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the features ways to change your life

As we prepare for a new year, we thought it might be helpful to provide a list of ways to change and improve our lives that goes beyond the most common resolutions (quit smoking, lose weight). Hopefully, you’ll find at least one or two suggestions that you hadn’t thought about, or confirm what you’ve already decided. So get ready, 2013 here we come. Page 54


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meet our state's youngest landlord

Thoughts on the economy moving into 2013

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Style clutch pg 36 pumps pg 38 Capes pg 40 eyebrows pg 42 fashion pg 44

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on the cover

Yoanna House with Prodigy Models Photography by Ben Sasso


the sun glow pier

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Home home for the holidays pg 69 Travel

just add snow pg 77


Balsamic Salmon, Blau, PG. 84

letter from the editor

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Viewniverse Publisher’s letter floridian quotes

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Scene Daytona Beach Film FestivaL The Festival of Trees RENDEZ-VOUS GRAND OPENING

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blau restaurant review pg 84 wine review pg 85 beer 101 pg 88 the dining guide pg 90 rear view pg 98

five star cruise pg 18 moodboard pg 20

Arts arts preview pg 23 scrooge the musical


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Fashion, PG. 44

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Issue 1 Volume 3 Brittany Demers EDITOR IN CHIEF Katherine Welch Graphic DEsigner Victor Rollins STaff photographer Patti Light staff WRITER CONTRIBUTING WRITERs Jeanne Willard , Rona Gindin, Claude Thomas, Alex Payne contributing PHOTOGRAPHERS Luke Bhotipiti, Ben Sasso

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Vanguard OmniMedia Group 517 S. Ridgewood Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32114 publisher Angelo Figueroa Media consultants

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To purchase & Subscribe Floridian View is a monthly publication available at $3.99 for single issue purchase on newsstands and $19.95 annually.

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Editor, Floridian View 517 S. Ridgewood Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Email us at Letters may be edited for space and clarity and not all submissions will be published 6 | DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013

letter from the editor

the “new you” issue

a fresh start with a new view Question: Where did this year go? It feels like I just opened last year’s Christmas presents a couple a months ago. I guess there must be something to the adage about time flying when you’re having fun. Since taking over the editorial helm here in late August, I’ve been having a ball, even though there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get to everything that needs attending. But the hard work is worth it, especially when I think about all the exciting things we have planned for Floridian View in the coming year. First starters, beginning with our next issue, those of you who receive the magazine in the mail will be getting it much earlier (expect the Feb. 2013 issue in your mailboxes in the last week of January.) We also plan to widely expand distribution of the magazine into hair salons, medical clinics, libraries, legal offices and supermarket newsstands throughout Volusia and Flagler County. On the marketing front, we’re planning a series of top-notch events to promote the magazine and celebrate our success with our readers and advertisers. The first of these is Hot Havana Nights on April 27. I can’t wait to tell you more about this event, but trust me; it will be, as the name implies, a hot ticket. Editorially, I can promise that the magazine will continue to get better with each issue. We want you to spend time with the magazine, to read it from cover to cover, and not just flip through it. That’s why we will worker even harder in the coming year to create a compelling, entertaining publication that meets the highest standards of journalism and makes you smile in the process. I want to thank all of our readers and advertisers for your support. On behalf of everyone here Floridian View, I wish you all a festive holiday season and Happy New Year. It should be a busy one! Brittany Demers | Editor-in-Chief

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publisher’s letter

PUBLISHER’S LETTER We’ve come to the time of year when media outlets across the land engage in an annual rite of American journalism: The Year in Review. In the coming weeks, expect to relive the joy of the woman’s gymnastic team in London; and marvel once again at the sight of the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars. The fury of Hurricane Sandy will be revisited, as will the saga of a madman at a Batman movie in Denver. There will be stories that will spill into next year and the next: Syria, Iran, Gaza and President Obama’s second term. You can also expect to see a slew of year-end tributes to people whose life’s work will be remembered for decades and, in some cases, even centuries to come. In many ways, this is always my favorite part of the year-end media ritual. People who led extraordinary lives and changed the world in big and small ways with their talents endlessly fascinate me. These are pioneers who made us laugh, cry, and sometimes even made us angry. What they didn’t do is leave us feeling indifferent.

Confession: As I write this, I’m whistling the iconic tune of the Andy Griffith Show. I’ve been blowing this song through my lips for more than 40 years, and it never fails to brighten my mood. (Go ahead, try it!) I think of Andy Griffith, because when he died earlier this year, his passing saddened me­—but I was also grateful for the powerful cultural contribution his show gave to America. Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, Barney and the fictional town of Mayberry represent the basic goodness of the American character. Some might argue that this pales to real stories about war and peace and weightier issues that occupy our time. Maybe so; but I still applaud the comic genius of Phyllis Diller, the soaring vocals of Whitney Houston, the imagination of Ray Bradbury, the courage of Helen Gurley Brown, and the disco swag of Donna Summer. Each of these greats contributed to who I am today. To who we all are. So while we’ve decided to focus this issue of Floridian View on the coming year, I thought it was appropriate to use this space to honor a few of the giants who have left us in 2012. They will be missed. And I know I speak for many Floridians when I say, ‘Thanks for the memories.’ —Angelo Figueroa

Legend: 1) Carlos Fuentes, Mexican novelist 2) Donna Summer, disco diva 3) Andy Griffith, actor 4)Helen Gurley Brown, editor, Cosmopolitan 5) Michael Clarke Duncan, actor 6) Ernest Borgnine, actor 7) Marvin Hamlisch, composer 8) Phyllis Diller, comedienne 9) Lupe Ontiveros, actress 10) Neil Armstrong, astronaut 11) Ray Bradbury, sci-fi author 12) Whitney Houston, singer 13) Yitzhak Shamir, former Israeli Prime Minister 14) Vidal 1 0 Sassoon, | D E C Ehair M Bstylist E R / J15) A NAndy U A RWilliams, Y 2 0 1 3singer



“I am the watchdog — Jason Davis

Newly elected Volusia County Chairman, in the Daytona Beach News-Journal

“i don’t think anyone involved in trying to improve healthcare should say ‘no, no, no’ . . .

— rick scott


we’ve got your number



million The number of light bulbs needed to put just one string of Christmas lights on every house and condo in Volusia and Flagler Counties

Florida Governor, revisitng his earlier opposition to Obamacare in the Associated Press.

2 billion

“The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them

16.7 million

— Marco Rubio U.S. Senate, Florida (R), in a statement after the election

The number of candy canes sold in the four weeks before Christmas (Source:

The annual cost of property damage from Christmas tree fires. A heat source too close to a tree and intentional fires set during disposal, are the two primary causes of the fires. (Source: National Fire Protection Association)


The average increase in electric bills during the holidays. Bills in December and throughout the winter months are lower than the rest of the year, because fewer air conditioners are running. Although many homes are strung with lights, many tend to be low wattage, less costly LED lights. (Source: Florida Power and Light) F L O R I D I A N V I E W. C O M | 1 1



Daytona Beach FILM FESTIVAL Fans of the cinema gathered at City Island Ballroom on November 9th to kick off the 10th annual Daytona Beach Film Festival, featuring special guest actor Seth Peterson (Burn Notice). Showings of select independent films continued here and at Cinematique throughout the weekend, concluding with an official Sunday night wrap party. Dorothy and Bob Cornwell

Michael Arth and Stephanie Mason-Teague

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Len & Yili Estevez

Chase Conner, Deya Silvernail

Dan Bayerl, Lea Stokes



Michael Arth (Filmmaker) Michael Jacob Pickering, Erin Fouraker (indie filmmakers)

Amy Dorf, Seth Peterson, Hillary J. Walker

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The Festival of Trees The Guild of the Museum of Arts and Sciences held its 8th annual Festival of Trees gala on November 15 to benefit the museum. The night was filled with music, food from a host of area restaurants, and of course, the professionally decorated trees that were up auction.

Several mini trees

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Dr. Kay Brawley and Jackie Harrison

Frank and Barbara Molnar



Rosemarie and Richard Ware

Crystal Hiss and Clay Beazley

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Rendez-Vous GRAND OPENING Despite a torrential downpour on Oct. 26 from Hurricane Sandy, a full house packed the grand opening of Rendez-Vous, a new European bistro located at 1500 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach. Rendez-Vous Grand Opening

Connie Cullers, Annette Sirkin and Gracie McMaster

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David Morhain (Owner) and Angelo Figueroa (FV Publisher)

Kelley Bales and Bonnie Roberts

Judith and Dean Plumer



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a five-star cruise even gilligan could afford Staff Report | Photography by Victor Rollins

It’s your birthday. Or anniversary. Or the night of a

romantic date with someone you really want to impress. The question is where to eat? Some place fancy “but not really special” or someplace that says, “Wow! You really went out of your way to make this date special.” You can always trust us here in the Viewniverse to solve your social dilemmas. Our recommendation: Dine on a yacht. That’s right, a yacht. You don’t have to be Thurston Howell III to pay for it. Even Gilligan could afford to impress with our plan. So here’s the scoop: For $35 per person(plus taxes and gratuity) you and your date can dine on a Sundancer Yacht cruise offered by the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. The food­—whether brunch or dinner—is unbelievable, the service impeccable and the views along the Matanzas River on the Intracoastal are as soothing as a Floridian summer breeze. The two-hour tours (we know, enough with the castaway references; but these really are two-hour cruises) include a Sunday brunch cruise, a Wednesday evening Happy Hour cruise and a Sunday evening dinner cruise. The yacht is also available for private charters and weddings. With a full bar and live entertainment, there’s no better deal in town or on the river. Happy sailing!

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in the mood

for . . .

Dying to spend that stack of holiday giftcards? Consider curling up with one of our favorite books, CDs or DVDs this winter season. Books

B EIGHT girls TAKING PICTURES by WHITNEY OTTO More verbal handiwork from the novelist (How to Make an American Quilt), this time stitching together the vastly different stories of eight women balancing lives, feminism and their art in the 20th century.

