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THE CITY MAGAZINE of SAINT AUGUSTINE .

JUNE JULY 2017

TASTE TRAVEL FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR SUP YOGA EAT LOCAL GUIDE EVENTS CALENDAR BMX FACTOR STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.COM

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SAVORY SUMMER

From Peru to Poland, experience the delicious beauty of new cultures and countries through the authentic flavor of St. Augustine's international restaurants.


HELLO TASTE TRAVEL

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hat is it with the human condition that traps us in habits we can't seem to break? I'm not talking about bad habits, I'm just talking about the ones that chain us to monotonous schedules, repetitive activites and prevent us from experiencing life – especially here in St. Augustine – at the fullest potential possible. Things like shopping at the same stores, ordering the same entree at your favorite restaurant everytime you dine out, never trying that new food truck that just popped up on your Instagram feed, or worse, never stopping at that cool looking British Pub on U.S. 1 you've driven past for 15 years.

Do you think our lives would feel more enriched if we tried something new each week? Met a new person, tried a new activity, ate at a new restaurant, made it a mission to explore undiscovered places in our town? I can't answer for you, but from my personal experience creating an issue where we made it our job to try new things and meet new people, it's a resounding YES for me.

SUP Yoga could very well be the best type of yoga, especially for us Floridians. Sunshine, saltwater, and serenity inducing yoga flow? It really is as awesome as it sounds. Here Jessica gives us a basic paddleboarding instruction before we launch our boards. Pictured below from left to right: Me, Jessica Amendola, and Molly Wilson

Our new column "We Tried It" on page 24 allows us to do the things we've all been saying "I've always wanted to do that!" and report on our experience, and our incredibly creative feature story "Taste Your Way Around the World in St. Augustine" on page 90 lets us taste travel around the world at over 16 international restaurants in St. Augustine so you can map our your local passport to staycation foodie adventures this summer.

Photos by Rob Futrell and Brian Miller

You know the one I'm talking about.

Please go and do that and everything else we've curated for you here. I can tell you the bones of this issue are no different than ones in the past, but the spirit is unequivocally unique. This summer, imagine yourself the editor of a city magazine tasked with discovering the undiscovered.....go outside and play, look up from your phones and talk to a stranger and you won't need the sunshine to warm your heart.

-Heather Vreeland

"I carried a lightstand." On location with Rob Futrell at the BMX track for our story on page 74.

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Traveling the world doesn't always require a passport. Take your tastebuds on a journey and experience something new in the Ancient City.

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ur roundup of authentic international food in St. Augustine turned out to be more of an overwhelming task than we expected. There are quite a few incredible international restaurants in the area (traveling the Oldest City culinary world ought to require a passport) and narrowing them down was only the first step. We coordinated more photo shoots and ate more exotic food than we ever thought possible. But the results are stunning. Chef Marcel Vizcarra is clearly passionate not only about the beauty and quality of his food, but about his own Peruvian heritage. Llama Restaurant, newly opened on Anastasia Blvd, embodies the traditions of the owner’s birthplace and at the same time incorporates the local custom. For us, Llama’s food was the meeting of our city and the fascinating flavor of another country.

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Danielle Theed of Debbie's Day Spa & Salon lets you in on her secrets to a beautiful and relaxing lifestyle.

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The annual list is back! Find out which of your favorite spas, boutiques, and professionals are loved around the city.

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TRENDSETTER

The St. Augustine Social team is out on the water with SUP Yoga Center, trying our hand at paddleboard yoga.

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Kelly Youngs is the powerhouse behind She is Fierce. Through her organization, she is helping women get ahead.

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Don't feel stuck when it comes to Father's Day. These local retailers have plenty of sure-fire gifts for the men in your life.

LINE OF DUTY

Meet 2016's Firefighter of the Year, Brian Freeland. The young hero shares his path to a dangerous career of saving lives.

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FOOD PASSPORT

Travel the world without leaving the city! Explore the best restaurants to get authentic international cuisine.

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TALE OF TWO

The chefs of Terra & Acqua and Prohibition Kitchen share their takes on a nautical delicacy – lobster.

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Michael says it was important to him during that time to understand what the city’s culinary landscape might be lacking. Interestingly enough he felt, although overflowing with architectural and historic remnants of its Spanish heritage, St. Augustine was in need of a restaurant that captured that same charm.

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CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA Plaza de la Constitución Thursdays, June 1-August 31

Living

Grab your favorite lawn chair and settle in, because your Thursday nights are booked until September! Now in its 27th season, one of St. Augustine’s favorite summer-long music series is back to get toes tapping in the Plaza. Concerts in the Plaza offers a venue for the area’s best musical entertainment – from virtuosos of jazz to bluegrass and beyond – to serenade the community. The fun will kick off June 1 with the bluegrass tunes of the Driftwoods, meander through performances like the swinging jazz of the Big Pineapple and The Raisin Cake Orchestra, and finish out strong with Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards, kings of Americana. Each week there will be music for everyone, so check the schedule for your favorites or make your way to the Plaza to experience something new. The concerts are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread out on the grass and more comfortably enjoy the music. Picnic dinners are allowed, but alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Visit their website for a full concert schedule.

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Calendar of Events

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MUSIC IN THE PARK Anastasia State Park Select Saturdays, May-September Friends of the Anastasia State Park are set to host a number of local musicians at the Island Beach Grill at the end of the park. Bask in the summer sunshine with the sounds of the ocean and a cool breeze mingling with the songs of local talent. The concert is free with admission to the park. Park admission is $8 per vehicle. A full concert schedule can be found online. www.floridastateparks.org/park/anastasia

PAUL SIMON St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 1, 7:30pm Paul Simon’s career is as distinguished as they come. He is the recipient of 12 Grammy awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame (both as a duo in Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist). Seeing him perform is

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Limelight Theatre June 1-25 When The Nance first premiered on Broadway, the uproarious, vivacious comedy starred the legendary Nathan Lane and won three Tony Awards. The story follows Chauncey Miles who leave upstate New York to explore his sexuality and find a new life. In the Big Apple, he joins an effervescent burlesque show as a bit performer and, naturally, many hijinks ensue. Tickets can be purchased via the website.

11 Old Mission Avenue • www.limelight-theatre.org

MOVIES BY THE BAY

Colonial Oak Music Park Wednesdays, June 7-August 9

Gather your little ones for a summertime tradition and enjoy Ripley Entertainment’s family-friendly movie series. This year, Ripley’s is partnering with the Colonial Quarter, so bring your favorite blankets and lawn chairs for a night under the starlight-dusted oak trees. Ripley’s Red Train offers complimentary shuttles to St. George Street. The movies are free of charge.

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MUSIC BY THE SEA CONCERT SERIES St. Augustine Beach Pier June & July Enjoy the 15th season of the annual Music by the Sea concert series, every Wednesday from 6-9pm. Each week features different musical entertainment along with a local restaurant pairing. Concert guests are welcome to bring a cooler, lawn chair, and blankets. Dogs are permited and welcome but must be on a leash. Due to limited parking at Pier Park, attendees are encouraged to ride the Trolley, which runs continuously from City Hall. The first trolley runs at 5:45pm and the last trolley leaves at 9:45pm. Food service begins and 6pm and music begins at 7pm.

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watching a legend. Tickets start at $54. www.staugamphitheatre.com

BECK 5K PRESENTS CAPES AND CAKES Riverfront Park, Palatka June 3, 8am A beautiful course with enviable views of the St. Johns County River, the Beck 5K is an annual race to benefit The Arc of Putnam County. The Arc of Putnam County provides services to enable intellectually and developmentally disabled citizens to achieve their full potential and enrich the surrounding community. Race day registration is $35. www.racesmith.com/races/Beck5K

REEL BIG FISH “THE BEER RUN” St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 12, 6pm Southern California ska-punk band, Reel Big Fish, will host “The Beer Run” – a day of ska, craft beer and fun featuring special guests The Expendables, The Queers, and Tunnel Vision and activities hosted by St. Augustine local brewery, Ancient City Brewing! Tickets are $35. www.staugamphitheatre.com

X102.9 PRESENTS DIRTY HEADS AND SOJA WITH THE GREEN AND RDGLDGRN St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 10, 6:30pm For more than two decades, the Dirty Heads made a name for themselves with an eclectic style that traversed genres and defied expectation. Throughout that time, they were chiseling away at their music, trying to perfect their sound. Now they’ve come into their own – a seamless blend of reggae, hip hop, and acoustic. Tickets start at $34. www.staugamphitheatre.com

ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine June 15-17, 22-24, 7:30pm

Hearing intricate and captivating classical music waft through the evening air has quickly become a summer tradition thanks to the St. Augustine Music Festival. The free concert series will feature virtuoso violinists, pianists, and trios from all over the world giving their gift of music to the Ancient City. Space is limited and seating is first come, first served.

www.staugustinemusicfestival.org

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JUNE 28 Jax English Salsa Band JULY 5 Chillula

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JULY 12 Billy Buchanan & His Rock 'n Soul Revue JULY 19 Grapes of Roth JULY 26 Amy Alysia & Soul Operation

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PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL Catch a show at the concert hall just a short scenic drive up A1A.

