Friday, January 19, 2018

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Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes is the features editor for the Tampa Bay Times, directing features coverage and the Times' staff of critics. Previously, she was arts and entertainment editor, and before that, performing arts critic, covering plays, musicals, classical music, dance, comedy and more. She also blogs about fashion for the Times' style blog, Deal Divas. She started writing for the Times in 2003, covering everything from suburban politics to zoning to snack foods to Britney Spears. She wrote the Times' feature obituary column, Epilogue, and went on to work as a general assignment reporter, entertainment reporter and higher education reporter. She grew up near Cleveland and graduated from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida.



Shake Shack, come to Tampa.

Shake Shack, Momofuku and more: Please come to Tampa Bay

Fabio is coming!Not the Fabio on your romance novel, with the billowing hair and large quantities of artificial butter. This Fabio, in all likelihood, uses real butter. And olive oil.
Published: 01/17/18
Mike Bajakian, second from left, adjusts the jacket of Mary Bajakian, 6, while mom Michelene  Bajakian, right, cuddles daughter Rose Bajakian, 1, at Cypress Point Park in Tampa on Jan. 3, 2018. The girls were playing school at home, and were watching nature videos. They asked their mom, Michelene  Bajakian, if they could go to the beach and play

You know youíre cold in Florida when ...

Itís not a figment of your imagination. It has felt very, very cold lately.Yes, we know itís negative quintillion in Minneapolis where your sister runs a pet food shop. But Floridians have their own special struggles getting through this recent...
Published: 01/10/18
America Ferrera, from left, Natalie Portman and Emma Stone, and former tennis player Billie Jean King. (Getty Images)

Black on the red carpet is not the answer, but itís a start

Black. Blank. The absence of color. The sobering, cavernous apex of nothingness.It was the statement on the red carpet at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, a show of solidarity after months of women saying #metoo, after devastating...
Published: 01/07/18
Tourists take in the sunset off Clearwater Beach.  JIM DAMASKE | Times

New Yearís resolutions for living your best life in Tampa Bay

Happy January! Itís a new year, and as such, weíre vowing to make the most of the rich, interesting place where we live. People from all over the world come to Tampa Bay to vacation. Every year, itís good to take stock of why. Tourists have done...
Updated one month ago
From Hamilton to Datz, Tampa Bay looks ahead to 2018

From Hamilton to Datz, Tampa Bay looks ahead to 2018

You don’t have to look far to find a grievance to log with 2017.
Updated one month ago
Order last-minute gifts from Barnes and Noble, Target, Amazon and more

Order last-minute gifts from Barnes and Noble, Target, Amazon and more

Time, friends, is almost up.Not time on Earth (we hope). Time to shop. Christmas comes Monday, leaving you only a few short days. I remember working in retail and the wrath that the last Saturday before Christmas wrought.
Updated one month ago
CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
Cobb Luxury Theatre lobby area Tuesday, 3/16/16 during a sneak peak of the freestanding Cobb Theatre facility opening on the Tyrone Square Mall property next month.

Six places to see a movie and eat dinner at the same time

Back in my day ...Go on. Say the words. Apply it to the cost of movies. Once a casual weekend outing, seeing a flick can be an enormously expensive experience in streaming-happy 2017. Tickets can climb upwards of $15 these days, depending on...
Updated one month ago
I watched Netflix's A Christmas Prince so you don't have to, unless you want to, which you probably do.

I watched Netflix's A Christmas Prince so you don't have to, unless you want to, which you probably do.

No one knows you better than your Netflix queue, so I had no choice but to acquiesce when it showed a 96 percent match for A Christmas Prince. This is a Netflix original to end all Netflix originals, created in the vein of every Lifetime and...
Updated one month ago
Lady Gaga accepts the award for

We love Lady Gagaís talent, but letís not forget her outfits

The queen is here, and if you donít already have tickets, good luck finding them.The Lady Gaga concert at Amalie Arena on Friday has been sold out since it went on sale, a frenzy we can attribute to a couple of possibilities:A. People...
Updated: 2 months ago
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EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times 
(08/09/2011 Tampa) Shrimp and scallops in white sauce at Yummy House restaurant. Popular Tampa Chinese restaurant Yummy House has opened a second location in Tampa on E. Hillsborough Avenue. The restaurant is much more upscale than its original Waters Avenue location. [Edmund D. Fountain, Times photo]

Some ways to celebrate Thanksgiving that arenít Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day!Or is it? Sometimes life just doesnít come together at 2 p.m. on Thursday.Circumstances mean itís not always possible to sit around the table on Thanksgiving, a family in a Publix ad smiling over a glistening bird. Maybe...
Updated: 2 months ago