C LIFE OF PI by YANN MARTEL If the movie meets the expectations created by the book, don’t miss the boat. MOVIES

D LES MISÉRABLES Whether or not you’re part of the 60 million worldwide audience to have witnessed some incarnation of the Broadway (and global) hit, you won’t want to miss the Christmas-day release with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

E THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Bilbo Baggins, Galdalf the Grey, dwarves, warriors, Goblins and Orcs, Wargs, shapeshifters and sorcerers populate this journey to possess Gollum’s ring, “the precious.” Prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy starring Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood.







A real treat for those who just discovered the singer-songwriter as the result of his recent collaboration with Eric Clapton. This little-known gem contains Cale’s original recordings of such now-famous classics as Call Me The Breeze, Cocaine and After Midnight. Also present are his own singer/songwriter hits, Magnolia and Crazy Mama. A must for every rock-history aficionado.



Sometimes compared to Adele, she’s being called the “Golden Girl of British music.” Judging from her debut album, the accolades are well deserved. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter is profound and moving in her choice of material and in the soulful, tender way it’s presented. DVD

H DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY All three Christian Bale-as-Batman releases (Batman Begins, Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises) now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.


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arts // arts preview // scrooge //

Carrie Underwood

december 21 | orlando

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Our entertainment recommendations for december and january

T h e Tr a n s - S i b e r i a n O r c h e s t r a

december 9th | flagler beach

december 16th | orlando

the new york tenors christmas

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra

New York comes to Flagler with “Memories of Herald Square.” Three world-famous tenors — Andy Cooney, Daniel Rodriguez and Michael Amante — join voices to provide an unforgettable evening in an intimate setting.

With a full string orchestra and rich vocal choir, this progressive rock act has been mesmerizing audiences with its rock operas for nearly a decade. TSO has become a holiday tradition, and this year’s offering is entitled The Lost Christmas Eve.

When: Tuesday 7:30pm

When: Sunday 2:30 and 7:00pm

Where: Flagler Auditorium

Where: Amway Center

through december 14th | daytona beach Edge to Edge: Vintage Panoramic Photography in Florida

Curator Jay Mechling brings 200 panoramic images of 20th century Florida. From yard-long photographs to “Real Photo Postcards,” this collection reveals the visual history of the Sunshine State. This is a rare opportunity to view the evolution of our state’s beaches, landscapes and social development.

To u r B o a t o n R i v e r ( W. L . C o u r s e n )

When: Museum hours (T/T/F 11-5; W 11-7; S/S 1-5) Where: Southeast Museum of Photography Daytona State College King of Speed 245 MPH! Campbell Bluebird II, (W.L. Coursen) 24 | DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013



december 21st | orlando Carrie Underwood

It’s general admission for “The Blown-Away Tour,” where the American Idol-turned country superstar performs your favorites. Guest star Hunter Hayes. Each ticket provides a $1.00 donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. When: Sunday at 7pm Where: Amway Center

january 10th | flagler beach Carrie Underwood

the state theatre of russia: Cinderella

The magic and enchantment of this fairytale is brought to life by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia. For dance aficionados — ­ or for little girls dreaming of either becoming a ballerina or finding Prince Charming — this promises to be a night to remember. When: Thursday 7:30pm Where: Flagler Auditorium

The State Theatre of Russia: Cinderella

january 25th | daytona beach The Barber of Seville

Part of the 61st season of the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, this Rossini favorite is performed by the Teatro Lirico D’Europa opera company and features a 40-piece orchestra. English supertitles enhance the Italian performance, and there’s no place quite like the Peabody to enjoy such classics. When: Friday at 7pm Where: Peabody Auditorium The Barber of Seville F L O R I D I A N V I E W. C O M | 2 5



january 25th | orlando Justin Bieber

Bieber brings his string of hits, dance moves and newest hairdo to the Amway Center for a night of song. This is club seating, so plan to get there early to get up close and personal with the pop icon. When: Friday at 7pm Where: Amway Center

january 27th | orlando Gino Vannelli

The Canadian-born singer/songwriter performs classics and new material, including I Just Wanna Stop and People Gotta Move. This is a chance to enjoy an intimate concert with a chart-topping legend. When: Sunday at 7:30pm Where: House of Blues - Orlando Justin Bieber

January 25th, 26th, 27th | new smyrna beach IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts

For 37 years, the Atlantic Center for the Arts has been hosting this prestigious juried art show. Entries from across the nation compete in an array of mediums, from two-dimensional to sculpture, jewelry and glass. Food and entertainment round out the event. When: Fri 2-6, Sat 9-5, Sun 10-5pm Where: Riverside Park

January 25th - February 10th | DeLand Jake’s Women

The Neil Simon classic comes to the stage, as novelist Jake daydreams about the women in his life — including his daughter, past loves and prospective wife. As always, the playwright provides touching moments and food for thought in comedic style. When: Thur-Sat 7:30pm and Sun 2:30 Where: Athens Theatre


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scrooge the musical The Journey to Opening Day by Jeanne Willard | Photography by Victor Rollins


Children’s Theatre’s production of “Scrooge the Musical” calls to mind one of those 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. Dump the pieces out on the coffee table, and it looks like an impossible task. But with hard work and practice, a cohesive picture emerges. Preparation began months before the December opening at the Athens Theatre in DeLand, said artistic director and producer Craig Uppercue. “It’s a lot of work to do something of this magnitude.”

The early rehearsals of “Scrooge the Musical” were typical of what new and seasoned cast members can expect. The actors gathered in a rehearsal room, jotting notes on scripts and learning their roles – scene by scene. Once a scene is “set,” Uppercue expects the cast to have their lines and cues memorized. Under the director’s patient tutelage, a vision of a Victorian English village filled with merchants, urchins and familiar literary characters begins to emerge. Nearly forty more rehearsals will follow before opening day.

Auditions are followed by eight weeks of rehearsals while the set is built and costumes are prepared. It’s also an expensive process; This musical version of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol will cost nearly $50,000 to produce. According to Uppercue the actors are volunteers, but a production of this size still requires set builders, designers, stage operators, choreographers, costumes and materials. While the cast includes seasoned professionals, the great thing about local theatre is that anyone can audition and land a part. This holiday production required about 45 actors, with room for beginners. Although musicals demand singing talent, there are always some non-singing parts. Uppercue holds workshops to help novices navigate the audition process, including tips on preparing a resume and obtaining head shots. “It’s a labor of love on the part of the actors,” he says. “They have to make a commitment to do it.” One of those dedicated actors is 12-year-old Marcus Fleishel. With green eyes, tousled hair and a sprinkle of freckles on his face, he looks like he’d be equally comfortable playing Dennis the Menace. His current role is Tiny Tim, the beloved but crippled son of Bob Cratchit. This is Marcus’ first production at the Athens, but he’s performed in school and summer camp plays and is ready to devote the time required for his role. “I have lots of nervous energy,” he said. “I love singing and dancing.” 28 | DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013

Artistic Director and Producer Craig Uppercue



Alan Ware, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge, is a theatre veteran who also spent 12 years touring with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, playing “Grandpa” the clown. “I’ve always wanted to play Scrooge,” says Ware. “For a character actor, Scrooge is a goldmine. There is such a wonderful depth, an emotional depth to the role; but at the same time you are playing an icon.” Sydney Rogers, 15, is already on her way to becoming a veteran performer; and playing Kathy Cratchit will add another credit to her resume. The Spruce Creek High School student has played plum roles, such as Annie and Oliver, and has her sights set on Broadway in the future. “I’d like to make a career out of it,” Sydney said. “I love performing.” Months of hard work will pay off when “Scrooge the Musical” opens December 7th for nine showings at the historic Athens Theatre. Owned by Sands Theatre Center, Inc., the Athens was restored to its original Italian Renaissance architectural glory in 2009, providing quality entertainment in an intimate setting. Uppercue, who teaches music at DeLand’s Freedom Elementary School and tours professionally with an off-Broadway production, says Sands Theatre Company strives to provide quality, affordable family entertainment ­— especially in this economy. “People still want to be entertained,” he muses. “And people still want to leave the theatre feeling good.” Ware hopes his role as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge will help remind people of the true spirit of Christmas. “It’s the story of a man who loses his heart over his mind,” he explained. “I think there are a lot of people who do that these days. They seem to have lost their heart for Christmas and lost their heart for love, and they can’t even remember the sound of their own laughter.” To recapture the sound of your own laughter, kick off the holiday season with this familyfriendly tale of redemption that’s full of music and holiday cheer.

12-year-old Marcus Fleishel

Marcello Flutie and the cast

Performances: Fri.

December 7 at 7:30 PM


December 8 at 2:30 & 7:30 PM


December 9 at 2:30 PM


December 13, Fri, December 14 at 7:30 PM


December 15 at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM


December 16 at 2:30 PM

Athens Theatre 124 N. Florida Ave. DeLand Tickets from $10 to $60 | (386)736-1500 |

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the sun glow pier

eat, fish, love the sun glow pier is not as famous as its main street sister in daytona beach, but it’s still a hell of a catch by Jeanne Willard | Photography by Victor Rollins


the recent opening of a national restaurant franchise on the Daytona Beach Pier was heralded as the start of a new era in the core tourist district, the privatelyowned Sun Glow Pier - just six miles to the south - has been attracting anglers and tourists for more than a half century. Originally built in 1960 by Max Morrison, this is one of the few Florida fishing piers that has remained privately owned. Amenities include a bait shack, fish-cleaning areas and fishing pole rentals; and anglers can catch a wide variety of native fish. Located at 3701 South Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores, this is home to Crabby Joe’s Deck & Grill, a popular spot for casual, on-the-water dining. Marilyn Hooper, part owner since 1989, says the first restaurant offered limited menu items, with only 12 indoor seats and 4 outdoor picnic tables. Over the years, the establishment has grown into a current full-service restaurant and Calypso Bar. “It’s something that just evolved,” says Hooper. “We just kept growing.”


It’s not unusual to see patrons dressed in everything from business attire to bathing suits in the rustic setting that literally sits over the ocean. While dining by open-air windows, you can see the water crashing below the gaps in the floorboards. You might also spot a fisherman walking through the dining area, carrying a fresh-caught barracuda or shark. Photos on the entranceway walls memorialize prize catches and famous visitors – including racecar legend Richard Petty. “It’s just that kind of place,” says Luke Zona, general manager. “No shoes, no shirt, no problem.” Like a boat, the restaurant rocks slightly with the tide and winds, and the structure is at the mercy of the weather. “We are a moving entity,” explains Zona. “Most restaurants aren’t moving.” But the same location that affords spectacular ocean views and breathtaking sunrises brings maintenance challenges that require continuous investment in the infrastructure. During the 2004 season, Hurricane Frances ripped 85 feet off the end of the 1,000foot pier.