BRIDGE OF LIONS 5K Castillo de San Marcos June 15, 7:30am What better running view could you ask for than the 33rd Annual Bridge of Lions 5K route? Starting at Castillo de San Marcos and winding through downtown, the race will cross the bridge and make its way through the Davis Shores community before ending at Oglethorpe Park on Anastasia Island. Race day registration is $35. www.bridgeoflions5k.com

THE GIPSY KINGS FEATURING NICOLAS REYES AND TONINO BALIARDO FUTURE ISLANDS WITH GUESTS ZACH MEXICO June 2, 8pm

St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 15, 7pm Melding deep-heated flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop to the tune of 20 million albums sold, the Grammy Award-winning hit-makers behind “Bamboléo” celebrate in their very own, blistering tradition – taking audiences back to the south of France with flamenco guitars and booming Spanish vocals. Tickets begin at $39. www.staugamphitheatre.com

their own Stoopid Records label. These California natives are bringing their wholly individual sound to the Sunshine State with the “Sounds of Summer” tour. Tickets begin at $42. www.staugamphitheatre.com

8TH ANNUAL BIG BANG 5K AND FUN RUN Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra Beach June 24, 8am The fast flat 5K along the golf course and homes of Ponte Vedra Beach is back by popular demand! Early registration is $20 and ends on June 16. All early registrants receive a free t-shirt. After June 16, registration is $25 and race day registration is $30. www.bigbang5k.itsyourrace.com

19TH ANNUAL CRESCENT BEACH CHALLENGE ZOSO, THE ULTIMATE LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE June 8, 8pm

Marineland Dolphin Adventure June 17, 7:30am-12pm This high-energy, family-organized fundraiser supports those affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other bloodrelated cancers. The challenge features 1K and 5K runs, several ocean events including swimming, kayaking, and surfing, two combined “Kahuna” events, and a fourperson surfboard relay. Registration is a $30 donation per person and includes a t-shirt. www.marineland.net

VETTES AT THE VILLAGE APEX THEATRE PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE 80S DANCE PARTY June 10, 8pm

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DAVE MASON'S "ALONE TOGETHER AGAIN" TOUR June 16, 8pm

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO BAND June 27, 8pm

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World Golf Village June 17, 10am Just in time for Father’s Day, this annual Corvette show at World Golf Village features more than 100 new, classic, and custom Corvettes on display along the Walk of Champions. There will be an award ceremony featuring Best of Show and People’s Choice awards. The event is free and open to the public. www.nfca.net

SLIGHTLY STOOPID WITH IRATION, J BOOG, AND THE MOVEMENT St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 22, 4:30pm Known for their fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, punk, funk and D.I.Y. work ethic, Slightly Stoopid has currently sold over 900,000 records on

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TALK SERIES The Treasury on the Plaza Every Wednesday in June 5pm - 8pm Join She is Fierce every Wednesday in June for networking, cocktails & inspiring talks from fierce women. Tickets start at $20. www.sheisfiercehq.com MAY 31st SABEEN PERWAIZ JUNE 7th LISA BRENNINKMEYER JUNE 14th KRISTIN KEEN JUNE 21st SHANNON MILLER JUNE 28th MELANIE LAWSON


SUMMER CAMPS

JOHN MELLENCAMP WITH EMMYLOU HARRIS

Get the little ones out of the house this summer and exploring the city, the beach, even the theatre. There's something for everyone!

St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 24, 7pm

Over the past more than 35 years, John Mellencamp has blossomed from pop star to singer/songwriter legend, Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy winner, and receiver of dozens of other awards. His music defines heartland rock, with a special emphasis on traditional instrumentation. Tickets start at $64.50

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LIMELIGHT THEATRE June - August

With something for kids from kindergarten through high school, kids will love being involved in both theater playtime and full productions. Let them release their inner performer through the Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Despicable Me, and even on-stage improv! www.limelight-theatre.org

PIT SURF SHOP May 30-August 1

Surf camp is an amazing experience for boys and girls of all experience levels and it's pretty guaranteed you'll have a great time. They provide surfboards, snacks, and drinks and you get a Pit t-shirt at the beginning of the week! Ride the waves into summer fun. www.thepitsurfshop.com

SURF STATION

May 22-August 17

Start the summer off right by sending your kids to surf school! Surf Station's Surf Camp is back for another year of shredding on the waves, games on the beach, and more with well-trained instructors who are always a blast. www.surfstationsurfschool.com

INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS World Golf Village July 3, 6pm

Enjoy World Golf Village's annual community fireworks the day before Independence Day. The Museum CafĂŠ will be open from 6-9pm with live music on the patio!

St. Augustine Bayfront July 4, 6pm

The All Star Orchestra will perform at 6pm until 8pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm. Extra parking will be available at Francis Field.

THE ALLIGATOR FARM June 5-August 4

Let the kids explore and discover the wonders of the animal kingdom! Expand their knowledge of the world around us with everything from learning about snakes to exploring invasive species to trying your hand at being a junior zookeeper. www.alligatorfarm.com/zoo-camps

ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION June 5-30

Experience the power of art with camps designed for lovers of every kind of art. Paint with neon like the artists of the 60s, imagine deep space on a canvas, fashion the instruments of jungles, and create your big ideas! www.staaa.org/youthprograms

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For The Kids! Music for Minis

Limelight Theatre Every Monday and Friday, 10:30am, 11:45am Music for Minis is a music class for babies and children up to 5 years old including songs, dancing, instruments, manipulatives, ASL and more! The cost is $10 per child. For more information and announcements "like" their facebook page at the link below. 11 Old Mission Avenue www.facebook.com/ musicmastersstudios

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Toddler Story Time

ANCIENT CITY GAMEFISH CHALLENGE Comachee Cove Yacht Harbor July, 6-9

This exciting three day tournament is back in the Oldest City with a vengeance. Kids can compete in the Junior Kingfish Challenge on July 6 and adults compete for prizes up to $40,000 for the rest of the weekend. Along with the riveting competition will be local vendors, music, and raffles. It’ll be fun for everyone whether you have your fishing gear out or not.

www.acgfa.com MUSIC IN THE BOX: ALLIE KELLY Limelight Theatre June 25, 6-9pm The Music in the Box is a concert series that features local musicians from 6-9pm on the last Sunday of each month in the KogerGamache Studio Theatre. Allie Kelly is the headlining act and Ella Romaine will open. www.limelight-theatre.org

KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK World Golf Hall of Fame June 27-July 2 Take part in the exciting KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Week at the World Golf Hall of Fame featuring past champions, a unique scavenger hunt, special photo opportunities with the trophy and various

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artifacts, and a chance to watch the Championship broadcast throughout the museum. www.worldgolfhalloffame.com

DANCING STARS OF ST. JOHNS COUNTY Flagler College Lewis Auditorium July 8, 7pm The St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts (SACSPA) will be hosting the annual “Dancing Stars of St. Johns County” at Lewis Auditorium. Numerous local “celebrities” will be paired with professional dance instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Each couple will perform for two awards in front of an audience and panel of local celebrity judges. Tickets are $20. www.dancingstarsofsjc.com

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St. Johns County Public Library, Main Branch Every Thursday, 11am, 11:30am Let your littles explore the library and be captivated by creative storytelling. Toddler storytime is held in the large meeting room at Main Library. Join Mr. Andy and Mrs. Marcia for singing, dancing and great stories. Toddler storytime is aimed at children ages 1-3, but all are welcome to come and join in the fun. www.sjcpls.org 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd.

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Ancient City Martial Arts at Palencia Wednesdays 9:15am-11:15am Bring your boys and girls for play time and exercise in a safe environment at Ancient City martial Arts at Palencia. Obstacles, slides and toys galore! $5 per child. (904) 806-3128 7440 US Highway 1 North Suite 104

Toddler Jump Time

Rebounderz of Jacksonville Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am A special time where Rebounderz opens for only the littles (children ages 5 and under). Not available during summer break. $8 per child. www.rebounderzjacksonville.com 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville


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REGULAR EVENTS Market at the Pier

St. Augustine Beach Pier Every Wednesday Shop and support local vendors every Wednesday at St. Augustine Beach, featuring baked goods, hand-made gifts, jewelry and home décor. The market hosts anywhere from 60 to 80 vendors each week and is open from 8am to 12:30pm every Wednesday, rain or shine. www.thecivicassociation.org

First Friday Art Walk

REBELUTION "GOOD VIBES SUMMER TOUR 2017" St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 30, 5:20pm

Roots reggae heroes Rebelution are back in the Ancient City with their signature California sound. From the time they came together in 2004, their music has been full of positive vibes, bounding island melodies, and inspiring reggae beats. This tour will feature special guests Nahko and Medicine for the People, Collie Buddz, Hirie and guest DJ Mackle. Day-of admission is $40.

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St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 21, 6:30pm There’s hardly anything more insane than the pit at a Slayer concert. Add in the ferociousness of Lamb of God and Behemoth and night to be remembered is sure to be delivered. For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. Tickets start at $44. www.staugamphitheatre.com

Limelight Theatre July 21-August 20 This one act musical takes place in the geographically ambiguous Putnam County where six quirky middle schoolers are competing for the top prize in the spelling bee. The bee is hosted by three equally quirky adults and don’t think your experience will be anything less than an uproarious flashback to the bizarre drama of adolescence. www.limelight-theatre.org

JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT WITH GUEST STRAND OF OAKS St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 22, 6pm Dubbed “the King of Americana,” Jason Isbell has made a name for himself in the genre both as part of the Drive-By Truckers and as a solo act. He has now reemerged with his band, the 400 Unit, to continue celebrating his Alabama roots through intricate instrumentation and a distinct twang. Tickets start at $35. www.staugamphitheatre.com

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Downtown St. Augustine First Friday of the Month Kick off the weekend on the first Friday of every month, from 5pm to 9pm, for a tour of the latest exhibits, music and entertainment at more than 20 participating galleries in downtown St. Augustine. Jump on board one of Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains or Old Town Trolleys for a complimentary shuttle service to a majority of the galleries. Shuttles run every 30 minutes for convenience. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org

Old City Farmers Market

St. Augustine Amphitheatre Every Saturday Visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. The farmers market is always a lot of fun for the whole family with live entertainment and much more. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, Admission is Free. www.staugustinefm.com

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We Tried It

SUP YOGA Out on the water and in the gorgeous sunshine, the St. Augustine Social team experiences yoga – taken to the next level. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller

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et me preface this new column by telling you that I’ve never paddleboarded before. I’ve always wanted to, but it’s never something that I’ve gotten around to. So when Heather suggested in the office one afternoon that our first instillation of the “We Tried It” column be SUP Yoga, I was at best, well, apprehensive. I’ve taken yoga off and on for years, but the prospect of practicing it on a paddleboard on the water was a whole new proverbial ball game. And the fact that we were going to have a camera on us the whole time certainly didn’t alleviate any stress. When we reached the Lighthouse Pier bright and early, however, the owner of SUP Yoga Center and our instructor for the day couldn’t have been more motivating. “I’ve had students,” said Jessica Amendola, “that come here never having paddleboarded or even tried yoga. You’ll be fine.” I took solace in the fact that Jessica should know. Apart from spending nearly her whole life living near the ocean, Jessica boasts over a decade of experience in paddleboard and yoga instruction.

