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Long one of the biggest events in the entire Southeast, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is celebrated each year on Amelia Island during the first weekend of May. Fernandina Beach was the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, and what began as a traditional blessing of the shrimp boats gradually evolved into a weekend celebration of shrimp that is a great event for the whole community. Unfortunately, because of statewide restrictions on large gatherings due to the Covid-19 virus, our beloved annual celebration of shrimp was canceled this year. The festival will be missed by many, and we are already looking forward to its return next year. As everyone knows, the Shrimp Festival is a marvelous, multi-faceted event, fun for residents and visitors alike, and a great place to eat some delicious local shrimp. Everyone has their favorite food booth—whether it’s for fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, or shrimp pie —and local churches and service organizations use the food booths to fund their invaluable charitable work. At the Islander, we honor the Shrimp Festival each year with our Shrimp Festival recipe issue, in which we share some mouthwatering shrimp recipes from our fine local restaurants. To honor the festival and the great restaurants on the island that are continuing to serve our community during the shutdown, we are featuring this month a “Greatest Hits” of our favorite Shrimp Festival recipes from the last few years. As always, we are so grateful to our outstanding local chefs, who always generously share with us their varied and ingenious ways to prepare and serve shrimp. Our Amelia Island restaurants and their many employees have taken a big hit during this Covid-19 shutdown, so as things begin to open up this month, please stop by your favorite eatery and try one of the many delicious dishes that are available at our outstanding Amelia Island restaurants. The statewide shutdown in Florida wreaked havoc on our local economy and the livelihoods of our community members who work in the service industry and who own the many terrific stores and restaurants that make Amelia Island such a wonderful place to live. As we re-emerge from the shutdown, it’s more important than ever that we the community be the engine of recovery for Amelia Island by safely shopping and dining out here on the island as much as we can. To that end, we feature an article this month checking in with some local businesses to see how they are adapting. We also present a couple who found the perfect home for their family in Oyster Bay Harbour; share some shrubs that can add color to your garden; learn how to make sushi at home; and much more.
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9 Cover Story 2020 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE SHRIMP FESTIVAL RECIPE ISSUE
Amelia Island celebrates its Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on the first weekend of May, and despite its cancellation this year, we are honoring our favorite crustacean with a “Greatest Hits” special issue featuring shrimp recipes from our favorite restaurants. Enjoy! Jumbo Shrimp and Truffle Grits from David’s Restaurant & Lounge
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3 scallions, sliced thinly 2 oz canola oil 2 cups arugula 4 oz white wine 4 oz heavy cream Salt and pepper to taste
Heat sauté pan. Add oil, allow to heat briefly. Add shrimp and sauté until they just begin to cook. Add ham and sauté until shrimp are half-cooked. Deglaze the pan with wine and add grape tomatoes. Reduce with wine until almost completely evaporated. Add heavy cream and reduce by half. Finish with scallions, salt, and pepper. Place grits into bowls and pour shrimp mixture over grits. Top with arugula and serve. 9 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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Spread sushi rice on the seaweed nori to make the foundation. Add all the avocado, lettuce, and shrimp inside the roll. On the top, layer 2 slices fresh tuna and mango. Roll and cut into 8 pieces. Top each with salmon roe or masago, and just a hint of Fancy Sushi’s homemade eel sauce. MAY 2020
The Mustard Seed Café CARIBBEAN JERK SHRIMP KABOBS 20 8jj in. wooden skewers 2 lbs. 16/20 jumbo shrimp 2 tbsp. Caribbean jerk seasoning 2 tbsp. pure olive oil 3/4 tsp. salt 2 or 3 zucchini 2 red bell peppers 2 or 3 yellow squash Salt and pepper to taste Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes. Toss shrimp in jerk seasoning, olive oil, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Thread onto skewers. Slice squash and red pepper into semi-even sizes for even cooking and thread onto separate skewers. Brush veggies with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill shrimp kabobs on mediumhigh heat until pink and opaque throughout, approximately 2 minutes on each side. Grill veggie kabobs until desired tenderness, turning occasionally. You may cover, if desired, for faster cooking. Serve with side salad of your choice.
Brett’s Waterway Café RED CURRY WATERMELON SHRIMP 1 tbsp. sesame oil 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 red pepper, chopped 1 sweet onion, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tsp. salt 2 lbs. peeled and deveined shrimp 4 pita bread Feta cheese, scallions, mint, basil
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped 1 cup seedless watermelon, chopped 1 tbsp. sugar 2 tbsp. red curry paste 2 tbsp. corn starch 2 cups cool chicken stock Red pepper flakes, to taste
In a heavy stock pot, combine first seven ingredients and sauté until tender. Add tomatoes, watermelon, sugar, and curry paste. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Make a slurry of corn starch and cool chicken stock. Add to other ingredients to thicken. Cook 10 more minutes. Add red pepper and more salt to taste. Use this sauce to sauté fresh peeled and deveined shrimp. Place on toasted pita and top with cucumber cubes, mint, basil, scallions, and feta cheese.
Pepper’s Mexican Grill and Cantina TEQUILA SHRIMP 12 fresh, local shrimp 3 oz. red, yellow, and green bell peppers 1 oz. white onion 4 cayenne peppers 2 oz. tequila Olive oil Garlic powder Salt Season shrimp with garlic powder and salt. Sauté shrimp a little bit in olive oil, then add onions and peppers and pour tequila over all. Cook until shrimp is done and has absorbed the tequila flavor. Serve with cilantro rice and veggies. Garnish with fresh cilantro. 10 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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Amelia Tavern SHRIMP CORN DOG Shrimp 1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 clove garlic 1 shallot 1/2 lemon, zested 1/4 cup bread crumbs Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined and smooth. Scoop into 2 inch balls, insert a wooden pop stick into the middle of each ball and form into a shape similar to a hotdog. Refrigerate until ready to fry. Cornmeal Batter 2 cups cornmeal 1 cup flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
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Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well incorporated. Place in tall container, deep enough to dip the shrimp dogs in. Preheat a 4-qt. cast iron pot filled halfway with oil to 350 degrees. Dip each shrimp dog into the cornmeal batter and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain the shrimp dog on paper towels and allow to cool slightly. Serve with your favorite dip.
