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Ocean 60.

Southern Roots – organic, local and fresh!

I love 5th Element Indian Restaurant.

Hana Yori on Beach Blvd – such delicious sushi!

Hobnob at Unity Plaza.

European Street Café.









The Floridian in St. Augustine.

Indochine on E. Adams St.

The Blue Orchid Thai Cuisine.

Gilbert’s Social on Southside Blvd!

Timoti’s Seafood Shack in 5 Points! The T’s Poke Bowl is great!

Nacho Taco.

The French Pantry. I love their Bang Bang Shrimp!




Maple Street Biscuit Company in San Marco.















Picasso’s in Mandarin.

Angie’s Subs.

Angie’s Grom.

The Flame Broiler.

Urban Corner in Riverside. It has great pho!











Jaxon Social.


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Bite by Bite

with Local Chefs

Chef Christopher Cohen, Bistro Aix How did you receive your training to become a chef? I learned on the job and then went to culinary school. I was in the field for about 13 years before I decided to go to school. What’s your favorite dish on the menu? I would say the duck cassoulet. What’s the most underrated ingredient in your kitchen? Properly made veal stock. I don’t think people realize the true definition of a quality veal stock and what it can bring to a sauce to bring together everything on that plate. It can carry so many flavors. It’s a great base. What’s the most unusual dish you have eaten? Live baby octopus, had that in Boston.

Chef Michael Bump, Executive Pastry Chef of Forking Amazing Restaurants

How did you receive your training to become a chef? I went to culinary school in Portland, Oregon, at the Western Culinary Institute. What is your favorite kitchen tool? I’m going to be a bit cliché, but my knife. Though I do find apple corers to be quite useful. What’s your favorite dish to prepare? Once a year I make a pork dish called puerco pibil, which involves slow roasting 15 pounds of pork butt. I look forward to it because it gets me out of sweets. What’s the most unusual dish you have eaten? I had kangaroo once and couldn’t stand it. The piece I had was gristly and inedible.

Chef Byron Harrel, The Tree Steakhouse

What cuisines influence your style of cooking? I have a lot of Italian background. I was in Providence for almost five years. I also have a Southern background too, being from Kansas City, so there’s some BBQ. What’s your favorite dish to prepare? It kinda depends. If it’s family, it’s biscuits and gravy. If it’s for friends, one of many favorites is risotto. We do a scallop risotto at the restaurant - easy to make and easy to mess up. On my birthday, I’ll smoke St. Louis style ribs. What’s your favorite dish on the menu? Goat cheese gnocchi with black angus short ribs. What’s the most underrated ingredient in your kitchen? Butter. Finishing things with butter like bordelaise or au poivre. It’s so important because it adds a velvet feel across your palette.

Chef Joshua Bushby, Ovinte

What cuisines influence your style of cooking? My favorite has always been Italian. Growing up, my mother would make baked ziti, eggplant parmesan, chicken parmesan and lasagna, amongst other dishes. But lasagna has always been my favorite. My mom finally shared her recipe with me and I’ve tried over the years to improve on it with my own modifications. She’ll try it, give me notes, then make hers and outdo me by growing her own tomatoes and herbs for the sauce. What’s your favorite dish to prepare? I enjoy cooking risotto. Mac and cheese was one of my favorite meals since I was a kid, so one of my own recipes that blows my family away, blows my fiancée away, is definitely one of my favorite dishes to make. Mine uses several delicious cheeses, garlic, onions and some special spices. What’s the most underrated ingredient in your kitchen? You know, I’d say arugula. It’s so versatile: it can be a side dish, a garnish, a salad, you can do so many things with it. I use it as a substitute for spinach at times. It’s more flavorful, with a bold pepperiness that is just unique.

Executive Chef Jamey Evoniuk, The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails

What cuisines influence your style of cooking? Initially, I was classically French trained and then gained an affinity for all the different types of Asian cuisine. I love them all. Having those solid French techniques as a base, you can apply them to all of the varied ingredients and recipes to create great dishes. What is your favorite kitchen tool? I would say a great pair of tongs, but my best tool in the kitchen is a tasting spoon. I encourage all my line cooks and chefs to taste everything they make. If they don’t like how it tastes, why serve it? What’s your favorite dish to prepare? We serve a dish called pot au feu. It’s one of my favorites to serve and to prepare. It exemplifies patience and proper technique using braising, timing and proper cooking. If you take short cuts it will show in the results. What’s the most underrated ingredient in your kitchen? Love. You’ve gotta have love in everything that you put out of your kitchen. 6




HOBNOB is a full-service, chef-driven restaurant that is founded on global inspiration with local intentions. The restaurant features a scratch kitchen and hospitable service. It’s a place for food + social exchange.

Guide to Local Restaurants in JAX

Maple Street Biscuit Company

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Are you looking for a local hangout with comfort food and a modern twist? Head to Maple Street Biscuit Company for flaky buttermilk biscuits and other Southern favorites. Enjoy the fun community style seating and try The Five, a biscuit filled with fried chicken, bacon, cheese and gravy.

Uptown Kitchen & Bar

Come to Uptown Kitchen & Bar for a creative twist on modern dining in a stylish, lightfilled space with an open kitchen. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at this hotspot.

Moxie Kitchen and Cocktails Kitchen on San Marco

Kitchen on San Marco, a gastropub, is a welcome addition to Jacksonville’s vibrant local restaurant scene. The restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus change seasonally to focus on fresh, locally sourced and regional cuisine.

Working with all local, organic, natural and sustainable ingredients, Moxie is a muststop for brunch, lunch, dinner and definitely happy hour on their covered roof-top bar.

Black Sheep

This farm-to-table restaurant highlights local ingredients where you can’t go wrong with any menu item. Definitely get the Poutine to start and check out the rooftop bar!

FINE DINING Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Eat better and feel better at Tropical Smoothie Cafe. With multiple locations around town, enjoy a delicious, healthy smoothie with a salad, wrap or sandwich. At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, they believe there’s no better way to make a great meal than with fresh, natural, quality ingredients.

Mack’s Tenders

The Mack’s Tenders menu features one item – freshly cooked chicken tenders. From millennials to the modern mom, Mack’s Tenders are easy to eat on a lunch break, in the car, and on the go.

Clara’s Tidbits

Since 1985, Clara’s Tidbits has been a lunch and catering restaurant at the same location and with the same owners, Greg and Clara LeBLanc. They focus on fresh foods, great service and fair prices. They serve fresh salads, homemade soups and great sandwiches made with care and love.

Dwight’s Bistro

Go to Dwight’s Bistro at Jacksonville Beach and try their delicious crab cakes! Admire the mosaic murals in this artful space while you dine on innovative French, Italian and Mediterranean plates.

Eleven South

Are you searching for an elegant dining destination? Head to the beach and visit Eleven South for a variety of sophisticated New American fare and an extensive wine list.

Matthew’s Restaurant

Matthew’s is definitely a staple in the Jacksonville food scene. From happy hour to full dinner service, you’ll find local and seasonal ingredients done right. The elegant atmosphere makes this a perfect place for fine dining. Don’t forget about Valentine’s Day coming up!

The Capital Grille

The Capital Grill is a nationally acclaimed restaurant. They are known for their dry-aged steak selections, extensive, award-winning wine list and fresh seafood. Presented by a professional and attentive staff, The Capital Grille provides a great dining atmosphere.

Stop by Marker 32 for savory seafood and a stunning view of the Intracoastal Waterway. The fresh, locally gathered seafood and produce will make for an unforgettable meal.

Bistro AIX

Bistro AIX is a high-energy restaurant offering a full menu of soul-stirring, rustic flavors in a stylish, big city setting. Their dishes are not only delicious, but also creative and beautiful.

The Tree Steakhouse

The Tree Steakhouse has been a Jacksonville tradition for 40 years. Their steaks are cut table side then cooked to perfection. Dine on delicious food and enjoy live entertainment Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

BBQ 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Are you looking for a restaurant with a passion for supporting and serving the community? Come to 4 Rivers Smokehouse for traditional Texas-style BBQ and Southern comfort sides that aim to please the entire family!

Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Since 1949, Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q has been serving up slow-cooked, authentic barbecue in specially designed fire pits. Bring in the whole family for their smoking meats and homemade sauces.

Monroe’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q and Catering

In the mood for some outstanding brisket? Head over to Monroe’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q for delicious classics and friendly service. Try out a tasty meat platter and freshly brewed sweet tea at their Beach Boulevard location!

Jenkins Quality Barbecue

Since 1957, Jenkins Quality Barbecue has been serving up ribs and chicken cooked on an open fire pit. The mustard-base sauce has been handed down for generations. Nothing fancy - just down-home goodness and their secret, savory sauce! Ribs, chicken, sliced beef and pork sandwiches are all cooked on an oak wood-fired pit.

Mojo BBQ

Are you looking for a unique vibe that doesn’t resemble any other barbeque joint in town? Feed your appetite for bold barbeque flavor at your neighborhood Mojo.

BURGERS M Shack Burgers

M Shack has an order at the counter and then sit down style. With a friendly staff and fun atmosphere, try a delicious, mouthwatering burger! There’s something tasty for everyone, whether you’re craving a kale salad or hearty sandwich and fries.

The Blind Rabbit

A self-proclaimed burger and whiskey bar, The Blind Rabbit is a full-service restaurant that does handcrafted burgers and whiskey cocktails. They use locally sourced ingredients to create quality, craft cocktails, craft beer and artisan burgers!

Epik Burger

These delicious burgers are inspired by many different countries and cultures, but for the less culinarily curious, the Old Skool Burgers are just, well, epik. For alternative diets, try the ahi tuna, chicken or housemade veggie burgers on a wheat or made-without-gluten bun and eat without the guilt.


Are you looking for delicious food beyond the basic French cuisine? Visit The French Pantry for high-quality ingredients and perfectly presented dishes. This exclusive spot is worth the wait!

Fionn MacCool’s

There is nothing quite like a genuine Irish pub experience! Fionn MacCool’s creates that experience with a warm welcome, friendly staff, great food and of course, the perfect pint of Guinness.

Indochine San Marco

Indochine San Marco is the newest Indochine, located in the beautifully renovated San Marco Square. Equipped with delicious Asian-inspired cuisine, beautiful artwork and great drink specials, this venue is a must visit.

Restaurant Orsay

Do you want to dine like a Parisian? Drop in at Restaurant Orsay, a delicious spot with seasonal French food and creative cocktails.

Blue Bamboo Restaurant

An East-West bistro featuring Asian-inspired cooking, Blue Bamboo brings the best Asian specialties to you. FEBRUARY 2017 •


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Community Picks Feb. 11 XANADU

Prime Osborn Convention Center

Thrasher-Horne Center

10 years closer to the finish. It’s time for the 10th Annual National Marathon, 5K and Family Fun Run to finish breast cancer! DONNA Marathon Weekend welcomes thousands of runners and supporters from all over the world to participate in the only marathon in the U.S. dedicated to breast cancer research, awareness and care.

It’s hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired! Based on the cult classic movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, this adventurous roller skating zany musical spoof is about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you. Roll and sing along to hits like “Magic” and more!

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It’s the perfect place to browse hundreds of the year’s new vehicles! Jacksonville International Auto Show is the premier showcase of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles — cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks and sport utilities. There are cars to suit every budget and lifestyle at the Auto Show. With the car lines all under one roof, it’s easy to compare prices and features, saving both time and money.



the most interesting person i’ve interviewed this month

He defeated a scandalridden incumbent in a landslide, and is already making a lot of changes to the Public Defender’s office here in North Florida’s 4th Circuit. Charlie Cofer spent 17 years as a county judge and 18 in the public defender’s office. Now, after defeating his predecessor Matt Shirk, Cofer says he’s doing what he can to bring salaries and budgets under control and restore trust in the office. Cofer says he feels the goodwill of the community at his back as he starts his term, “particularly the legal community,” he told First Coast Connect. But he adds, “I also know expectations are high. There’s a lot of work to do, first changing the culture of the office, and also looking at budgets and personnel.” Make sure to tune into First Coast Connect on 89.9FM WJCT each weekday morning at 9 a.m. for more! 8


Presented and sponsored by The Foundation Academy and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), celebrate the world of STEAM through Jacksonville’s greatest science festival! The Foundation Academy serves as a vehicle for educational equity and justice for K-12 students by providing an annual science festival, summer camps and after school programs using strategic collaboration with teachers, experts in STEAM fields, mentors and local businesses. This year’s festival features an awesome superhero theme!


nonprofit leaders in our community

For the past four years, I have had the privilege of building the Catholic Charities Workforce Development Program from vision to reality. This work has been a team effort and made possible with the help of our administration, board members, funders, volunteers and community partners. Our program helps low-income adults in Northeast Florida find employment and achieve financial stability.”

TDC’S CHOICE If you’re bored in Jacksonville … it’s your own fault!-Tracy Dot Com


FEB. 10 AT 8 P.M.

Mavericks at the Landing


Ida Gropper, ED.S, CPLP, serves as the Workforce Development Program Director. Her professional background includes 16 years of service as the Director of Professional Development & Training for the University of North Florida and Associate Professor/Chairperson of Information Technology for MiamiDade Community College. She serves as a member of the CareerSource Community Partners Advisory Council, the UNF Continuing Education Dean’s Council, and United Way’s RealSense Steering Committee. Gropper holds an Educational Specialist degree in computer education from Barry University. She has received certifications in Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Association for Talent Management’s Certified Professional in Learning and Performance.