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She started by giving us a quick paddleboard lesson and we spent some time paddling around the pier as a warm up. Finally anchored just off the pier, Jessica guided us through some basic yoga sequences. Though in the beginning your mind tends to be very focused on just staying on your board, Jessica’s calming voice and gentle encouragement quickly lulls you into an appreciation of the environment you’re in. The sound and movement of the (mercifully calm) water fills you and suddenly your practice feels more natural. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t easy. You have to be very willing to focus on your body, but the practice allows you to get back to your fundamentals. SUP Yoga enhances every aspect of yoga practice. Careful and determined balance is essential; focused centering is more than just a suggestion; even spirituality is magnified by a physical synchronization with the world around you. It’s a practice that brings you back to the foundations of yoga. www.supyogacenter.com

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Debra Siewart is taking Puddy Mud mobile. She says, “We are delighted to announce our pottery business has a new mobile studio concept. No longer confined to a brick and mortar building, we are excited to bring the fun to you. Painting on pottery is a creative and therapeutic activity that allows novice or seasoned artists to explore their inner Picasso while enjoying time with friends. Puddy Mud mobile is available for birthday parties, school or religious events, retirement communities, all youth organizations and corporate team building. We want everyone to have the opportunity to put art in their heart.” Gather your neighbors and friends this summer and contact Debra at 904-810-5603 or PotteryToGo@yahoo.com. www.facebook.com/PuddyMud


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BUSINESS NEWS THIS MONTH St. Augustine businesses are rebranding, relocating, building and brewing up some serious new opportunities for our small town. Here's what we know this month...

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AQUARIUM UPDATE One of St. Augustine’s newest attractions, the St. Augustine Aquarium brings visitors up close with some of Florida’s native marine life.

Dan Murphy’s Irish Pub has opened their doors down A1A. A modern take on the traditional pub, Dan Murphy’s offers both classic Irish fare and local cuisine. 4320 A1A South

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ather the whole family to come face to face with many of the Sunshine State’s aquatic residents at the St. Augustine Aquarium. Located on State Road 16, the aquarium sits on five acres and boasts an 80,000 gallon Florida reef habitat. Guests can get geared up and jump in to snorkel with over 300 reef fish. You'll be swimming with three Cow Nose Rays, Guitar Fish, Atlantic Rays and many other aquatic species. The Aquarium offers a thrilling look at some of Florida's fiercest and most elusive wildlife. Before opening, the founders of St. Augustine Aquarium, Shawn and Kathy Hiester, spent two years visiting aquariums across the country to get a better understanding of how they work. They hope that the Aquarium will allow them to share their passion for marine biology with the community, conduct future research, and carry out their mission of marine conservation through education.

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Dog Rose Brewing Co. is brewing on Bridge Street! Venture into Lincolnville for some unique crafts beers and great atmosphere. 77 Bridge Street

The St. Augustine Aquarium caters to kids with behind the scenes tours, birthday parties, summer camps, and educational field trips. In addition to viewing the many marine habitats, children can dig for shark teeth and after identifying their finds, they can pick their favorite and take it home with them. Their gift shop that carries many local and Florida made souvenirs. The aquarium does daily shark feedings for the guests to view at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm and offers the opportunity to feed some of their nurse sharks or even do a hands-on experience too. When you visit, you can touch some of the animals without vertebrae like starfish, horseshoe crabs, and urchins. Throughout the day at various exhibits, you’ll encounter marine biologists presenting a plethora of knowledge about the animals. Soon guests will zip high above the campus via The Castaway

LaCURA Salt Spa is now open to offer unique relaxation. Try out salt therapy, infrared therapy, and yoga for the ultimate calm and healing. 804-A Anastasia Boulevard

Canopy Adventure by Zipstream. This zip line attraction consists of a guided tour with climbing walls, bridges and more. Phase two of the development will include a new building with ecosystem-specific habitats and additional parking. Future plans for the park include an exciting shipwreck reef where you can be submerged in a shark tank surrounded by sharks. 2045 State Road 16 www.saaquarium.com

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Thai House & Sushi Bar has started dishing out authentic Thai in historic downtown. Get your fix of Dragon Rolls and Pad Thai all in one place. 21 Hypolita Street Elkhouse Eatery has opened on the beach. Visit the cozy, log cabin-style restaurant for fresh seafood and a plethora of unique menu options. 6357 A1A South Mimosas Hair Studio has opened on US 1 for all your cosmetic and beauty needs. Freshen up your look! 1578 US 1


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HANK SAUCE By Meeka Anne

Within the walls of a college dorm room, creativity and enthusiasm are boundless. A tiny seed of an idea combined with unbridled enthusiasm led Flagler friends, Brian “Hank” Ruxton, Matt Pittaluga, and Josh Jaspan into an unexpected business venture. A class project coupled with a secret recipe resulted in the bottling and local distribution of Hank Sauce. Almost immediately, their product was flying off the shelves of local shops prompting the trio to return to their native New Jersey to build their brand. About their success, Matt says, “We stay busy when it comes to keeping the product in front of people and making sure we’re always doing sampling and face-to-face selling.” In just six years, the entrepreneurs launched their sauce and are currently building a 10,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Millville. However, it doesn’t stop there. They have also opened a restaurant in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. Matt says, “We wanted to launch our brand and our restaurant in New Jersey because it’s where we are from and what we know.” www.hanksauce.com

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Long Story Short

Here Jim is perched proudly atop his personal observatory tower on his property at Capo Island. A incredibly private hideaway this nature lover calls home .

JIM KERN

Armed with a backpack and a camera, Jim Kern tells stories, forges footpaths, and pioneers preservation efforts for America’s hiking trails.

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ou never know who you might meet in St. Augustine. Jim Kern first came to our little town in 1978 with the intention of creating an eco-friendly neighborhood. Instead, he sold his block of land but vowed he would eventually settle here.

Kern traveled on for 12 days and 160 miles. Soon the phone began ringing with interested parties and that was the inception of the Florida Trail Association. As volunteer hikers began trailblazing and mapping, the footpath became more defined. It starts at the Oasis Visitor Center at Tamiami Trail and ends at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Fort Pickens.

As a young man, Kern’s passion for photography and exotic wildlife propelled him to travel the world. However, it was Kern’s love of nature and hiking here in the States which set him on the enduring project of curating a long footpath in Florida. The passion began after a hike on the Appalachian Trail in 1961. “After the hike in North Carolina," says Kern, "I began to wonder if there was a long footpath in Florida. There was none, so I founded the Florida Trail.” Today this trail is a 1300-mile hiking path which he launched with only an idea and some publicity.

Kern’s focus is to urge lawmakers and environmentalists to close the gaps in the trail. Four years ago, he founded Hiking Trails for America and three years ago Friends of the Florida Trail. “The mission of these two nonprofits is short and sweet," says Kern, "I want to see the hundreds of miles of gaps closed in our nation’s hiking trails. My heart is in Florida, but all hiking trails in America are important.”

Kern was living in South Florida in 1966 when he began to conceptualize what would become his life’s work. Captivated with the idea of blazing a trail through Florida, he decided success would be dependent upon publicity. He contacted MacGregor Smith, a friend and a reporter from the Miami Herald and they set out together on the Tamiami Trail and hiked north.

Today based in St. Augustine, you might find Kern hiking in the Guana Matanzas Estuary or down in Okeechobee. No doubt Kern has stumbled upon some incredible finds on his many hikes. “Years ago in a vast area of stunted cypress I came across an enormous Cowhorn Orchid," he says, "one of the few times I’ve seen one in the wild as it is rare and often poached.” If you get the opportunity to explore the Florida Trail, give a silent thank you to Jim Kern. www.floridatrail.org

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SUMMER GARDENING HEATS UP Unlike the rest of the country, summer is our hardest and least productive growing season. Have no fear, with a few tips you can extend your St. Augustine garden through July! By Shelby Stec

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nce our night time temperatures stay above 80 degrees, tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers will struggle to set fruit and fight off pests and disease. Situating plants in an area that receives afternoon shade will help quell the brutal Florida sun. HARVEST AND PRUNE Pruning tomato branches that touch the ground and keeping water off the leaves of these plants will also reduce the chance of disease. If you see any disease or pest infestations, cut off the infected leaves, and dispose of them outside of the garden. After dealing with disease, make sure to wash your hands and pruners before you touch healthy plants! Harvesting veggies at the proper size will also ensure a longer season. If veggies are allowed to grow too big or go unpicked, the plant concentrates its energy on creating seeds, not more fruit. If birds or squirrels are stealing your tomatoes and peppers, you can harvest them when the shoulders of the fruit are maturing but the bottoms are still green. They will finish ripening on a windowsill. WATER THE SUMMER WINNERS Eggplant, okra, peppers, basil, and beans are the workhorses of the summer

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Pruning tomato branches that touch the ground and keeping water off the leaves of these plants will also reduce the chance of disease. If you see any disease or pest infestations, cut off the infected leaves, and dispose of them outside of the garden. After dealing with disease, make sure to wash your hands and pruners before you touch healthy plants!

garden. They will continue to produce until cold weather returns. Ensure you are watering enough during hot weather, if the soil is too dry these veggies will drop their flowers before fruit is produced. If the plants become top heavy, you can place a 2-3’ stake near the base of the plant and loosely tie the stem to it with twine. This is especially helpful in areas with heavy winds. FERTILIZE & PREVENT PESTS As the season drags on, you may notice yellowing leaves on your plants as they use up all the available nutrients in your soil. We recommend fertilizing with worm castings or fish emulsion if your garden needs a boost. Our favorite brand of fish

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emulsion is Indian River Organics. Both amendments are non-burning and can be applied directly to the soil. As fish emulsion contains trace amounts of oils, make sure to spray in the evening to prevent sunburn on leaves. If you see aphids, very small green bugs that cluster on the underside of leaves or flowers, put a couple of drops of liquid soap in a bucket of water, dip your fingers in the water and roll the aphids off the leaves. Mixing ½ teaspoon of pure castile soap in a one liter spray bottle filled with water will also work if sprayed in the evening and rinsed off. Ensure there are no lady bug larvae, eggs or adults on the leaves as they are an aphid’s natural predator.