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro SHRIMP MARTINI Shrimp Court Bouillon 1 quart water 1/2 cup onion, rough chop 1/2 cup celery, rough chop 1/4 cup parsley 1 lemon, sliced 1 tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning 2 tbsp. pickling spice 1 tbsp. Salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 lb. local shrimp, peeled and deveined Place all ingredients except shrimp in a pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Add shrimp, and after two minutes, turn oﬀ. Once shrimp are cooked to a nice pink color, strain, rinse, and refrigerate. Shrimp Martini 1 cup pineapple, diced 3 cups mango, diced 1 jalapeno, diced finely 1/2 cup red onion, diced 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely 1/8 cup ginger, grated finely Lime juice from two limes 3 tbsp. peach vodka Rough cut shrimp and place in a bowl. Toss with martini mix. Spoon into chilled martini glasses and garnish with lime. Makes four servings.
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Mix all ingredients in a bowl until wet batter is formed. Transfer batter to a piping bag. Heat oil in cast iron pan to 375 degrees. Cut piping bag tip large enough to allow shrimp through. In a circular motion, pipe the batter into the hot oil into a 4” circle. Fry on each side for 2 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar. 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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12 pieces Bao (found at Asian specialty markets) 24 shrimp (1 lb.), medium to large, peeled and deveined Buttermilk batter (2 cups buttermilk, 6 eggs) 5-spice rice flour mixture (3 cups rice flour, 1 cup cornstarch, 2 tablespoons 5-spice seasoning, pinch sea salt) Frying oil Sriracha Aioli (1/3 cup Sriracha sauce, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 tsp. lime juice) Arugula Toasted sesame seeds Steam Baos according to package directions. Dip shrimp into buttermilk batter. Coat with rice flour mixture, shaking oﬀ excess. Fry shrimp in oil until golden brown. Assemble Bao with arugula and shrimp (2-shrimp per Bao), top with Sriracha Aioli, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. (Note: Sriracha Aioli can be made ahead and refrigerated.)
Shrimp should have a mild fresh smell of the sea. Never buy seafood with an oﬀ odor or a strong ammonia smell. Avoid shrimp that are limp, slimy, or falling apart, all of which are signs of decay. Frozen shrimp with the head removed have meat that is white in color. Freezer burn on frozen shrimp indicates that the shrimp have either partially thawed before being refrozen, or have been poorly handled during their freeze, both of which are bad for texture and flavor.
David’s Restaurant & Lounge JUMBO SHRIMP AND TRUFFLE GRITS 1 cup yellow stone ground grits 4 cups heavy cream in corn stock 1/2 cup Wisconsin white cheddar cheese, shredded
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Grits Add the grits and heavy cream in a medium sauté pan and bring to a low simmer for 20 minutes until grits are fully cooked through. When it’s thick and creamy, add cheese, truﬄe oil, and butter, whisk together, and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh thyme sprig. Shrimp In a cast iron pan, add 1 tsp. oil and turn on high. Just before the oil reaches its smoke point, sear shrimp until golden brown on both sides. 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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Soak the bamboo in water. Rinse the shrimp with water and pat dry. Mix the garlic, melted butter, and lemon juice together in a bowl. Thread four shrimp and three zucchini on each skewer. Brush the garlic butter mixture on the shrimp skewers. Sprinkle Lawry salt over the shrimp skewers. Grill the shrimp for 6 to 7 minutes at 400 degrees, turning once.
Salt Life Food Shack SHRIMP BROCHETTE 8 fresh Fernandina shrimp, 21/25 count, peeled 8 pc. smoked applewood bacon, cut into thirds 8 cubes pineapple, 1 1/2 - 2 inches in size Four 10-inch wooden skewers 1 to 2 oz. pineapple teriyaki glaze
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Take 1 strip bacon, cut into thirds. Place one shrimp on bacon piece. Roll shrimp in bacon, making sure the bacon overlaps the belly of the shrimp one time. Place two skewers through one piece of pineapple, then skewer one baconwrapped shrimp. Repeat process until you have 4 shrimp and 4 pineapple cubes on each skewer. Briefly blanch skewers in fryer for 30 seconds. Drain on towels to absorb grease. Place on well-oiled grill over medium heat. Brush with teriyaki glaze. Be careful not to overcook or burn. Serve with rice and garnish with sesame seeds.
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Thai Spice Cafe PAD THAI SHRIMP 4 oz. uncooked thick rice noodles 1/2 lb. uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 tsp. canola oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 large egg, lightly beaten Chopped sweet radish Paprika Sliced tamarind
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Cook noodles according to package directions. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir fry shrimp in oil until pink; remove and set aside. Add onion and garlic to the pan. Make a well in the center; add egg. Stir fry until egg is set. Add remaining ingredients; heat through. Return shrimp to the pan and heat through. Drain noodles; toss with shrimp mixture. Garnish with cilantro if desired. Add lime wedge and edible flower. MAY 2020
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The Crab Trap BLACKENED SHRIMP Heat non-salted sweetened butter in a saute pan. Dust 16 large shrimp in blackening seasoning. Cook shrimp until done. Toss shrimp in a bowl with a coconut rum glaze. Serve over 1 cup of Cajun rice with steamed broccoli and and baked sweet potato.
