Food + Drink

  • Cataluna Jax 

      Words by Amiyah Golden    I am a proud self-proclaimed foodie — through and through — bu…

  • Bite by Bite — June

    Arlington  Cajun Crab Juice Seafood & Bar Jax cajuncrabjax.com   Cliff’s Bar & Grill cl…

  • Gas Station Heroin

      Words and Photos by Amiyah Golden    Half-full Chipotle Bowls. A Non-Existent Work-Life Balan…

  • Snaccident: Doughnuts and Tater Tots

     Words by Ernest Matthews A snack is generally described as a small food item eaten in between meals…

  • Bite by Bite

    Arlington  Cliff’s Bar & Grill cliffsbarandgrill.com   Fancy Sushi & Grill Japanese Res…

13 gypsies

by erin thursby Though 13 Gypsies has only been open to the public for about six months, it’s quickly become one of the newest dining hotspots on the Jacksonville map. We’re happy to report that the cuisine stands up to the buzz. Like the gypsies it’s named for, the cuisine of 13 Gypsies goes almost everywhere gypsies do. Chef Howard sticks mainly to the Mediterranean area because of the similarity in preparation for the region. Most everything is made from scratch, if it isn’t imported from Europe or Spain (like the quince paste). Freshly-made pasta and bread is enough to …

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dish update

by erin thursby Bungalow on the Park (2782 Park Street) closed near to the holidays, apparently for holiday parties. But on a local blog in December it was claimed that they were closed for good. Rumors of their business troubles surfaced. As of December mid-month, the owner claims that they will remain open. Since they were relatively well-priced, I thought they might survive the bumps and bruises of this economy. We’ll see how they fare in the New Year. Generally it’s the more expensive places that close when the marketplace takes a dive, as in the case of Pom’s (San …

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beware of fake olive oil

by erin thursby The next time you’re looking at olive oil in the grocery store don’t reach for the cheapest one right away. The International Olive Oil Council has been bothering the FDA about setting standards for olive oil since at least 1988, when the FDA met with reps from a number of different oil councils from around the world. U.S. standards, according to the Associated Press, haven’t been updated since 1940. Because of this, we’re the primary target for olive oil fraud. Most other countries have adopted these standards, so that when you reach for extra virgin olive oil …

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quince

by erin thursby Quince is not a convenience fruit like apples or bananas. You can’t just bite into a raw quince. The skin is too tough and, uncooked, the flesh is too sour. Despite the trouble of prep, it’s a handy little secret ingredient to slip into dishes both savory and sweet, mainly because it takes to spices so well, enhancing the flavor and adding a touch of mystery. Most Americans aren’t familiar with quince, but it’s a common ingredient throughout the Mediterranean, Spain, the Middle East and parts of South America. More closely related to the rose, not the …

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tastes like chicken

by erin thursby There’s a whole culinary world out there, but it’s understandable if you’re unsure about trying the exotic. After all, we’re wired to eat the stuff we grew up with—maybe because eating an unfamiliar berry in caveman times could end with a painful death. We try something new mostly when we know someone who has eaten the dish. Even then we ask the question: “What does it taste like?” When that something came from an animal, half the time the answer is “Tastes like chicken.” And it’s true. Lots of things are comparable to chicken, mainly because of …

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Almost every bar and restaurant in the area is apt to hold their own New Years Eve celebration. Here are a few of the more food heavy options on the First Coast. Dining Dancing & Spirits at the Casa Marina Hotel Not only can you indulge in their New Years buffet, which seems to have something for everybody, but the price includes an open bar with live entertainment. And, even better, you can book a room there, so you don’t have to drive anywhere after the festivities. The buffet menu includes an antipasto platter, shrimp, carved prime rib roast accompanied …

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619 Ocean View Restaurant

by erin thursby Fine food with an ocean view can be hard to find, even on beachfront property. Many restaurants, even those right on the ocean, often only have an obscured view of the crashing surf from the dining room. But a new restaurant has opened to the public, one that has been around for years. It’s oceanfront fine dining located inside the Cabana Club in Ponte Vedra. 619 Ocean View has been known to local Ponte Vedra residents for years. It was only open to members of the Cabana Club and to anyone staying at the Sawgrass Resort. Residents …

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Ingredient Secrets: Rosemary

by erin thursby During the Christmas season, you’ll find that rosemary makes its way into a host of recipes. Since rosemary bushes shaped into Christmas tree-like configurations are a popular gift and purchase, you might find yourself eating a lot of things seasoned with rosemary. The first thing to remember about the herb is that it doesn’t play well with others, especially when fresh. That’s because it contains so many different types of volatile oils (which is what gives herbs flavor). This host of oils means that it can often clash with other herbs. While it can harmonize with lavender, …

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Dish Update and Events

by erin thursby Looks like there are lots of opportunities this season for the little ones to break bread with Santa (figuratively speaking) this year, whether it be at tea, over milk and cookies or at a continental breakfast. Or you can opt for something a little more grown-up and go for one of the holiday wine tastings or home tours that include fine food, cookies and even hot chocolate. Whatever you do this season, here’s hoping you’ll eat, drink and be merry! foodcentric and drinkcentric Santa’s Storybook Tea Through December 21 – Sandwiches, sweets, tea and party favors for …

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March of Dimes

Three hundred guests gathered to taste the finest in Jacksonville’s food, to mingle, participate in silent auctions, sit in on the thrill of a live auction and to listen to fine music. The entertainment for the event included a violinist Beverly Chapman and gifted jazz musician Aaron Bing. Among the local celebrities spotted supporting the March of Dimes cause were the Pierson twins and Jaxson de Ville. Bruce Hamilton played the MC for the evening. The chefs present were the creme de la who’s who of Jacksonville cuisine. The handsome Jose Pierre manned the Morton’s Steakhouse station. We popped over …

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