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Kid-Friendly Restaurant Mellow Mushroom

Place to Find your Zen SUP Yoga Center

Vegetarian Menu Present Moment Cafe

410 Anastasia Boulevard

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226 W King Street

Remember that time we posed the question on our Facebook page "What do the locals love?" Well, thousands of you answered and gave us your two cents on the best businesses around town bringing their A-game to the STA. And the results are in...

Celebrating 25 Years in Business!

Best Spa Debbie’s Day Spa & Salon Best Salon Panache - An Aveda Salon, Spa, Shop Best Pedicure City Wellness

Celebrating 30 Years in Business!

Best Brow Wax Panache – An Aveda Salon, Spa, Shop Best Massage City Wellness Best Facial City Wellness Best Men’s Haircut Price’s Barber Shop

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"I love Oddbirds bar! Ever since they opened. Hospitality and ingenuity all put together in a cozy, friendly environment. Everything from classic cocktails to modernist creations with a fantastic food menu as well." Kelley Fitzsimonds

Best Workout Funkytown Fitness

Best Outdoor Dining Cap’s on the Water

Best Wine List Michael’s Tasting Room

Best Beer List Hoptinger

Best Food Truck Crave Food Truck Best Coffee Shop The Kookaburra Best Place to Watch the Game Mardi Gras Sports Grill Best Place to Find Local Seafood on the Menu Catch 27 Best Place to Hear a Local Band Prohibition Kitchen Best Place to Go on a First Date Ice Plant Best Cocktail Menu Odd Birds

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Best Breakfast The Blue Hen Cafe Best Burger Gas Full Service Restaurant Best Dessert Spot Creme de la Cocoa Best Place to Grab a Quick Lunch Drake’s Deli Best Place to Take a Foodie The Floridian Best Swimsuit Selection Sunshine Shop Best Place to Buy a Last Minute Gift Declaration & Co.


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Best Curb Appeal Blue Water Jewelers

Bests Insurance Agent Seaman’s Insurance Group

Best Place to Buy a Gift for a Guy Oak & Adze

Best Financial Advisor Clayton Bush, Edward Jones

Best Place to Buy a Dress Goldfinch Boutique

Best Doctor Dr. Stephanie Garrison, St. Augustine Primary Care

Best Boutique Declaration & Co. Best Attorney Adrianne Gillis, The Gillis Law Firm Best Accountant Henry O’Connell, W.H. O’Connell and Associates

Best Pediatrician Dr. Shelby Cline, Ancient City Pediatrics Best Chiropractor Dr. Allen Deprey, Deprey Chiropractic

Best Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Albert Volk, Orthopaedic Associaties of St. Augustine Best Dentist Dr. Jeremy Gordon, Gordon Dental Associates Best Orthodontist Dr. Rebecca Faunce, Faunce Orthodontics Best Veterinarian Matanzas River Animal Hospital

Best Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Anh Vu, Harmoney Medical Spa www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

"When you grow up, become employed, become a mom, the fun part of your youth is over...or so I thought, until one of my friends invited me to Funkytown Fitness. It felt like my college days, going out dancing with my friends. I felt guilty because it was too much fun, but you don't even know you are getting a workout at the same time. That's because it's pure enjoyment and I have never laughed so much in the past 2 years because of Funkytown." Bonnie Adams

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ON THE CUFF By Molly Wilson If you ever feel the need to represent the Ancient City, trust us that you are in no short supply of merchandise. Walk into any local shop or boutique and any number of t-shirts, key chains, coffee mugs, tea towels are at your disposal. They can range from touristy souvenirs to quirky local favorites, but Sea Spirits Gallery has taken the feel of St. Augustine-branded apparel in a new direction. Merchandise made especially for this little town cultivates a sense of close community and creates a sense of family similar to what our familial holidays celebrate. So with the advent of one such holiday looming large, we were delighted by the discovery of these custom St. Augustine map cufflinks. Finding a meaningful and practical Father's Day gift felt like a victory. The design features a sketched rendering of the streets of downtown, all in a subdued coloring that could coordinate with nearly any ensemble. On brass or sterling silver, the map is elegant enough to grace formal, sophisticated garb and playful enough to be worn on everyday office attire. Dad will be sure to thank you.

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"I use Physiodermie sensitive skin cream. It works for any type skin condition you may have."

Physiodermie Sensitive Skin Emulsion, available at Debbie's Day Spa 2 - SUNSCREEN

"I enjoy nothing more to head to the beach on the weekends to watch my husband and two boys surf. We always make sure to wear our Circadia sunscreen." Circadia Light

Day Sunscreen, available at Debbie's Day Spa

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"Nothing keeps me more aligned than my Isokinetics chair. Anyone who sits at a desk needs to have one!" Isokinetics Exercise Ball Office

Chari, available at Isokineticsinc.com

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"My look is complete when I have Shellac manicured nails and toes to go along with jeans, a Banana Republic shirt, and wedge shoes."

DANIELLE THEED As the daughter of the famous Debbie, Danielle has been a Debbie’s Day Spa & Salon fixture for over 20 years. The licensed nail technician, massage therapist, and esthetician clearly knows a thing or two about beauty and can tell you the secrets to both a beautiful and peaceful lifestyle.

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Shellac Nail Color, available at Debbie's Day Spa 5 - MUSIC

"You’ll always find me at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre when Rebelution is playing. I haven’t missed a concert yet." Rebelution

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6 - TREAT "I like to have a glass of wine after a

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hard work week and Carrera’s Wine Cellar is the place to be!" Wine,

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"We've been season ticket holders for twenty years." Jaguars Season

Tickets, available at Jaguars.com 8 - DISH

"For a family on the go, we grab a spot at Yamato Sushi Bar. Try the Pink Panther Roll. It’s the best."

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BEACH BAG ESSENTIALS With the advent of summer comes the return of beach days. Don't find yourself lacking when your toes hit the sand – pack your bag with these beach must-haves! 1 - BEACH BAG A super stylish bag, ready to carry your beach needs is your first step. This sparkly pineapple print has us longing for the sunshine.

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Available at Peace Love Home

2 - SUNGLASSES Keep the harsh rays from hurting your eyes with a standout pair of shades. Get used to turning heads!

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Available at Magnolia Supply

3 - UMBRELLA Though it may not fit in your bag, a bright umbrella is a necessity. Relax in the shade under a classic rainbow print.

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Available at Island Life

4 - PEPPERMINT OIL When you start to feel the heat, pull out your peppermint essential oil. It'll cool you off and repel those pesky bugs.

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5 - CUP Keep hydrated in the cutest way possible. Sip something refreshing from this mason jarinspired pineapple cup.

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6 - FLIP FLOPS Every Floridian knows that a good pair of flip flops is essential. These classic Rainbow sandals are cute and durable.

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Available at Surf Station

7 - PHONE PROTECTOR Keep your phone from getting waterlogged while you find the perfect filter for your enviable view of the sand.

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Available at Pit Surf Shop

8 - GAME Stay active in the sand by trying your hand at the Tiki Toss game. It's easy to set up anywhere and start a friendly competition!

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Available at Surf Culture

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GIFTS FOR DAD Show your love and appreciation for all those hard working dads out there with these cool and creative gifts you can find locally.

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1 - WATCH If you’re looking for a Father’s Day splurge, you can’t get better than a Citizen watch. Not only is it a strikingly unique design, he’ll be able to keep it for years.

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Available at Neff Jewelers

2 - STEEL CUP For the dad on the go (who still needs to be fashion conscious), a YIELD Design steel and leather cup is the perfect gift. He’ll take it everywhere.

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Available at Obscura Shop

3 - BEARD BALM Make sure dad is looking his spiffiest with some beard balm. The balm keeps his facial hair clean, shiny, and looking sleek. Not to mention the lovely scent!

Available at Oak & Adze

4 - BOOK Up his cocktail game with a comprehensive guide to the manliest drinks. Mix, shake, and stir a whole new line of delicious drinks.

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Available at Declaration & Co.

5 - BOAT BAG Most dads in St. Augustine love spending time out on the water. Make his boating trips a little easier with a handy Simms boat bag.

Available at Oyster Creek Outfitters 6 - SHIRT Every dad needs a go-witheverything, super-stylish shirt for summer. With breathable fabric and a subtle design, it’ll be his new go-to.

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7 - CLOCK Both a throwback to childhood dreams and a classy addition to home decor, a Pendalux rocket clock will have dad, well, over the moon.