España Restaurant and Tapas GAMBAS ROMESCO 4 packages rapini 12 Fernandina large shrimp (16/20), peeled and deveined, save heads and skins 8 roma tomatoes 3 roasted pequillo peppers (canned) or a fresh roasted and peeled red bell pepper 1 tbsp. minced garlic 3 garlic cloves 1 tbsp. crushed cherry peppers 2 whole almonds 2 whole filberts (hazelnuts)
3 tbsp. brandy 1 orange pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 1 red pepper, cut in strips 1/2 – 3/4 cup olive oil Slice of day old country bread drizzled with olive oil 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika 1/4 cup diced carrot 1/4 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced onion Salt and pepper
For romesco sauce In a bowl, cut 3 ripe roma tomatoes in half lengthwise and season with salt, pepper, 1 tsp. chopped garlic, and crushed cherry peppers, then toss until well coated. Place on tray cut side up and roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. In the last 7 minutes of roasting, add garlic cloves, almonds, filberts, and slice of country bread. Remove from oven, let cool, and peel tomato skins. Be sure to collect all the juices while you peel. Place peeled tomatoes (save 4 halves for garnish), pequillo peppers, roasted garlic, roasted nuts, sherry vinegar, paprika, and toasted bread in a blender and drizzle olive oil until bright orange and the sauce is smooth. Add salt, pepper, and more crushed cherry peppers to taste. For shrimp stock Sauté shrimp heads and skins in a little pot for 2 minutes, then flambé with brandy. Add diced carrots, onions, and celery and sauté for 3 minutes before adding 3 cups of water. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
Amelia Island Coffee SOUTHERN SHRIMP SALAD Freshly cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined Mayonnaise Celery, finely chopped Red onion, finely chopped Old Bay Seasoning Crushed red pepper Freshly squeezed lemon juice Freshly chopped dill Combine all ingredients and season to taste. Serve on a croissant with a lettuce medley. 18 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Preparation and plating Blanch rapini, then shock in ice water bath to retain the bright color. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and sauté in a pan with 1 tbsp. olive oil and 1/4 tsp. chopped garlic, adding strips of peppers. Add 2 tbsp. shrimp stock. In another pan, sauté 1/4 of the chopped garlic, the rest of roasted tomatoes, and rapini until they are warmed through. Assemble the plate by adding a generous portion of heated romesco sauce as the base. Use a round mold for the rapini and tomatoes. Top with the shrimp. Add the pepper strips as garnish. MAY 2020
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Lagniappe TEMPURA SHRIMP WITH ASIAN SLAW 1/2 cup rice vinegar 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar Daikon radish, Carrot Cucumber Hoisin sauce Siracha Mayonnaise Orange juice Cilantro leaves Chile, thinly sliced Tempura Batter 1/4 cup potato starch 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup flour Cold soda water
Shrimp Cooking Tips
With many Asian-inspired dishes, most sauces are available on the grocery shelf. For this, you will need Hoisin, Siracha, and Mayonnaise. For the Siracha Mayo, add just enough siracha to the mayo to give it a nice pink color and the kick you like. For the Hoisin, thin with a little citrus juice, like orange juice. For the Asian slaw, use a mandolin to finely cut daikon radish, carrot, and cucumber. Combine rice vinegar, water, and sugar. Bring to boil and pour over vegetables. Let cool. To make tempura, combine potato starch, cornstarch and flour, mixing in cold soda water until you have a thin batter. Don’t worry about lumps. To assemble the dish, fry your shrimp in 350-degree oil until crispy. Use your sauces to make a design on the plate. Place a small amount of Asian slaw, and top each slaw pile with 2 interwoven shrimp. Garnish with some cilantro leaves and thinly sliced chile. 20 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
There are two ways to thaw shrimp safely: 1) Slowly in the fridge for about 24 hours per pound. 2) Quickly in a colander in the sink under cold running water. Never at room temperature. Never in warm water. Cook the shrimp with the shell on. The shell adds a lot of flavor, and also protects it from oversooking. Devein the shrimp before cooking by using kitchen scissors or a small sharp knife to cut through the shell along the back of the shrimp, from the head to the tail, then use the scissors or knife to lift out the vein. It only takes a few minutes for shrimp to cook, even the large ones. When the flesh has turned pink and curled in to a ‘C’ shape, they’re done. MAY 2020
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OSPREY VILLAGE AWARDS 2020 SILVER PEN SCHOLARSHIPS Osprey Village, a luxury senior living community on Amelia Island, announced the 2020 winners of its annual Silver Pen Scholarship competition. The scholarship was started in 2012 by its parent company, The Maxwell Group, and has awarded over $275,000 to high school seniors with the goal of bridging the communication gap between high school seniors and members of the senior living communities. “It’s a great scholarship opportunity, as local students write essays on a chosen topic and our members get to read and judge the entries based on the set criteria” said Matthew Barger, Osprey Village’s executive director. “Our members love participating, and it’s a great way to connect with our local community”. This year, the essay topic chosen by Osprey Village was: “In recent years, trade schools have been increasingly popular and lucrative to the work force. In this essay, please compare and contrast the outcome of receiving a four-year degree from a university or attending a trade school for a more hands-on skill set.” Scholarships worth $3,750 were awarded to Skye Black, first place, Sonshine Christian Academy; Jeremiah Giedrys, Fernandina Beach High School, second place; and Sydney Krug, Camden County High School, third place. Congratulations to all!
The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched “Amelia Island Tourism Gives,” an initiative providing support for our hospitality industry – and its workers –devastated by the pandemic. “The travel industry on Amelia Island is deeply affected by COVID-19, with more than 2,000 hospitality employees out of work, numerous restaurants and shops closed, and hotels either closed or running single-digit occupancy,” said Jack Healan, CVB board chair. With a matching investment of $50,000 from the Nassau County Board of Commissioners, a total $100,000 will go to Barnabas, a multi-service agency providing food, housing assistance, and medical care to those in crisis. Wanda Lanier, CEO of Barnabas, said private donors will match gifts, resulting in a $200,000 cash investment for crisis assistance programs. “It’s encouraging to see community and industry coming together in a true private/ public partnership to help those who are bearing the brunt of this crisis,” said Lanier. To learn more, visit BarnabasNassau.org, call the Chamber of Commerce at (904) 261-3248, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Amelia Island Tourism Gives has also launched a website called AmeliaIslandMarket.com, featuring products from local businesses including clothing, accessories, activities, and gift cards. Check online as offerings continue to expand.
BAPTIST HEALTH AMONG FIRST TO DISINFECT N95 MASKS FOR COVID-19 SAFETY When it comes to responding to COVID-19, our own Baptist Health is leading the industry as one of the first healthcare facilities in the region to disinfect N95 masks. This is an innovative response to a shortage that has impacted hospitals across the U.S., with big implications when it comes to the safety of health professionals. “During an ongoing crisis like the one we are facing now, we are applying innovative ideas that are shown to be effective,” said David Rice, MD, senior vice president and chief quality officer for Baptist Health. To meet this need, robotic disinfecting technology is used to clean and preserve masks. First, a room is dedicated for the purpose. Next, the masks are strung on wire shelving resembling clothes on a line, and then the robot gets to work. After a five-minute disinfection cycle, the masks are rotated and exposed for five minutes on the other side, allowing both their exterior and interior to be decontaminated. “The use of Xenex robots to disinfect our masks is just one of the ways we are rethinking how we do things so that we can benefit our patients and team members alike,” said Rice.