Despite the challenges, Zona loves the oceanfront ambiance. As a young boy, the pier was his playground. “I grew up fishing here in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It kept me out of trouble, it kept me off the streets and it kept me from doing stupid things that other kids did,” he says. Over the past two decades he’s become a fixture at the restaurant, with many patrons greeting him by name. Zona also found romance on the water, meeting and marrying his wife, Benita, on the pier. Best known for great pier fishing, famous fish sandwiches and seafood, Hooper says Crabby Joe’s is not resting on its laurels. There arre plans to expand the deck and bar area, and she’ll follow their tested formula of slow but steady expansion. “We are going to be here for a long time,” she laughs. “I have no plans to retire. My children will probably retire before I do.”

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style // clutches // pumps // capes // eyebrows //

This is the time of year we Floridians get to pull out all the stops, trading our customary casual attire for full-out elegance and ballroom glamour. Reflect the spirit of the season with clothes that sparkle and shine.

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Silver and Gold


ith so much sparkle in party clothing and accessories, it’s important that handbags slim down while holding their own. We favor glitzy clutches and small bags in the tone of precious metals like silver, gold and platinum. These gems make an impact with their detailing, texture and flat-out shine. Lustrous metallic leathers, snakeskin embossing, sequins, tassles and ornamental handles are the details to look for. Here are some of our favorite finds.

Alexander McQueen Apple & Hummingbird Knuckle-Duster Python Clutch Bag $3095.00




Rule of thumb:

Keep base tones consistent with attire. Icy silver and platinum add sizzle to blacks and bold colors; warm copper and golden hues light up earthier tones.

Diane von Furstenberg To n d a P a v e C r y s t a l Clutch Bag, $395.00

If you can only pick one bag, make it versatile. Simple styles with basic closures can be worn with a variety of looks. B e l s t a f f Tr e d i n g t o n Metal Clutch Bag $2875.00

From left to right: 1) Overture Judith Leiber, Vanessa Concave Side Rectangle Clutch Bag, $595.00; 2) Michael Kors, Gia Studded Metallic Leather Clutch Bag, $795.00; 3) Jimmy Choo Chandra Chain Shimmer Suede Clutch Bag in Sand, $1250.00; 4) Eric Javits, Metallic Mini Clutch Bag in Gold, $450.00 F L O R I D I A N V I E W. C O M | 3 7



Fancy Footwork


f it’s true that women are likely to notice a person’s shoes before any other part of an outfit, it’s important to put your best foot forward. With so many galas and events, this is the time to let your inner rock star come out and play. Jump into the bold look of electric colors, sky-high heels and snappy straps.

Giuseppe Zanotti Metal-Heel Suede Pump $850


Casadei T- S t r a p S t u d - H e e l Sandal, $1250.00

Rene Caovilla Jeweled Ankle-Wrap Platform Sandal $1365.00

Do It Yourself

Party Pumps

Start with a pair of plain red peep-toe heels.

Add a variety of golden studs to red.

K a t e S p a d e N e w Yo r k Sawyer Mini Sequin Slingback Pump $328.00

For even more shimmer, apply a coat of Glitter Mod-Podge in gold. ( $7.99) F L O R I D I A N V I E W. C O M | 3 9



Cape Crusade A ll wrapped up for the holidays


eave the bulky winter coats in

the closet — festive attire and evening wear calls for extra special outerwear. Sophisticated capes are making a comeback, but in wearable fabrics and modern shapes. You get what you pay for, so invest in one spectacular, versatile piece. Pick a classic cut in a neutral color that will coordinate with all your holiday attire and work with your 2013 wardrobe.




Fur-Trim Cashmere Cape Sofia Cashmere, $1595.00

Knit Mink Fur Shawl Pologeorgis, $1295.00

Fox-Fur-Trimmed Cashmere Cape, Blonde, Sofia Cashmere, $1995.00

Chevron Knitted Mink Fur Cape La Fiorentina, $1595.00

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High Brow

Shape Trends


ver the years, trends in brow shapes have changed from the

Hollywood look – super thin, super arched, shaved off and penciled on – to softer, more natural arches over the windows to the soul. Today’s brows are migrating from the look of perpetual surprise to a straighter line that’s closer to the eye. While the most flattering shape for any face is likely to follow the natural brow pattern, professional services, such as waxing and threading, can ensure a perfect and symmetrical brow. For home care, you’ll find a plethora of products and tools to keep your brows in shape.

Heart The lovely heart-shaped face is enhanced with low arches and a softly-rounded shape. Picture an imaginary heart, with the chin as the point and the brows as the top. for full faces or wide foreheads, raising the arch elongates the face. Tweezing remains a favorite method of brow shaping. But waxing is also effective because of the clean line and long-lasting results, and threading is increasing in popularity and availability. Both these methods are best left to professionals like Ulta (The Pavillion in Port Orange) or Art of the Thread (Volusia Mall).


Round Lengthening the face (aiming for that perfect oval) is the goal here, so go for higher arches in an almost geometric shape. Draw the eye upward by creating a straight line to the peak of the brow, accentuating the brow bone. Brush brows upward, then fill in with soft color, steering away from heavy tones. We like a two-in-one tool, like Giorgio Armani Eyebrow Pencil ($29). The built-in grooming brush shapes brows, and the high-definition pencil provides a precision line in brown or beige.

Square Thicker brows in a slightly deeper shade draw attention upward, while brows with a sharp peak balance strong jawlines. If your goal is to create a more rounded or heartshaped effect, go for curved brows in a softer shade. For one product that can work both looks, check out Bobbi Brown Brow Kit ($45). The two coordinating shades enable you to match or intensify your color. Follow with Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up ($20), a cream gel that locks color.

Diamond While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, those with this face shape want to steer away from accentuating the top of the face. A slightly flat or delicately curved brow will put just the right amount of emphasis slightly above the widest part of the face without drawing the eye further upward. Aside from shaping, these brows need little maintenance. But we do love Smashbox Brow Tech and Brush Set for its versatility. Just mix the wax with the powder pigment (two coordinating shades per set), and apply for longlasting color and shape. F L O R I D I A N V I E W. C O M | 4 3

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Dazzle your guests with sweet, sexy couture.

Basix Dress $960, Alexis Bittar earrings $355 Photography by Ben Sasso Models: Joanna House with Prodigy Models and Aaron Bean Makeup: Ashley Rose Hair: Yen Ryder Styling: Tammara Kohler with Fused Fashion Wardrobe from Neiman Marcus Location: Hammock Beach Resort


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Jovani dress $750, Alexis Bittar earring $445 and ring $275

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Him: Robert Graham velvet jacket $898 Etro shirt $295 & pant $495 Prada Shoes $1250 Her: David Meister dress $570 Rachel Zoe earrings $225 Alexis Bittar bracelet $395 and ring $245

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CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 2013 by Alex Payne

As we prepare for a new year, we thought it might be helpful to provide a list of ways to change and improve your lives that goes beyond the most common resolutions (quit smoking, lose weight). Hopefully, you’ll find at least one or two suggestions that you hadn’t thought about, or confirm what you’ve already decided. So get ready, 2013 here we come. 54 | DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013

DUMP THE LOSERS Remember when your mother said, “Birds of a feather…” Well, she was right. Your closest friends are either lifting you up or they’re dragging you down. If it’s the latter, treat them as you would nuclear waste: RUN. DREAM BIG/ACT BIGGER Where would we be without dreamers? Think of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Like them, millions of people have gargantuan aspirations. But do they have the gumption and discipline to turn their dreams into reality? Dreaming alone won’t change the world. Not even your little corner of it. STOP THE BLAME GAME If you aren’t where you want to be in life, take that blame finger and aim it squarely at yourself and the decisions you’ve made. Of course there are factors and people that negatively impact our station in life; bad things happen to good people. It’s called fate. But focusing on that, and using it as an excuse, only hinders forward progress and leaves you stuck in the mud. HAVE MORE SEX See a sex counselor if you need an explanation. QUIT YOUR JOB If you’re absolutely miserable at work, or your job is not significantly leading to a better life, then maybe it’s time to heed the words of Johnny Paycheck and tell your boss to take his/ her job and . . . well, you know. [Warning: Given the economy, think twice on this tip.]

LEAVE YOUR WORK AT WORK Is there anything more annoying than a mate who is more intimate with their iPhone or Blackberry than they are with you? We’re a nation of workaholics, generally at the expense of our families. Companies will happily take as many free hours of your home time as you are willing to donate. Set limits that balance family and work.

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SPEND YOUR MONEY ON MEMORIES If you’re fortunate enough to afford a few luxuries, consider spending that money on a vacation with family or friends, as opposed to that expensive thingamajig that you must have but will probably end up in a garage sale. Unlike anything you buy, precious memories are gifts that keep on giving. START A BUSINESS Be your own boss. Control your destiny; but before diving off that cliff, make sure you’ve done your homework and that your parachute (Plan B) is in working order. It won’t be easy and there’ll be many a sleepless night. But you won’t be bored.

COME OUT OF WHATEVER CLOSET YOU’RE IN Leading a double life to please others and society is torture. In the end, those who really love you will still love you. Plus, it’s virtually impossible to be true to others if you aren’t true to yourself. DON’T GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT You need credit cards for online purchases, car rentals, hotels, and even for racking up valuable exchange points. But unless you’re able to pay the full balance each month, you’re paying a lot more for everything you buy. If that’s the case, switch to cash and avoid debt.

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FIND YOUR GOD A strong argument can be made about the corrosive effect religion has had on world peace. Millions have died in the name of one god or the other. But there’s no arguing that, for many people, a belief in a higher power helps sustain them through life’s storms. If praising Jesus, Allah, Buddha or some other deity makes you a better person, then by all means embrace spirituality. On the other hand, if it makes you want to protest at military funerals, burn holy books or don a suicide vest, consider atheism.

