The Specktator

Jags QB Trevor Lawrence was recently spotted at European Street Cafe in Jax Beach and, according to my source, he ate a tuna fish sandwich (no deets on the kind of bread). This coupled with the fact he is 6’6” (as well as my love of “The Office”), inspired me to give him a nickname: Big Tuna. Make it happen, people. #bigtuna16


Speaking of the Jags, legendary wide receiver and Pride of the Jaguars honoree Jimmy Smith is back on the field as part of Madden 23. And check that rating! (Is there a petition to get J. Smooth in the Hall of Fame yet? If not, I’m starting one.)


I didn’t get the press release, but apparently, April was National Kenny Gilbert Month. For starters, the celebrated chef, “Top Chef” star and owner of Silkie’s Chicken & Champagne Bar in Springfield, dropped a gorgeous new cookbook/memoir called “Southern Cooking • Global Flavors” (shout out to co-writer Nan Kavanaugh and photographer Kristen Penoyer!) to rave reviews from “Garden & Gun,” and Oprah, to name a few. He appeared as a celebrity bartender on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” where host Andy Cohen hyped the book. He also competed on an episode of “Alex vs. America” on Food Network (no spoilers) and announced a national book tour. I sure hope someone is working on “Beast in the Kitchen: The Musical.” 



Comedians Chris D’Elia, Denny Love, Lou Lou Gonzalez and actor/director David Sullivan were in town for a show at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts and recorded their experience as part of D’Elia’s “Tour Report” series on YouTube. Among the highlights are watching them eat street meat in the lobby of the Hyatt at 2 a.m. and playing pickleball at the Southside Tennis Complex in San Marco with equipment they bought at Jax Pickleball Store.

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A political pundit I am not, but I do own a Magic 8 Ball (which I consult frequently, I might add) and used it to predict the winner of the Jacksonville mayor’s race on May 16. Obviously, it didn’t give a full name, but it did reveal the new mayor’s initials. Also, if you haven’t done so already, early voting runs through May 14 and Election Day is May 16. 




Spotted this on 301 near Baldwin. I hate to think what the driver would say “Q,” “I” and “A” stand for.



Finally, our sincerest apologies to Jeff Bellamy for the inconvenience caused by crossword in a previous print issue. Because of your eagle eye, Jeff, we have fired the person responsible (or should we say “irresponsible”) for this error. JK.  Also, a very belated April Fools’ Day. 😉


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