The Frugalista Life

Living my best frugal life.

Year: 2019

Epicurean Hotel announces new hires, “New American” menu, and new looks

Epicurean Hotel announced two new additions to the hotel’s award-winning culinary team: Executive Chef Jason Bamford and Restaurant General Manager Vicente Lavayen. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome Jason and Vicente to the Epicurean table,” said Kevin Scott, general manager, Epicurean Hotel. “Their respective talents, skills and creativity in the kitchen and at the bar […]

4 new concepts now open at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa announces the opening of four new concepts within the resort. The new concepts are: Cipresso, a contemporary Italian trattoria; fast-casual coffee spot Constant Grind; the new Pool Bar & Grill serves lunch and dinner; and The Cellar, an upscale wine and retail space. These new spaces join the […]

5 Pairs of Boots to Buy When It Gets Cold

It’s finally getting cooler in Florida so I feel like now I won’t look crazy wearing boots in 80 degree weather. The first lick of breeze is blowing currently so you already know the vibes. Right now, you’re scouring all the websites looking for a few pairs of perfect boots to complement your cold-weather fits. […]

New food hall concept at Sundial coming to St. Petersburg

Almost 2 years after successfully launching Heights Public Market at Armature Works, the people behind the popular destination are reimagining over 25,000-square feet of commercial space at Sundial in St. Petersburg. “We are very excited to extend our brand across the bay and into downtown St. Petersburg,” commented Chas Bruck, Armature Works and BE-1 Concepts […]

Mayor Jane Castor to host 2nd annual Armature Works tree lighting ceremony

Armature Works’ 2nd annual Holiday Tree Lighting is set for November 30th from 6pm-8pm in the South Lawn. Over 5,000 people attended last year’s lighting event. Mayor Jane Castor helps start the season off by welcoming everyone and lighting the tree. Holiday Tree Lighting starts with a few family-friendly activities like photos with Santa and […]

Chef Demetrio Zavala gives Shula’s Steak House locations a new look

Shula’s Steak House is getting a facelift thanks to Chef Demetrio Zavala. Before, the steakhouse was kinda like something your older relatives went to but Zavala is turning everything around. He’s been the Corporate Executive Chef for the Shula’s Restaurant Group for less than a year overseeing the Shula’s Steak House rebrand and there’s plenty […]

4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP donate $75k to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

The 4R Restaurant Group continues its mission to support and serve those in need after Hurricane Dorian with their $75k donation to the World Central Kitchen, an organization dedicated to providing meals after natural disasters , during yesterday’s check presentation ceremony at their Winter Park location. “The entire 4R family is honored to align with […]

Armature Works wedding event set for January 2020

I’ve never been to a wedding expo but I can guess they’re a bit overwhelming. Having so many vendors at your disposal can make it extremely difficult to choose between a dress, food, locations, etc. Armature Works has their own interactive wedding expo set for next year that’s a smidge more intimate. Their wedding expo […]

Datz’s Jaimes Fredlund spends his off-days feeding Ybor’s homeless community

Do you ever really know what your co-workers are doing when they leave work? Me either. Yes, we get a preview via social media, but does that tell the whole story? During the day, Jaimes Fredlund is assistant kitchen manager at Datz in South Tampa but he feeds the homeless in Ybor City with his […]

Armature Works “Dinner on the Lawn” series launches next month

The Dinner on the Lawn series launches next month featuring an Autumn Harvest dinner curated by James Beard Award-winning Chef Anne Kearney of Oak & Ola and Chef Nathan Hardin of Steelbach. The two popular chefs are collaborating on a unique dinner menu to partake in. Guests can enjoy their lawn experience underneath the stars […]