The Impossible Burger

We tried The Impossible Burger! We were able to order one at Daily Eats and, wow, it tastes just like a real, bona-fide, meat-based burger. It was such a weird taste and feeling considering I haven't had a meat burger in more than 2 decades! Here's the bottom-line review: The taste is close

3 Principles for Better Living (Part 2- Peace Out)

As I shared in part one of this post, being vegan, for Nicole and I, is about more than food. It's about living better. That means embracing minimalism, living peacefully, and doing more instead of having more. We struggle with all that, at times, but we grow closer to living our way with each day.


RATING: B+ WHAT: Thai Island Restaurant WHERE: 210 E Davis Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606 PRICE: $56.00 for two, including tip. We had the Corn Fritter, Thai Spring Roll, Tom Yum Soup with vegetables, Red Curry with vegetables and tofu, and Pad Pak with tofu.       ATMOSPHERE: We sat on the patio and did not go inside so it is hard to give


RATING: B+ WHAT: Lotus Vegan Restaurant is a 100% Vegan Restaurant, mostly Vietnamese dishes with some American ones WHERE: 6575 Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park, FL 33781 PRICE: $40.00 for two, including tip. We had the Crispy Cha-Cha appetizer, Curry Rice with BBQ, Lemongrass Tofu, and a Cheesecake. Cheesecake is Michael's favorite and he started eating it before I could get


RATING: B- WHAT: Square 1 Burger Bar WHERE: Square 1 Burgers & Bar approximately ten locations throughout Florida.  This review was based on our experience at 3701 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33609. PRICE: $44 for 2 burgers with fries, 1 Pepsi, 1 craft beer, and a cup of coffee ATMOSPHERE: Casual, animal-centric (cow print couches, antler horn chandeliers, etc., but the patio

Oh, You’re Vegan?

For several years after I chose a vegan lifestyle, I went out of my way to hide my aversion for eating or wearing animal products from strangers. When I would meet work friends at lunch, for example, I would order food nonchalantly, explaining as little as possible. I'll have a veggie sub, toasted, no cheese.


RATING: A- WHAT: Ethiopian Restaurant WHERE: 3636 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609 PRICE: $48.66 for two, including tip. We had the Vegetarian Combo #2 (6 sample items, $13 per person), a tomato salad appetizer (highly recommend), and 2 hot teas. ATMOSPHERE: Traditional Ethiopian themed. The interior is dark brown, dimly lit (romantically lit, maybe?), and the decor is simple,