If you’ve never seen Michael Franti in concert, I beg you to gift yourself with the experience. If you’re not sure who he is, I beg you to Google him. My favorite CD to listen to when I want to be uplifted is “The Sound of Sunshine,” which includes the popular hit, “Say Hey (I Love You).” His positivity can be felt through the room no matter how large the venue. This is an all ages concert, so bring anyone who needs a beacon of hope.


COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Visit our calendar for more local events.

Clara’s at the Cathedral Info St. John’s Cathedral 256 East Church St. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-4162 Fridays 11 AM - 1:30 PM


acksonvillians who are struggling with food, shelter and income issues have turned to the Clara White Mission for the last 100 years. In doing so, they receive not only a compassionate welcome and hot meals, but also an unprecedented opportunity for education, job training and so much more. Located at the St. John’s Cathedral in the historic Taliaferro Hall, hungry patrons get to indulge in a relaxed, yet upscale, all-you-can-eat buffet-style dining experience for only $10.

Love Is...Valentine’s Day Gala | Feb. 11 |

Jacksonville Downtown Art Walk: Feb 1, Hemming Park, Symphony in 60: Feb 2, Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Arlo Guthrie: Feb 2, Florida Theatre, $5 Fridays at MOSH: Feb 3, Museum of Science & History, Center Stage Comedy Tour: Feb 3, Times-Union Center, Free Preschool Music Classes: Feb 4, Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, Boston Pops: Feb 4, Times-Union Center,

COMMUNITY FOCUS A closer look at our local nonprofit community

Gaelic Storm: Feb 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 10th Anniversary DONNA Marathon Weekend: Feb 10-12, Mukti Freedom Gala: Feb 11, The Glass Factory, Love Is... Valentine’s Day Gala: Feb 11, Sheraton Hotel, Xanadu: Feb 11, Thrasher-Horne Center, The 6th Annual Valentine’s Big Band Bash Scholarship Benefit Gala Dinner/Dance “Salute to the Bands”: Feb 12, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Jax Beach Art Walk: Feb 14, Downtown Jacksonville Beach, Florida Blue Free Tuesday: Feb 14, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens,

Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville

Jersey Boys: Feb 14-19, Times-Union Center Moran Theater,

River City Music Festival: Feb 17, Veterans Memorial Arena,

Volunteers in Medicine is a not-for-profit, free clinic that provides integrated medical services and programs to one of Northeast Florida’s most vulnerable and often over-looked populations: low-income, working, uninsured individuals and families. Since opening their doors in 2003, they have provided high-quality integrated care, including primary and specialty care, lab tests, eyeglasses, mental health counseling, chronic disease care and cancer screenings – all at no charge to their patients.

North Beaches Art Walk: Feb 18, Beaches Town Center,


Brought to you by Molly Curry


Night to Shine, sponsored by The Tim Tebow Foundation, is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On February 10, churches from around the world will host Night to Shine for thousands of honored special needs guests. I will volunteer with Southside United Methodist Church, and other churches around Jacksonville, to host it at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet to a cheering crowd and friendly paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment and every one of them is crowned as a king or queen.

Cupid’s Undie Run: Feb 18, Fionn MacCool’s – Jacksonville Landing, Discovering Nature Nearby: Feb 18, Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, The Firebird Ballet: Feb 19, Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise: Feb 21, SeaWalk Pavilion, Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour: Feb 23, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville Science Festival: Feb 23-25, FSCJ South Campus, Masters of Illusion: Feb 24, Florida Theatre, A-Train Live The Experience: Ambrose Jones: Feb 24, Ritz Theatre & Museum, BeatleMania Now: Feb 24, Times-Union Center, Luke Bryan: Feb 25, Veterans Memorial Arena, Vicki Lawrence & Mama: Feb 25, Thrasher-Horne Center, 5th Annual Community First SeaWalk Music Festival: Feb 25-26, SeaWalk Pavilion, FEBRUARY 2017 •



4230 Pablo Professional Court Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32224 (904) 638-1085 •

The Ruiz Law Firm, PLLC Elisabeth and Marco Ruiz (904) 625-7512

BUZZ: How did your firm get started and what area of law do you focus on?

We’re a boutique law firm out of the Southside area and we practice solely immigration law. We’ve been independent since about 2008. Lisa actually started the law firm first. After she started it, I decided to go to law school. I joined her about three years later.

BUZZ: What do you think makes you different than other immigration law firms?

We’ve really tried to make sure and give to our clients just really good customer service. It may sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but we try to be honest attorneys; honest with our clients, honest with the agencies. So they know that if they come see us, then we’re going to do right by them. We will do right by the law and give them the best representation because we feel like they deserve it. It doesn’t matter what their status is at the moment, they’re people too and deserve respect. So

that’s something that we’ve really tried to hone in. I think that’s something that we’ve managed to become known for in the community - as a firm that’s there to help.

BUZZ: What types of services do you offer to your clients?

We’re mostly a family-based immigration law firm. We do take some business immigration, but mostly all kinds of family petitions, asylum and other various immigration issues. We basically help anybody who doesn’t have status obtain status and take the next step, whether it’s to obtain a visa or apply for permanent residence or citizenship. Once a family member has become either a permanent resident or U.S. citizen, then the law allows for them to bring people from their countries, so we also help them bring their family members along. It can be really challenging, but when we win the cases it’s just something that is so rewarding and it makes the hard times worth it.

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BUZZ: Tell me about the firm. So we are a six-person law firm. We’re boutique-oriented, meaning we don’t practice in all areas. We really focus on corporate law along with mergers and acquisitions work. We have a large presence in the healthcare industry here in town, so we do a lot of physician group setups, buying and selling of physician practices, but in general, the firm’s practice area is very agnostic. We represent lots of different industries. BUZZ: How can clients benefit from your services? So, anything you can think of with a business. If you’re looking to start a business, we help form companies, set up ownership structures, (i.e. how people should be paid, ongoing business needs such as employee compensation plans, independent contractor relationships). And then, on the back end, mergers and acquisitions work, whether it’s people that are selling their companies or people looking to buy or roll up like practices or industry groups, we do that work as well.




What is your greatest accomplishment as an attorney?


Law Offices of Jason A. Burgess, LLC 1855 Mayport Road Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 (904) 372-4791

The DeVries Law Firm, P.A. Being able to help people through difficult situations. I want to continue making an impactful contribution to the community.

Tyson & Denson, PLLC Opening my own practice so that I could attend to my clients and their needs in a way I felt most appropriately fits my own beliefs of how a client should be handled.

The Law Offices of Jason A. Burgess, LLC, concentrates its practice on Chapter 11 bankruptcies and complex bankruptcy litigation. They handle Chapter 11 cases for individuals and businesses throughout Florida, including Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Ocala, Kissimmee and any other city in Florida. They handle every aspect of Chapter 11 cases. Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings are designed for businesses, but can also be utilized by individuals in certain situations, including real estate investors. Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases are similar to Chapter 13s, but are flexible and much more complex.

The Lonker Law Group

The Green Law Firm

I’m very proud of being chosen as one of the top 100 criminal defense attorneys in Florida and one of the top 10 female family law attorneys in Florida.

I had a client who lost her parental rights to her children seven years ago and with my help she was able to readopt three of them. The judge said it was a first in his court.

What is your one tip that you might give someone who is looking at filing for bankruptcy?

store and think that may equate to Orlando or Jacksonville or going down to South Florida.

Get all of your financials together. Not just for businesses but for individuals as well. Ignorance is out there. It’s just not knowing. Looking at your bank account online is just not good enough.

They may not do a lot of research on that and may expand a little too quickly, which can relate to problems.

If you don’t know your financials, there is nobody in the world that’s going to know because you will have to explain, even to an attorney, what your debt is. Prepare early and prepare for the worst, but pray and hope for the best.

It depends on your situation. Lately personal bankruptcy is filed because people lose their jobs. We have businesses in this current economy that are going through a crisis.

Are there problems like starting the process too late or putting all of their assets into the business that you see? Yes, we see businesses that try to expand too fast. We see in retailers that have had a very successful

What type of reasons do people file bankruptcy?

You want to make sure to get out early and not wait too long. We normally don’t charge to talk to you. Bankruptcy has a bad stigma, especially for businesses. But if you consider it early enough, bankruptcy may be able to save the business, save the jobs, and hopefully save the business owners.


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LEGAL PERSPECTIVE Robert Kirilloff 707 Peninsular Place Suite 207 (904) 329-2718

How do you set yourself apart from other firms in the area? The biggest complaint about law firms is communication with your clients. A lot of times they’ll call and they’ll talk to five different people before they talk to their attorney and I thought that’s not right. They’re the ones that are injured here, they’re the ones that are going through all this pain, suffering, trouble, inconvenience and injuries. So I wanted to set up a system where every time they call, they talk to their attorney and they get consistent, reliable legal advice. That was a big thing for me.


Did You Know Abbott Law Group 2929 Plummer Cove Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 (904) 292-1111


How do clients benefit from your services? The majority of our clients have been seriously injured and many times are unable to work and earn a living. Additionally, many of them have significant past and future medical expenses. We provide them with financial security as a result of pursuing the person and/or corporation responsible for causing the injures. FEBRUARY 2017 •




The Law Office of Tiffany H. Poore 25 N. Market St. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 395-2293

Jason Love

Crick & Love, P.A. 2718 College Street (904) 515-0811 What is your specific field of law? Criminal law with some family and traffic thrown in.

What’s the standard rate for your services? For criminal it’s case by case, because we won’t charge the same for a life felony as a misdemeanor. But for hourly work (family, contracts, etc.) it’s about $200/hr.

How did you choose your particular field of law?

Law school was difficult, but interesting. When I got out, I worked for a family law attorney for a week and realized I’d never work for a small private practice ever again without being my own boss. Then I went to work for the PD’s office, they’re great at helping to foster growth and knowledge.

How do you stay connected to the Jacksonville community?

My partner and I are part of the Jacksonville Bar Association. I’ve taken the classes to be a coach at Westside Soccer but haven’t been asked to coach as yet and we’re going to do a chili kickoff. We’re also involved with the Park & King Association. THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HEREIN REFLECTS ONLY THE OPINION OF THE AUTHOR AND NOT IWANTABUZZ ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE, IT’S OWNER, OR PUBLISHER. ALL INFORMATION IN IWANTABUZZ ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR ANY ADVICE GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR LAWYER.



Tell me a little bit about your law firm. I’ve been in private practice for a few years but I worked part time from home and recently, as of last week, I decided it was time to move back downtown to a real cool space that was just renovated. It’s called Level Office and it’s the old Public Defender’s Office. It’s actually where I started my law career 10 years ago.

What is your specific field of law? Criminal defense, that’s what I’ve practiced my entire career. I started at the Public Defender’s Office in 2006. Bill White was the Public Defender at the time and there were some amazing attorneys that I learned from. I started in misdemeanor, moved to felony and from there I went into private practice, practicing criminal defense. Then I went back to the Public Defender’s Office and was in the repeat offender court. After that I moved to the major crimes division where I handled attempted murders, sex crimes, things like that. Following that, I went to regional conflict counsel, which is a similar office, where I handled all felonies from drug possessions on up to murder. I then decided it was time for a little break and had my two kids. I worked from home for a while and finally decided now was the time to open my own practice. I love the work. Sometimes it’s very difficult. You don’t get a lot of thanks, but it’s fulfilling. It’s good work and I really enjoy doing it. That’s why I decided to continue doing it in private practice.

Why did you choose Jacksonville? Well, I was at Florida State. I graduated and decided to come to Jacksonville for law school. I graduated from Florida Coastal and then I just decided to stay. It’s a very cool city. I love all of the different areas.

What makes your law firm different from others? I feel that I have a lot of experience, working in the public sector for so long. I have 30-35+ trials and those are mostly complex trials with complex sentencing structures, jury instructions, things like that, not just basic trials. So I have everything that I learned and experienced from the Public Defender’s Office. But in private practice, you work on a smaller scale, so I can focus more of my attention and really get one-on-one with a client. THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HEREIN REFLECTS ONLY THE OPINION OF THE AUTHOR AND NOT IWANTABUZZ ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE, IT’S OWNER, OR PUBLISHER. ALL INFORMATION IN IWANTABUZZ ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR ANY ADVICE GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR LAWYER.

GETTING-2-KNOW Brandon Stanko

Karstaedt & Stanko 301 W. Bay St. Suite 14132 (904) 217-5159 What is your specific field of law? Business Law/Corporate Law on the transactional side. How do you set yourself apart from other firms in the area? We’re a small firm, just me and my law partner. We keep our overhead low. We go to them instead of the other way around. We try to stay away from traditional hourly billing by using a flat fee model depending on what the client needs for the year and we try to build that long term relationship. We don’t want to be the one and done attorneys. How do you stay connected to the Jacksonville community? I’m a founding member of Downtown Rotaract, though I’ve now aged out. Currently I’m in the Southside Businessmen’s Club and considering joining Meninak. Finish the sentence: “In 5 years I will…” Be doing the same thing I’m doing now and hopefully will have seen my clients grow their businesses and become even more successful. THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HEREIN REFLECTS ONLY THE OPINION OF THE AUTHOR AND NOT IWANTABUZZ ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE, IT’S OWNER, OR PUBLISHER. ALL INFORMATION IN IWANTABUZZ ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR ANY ADVICE GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR LAWYER.

