REVIEW: Rise Pies (Restaurant)

RATING: B WHAT: Rise Pies Handcrafted Pizza WHERE: International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa PRICE: About $30 for two 4-topping personal pizzas (4 slices each).  There is a $2 up charge for the vegan cheese. ATMOSPHERE: The location we went to is in a mall food court, so that should tell you about the atmosphere.  Given

REVIEW: Cafe Hey (Restaurant)

RATING: B- WHAT: Cafe Hey (New Year's Day Buffet menu only). WHERE: Cafe Hey near Downtown Tampa. PRICE: About $50 for two, including tip. We had the All-You-Can-Eat Hoppin' John ($9 each), which consisted of separate tins of Black Eyed Peas, Collard Greens, white rice, and corn bread. We also ordered a bottomless Mimosa for $10, as well

The Joys of Being Chubby

Being overweight isn't ALL bad. ********* Even being vegan and active, I would not classify myself as a health nut, and like many people I struggle with weight. I usually carry an extra pesky 20-30 pounds that do no good for my physical health or self-esteem. Also, like many people, I have a mostly sedentary career

One Easy Way to Get Your Veggies!

Eat your veggies, however that works for you. ********* Nicole is spearheading a new experiment for us. We have begun ordering vegetables online. Every week we pay about $57 to have fresh, organic fruits and vegetables show up on our doorstep. (We are going through Tampa Bay Organics but there are many services that do this near

No Pressure

Stress is relative but my life is not relative to yours. ********* Over the last few months Nicole and I have uprooted our lives, leaving everything behind in Grand Rapids, MI and moving to Tampa, FL. It has been an amazing adventure so far but not without obstacles and remarkable stress. In some ways, we are not

It’s the Little Things

If it is easy, makes you smile, and does not hurt others (people or animals), then rock it. ********* We watched the dolphins for at least an hour. Every time one of the big, shiny gray fins and dull silver backs would roll above the waves, Nicole practically squealed with joy. The dolphins were fun to watch

10 (Possibly True) Things I Have Learned About Tampa

As follow-up to 10 (Possibly Crazy) Things I Believe About Tampa, I thought it might be fun to compare to what I have actually learned so far, after moving here... ********* We have been living in Tampa for a few weeks now and it is a little different from what I thought it might be like. Here