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Classical to Contemporary Museum Quality Art at Affordable Prices

Antiquities to Contemporary Fine Art from Around the World Rory Wagner, Oil on Canvas

Montague Dawson, Oil on Canvas

Darwin Chavez, Acrylic on Canvas

Lost Art Gallery 210 St. George Street (South) St. Augustine, FL 32084 904.827.9800 fineart@lostartgallery.com

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Classical to Contemporary

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Staycation Home The Madsons disconnect from the everyday while reconnecting with what’s important at this seaside escape—family, fun and the beach! By Christina Benjamin | Photography by Ed Taylor

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he Madson family happened upon the St. Augustine area due to a job transfer. Previously residing in Pennsylvania and Arkansas, North Florida was a big change for the young family of five. But after Paul and Laurel Madson settled themselves and their three children, Jaclyn, Jake, and Claire, into the wonderful community of Palencia, they quickly went to work searching for a fun beach destination where they could spend family time together and “start Florida living.” Enter St. Augustine Beach! Laurel says she had a strict list while searching for a vacation home for her family to escape to. It had to be close to home, have a view, and be within walking distance to the beach. Atlantic View street fit the bill perfectly. The Madsons had a realtor help them with the search, but by a stroke of luck, they found their current property on their own when a deal fell through on a neighboring house they had been interested in. They bought their little slice of beach paradise in 2010 only to find that mold issues would soon warrant a complete rebuild of the bungalow in 2014.

The Madsons didn’t take the news as a set back, but rather as an opportunity to grow their dream. Laurel says she and Paul were on the same page with their vision and had a lot of fun with the building process; they wanted it to have a light, airy feel with beachy colors. And a view of the gorgeous ocean that was only a stone’s throw away was a necessity. So they built up — 36 feet up! They went to the max height to be able to enjoy the magnificent third story view, where the main living space is situated. The third floor holds the favorite living spaces for both Paul and Laurel. “Nothing’s better," says Paul, "than enjoying a sunrise with a cup of coffee on the balcony,” but Laurel’s favorite spot is the kitchen. She loves gathering friends and family at the kitchen island where everyone can enjoy the view. She admits, “Even doing dishes is enjoyable with a view of the beach!” Family was the focus of this home design. The second floor houses bright, roomy bedrooms, and elegant en suite bathrooms. The master baths boast porthole shower windows that bring the outside in, for a spa-

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like feel. The first floor offers a convenient laundry room when you return from great day at the beach, as well as a cozy family room for everyone to enjoy. There’s even a patio out back for the kids to shoot hoops! The love and time that went into choosing the impeccable design elements is immediately evident. From lighting to artwork, this seaside home lulls you into a relaxed beach vibe the moment you walk through the door. Laurel says she loves watching design shows, and she and a friend shopped the home décor aisles of local stores to bring her seaside vision to life. Deftly named "Island Hideaway," the home’s beach cottage vibe flows effortlessly from one floor to the next as you admire the nautical art and stunning beach views. The cozy design is clearly on point, down to the trendy white, gray, and aqua color scheme that offers the soothing escape vacationgoers crave.

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Seeing their beach home come together has been a dream come true for the Madsons. They realize how blessed they are to live in a community where it always feel like they’re on vacation. Every time they drive to their beachfront home, they still put down their phones and take in the enchanting sights of historic St. Augustine. “There’s just something about this town. It never loses it’s magic.” They don’t take living here for granted and enjoy having the opportunity to slow down and reconnect as a family in their second home. Laurel says, “the house has always allowed us to put life away for a minute.” Now however, Jaclyn, Jake, and Claire are older and more involved in after-school activities and sports, so the Madsons adjusted their lifestyle to fit the growing kids’ ever busy and involved schedules. Unable to escape to the beach as often as before as well as the desire to make some changes www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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The teal, white, and grey color palette continues throughout the Madson home, creating a cohesive atmosphere. Pops of red, orange, and navy keep the eye interested and give the otherwise uber stylish decor a playful feel. These built in bunks perched above the guest beds are a cleve way to maximize the space in each room.

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to their current home has led the Madson family to list their beach house with Vacasa Rental Properties.

the extra touches, as the home has been rented over 45 times since it was listed in January!

Choosing to rent out such a dream home was certainly not an easy decision, but it has given the Madsons the opportunity to extend the destination living lifestyle they so love to other families and have their home be the backdrop of another family’s vacation memories. It captures not only the laidback atmosphere of St. Augustine, but the comfort of family. They're happy to be able to give visitors an experience of the city and the beach that feels like a home away from home.

They’ve enjoyed priceless family memories created in every part of the city and have found that “one dream fuels the next.” Renting their beach property allows them to pursue building a new dream home for their family to grow into and digging their St. Augustine roots even deeper into the sandy soil.

And clearly, Island Hideaway is not your average vacation rental. Each element of design was chosen with love and an artistic eye, keeping comfort and enjoyment in mind. And it’s evident that renters appreciate

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The Madsons feel blessed to have found the St. Augustine community. They're all convinced that it has become their forever home and they’re honored to share their beachfront paradise with others looking for an Island Hideaway vacation.

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BRIDGE TENDER Contrary to what residents might think, St. Augustine’s busiest intersection isn’t US1 and 312; it’s the crossroads of Florida’s two most active coastal byways. By Shannon O'Neil | Photography by Rob Futrell Since it was first built in 1927, the Bridge of Lions has mitigated traffic between scenic A1A and the Intracoastal Waterway. The weight of this task now falls to a team of bridge tenders from the Florida Department of Transportation. Working ‘round the clock, they hustle to get vehicle, pedestrian, and boat traffic through the busy intersection. “Safety is the priority,” says Dean Metrie, contract coordinator for FDOT and former bridge tender. “District 2 has an incredible safety record and it’s all owed to our bridge tenders.” At each shift change, team members – like Greg Pieper pictured here – go over logs and reports together, making sure that everything is operating as it should. Boaters will hail the tender when they need an opening and, as soon as it’s safe to do so, the tender will raise the twin rolling leafs of the span and lock them in place so the waiting vessel can pass through.

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“During our peak season when the snowbirds are traveling in and out of Florida, we could see 700 to 800 openings a month,” says Dean. “For southbound boaters, our bridge tender is sometimes the first person they talk to in Florida, so we feel a little like ambassadors.” Once the spans are locked, the tenders can wander outside and watch the boats pass through. Sometimes, especially on the Bridge of Lions, they get to enjoy a little interaction with St. Augustine’s tourists. Greeters, safety monitors, and traffic stewards – St. Augustine has a bridge tender team who can do it all.

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EMMA VOIGT Despite battling both injury and the daily stresses of excelling in high school, soccer star Emma shows strength and poise beyond her years. By Amanda LaConte | Photography by Brian Miller

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t was December 17, 2015, about halfway through Emma Voigt’s sophomore soccer season, her second year as a varsity starter at Pedro Menendez High School. The game was against Matanzas High School, a formidable opponent. Emma took the field knowing that the stakes were high. She thought back to all she’d accomplished since starting soccer at age four. Then she thought forward to a showcase in which she was scheduled to play 12 days later in front of several coaches from top Division 1 colleges. Emma was well aware that verbal college commitments are made as early as sophomore year. Emma had the ball. She went to cut around an opponent and at the last second decided to cut in the other direction. With that, she heard a loud pop and immediately went down screaming. Emma begged to go back in the game but her coach and trainer said no, they knew the prognosis was bad. A few days later, an MRI confirmed the dreaded news – Emma had torn her ACL. Surgery was necessary and Emma would be unable to play soccer for nine months. Such a devastating blow at such a crucial point in time would be enough to crush the spirit of many aspiring athletes, but Emma is no ordinary young woman. She

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proclaimed her goal to her family – she would “kick butt” at therapy and come out on the other side stronger than before. Her surgery went well and she started physical therapy the very next day. In August of 2016, after eight months of intense physical therapy, Emma was finally cleared to play soccer again for her junior year. Just two months later, Emma began talking with head coach Robin Confer at UNF. An official offer was soon made and Emma gave her verbal commitment. She was voted captain by her team, named by the Florida Times-Union as one of the top five women’s soccer “players to watch," helped her team make school history by making it past districts for the first time, and named offensive MVP for her team. She had 21 goals and 18 assists for the season, was awarded All Conference, All County first team, and All State. While many athletes see an injury as the end of the road, Emma used it as a stepping stone to the next level. Such poise and determination is not easy to come by, especially in someone her age. Her accomplishments are not limited to the soccer field – Emma is in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at school and www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

maintains a GPA between 3.9 - 4.1, taking all college classes. She works part time at Aqua East Surf Shop and is a member of the Athletic Leadership Council (ALC). She balances all this with practices and travel schedules for both her school and club teams. Emma says time management is the most difficult part of her lifestyle, but her love of the sport makes it all worthwhile. “Whenever I step on the field," says Emma, "all my stress or anything I am going through just goes away." Her journey has not been without challenges, but the future is bright for young Emma. She looks forward to having a successful four years of academics and soccer with UNF and is leaning toward Sports Management for a future career. When asked what advice Emma would give to other aspiring female athletes, Emma’s answer runs true to her determined spirit. “Stay on top of things, and don’t let the little things distract you. If you want something, go after it with everything you have and don’t stop until you get it!”