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Alhambra Dinner Theatre

This is the only Patsy Cline show to be endorsed by the Patsy Cline Estate as the most authentic Patsy story ever told. Gail traces Patsy’s career from her first time singing on the radio until her untimely death in a plane crash. The live band is fantastic and features Grammy Award winners. This show is back by popular demand and always sells out!


Times-Union Center

“Jersey Boys” is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds, and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!


Florida Theatre

Hailing from Utah, the four dads in The Piano Guys became an Internet phenomenon with their clever takes on popular music in original self-made music videos. From Coldplay to Usher to their moving version of Disney’s “Frozen” to Bruno Mars, Adele and Beethoven, their eclectic mix of classical, rock and pop favorites inspire audiences from all walks of life.

ART LOCALE Anne Frank: A History for Today: Feb. 1-12, Museum of Science & History, Downtown Art Walk: Feb. 1, Downtown Jacksonville, Interwoven: Heart, Home and Community: Feb. 1 – April 2, MOCA Jacksonville, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline with Gail Bliss: Feb. 1-19, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Project Atrium: Nicola López: Feb. 1-26, MOCA Jacksonville, Arlo Guthrie: Feb. 2, Florida Theatre, Weaver First Saturday Free for All: Feb. 4, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Boston Pops: Feb. 4, Times-Union Center, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man: Feb. 4, Times-Union Center, Shanghai Circus Acrobats of China: Feb. 5, Times-Union Center, Anne Frank - Watchers of the Sky: Feb. 7, Museum of Science & History, 14


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MOCA Jacksonville

Through her work in installation, drawing and printmaking, New York-based Nicola López describes and reconfigures our contemporary primarily urban landscape. Her focus on translating “place” into an art form stems from an interest in urban planning, architecture and anthropology. At MOCA Jacksonville, López constructs and then deconstructs a skyscraper into recognizable yet fragmented parts that visualize its construction process and various states of its life cycle.

Visit our calendar for more local events.

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Cummer Museum and Gardens, City of Angels: Feb. 10-25, Players By the Sea, Willie Moore Jr: Happily After All Book Tour: Feb. 11, Florida Theatre, West Side Story: Feb. 11, Times-Union Center, Lift: Closing Celebration: Feb. 12, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Tony Orlando: Feb. 12, Florida Theatre, Jersey Boys: Feb. 14-19, Times-Union Center, Valentine’s Day Love Show: Feb. 14, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Talks & Tea: Academic Splendor: Feb. 15, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Three Dog Night and America: Feb. 16, Florida Theatre, Cummer Amelia: Lunch, Lecture & Tour: Feb. 16, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Sweet Honey In The Rock: Feb. 16, Ritz Theatre and Museum,

Valentine’s Day Love Show | Feb. 14 | Ritz Theatre and Museum

The Piano Guys: Feb. 17, Florida Theatre, River City Music Festival: Feb. 17, Veterans Memorial Arena, The Sleeping Beauty: Feb. 19, Florida Theatre, Turandot Opera: Feb. 21, Times-Union Center, Show Boat presented by Fleet Landing: Feb. 22-April 2, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Lunching with the Ritz: A Lunchtime Chamber Concert: Feb. 22, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Mindi Abair: Feb. 23, Florida Theatre, Twyla Tharp: Feb. 23, Times-Union Center,

Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 present The Summit: Feb. 23, Florida Theatre, Masters of Illusion - Believe the Impossible: Feb. 24, Florida Theatre, Rickey Smiley and Friends: Feb. 24, Florida Theatre, Sunday Classical Concert: Feb. 26, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX with the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra: Feb. 26, Florida Theatre, Taj Express The Bollywood Musical Revue: Feb. 28, Times-Union Center, Amos Lee: Feb. 28, Florida Theatre,


Jeff Luque

Lauren Pumphrey

Producing work gives Lauren Pumphrey the sensation of being a creator of beauty and the ability to express her imagination from observing the world around her. Her subject matter primarily deals with the playful relationship between nature and humans. She manipulates images of natural elements such as vegetation, animals and anatomical structure creating utopian environments. Pumphrey shows the beauty of nature in a fantastical way, teetering between realism and abstraction. Using a rich, full palette of lush colors, she hopes to bring happiness and joy to others. Driven by music, her work is infused with passion and vibrates throughout the composition, bringing the piece to life. Pumphrey is currently an art teacher who enjoys sharing her passion with the youth.

Jeff Luque is a Jacksonville Beach native with a natural gift. His ability to make the realistic out of the unrealistic in terms of color is something that truly should be experienced in person. His series of paintings, Girl with Flowers, features countless stunning works that can be seen at the CoRK Arts District. Luque started painting at the age of 23, though he always enjoyed drawing. In high school he had a natural interest in sketching and drawing. One day, he decided to explore a new medium. “I just went to Michael’s and picked up the biggest canvas they had and a brush and three paints.” And with that, Luque became a painter. The painting he created that day is now hanging in a ballet school in Australia. His art has also been shown in Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris and Los Angeles. Though Luque has moved around, spending three and a half years in New Mexico and seven in North Carolina, his time in Jacksonville seems to fit. CoRK has allowed him to have the space to paint and the subject matter to inspire him is plentiful.

ARTS IN THE KNOW By Monica Stouder

Dining at the Museum

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday Closed Tuesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

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ANNE FRANK: A HISTORY FOR TODAY This exhibition has inspired informed and mesmerized visitors across the world. Anne Frank is perhaps the world’s best known and most discussed victim of the Holocaust. She was forced to live in hiding with her family in concealed rooms as Nazi forces were sending Jews to concentration camps. The diary she kept is considered one of the most important pieces of writing of the 20th century and is one of the most read nonfiction works of all time. MOSH Events: Feb. 1-9, 24-26 For more information on all of the events, visit

THE CUMMER CAFÉ Cummer Museum members receive a 10 percent discount at the Cummer Cafe. Light homemade bites, soups, salads and sandwiches seasonally change up for the freshest fare. The cafe hosts some specialty coffees from locally roasted beans that will definitely put that extra pep in your step when cruising the Cummer Gardens.

CAFE NOLA AT MOCA After enjoying the art at Jacksonville’s landmark museum MOCA, make sure to then enjoy the artistic stylings on the menu at the award-winning Cafe NOLA located inside the museum. Items such as housemade soups, quiche, pastas and other seasonally rotating dishes are truly a work of art unto themselves. HOURS OF OPERATION: Lunch: Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Thursday and Art Walk Wednesday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m

MOCA WEBSITE: ADDRESS: 829 Riverside Avenue PHONE NUMBER: (904) 353-4101

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By Monica Stouder

FEB. 25 AT 7:30 P.M. • THCENTER.ORG Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, Lawrence went on to become part of the now-legendary cast of the “Carol Burnett Show.” In the seventh season, and hundreds of hilarious sketches later, at the ripe, old age of 24, Lawrence created her most endearing character to date, Thelma Harper, or “Mama” as she is better known to her fans. After the Burnett Show ended, Lawrence went on to star in “Mama’s Family,” which consistently topped the ratings for its entire six-year run of original shows. “Mama” has attained almost a cult status among her legions of loyal television viewers. In 2001, Lawrence decided that the time was right to take Mama out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes and hit the road with her new touring production, “Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show.” The California native has always been multi-talented, excelling in dancing and singing from a young age. Over the course of her career, she has sung and danced in a variety of productions. Lawrence began with the Young Americans musical group from 1965 to 1967. She also appeared in the feature film “The Young Americans,” which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Her involvement on the “Carol Burnett Show” led to one Emmy Award and five Emmy nominations. Lawrence also published two books: her autobiography “Vicki, the True Life Adventures of Miss Fireball” and “Mama for President, Good Lord Why Not?” After the “Carol Burnett Show” and “Mama’s Family,” Lawrence started her own daytime talk show, appropriately called “Vicki!,” which ran from 1992 to 1994. On stage, Lawrence has appeared in numerous productions, including “Carousel,” “Hello Dolly,” “Special Occasions,” “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” and countless others. Currently, “Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show” is performing it’s 40th Anniversary Tour. In addition, Lawrence is traveling around the country speaking to women’s organizations about her life and career, women’s health, and being a woman in a man’s world. All the while she approaches everything with her characteristic sense of humor, reminding us all: “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!” 16




Thrasher-Horne Center

Adapted from the Broadway version, this is a production for young audiences. The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee in this romp through the Seuss classics. Dr. Seuss’s beloved characters find themselves intertwined in an incredibly crazy adventure!

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Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts

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Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show. Fearless acrobats, jugglers and contortionists with boundless energy bring you more than 2,000 of Chinese circus traditions. Direct from China, this troupe has been wowing audiences for over 16 years.

Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, entertaining and exciting extravaganza. Kids learn science concepts, see awesome optical illusions, be shocked by static electricity, grasp gyroscopic properties, and get a handle on the scientific method through impressive demonstrations.

65 million years in the making, this show guides you through a breathtaking tour of pre-historic Australia. Observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world.

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Kids Eat Free

By Robin Warren, WJCT Education Outreach Coordinator


Calling All Writers and Illustrators…

120 3rd St. S. (904) 444-8862

WJCT invites all First Coast students K-3 to write and illustrate original stories for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The contest allows kids to experience the hands-on process of developing their own stories and illustrations, encouraging their creativity and imagination, all while building key academic skills such as grammar and syntax.

Bring the kids to the sandy side of town on Tuesdays or Wednesdays! Children under 10 will receive a free kids menu item with purchase of an adult entree at Beachside Seafood. The locals love this award-winning spot!

Prizes will be awarded at each grade level for Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd places. The top four average scores in each grade will be entered into the online People’s Choice popular vote competition. Contest begins January 1, 2017 and stops accepting stories on March 6, 2017. Winners will be notified on or before May 1, 2017. The contest is open to public, private and homeschooled students and entries must be accompanied by an official entry form, comply with official rules and be received by March 6, 2017. Go to WritersContest for creative writing resources, rules and contest forms.

PBS KIDS 24/7 Children’s Channel

PBS now broadcasts free localized 24/7 children’s programming through a new TV channel and live stream on digital platforms, whenever and wherever they access media.

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“We are excited to build on the work we do every day for First Coast families by adding these new 24/7 services to our offerings, ensuring that our proven educational content is accessible anytime and anywhere to all kids – especially those who need it the most,” said Stan Cleiland, Community Relations & Strategic Communications Vice President. Comcast Subscribers call 1-800-XFINITY and ask for new PBS KIDS Channel on the First Coast.

In February, the Museum of Science & History presents Scouts Workshops for boys and girls. Boy Scouts Workshop The Boy Scouts workshop on Feb. 18 will focus on becoming active, aware and grateful for liberties and rights, as well as the importance of standing up for individual rights on behalf of all citizens. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Spring Girl Scout Workshop The Girl Scout workshop on Feb. 25 will feature hands-on crafts, activities and classroom discussion. Scouts will learn about the little bugs around us and where they live by exploring the outdoors and going on a bug hunt to see them in action. The workshop is from 9 to 11 a.m. For pricing and more information, visit 18



Until next month!


All day long on Mondays, kids under 10 can receive a free entrée and juice pack with the purchase of an adult meal and drink at European Street Cafe. There are five locations around town, so hop on the website to find the closest spot.

Discovering Nature Nearby

The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens will host the Discovering Nature Nearby program series, thanks to grants from TD Bank and Rayonier Advanced Materials. The event will be at 9:30 a.m. on February 18. The presentation will include a brief introduction to the Arboretum and its ecosystems followed by a presentation from a Forrester about fire as it relates to Florida’s ecosystem, tools, safety gear and take-aways. Each third Saturday of the month between September and May, expert presenters educate audiences on a wide variety of topics. There is limited seating, so bring a lawn chair or blanket if possible. Bug spray is recommended. Most programs will take place in the shade and a water bottle filling station is handy. All ages and abilities are welcome and free of charge, although donations are greatly appreciated. The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is a 120-acre natural park with 13 different ecosystems and over 3 miles of trails. For more info, visit

1811 Town Center Blvd. (904) 278-1770

Parents enjoy an amazing brick oven baked pizza or any delicious hand-crafted sandwich or salad entrée and you’ll receive a kid’s entrée for free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Mondays at Brick Oven Pizzeria and Gastropub. BOGEY GRILLE 150 Valley Circle (904) 285-5524

It’s a hole-in-one for your wallet when your child under 12 receives a free entrée when one adult entrée is purchased on Tuesdays at Bogey Grille in Ponte Vedra! This special runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. so it’s pretty much impossible to miss. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB 967 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 249-9595

Bring the wee folk under 10 to Culhane’s Irish Pub to enjoy a free Crock O’ Shepard’s Pie or any other children’s menu item on Saturdays when another adult entrée is purchased from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Culhane’s has been voted a Top 10 restaurant in Jacksonville!

Jumping Around Jax Art Aviators Family Workshop Winter Feb. 18 MOCA Jacksonville The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville presents Art Aviators Family Workshop Winter 2017, which is a one-day family workshop based on MOCA Jacksonville’s nationally recognized outreach program Art Aviators. The museum opens early for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other varying exceptionalities to spend time with their families enjoying art together in a fun environment. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., participants will take part in staff-led art-making activities in the studio, visit the Art


Explorium and attend gallery tours. The cost per student is $20 and space is limited. MOCA Jacksonville is a private, nonprofit visual arts educational institution and cultural institute of the University of North Florida. It serves the community and its visitors through exhibitions, collections, educational programs and publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art with emphasis on works created from 1960 to the present. Its mission is to promote the discovery, knowledge and advancement of the art, artists and ideas of our time.

Visit our calendar for more local events.

