Tasty Roots – Davis Islands, Tampa


I’ve been waiting for this cute spot to open on Davis Islands ever since they put the sign on the door. I quickly googled and found their facebook page to find out they’d have quick grab and go options for all diet types. Finally, vegan within walking distance to my home! :)  I stopped by on my way home and grabbed a few things to try out.

Purple Potato Salad:

Purple Potato Salad: Tasty Roots - Davis Islands - Tampa, FL


Purple Potato Salad: Davis Islands - Tampa, FL

This was good. Very fresh, not heavy like a traditional potato salad. I appreciate the quinoa adding some protein. The fresh jalapenos add a great light kick.


Bahn Mi Bowl:

Bahn Mi Bowl: Davis Islands - Tampa, FL

Bahn Mi Bowl: Davis Islands - Tampa, FL

Okay, I got to be honest -I got way too excited when the owner showed me the “vegetarian and vegan section” and I just started grabbing. The dressing included with this dish has honey and I’m the type of vegan that chooses not to eat honey.  That said, I still enjoyed tasting this. Just like the first dish, this is very fresh and tasty. The jicama adds a crunch and the rice is cooked well. Hopefully next time I can ask for another dressing – or suggest agave :)

Fiesta Bowl:

Fiesta Bowl: Davis Islands - Tampa, FL

Fiesta Bowl: Davis Islands - Tampa, FL

I love this dish- It’s everything I want in one bowl. The sweet potatoes are not mushy, flavors are well balanced. I feel good eating this! Once again, I can’t try the dressing because honey but it didn’t really need it with cilantro and onions. :) The price is a bit steep for the amount of food but I remind myself it’s non GMO and organic.

Check it out soon, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Emotional Needs

Security, which includes a stable home life and a safe environment in which to grow and fulfill our potential

Giving and receiving attention

Friendships, fun, love, and physical intimacy

A sense of autonomy and control over our environment

Being part of a wider community to create a sense of belonging and a feeling of being connected with others

Meaning and purpose

100 Things

I got rid of 100 things yesterday:

1. Elvis guitar shaped coin bank
2. Thai mask pin
3. 7 pairs of jeans
4. 9 shirts
5. 1 bathing suit top
6. 2 dresses
7. Paper flower
8. 1/2 bottle of hairspray
9. 1/2 bottle of firming lotion
10. 1/2 bottle of gel
11. Black peeptoe heels
12. Pooh wand
13. Picture frame
14. Clutch
15. Makeup bag
16. Pedometers
17. Body sprays (3)
18. Peace bracelet
19. Nail polish (3)
20. Curling Irons (2)
21. Crappy makeup pallet
22. Liquid eyeliner
23. Brown mascara
24. 1/2 candles (3)
25. Toothbrush cover
26. Lock + keys
27. 2 flavored body oils
28. Tom’s shitty deodorant
29. Robot
30. Worn sandals
31. Purple Flashlight
32. Blow up sword
33. Camera
34. Cat toys
35. Foam flail
36. Plastic lobster
37. 2 belts
38. Panda cup from Hibachi
39. Soap roses
40. Electronic cigarette
41. Plastic cigarette holder
42. Silk Scarf
43. 2 bottles of RIT dye (tan/brown)
44. Mini cupcake maker
45. Mini Easter bunnies/decorations
46. Hello Kitty mousepad
47. Hello Kitty eyemask
48. Halloween cat candy dispenser
49. Signed hockey stick -TB Lightning Kobina
50. Ashtray
51. Water colors
52. Blank notecards
53. Blond doll hair(??)
54. Meltable glass stuff
55. 6 movies
56. 25 books
80. “   Books  ”
81. Plastic Spiders (3)
82. Hello Kitty Mechanical pencil
83. Bayshore pendant necklace thing
84. Broken vintage watch
85. Eyepatch
86. Silver bracelet (2)
87. Butterfly Pin
88. Guitar Pin
89. Branson, MO Pin
90. Ice cream cone eraser
91. Gaudy gold costume necklace
92. retractable bad quality earbuds
93.US Navy identification bracelt
94. Geode slice
95. Tigers eye pendant
96. Insulated case
97. Swirly metal charm
98. Metromix ipod nano (never used, lol)
99. Important message pads
100. Radiance Medspa rhinestone tote bag
101. Cat Collar

This was much harder than I thought it would be! If you want any of this, let me know. If not trash/salvation army it goes!

Will this time be the charm?

Giving your notice is nerve wrecking.
Friends said I’d feel better after, they were wrong.