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GET MARRIED When it’s right, it’s right. There are a lot of reasons why married people live longer, are happier and get more out of life. On the flip side… GET DIVORCED When it’s bad, it can be really bad. Try to work it out, especially if you have kids. But if each day starts and ends with an argument, if your mate is more like a roommate whose company you don’t enjoy, if you’re turning your kids into referees or if it’s an abusive relationship, then maybe it’s time to call it quits. RECOGNIZE THAT THE GRASS IS NOT GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE There’s no such thing as the perfect mate. There’s only the mate whose imperfections you are most willing to live with. If you think Shiela from across the street, or William from Apartment B is flawless, think again. Every lawn has its weeds. GIVE YOUR KIDS TIME Forget the expensive presents. What kids most want—and desperately need—is your time and attention. If you don’t give it to them, somebody else will. BE GREAT AT ONE THING Back in the day, Kentucky Fried Chicken had a commercial that said, “We do chicken right.” KFC wasn’t trying to sell burgers, corn dogs or pizza; the company was focused on one thing: Chicken. There’s nothing wrong with being a jack-of-all-trades, but it’s so much more lucrative to be a master of one.

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You’ve seen the bumper sticker: “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Really? We’ve never met a Rolls Royce that can hug you or a bank account that can surround your dying bedside with people who really love you and not your will. We’re not condemning the accumulation of wealth, especially if it’s used, at least in part, to make the world a better place. But if the accumulation of money and things is your sole driver, then you’re probably on the wrong track.

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ways to change your life CHALLENGE YOUR COMFORT ZONE No matter what stage you’re in, improving your life requires challenging your comfort zone. Learn to put your fears in check, and push yourself to accomplish what once may have seemed impossible. STAY INFORMED It’s amazing how many Americans can wax endlessly about the life of reality TV’s Honey Boo Boo, but can’t tell you who the Defense Secretary of the United States is [Leon Panetta]. More amazing is the number of unemployed people who never read a newspaper or online news sites. In today’s world, information is key. If you don’t stay current with what’s going on, even if it’s just locally, you are missing out on endless opportunities. NO MORE DRAMA Have you notice how some people attract drama like windshields on I-4 attract love bugs? If you want to avoid emotional collisions in your life, stop making bad decisions that lead to crappy karma. GET OUT OF DODGE You can’t run away from your problems, but sometimes a change of scenery is exactly what’s needed to get your act together. Moving to a new city gives you an opportunity to reinvent yourself and leave the old baggage behind.

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GET OFF YOUR BUTT Why are so many Americans obese? Why have weeds taken over the yards of some of your neighbors? Why can’t some people ever seem to get over the hump, while others soar? This may be simplifying the issue, but a partial answer is laziness. Too many of us opt for the couch and television, rather than doing something productive that involves mental and physical work. As Issac Newton’s law of inertia points out, a body at rest remains at rest. The same applies to the mind.

CHOOSE HAPPINESS Find humor in everything, even when all seems grim. There will be reasons for crying; but even through a waterfall of tears, you can choose to be happy and grateful.

KEEP YOUR EXTENDED FAMILY DISTANTLY CLOSE Let’s face it, we don’t choose our extended family, in-laws, cousins, etc… Many can be great, but others can be like a sack of potatoes on your shoulders. Better to peel off the rotten ones and only interact with them every other holiday season. SUBSCRIBE TO FLORIDIAN VIEW Who needs a therapist, life coach or a mentor when you have this magazine? OK, that’s a stretch [The editors made me write this.] But the folks here are certainly focused on providing you with a magazine that informs and entertains you each month. That’s why they hired me for this article. Cheers!

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llen [DeGeneres] told me not to go with anyone else, because they’re competitors,” explains Willow Tufano, describing her sudden offers to do guest appearances on Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America and other shows that tried to sweet-talk her into a trip to New York or L.A. for a news-breaking interview. She chose Ellen and told GMA she’d be happy to speak with them afterward. “They sort of said, ‘Oh that’s alright’ and never called back,” laughs the North Port, FL resident.


The national interest in Willow isn’t because of a hit song, a movie or some sort of sordid scandal. Instead, the spotlight is shining on her because, at the tender age of 15, Willow is a blossoming real estate mogul who has proven that there are business opportunities for driven, innovative people — even if they happen to be a teenager on a skate board. Willow bought her first house at age 14, an idea that occurred to her as a result of tagging along with her realtor mother, Shannon Moore. The money came as a result of pure ingenuity—claiming free stuff from Craigslist, abandoned homes

(with the realtors’ permission) and even leftover yard sale items. “The first time, I just found stuff on the curb,” she says, recalling how it all started in 2010. “I offered to sell it and split the money, but the guy just let me take it.” She began looking for free and cheap items, which she would then sell at her yard sales. Then Shannon told her about Craigslist. “I was like ‘What’s that?’ But I made about $500.” She says she just put the money in the bank, not saving for anything in particular. But as she watched her mom

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buy run-down properties, fix them up and turn them for profit, Willow decided to get in on the action. In January 2012, the two became partners in their first venture: $12,000 for a home that had been about $100,000 at the top of the market. In October, they paid $17,500 for their second purchase. When news of her innovative entrepreneurialship spread, Willow began receiving offers of all sorts, including a speaking engagement at Shelton State University in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The young lady handled her first major public appearance – a 14-year-old giving a lecture to an audience of 200— with aplomb. “It was for business owners and disadvantaged kids,” she recalls. “I told them my story and talked about how they can do it. And I gave them tips.” Since the Ellen appearance, Willow has been approached by three reality show producers about doing a series based on her life. She’s also done 64 interviews in the past year, including NPR (twice), CNN (3 times), CBS and USA Today. A media blitz of this caliber would affect anyone, so it seems it would be even more impactful at such a young age. But the effect has been nothing but positive for Willow. While she is articulate and charming, she doesn’t seem to have grown up too fast. And she certainly hasn’t gotten jaded. “Before the interviews, she was pretty shy,” says Shannon, pointing out that in the past year Willow has bought two houses, appeared on national television and gotten her braces off. It has given her Pondering the renovation of a room in her second property 62 | DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013


Tips Willow and her mom remove a sofa from a home

a lot of confidence to go on Ellen and CNN. Now it’s no big deal. She says she wants to own commercial property. It’s like Monopoly for her - she wants to trade little houses on Marvin Gardens for hotels on Park Place.” Willow’s goal is to own 10 homes by her 18th birthday, when she can legally own property.With her self-assuredness and her cool toys – she purchased an Xbox for $200 and traded it for a brand new $1,200 stand-up paddleboard – she now has a “whole bunch of friends. I go to the skate park and hang out with people.” When asked if her friends grill her for moneymaking strategies, she is quick to say, “None of my friends has ever asked me that. Most of them go, ‘Oh, it’s so cool to meet Ellen!’ I find that some people want me to buy them things, but none of them ask to learn how to make their own money.” And will 8-year-old sister Iris follow in Willow’s footsteps? “Since Willow was 14 when she bought her first house, I figure I can do it,” she says.

St i c k w i t h w h at yo u k n o w Willow says you should only deal with merchandise you know about. She sticks to video games, BMX bikes, skateboards, and the like, and steers clear of cars and antiques. D o n ’ t ac c e p t l a rg e b i l l s Twenties and over could be counterfeit, and that’s a lot of money to lose at a yard sale. Also, you have to keep your small bills to make change for customers. Ta k e a pa r ent Willow says when responding to a Craigslist ad, you should always take a parent “to be safe.” Se i z e t h e m o m ent While you may equate yard sales with summer, Willow says now is actually a great time because of the return of the snowbirds. Also, summer weather is more prone to sudden showers.

With this much head start on the American Dream of being a homeowner, what does Willow want to do with her life? “I want to get a business and marketing degree, but I don’t really know what I want to use it for,” she muses, adding that the subjects she most enjoys are American and World History. (The 8th grade home-schooled student finished 11th grade history with a 98 last year.) “I’m going to keep investing. Hopefully that will be the only thing I have to do to have a good income.” F L O R I D I A N V I E W. C O M | 6 3




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Forecast Mostly Sunny When one year closes, another year opens . . . We asked community leaders, retailers, builders and business owners – people with a finger on the economic pulse of East Central Florida – this question:

WHAT’S BEHIND DOOR NUMBER 2013? Kent Sharples // Daytona Beach President, CEO Business Alliance

I’m looking forward to 2013 being a good year from the standpoint that the state is highly organized and quite competitive. Reshoring, along with more confidence from the manufacturing sector combined with an aggressive marketing plan, will help bring jobs into the state of Florida and this region.

Betty Jo Stafford // Flagler Beach

Realtor, Owner of Down by the Sea Art Gallery and Boutique. Who knows! I’m optimistic. Life is a cycle; it goes down, and it comes back up. There’s something to learn in each of the dips and the highs. I’ve listened to all the giants of industry, but I don’t know who’s right. I don’t think we’re ever going to sail as high as we have, but I’m optimistic that eventually things will come to some sort of normality.

Jamie Adley // Port Orange

Larry McKinney // Daytona Beach

President and CEO, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce Things are definitely looking up. As economic development gets stronger, we’ll have some success and new jobs next year. Home sales are up, and small business will hold steady and start to rebound. With tourism, I think there are some really unique opportunities with new events that are going to attract people.

Laurie Schammel //

Ormond Beach and Port Orange Owner, Adornments. I definitely am looking

forward. I opened a second store 2 ½ years ago in the middle of the economic mess, because I felt like our economy would get better. What goes down must come up, and I have seen a

gradual increase in the last three years. It’s a slow growth, but I see growth.

2013 President-Elect Volusia Building Industry

Association. We’re very positive about next year.

The County Council has enacted a stimulus that puts a moratorium on the impact fees. We’ve seen a direct increase in sales as a result of that, which has a huge trickle down effect on our local economy.