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he Island Art Association (IAA) Gallery is owned and operated by over 250 artists and associates, offering a wide range of art opportunities in their Education Center to Nassau County residents and visitors alike. A 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is philanthropic and educational, IAA’s purpose is to develop and sustain an interest, appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts. No doubt the community has found a new appreciation for the arts during national quarantine, as art soothes, educates, and entertains us. Please consider supporting IAA as they solidify plans to once again serve our community in the months and years to come. Although the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is canceled this spring, a year round project for IAA is administration of the festival’s Arts and Crafts section. Artist vendors are selected through a detailed jury process and the artists are provided oversight through the festival from IAA volunteers. Guest judges review all of the art, awards are given, and then the entire process begins again for the next year.
Nouveau Art, a bi-monthly themed show features “new” artwork, submitted by IAA members, community artists, and citizens, for five juried themed shows each year. This gives all artists the opportunity to display and sell artwork in the gallery for a period of two months. Participation is open to the public, as well as the membership. The June/July show is “Tangled up in Blue.” Nouveau is judged by guest art experts from around the region and nearby universities. You are sure to find a treasure from the original artwork of 48 local exhibiting artists. The gallery is open late during Second Saturday Artwalk. Come downtown and be inspired by great art and conversation in the heart of Fernandina’s historic district. You are invited to support the arts by joining IAA in a variety of membership and support levels. For information regarding Children’s Summer Art Camp (July), free third Sunday art programs, classes and workshops for all ages, please drop by at 18 North 2nd Street, or visit their website, www.islandart.org, “like” them on Facebook, or call (904) 261-7020. IAA is now on Instagram: @islandartfernandina.
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native of northern California, Martinique Lemke lived in Hawaii and Japan before moving to Amelia Island to work at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. One day, Martinique walked into Redbones Dog Bakery with her dog and ended up with a job offer. She worked there for two years, then decided to buy the business and run it herself. Redbones bakes treats with the healthiest ingredients and offers a full array of pet products, including premium dog foods and nutritional supplies. “Making dogs happy one tail at a time!” is Martinique’s motto. The store also has a Kitty Corner, with fresh food and special dietary offerings, plus care products and toys for cats. From goat milk and CBD oil for dogs to raw bones and giant chew sticks, Red Bones is a true dog and cat owners’ paradise. Dogs are always welcome, and Martinique has plenty of free samples. While dogs test drive the treats, their people can also enjoy a treat, as Redbones now has a bar serving forty unique craft beers from around the world. “It’s been fun to learn about and serve good beer,” says Martinique. “We also offer premium wines, champagne, and prosecco!” A fun place to socialize for your dog and you, Redbones hosts wine-tasting fundraisers to support FAN, Friends of Animals in Nassau, and monthly pet adoptions. Redbones also helps with spay and neuter programs and pet food donations. Stop by Redbones at 809 South 8th Street, call the store at (904) 321-0020, or visit redbonesbakery.com.
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n 1952, K.W. Robison opened Robison Jewelry on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. In 1966, Robison sold the store to Bob and Melba Whitaker, who later passed the business down to their sons, Jeff and Brett. Brett is Diamond Certified by the Gemological Institute of America, and Jeff is certified as a Gemologist by the American Gem Society. They employ a staff of six, and several of Brett’s children work at the store. Robison Jewelry has a large selection of bridal, anniversary, estate, and fashion jewelry. The store provides custom design services, and most jewelry repairs are done on-site by Jeff, utilizing state-of-the-art laser technology. The jewelry at Robison’s is hand-selected by Brett from over forty manufacturers from around the globe. A member of the world’s largest independent buying group, Robison’s passes their savings directly to its customers. “We also maintain a state-of-the-art e-commerce website for convenient online shopping,” explains Jeff. For the Whitakers, operating the oldest continuously operating retail business in downtown Fernandina Beach involves more than just buying and selling. They attribute their success to building long-term relationships with their customers. “As a Christian-owned company, we strive to apply biblical principles in the daily operation of our business,” says Brett. “Our goal is to maintain honesty and integrity, and to treat customers the way we want to be treated.” For more information, call (904) 261-3635 or visit robisonjewelry.com.
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t’s been a tough month for everyone on Amelia Island, as businesses were shuttered and everyone stayed home to slow the spread of Covid-19. Thankfully, we seem to have been spared the worst in our hometown paradise, but that doesn’t mean the virus didn’t have a big impact on the community. Hotels and resorts have been empty, many are unemployed, and our favorite shops and restaurants have been hit hard. As restrictions are lifted and we begin peeking our heads outside again, each one of us has a vital part to play in our island’s recovery. To get back on our feet quickly, the script is simple: stay well, follow safety guidelines, and BUY LOCAL! Amelia Island’s eclectic shops and restaurants, and all the entrepreneurs who make them happen, are an integral part of what makes this such a great place to live and work. And now, as things open up, we need to do our part to help the businesses we love survive. If we lose them, we lose a vital part of Amelia island’s unique culture. Local needs to be our lifestyle, because every dollar spent in Nassau County keeps the doors open and people employed. 33 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
As we talked with business owners around town, one theme emerged loud and clear—Amelia Island has been doing a great job of standing with them through this crisis. From ordering take-out and shopping to show support to adding generous gratuities, every business owner shared their gratitude for the support they are receiving. Brian Grimley, chef and owner of Lagniappe, summed it up for everyone. “We cannot ask the community to respond any better than they already have. Our customers have been wonderful, and we truly appreciate every single one of them.” Everyone also agreed that the pandemic has forced them to think about business in a new way. “It’s been wild learning new skills and shifting our business model,” shares Theresa Duncan of Villa Villekulla Toy Store. “Today, we are now a full-inventory online shop at villavillekullatoys.com, with free curbside pickup and delivery!” Lori and John Lecker are local entrepreneurs who own four stores on Amelia Island: lori+lulu, Pearl, JJ COOPER, continued on next page MAY 2020
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As restrictions are lifted and we begin peeking our heads outside again, each one of us has a vital part to play in our island’s recovery.