Anne Frank: A History for Today: Feb. 1-12, Museum of Science & History, Nature Connects, Art with LEGO Bricks: Feb. 1 – May 7, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Seussical the Musical: Feb. 1, Thrasher-Horne Center, Sweet Pete’s Candy Toddler Time: Feb. 3, St. Johns River Taxi – Eco Tours: Feb. 4, Science & History Boat Tours: Feb. 4, 10, 11, 24, Museum of Science & History, Cummer Museum Weaver First Saturday: Feb. 4, Shanghai Circus Acrobats of China: Feb. 5, Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, The Sawgrass Village Shopping Center’s Artisan Food Festival: Feb. 5, Rebounderz Open Jump: Feb. 6, Rebounderz Jacksonville, Little Learners: Feb. 8, Museum of Science & History, Let’s Go Science: Feb. 11, Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, Pottery Barn Kids Weekly Story Time: Feb. 14, Pump It Up Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out: Feb. 14, MOSH Homeschool Workshop: Feb. 15, Museum of Science & History, Rebounderz Open Jump: Feb. 15, 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, The Ugly Duckling School Matinee: Feb. 17, Alhambra Theatre, Jacksonville Greek Festival: Feb. 17-19, Morocco Shrine Center, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live: Feb. 18, Florida Theatre, TNT Gymnastics Pre-School Open Gym: Feb. 17, Boy Scouts Workshop: Feb. 18, Museum of Science & History,

Little Learners | Feb. 8 |

Fletcher Wave of Success 5K Run: Feb. 18, Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion, Art Aviators Family Workshop: Feb. 18, MOCA Jacksonville, Jacksonville Symphony Family Concert: The Firebird Ballet: Feb. 19, Times-Union Center, The Sleeping Beauty: Feb. 19, The Florida Theatre, Dave and Busters Half Price Wednesdays: Feb. 22, Jacksonville Humane Society Pawsitive Reading: Feb. 22, Rebounderz Open Jump: Feb. 22, 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville Science Festival: Feb. 23-25, FSCJ South Campus, Masters of Illusion: Feb. 24, The Florida Theatre, Ortega River Run: Feb. 25, St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, Beaches Local Food Network Children’s Garden Workshop: Feb. 25, Jarboe Park, Girl Scouts Workshop: Feb. 25, Museum of Science & History, Community First Seawalk Music Festival: Feb. 25-26, Rebounderz Open Jump: Feb. 27, 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, FEBRUARY 2017 •



Be Well: Nutrition Options



With almost a year-round swimsuit season in Jacksonville, locals often ask themselves the question, “Where is a great place to get a health-conscious bite?” FreshJax, located off of I-295 and Baymeadows Road, can assist with those concerned about their swimsuit physique.

14185 Beach Blvd. (904) 307-0833 Kairos is a casual eatery and juice bar on Beach Boulevard focused on healthy eating. All items on the menu are 100 percent natural, organic, unprocessed, and hormone and chemical-free. The main food items are creative wraps, juices, bountiful burritos, sandwiches and granola bowls. Kairos also offers a juice detox program that consists of five different drinks.

With an all plant-based and gluten-free housemade menu, this cool café of blended juices, quinoa Bliss Bowls and healthy sandwiches takes the guilt out of eating tasty.

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“We make everything from scratch,” said Jason McDonald, who opened FreshJax with his wife, Hillary in 2016.

10601 San Jose Blvd. (904) 288-1100 Ravenous eaters can enjoy mouthwatering and healthy spreads everyday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Whole Foods Market buffet. Vegan, vegetarian and non-GMO entrees, soups and salad options are in abundance at this buffet fit for a king. Online and catering options are available, too, with dishes like chicken breast and salmon.

With the FreshJax Yoga Studio next door, the McDonalds have a robust business model for those looking for not only healthy food, but a healthy lifestyle. “We are helping people change their lives,” said Jason McDonald. To learn more about the menu and healthy lifestyle classes, visit


vitamins and supplements for heart health

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Coenzyme Q-10 can be significant in preventing heart disease. You can find C0Q10 and other heart-healthy supplements at Florida Health Foods. naturally weise

At Naturally Weise, you can consult with their on-site pharmacist and nutritionist, who can help you find the supplements you need to keep your heart healthy. grassroots natural market

Omega-3 can help prevent heart attacks. It can be found in fish and in supplement form. Both can be purchased at Grassroots Natural. biomax health foods and juice bar

Vitamin D deficiency is linked with increased risk for heart disease. Find Vitamin D, other supplements, fresh juices and smoothies at Biomax.


Seasons 52 Are you looking for eclectic eats without the expansion to your waistline? Bring your New Year’s resolutions and body to Seasons 52 Fresh Grill located at the St. Johns Town Center.

How do you try to eat healthy around town?

Kathryn Thomas: “I stopped ‘fast food’ and don’t order desserts. I also eat healthy at home.”

This place of perfect bites touts a myriad of creative, healthy food options with rotating seasonal menus, rustic cooking techniques (like brick oven roasting) and caloric counts on the menu items. Price points range from $8 to $20 on average. Additionally, Monday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. you can enjoy small plates and organic craft cocktails during the Sunset at Seasons Happy Hour. To make a reservation or for more information, visit


Mindful Motion Yoga

The art of Tai Chi is an ancient discipline renowned for its healing movements and postures. People of all fitness levels can benefit from the ten-week programs. Tai Chi is also a form of self-defense.

Mindful Motion Yoga offers several gentle options focused on mindfulness, restoration and building strength. Yin yoga is for those seeking a less intense practice based on flexibility, balance and stability.

Silver Sneakers Silver Sneakers is designed to help people get started or continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle, with a focus on lower intensity and heart health. They offer short endurance workouts and more. 20


Brooks Family YMCA The Brooks Family YMCA is perfect for low-impact, heart-friendly workouts. From swimming laps to aquatic aerobics, water workouts are perfect for burning calories and strengthening muscles.

Falli Shah: “I eat vegan-friendly, handmade, locally owned, fresh and ethically sourced. I love Grassroots!” Joey Pearson: “Look at the menu online and pick the healthiest option to avoid an unhealthy choice upon arrival.” Krystina Nelson: “I seek out clean, gluten-free and non-GMO hormone dishes and minimize processed food.”


National Heart Health Month

By Sammy Pappas Pappas is a local dietitian, personal trainer and cofounder of Dietitians of Palm Valley.




Dr. Aylin Ozdemir

President, Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville

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Go Nuts for Heart Health! People who eat nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower their “bad” cholesterol. High LDL cholesterol is one of the primary causes of heart disease. Eating nuts can provide nutritional benefits for your heart. Nuts, which contain unsaturated fatty acids, are a great on-the-go snack food. A serving is a small handful (1.5 ounces) of whole nuts or two tablespoons of nut butter. Eighty percent of a nut is made up of fat. Although most of this fat is healthy fat, it’s still a calorie-dense food. Stick to the proper portion. It is important to eat nuts and also cut back on saturated fats found in many dairy and meat products. In addition to consuming nuts, make sure to consume a diet high in fruits, veggies, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat dairy. In addition to being packed with protein, most nuts contain some of these heart-healthy substances: • Unsaturated fats. The “good” fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help lower bad cholesterol levels. • Omega-3 fatty acids. Many nuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help your heart. • Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which help lower your cholesterol. Fiber makes you feel full, so you eat less. • Vitamin E. Some studies show Vitamin E stops the development of plaque in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack. • Plant sterols. A substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products, but sterols occur naturally in nuts. • L-arginine. A substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.

practice integrated medicine, which is also referred to as holistic medicine. What led you to this approach? DR. O: My own personal experience led me to see that conventional medicine didn’t have all the answers. We have way more options in our tool box than just the tiny pill.

BUZZ: How would you

explain your approach to parents whose children have nagging illnesses or allergies? DR. O: Integrative medicine looks at the whole picture. Look at the environment, ethnicity, emotional state, genetics, stress, toxins, traumas and nutrition, then balancing all that really brings so much healing and prevention.

BUZZ: You have been treating

children for more than 25 years. Why did you choose this age group? DR. O: The impact is so huge when you can actually do preventative medicine with this age. It can actually prepare them for an enormous amount of quality of life.

Marie Merritt

Momentum Wellness

This time of year millions of Americans are purchasing gym memberships and jumping on treadmills to start New Year’s resolutions. Don’t be fooled though, said Marie Merritt, a local certified personal trainer and studio owner. Fitness resolutions will only be maintained with the correct mindset. “Most people think of fitness as a chore, and for me it’s just an avenue to get people to accomplish what they want in their life,” said Merritt, who opened Momentum Wellness in 2005. A life-long athlete and soccer player, Merritt tells her clients that exercise should fit into their life, whether it’s a bike ride or a walk. “There is no perfect answer for anybody,” she said, adding that she encourages people to see fitness for its core purpose. “Fitness is pulling us back to what we were meant to do as a society,” Merritt said. “Our bodies are supposed to move.” Merritt provides these three tips to start moving and maintain an active lifestyle: 1. Understand you are worth it and you are doing it for yourself. 2. Change one or two things at a time. One step at a time. 3. Stop dieting. Food is fuel. It’s recovery. It gives you energy to get through your day.


Fight for Air Climb

Ortega River Run

Feb. 4 Join the Fight for Air Climb at the Bank of America Tower to help make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. The 8 a.m. climb will raise funds for the American Lung Association.

Feb. 27

This is a Grand Prix sanctioned run and great event for the whole family that starts at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit the financial aid and scholarship program at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School.

Angry Tortoise Feb. 28

Florida Striders host this fun trail run at 7 a.m. The Angry Tortoise 25K/50K will be held in Cary State Forest. You can do one loop for 25K or two loops for 50K. The race is the State MUT Championship too. FEBRUARY 2017 •



HEALTH & WELLNESS EVENTS Visit our calendar for more local events.

St. Augustine Beach Farmer’s Market: Feb. 1, St. Augustine Beach Farmers Market, Color in Motion 5K: Feb. 4, Nacatee Community 120 Marketside Avenue,


Tour the Family Birth Place: Feb. 4, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside,

Y Healthy Living Center Riverside

Are you training for March’s Gate River Run? Join YMCA Registered Dietitian Kerri Napoleon to discuss what super foods you should eat to achieve your best time. This event is free and YMCA membership is not required. Seating is limited, so reserve your space online. Don’t miss this educational session.


Fionn MacCool’s

Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” funrun that takes place in the middle of a big party. That’s right: party, run (a mile-ish and at your own pace), party—all to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation and all to #EndNF. They encourage undies, but get that it’s not for everyone. So whether you start a team with your friends, join a team or run solo, just come out, have a blast and raise some money for neurofibromatosis research.


HOBNOB in Unity Plaza

Leading Ladies 904, TacoLu and the #lunited teams present the most anticipated charity event of the year – Tacos for Tatas: Pink Tie Edition – in celebration of the 10th Anniversary DONNA Marathon Weekend. Join the party as they pop some bubbly, raise their glasses to the 904 and dance the night away under the stars along the St. John’s River at HOBNOB in Riverside’s Unity Plaza featuring The Chris Thomas Band and Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio. Grab a stud or a señorita and tickets to the party! Get ready to learn the Tango, Salsa, a little Foxtrot or West Coast Swing.

2017 Sports Injuries Management: A Specialist’s Perspective: Feb. 4, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Ask the Expert: Eating Right for the Gate River Run: Feb. 6, Y Healthy Living Center Riverside, Happy Hour with the Doc: Dr. Austin Glennon from Coastal Chiropractic: Feb. 6, Seachasers, Jacksonville Farmer’s Market: Feb. 7, Farmers Market, Sparkle Girls’ Night Out with Baptist Health: Feb. 7, Marriott Jacksonville, Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery Free Informational Program: Feb. 9, 800 Prudential Dr. Dunpont Auditorium, Orange Theory Orange 60: Feb. 10, Orange Theory Fitness, Empowering the Community: Jacksonville Seminar for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Florida Chapter: Feb. 11, Florida State College Kent Campus, DONNA 10K & 5K: Feb. 11, Downtown Jacksonville, Lupus Foundation: Jacksonville Walk Kick-Off Party: Feb. 11, Florida State College Kent Campus, Orange Theory Orange 90 Minute: Feb. 11, Orange Theory Fitness, Jacksonville Farmer’s Market: Feb. 11, Farmers Market, DONNA Marathon: Feb. 12, Ponte Vedra Beach, Global Perspectives: Healthcare, Northeast Florida and the World: Feb. 13, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, International Symposium on Cognitive Research and Disabilities: Feb. 13-14, World Golf Village, Weight Loss Surgery Seminar: Feb. 14, St. Vincent’s Riverside, Spinal Cord Injury Support Group: Feb. 14, UF Health Jacksonville Tower I, Youth Mental Health First Aid: Feb. 15-16, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville Farmer’s Market: Feb. 15, Farmers Market, Adult Mental Health First Aid: Feb. 17, Y Healthy Living Center Mandarin, Cupid’s Undie Run: Feb 18, Fionn MacCool’s – Jacksonville Landing, Diving Deeper into Trauma Informed Yoga: Feb. 18-19, KIPP 1440 North McDuff Avenue, Jacksonville Farmer’s Market: Feb. 19, Farmers Market, Orange Theory Orange 60: Feb. 21, Orange Theory Fitness, Ortega River Run: Feb. 25, Ortega, Cannabis Career Institute: Feb. 25, Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville, Stroke Support Group: Feb. 28, Y Healthy Living Center Mandarin,




Guide to Local Restaurants in JAX

Culhane’s Irish Pub

European Street Cafe


Players Grille

Culhane’s Irish Pub is the place to find authentic and delicious Irish comfort food. Find favorites like Shepard’s pie, Guinness beef stew, and corned beef and cabbage. Everything is delicious!