Carlos Lira // Daytona Beach General Manager, Gary Yeomans Ford

We’re thinking sales are going to increase. In the last three years, people have hesitated to spend because of mortgages and foreclosures, but I see the housing market coming around. When people feel secure in their homes, they spend more money; and that’s good for all business. F L O R I D I A N V I E W. C O M | 6 5

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Dr. Wendy B. Libby // DeLand President, Stetson University

The greatest challenge facing higher education in the next year is the preparation of students for a world in which they will have to be nimble and able to switch gears flawlessly. We know that students graduating today will change jobs up to five or six times during their work life. A hallmark of a university like Stetson — with its broad, rigorous academic focus and deep connection to real-world values — is that students are better prepared for whatever they may face. Challenging students to reach for success in all they do, from their freshman year onward, prepares them to meet life’s challenges and to lead lives of real significance. 

Tammy Kozinski, Daytona Beach Owner, Sweet Marlay’s

I’m an optimist. When it comes to Downtown Daytona Beach, I get a real positive vibe. I see new businesses opening up; I see new activities happening. The courtyard has been purchased and is getting a whole new paint job. We are taking the lead on doing the Riverfront Market, which will be where the French Market was. Governments aren’t around to create events and open businesses; it has to be individuals stepping out and saying ‘I’m going to take that leap of faith.’

Garry Lubi // Flagler Beach

Chairman, Flagler County Chamber

Rob Ehrhardt // Volusia County Economic Development Division

I’m not an economist, so I’m careful not to make economic forecasts. That said, I believe the Volusia County economy is improving and that we are positioned to benefit from some significant business decisions in our community that will gain momentum in 2013.


of Commerce. On an overall basis, I think things are improving. Residential construction will continue to rebound, and inventory is getting absorbed at a better rate. New commercial construction will continue to be slower than it was back in 2009; I think we’ll still see that limp along. Unemployment will continue to come down, and I think we’ll be well above where we have been, historically speaking. I’m in the banking profession, and we’re very optimistic that 2013 will be good.

Forecast Mostly Sunny David Rijos // Daytona Beach Shores General Manager, The Shores Resort & Spa

“In 2012 we saw a lot of focus on one of the core economic drivers in our community – tourism. We like where we see the future headed with the new leadership and team in place, so as a business that relies on hospitality and travel, I am very happy. I hope that 2013 sees the same momentum drive our economic development in an effort to attract other industries to our area. This will continue to grow and fortify the fiscal strength of our city.”

Beverly Hesson // New Smyrna Beach

Co-Owner, Toni & Joe’s Patio This has already been a great year for us, and next year should be better. The economy has gotten a lot better. We’re seeing winter people again that we didn’t see for eight years. The Canadians are back!”

Ricky Schrader // New Smyrna Beach President, New Smyrna Beach Construction Company

I’m an optimist, but I’m a realist first. It’s going to be a tough year. New construction will be very limited. Because of short sales, it’s difficult for a person to build a new home when they can buy an existing home for half the price. “The American Dream” in the Florida construction industry for the past few years has not been one of prosperity; it has been one of survival. And I don’t foresee it getting better in the near future.

Jeff Hentz // Daytona Beach President and CEO, Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

From the tourist perspective, we’re looking at a weak economy coupled with weak international traffic. Our tourism has been down for several years, but we’re getting back to healthy growth with a new branding message that focuses on emotional and experiential messaging about our destination.

Geoffrey Stiles // Ormond Beach

Central Florida President and CEO Stonewood Restaurant We expect further pressure on commodities, especially in beef and anything that is raised on a farm. It’s also more expensive to transport, which is one of the biggest drivers. I anticipate these will continue to be an issue as we move forward. Minimum wage will go up again, so there’s a lot of pressure on restuarants like ours. It’s a very tough position for us. We will end up, as a company absorbing much of the increases.

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h, how we love the Sunshine State – the laid-back lifestyle and the way we can walk in the sand or play golf almost 365 days a year. But sometimes there are things our hearts yearn for . . . a hillside (what’s a hill?) dressed in autumnal shades of orange, crimson and gold, the smell of a fireplace and other signs of the changing seasons. In Florida, we get hotter. We get colder. But it always looks the same. And so it is with much of our architecture – a bit monotonous, to say the least. Many local renditions of homebuilding are stark, with a distinct look and a limited coastal palette. And with our tendency to “cocoon,” we often live in a location for years without even meeting our neighbors. If you’ve ever wished for a return to Mayberry – but with all the bells and whistles of today’s conveniences – you’ll be enchanted by Florida Days. Located in the Turnbull Bay area of New Smyrna Beach, this charming community features unique homes with a traditional Southern theme. The lots are large here, ranging from oversized quarter-acres to over two-acres. An abundance of trees and natural growth has been retained, and there are walking trails and communal areas for picnicking and getting to know your neighbors.


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Florida Days is actually the brainchild of New Smyrna Beach builder Mike Hickson. Inspired by his love for Southern architecture, gingerbread trim, rocking chairs on the front porch and a simpler time, he built two Cracker-style homes to test the waters of the potential market. Response was overwhelming, and today 15 homes have been completed in Phase I of the three-phase project. There are plans for a total of 75 homes in the 85 acre property that borders Spruce Creek Preserve, with 35 acres reserved for parks and common areas. Jeni Hickson says family vacations with her father (the above-mentioned Mike)


tended to focus on coastal towns like Key West, Savannah, and Charleston, drawing inspiration from the charm, architecture and styling of authentic Southern jewels. She brings this experience to her New Smyrna Beach company, Interior Bliss Design Studio. And while it is her expert vision that has created all the looks in Florida Days homes, Jeni is versatile at every level and style of design. The winner of numerous Parade of Homes and Showcase awards, her work graces spaces in Aliki Towers, the Ocean Center and Tuscany Shores Condominium, plus numerous commercial applications, including the Beach Safety Lifeguard Headquarters.

Florida Days is an umbrella look, but each home is unique in design. It is Jeni’s dedication to detail that allows her to seamlessly merge the best of the old and the new. She mixes replicas with authentic salvage finds such as the Janitor’s door, repurposed from Stetson University, in our featured home the Beaumont. Like all the Florida Days homes, the Beaumont’s garage is accessed from an alleyway in the rear, leaving lots of room for its 500 square feet of covered porches with overhead fans. The balcony provides a beautiful view of the park across the street, with a pond and woods that extend behind it.

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Inside, a clean and liveable color palette creates flow throughout the three-bedroom home. There is walnut hardwood flooring in most of the living space, accentuated by sisal rugs. Walls and woodwork are kept almost exclusively white, accented by black doors. This crisp color scheme creates clean lines in the kitchen, with white marble countertops, stainless steel appliances and white cabinetry. Bathrooms (master and powder bath downstairs, full bath upstairs) maintain continuity with white fixtures and ceramic tile walls and flooring. Small-scale chandeliers and period-style faucets, levers and other hardware add charm and create interesting focal points. The walnut flooring continues up the generous staircase to the second floor, which provides a loft area, two bedrooms, a full bath and access to the spacious balcony. Here, accent walls are softened by a creamy butter color, and the bedroom flooring is covered in Berber carpeting. With its blazing fireplace, a mantle where stockings have been hung with care, white picket fence and the classic Norman Rockwell look, this is the kind of place that lends itself to holiday decorating. With the help of award-winning florist Angela Tully, owner of Pink Flamingo on Petals in New Smyrna Beach, Jeni gives us a taste of Floridian holiday dĂŠcor.


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Swaying palms and sandy coastlines may delight

Floridians 11 months a year, but come holiday season we yearn for a classic Christmas. You can find it just two hours from Daytona Beach in the tiny town of Micanopy. One-of-a-kind boutiques, adorned with twinkling white lights line Cholokka Boulevard, the main drag. The three-story Herlong Mansion Bed & Breakfast (built in 1834) has pine boughs and thousands of lights. Add in a folksy town spirit, and many transplanted northerners will be transported to the winter wonderlands of their childhoods. Spanish moss drips from the branches of ancient oaks that line the streets, where most of the buildings are on the National Historic Register. Located between I-75 and US 441 in Alachua County, this is the state’s oldest inland settlement – there is record of a village at this site as far back as 1539. With its quintessential small-town charm, Micanopy was chosen to be the mythical town of Grady, SC (squash capital of the South) in Doc Hollywood, starring Michael J. Fox. The biographical Cross Creek with Mary

Christmas decor by local artists


Steenburgen was also filmed here. In fact, the home of its

Local artist Susan Hayes

author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (who also wrote The Yearling) is now a museum in nearby Cross Creek. Even the sound of the word is captivating . . . A country song urges the Seminole wind to “blow, blow from the Okeechobee all the way up to Micanopy.” Tom Petty cites it as one of the places he’s been in “A Mind with a Heart of its Own.” Micanopy (pronounced mick-a-NOPE-ee) is a quaint little getaway any time, but its small-town charm (population hovers at the 600 mark) and historic architecture are especially enticing when “Jingle Bells” plays on the radio. The festivities begin the first of December with Light Up Micanopy, when the living evergreen tree makes its annual debut. Students from the town’s elementary school sing seasonal songs, and children compete in a cookie bake-off. Mr. and Mrs. Claus pose under the shade of copies, with smiling youngsters on their laps. Gallery Under the Oaks Artist Co-Op

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Holiday season or otherwise, Micanopy is a distinct step back in time. Turn off I-75, and you’ll go from asphalt to dirt roads in minutes. Downtown, the eclectic clutch of businesses are housed in diverse buildings. One looks like an old Western General Store. In the 1906 Micanopy Banking Company building, Monica Beth Fowler displays 1,500 cameos in her shop, Delectable Collectables. Susan Hayes creates her stained glass wares at Gallery Under the Oaks, a co-op where 23 artists share gallery space and cash register duty. The Shop (yes, that’s the official name) has more reindeer, elves and Santas in its inventory than the North Pole. Once a drug store, this polished 3,500-square-foot emporium for home accents has room after room of Christmas decor collections beginning in autumn. You’ll find felt nativity scenes and silver tabletop trees, silly elves and playful

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Santas — even rooms full of wooden soldiers.

which dates back to 1873 (when the congregation was Presbyterian). And if you want to know more

Nearby, Dakota Mercantile stocks unique Christmas

about the history of Micanopy, drop in the humble

tree ornaments shaped like sparkly cupcakes and

Historical Society Museum (originally a general

ribbon-candy, along with its regular inventory of lacy

store) to learn about the Timucuan and Seminole

white French linens and faux antique jewelry.

Indians and the settlers who inhabited the area over the centuries.