and ISOLA Home. With the statewide shutdown, their stores shifted to private shopping and curbside pickup options, in addition to launching new websites. “Since closing the doors, we rallied all the managers to build four new ecommerce websites for the businesses at lorilulu.com, pearlboutique.style, jjcooper.net, and isolaamelia.com. Lori is so grateful for the support of the community, and she notes that everyone on Amelia Island will be vitally important to restarting the local economy. “If Amelia Island loves the small businesses in their hometown, we need their support!” Lori added that local shopping rather than online shopping can really impact the health of a local small business. Mark and Donna Kaufman of Story & Song Bookstore Bistro said that shopping from local merchants’ websites not only provides revenue for them to stay open but also puts tax dollars back into our community. “At StoryandSongBookstore. com, customers can get book recommendations, access to virtually any book still in print, download books, and order selections for shipment,” they explain. At Nassau Health Foods, customers can enjoy safe shopping and customer service at a whole new level with the help of personal shoppers. “Give us a call, we will stay on the phone with you, walk around the store, get exactly what 34 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
you need, process your payment, say goodbye, and then bag your goods and deliver them to you car when you arrive,” says owner Buster Beaton. Restaurants have also adapted to serve their customers. “At Amelia Tavern and Pogo’s Kitchen, we are focused on trying to keep our staff together, so we changed our business model to include ‘Take and Bake’ family-style offerings that feed up to 4 people. Pogo’s Kitchen also provides free delivery service,” explains owner Ed Howell. Every dollar we spend locally will help to keep doors open, but we can also support our favorite businesses via social media. “Rally behind local businesses on social media —‘like’ what they are doing, share it on your pages, give positive reviews and recommendations! This is the new word of mouth,” says Wilson Tennille of The Plantation Shop. Despite the adjustments made by local businesses, the reality is that stores are seeing sales down by as much as ninety percent. That’s almost unthinkable. As we begin to make purchases delayed by the shutdown, our “new normal” must include a commitment to support the people in our local shops and restaurants who have made a commitment to our community, helping to create this great hometown we love. In the months ahead, let’s make local our lifestyle. MAY 2020
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fter being confined for so long, the blooming May flowers are certainly a welcome sight. During my stay-at-home time, I have spent a lot of hours becoming reacquainted with my garden beds. The pampering has definitely paid off. I fertilized, trimmed, watered, weeded, and talked to the plants every day. They have responded well. My gardenias are in bud, roses are blooming, ground covers are thriving, the jasmine running on the fence smells so good, and the hibiscus are showing off their beautiful blooms. In addition, I planted bulbs that I ordered from catalogs and a new grass called Cotton Candy (it’s like Muhley grass). I’m so excited that the Iris bulbs have pushed through the soil, and hopefully in a month or so, I’ll will have some beautiful exotic blooms. The Cotton Candy grass has vivid pink plumes that they show off in the fall, making it a nice addition to a sunny spot. If you are looking for a fragrant, compact shrub, there is a new PP Sweetspire (Itea virginica bailteaone)
TIP OF T HE M O N T H If your azaleas aren’t blooming or you have gardenias and camellias, now is the time to fertilize. If you have Epsom salts, give your roses a dose. Milorganite is my old standby fertilizer; it won’t burn the roots and it helps plants green up.
called “Love Child.” White blooms (racemes) stand out against its bright green foliage. This shrub has a compact growth habit and it is a heavy bloomer from May to June. Love Child has a lovely fragrance, and in autumn, the foliage turns to gorgeous shades of burgundy. Its small size (3 to 4 feet in height and width) makes it perfect for smaller gardens and foundation plantings. Happy in sun or shade, it thrives in moist soil, but it is also somewhat drought-tolerant. You will enjoy his plant! Another interesting PP plant is BananAppeal, a small anise tree. This compact tree has beautiful golden-yellow anise-scented foliage. BananAppeal is
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a perfect accent plant for your shade garden. It has an upright round shape and is disease-resistant. It grows 3 to 4 feet in height and width. For those of you who need something for your garden that is salttolerant, you might want to try a Chaste tree (Vitex). The PP Delta Blues has rich blue-purple fragrant flowers that stand out against the dark green foliage. This one is not only leaf spot-free, but salt-tolerant. It can grow 8 to 10 feet in height and width. It loves full sun and adapts to both acid and alkaline soils. The Blue Puffball Vitex is truly a dwarf Vitex, growing 3 feet in height and width. It forms a perfect ballshaped plant, with thick mid-green foliage and minimal leaf spot. The deepblue fragrant flowers bloom from June through September. Flowers form on the new growth. Because of its size, I call this one a shrub. Plant it in full sun and admire the fragrant blooms, it’s a real eye-catcher. I pray you are all safe. If you have any questions, email me at bamorrell@ aol.com. Happy Gardening!
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island home The living room with a coquina fireplace offers a classic coastal style, with built-in cabinetry by Floridian Design. The entire home is both welcoming and well-dressed, with this space setting the tone for the home’s overall design.