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KELLY YOUNGS Going from the fast-paced, big city rat race to the quiet Ancient City was no reason to settle down. There are lives to be changed. By Amanda LaConte | Photography by Rob Futrell

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he is a business owner. She is a mom. She is perseverant and approachably humble. She is Kelly Youngs, founder and heart of She is Fierce. If you’re a woman living in St. Augustine, chances are you’ve heard of, been invited to, or maybe even attended a local She is Fierce Speaker Series event. The organization also offers monthly local networking meet-ups, a weekly local radio show, inspirational articles from global contributors, and a global membership community. All of this has grown in a few short years. Kelly was a jet-setting media producer in London working a bazillion hours (no exaggeration, per Kelly) in her former life. When she and her husband decided to start a family, however, they decided it was time to change pace and return home to St. Augustine where her family has been since Kelly’s middle school years. Going from a fast-paced career in the big city to mommyhood in sunny St. Augustine was a bit of a shell shock for Kelly and she soon began wondering what she was going to do with herself. Kelly loved being a mom and had no desire to return to the rat race, but knew she needed a project through which to channel her inner drive. There was an idea that had been rattling around in Kelly’s head since her early career days. What if we could create a community where women could draw upon each other

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“If you really genuinely care about something, you should invest your time in it and not be afraid to tell people that it’s important to you."

for inspiration, advice, support? It would be a place where women could discover their true potential, feel empowered and accomplish amazing things. Kelly’s soulsearching season turned out to be the perfect breeding ground for such an idea to finally come to life. She is Fierce started as a website with articles for women to contribute and share and has been growing and evolving ever since. This summer will mark the third year of the summer Speaker Series held at the Treasury on the Plaza. Kelly says of the inaugural series in 2015, “I figured so much out about the direction we could go in – the pieces I loved doing and those that were maybe not the right fit.” This year, She is Fierce added monthly Networking Meetups in partnership with Bozard and RE/MAX. Each Meetup is hosted in a different local business and features one “fierce” woman and one non-profit. Kelly emphasizes the difference between She is Fierce and other networking groups that are more transactional in nature. “When somebody first encounters it, they might think it just a site for women or a networking group, it really is about highlighting stories www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

of women. The reality is everybody has a story and everybody’s had to struggle through something. It really highlights the fact that even these women we put on a pedestal have been dealing with that stuff, and it’s ok if you’re dealing with it too. It’s creating a community to help support those women as they’re figuring out what’s most important to them and getting through barriers.” Being a successful and fierce woman in her own right, the message Kelly shares with other women is whatever that thing is that you really care about – you can do it. “If you really genuinely care about something, you should invest your time in it and not be afraid to tell people that it’s important to you. I think that’s the #1 way people hold themselves back – because it’s scary to tell people that you care about something or that maybe I won’t be perfect at this. If you can get past that barrier, just get out there and do the embarrassing thing and tell people that you care, suddenly it makes things a lot easier.” www.sheisfiercehq.com


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THE FOWLERS This picture-perfect family of three knows how to have a little fun and live a paradise lifestyle to the fullest. Photography by Bethany Walter Meet the Fowler family. Meagan and Jeremy started dating exactly ten years ago. It took them a while to get to St. Augustine – a publishing career in Nashville for Meagan and world travel for Jeremy, as well as a brief stint together in the desert of New Mexico. But while in the dry heat of the Southwest, the two realized that they couldn’t stay away from the beach for long. So they made their way back East and into the beauty of the Ancient City. Now that they’re settled, they’ve truly become St. Augustine locals. Jeremy works as a Master MDT mechanic at Beaver Toyota and Meagan is a workfrom-home mom who freelances digital marketing for startups. The Fowler Family Along with their eight-month-old pictured from left: Jeremy Etta, they attend storytime at the (Dad) 35, Meagan (Mom) library, people watch downtown, 30, Etta (8 months) and always take advantage of the destination living lifestyle that this town offers.

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Beachcomber on the island is our favorite family restaurant! Nestled between sand dunes, this restaurant is so beachy and casual, that you don’t even have to rinse off the sand or put on shoes to enjoy their outdoor deck.

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with two baskets and Jeremy has a beach cruiser. We load up the baby and the furbaby in the tricycle and take a bike ride down the beach. hen we’ll usually stop at The Taco Shop for their California Burritos and take a breather on their patio under the palms and string lights.


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JON VENIARD From the fiery bite of Datil peppers to the palatesoothing flavor of peppermint, Jon Veniard of Cultivate Tea and Spice Company, blends an array of aromatic ingredients to deliver incredibly flavorful tastes.

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Jon began his venture small by selling a few herbal teas and spice blends at local farmers markets. As his business grew, he decided to broaden his knowledge of locally grown herbs and spices.

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on Veniard and his wife, Amber, own and operate Cultivate Tea and Spice Co. Their passion and appreciation for nature and the powerful benefits of natural ingredients, are what fuels the drive of the rapidly growing local company. A company that started from a humble beginning has now expanded to partner with other businesses. “I’ve always loved nature and how we interact with it," says Jon, "As soon as I had a little bit of land, even a patio, I started growing my own plants and herbs. I just became obsessed with it.”

Jon began his venture small by selling a few herbal teas and spice blends at local farmers markets. As his business grew, he decided to broaden his knowledge of locally grown herbs and spices and others from various parts of the world. This newfound scholarship led to exotic recipes that included smoked paprika, lemongrass, hibiscus, and Nigiri Blue. The delicious tastes and bold flavors served to further expand Cultivate’s reputation for quality organic goods. Soon partnerships with local businesses were developed.

Jon and his wife continued to grow small crops and herbs at home, filling every available space in their yard and soon they had an abundance of organic goods, much more than their small family could readily use. “What started as a hobby, making personal teas and spice blends, got to a point where we had more than we needed," Jon shares, "so we gave fresh herbs and spices to neighbors, family, and friends.” Those people with whom he shared his hand-crafted teas and herbs encouraged Jon to branch out and bring the delectable flavors to more people.

As Cultivate Tea and Spice Co. continues to grow, Jon Veniard pushes himself to increase his inventory with more natural products and delicious teas. Teas like Coco-Mango Black with its distinct tropical blend of black Ceylon tea leaves, marigold petals, sweet mangos, and coconut, exude a floral aroma. Spice blends like Datil Citrus Salt combines the heat of locally-grown Datil peppers with sea salt, orange and lemon peels, minced onion, herbs, and garlic deliver a seasoning with a highly satisfying punch. The amazing flavors alone are enough to garner praise for Jon's recipes. However, his respect for the www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

balance between man and nature and the desire to introduce diverse organic foods to others makes his company special. “All of this comes from a love of plants, their use, and how beneficial they are to us," says Jon, "As a society, we got separated from our food and the way it is harvested and cultivated. I try to create good alternatives to the overly-processed and preservativefilled foods. All of our products are handblended using nothing but quality organic ingredients.” Jon also explains that the use of pure organic herbs and plants in his products brings out the full benefits of the natural healing properties of these ingredients. Common ailments may be eased or remedied by the compounds found in specific plants and herbs. Jon is very knowledgeable about the benefits of using natural products, and he shares this knowledge with his customers at Cultivate Tea and Spice Co. www.cultivateteaandspice.com


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TIM SAVAGE

Quiet coastal tunes aren't the only music that the Oldest City has to offer. Tim Savage is here to introduce a new sound. Written and Photographed by Steve Parr

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hen you think of the music scene in St. Augustine, it’s easy to get lulled into the comfortable mindset of jazz and blues along King Street or the sound of acoustic guitars wafting down St. George Street. But there’s an entirely different genre of music which is gaining a formidable foothold in St. Augustine. Call it hip hop. Call it rap. Call it whatever you want. Tim Savage just wants you to listen. The 41-year-old Massachusetts native was born in the small town of Newburyport, and the family lived in the small town of Win Henson until Tim was 12, when his family moved to York, Pennsylvania. His college years took him to Philadelphia, where he experienced “the big city” for the first time as an adult. He loved everything about Philadelphia – “In Philly, I got to live in and be around a city like I’d never been around before. So, when I got to Philly I kind of dove into it. It’s the “City of Brotherly Love” but it just punches you in the face.”

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It was in Philadelphia where a 21-year-old Tim Savage first learned to rap. “I would go down to the open mics on South Street. I would show up and all these guys would be passing the mic. I’d be there rapping and I’d think I’m doing well and the whole room starts chanting ‘PASS THE MIC! PASS THE MIC!’ and for a second I thought that was good," he laughs. "It’s not good!” What draws Tim to rap? “It’s this algorithm of words in my head and I have this insatiable need to connect all these words together. When I first saw people who could do that it was like seeing math done to an equation for the first time.” Tim’s primary form of rap is known as “freestyle.” Essentially, you hand him a microphone and he goes off the cuff, unrehearsed and spur of the moment. It’s certainly not easy and it takes work to do it well. He says he was fortunate to come up around people who took their craft very seriously, and it compelled him to want to show them that he could do it, too.

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Tim moved to St. Augustine in the spring of 2016 and quickly found a circle of performers who accommodated his skills as a rapper. There’s an obvious level of pride when he looks at this musical form; largely dismissed by many in the past, it's now being accepted as it is around town.“This is a really cool town to engage in. The town wants to welcome new people, good people. Quality over quantity.” Tim looks at his last 41 years as an investment in his future, whatever that may be. On any given night you can find Tim downtown at Stogie’s or on Anastasia Island at Planet Sarbez and Shanghai Nobby’s, passing the mic to others who share his passion for the art and the performance. When he’s not out rapping, he’s probably off somewhere doing what he can to change the world around him for the better or helping someone else do the same. You can find out more about Tim and his endeavors at his website, www.timsavage.co.


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ROCK N ROLL BASH Bozard Ford whisked their guests away to a Rock 'n' Roll tropical paradise.