During your meanderings, be sure to browse the shelves of O. Briskly Books, specializing in used

All that history hunting and tchotchke browsing

Florida and military-related tomes. A Little Golden

can foster an appetite. We like to fuel up on the daily

Book called Baby’s Christmas might be near the

specials at Coffee n’ Cream, a local favorite owned

section for Royalty -- or perhaps Reptiles. Nearby,

and run by Cliff and Kelly Harris. The recipe for Aunt

Nepenthe stocks an astounding assortment of Asian

Sherry’s chicken salad comes from Kelly’s sister and

antiques and reproductions. The Garage offers

has been on the menu for ten years. Another example

antique tools, postcards and depressions glass; and

of home cooking is the country-baked ham with

the Micanopy Canopy Connection has an abundance

collard greens, potato salad and corn bread. At $6.75,

of baubles, wine glasses and candy dishes.

it’s a delicious bargain, even if it is served on a foam plate in a plastic basket. It’s made by a down-to-earth

While you’re in Micanopy, be sure to visit the white

cook and brought by an earnest server who eagerly

wood-frame Episcopal Church of the Mediator,

asks, “Did you like it?” Just like the good old days.

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table // a taste of europe // chianti classico // beer 101 //

Crab-stuffed campari tomatoes

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a taste of

europe Tapas and more at Blau in Ormond Beach by Claude Thomas | Photography by Victor Rollins

Blau is Catalan for blue. It is also the name of a

restaurant in Ormond Beach. There are several things that increase a new restaurant’s chances of success — location, a great chef creating great dishes, perceived value, wonderful ambiance, friendly staff and an interesting name. There are some really catchy restaurant names out there, like Tequila Mockingbird in Ocean City. Names that stick in your head, as does Blau.


So the name is memorable and matches the theme, which is Spanish, Italian and French. Our server told us their chef started cooking when he was five, was a sous chef by 15 and has opened 37 restaurants. Our reservation was in an eclectic and spacious room, lit by vintage lightbulbs hanging at varying heights. We were seated in a window booth that could have accommodated eight diners. Brown paper was bulldogclipped to the table; and there were crayons for drawing, reminding me of Café Un Deux Trois in New York City. The stemware and flatware were elegant. The wine list was small, but filled with gems and a large by-the-stem selection. The servers wore old blue jeans, old-school sneakers and blue-and-white striped T-shirts, which made them look like Spanish sailors. The restaurant seemed to have a denim-and-diamonds feel to it. Our server, Mariah, gave us a wonderful welcome as she explained the menu, beer and wine lists and offered some recommendations.

The appetizer section is called “tapas,” meaning small snacks — so we ordered four. In no particular order, we got: Crab-stuffed campari tomatoes ($7) Three golfball-sized tomatoes holding moist lumps of underseasoned crab meat, garnished with micro greens on a small rectangular plate. They were nice, but the flavor did not wow.

Artichoke fritters

Serrano ham and mushroom crepe ($12) Served with béchamel and Parmesan cheese, the presentation was a bit messy, and the crepe was a tad on the thick side. Although I had some problems finding the intense, dried Spanish ham, there were plenty of flavorful mushrooms. Again seasoning a bit light, and the Parmesan was absent. Artichoke fritters ($9) I see a trend coming here. The fritters were on the bland side. with no evidence of any artichoke. However, the smoked tomato puree and tiny mounds of lemon-herb and red pepper aioli were very nice and enhanced the flavor. Bruschetta duet Parmesan toast points ($8), Tomatoes, basil, garlic, sundried tomato tapenade and olive oil. My guest loved what was really olive tapenade on toast points. With so many appetizers they forgot this was a bruschetta duet; we received a bruschetta uno. Moving on to entrees, I ordered the seafood scampi with fresh clams over vermicelli ($17). The shrimp were large and sweet, the clams fresh and tasty in their shells. The pasta was perfectly cooked, but the flavor fell a bit short. A pleasant Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc balanced nicely with the pasta.

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I sampled my guest’s balsamic salmon with garlic, honey, white wine, dijon mustard, strawberries, toasted almonds and baby arugula ($19). The balsamic flavor worked with the strawberries that worked with the salmon that worked with the balsamic…. it was fun, it was tasty and it made my mouth very happy. The chosen wine was a perfectly paired Simply Naked Pinot Grigio. (I do have one question though: Why serve hot food on cold plates?) I finished my feast with affogato al caffe ($6). That’s a shot of espresso with cream and ice cream. I think they forgot the ice cream; it just seemed like a very creamy coffee. My guest ordered torrejas ($5), which is a thick French toast with fruit puree and a strange vanilla sauce served at the stage called “thread,” which is very hot — around 230 degrees. The general manager, a charming man named Anthony, runs a tight ship. He came by our table three times, and he seemed to truly care that we were enjoying our dinner. We really enjoyed our evening and will definitely return. Maybe next time I’ll order the burger - black and blau.

Balsamic salmon

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is the season to explore vintages beyond the “go-to” bottles on our wine racks – and we’re prepared to indulge in slightly higher price points as well. Whether it’s for entertaining or gift-giving, we’re looking for ripe tannins and a slightly higher acidity that can hold their own against the robust flavors of the traditionally rich holiday bounty. With so little time and so many palates to please, we recommend skipping the temptation to indulge in the dustier vintages. Keep your child’s college fund, but maintain a spirit of extravagance with Cavallina Chianti Classico. In contrast to the straight Chianti, the Classico has more alcohol, richness and depth of fruit. So whether you’re serving roast duck or tofu turkey, it sings with fresh fruit notes and ends with a crisp staccato that will complement all flavors and delight all palates. The holidays are about traditions, old and new. Use this opportunity to begin one of your own by including everyone in a ceremonial uncorking and decanting. Those too young to partake in the tasting will enjoy hearing the legend of Chianti as they pass around the cork, inspecting it by the proverbial open fire. . .

In 13th century Tuscany, there were two neighboring villages – Florence and Siena – fighting over the Chianti territory. To settle the dispute, it was agreed that each village would send their swiftest knight to set the senza scuse (boundary). At dawn, each horseman was to gallop toward the opposing village; it was at the meeting point that the boundary would be drawn. The Florentines were a sneaky lot; they decided to starve their black rooster for a few days. The morning of the race, the hungry rooster roused and crowed long before the break of dawn, providing the Florentine knight a healthy head start. The Sienese rider was only a few miles outside his town walls when he met his opponent; thus the line was drawn, with Florence winning the largest portion of the Chianti territory. So whenever you see a cork bearing the “hungry black rooster” – the Gallo Nero - it is a seal of authenticity, certifying that the grapes are sourced from this region. In fact, Chianti Classico must contain a minimum of 80% Sangiovese grapes; and there are only a few other red grapes that are allowed, in the other 20%, including merlot and cabernet. “‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house” there’s talk of a rooster instead of a mouse.

Chianti Classico Winery: Cavallina Region: Italy | Tuscany | Chianti Classico Varietal: Sangiovese Type: Red Wine Alcohol by volume: 12.5% Year: 2007 Price: $15


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Flying Nymph GSM When I first visited Paso Robles, California, it felt like I had stepped back in time to an era that was simple and laid back. With a beautiful Mediterranean climate, it makes this area perfect for grapes like Grenache and Mourvèdre, although the Cabernet dominates. This is where Cass Winery found their home. A winery committed to Rhone varietals that are ENTAV certified, a certification that France uses for the quality of wine grape varietals. Steve Cass had a vision in 2000 to take advantage of the overwhelmingly favorable growing conditions and focused on Rhone style fruit. In 2005, along with Ted Plemmons, he formed Cass Winery. Flying Nymph GSM is a culmination of South African winemaker Lood Kotze talents and the regions phenomenal fruit. A blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Grenache, this Rhone Blend has huge black cherry aromas, flavors of ripe red and blackberries, earth and pepper. Huge lush ripe texture, high acidity and nicely polished tannin on the finish. Accompanied by accredited awards and high reviews this wine will “fly” off the shelf. Cheers!!


Special Events Manager, Halifax Humane Society Wow! The holiday season is upon us already – where has this year gone? Needing to take a break from all the hustle and bustle, I called Jessica to see if she wanted to share a bottle of wine that I’d recently discovered – The Flying Nymph.

We talked about her life and passions. Jessica was born in Daytona Beach (third generation) and enjoys exercise and running three times a week. She recently participated in the Lighthouse Loop Half-Marathon & 5K Run. (All proceeds were distributed among ten Volusia County public high school athletic departments.) Jessica has been involved in event planning for eight years, and she has been working with the Halifax Humane Society for the past 2 ½ years. Her biggest event is the Fur Ball Gala, which is the largest annual fundraiser for the HHS. This year the event will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort on December 6th, this year’s Chocolate Extravaganza features music and food, a silent auction, and lots and lots of chocolate. Jessica and her husband have enjoyed exploring California Wine Country, and they’re always interested in trying something new. “Never say you don’t like something if you haven’t tried it,” says Jessica. The verdict on The Fying Nymph? She loved it! F L O R I D I A N V I E W. C O M | 8 7




A quick trip ‘round the the world of beer by Patti Light | Photography by Victor Rollins


eer is a complicated,” explains Kyle King, General Manager of World of Beer-Port Orange “There are new breweries and seasonal brews popping up everywhere. The craft and import beer industry is always changing.” King says his establishment prides itself on its knowledgeable staff. Not only is the crew wellversed on the styles, origin, histories and flavor profiles of their hundreds of beers, they’re acquainted with pouring procedures and the correct glassware, from snifters to pints. While the price of craft beer can get steep – the most expensive is currently a $27 De Halve Maan Straffe Hendrik Heritage Quad 2011 – most hover around the $5-$6 price point. Located in the Tuscan Village Shoppes, 3510 Nova Road, World of Beer has a rotating selection of 44 taps and about 500 bottled and canned beers. Cans!?! “Cans are awesome,” says King, dispelling fears of a metallic-taste by explaining that all craft beers have a water-based polymer lining cans. “Cans are environmentally friendly. They protect the beer from sunlight and have a tighter seal, so beer stays fresher, longer.” Although there are literally thousands of beers, they all start with water, malt, hops, and yeast. From there, different brewing techniques determine characteristics like bitterness, color and ABV (alcohol by volume). If you’re just venturing into this brave new world, here is a definition of the basic styles, as described by the breweries.