Looking for a new job is stressful…
Even more so when you are looking for specific things in a company.
Leaving a job is hard…
Harder when you like the people you work with.
I had to put on my “big girl” pants today & just get it over with.

Enough of that negativeness!

Here’s to change… New beginnings… & working with a friend! :D

What to Wear to Gasparilla?

Ah, the eve of my hometown’s biggest holiday… Gasparilla!

From Wikipedia:

The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual celebration held in the city of Tampa, Florida. Held each year in late January and hosted by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa, it celebrates the apocryphal legend of José Gaspar (Gasparilla), supposedly a Spanish pirate captain who operated in Southwest Florida.

The theme is an “invasion” by Gasparilla and his men, which begins when the “Krewe” (made up of residents of the city) arrives on a 165′ long pirate ship, the Jose Gaspar, in Tampa Bay and land near downtown Tampa.

The mayor of Tampa then lends the key of the city to the pirate captain and a parade ensues down Bayshore Boulevard, one of Tampa’s major streets. The krewes throw beads, coins and other items while shooting blank pistols from floats during the parade. The average attendance for the event is over 400,000 people.

The age old question is, “What do I wear to Gasparilla?”


Allie Style:

Shoes: However cute you think those 3 inch pirate boots are… You’re going to be hiking all over town, probably walking 5 to 7 miles, at least. Oh & you’ll be wasted. Just say NO & grab something conformable. Also, yes, we live in Florida, it’s 75 degrees… but rethink the sandals. There are HUGE crowds & you’re feet will get stepped on, beer will spill, you may step in dog doo, no sandals.

Pants: Feel free to wear shorts, skirts, jeans, whatever. You have to think here, will you be just attending the invasion? (11am) The parade? (3pm) & after parties? (5pm++++) I typically choose to wear jeans, it’s still cool enough to not feel grosso. Also, you don’t look like a dirty pirate when evening rolls in. (Walking around downtown + of Tampa in skirts/shorts, you’ll get mud, dirt, yucky stuff on your legs.

Shirt: Tank top, strapless, cardigan, pirate themed tee, will all work. There will be sun, think about your shoulders!

Jewels: I like glitter & shiny things. Pirates like booty after all ;)

Etc: Sunscreen, TP & hand sanitizer (porta-potties), backpacks filled w/ snacks + flasks, sunglasses!

Some advice from my good (& more stylish) friend Lindsay:

Having gone to Gasparilla pretty much since I was a fetus, I’ve got knowing what to wear and what to bring down to a science. If you are a wanderer, like me, who enjoys trekking several miles up and down Bayshore to party hop, comfy shoes are essential! I also like to make sure I have a large purse to carry around my booze, bottles of water, and my beads when they get to heavy to wear.

Rather than going full-on “pirate”, I’m a fan of a more subtle approach. These are two options using black and white striped tops and skull accents. The one on the left is more casual and appropriate for walking, and the right would be better suited for viewing the parade from a house party or VIP tent.

Gasparilla Wench

If you see yourself as less of a pirate and more of a wench, this outfit has a vintage and feminine feel, with a dress that gives a nod to a traditional pirate shirt, boots that would be perfect for pillaging and plundering or walking along a parade route, and a wide brimmed hat to protect you from the sun.

Are you going to Gasparilla? What will you be wearing?


This picture has nothing to do w/ this post, but it’s one of my all time favorite photos.  It’s titled “1am Grallie” (Grallie being a Gregg + Allie)

I don’t have a smartphone – I know, way to be stuck in 2000 Allie.

I also don’t own a camera. I once posted about looking for one & needed suggestions.

Anyways, those two causes have me using THREE DIFFERENT devices to take pictures & all THREE use different hosts.

Here’s where they all go:

Gregg’s Iphone

My Ipod Touch

& My cell phone

Have fun browsing :)

Some Goals

Quick post.

This year I will:

(but not limited to)

★ Hangout w/ friends solo x 24 (2x per month) – I have a habit into turning everything into a 40+ person thing.

★ Real dinner parties w/ 5-7 friends x 3.

★ Drive thru zoo w/ Michelle & Ben.

★ Geocache x 5 full days.

★ Photohunt @ Sunken Gardens.

★ Go to event where we/I don’t know 90% of the people.

★ Cooking Class w/ Ggg.

★ Dance Class w/ Ggg.

★ Learn to drive stick…again. (Thanks Liz)

★ Craft class w/ lady friends.

★ Winery w/ Grandma.

… I also started a diet blog, I’m not sharing it publicly. If you want to read more e-mail me & I’ll send you the URL.