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Images by Gary LeVeille THE OCCASION This past March, Bozard Ford hosted their 7th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Bash to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of St. Augustine. A night of Rock ‘n’ Roll was brought to the islands with hula skirts, leis, flip flops, and the sand between your toes. After Margaritaville-style cocktails, guests sat down to dinner by Michael’s Tasting Room and a live auction. But the real fun came late night when – the formal festivities dispensed with – guests shifted into after party mode, kicked off their shoes, and swayed to the tunes of Marley and Buffett. All ticket proceeds benefited the Boys and Girls Club. www.bozardford.com/bozard-bash

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FEEL THE WHEELS Trucks, cars, and helicopters, oh my! An afternoon with the Junior Service League goes vehicular. Images by Gary LeVeille THE OCCASION Hosted by the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, the sixth annual Feel the Wheels featured army trucks, construction vehicles, and even boats! Little ones not only got to meet the professionals behind the transportation and hear all about how each vehicle is used, but sat behind the wheel to get the hands-on experience. Firetrucks, helicopters, cars, and more filled the parking lot of the St. Augustine Oulets for an afternoon that put the "fun" back in fundraising. Proceeds from the event benefitted tag! Children's Museum. www.facebook.com/feelthewheels

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HAVEN HORSE RANCH Haven Horse Ranch hosted their annual gala – an elegant, luxurious, fun-filled night with the stars. Images by Gary LeVeille THE OCCASION Haven Horse Ranch’s annual fundraiser celebrated the magic of Hollywood through the ages and raised money for children with special needs. The Miracle Gala was held at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and guests enjoyed an evening of live entertainment, dancing, and a benefit auction. In their black tie best, attendees rolled up on the red carpet and posed next to cardboard cutouts of celebrities. Between ticket sales and the auction, Haven Horse Ranch raised over $36,000 for its cause. www.havenhorseranch.org

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Line of Duty

BRIAN FREELAND More than a decade ago, Brian Freeland, St. Johns County’s 2016 Firefighter of the Year, stood in front of an open career horizon. The path he chose allowed him to save lives along the way. By Shannon O'Neil | Photography by Brian Miller

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hirteen years ago, Brian Freeland found himself at a crossroads. Recently laid off from his job, Brian was searching for a new career or, more than that, a new passion. At the time, his brother-in-law was a firefighter, and Brian thought a job serving his community might be the ticket.

Over the next decade, Brian's new career path took him all over the county. His first post was at Station 14, on the corner of King Street and Holmes Boulevard. Though he began as a backseat fireman, within a year he was driving the station’s engine. That was when – at just the right moment – Brian's path intersected with two strangers.

He entered EMT and fire school and, upon graduation, applied for openings in different counties across northeast Florida. As fate would have it, the Jacksonville native wound up accepting a position at a firehouse in St. Augustine. “It was kind of a natural progression,” said Brian. “It was a good opportunity. While I was in school I met some great people who worked for St. Johns County, so I developed some relationships there and it just worked out.” One afternoon in late January 2007, Brian was behind the wheel of Engine 14 returning from a brush fire out in Hastings when his sharp eye noticed some unusual activity just off State Road 207. Brian quickly turned the truck around. What he found was a Ford Mustang overturned and submerged in a waterlogged ditch with a couple still trapped inside. Along with the two fellow firefighters onboard that day, Lt. Marc Grabert and Darren Hendrix, Brian pried open the door, cut the two passengers’ seat belts, extricated the victims from the wreckage, and

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Thanks to Brian's alertness, training, and rapid response, both victims survived. “It was definitely one of my most rewarding moments on the job,” said Brian, who received a commendation for his work that day. “We were just there at the right place and right time.” Brian's coworkers and supervisors soon came to realize the fortitude he exhibited that fateful day was just the beginning of his commitment to the community. Through many moves, from Station 14 to Station 16, then out to Station 4, and eventually to the county fire headquarters at Station 12, Brian earned the admiration of his peers while moving up through the ranks. In 2016, St. Johns County formally acknowledged its appreciation by bestowing one of its highest honors on Brian, naming him Firefighter of the Year. “I www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

was very humbled,” said Brian. “I work with a lot of quality people who are deserving of awards and accolades in so many ways. It was a big honor for me to receive the award and it felt really good to be appreciated.” Now an engineer for the department, Brian has expanded his training to include a number of certifications including Hazardous Materials Technician, Urban Search and Rescue Technician, Marine Rescue Technician, and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting response. He also added to his first responder skills by completing paramedics school. It’s been over a decade since Brian Freeland stood at an important crossroads and made a choice. The path he chose to take wasn’t the easiest, but St. Johns County residents have certainly benefited from Brian's sacrifices and perseverance. "It’s a lot of hard work and responsibility,” said Brian, “And you certainly don’t do it for the money. But it’s a fantastic job.”


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FACTOR Person of Interest

From catching air in his 1980s childhood to now training his own son on the track, Anthony Sargent brings passion and an expert hand to First Coast BMX. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Rob Futrell

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ituated among the wooded areas and long, quiet roads of Elkton are the rust-colored hills and curving black berms of the First Coast BMX track. The track of tight turns and wavy jumps is the home of exciting competitive racing and a fun place for riders who enjoy the thrilling speed and stunning tricks of the sport. Anthony Sargent is the operator and the propelling force behind the track of both dreams and entertainment. Anthony is just as eager about BMX racing as the bikers who frequent and train on the track. As the operator of First Coast BMX, he takes on both the constant maintenance of the track and the business affairs. As a fellow BMX rider, Anthony understands and appreciates every aspect of keeping the track functional and up to par. He understands the expectations of other riders who are serious about the sport and it’s something that he has done since he became the operator of the track. “My sons and I built the track about six years ago after we took it over from the previous operator,” he says. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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Operating the business calls for a lot of hard work, sweat, and dedication. They are all characteristics exhibited by Anthony, as he continuously seeks to expand the sport by keeping the track in top shape and full of enthusiastic riders. Anthony is very quick to point out that teamwork is just as important in running the track as it is in the sport of BMX.

Anthony Sargent has been engaged with BMX racing since he was a kid living in New York. He enjoyed the fun of riding for many years. As he grew older, however, life changes and responsibilities slowly pulled him away from the world of spiraling spokes and bar spins. “I’ve been riding since the eighties," Anthony explains, "but I stopped racing and started a family. I worked a regular job and kind of left BMX. When I left New York and came down here, my oldest son said, ‘Hey! I want a BMX!’ At that time, I kind of let myself go. I was about threehundred and fifty pounds. I came out riding with my son and lost one-hundred pounds! A couple years of riding got me in better shape. I still have a little work to do, but I’m feeling and looking a lot better.” Not only does Anthony try to stay fit for himself but also for the daily rigors of the sport and for running First Coast BMX in St. Augustine. To further compound that drive to remain healthy in mind and body, Anthony Sargent

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IN BMX...NO ONE SITS ON THE BENCH. EVERYONE ALWAYS RACES. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SIZE YOU ARE OR YOUR SKILL LEVEL. THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE.

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also operates First Coast BMX of Daytona. His non-stop attention to both locations keeps him busy on and off the track. Operating the business calls for a lot of hard work, sweat, and dedication. They are all characteristics exhibited by Anthony, as he continuously seeks to expand the sport by keeping the track in top shape and full of enthusiastic riders. Anthony is very quick to point out that teamwork is just as important in running the track as it is in the sport of BMX. “The director of Parks and Recreation, Will Smith, and other county officials have helped us out here with lights, dirt, and many different things to keep the track going. A lot of volunteers help too. No one is getting paid to do this. It’s just a lot of love for the sport and for the community,” says Anthony. That love for the sport is a strong part of BMX and it’s what helps Anthony successfully operate First Coast BMX. It’s also what initially attracted him to the sport


Anthony Sargent not only incorporates his knowledge and passion for BMX in his daily operations of the track, but makes it a point to show riders the morals of the sport. These are the qualities that make novice and professional riders gravitate around him and the track.

as a kid – “In BMX, we all help each other. It’s a great dynamic between BMX and many of the other sports. No one sits on the bench. Everyone always races. It doesn’t matter what size you are or your skill level. There’s a place for everyone. Everyone gets a chance. Kids that don’t normally fit those traditional sports, actually do pretty well here. BMXers take respect for one another very seriously. There is no discouraging other riders. The group dynamic in BMX fiercely discourages that negative attitude. You don’t see that a lot in other sports, nor in life. If you’re willing to come down that hill, you’re immediately given that respect,” Anthony says with a proud smile. Anthony Sargent not only incorporates his knowledge and passion for BMX in his daily operations of the track, but makes it a point to show riders the morals of the sport. These are the qualities that make novice and professional riders gravitate around him

and the track. Anthony shares, “We have whole families that ride – mom, dad, and the kids. They all ride competitively, some even at the national level. We’ve had some national champions from this track, like locals Taylor and Jenson Koll. They’re kids from St. Augustine, from this track!” The excitement that Anthony feels about BMX is equally matched by his genuine excitement for the achievements and happiness of the riders on his track. As the sport of BMX continues to reach around the world, its growing impact and popularity generously affect Anthony and First Coast BMX. He prides himself in helping to develop the talent and skill of the increasing number of locals interested in the sport. By serving the local community with a great track, Sargent has also opened the doors for even larger crowds and events to First Coast BMX. He says, “We had an SSA (Sunshine www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

State BMX Association) event. There were three thousand people here! A couple of guys who ended up in the Olympics raced on this track at that event. The Olympics brings a lot to the table to make things evolve here.” However, no matter how many large racing events come to First Coast BMX in St. Augustine and no matter how many local stars rise from the dirt jumps of his track to world stardom, Anthony Sargent remains committed to the core values and basic fun of the sport. As he points at little five-year old and seven-year old kids taking a fast turn on the track, Anthony says, “To teach them competition like that at such a young age so that they learn to excel and work together, that’s what excites me so much about it.” 3005 Alan Nease Road www.usabmx.com

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SMOKED SALMON PLATTER Photography by Brian Miller A trendy, cozy coffeehouse is rarely a place that you’d expect to find culinary delights, but City Bistro Teahouse & Coffee Co. is here to defy your expectations. Even if coffee isn’t your, well, cup of tea, the dishes coming out of the kitchen are a plenty good reason to drive up US 1. Before you even dig in, the Smoked Salmon Platter is a sight to behold. The combination of fresh ingredients is bright and aesthetically pleasing, a favorite for any time of the day. In addition to the smoked salmon, the platter consists of two sunnyside up eggs, halved tomatoes, and bright violet pickled onions. Even stopping here, you’ve got a rainbow going. The dish is finished off, however, with a salad of arugula, capers, and scallions and served with a side of cream cheese, sprouted grain toast, and lemon (in case you were missing some zest). It’s certainly a substantial portion, but once you get going and experience each flavor both by itself and as an amalgamation of the whole plate, there won't be any stopping.

