Amazon Product Review: LARMA Cowhide Leather Laptop Bag

I was looking for a laptop bag, but trying to stay on a budget.

I tend to rip apart backpacks pretty easily and wanted a messenger bag. The last one I bought had a mesh material that easily soaked up materials and just was not that nice. I would find myself constantly needing to clean the fabric. Searching around on Amazon I found this laptop bag from LARMA for $29.99 and decided to order it.

The bag will fit laptops up to 14″ and has pockets and zippers to hold additional items inside.

The cowhide leather seems to keep it from picking up the dirt and lint around it. The handles are nice and it also comes with a strap for those lugging items around. It looks professional, but comes at an affordable price.

The bag also comes in black for those looking for another color.

I am happy with my purchase and would recommend this bag to people looking for an affordable bag fro their laptops.

You can buy it online here: http://a.co/d/eSktkJW

Howl-O-Scream 2018 begins September 21st

Are you ready to scream? Howl-O-Scream 2018 launches on Friday, September 21st, 2018 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The event will last 19 nights and have new scare zones and haunted houses.

Hours run from 7:30PM to 1AM. Tickets cost $39.99 plus tax. Busch Gardens passholders will get exclusive offers to the event.

You’ll also find the monsters haunting popular rides at the theme park such as Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury, Montu, Cheetah Hunt, Kumba, and more. There is no escape from these guys.

New for 2018:

  • Insomnia: Your worst nightmares will come to life in a twisted new way at Howl-O-Scream 2018.
  • Simon’s Slaughterhouse: Cannibals will flock this haunted house and feast on humans…sounds scary. This mature section is recommended for ages 17 years or older

NO costumers are allowed at Howl-O-Scream.

More information available at HowlOScream.com

Travel Tip: Use HART 275LX to travel between Tampa International Airport and City of Tampa

If you are visiting or leaving Tampa and want to save some money on a taxi or Uber consider using HART’s new 275LX bus route.

The limited-stop service route connects Tampa International Airport to Downtown Tampa, University Area (near USF), New Tampa, and Wesley Chapel. If these are your destinations you can get much closer to them like this or grab a ride-share after you get closer to your final destination.

The limited-service should help to get you quicker to your destination and where you’re trying to visit. Downtown Tampa and The Shoppes at Wiregrass also have plenty of restaurants and things to keep you occupied.

Fares are only $2.00 each way and $4.00 a day and $65.00 for 31 days. An Uber or Lyft from Downtown Tampa to TIA would likely run you at least $20. FREE Wi-Fi is available on-board and also at bus stops.

The service operates 7 days a week and connects Hillsborough County and Pasco County.

More info: http://gohart.org/pages/275lx.aspx

Once in Downtown Tampa you also can catch the Pirate Water Taxi to get access to stops along the Hillsborough River and to Seminole Heights which has some of Tampa’s best restaurants and the Lowry Park Zoo.

There is also the TECO Line Streetcar System which connects to Tampa’s Historic Ybor City. The TECO Streetcar will be free to all riders after October 7th. Also don’t miss the Christmas shows at The Shoppes at Wiregrass. Those are great.

Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel hosts Hurricane Florence relief fundraiser September 20th & September 21st

There will be a Hurricane Florence fundraiser on September 20th and September 21st at Elevage inside the Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa. The proceeds will go to the American Red Cross with funds earmarked for Hurricane Florence relief.

Elevage Executive Chef Chad Johnson says, “It may only be a drop in the bucket, but we hope that our friends in Tampa can come share a meal that will help provide a small measure of relief for our friends in the Carolinas.”

The damage from the storm is estimated to be between $17 billion and $22 billion dollars. It is among the 10 costliest hurricanes ever. 32 people have died so far from the storm, many due to flooding and falling trees.

The 3-course Prix-Fixe menu fundraiser will cost $35. Complimentary Valet is available until 7PM. The menu is available Thursday and Friday from 5PM-10PM.

Their sister restaurant Haven will also donate all happy hour sales on Thursday and Friday to the cause.

Menu + Details: http://epicureanhotel.com/events/carolina-cuisine-for-a-cause/

 

 

Red Tide. The cost of ignoring our environment.

Thinking about what to write for my first post, the current red tide problem immediately comes to mind. What is Florida without beaches? It isn’t Florida at all.

This is where we find ourselves now with fish dying all over the western coast and tourists staying away from our ocean shores.

The environment first became a part of the public debate when current Florida Governor Rick Scott passed a law that controls who can access beaches. It emboldened private property owners to claim ownership of our beach sand.

He then repealed enforcement of the law after a massive backlash from Florida residents and tourists as viral videos showed police removing tourists from beaches where they once vacationed.

Unfortunately, this did nothing to stop the controversy that beaches are no longer open to the public.

To make matters worse the beach is now flooded with red tide that is killing fish and making the air difficult to breathe. Businesses are also losing millions of dollars in the hospitality and food business.

Once again Rick Scott is at the center of this after cutting $700 million during his tenure from the state’s water management districts and cutting regulations that protected the waterways from pollutants and contaminants. There are consequences to ignoring our environment.

According to UF:

This year, after heavy spring rains and because of discharges of water from Lake Okeechobee, river runoff in southwest Florida brought a large amount of nutrients into near-shore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, which fueled the large red tide.

Just look at this devastation:

Rick Scott may not believe in climate change, but science is clear here that we have a serious environmental problem in Florida and that there needs to be accountability and action taken to save Florida from this epidemic.

Our dolphins, manatees, and fish are dying and the ecosystem and community that depends on it is also being impacted by this negligence.

Cleaning it up is a first step, but more needs to be done and Rick Scott’s leadership has been to react and not to prevent. Take some responsibility instead of blaming others. People are angry and rightfully so.

Change needs to happen. Now.

My name is Carlos.

It has been years since I’ve had a personal blog, but I feel like personal blogs are a great tool for growth and want to return to this format as I head into the last few years of my 20s.

I operate one of Tampa’s most successful food blogs called CarlosEats.com, but sometimes feel the inclination to write about other things besides food including life itself.

Carlos Eats has been a big part of my life for the last 8 years. I spent many of those years in college and the latter half working on a career.

The city I live in has grown with it from a humble suburban town to an ambitious city with many big projects in development such as Water Street Tampa in what is now Channelside. Billions of dollars are flooding investment projects.

There have been many challenges and also many things I have learned as I’ve tried to make this leap forward and prepare for my future. More than anything I am looking forward to just communicating some of my thoughts about all things with no barriers.