runway

Fashion has been one of my obsessions since before I started kindergarten. I remember watching any fashion-related show that was on television whether it was Fashion Police pre-Joan Rivers or award show red carpets. Magazines became my go-to when I got older. I’d go to the bookstore and pick up all the magazines I loved […]

4 Food Podcasts That Won’t Make You Hungry

I first started listening to podcasts a few years ago when I upgraded from my cheap phone to my first iPhone. There’s so many podcasts out so it seems a bit overwhelming at times because there are so many choices. The podcasts I listen to range from fashion to entertainment to food. I’ve even listened […]

How to Transition Summer Clothes into Fall

The weather between the summer and fall seasons can be tricky. Mornings are cool and breezy then get warmer as the day goes on. It’s so confusing because one moment it feels like sweater weather then the next moment I’m still wearing shorts and tanks. Mother Nature needs to figure out if she wants us […]