covering the bases with the fab five Pale Lager

India Pale Ale

Kona Longboard (Kona, Hawaii) “A smooth refreshing lager, fermented and aged for five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.” –Kona Brewery

Cigar City Jai Alai (Tampa, FL) “Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish.” -Cigar City



Chimay Grand Reserve (Belgium) “This authentic Belgian beer, whose tinge of fresh yeast is associated with a light rosy flowery touch, is particularly pleasant. Its aroma, perceived as one enjoys it, only accents the delightful sensations revealed by the odour, all revealing a light but agreeable caramelized note.” -Chimay

Bell’s Oberon (Kalamazoo, MI) “A wheat ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.” –Bell’s Brewery

Imperial Stout Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (Lyons, CO) “This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee” – Oskar Blues

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the dining guide DAYTONA BEACH $ | $$ | L,D | Brickyard For almost two decades Brickyard Lounge has had a reputation with Daytona Beach residents for its warm atmosphere and excellent food. Best burger in town! Don’t be afraid to make a special request. 747 W International Speedway Daytona Beach 32114 | (386) 253-2270 $$$$ | D | W | R | The Cellar Restaurant Housed inside of President Warren G. Harding’s family winter home in historic Daytona Beach, this is the perfect place for a special occasion dinner. Operated by CIA graduate chef owner Sam Moggio and his wife Lina, The Cellar also offers a wine list and fine Italian dining for folks looking for a romantic night out on the town. 220 Magnolia Ave. Daytona Beach 32114 | (386) 258-0011

pricing $ under 10 $$ from 10 to15 $$$ from 15 to 25 $$$$ more than 25

meals b breakfast br b r u n c h l lunch d dinner new listing W wine list N nightlife R reservation accepted

$ | $$ | L,D | Pho Saigon Vietnamese food from the freshest, finest ingredients. Serving choice meats and seafood, fresh rice and vegetables, and spring rolls, made fresh daily for a truly authentic experience. 312 S Peninsula Dr. Daytona Beach 32118 | (386) 257-4650

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES $$$ | B,L,D | N | W | R | Azure Chef-driven, ocean-inspired cuisine artfully infused with regional flavors and a pinch of fun. The dinner menu features entrees and prix fixe menus with wine pairings. Beachfront dining is available overlooking the resort’s pools and the Atlantic Ocean. 2637 S Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach Shores 32118 | (386) 7677350

$ | B,L,D | The Clubhouse Restaurant

$ | $$ | L,D | Angelina’s Pizza and Eatery

With daily specials, great-tasting food and convenient hours, you can

Providing food with wholesome ingredients that nourish the body and simply

enjoy a hearty meal here every day. Best known as Daytona Beach Banquet Headquarters, The Clubhouse has an amazing off-site catering division. Book

taste better. Their menu is 100% trans fat free. Try the Sicilian Rice Balls and wonderful lasagna like mom used to make. 2687 S Woodland Blvd, DeLand

your office party today! 600 Wilder Blvd Daytona Beach 32114 | (386) 257-0727

32720 | (386) 736-6999

$ | $$ | B, L | Dancing Avocado Kitchen Featuring yummy vegetarian food, carnivores and vegetarians (and vegans) can dine side-by-side. Great wraps, salads, burritos and tons of healthy stuff - all made in house. Try the smoothies, and definitely leave room for dessert. 110 S Beach St. Daytona Beach 32114 | (386) 947 2022

$ | $$ | B,L,D | Crabby Joes’ Deck & Grill Located at the area’s famous Sunglow Pier, Crabby Joes is a favorite in the community. Serving fresh seafood, tropical drinks and breakfast, with food as good as the view. 3701 S Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach Shores 32118 | (386) 788-3364

$$ | $$$ | L,D | W | N | The Tavern With a warm pub atmosphere, great food, imported and domestic beers and a

$ | $$ | D | W | R | Porto Fino Restaurant

variety of entertainment, The Tavern is the place to be. The food attracts a lot of

Fine dining restaurant offering a full menu of genuine, old style Italian cuisine.

local and European customers that can appreciate imported beer and a home

Pastas, pizzas, veal, and many seafood dishes to choose from. Open nightly for

-cooked meal. Come play darts, beer pong, poker and flip cup. 530 Seabreeze

dinner, takeout is available. Call for reservations. 3124 S Atlantic Ave. Daytona

Blvd. Daytona Beach 32118 | (386) 255-9900

Beach Shores 32118 | (386) 767-9484


special advertising section $$$ | $$$$ | D | W | R | Top of Daytona Situated on the 29th floor of the area’s tallest building, with a 360­­—degree view of Daytona Beach Shores and the Atlantic, the only thing better than the view is the food and wine list. Perfect for special occasions or everyday dining. 2625 S Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach Shores 32118 | (386) 767-5791

DELAND $ | $$ | L,D | Bill & Frank’s Brick House Grill Located in the heart of Historic Downtown


this is casual dining at its best with quality seafood, steak, delicious ribs and a full bar with live music. 142 N Woodland Blvd. DeLand

$$ | $$$ | L,D | N | W | Cress A critically—acclaimed, globally inspired, and locally sourced restaurant located in Historic Downtown. Visit Cress for an intriguing atmosphere with superb and interesting food and tastefully professional service. 103 W Indiana Ave. DeLand 32720 | (386) 734-3740 $$ | $$$ | L,D | DeLand Stockyard Restaurant A true steak house established in 1921. Come in and get a great steak or burger while you relax by the fireplace in a rustic atmosphere. Best quality meats in DeLand. Great food and a cozy environment. 1915 Old New York Ave. DeLand 32720 | (386) 734-0210 $$ | $$$ | L,D | Karling’s Inn Reminiscent of a mountaintop chalet, the Inn has a reputation for excellent food and ambiance. The cuisine is mainly Continental; but Master Chef Jimmy specializes in several German dishes, which reflect their cultural background. Serving brunch on Sundays. 4640 US 17 Hwy. DeLeon Springs 32130 | (386) 985-5535

$ | $$ | L,D | La Dolce Vita Ristorante A full service family establishment serving Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Relax in comfortable dining rooms; and browse the extensive menu selections of fresh veal, chicken, seafood and more. 1498 S. Woodland Blvd. DeLand 32730 | (386) 736-3155 $ | $$ | L,D | Los Dos Compadres For authentic Mexican and Latin American specialities, visit Dos Compadres. Family owned and operated, food is fresh and made-to-order every time. 549 E International Speedway Blvd. DeLand 32724 (386) 873-4541 $ | $$ | B,L,D | Mainstreet Grill Casual American dining in a historic setting. Sixteen years of award-winning consistency. Premium steaks, seafood, unique pastas, sandwiches and huge salads with signature cinnamon rolls. 100 E New York Ave. DeLand 32724 | (386) 740-9535

$ | $$ | L,D | W | Mirino’s Pizza and Deli A great little pizzeria and deli. Makes fresh-baked bread for all of their subs, fresh-made sauce, pizza, meatballs, manicotti and canolli. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Cash only. 253 N Spring Garden Ave. DeLand 32720 | (386) 734-9724 $$ | L,D | W | Santorini Restaurant Signature dishes like gyros, moussaka, macaronada and Shrimp Santorini. Join us for authentic and delicious Greek cuisine in the heart of DeLand. 210 N Woodland Blvd. DeLand 32127 | (386) 736-7726 $ | $$ | L,D | W | Tomasita’s Cuban Bistro Offering authentic Cuban food and Cuban fusion, as well as Spanish cuisine inspired by the Canary Islands. Daily specials, ambiance, great service and family traditions. 803 W New York Ave. DeLand 32720 | (386) 734-3007

DEBARY $$ | L,D | Swamp House Riverfront Grill Perched over the historic St. Johns River. This is a great place to bring family and friends to eat fresh seafood and Louisiana specialties. Live entertainment, great menu and waterfront ambiance. 488 W Highbanks Rd. DeBary, 32713 | (386) 668-8891 $$ | L,D | W | R | Vienna’s Restaurant & Cafe Entrenched in the history and tradition of the world -renowned Austrian restaurant & coffeehouse culture. Sit back, relax and enjoy what our kitchen and cellar have to offer. Delicacies from the daily menu, focusing on traditional German cuisine. Live entertainment. 275 US Highway 17-92 DeBary, 32713 | (386) 668-0620

FLAGLER $$ | $$$ L,D | W | Blue at the Topaz Relax at this upscale beachside restaurant. The chicken Cordon Bleu is a must-have. Grab a drink and enjoy the view. 1224 South Oceanshore Blvd. Flagler Beach, 32136 | (386) 439-4322 $$ | $$$ | L,D | W | Flagler Fish Company Bringing you only the freshest and finest fish and seafood available. Choose from fish, Po Boys, Cuban sandwiches, lobster and gourmet sides. The casual atmosphere and friendly staff will keep you coming back.180 S Daytona Ave. Flagler Beach, 32136 | (386) 439-0000 $$ L,D | Golden Lion Cafe Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Flagler Beach from the upper deck of this local treasure. With a full bar, warm and crispy fried shrimp, and their famous fish and chips, you can’t go wrong. 500 N. Scenic Highway A1A Flagler Beach, 32136 | (386) 439-3004


$ | L, D | Johnny D’s Beach Bar and Grill Check out this great beach bar and grill. The drinks are always cold, and the pet-friendly ocean-view deck is waiting. Drink specials from our full liquor bar, appetizers and much more. 1005 N Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, 32136 | (386) 693-4814 $$ | L, D | Turtle Shack Cafe Under $15 for lunch and $20 for dinner featuring a collection of over 50 beers, ¾ lb gourmet burgers and much more. Try the grouper and scallops, both house specialties. 2123 Florida A1A Flagler Beach, 32136 | (386) 693-4851

LAKE MARY $ | $$ | W, L, D | Positano’s Italian Ristorante Authentic Italian food. The flavors of Positano, Italy. Delicious food, amazing sauces and generationsold dishes. 3837 Lake Emma Rd. Lake Mary, 32746 | (407) 833-9377 $$ | W, L, D | Tutto Bene Great Italian pasta. Old fashioned recipes await at this cozy Italian favorite. Save room for the great desserts. 601 Weldon Blvd. Suite 117 Lake Mary, 32746 | (407) 323-9666