Taverna San Marco Taverna.Restaurant

Visit Taverna San Marco for handcrafted Italian cuisine. This trendy wine bar serves brick-oven pizzas as well as seasonal Italian eats. Enjoy their sophisticated flavors made with simple ingredients.

Taverna Yamas

You don’t need a passport to experience Greece. Come to Taverna Yamas for a night of traditional Greek entertainment and authentic Greek Cuisine. Enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks.

VEGAN FRIENDLY The Present Moment Cafe

This café believes in serving only organic and nonprocessed foods that are in season. Not only is this place good to your body, it’s good to the earth too! Everything is made fresh and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. No matter what kind of eater you are, there is something tasty for everyone. Manatee Cafe

This place is worth the drive for their delicious assortment of vegetarian/vegan breakfast and lunches. They have lots to choose from and serve a tofu scramble all daylong. Plus their tabouli is to die for. Make sure to check out their brunches on the weekends!


This locally-owned deli is very veg-friendly! They offer several veggie and vegan wraps as well as tempeh options. And all coffee/ espresso drinks can be served with soy or almond milk. They use tons of organic ingredients too.

Sweet Theory SweetRevolutionBakingCo/

Sweet Theory is Riverside’s allergy friendly bakery. They use all natural and organic ingredients including cold-pressed coconut oil, agave nectar and organic whole cane sugar to create some truly delectable treats. All products are free of eggs, dairy, soy and peanuts. Gluten free options are available daily!

Enjoy many vegetarian and vegan-friendly foods, from the New Day Salad with cashew cheese to the Athena’s Gift sandwich. This is the only restaurant in Jacksonville currently

serving raw food options from Shakti. For

dessert, try the raw pies from Shakti. Your tummy will thank you!


Customers often rave about the excellent service provided by Picasso’s in Mandarin, but they return again and again because of the delicious food. Their homemade pasta and pizza is made fresh. Come see if you can tell the difference.

Milano’s Italian Restaurant, Pizza & Bar

Cami Cakes Cupcakes

Their homestyle Italian fare includes thin crust New York style pizzas, veal and baked dishes. Kids portions are available too. Enjoy the full bar and daily delivery service from the corner of Beach and Kernan.

Dig into sweet, unique cupcake flavors from Camicakes next time you’re craving a sweet treat. When they say unique, they mean it. They feature a cupcake that’s made from real sweet potatoes. For those less daring, they also have the classics.


Biscotti’s is famous for their wonderful desserts made by the bakery. After a delicious dinner out or if you’re only in the mood for cakes and desserts, check out the Biscotti’s glass display of perfection and you will not be disappointed.

Cinotti’s Bakery

If Cinotti’s Bakery isn’t a household name to you, just take one bite of their delicious cakes and their name will be part of your household! They also feature fun seasonal specialties as well, like Gingerbread houses.


Peterbrooke has been in business for over 25 years and it’s easy to smell, taste, enjoy and see why. They have an extensive amount of sweet treats, but are famous for their chocolate covered popcorn. Check out their website to find a location near you.

ITALIAN/PIZZA Moon River Pizza

Moon River Pizza is a funky pizzeria offering custom and specialty thincrust pies, plus an eclectic selection of wine and beer. Take in the colorful surroundings, music and themed deals!


Gator’s Dockside

The family-friendly, sports-themed restaurant offers a fun atmosphere for everyone with big screen TVs, pool tables, video games, great food and friendly service. Their signature grilled wings are flavored with their unique 15 sauces. They only use the freshest, quality ingredients.

13 Gypsies

The Mudville Grille

This Spanish-influenced restaurant offers a delicious variety of meals such as Seafood Salpicon, Honey Garlic Hummus, Fresh Chorizo and Pears and of course, a huge variety of Tapas to choose from. The specialty in this restaurant is that everything is made fresh every morning, even down to the bread, which is made from scratch. 13 Gypsies, also known as 13G, is conveniently located at 887 Stockton St.

Royal Palm Village Wine and Tapas

At Royal Palm Village, all the ingredients come from the organic gardens where herbs, fruits, vegetables and edible flowers are grown and used to create fresh and delicious dishes every day. The tapas menu has several options for gluten free and vegetarian diets. Royal Palm Village creates dishes that will fit your needs.


Ovinte is known for its amazing setting inside and great Tapas menu. They offer a variety of flavors that would most definitely fit your desire and satisfy that craving you’ve been having. Ovinte is famous for its brunch specials that include a variety of egg dishes as well as meat dishes that will blow your mind.


Enza’s Italian Restaurant

Miller’s Ale House

Enza’s Italian Restaurant is known for their huge meal portions and their comfortable and contemporary atmosphere. Do you have dietary restrictions? Enza’s also offers gluten free options on their menu.

Over 50 TVs and a huge game room will keep every sports guru happy. All college and pro sports are available for your viewing pleasure with television screens in every booth. Don’t expect bland sports bar food.

Stop by Miller’s Ale House, the casual neighborhood tavern with an atmosphere for all ages and top-quality food at a great value. Miller’s menu has it all, from wings and French fries to fresh seafood, steak and more.

Since 1994, The Mudville Grille has been Jacksonville’s favorite family sports bar and grill. They pride themselves on great food, great atmosphere and, most importantly, great service. Come in to experience the Mudville difference!

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings is the local hangout with wall-to-wall sports coverage and a variety of delicious chicken wings and sauces. Check out their new location at the Avenues Mall for a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Taps Bar and Grill

Are you looking for a comfortable place to kick back, drink a beer and watch the game? Head to Taps Bar and Grill for a large and unique collection of premium draft beers constantly rotating for the broadest selection available.

Jerry’s Sports Grille

Jerry’s Grille is the ultimate sports viewing spot. With 28 high definition flat screens inside and four high definition televisions outside on the covered deck, you can catch the action of your favorite game no matter where you sit!

Sneakers Sports Grill

Sneakers Sports Grill is known for the exciting atmosphere they create for each winning moment. With multiple locations around town, Sneakers is the perfect location to watch the big game. Sneakers Grill is known for its excellent customer service, bragging some of the most helpful and attentive staff in town. FEBRUARY 2017 •



Two Thumbs Up How Good Food Should Taste

Another Broken Egg Cafe Article by Monica Stouder Photos by Monica Lea Imagery:

the facts

When: Tuesday Afternoon Where: 4828 Deer Lake Dr. West, Suite C11 Price: $8 to $16 Contact: (904) 516-4757

When it comes to trying out new foodie finds to flex my forking skills, I am certainly no chicken. So, when it came to reviewing Another Broken Egg Café in Tapestry Park, my feathers were not ruffled in the least. Since 1996, when the original Broken Egg Café opened in Old Mandeville, LA, they have been passionately creating exceptional dishes for breakfast, brunch and lunch that are “craveably” delicious with an artisanal flair. At the Jacksonville location, parking is plentiful, but be sure to get to Another Broken Egg early or closer to their closing time around 2 p.m. This noshery gets so packed that the wait time can be up to two hours. Yes, the menu (and adult libations) are that unique.


This casual brunch eatery has a bright and cheerful atmosphere with the staff equally as vibrant. The menu is a creative array of omelets, specialty benedicts such as the Crabcakes Cavallo, distinctive pancakes like the Banana Foster stack and other yolky yummies. Burgers and sandwiches like the turkey, brie and pesto, and signature salads also round out the breakfast and brunch ensemble.

Baked Brie Delight – raisins, pecans and perfectly diced apple sautéed in a Grand Marnier butter sauce and served over warm brie. Comes with French bread for only $10.49.

BUZZWORTHY NOTE: ABE has some great signature

Overall the service was friendly and menu-knowledgeable, the environment was energetic, the price points were good for the product and quantity of items and on the whole, each element was extremely worthy of Two Thumbs Up.

adult beverages! In the bar, you will find a large glass container where bell peppers are infusing to produce some truly spirited spirits! ABE uses this vodka to make their signature ABE Famous Infused Bloody Mary. On the drink menu are many other creative libations such as the Lady Marmalade Mimosa which is topped with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and a dollop of orange marmalade. Sangrias, Margaritas and Rum Chatas also grace the drink menu here.

Just keep this in mind, don’t fly the coop if there is a slight wait to get in. Hang out and have a cup of Joe or a Lady Marmalade Mimosa as the plates here are worth the wait. More importantly, if you take the time to indulge in Another Broken Egg’s food, you won’t spend your morning feeling peckish!

“Hands down we have the best breakfast in Jax!” -Ashley, server

Each of the items sampled during my visit were tasty and all had a slightly different twist. Housemade sauces and fresh fruits made each course difficult to simply sample.

menu sample


Flight of Pancakes – three large pancakes: Banana Foster stuffed with bananas, pecans and drizzled with caramel, a mixed berry pancake and a blueberry and goat cheese pancake served with two eggs and bacon for $12.99.




City Grits – creamy southern style, made with roasted garlic, onions and smoked Gouda cheese, smothered with bacon, green onion and tomatoes for only $3.99.


Biscuit Beignets – straight out of the fryer, these Southern-style doughy bites are dusted with powdered sugar and served with housemade marmalade for only $4.99.

Food Truck Foodies

Muzzi’s Madhouse by Shelton Buchanan

When you think of the iconic dishes Chicago is known for, most people’s minds go immediately to the deep-dish pizza. But there’s so much more. Enter Muzzi’s Madhouse, the purple behemoth rolling the streets of the Bold City, bringing their own take on hearty Chicago food staples that would make even Ditka happy. Muzzi’s size makes it possible for the team inside to offer one of the bigger menus of a food truck compared to most of the other rigs in town. Normally one would fear that would mean they sacrifice quality for quantity, but worry not. Whether you’re craving a Chicago-style hot dog loaded down with a farmer’s market full of produce or a gigantic chicken parm, Muzzi’s is ready to satisfy you. I opted for their Italian beef (thinly sliced roast beef, heated in its own au jus, with sautéed green peppers and onions covered in melted cheese on a Gonnella roll) topped off with the optional spicy giardiniera. Don’t let the carrots and celery in the giardiniera deceive you; it also sports some hot peppers and a spice blend. The roast beef was impeccably cooked and the convergence of flavors from the giardiniera along with the peppers, onions and cheese made me almost want to brave the frigid Midwest to try one in its natural environment. For side offerings, Muzzi’s has a homemade pasta salad and homemade chips. The homemade chips aren’t just some upstart kettle chips. Instead, they’re fried to perfection and dressed up with a balsamic reduction and gorgonzola cheese crumbles. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, you might want to check your pulse. The crispness of the chips pairs perfectly with the sweet bite of the balsamic and the unbelievable flavor of the gorgonzola. Just don’t lick the tray clean in front of your coworkers like I did.




Personal Chef

Christopher Cooper

The Potters House Soul Food Bistro

{ | (904) 472-1837 By Monica Stouder

Christopher Cooper is a Southern-styled-chef with some amazing tricks and tantalizing treats when it comes to his soulful fare. We caught up with Chef Cooper to learn more about his early culinary beginnings. When did you find an interest in cooking? Around 8 years old when my grandma let me help make Thanksgiving dinner. I fell in love with food and the feeling of seeing people love my food. How did you receive your training to become a chef? Culinary School & Grandmother. What cuisines influence your style of cooking? French & Southern comfort - the stuff that makes you feel like a kid at grandma’s table again. What sets your restaurant apart from others within your food style and in the local area? The main thing that sets us apart is the love we put into our food! It is the first ingredient of every recipe in our building. Almost everything is made from scratch with lots of love and passion. Favorite kitchen tool? Vacuum Sealer & Immersion Circulator. I love to play mad

AROUND TOWN By Danielle Thomas



San Marco Enjoy great southern-style barbecue at low prices that won’t make you lose your appetite. Wash it down with a cold beer or glass of wine. scientist in the kitchen. Most unusual dish you have eaten? Live octopus (I will never do it again). I was so afraid that the tentacles were going to get stuck and kill me. Do you cook on your off time or do you prefer someone to cook for you? I don’t cook when I’m away from work, it’s like pulling teeth. But I am also the worst person to cook for. I have food OCD so nothing can touch! Hobbies outside of the kitchen? I play darts three nights a week it’s my outlet for everything. If you could have your own cooking show what would you name it? How to eat like a fat kid.





Start your day off right with the healthy breakfast options like the Tri-Athlete loaded with egg whites, fresh fruit and granola. Keep the healthy choices going on your way out with a stop at the fresh juice bar.

If you’re craving great Indian food, whether vegetarian or meat lover, 5th Element’s buffet-style dining is just what you’re looking for. Choose from spicy options or a more subtle taste.


Northside Vegetarian, gluten free or full of pepperoni, whatever your preference, Mellow Mushroom has the pizza for you paired with the laid back vibe of the 1970’s-themed restaurant.


Dirty Orzo Pasta


1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 Cloves Garlic

1 pound Sausage

4 cups Precooked Orzo 1 pound Chicken Livers (pulsed up in (I follow the box instructions) food processer) 4 dash Cholula hot sauce original 1 cup Vidalia Onions Salt 1/2 Cup Celery


DIRECTIONS Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed sauté pan over medium heat. Add the ground pork and ground chicken livers, cook until brown. Once browned, add garlic, Vidalia onion, celery and red bell pepper. Cook until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add precooked orzo, Cholula, mixing thoroughly. Add salt and pepper if necessary to taste. 26






Join the group of satisfied customers who have nothing but good things to say about the seafood at Bonefish Grill! The bang bang shrimp is a must have.