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pair of veterans, both doctors, with a pair of kids, are perfectly paired with their beautiful home in Oyster Bay Harbour. Drs. Gaelyn and Chris Scuderi, who met in Newport, Rhode Island during their service in the U.S. Navy, graduated from medical school and came to Florida’s First Coast when they received orders for Naval Station Mayport in 2004. “When we were living in Jacksonville, we’d always come to Amelia Island for day trips,” Gaelyn remembers. “We loved the small, family-town feeling, and its location at the beach. As the kids were starting school, we decided to relocate permanently and look for our forever home.” The couple explored the area, eventually finding Oyster Bay through the recommendation of a friend. “We fell in love with the nature, oak trees, and marsh views.” Shortly after purchasing a lot, the couple partnered with Lendry Homes to plan and build their custom house. “We wanted a coastal, contemporary style, something airy and bright with natural elegance, but casual enough to walk around barefoot,” says Gaelyn. As she worked with the builders at Lendry, she was introduced to Tiffany Hinton, designer and founder of Lola Interiors and co-owner of Cape House. 41 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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“The Scuderis enlisted help early,” says Tiffany. “Projects turn out best when designers can work with the architects, builders, and clients from the beginning.” For Gaelyn and Chris, this meant they had someone to consult with during the home design process, helping them to include some features they really wanted in the home. For the teams executing the plan, this meant that everyone could work together on what was important to the Scuderis. “Durability and livability were essential,” says Tiffany. “We worked hard to stay focused on a classic style that will not age, enabling this residence to be the Scuderis forever home and a great place to raise their children.” “We envisioned an open concept kitchen and a living space with a fireplace, built-ins, and coquina inside, and Tiffany took it from there, bringing every selection, tile, paint, and furniture element together seamlessly,” say Gaelyn and Chris. “Gaelyn’s taste is charming – well-dressed, polished and put together, with a strong sense of style,” says Tiffany. “We design for all styles, but since her style is similar to ours, this was a fun partnership.” The attention to detail was strong, as seen in the master bath, where 42 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Designer Tiffany Hinton worked with the couple to add character in the furnishings with minimal styling. The Louis Ghost chairs in the dining space are everyone’s favorite element. Not only is the seating chic, it’s durable for a home with children! MAY 2020
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Above left: The master bath features separate his-and-her vanities and gray-and-white basketweave flooring, another example of the classic design. Above right: Separated from the rest of the house, the office/study/ kids hangout was designed for the entire family, a fun space that is perfect for parents, kids, and friends. MAY 2020
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The master suite opens onto a back-porch sanctuary with a peaceful natural backdrop. The swing bed designed with Tiffany is a favorite place to read or catch up on work
The couple was thrilled and adores having a room for Legos, a closet for craft supplies, and designated square-footage for their St. Michael Academy students to work on their homework. Today, Gaelyn is a radiologist at Ackerman Cancer Center and Chris specializes in family medicine with UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics and is Medical Director at the New Berlin practice. The family loves the Oyster Bay Yacht Club, fishing from the dock, going for a jog under the canopy of oak trees, and many days, just hanging out as a family, floating in their pool. 46 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Above left: Situated comfortably within Oyster Bay’s natural beauty, the home features a welcoming front porch. Above right: The patio dining space illustrates the home’s commitment to durability and livability, utilizing performance fabrics on classic silhouettes. MAY 2020
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Amelia Island Coffee Long a favorite gathering place, Amelia Island Coffee offers something for everyone, with great coffee and teas, sandwiches, ice cream, and craft beers and wine.
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very town has a sweet spot where the atmosphere is just right and people gather regularly. On Center Street, you’ll find a small crowd any time of day at Amelia Island Coffee. In addition to all things coffee, they offer organic teas, freshly baked pastries, gourmet ice cream, cold brew, frozen drinks, and a selection of craft beers and varietal wines. So many options and free Wifi make Amelia Island Coffee the perfect place to spend a little time when you’re spending a little time in the heart of Fernandina Beach. On many days, I have seen throngs of people spilling out of “the coffee shop,” as it’s known, but today Center Street was still asleep, resting after a rainy night. The inside was a little topsy-turvy, as the floors were being resurfaced and the interior got a little makeover, but the staff was as warm as ever and waited patiently while I decided on my order. I was picking up my daughter to take her for a visit with her grandmother. I wanted to choose two things I knew she would enjoy, which I also liked, so that she could have her choice and I would be happy either way. I decided on a Chicken Salad Sandwich and a Quarter-Pound Hot Dog. We don’t drink a lot of coffee at my house, so I picked a mango smoothie to go along with our order. While I waited, it occurred to me that I had spent a great amount of time over my lifetime in this spot. I recalled scrounging up enough money as a kid to ride bikes downtown and buy an ice cream cone. As a teenager, a friend opened a small record shop upstairs, and we would hang out on the benches below sipping tea and listening to music. Later, I would buy coffees for coworkers on the way to the restaurant for early Saturday morning shifts. Amelia Island Coffee has something for everyone and every occasion. The mango smoothie came up quickly, and while I ordered it for my daughter, I couldn’t help but steal a few sips. I’ve got a thing for great smoothies, and this poor smoothie never had 48 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
a chance. I went ahead and ordered another one to take home because the first one never made it out the door. Soon our food was up, and I was on my way. When I got home, the hotdog was still steamy and the rye toast still crisp; all was right with the world. Lydia and I split each of the items. The hot dogs are available with all the
standard accoutrement, but I went for a classic chili dog. The chicken salad was fresh and all-white meat, served with a little crisp lettuce and ripe tomato. Fernandina Beach is home to many locally owned and operated eateries, and I love being able to breeze into any one of them and enjoy a quality meal. Come by and see why locals and out-of-town guests alike love Amelia Island Coffee, located at 207 Center Street. It is open Monday through Thursday from 7am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday from 7am to 8pm, and Sundays from 8am to 6pm. MAY 2020
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DINING GUIDE Amelia Island Coffee ~ For more than 16 years, Amelia Island Coffee has been a welcoming place to meet. This family-owned business features friendly service, locally roasted single-source coffee, cold brew, select organic teas and freshly baked pastries, pies and cakes. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, along with small plates and appetizers in the evening. You’ll find a selection of mainstream and craft beers along with varietal wines, as well as ice cream, milkshakes, frappes, fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade. The ambiance of a 100-year-old building is enhanced by outdoor, pet-friendly dining. Open 7 days, 7 am Mon–Sat and 8 am on Sun. Major credit cards. 207 Centre Street. (904) 321-2111. Ameliaislandcoffee.com. Amelia Tavern ~ Restaurant & Brewpub on Centre Street provides delicious local food and cold brews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. A.T. is a brewery infused gastropub, or a brewpub with great food, something like that - just stop in, grab a bite and a sip, you’ll see. We are doing it our way, the right way, for you and for this Island. Bar Zin ~ Our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor/outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. We offer a diverse beverage menu of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. When possible, we source from local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision is to create a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome; a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. barzin-bistro-winebar.com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Mon – Sat. Closed Sun. (904) 432-7671. BurlingameRestaurant.com. Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749.
