The Frugalista Life

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Category: Food

Ramon Hernandez and Vincent Jackson

Callaloo, Pipo’s Cafe open inside St. Petersburg’s Manhattan Casino

Earlier this week, I drove across the Howard Frankland to the reopened Manhattan Casino to interview former Bucs player turned restauranteur Vincent Jackson and Ramon Hernandez of famed eatery Pipo’s Cafe about their new venture, Callaloo. The Manhattan Casino is located in the historically Black neighborhood called The Deuces and is where Black artists could […]

Prost Kitchen and Bar

Where to Get Lucky in Tampa Bay on St. Patrick’s Day

Still trying to finalize those St. Patrick’s Day plans? My latest for Creative Loafing is a roundup of various events going on in the Tampa area. Here’s a few things happening this weekend(all are Saturday unless otherwise stated):   Boulevard Burgers & Tap House A St. Paddy’s-themed burger named The Irish Car Bomb is the […]

Biscuits and Gravy

3rd Annual St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival mixes marine life with melodies

Over the weekend I traveled across the Howard Frankland bridge to the 3rd Annual St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival. Not to be confused with the same kind of festival at St. Pete Beach (which I did), this one took place in Vinoy Park near the Old Northeast neighborhood.  For anyone that hasn’t been yet, that […]

spinach goat cheese frittata

Beautiful Brown Girls Brunch Club at Noble Crust Carrollwood

One of my goals for this year is to be more social. When you’ve been doing stuff on your own for a long time, it’s easy to get into the groove of doing that. Unless I’m going to the gym, I can stay in my apartment with no issue. At some point, you learn human […]

Sweet Soul opens in South Tampa

Vegan food continues to show us that it doesn’t mean bland and boring. Sweet Soul in South Tampa is proving that to a T. Soft serve ice cream, smoothies, and various bowls are options for vegans and even non-vegans like myself looking to try something different. An excerpt from my Creative Loafing article: “At this point, […]

food stand

What to Eat for Healthy Hair

Just like skin, your hair has a way of letting you (and everyone else) know how healthy you really are. My hair became thin during my senior year of college and it wasn’t a pretty sight (maybe it was because I survived on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to save up for an apartment). Once […]

Fun-Tastic Foods: Pinellas County students win Florida State Fair food contest

The Florida State Fair usually has a contest for their vendors to see who can create the most unique fair food. This year, they decided to extend the invitation to high school culinary students in Pinellas County. The winners this year are: Joshua Harper and Mallory Kulak of Osceola Fundamental with Keith Simpkins and Ryley […]

Tiki Bay Island: Not your usual boat ride

The owners of Tiki Bay Island recently bought (and moved to) Beer Can Island after an issue at their previous location. At their new location, the owners have so many things planned like yoga and bungalow rentals. Visitors can sip on cocktails while floating around the bay or be beach bums onshore. An excerpt from […]

Foeder for Thought: An educational experience for beer lovers

Tampa Bay Beer Week is almost here and Green Bench Brewing is throwing it’s 5th Annual Foeder for Thought event. This is for all the beer connoisseurs and wannabe connoisseurs that want to learn more about farmhouse, sour, and wild beers. Panels of experts share their expertise while sharing their beers. Several brands will be […]

Bubble Bar Cafe changes Lakeland food scene

Bubble Bar Cafe opened in Lakeland a couple weeks ago and they’re already changing the food scene of the town. Donuts, ice cream(scoops and sandwiches), and waffle cones are on the menu with unlimited ways of customizing. Here’s an excerpt from my latest Creative Loafing article: “Bubble Bar Cafe is here to change the preconceived notions […]