People come from all corners of the country to experience the Florida seafood and the Florida beach. Sandollar Restaurant has it all. Enjoy a delicious seafood or steak meal close to the sand.



Feb. 4


Nocatee Community

Color In Motion 5K is a chance for you and a thousand of your closest friends to dress wacky, throw color on each other, and create memories that will last a lifetime – all while supporting a great cause! When you sign up, you will receive a race T-shirt, color packet, temporary tattoo, race medal and entry into the Color Bash.


UNF Arena


Go big and come home on UNF’s Homecoming Weekend! Start your Saturday with the race, then attend the Homecoming Basketball Game, Carnival and more. Participate in the 5K race through UNF’s beautiful campus as well as a 1-mile Fun Run for families and children. Enjoy the post-race festival with music and activities!

Veterans Memorial Arena

The Jacksonville Giants are an ABA professional basketball team that was introduced in 2010 and has been making history and setting records. You don’t want to miss this game against the Jackson Showboats! The Giants will continue to make Jax proud of its champion team.

Feb. 11 University of North Florida


The University of North Florida Ospreys are taking on the Jacksonville University Dolphins. Come to the UNF Arena as these local men’s basketball teams go head-to-head. Both teams have had successful seasons so far, so it’s sure to be a great matchup. If you can’t make it to the game, no worries! You can also watch live on ESPN3. Get your gear together with your favorite team’s colors and enjoy the game.


Visit our calendar for more local events.

Jacksonville Dolphins vs. Stetson Women’s Basketball: Feb. 2, Historic Swisher Gym,

UNF Ospreys vs. NJIT Highlanders Men’s Basketball: Feb. 9, UNF Arena,

UNF Ospreys vs. Florida Gulf Coast: Feb. 2, UNF Arena,

Jacksonville Dolphins vs. USC Upstate Men’s Basketball: Feb. 9, Historic Swisher Gym,

UNF Ospreys vs. Stetson Hatters Men’s Basketball: Feb. 4, UNF Arena,

DONNA 10K & 5K: Feb. 11, Downtown Jacksonville,

Jacksonville Dolphins vs. Florida Gulf Coast Men’s Basketball: Feb. 4, Historic Swisher Gym,

Jacksonville Dolphins vs. NJIT Women’s Basketball: Feb. 11, Historic Swisher Gym,

2017 Homecoming: UNF Ospreys MLK 5K Fitness Run: Feb. 4, Met vs. USC Upstate Spartans Men’s Park, Basketball: Feb. 11, UNF Arena, Fight for Air Climb: Feb. 4, Downtown Swoop the Loop 5K: Feb. 11, UNF, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Dolphins vs. Florida Gulf Coast Women’s Basketball: Feb. 4, Historic Swisher Gym, Chariots of Fur: Feb. 4, Seawalk Pavilion, Pirates on the Run: Feb. 4, Amelia Island, Sea Best Invitational: UNF Ospreys vs. Jacksonville Dolphins: Feb. 6-7, Ponte Vedra, FL TPC Sawgrass,

Jacksonville Giants vs. Miami Midnites: Feb. 11, Veterans Memorial Arena,

Fight for Air Climb | Feb. 4

Jacksonville Dolphins vs. USC Upstate Women’s Basketball: Feb. 13, Historic Swisher Gym,

UNF Ospreys vs. South Alabama Men’s Tennis: Feb. 19, UNF Tennis Complex,

Play for Kay: UNF Ospreys vs. NJIT: UNF Ospreys vs. Troy Women’s Tennis: Feb. 19, UNF Tennis Complex, Feb. 13, UNF Arena, UNF Ospreys vs. UCF Women’s Tennis: Feb. 15, UNF Tennis Complex, UNF Ospreys vs. College of Charleston Men’s Tennis: Feb. 17, UNF Tennis Complex, Jacksonville Auto Show: Feb. 17, Prime Osborn Convention Center,

UNF Ospreys Basketball vs. JU Dolphins: Feb. 23, UNF Arena, UNF Ospreys Baseball vs. Northeastern: Feb. 24-26, UNF, Ortega River Run: Feb. 25, Ortega,

UNF Ospreys vs. Bethune-Cookman Senior Day: UNF Ospreys vs. Women’s Tennis: Feb. 17, UNF Tennis Jacksonville Dolphins Men’s Basketball: Feb. 25, UNF Arena, Complex, UNF Ospreys Baseball vs. Radford:

Jacksonville Dolphins vs. NJIT Men’s Basketball: Feb. 11, Historic Swisher Gym,

Feb. 17-19, UNF,

DONNA Marathon: Feb. 12, Ponte Vedra Beach,

Fletcher Wave of Success 5K Run: Feb. 18, Jacksonville Beach,

Jacksonville Giants vs. Jackson Showboats: Feb. 13, Veterans Memorial Arena,

Monster Jam: Feb. 18-19, EverBank Field,

8K River Day: Feb. 18, Grace Episcopal Day School,

San Pablo Beach Run 5K: Feb. 25, Jacksonville Beach, Angry Tortoise 25/50K: Feb. 26, Cary State Forest, ASUN Men’s Basketball Quarterfinals: Feb. 27, TBD, FEBRUARY 2017 •


Game Day:


Jacksonville Auto Show


DONNA Marathon History

Feb. 17-19

Prime Osborn Convention Center

Each February, thousands of individuals participate in 26.2 with DONNA to honor and celebrate the lives of those living and lost to breast cancer. Behind each participant is a story of love, hope and courage that inspires them to support the mission to finish breast cancer. Although everyone’s story is different, every story is significant. To date, The DONNA Foundation has raised more than $4 million towards its vision to finish breast cancer. DONNA Marathon Weekend has a worldwide reach; runners come in droves from all 50 states and more than 20 countries.

Marathon and Half Marathon Feb. 12 at 7:30 a.m. Start: THE PLAYERS Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach Finish: Mayo Clinic

Finish breast cancer when you run DONNA, one of the fastest, most scenic and well-supported marathon events in Florida. The events start at the Celgene Start Line near THE PLAYERS Parking Lot off ATP Tour Boulevard in Ponte Vedra. Runners will begin along historic coastal A1A and meander through the unique beach communities of Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach. Panoramic views of the intracoastal waterway welcome runners to finish the race at Mayo.

Inaugural Anniversary 10K Feb. 11 at 8 a.m. Prime Osborn Convention Center

New in 2017! To commemorate 10 years closer to the finish, DONNA introduces the Inaugural Anniversary DONNA 10K. To be held Saturday, February 11 in Downtown Jacksonville, this new race promises to be a crowd pleaser with race medals for all finishers.

It’s the perfect place to browse hundreds of the year’s new vehicles! Jacksonville International Auto Show is the premier showcase of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles — cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks and sport utilities. Factory and dealer representatives from the car lines are on hand to answer your questions in a “no pressure” environment at the Auto Show. There are cars to suit every budget and lifestyle at the Auto Show. With the car lines all under one roof, it’s easy to compare prices and features, saving both time and money. So come sit in the cars, pop the hoods, inspect the trunks and kick the tires. The Jacksonville International Auto Show is great entertainment for serious shoppers, auto buffs and the entire family!

Graced by the beautiful St. Johns River, Downtown Jacksonville is truly unique. Starting and finishing at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, the course highlights include Hemming Park, the Jacksonville Landing and EverBank Field.

Donna Deegan Award-winning journalist, philanthropist and marathoner, Donna Deegan is the founder and president of The DONNA Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds to assist breast cancer patients with critical financial needs. The three-time breast cancer survivor formed the organization in 2003 following her second diagnosis of the disease. DONNA is the only marathon in the country dedicated to breast cancer research and care. In addition to the two races listed, the DONNA Marathon Weekend is full of other activities including the DONNA Expo and so much more! For details, visit


Adults: $10 Children (6-12): $5 Children under 6: Free Seniors (65+): $8 Military: $5


10531 Brightman Blvd (904) 328-2002

Topgolf is the premier entertainment and event venue with fun, pointscoring golf games for all skill levels, great music and more! Enjoy signature cocktails or a bevy of beer while swinging your golf clubs in your own golfing bay at Top Golf. Drinks and food here are way above par! 28


Bud Light Party Zone

1 EverBank Field Dr (904) 633-6000

The best spot to enjoy a Jacksonville Jaguars football game is the Bud Light Party Zone. Located in the South End Zone of the stadium, it opens two hours prior to kickoff for all fans. With space for over 3,000 roaring fans in this sportsthemed bar, you can’t help but have fun despite the score.

Time Out Sports Grill

13799 Beach Blvd (904) 223-6999

So many TVs, so little time to catch each game at Time Out Sports Grill. Television sport packages include NFL Ticket, MLB League Pass, NBA Network and Golf Channel, just to name a few. This down-to-earth spot is filled with pool tables, a jukebox, darts, delicious bar bites and more.

Mudville Grille 1301 Monument Rd (904) 722-0008

Since 1994, the Mudville Grille has been Jacksonville’s favorite family sports bar and grill. Gather your gang of friends and watch your favorite sport teams here. With two locations on Monument Road and Beach Boulevard, you have multiple options of great food, great atmosphere and great sports action to enjoy.

ON CAMPUS: Monster Jam 2017


EverBank Field


• Monster Energy driven by Damon Bradshaw

Saturday, Feb. 18 Gates Open: 5 p.m.

• Max-D driven by Neil Elliott

Show Time: 7 p.m. Pit Party: 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

• Time Flys driven by Kelvin Ramer

Sunday, Feb. 19 Gates Open: 12 p.m. Show Time: 2 p.m.

• Wild Flower driven by Rosalee Ramer

Pit Party: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Monster Jam Trucks

Monster Jam is Back


Monster Jam makes its return to the Jacksonville area when the annual motor sports spectacle drives into EverBank Field. Monster Jam is one of Jacksonville’s most popular and largest single day stadium events, attracting capacity crowds of over 65,000 fans. For the first time ever, there will be two shows!

The unsung heroes of a Monster Jam effort can be the technicians who are charged with keeping the trucks in tip-top condition. Like the Monster Jam drivers, they can come from many areas, but a key consideration is experience and education.

Each Monster Jam truck is approximately 10.5 feet tall, 12 feet wide, 17 feet long and weighs 10,000 pounds. A Monster Jam engine will generate 1,500 horsepower, thanks to a blower that forces air and fuel into the engine. The driver’s compartment is a steel safety structure, built from tubing and mounted to the truck frame. The truck bodies are custom-built and constructed of fiberglass. Each truck is transported in specially prepared trailers, which can include spare parts and as many as two trucks.

Truck Drivers

Total Access Pass

• Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon • Bounty Hunter driven by Jim Creten

Saturday Feb. 18 from 5:30 - 9:15 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19 from 12:30 - 4:15 p.m. Avoid the lines, skip the crowds and enjoy VIP access with the Total Access Pass for Monster Jam. A very limited number of tickets are set aside for the biggest Monster Jam fans, so make sure to purchase now! Each Total Access Pass includes: - One event ticket and entry into the Pit Party. - Entry into the VIP Terrace Suite in South Endzone complete with an all you can eat dinner buffet, cash bar, VIP meet and greet with select drivers and excellent indoor/outdoor view of the stadium from the south endzone. Don’t miss out. These will go fast! For ticket information and more, visit

• Scarlet Bandit driven by Dawn Creten • Grave Digger driven by Adam Anderson • Team Hot Wheels driven by Scott Buetow • El Toro Loco driven by Marc McDonald

Monster Jam drivers come from all walks of life, but they are united by the desire to raise the bar on their performances. A Monster Jam driver does more than just drive, he or she is directly connected to the fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures during the Pit Party. There are many paths to becoming a Monster Jam driver. Talent scouts are always on the lookout for those who can do the job and new drivers make the roster every year. A recent innovation is the development of driver training programs.

• Razin Kane driven by Buddy Tompkins

• FS1 Cleatus driven by Colt Stephens

Photo by DeAngelis

• Obsession driven by Eric Swanson and/or Rick Swanson


GAME FACE: Local Athletes of Jacksonville

Sports Director at

Tom Coughlin

Doug Marrone

The first coach in Jaguars history is back with the franchise in a different leadership role, the Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Coughlin returns to a place he won 68 games as the head coach. After leaving Jacksonville, Coughlin won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants.

Marrone is the new head coach of the Jaguars. He becomes the fifth full-time coach in Jaguars history. He was the interim coach for the last two games of the season. Previously, he coached the offensive line. Marrone has also been a head coach for the Buffalo Bills and in college at Syracuse.

Grayson Allen

Jacksonville Armada

The Jacksonville resident has become the talk of college basketball once again, for all the wrong reasons. Allen was called for a trip in a December game and subsequently was suspended one game. Allen is up for player of the year in college basketball but is also one of the most controversial players.

The Armada FC have weathered the storm and will still exist as a franchise in the NASL in 2017. Owner Mark Frisch is trying to sell the team, while the league tries to find stability. There are logistics to be worked out still in terms of where they will play, but for now, this is good news for soccer fans. FEBRUARY 2017 •



Music Locale Feb. 15 YES: THE ALBUM SERIES

Florida Theatre

The Grammy Award winning band YES have sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has spanned more than four decades. They have created much of rock’s history with the iconic hits “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge” and countless others. Many of their albums are certified multi-platinum and double-plantinum.