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David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian & Vegan options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Incredible Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. Open 7 days. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm. Young Adult menu available. Reservations highly recommended. Private wine room holds 12 & private dining room up to 50. Resort casual. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with friendly service. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. Open for brunch Wed. – Fri. from 11am – 2:30pm and Sat. – Sun. 10am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Mon. – Sat. at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)491-3322. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. (904) 321-2558. Open seven days. Lagniappe Restaurant ~ [“lan-yap”] One of Jacksonville Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants and voted #1 Chef and #1 Amelia Island Restaurant by “Best in the 904” voters across NE Florida! From the melting-pot culinary heritage of Charleston, New Orleans, and Savannah comes Lagniappe, where you can always expect a little something more. Chef-owner Brian Grimley’s respect for Southern tradition, culinary curiosity, and a quarterdecade’s experience in Virginia’s Tidewater District shine through a delectable line-up of evolving charcuterie selections, house-smoked meats, and seafood must-haves like po’ boys, salmon brûlée, and the occasional whole fried fish! Dig in with loved ones over wine, considered cocktails, and curated bourbons in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Open daily, 11am–10pm; Happy Hour 3pm–6pm; Sunday Southern Breakfast 10am–3pm. 4810 First Coast Hwy. lagniappeamelia.com
dining out The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Sat., 8 am - 3pm, and 10am - 2pm on Sun. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. Pogo’s Kitchen ~ Serving southern cuisine with a bend, with a menu that celebrates the full medley of Southern flavors. Cocktails and wine selections are simple but creative. Vsit us for dinner, lunch or brunch at POGO’s Kitchen—a bright, open eatery tucked away from the main lines, waiting to unpack your day and refill your glass. (904) 432-8483. pogoskitchen.com. Pozzi Bistro ~ A new “Old World” style restaurant. Espresso bar and café by day and a full menu restaurant by night. We offer pastries, espresso drinks, blended shakes, and brunch specialty beverages, and brunch each day. In the evening, come and taste charcuterie, cheese, and wine, or a relaxing meal in our dining room or on our outdoor patio. Our simple menu features steak, lobster, crabcake, and more. Top off your evening with one of our house made desserts. Wed - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat & Sun 9am - 9pm. 300 Ash Street. Call (904) 310-3779 or email email@example.com. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch & dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). (904) 277-6652. Story & Song Bistro ~ Neighborhood bookstore/bistro serving breakfast and lunch indoors or in the “secret garden” courtyard, home of Amelia’s “Wings” murals. Enjoy favorites like a genuine Bronx bagel, quiche, Ina Garten’s chicken salad, and seasonal specials made with fresh, local ingredients. Organic coffee, Rishi tea, rose lemonade, beer and wine also available. Monday-Saturday 9 to 2, Sunday 11 to 2. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118. Thai Spice Cafe ~ Located on Sadler Road next to Jersey Mike’s. We are proud to prepare fresh authentic Thai food. Our menu features traditional Thai dishes, Curries, fried rice, appetizers, soups, salads, and other Thai specials. Come join us for lunch or dinner, or call us for carry-out orders. Happy Hour 5 - 8pm Everyday! Buy 1 get one free House Wine! M - Th 11am - 3pm and 5 - 9:30pm; F 11am - 3pm and 5 - 10pm; Sa 12 - 9:30pm; Su closed. (904) 432-7748. thaispicecafe.com. Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 277-4755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call! Wicked Bao ~ Enjoy Asian Street Food in a charming historical building in downtown Fernandina Beach. Small Plates, Noodle+Rice, Baos. Beer, Wine, Sake, Vietnamese Coffee. Happy Hour 4-6 Monday -Thursday & Dinner 4-9 Monday - Saturday. 232 N. 2nd St. (904) 775-5577. Please find our menu at WickedBao.com.
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a perfect 10! Located in desirable Isle de Mai, this executive home & former model shows exquisitely. The beveled glass front door at entry leads to welcoming formal living & dining spaces with volume 12' ceilings, handsome tile flooring & thick crown molding. Bedrooms are split front-to-back with a lovely family room with gas fireplace off the large kitchen. It features Cherry finish cabintry, granite tops, large Island workspace, stainless appliance package, tumbled tile backsplash, wall
ovens, warmer drawers, smooth top range, plus a separate dry bar with wine chiller, wine rack, storage & granite top. Master suite boasts double door entry, trey ceiling, gracious dual walkin closets, luxury bath with dual granite vanities & soaker tub. The kitchen nook flows to an idyllic screened enclosure opening to the lush rear yard with wonderful privacy & the back-yard-appeal that hallmarks Florida living. This home is a reason not to build anew.
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1602 Sea Dunes Villa Oceanfront, 1st ﬂoor villa. Stroll from patio to beach! 2BR/2BA. Furnished.
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Enjoy captivating ocean views from this 5th ﬂoor corner unit, 3 BR, 3 BA, fully furnished Ocean Place condominium. Updated kitchen with quartz counters, subway tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Spacious master has a walk-in closet and updated master bath. Two guest rooms with en suite baths provide beautiful accommodations for guests or family. Located adjacent to The RitzCarlton, this property includes two pools and available memberships to the Golf Club of Amelia Island. Gather on the balcony for a peaceful sunrise or to relax with friends and family.
Oceanfront with 3 BR and 3 BA, allowing you to make vacation living your lifestyle! Completely remodeled, spacious living and dining areas feature porcelain tile ﬂooring, painted bead-board vaulted ceilings for a luxurious feel and share the ocean views. Private balcony for relaxing or entertaining. The kitchen has a center island, custom cabinets, wine chiller,and upscale appliances. The master suite overlooks the Intracoastal for beautiful sunsets, and all bedrooms and baths have been updated. This villa can be a year round residence or a seasonal retreat.
