Food + Drink

Valentine’s Day Inspired Bevs

Words by Briana Pereira    Valentine’s Day can look different for everyone, whether you’re Insta-official, in a situationship that seems to get messier by the day (relatable), or enjoying that single freedom – having a bev in hand can make the day more enjoyable (or tolerable) for everyone.    So whether you’re toasting to love this Valentine’s Day, have a hot date, spending it with the girls, or chugging away some sorrows, here’s a list of 12 fun, love-themed cocktails – or mocktails – for you to enjoy this February 14th.  Cosmopolitan   Photo and Recipe Credit: umamigirl.com in a …

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Seeing St. Augustine, One Bar at a Time

Words by Briana Pereira   Who doesn’t love a good bar crawl? Especially in a city where there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of the breweries or love a fancy cocktail, St. Augustine has it all. For my crawl I stuck to the historic district and tried to hit some of the spots that caught my eye, but there are plenty of others that didn’t make it on my list this visit that will be mentioned below.   I tried to make my visit to the city as easy as possible by following what one may call a  …

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The Hunt: Finding the Best Tiramisu In Jax

  Words by Ambar Ramirez & Carmen Macri   Let’s just start by saying we are tiramisu snobs. We had scoured high and low to find the best tiramisu in Jacksonville, so when the opportunity came to make this our Valentine’s Day Hunt, We already knew where to go.    Amaretti Desserts  She’s thick, she’s creamy, she’s CoverGirl.   Settled on the corner of Baymeadows and Old Saint Augustine Road, this family-owned shop has anything bakery item you could possibly want. Each baked good is made from scratch every morning with the finest natural ingredients, no preservatives, and a double …

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The Hunt: Finding the Best Spicy Margarita in Town

  Words by Ambar Ramirez and Carmen Macri   Flying Iguana Located in the heart of the busy Beaches Town Center is Flying Iguana, a taqueria and tequila bar that has won “Best Margarita” in the “Folio” Best of Jax contest. And while we are all for taking Jacksonville’s advice (and votes) to heart, it would have been a disservice not to include this “Good Vibes Only” restaurant in our hunt for the best spicy margarita in Jacksonville. It would also be a disservice to lie to you all reading this and say that this was our first time having …

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Food Review: Norikase

  Words by Kelila Ritchie   Nestled in a little corner beside Tinseltown, Norikase creates an entirely different world from the one outside its doors from the food options to the ambiance. The decor of the restaurant resembles a speakeasy of sorts. It is very modern, very classy and the lights dimmed just enough.    I had the amazing opportunity of experiencing this restaurant for the first time alone before dragging along my fake food critic of a friend literally the next day (yes, I went twice in a row but it was genuinely just that good, trust me). Norikase …

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January Nightlife

Arlington Cliff’s Bar and Grill cliffsbarandgrill.com    Club Heaven  clubheavenjax.com   Beaches/Ponte Vedra Blue Jay Listening Room bluejayjax.com     The Brix Taphouse jacksonvillebeachbar.com    Culhane’s culhanesirishpub.com    Flask & Cannon facebook.com/flaskandcannon     Fly’s Tie Irish Pub facebook.com/flystieirishpub   Green Room Brewing greenroombrewing.com   Grey Matter Distillery greymatterdistillery.com    Gusto gustojax.com    Hoptinger Bier Garden + Sausage House hoptinger.com   Ink Factory Brewing inkfactorybrewing.com   Island Girl Cigar Bar islandgirlcigarbar.com   Jax Beach Kava Bar  kavajacksonville.com   Jekyll Brewing jekyllbrewing.com   Julep Palm Valley facebook.com/juleppalmvalley   Lemon Bar & Grille lemonbarjax.com   Lynch’s Irish Pub lynchsirishpub.com   Mango’s mangosjaxbeach.com   Mavi’s …

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Will Morgan Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: What’s Next for Vagabond

  Vital community member and creative spirit Will Morgan discusses his process, his mission, and his plans for the coming year as he redefines what it means to be Vagabond.  Words and Photos by Travis Zittrauer Will Morgan paused mid-sentence, seconds after giving me the go-ahead for an interview, to dash out from behind his teal espresso machine and out onto Edgewood Avenue. There, he shouted with a cheerful wave, “Happy Birthday, friend!” to a man who had just walked past his Murray Hill shop. Returning, he mused, possibly to himself more than me, “I don’t know how many more …

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The Hunt for the Best Apple Pie 

  Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    This month’s edition of “The Hunt” is a little different — mainly because we dropped the ball and did not realize how impossible it would be to find bakeries still selling apple pies during Thanksgiving break. That being said, we were able to score two delicious apple pies from two local bakeries, so here is our review of those.    1748 Bakehouse We started off very strong with our Best of Jax 2022 Best Bakery winner, 1748 Bakehouse. The bar was set excruciatingly high for this apple pie, and it did …

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Mood Stabilizers: Jazz+Food=Perfection

Words by Shelton Hull   “Fine dining” is about more than just the food itself, although that is the most important thing. Fine dining is a state of mind, a mix of atmosphere and attitude that begins before you’ve even left the house. From the time you select your outfit, you’re immersing yourself into the whole experience, physically and mentally. Once you walk through the doors, the adventure has begun, and the pace is set immediately by the ambient sounds within.    An easy cheat-code for setting the mood is to use music, particularly jazz, which rose up from the …

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Bite by Bite

Arlington  Cliff’s Bar & Grill cliffsbarandgrill.com   Fancy Sushi & Grill Japanese Restaurant fancysushiandgrill.com   Fuji Sushi  fujisushi-fl.com   The Good Place Nutrition facebook.com/thegoodplacenutrition   Grinders American Diner grindersamdiner.com   La Palmerita orderlapalmerita.com   Rice + Noodles Korean Restaurant riceandnoodles.net   Seven Wonders Restaurant 7wondersbakery.com   Southern Coast Seafood southerncoastseafood.com   Tabouleh Cafe taboulehcafe.com   Thai & Lao Bistro thaiandlaobistro.com   Beaches/Intracoastal West ABBQ  abbqmeatdrink.com   Anejo anejococinamexicana.com   Angie’s Subs facebook.com/angiessubs   Aqua Grill aquagrill.net   Azurea at One Ocean azurearestaurant.com   Barbara Jean’s on the Water barbarajeansonthewater.com   Caffe Andiamo caffeandiamo.com   Cantina Louie cantinalouie.com   Coop 303 …

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