Florida Theatre

VOCALOSITY is the all-new live concert event from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) that takes acappella to a whole new level! This fast-paced production features an all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brandnew arrangements that set a new standard for 10-part harmony. No genre of music is off limits in the world of acappella – from 10th century chant and classical choral to barber shop quartet and bouncing doo-wop all the way to music from The Beatles, Bruno Mars and more.


Times-Union Center

Tony Bennett is an 19-time Grammy Award winning musician whose music spans over six decades. With worldwide record sales in the millions and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, he is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements includes the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.


Seawalk Pavilion

The Community First Seawalk Music Festival celebrates the rich and diverse local resources with local artists, volunteers and food vendors. This free two-day event is held at the beach at the Seawalk Pavilion located on 1st Street N., just behind Jacksonville Beach City Hall. Hear some of the best up-and-coming talent from the First Coast, and taste and experience the great offerings from local vendors and mobile eateries. Join the fun of this familyfriendly kick-off to summer.


Located in Jacksonville Beach and operating for OVER 50 YEARS, Beach Bowl has been the main attraction center for recreational and competitive bowling in Jacksonville Beach.

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Luke Bryan will be stopping in Jacksonville for his Kill the Lights 2017 Winter Tour with special guest Brett Eldredge. Luke Bryan is an American country music singer and songwriter best known for hits like “Drink a Beer” and “That’s My Kind of Night.” Luke Bryan got his first guitar at 14 and soon began writing and producing his own songs. The Georgia native moved to Nashville after high school to pursue his music career and after a few short years, created his first album with Capitol Records. The album was titled “I’ll Stay Me” and was released in 2007. The album earned him a nomination for Top New Male Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music. His next album, “Doin’ My Thing” came out two years later. Both albums peaked at No. 2 on the country charts with multiple hit singles. From there, his career took off, leading to countless other hit albums and songs like “Tailgates and Tanlines” and “Spring Break…Here to Party.” “Tailgates and Tanlines” had four singles in the Top 5 of the country charts with “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and “Drunk on You” both hitting No. 1. Bryan began his crossover success here as “Spring Break…Here to Party” reached the pop charts in addition to the country charts. In 2013, Bryan won the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year Award and released his fourth studio album, “Crash My Party,” which hit No. 1 on both the country and pop charts. Bryan is constantly touring and recording new music in addition to enjoying time with his wife and sons.


Feb. 25 at Veterans Memorial Arena




Dennis DeYoung and the music of the Styx will be at the Florida Theatre with the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra. This symphonic rock spectacular features Styx founding member, lead singer and songwriter Dennis DeYoung performing “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “The Best of Times,” “Mr. Roboto,” plus many of the band’s classic rock anthems including “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Suite Madame Blue,” and “Rockin The Paradise” with the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra. This new rock band is dedicated to the legacy of the Styx and their 35+ million albums sold. Band members include Suzanne DeYoung, August Zadra, John Blasucci, Jimmy Leahy, Craig Carter and Michael Morales. In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Dennis DeYoung has become one of the most recognized voices in the music world today. He continues to inspire new generations of fans across the globe. From 1970 to 1999, DeYoung was the lead vocalist and keyboardist with Styx and is credited as the writer of more songs than any other Styx member. Styx had eight Billboard Top 10 singles and countless other top hits including several multi-platinum records. Styx was also inducted into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame in 2014. The band’s broadly eclectic sound incorporated elements of classical and hard rock, cementing their legacy in history. Dennis DeYoung will be joined on stage in this special concert by the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra. This 27-piece symphony orchestra can only be seen and heard at the Florida Theatre.


Feb. 26 at the Florida Theatre



MUSIC EVENTS Visit our calendar for more local events.

Sound Bites Open Rehearsal & Luncheon: Feb. 1, GA House, The Coathangers: Feb. 1, Planet Sarbez St. Augustine, Jason Evans Band: Feb. 1, Cheers, Facebook. com/CheersMandarin Arlo Guthrie: Feb. 2, Florida Theatre, Symphony in 60: Revel in Ravel: Feb. 2, Times-Union Center, Jazz Discovery Series presents Christie Dashiell: Feb. 2, Ritz Theatre and Museum, French Connection Coffee: Feb. 3, Times-Union Center, Little Stranger, See Water: Feb. 3, Planet Sarbez St. Augustine, Puttin’ on the Ritz: Feb. 3, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Tom Rush: Feb. 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra: Feb. 4, Times-Union Center, Woody & Sunshine: Feb. 4, Planet Sarbez St. Augustine, Sara Watkins with special guest Liz Longley: Feb. 4, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Grouplove with Swmrs: Feb. 6, Mavericks at the Landing, Gaelic Storm: Feb. 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Isaiah Rashad and guests: Feb. 8, Jack Rabbits, G. Love and Special Sauce: Feb. 9, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Hiss Golden Messenger with Phil Cook: Feb. 9, Jack Rabbits, Michael Franti and Spearhead: Feb. 10, Mavericks at the Landing, Jucifer: Feb. 10, Jack Rabbits, West Side Story: Feb. 11, Jacoby Hall, A War Within: Feb. 11, Nighthawks, The Babes presents Hormonal Imbalance: Feb. 11, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Anders Osborne with the Ghost of Paul Revere: Feb. 11, Mavericks at the Landing, Hale Bopp Astronauts, Adult Life and Strange Friend: Feb. 12, Nighthawks, Tony Orlando: Feb. 12, Florida Theatre, Under the Streetlamp: Feb. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Valentine’s Day Love Show: Feb. 14, Ritz Theatre and Museum, 32


Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes | Florida Theatre | Feb. 19

Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Tour: Feb. 14, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Yes: The Album Series: Feb. 15, Florida Theatre, Andy McKee: Feb. 15, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, The Expendables with RDGLDGRN and Tribal Theory: Feb. 16, Mavericks at the Landing, Sweet Honey in the Rock: Feb. 16, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Snake Blood Remedy: Feb. 16, Planet Sarbez St. Augustine, A Solo, Acoustic Evening with Richard Thompson: Feb. 16, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, TobyMac: Feb. 16, Veterans Memorial Arena, Three Dog Night and America: Feb. 16, Florida Theatre, The Record Company and Jamestown Revival with guests: Feb. 17, Mavericks at the Landing, River City Music Festival with Keith Sweat, K-Ci & JoJo, 112 and Next: Feb. 17, Veterans Memorial Arena, The Paul Thorn Band: Feb. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Lucy Woodward with guests: Feb. 17, Jack Rabbits, Medal Madness with Thunder Jack, Medal Militia, Chemical Warfare and Elite: Feb. 18, Mavericks at the Landing, The Firebird Ballet: Feb. 19, Jacoby Hall, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Feb. 19, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Crossing Rubicon with Lost Elysium and guests: Feb. 19, Jack Rabbits, Joe Bonamassa: Feb. 22, Florida Theatre, Colin Hay: Feb. 22, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Tony Bennett: Feb. 22, Times-Union Center, Southern Culture on the Skids and guests: Feb. 23, Jack Rabbits, Mindi Abair: Feb. 23, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Elizabeth Cook and Dale Watson: Feb. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

Foreigner with Kansas: Feb. 24, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Live on Stage: Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums: Feb. 24, Jack Rabbits, Smooth Mcflea: Feb. 24-25, Cheers, Facebook. com/CheersMandarin Second City’s Guide to the Symphony: Feb. 24, Times-Union Center, Beatlemania Now: Feb. 24, Times-Union Center, St. Pauli and X102.9 present Pepper and Less Than Jake with guests The Attack and The Bunny Gang: Feb. 25, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, The Movement: Feb. 25, Jack Rabbits, Old 97’s with special guests Bottle Rockets: Feb. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Luke Bryan Kill the Lights Tour with Special guests Brett Eldredge: Feb. 25, Veterans Memorial Arena, Second City’s Guide to the Symphony: Feb. 25, Times-Union Center, Agent Orange with The Queers, Guttermouth and The Atom Age live from the Backyard Stage: Feb. 26, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Mindfield: Feb. 26, Nighthawks, Florida Chamber Music Project presents Schumann: Feb. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Expire: Feb. 26, Nighthawks, Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX with the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra: Feb. 26, Florida Theatre, Homewrecker: Feb. 26, Nighthawks, Christian Lopez and guests: Feb. 27, Jack Rabbits, Justin Hayward The Wind of Heaven Tour with guest Mike Dawes: Feb. 27, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue: Feb. 28, Times-Union Center, Amos Lee: Feb. 28, Florida Theatre,


FEEL the BEAT By: Monica Stouder

St. Pauli and X102.9 present Pepper and Less Than Jake with guests The Attack and The Bunny Gang FEB. 25 St. Augustine Amphitheatre


17 King Street (904) 891-0318

Centro is a high-end eatery located in historic St. Augustine fairly close to the Bridge of Lions. The atmosphere is a warm mix of tickled ivories, chef-prepared dishes and fun. Musical piano interludes consistently bridge the gap regarding any lull of conversation. Enjoy gourmet entrees such as grilled octopus with lemon, Florida Grouper in panko and more. The small plates like stuffed dates, herb truffle fries or crab cakes match nicely with the tunes from Centro’s baby grand. With prices running from $7 to $25, these upscale dishes are as tantalizing to the taste buds as the extensive wine list. After 10 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays, Centro transforms from piano bar into a nightclub (Centro After Dark) with a DJ, drink specials and dancing.

CORNER BISTRO WINE BAR 9823-1 Tapestry Park Circle

(904) 619-1931

Every Thursday through Saturday at 9 p.m. sway back and forth in your chair to the musical piano stylings of Matt “Piano Man” Hall at Corner Bistro. Pair up twinkling notes with an amazing wine list or $5 Martinis on Ladies Night, or simply enjoy the soothing sounds with menu items such as Lemon Caper Beurre Blanc Salmon, Lamb in balsamic mint glaze, Veal Milanese or Gamberi Fra Diavola (spicy jumbo shrimp and pasta). Located in Tapestry Park in the Southside area, Corner Bistro is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. a brunch is served until 3 p.m. consisting of quiches, blueberry lemon pancakes, Bistro Filet with scrambled eggs, omelets, crepes and so much more.

St. Pauli and X102.9 present Pepper and Less Than Jake in an alternative pop and ska punk extravaganza live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, February 25. “It’s the hardest thing we’ve ever done as a band to make this record,” says guitarist/vocalist Kaleo Wassman of Pepper, in speaking on the recording process of their new self-titled album. “It speaks loudly and widely to a broader audience while maintaining everything good about the band, which, first of all, is our positive attitude.” After releasing five albums, Pepper has opened a new chapter in their storied career which began in 1997 when the trio moved to the mainland from their hometown of Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Pepper has toured extensively with groups like 311, Slightly Stoopid, Flogging Molly and Sublime With Rome, and spent several summers on Warped Tour. The band’s music – both live and on their releases – is really about enjoying life and being grateful for each experience. Pepper embodies not only a style of music but a lifestyle, one that’s most easily found on beaches across the world, but also one that’s relatable to anyone anywhere. Formed in 1992, Less Than Jake is a ska punk band from Gainesville, Florida. Less Than Jake released their debut album, “Pezcore,” in 1995, following a series of independent seven-inch single releases. The band’s subsequent two studio albums, “Losing Streak” and “Hello Rockview,” were released on Capitol Records and the band’s fifth studio album, “Anthem” was the group’s most commercially successful to date, featuring the singles, “She’s Gonna Break Soon” and “The Science of Selling Yourself Short.” In 2008, Less Than Jake founded their own label, Sleep It Off Records and released its seventh full-length album, “GNV FLA.” After more than two decades together, Less Than Jake is embracing a total back to basics approach. Drummer Vinnie Fiorello recalls, “We started out very internal and nowadays we handle a lot internally again.” FEBRUARY 2017 •



Nightlife Picks

Feb. 3


Feb. 8-9

Times-Union Center


Florida Theatre

Don’t miss the Center Stage Comedy tour! Arnez J is dubbed “the black Jerry Lewis.” John Witherspoon is best known for his role in the “Friday” movie trilogy. Tommy Davidson is multifaceted and best known for “In Living Color,” and Sommore reigns as the undisputed “Queen of Comedy.”

Feb. 14

Feb. 25

The Comedy Zone

Thrasher-Horne Center


The romantic dinner and show includes dinner at GiGi’s for a prime rib and crab leg dinner buffet, glass of champagne with dinner, and comedy show with nationally touring headliner Valarie Storm. You can also upgrade to Overnight Sweetheart.

Emmy–nominated comedian Dave Chappelle is one of the biggest names in stand-up comedy. His weekly sketch comedy show on Comedy Central, “The Dave Chappelle Show,” made him a household name.


The Emmy Award winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities from the “Carol Burnett Show.” In 2001, Lawrence decided to dust off Mama and start touring.