MAITLAND $$ | L, D | Francesco’s Ristorante In the authentic italian tradition. Simple, whole ingredients and combine them by hand with hear. The time-honored method of open-flame cooking lends unique flavor to the food. We utilize the intense heat of our wood burning ovens to lend unique flavor to our food. 400 S. Orlando Ave. Maitland, 32751 | (407) 960-5533 $$|$$$ | W, L, D | So Napa Grille More than a restaurant, So Napa is about a lifestyle. Deliciously simple California-inspired fare paired with the finest wines and great ambiance. 640 S Orlando Ave. Maitland, 32751 | (407) 637-2933

NEW SMYRNA BEACH $$ | L, D | W | That’s Amore A small piece of Italy right in the heart of New Smyrna Beach! Enjoy fresh Italian cuisine, with an atmosphere that will leave you feeling as though you’ve just been to Napoli. 103 S Pine Street New Smyrna Beach, 32169 | (386) 957-4956

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offers a diverse menu with great food and good prices. Worth the wait, it is a local favorite where everything is fresh and cooked to order. 1414 S Atlantic Ave. New Smyrna Beach, 32169 | (386) 424-0757 $$$ | L, D | W | The Grille at Riverview Showcasing entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Dine right on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway while watching the sunset. The Grille offers expertly prepared seafood, steaks, pastas, salads and much more. 101 Flagler Ave. New Smyrna Beach, 32169 | (386) 428-1865

$$ | $$$ | L, D | W | Spanish River Grille The regions premiere contemporary Latin cuisine. Chef Henry and Michele Salgado prepare critically acclaimed specialties. 737 E Third Rd. New Smyrna Beach, 32169 | (386) 424-6991

$$ | L, D | Yu-Mi Sushi & Sake Bar Yu-Mi’s bustling little sushi bar is located in the heart of Downtown, where it serves the highestquality food, artfully presented. Yu-Mi’s serves a fine selection of nigiri and maki sushi, traditional appetizers, beer, wines and sake. 761 E 3rd Ave. New Smyrna Beach, 32169 | (386) 402-8855

ORLANDO $$ | D | R | W | Cafe Italiano Established in 1965 this restaurant is a local legend.





authentic recipes brought from Napoli. 565 N. Semoran Blvd. Orlando, 32807 | (407) 342-8355 $ | L, D | Casa Linda Mexican and Latin Restaurant Classic Mexican and Latin food prepared in the authentic way. Drink and daily specials are available. 12014 E Colonial Dr. Orlando, 32826 | (407) 730-2929 $$$ | D | W | R | Gargi’s Lakeside Italian Ristorante Overlooking beautiful Lake Ivanhoe. The best classic Italian dishes and contemporary items continue to be served after 22 years. 1414 N Orange Ave. Orlando, 32804 | (407) 894-7907 $$ | L,D | Papa Tony’s Italian Restaurant With their great Italian food, antipasta bar and specialities, this is a family favorite. Save room for the delicious zeppole. 300 South US Hwy 17-92 Longwood, 94 | DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013

32750 | (407) 327-5155

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$ | B, L, D | Old Cuban Cafe

$ | $$ | B, L | Mango Sun Café

$$$ | D | W | Stonewood Grille

For the real Cuban experience and taste, this is the

and Grille Known as “Ormond’s Best Kept Secret”

Whether you’re dining alone or with family and

place. Great traditional breakfast, affordable prices

Offers a wide variety of breakfast menu items, along

friends, you’ll make lasting memories over oak-

and delicious pastelitos. 1672 N. Goldenrod Rd. Orlando, 32807 | (407) 281-7707

ORMOND BEACH $ | $$ | L, D | The Black Sheep Taking a nod from the pubs across the pond. A comfortable environment to meet friends and family, share news, and dine. You’ll find great-tasting food and drinks at reasonable prices, breakbread with

with endless luncheon choices. Eat in or take out. 1185 W. Granada Blvd. #5 Ormond Beach 32174 | (386) 672-6465

grilled steaks, fresh seafood and exquisite wines in a casually sophisticated atmosphere. 100 S. Atlantic Ave. Ormond Beach 32176 | (386) 671-1200

$$$|D| Mario Restaurant and Lounge A Family original since 1956 Specializing in Naples

$$ | L, D | W | Toscana Italian Restaurant

Style Italian Food. Where prices are great and the

The incredible kitchen team at Toscana offers a

food is even better. Your can have a conversation

masterful collection of authentic Italian specialties



and gourmet cooking. A must-try for fine Italian

excepted, banquet room for up to 60 people. www.

cuisine. 142 E. Granada Blvd. Ormond Beach, FL credit cards accepted,

32176 | (386) 615-0350




service that will make you smile. 890 S. Atlantic Ave.

Ph386-677-2711, 521 S. Yonge St (us 1), Ormond

Ormond Beach, 32176 | (386) 673-5933

Beach Fla.32174

$ | $$ | L, D | W | The Dish

$$$$ | D | W | R | Rose Villa

Sushi Bar Serving delicious and reasonably-priced

If you are not really set on a particular entree for

Lavish decor defines Rosevilla’s luxurious dining

steak and sushi in a relaxed setting. Beautiful

dinner, choose The Dish. You can sample several

room. The fine cuisine is tantilizing to the palete, with

presentation, friendly service and great dinner

tastes and tapas without committing to huge

fresh local ingredients and innovative dishes. Each

specials. Free birthday dinner with a minimum of

portions. With over 300 wines, this is the place

course is beautifully plated. 43 W. Granada Blvd.

five adult dinners. 175 Nova Rd. Ormond Beach

for connosseurs. 1185 W. Granada Blvd. Ormond

Ormond Beach 32174 | (386) 615-7673

32174 (386) 671-0979

$$$ | L, D | Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse and

Beach 32174 | (386) 672-3567

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PORT ORANGE $ | $$ | B, BR, L, D | Aunt Catfish’s On the River

$$$ | L, D | Port Orange Steakhouse Enjoy the finest wood-fired steaks, ribs, chicken, seafood and chops. Casual dining, comfortable atmosphere, great food and friendly professional

No pretenses at this southern seafood joint on the

service make for a great experience. 3851 S. Nova

river. All the servers are “cousins” and treat you like

Rd. Port Orange 32127 | (386) 756-2660

family. Down south cookin’ that you definitely don’t want to miss. Fresh seafood, ribs and libations in a unique atmosphere. 4009 Halifax Dr. Port Orange 32127 | (386) 767-4768

$ | $$$ | D | W | Stonewood Grille Whether you’re dining alone or with family and friends, you’ll make lasting memories over oakgrilled steaks, fresh seafood and exquisite wines in a casually sophisticated atmosphere. 1078 Dunlawton

$$ | $$$ | L, D | Oyster Bay Crab House

Ave. Port Orange 32127 | (386) 760-2282

Grill Have lunch or dinner in this great little spot under the Dunlawton Bridge. Great lunch baskets

$ | L, D | World Of Beer

and delicious seafood dinners. Try their delicious

Featuring the best in American craft beer and

Manhattan-style clam chowder or the Cobb salad with Applewood chicken. Full bar. 65 Dunlawton Ave. Port Orange 32127 | (386) 304-0048

specialty imports from every region of the world. We rotate our draft selection daily, so you can always expect to find a new favorite on tap. 3510 S. Nova Rd. Port Orange 32129 | (386) 256-4992

PONCE INLET $$ | $$$ | B, L, D | Down the Hatch Seafood Company Dine while overlooking the inlet. Great steaks, fresh seafood and fantastic desserts. 4894 Front St. Ponce Inlet 32127 | (386) 761-4831 $ | $$ | B, L, D | Inlet Harbor Restaurant Not only a restaurant - it’s an experience. Fresh seafood specialties, great drinks and good times await. 133 Inlet Harbor Rd. Ponce Inlet 32127 | (396) 756-5590 $ | $$ | L, D | Racing’s North Turn Located on A1A heading to Ponce Inlet. Check out the old photos of the original Daytona track and relax on the Largest outside al-weather deck on the beach. Great seafood, steak & wings. Live entertainment nightly 4511 S. Atlantic Ave. Ponce Inlet 32127 | (386) 322-3258

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your second act you’ve been there done that, what’s next? b) Feed your brain — Read the Wall Street Journal. c) Road trip — Follow your nose, and see where it goes. d) Creating — Paint a picture, play music or write poetry. 3) WHAT’S YOUR job IN THE KITCHEN? a) Server — Setting up, cleaning up and getting it to the table. b) Kitchen manager — Shopping, planning and organizing are your strong suits. c) Chef — Creating culinary surprises with exotic flavors and spices. d) Prep — Candlelight and ambiance; food should look as good as it tastes. 4) WHERE WOULD YOU LOVE TO LIVE? a) Aspen, CO — All those hills to climb! b) New York City —The sky’s the limit.

No matter how rewarding your chosen profession

may be, most people wonder what life would be like had they chosen a different path. These questions may reveal a direction that’s been dormant for so long it’s been forgotten, or point you toward a passion you hadn’t considered. 1) WHat’s your role? a) Doctor — Health and healing have been your calling since your started playing Operation at age five. b) Lawyer — Nothing is more satisfying than justice — and a battle of wits. c) Baker — Love goes into everything you do. d) Chief — People always come to you for advice and guidance. 2) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PASTIME? a) Coaching — Coach little league or run a 5K; let’s get physical. 98 | DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013

c) Cocoa Beach, FL — Cuba or the moon, you can go anywhere from here. d) Santa Fe, NM — Nourishment for the soul.

the role you were born to play: Two or more A’s : the Athlete. You should do something that involved lots of movement, coaching, physical therapy or personal training. Two or more B’s : The Entreprenuer. Your left-brain tendencies mean you may get bored unless you’re involved in a challenge, like investing or starting a new business. Two or more C’s : The Explorer. With so much passion and enthusiasm for life, you’ll want to travel and experience all kinds of people, places and experiences. Two or more D’s : The Artist. Your creative nature may have been stifled (life sometimes does that to an artist), so now is the time to express yourself.

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Floridian View Magazine - Dec/Jan - 2013  

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