Saturday night was party night in Tampa where the annual Knight Parade made a triumphant return down 7th Avenue in Ybor City. The parade is one of the final events for Tampa’s Gasparilla pirate festival. As a reminder, Gasparilla is a bit like Mardi Gras, and as with the ‘crews’ in New Orleans, this parade […]
With the coldest air of the season beating down on New York City, I thought sharing photos from one of Tampa’s most serene spaces was in order. Welcome to the Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida, a Buddhist temple located alongside the Palm River near Brandon. The ‘wat,’ or monastery temple, was established in its present location […]
Yesterday, my mother and I visited the Florida State Fair. For a city girl like myself, this was an introduction to the country life, complete with livestock competitions, homemade concoctions, and everything you would ever need to decorate your house à la Little House on the Prairie.
Hi everyone! The Gasparilla 2015 Pirate Parade was held today in Tampa, and I am pleased to say I was there to catch all the action. The festival has been going strong since it was first held in 1904. With a look and feel a bit like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the premise of […]
Hi everyone! I’m still in Florida, and yesterday I visited the Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County with my cousin, Robin.
Hi everyone! I’ve decided to extend my stay in Tampa for a bit longer in order to avoid the cold of New York City. As such, I wanted to introduce y’all to my hometown of Tampa. Let’s start at the Oxford Exchange — a bookstore, cafe, glorious oddities shop, and remote workspace all rolled into […]
Happy new year, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying a little ‘down time’ — I certainly am. I’m spending time with my family in Florida, and we recently took a trip to Jacksonville to visit with my aunt and cousins. The trip was great, especially the side trip to a little town called Micanopy […]
Happy holidays to everyone! With all that is going on in New York at the moment, let’s take a moment to remember the best of the city. I can think of no more magical place than NYC at Christmas. Enjoy this local’s perspective on the holiday.