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Capturing the Essences of Food

An interview with Monica Stouder, resident BUZZ food photographer and writer. BUZZ: Where do you work? Monica Stouder: I own Monica Lea Imagery, just voted one of the top 15 real estate photographers in Jacksonville by Expertise. com. We provide food, commercial, product, drone, real estate and 3D photography. BUZZ: When did you start your business? MS: I have been shooting photography for a long time, but started Monica Lea Imagery in 2012. BUZZ: What do you love most about Jacksonville? MS: The people here are such a great melting pot of personality and culture. BUZZ: How are you involved in the Jacksonville community? MS: I am a board member for the Women’s Food Alliance (WFA). We are a food and hospitality networking group that meets monthly to provide members with educational events and business-related seminars. BUZZ: What business goals are you still working toward? MS: We have a large real estate client base and are working to add home staging services to that pillar for a full circle, one-stop-shop for the new listing market. Additionally, I am creating a food photography curriculum and class so that others can learn how to photograph cuisine in the best light. Great for hobbyists and bloggers! BUZZ: Who was the biggest influence in your career? MS: Shawn O’Neill, owner of Jacksonville Expert Home Advisors, influenced me to think bigger, really be goal-minded and to work what is on my calendar to maintain a clear vision of my day. His words of wisdom truly have influenced a lot of our practices and thus added to the increase in our business volume. Can’t thank him enough! BUZZ: What advice would you give to someone thinking of getting into this business? MS: Be sure to be really in tune with your clients. Having open and real conversations prior to your photo sessions alleviate any disconnection on the finished product. BUZZ: Why do you like to take pictures? MS: I love that my superpower is freezing time!

BUZZ: What is your favorite thing to take pictures of? MS: My favorite things to shoot are sunsets. I love vibrant colors – and Jax sunsets are amazing! BUZZ: Why do you like to write? MS: Writing lets me express how I feel about a food item or product in a public forum. BUZZ: What is your favorite thing to write about? MS: I love writing about food because the precursor is usually a great meal! BUZZ: What do you love most about Jacksonville’s cuisine options? MS: That over the last five years, Jax has become so diverse in its food options. You can find so much more than just great BBQ here now; Ramen shops, incredible Italian, authentic Mediterranean…you can get it all here in Jax! BUZZ: What’s your favorite restaurant in town? MS: It’s so difficult to pinpoint just one, but for an amazingly eclectic Southern experience when dining, I am loving Gilbert’s Social right now! BUZZ: Do you have any crazy cuisine experiences? MS: When shooting for the TV show, “Beat Bobby Flay” for Food Network, the chef with whom I was photographing sent me home with every single dish he prepared for the 1,000-photo shoot. I went home with about seven bags full of items from the menu! BUZZ: What are the first things you look for when you go to a new restaurant? MS: Cleanliness, friendly staff, creativity on menu, house-made items, local ownership then pricing. BUZZ: What do you want people to know about you? MS: I love what I do – all of it. Whether it be reviewing a restaurant, writing a food column or shooting real estate, my passion is relegated to doing what works for our clients and for my incredible family.

Bite by Bite with Local Chefs continued

Chef Ian Fleischmann of Il Desco

How did you receive your training to become a chef? I started off in the kitchen as my first job at a Japanese restaurant and stayed with them for five years. I actually worked for two Japanese restaurants. Then I went to culinary school here in Jacksonville at the Art Institute. Then did two years of stages (internships) in San Francisco and New York, at 3 & 2 Michelin star restaurants, respectively. I broke into the regular job market after that. What cuisines influence your style of cooking? A lot of northeastern Asian, namely Japanese and Korean. I grew up working around all these people, so it had a big impact. What is your favorite kitchen tool? A spoon. You can do everything with a spoon. I actually don’t like using tongs or tweezers because they pinch the food. You can flip things over and baste things with a spoon. What’s your favorite dish on the menu? That would be an appetizer we have, a braised veal tongue topped off with a mostarda (whole mustard seeds and seasonal fruit with spices). FEBRUARY 2017 •


Catchin' a BUZZ Interview by Monica Stouder


Pusser’s Painkiller

INGREDIENTS 1 oz. cream of coconut 1oz. fresh orange juice 4 oz. pineapple juice


Pusser’s Bar and Grille

What inspired the unusual name?

What is your best-selling drink?

The “Pusser” was the person who gave out the daily ration of rum to the British Royal Navy.

Our bestseller is the Pusser’s Painkiller. Its purchased as a level 2 for $7, level 3 for $8 or a 4-alcohol level for $9.

What is unique about your bar area?

When customers are having a good time at your business what are they doing?

Our bar area is constructed to look like the inside of a ship.

2-4 oz. of Pusser’s Rum

When is Happy Hour?

To finish, top with fresh grated nutmeg, an orange slice and a cherry

Monday through Friday 3 to 7 p.m.

What does your staff enjoy the most about working here?

What kind of weekly drink specials do you all offer? Half off drafts, half off house wings and $3.50 well drinks. Do you all have music or any kind of events?

Pusser’s Bar and Grille

816 Highway A1A North, Ponte Vedra (904) 280-7766 •

We have live music Wednesday through Saturday. Do you serve any local liquors or brews? We have several of the local brewery’s items in stock.

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS Arlo Guthrie: Feb. 2, Florida Theatre, Henry Cho: Feb. 2-4, The Comedy Zone, Tom Rush: Feb. 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Center Stage Comedy Tour: Feb. 3, Times-Union Center, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man: Feb. 4, Times-Union Center, Sara Watkins with special guest Liz Longley: Feb. 4, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Burrito Gallery Happy Hour: Feb. 5, The Elbow, Hourglass Pub: Southern Fried Sunday - Music & Potluck: Feb. 5, The Elbow, Wine Wednesdays in the River City Brew House: Feb. 8, River City Brewing Company, Gaelic Storm: Feb. 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Valarie Storm: Feb. 9-11, The Comedy Zone, G. Love and Special Sauce: Feb. 9, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Hourglass Pub: Mad Cowford Improv: Feb. 10, The Elbow, 36


Mostly enjoying the outside patio and upper deck.

The Players Championship (TPC) in May! What do you want more people to know about your business? We just want our customers to know that Pusser’s is a fun and casual place to be. Additionally, because we have many daily specials, we want to encourage customers to “Like” our Facebook page so that you can see what specials are going on each day.

Visit our calendar for more local events.

The Babes present Hormonal Imbalance: Feb. 11, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Tony Orlando: Feb. 12, Florida Theatre, Under the Streetlamp: Feb. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Dos Gatos: Rock n’ Roll Karaoke: Feb. 13, The Elbow, Spliff’s Funky Mondays: Feb. 13, The Elbow, Valentine’s Day Love Show: Feb. 14, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Valentine’s Dinner and Show: Feb. 14, The Comedy Zone, Hourglass Pub Game Night: Feb. 14, The Elbow, Yes: The Album Series: Feb. 15, Florida Theatre, Jimmie “J.J.” Walker: Feb. 16-18, The Comedy Zone, Three Dog Night and America: Feb. 16, Florida Theatre, Mark’s Jax Fresh Fridays: Feb. 17, The Elbow, Element Bistro Happy Hour: Feb. 17, The Elbow, WellRED Comedy Tour: Feb. 18, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

A-Train Live The Experience: Ambrose Jones Feb. 24 | Ritz Theatre and Museum|

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Feb. 19, Florida Theatre, Mark’s Jax Happy Hour: Feb. 20, The Elbow, Joe Bonamassa: Feb. 22, Florida Theatre, Mindi Abair: Feb. 23, Florida Theatre, Christopher TitusBorn with A Defect: Feb. 25, Times-Union, A-Train Live The Experience: Ambrose Jones: Feb. 24, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Masters of Illusion - Believe the Impossible: Feb. 24, Florida Theatre, Rickey Smiley and Friends: Feb. 24, Florida Theatre,

Riverside Craft Beer Fest: Feb. 25, Riverside, Dos Gatos: DJ NickFRESH at 10 p.m.: Feb. 25, The Elbow, Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show: Feb. 25, ThrasherHorne Center, Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX with the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra: Feb. 26, Florida Theatre, Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue: Feb. 28, Times-Union Center, Amos Lee: Feb. 28, Florida Theatre, Spliff’s Open Mic Comedy: Feb. 28, The Elbow,


By Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone


Written by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

ARIES (March 21- April 19) It seems being lazy this month may actually work out for your relationship status. Be slow to respond to text and phone calls. Makes you seem like you don’t care, because you probably really don’t. The early bird may get the worm, but the tortoise beat the hare, right? TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) According to the paper this morning, “You’re about to break out of your emotional shell and turn into a sexual fiend.” Well Taurus, looks like a fun month. If this is true, then I’ll ensure I’m out every day possible. Look me up!

Riverside Craft Beer Fest

Get ready, Jacksonville! The area’s first large-scale beer fest of the year is coming your way Saturday, February 25. Here’s the what, where, when, who, how and why. It’s a big party along the river for a good cause that you won’t want to miss! What is it? Fourth Annual Riverside Craft Beer Fest presented by Rotary Club of Riverside. Where is it? Under the Fuller Warren Bridge at the home of the Riverside Arts Market. When is it? February 25. An early VIP entry starts at 3 p.m., with General Admission at 4 p.m. The fest runs until 7 p.m. Who is putting this together and who will benefit? The Rotary Club of Riverside once again presents the fourth edition of the fest. Proceeds benefit Community Peds Care (a division of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida) and the Riverside Rotary Foundation. Community Peds Care, a program for children with life-threatening medical conditions, provides support for the kids and their families. The Riverside Rotary Foundation disburses funds to several various charitable organizations around the Jacksonville area, including schools, military service personnel and other causes. Roughly 4,000 people have attended each of the past Riverside Craft Beer Fests! Last year, Rotary Club of Riverside presented a check for $75,000 to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida following the event. How do I get tickets? Get your tickets online at Advanced online General Admission tickets (4 p.m. entry) are $36 for unlimited beer sampling in the main area. If you wait until the day of the fest, General Admission is $40. The VIP ticket ($50 online purchase) not only gets you access at 3 p.m., it also includes a special selection of rare and limited beers. You must be at least 21 years of age for beer sampling. If you’re a Dedicated Driver, you get in free (no beer for you, but your friends will thank you for it). Why do I want to go? Really? It’s beer, for one thing! You’ll enjoy unlimited tastings of over 100 different beers from local area breweries, Florida breweries, and regional and national breweries, including many that you may not have tasted before or that have not been available in the Jax area. You’ll be able to satisfy your munchies right there on site from the 12 food trucks which will have a variety of eats and treats available to purchase. What about music? Grandpa’s Cough Medicine will take the stage from 3-7 p.m. and that’ll get your feet stompin’. Don’t forget the charities: your ticket purchase will help out the local charities mentioned above and, who knows, maybe that check will grow this year.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) Your online profile should be “Do not disturb.” Not that you’re crabby and don’t want to be talked to, but more like “don’t bother me because I am busy with my new mate!” Things could get steamy with new love affairs this month for you Gemini. CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Every month someone is left out of all the fun and it seems to be your turn. Maybe February and Valentine’s Day just isn’t your thing (good, you can save the money). You can’t win them all and you are definitely not winning over any hearts this month. LEO (July 23 – August 22) Casual intentions? If you have access to it, now’s a great time to indulge in a little - safely of course, unless you’re an idiot. And why now you ask? Does it really matter? Just trust in ye ol’ mighty future teller and go have fun. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) You’re ready to get back in the game. Put on something hot, update your profile (still use the pictures from your younger years though) and hit up the local scene. Show everyone what you’re made of. Hopefully your clothes from those younger years still fit. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) Start out each evening this month with this in mind: everyone has an equal chance with you. Now, not everyone wants a chance (actually most don’t), but they all have an equal one. Not inspiring exactly, but it’s honest. And don’t most people still want honesty? SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) Things are looking good for you this month Scorpio. Venus is in Capricorn, your third house for let’s go strum up some fun. That means you need to go out on the town and live it up. It’s time for you to get noticed and you can’t do that staying at home. Yeah, your cats don’t count. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) For most of the month, Jupiter is in retrograde in your seventh house of partnerships. If I knew what that meant for you, it would be really helpful. I am guessing it’s good and you will be settling down with a mate this month. Is that what you wanted to hear? Then go make it happen and you’re welcome. CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) Things confusing to others just make sense to you this month. So, the person you are currently dating, who looks just like your ex, but you disagree he or she doesn’t. Yeah, don’t listen to others. It just makes sense to you. A totally different person. Sure. Lying to yourself is fun. AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) The online horoscope I just read stated, “be prepared with deodorant so your walk-of-shame isn’t as traumatic.” Good advice on one-night stands, but bad advice on the deodorant. It is called a walk-of-shame for a reason. PISCES (February 19 – March 20) Friends become lovers and lovers become friends. In your case, you have neither. So, be happy with yourself because it’s all you got.





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HAPPY HOUR 7-9 A.M. 1/2 PRICED SMOOTHIES MONDAY-FRIDAY 1808 Hendricks Ave. | 2245 - 114 County Rd. 210 W. 7159 Philips Hwy #5 | 8221 Southside Blvd. Ste 11 9610 Applecross Rd. #110 | 124 Tuscan Way #101 266 Blanding Blvd. #3 | 1782 Blanding Blvd. #11 Yulee 463909 SR 200, Ste 6 | River City Marketplace 250 Palm Coast Pwky NE Ste #203 Not valid with any other offer or coupon.Exp2/28/17

$100 GUTTER INSTALL Not valid with any other offer or coupon Exp2/28/17



$100 OFF ATTIC INSULATION Not valid with any other offer or coupon. Exp 2/28/17

2 MONTHS FREE MONITORING ASK FOR AJ HALL Not valid with any other offer or coupon. Exp 2/28/17 If you sign-up during that free week, you get the whole first month (30-days) for $75. Also, a free personal training session if they’re interested in that instead of the classes. Exp 2/28/17

$2500 FLAT-FEE

CHILD CUSTODY CASES Tyson and Denson PLLC (904) 330-0289 Exp 2/28/17





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