Food + Drink

Dish Update – February 2014

by erin thursby Thursday & Friday Spanish Seafood Paella & Spanish Tapas. Paella includes Safron Rice with squid, scallop, shrimp, mussels, grouper & chicken / garlic crostinis with lemon & limes. Tapas include lamb & chorizo meatballs, sizzlin shrimp & garlic, serrano & manchego, spinach gumbo w chick peas, house bread w/ fresh aioli sauce, marinated olives and more.Sangria, Beer and Wine offered. 5:30-9:30 pm, Tres Leches Eatery 869 Stockton St, 551-4375, www.treslechesdesserts.com Saturday & Sunday Brunch Saturday Brunch – 9 am until 2 pm, Sunday Brunch – 10:30 am until 3 pm Mimosas offered Tres Leches Eatery 869 Stockton …

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Taverna

by JENNIFER EARNEST I’ve long been a fan of Taverna. For me, it’s always been my comfortable, go-to place, whether for a glass of wine after work, a long overdue girls’ dinner, or my first date with my now-honey. But, between work and travel, I took a small hiatus from my regular dinner spot and totally missed the renovation process. I had heard they added both a full bar and quick-casual lunch service. I was intrigued as to how it all fit together. Well, let me say, it all fits together very well. The updates are obvious from the moment …

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WHAT'S BREWING – February 2014

by Regina Heffington – the Jax Brew-Bitch “Go ahead–kiss me now before I eat these onions.” I was sitting close by a couple at one of our local restaurants as the wife said that to her husband, who then dutifully followed her direction. Smart man. Smart woman, too–kissing someone who has just finished off a meal with onions can be a little…well, you know. Craft beer-loving couples don’t have to worry about all that stuff. You’ll never hear, “Kiss me now, before I drink this Double IPA” or “I can’t kiss you now–I just finished a Russian Imperial Stout”. Heavens …

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Moxie

Anticipation can defeat success. That’s what I felt coming out of Moxie Kitchen. I wanted to love Moxie with no reservations, but the restaurant isn’t quite “there” yet. It’s new, so it’s got some bumps to get over, but under Tom Gray’s deft supervision, it’s going to be (and is) one of the hottest places to eat in the Town Center. Still, expectations are set very high, and that’s tough for a new restaurant. Their cocktail crafting skills get high marks, so if you’re crazy about a well-designed drink, Moxie should totally be the place you drink whenever you’re at …

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What’s Brewing, Dec 2013

Did you feel that? Did you see it? That thing flying past you is 2013. This year has brought some new players into the Greater Jacksonville “chews and brews” scene, including a new local microbrewery, products of other microbreweries around the country not available before and some new establishments making a commitment to offer craft beer. The good news is the year has some good things left! This winter, IBUs start accumulating like snow in Colorado with New Belgium Brewery’s new Accumulation White IPA, their winter seasonal. Brewing a white IPA was not only a way to salute the white …

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Community Bicycle Couriers

Community Couriers, Ben Wilson

For all you folks with a busy lifestyle, there’s a new, sustainable way to get your groceries (and take-out). It’s called Community Couriers, and it serves Downtown, Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, San Marco and Murray Hill. Community Couriers is the brainchild of Benjamin Wilson. He’s a longtime resident of Riverside (since 1973) and a graduate of UNF. Before embarking on this endeavor, he worked for 12 years at a national grocery store chain. All deliveries are made on bicycle, so far by Wilson himself. Bicycling is something he loves, which he discovered while commuting by bike to work every day. …

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Northeast Florida Veg Fest

by SHANNON BLANKINSHIP The Fourth Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest, hosted by the Girls Gone Green, will take place at Riverside Park from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, November 9th. Veg Fest has become one of the few free outdoor festivals where the food takes main stage, but the activities keep you hanging around. This year, for the first time, a beer garden will accompany all the adventurous and delicious eats as we try to make space in our stomachs for just one more treat! This day-long festival is overflowing with local opportunities to learn more about ways …

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Jacksonville Farmers Market Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Florida’s growing season isn’t like any other state, and the Jacksonville Farmers Market isn’t like any other market. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Jacksonville Farmers Market is Florida’s oldest farmers market. It is located at 1810 West Beaver Street, just beyond the downtown urban core and north of Riverside/Avondale. Beaver Street, as it is affectionately called by those that visit the market regularly, is open from pre-dawn to dusk 365 days a year. That means you aren’t restricted to one day a week for operation. Shoppers can get produce and farm goods anytime this sun is out and …

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