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982 S. FLETCHER AVE This is as Oceanfront as it gets! This 4BR/ 4BA home is nestled against a pristine sugar white sand dune on a 100' wide lot. Totally remodeled and updated in 2014/2015. The second floor features the massive great room with the most spectacular views of the sandy beach. $2,599,000 MLS#85315
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The "C" Turtle! ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN THIS FURNISHED OCEANFRONT HOME. 3,659 square feet, 5BR/5BA. This three level home features an outstanding floor plan with decks on each level overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. In-ground oceanfront pool with summer kitchen! REDUCED $2,747,500 MLS#81620
Spacious home located on Omni Amelia Island Plantation in the Marsh Creek subdivision. This 5BR/4.5BA home is a must see with many custom features. The beautiful Brazilian Mahogany hardwood floors and custom trim/molding offer the feel of elegance. Short walk or bike ride to the beach. $1,039,500 MLS#87913
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Nestled quietly under century windswept oaks this 3 BR/2BA Summer Beach Patio home offers privacy and convenience to the beach. Very open floor plan with vaulted ceilings thru the majority of the home that creates an entertaining living and dining area your family and friends will enjoy. $575,000 MLS#88064
Linkside Villa at Amelia Island Plantation. This recently renovated 3BR/3BA villa offers a remodeled kitchen with black Whirlpool Appliances, double ovens, updated cabinets and granite countertops. The hardwood floors are Bamboo. The living area has vaulted ceilings, wet bar and fireplace. $649,000 MLS#88351
Spectacular sunsets for your evening enjoyment overlooking the intracoastal river on Amelia Island. Private gated entry into this Mediterranean styled community is just the beginning of the luxurious appointments included in this 3BR/4BA villa. Abundant upgrades throughout! $755,000 MLS#83420
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Spacious home in Golfside North at Summer Beach offers country club-style living with room 4 BR/3.5 BA home has screened pool, for family and friends. Upper level living area features large master suite, ofﬁce, living and spa, huge outdoor area for entertaining. dining room area, and kitchen with breakfast nook. Covered balcony overlooks wooded area. 2 Kitchen has stainless appliances, quartz more bedrooms, full bath, and laundry complete this level. Downstairs has spacious gathering counters, opens to family room. Large room with refreshment center and ﬁreplace overlooking the heated, screened-in pool. master suite with sitting area. Ofﬁce and 3 bedrooms and 2 baths also on this level. MLS#88318 $1,100,000 bonus room. MLS#88310 $1,100,000
85088 MAJESTIC WALK CIRCLE 4 BR/3 BA home is “Charleston” model at Amelia Walk, with all the upgrades! Near pool, clubhouse, and amenities. Open kitchen with large island, breakfast area, stainless appliances. Huge covered lanai and 3-car garage. MLS#88405 $499,000
1943 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE Gorgeous 3 BR/3 BA townhome with short-term rental permit. Loaded with upgrades like stainless appliances, granite countertops, and upgraded cabinets. Tile ﬂoors in living areas. Attached garage. Excellent rental history. MLS#88241 $565,000
3350 S FLETCHER AVENUE #4F Remodeled and furnished 2 BR/ 2 BA oceanfront condo with upgrades including new light ﬁxtures, ﬂooring, kitchen, and bathrooms. New roof for condo complex, assessment paid in full. Great short-term rental property. MLS#88647 $530,000
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A Luxury Beachside Community in the Heart of Prestigious Amelia Island... Summerwoods of Amelia Island is a small-scale, beachside community tucked beneath majestic coastal oaks in the heart of prestigious Amelia Island. This one-of-a-kind, low-density, village-styled community features126 luxury townhomes and condominiums on 20 acres, with its own 10' wide paved dedicated beach access, gated entrance off Amelia Island Parkway, plus private pool and cabana for our residents. Located on Amelia Island Parkway between The Ritz-Carlton and Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Summerwoods offers a unique mix of home sizes and floor plans. They range from a 1,330 square foot, single story, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, to a 2,800 square foot, three story, 4 bedroom, 4 bath townhome. Our homes and community are perfect for both year-round residents and families seeking a vacation home near the beach. We have several villas that are move-in ready. Call today for your private preview.
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When calling about the properties featured in this Open House section, please mention you saw the ad in the Amelia Islander Magazine.
These fabulous oceanfront condominiums are adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Located on the south end of Amelia Island, each condo features beautiful custom appointments and large square footage. The oceanfront and golf course views are incredible! Membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island is available.
OCEAN PLACE AT SUMMER BEACH
Located on the south side of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, these wonderful condominiums offer the perfect get-away. Competitive pricing, fabulous ﬂoorplans, beautiful views, as well as rental potential have made Ocean Place a “must have” for potential owner-investors. These units are direct oceanfront.
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SUSHI RICE Ingredients 2 1/2 Cups sushi rice 2 1/2 Cups water 1/3 Cup rice vinegar 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
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e’ve been spending a lot of time in the house over the past few weeks, so my husband, Troy, and I have tried to make use of our spare hours by learning some new cooking skills. We both love sushi, so we decided to try our hands at making our own. The term sushi actually refers to foods that use a type of rice seasoned with vinegar, which are garnished with raw fish or vegetables. Raw fish is called sashimi, the rolls are called maki, and the molded or shaped rice balls are called onigiri. All of the ingredients for sushi can be found at most grocery stores, including nori, which are toasted seaweed sheets, along with sushi rice, rice vinegar, pickled ginger, wasabi paste, and soy sauce. After many trials and errors, we became quite adept at rolling maki and shaping onigiri with a myriad of ingredients, including cucumber, asparagus, imitation crab sticks, shrimp, shredded carrot, and the like. Here are a few keys to making delicious sushi at home: Have your vegetables and fish cut up and ready
before you make your rice. The rice should be prepared and at room temperature when you make your maki and onigiri. Sushi rice is very sticky, so you should wet your hands before shaping. Be sure to keep a clean towel and a bowl of water nearby. After you’ve made your maki and onigiri, cover them and refrigerate until serving time. If you decide to use raw fish in your sushi, be sure to ask your fishmonger for “sushi-grade” fish, which is the freshest and safest to eat raw. Salmon and tuna are your best bet. For dipping sauces, soy sauce mixed with a little wasabi is the favorite, but you can also make spicy mayonnaise, ponzu, and even ginger dressing, all of which you can find in the grocery store if you don’t want to make your own. Troy and I watched online videos before we made our sushi and found them very helpful. We didn’t have a bamboo mat for making maki, so we improvised using aluminum foil. Making sushi is fun, and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon!
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Preparation Rinse the sushi rice several times in clean water until water runs clear. Drain in a very fine colander. Add to a saucepan with water and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Mix rice vinegar with sugar and salt. Place rice in a wooden bowl while it’s still hot, and then add vinegar mixture a little at a time, folding gently with a wooden spoon. Let the mixture cool for about 1 hour before creating maki rolls and rice balls. For maki rolls, place nori on a bamboo mat or sheet of aluminum foil and spread a thin layer of rice, leaving a 1/2-inch border on three sides and a 1-inch border at the end. Place vegetables or fish on the front side of the nori, then begin rolling gently but firmly. When you get to the end, moisten the last inch of nori and finish your roll. Chill maki rolls in the refrigerator. To cut the rolls, moisten your knife between each cut, and cut the rolls about 1 inch wide. For onigiri, shape balls using wet hands, then garnish with fish or vegetables, and wrap in strips of nori. If you want to get fancy, you can purchase rice molds online. Better yet, order an entire sushi kit!
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