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Roundup

KOMBUCHA The fermented, slightly effervescent tea has taken the St. Augustine area by storm. Check out these local brewers to see what all the hype is about.

THE DISH The Greek Wrap

Living on the Veg

THE GREEK WRAP AT FLAVORS EATERY

Watch the downtown vehicle and foot traffic go by as you enjoy a wrap laden with melty cheese, fresh veggies, and homemade goodness.

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f you're one of the many people whose stomachs start growling at the thought of a Greek Salad loaded with olives and feta, you're about to fall in love with the Greek Wrap at Flavors Eatery. Caesar salad wraps were a pretty common occurrence, but a Greek Wrap was new on my radar until a visit to the downtown cafe. This spot on King Street serves a warm and abundant Greek Wrap with your choice of chicken or lamb, but they’ll also happily do a no meat option for vegetarians. I highly advise not missing out. In addition to the expected spring mix, kalamata olives, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce, Flavors adds their garlic house dressing and just the right amount of melted, gooey mozzarella cheese. Trust me, it’s not a wrap you’ll be able to just pick up easily. The juices from the veggies as well as a plentiful supply of fresh ingredients necessitate silverware. And if all that weren't enough, each wrap is served with chips and a fresh housemade salsa. Their menu is pretty expansive and includes more than a few options for vegetarians. In addition to the Greek Wrap, the veggie wrap is another delicious choice. It’s loaded with

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Portobello mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, carrots, two kinds of cheese, Cajun spices, and their house garlic sauce. Be prepared when you order, though, because Flavors doesn't shy away with portion sizes. Their delicious wraps cover the length of a full dinner plate (but each entrée is under $10). In addition to their entrée items, Flavors Eatery offers smoothies (heralded as some of the best in town), beer, wine, and espresso. And if you still need an incentive, Flavors has their own free parking lot (a downtown luxury!). They offer a few outside seating options, and on the weekends, play host to live musicians. If you’re looking for a fresh and healthy lunch with plenty of vegetarian options, it's about to be your new spot. Flavors Eatery has been a staple in downtown dining for many years now. They’re open for lunch from 11am until 6pm everyday except for Friday when they stay open late – until 9pm.

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Moonbooch A staple of the farmers market, Moonbooch is still a fairly small local company. The little Kombucha cart offers delicious flavors like lemon, beet, and ginger. You can find them at Crave Food Truck and buy your own at the Old City Farmers Market. www.facebook.com/moonbooch

Local Booch Now available all across North Florida, Local Booch has delicious floral and fruit flavors are great for pairing with any fresh, healthy, and local dishes. Look for Local Booch at places like Planet! Sarbez!, Mojos Tacos, the Kookaburra, and Rype & Readi. www.localbooch.com

Wellspring Kombucha A group of friends began with a love art of brewing that developed into a passion for Kombucha. Though based in Gainesville, Wellspring's delicious flavors – like Pineapple Coalescence and Bombus Hibiscus – are well worth the trip. www.facebook.com/wellspringkombucha

Hive Alive Honey Brews Hive Alive deals in traditional Kombucha's little sister, Jun Kombucha. Jun, however, has a lighter, softer flavor while still maintaining the health benefits. Look for them at Natural Juices Cafe. www.honeybrews.com


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Tale of Two

LOTS OF LOBSTER Whether intricate and elegant or a handheld classic, lobster is one versatile ocean-dweller. Photography by Brian Miller

Tagliatelle Aragosta Maine Lobster Roll

TERRA & ACQUA Though you may be hesitant to try to pronounce it out loud, don’t let that anxiety stop you from experiencing the aquatic decadence that is the Tagliatelle Aragosta. The handmade pasta could be a dish on its own, but instead of leaving it be, the chefs have added fresh tomatoes and a thick, but not overpowering red sauce. After the sauce, the dish gets frutti di mare – translated “fruit of the sea” – a nautical assortment of shrimp, scallops, and calamari. But this abundance of seafood is not over. True to its name (and the topic of this column), the dish is finished off with a 6 ounce lobster tail. For fans of fresh seafood and classic Italian, this dish is a must-eat. It combines the best of the area's culinary metier and a family's palatable heritage for an utterly enviable meal. 134 Sea Grove Main Street (904) 429-9647

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PROHIBITION KITCHEN Formerly known as the “Maine-iac” (which we thought was hilarious), this delicious lobster roll will transport you to far away New England – without having to leave our own tropical paradise. The fresh, summery dish is light and creamy, a classic, tried and true favorite. The roll starts with fresh Maine lobster mixed with – but not overwhelmed by – mayonnaise and celery for a little crunch. The lobster is then garnished with chervil and rests in a toasted white roll. As we move into the heat of a Florida summer, the bright flavor of appetizing yet unpretentious seafood is an lunchtime essential. A commitment to the best ingredients means that the need for pizzazz disappears. All you need with the Maine Lobster Roll is the delicious basics. 119 St. George Street (904) 209-5704

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Culinary Character

MICHAEL LUGO One of the Ancient City's culinary icons, the owner of Michael's Tasting Room blends his own Puerto Rican heritage with the city's Spanish history for an experience like no other. By Matthew Shaw | Photography by Rob Futrell

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here can be no doubt about it St. Augustine’s culinary scene has grown at a frenetic pace over the last decade. While the emergence of more ingredient-conscious consumer trends in larger metropolitan areas ignited the fire globally, farm-to-table inclined restaurants have fanned the flames locally. And while there was no big bang to spark the evolution here in the Oldest City, certainly chef and restaurateur Michael Lugo’s relocation from Dallas, Texas to St. Augustine in the early aughts predated the current wave of progress. Opened on Calle Cuna in 2006, The Tasting Room was one of the first restaurants in the area to focus heavily on quality, locally-sourced ingredients prepared in a traditional way. Today, Michael’s Tasting Room – as it’s now known – remains one of the city’s premier fine dining establishments, specializing in Spanish and

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Puerto Rican cuisine with an emphasis on elegance. Michael grew up in Dallas, but it was family gatherings during his early childhood in Puerto Rico that first aroused in Michael a passion for food. “The culture in Puerto Rico revolves around food,” Michael says. “My earliest memories are ‘taste memories.’ I always call them taste memories because the palette is how you build knowledge.” In Texas, Michael began working in restaurants as soon as he was of age – everything from large corporate restaurants to small fine dining establishments. He says he gravitated toward the hospitality and customer service side of the restaurant industry, but remained passionate about the food, from preparation to presentation. In his early twenties, Michael cut his teeth working as a chef at Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House, a high end restaurant www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

well-known in the state of Texas. “I knew at the time that I would end up opening my own place,” he says. “I put that as my end goal – to be a restaurateur, not just a chef.” Michael met his wife in Dallas, but says he always felt the culture and flavors of his early childhood pulling him elsewhere. He yearned to establish roots in a place with similar character. On a trip to visits his in-laws – snowbirds from Ohio who’d relocated to St. Augustine – Michael says he was struck by how much the city reminded him of Old San Juan, the historically significant Spanish outpost in Puerto Rico. After moving to the city in 2002, Michael worked in a variety of local restaurants, from a stint at The Raintree Restaurant on San Marco Avenue to helping Michael and Christine McMillan open the upscale Opus 39 on Cordova Street. “I spent a few years just getting to know the city and getting to


Michael's grandmother’s farm was home base for Lugo family gatherings. “We were milking cows and making cheese, killing goats,” he says. “The other kids kind of shied away from it. They were like 'Grandma’s house is weird.' But I loved it. I didn’t realize it then but that was the foundation for my passions.”

know people,” Michael says. “As the wideeyed, eager, late-twenties-person that I was, I thought, ‘Hey, everything is like Dallas.’ But, [St. Augustine]’s a smaller city – different personality. So it was kind of good that I took my time. I got the opportunity to work for some great people. I got a good feel of the town.” Michael says it was important to him during that time to understand what the city’s culinary landscape might be lacking. Interestingly enough he felt, although overflowing with architectural and historic remnants of its Spanish heritage, St. Augustine was in need of a restaurant that captured that same charm. “It was almost like it was a calling,” Michael says, discussing his informal investigation of Spanish cuisine. “The language was my original language. The flavors took me back to my grandmother’s cooking in Puerto Rico. Everything kind of clicked in a weird way. Like it was meant to be. More than

a historical connection, it felt personal. It brought passion into what I was doing.” With help from Michael McMillan, Michael Lugo opened the Tasting Room with the intention of establishing a fine dining establishment serving classically prepared Spanish dishes with an extensive menu of Spanish wines. The restaurant developed a dedicated following with locals and tourists alike. Michael also expanded the business model to offer off-site catering for events and special gatherings. A self-proclaimed eternal optimist, Michael is encouraged by the city’s culinary progress, as of late. He says, however, there is work to be done. “In the last three years we’ve had a blossoming of the beverage aspect,” he says, referencing the bevy of upscale cocktailfocused establishments now dotting the city’s downtown landscape. “Right now we are flourishing in the cocktail side, but I think that’s short-sighted. If we aspire to be a www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

culinary scene like Savannah or Charleston, we need to expand beyond that. I really think we have an opportunity to attract the sort of destination diners that you see in other cities. We should push the dining and elegance, outside of the tourist price points.” As for his own ambitions, Michael has plans to develop a mobile food truck and kitchen to service off-site events. As the city’s palette continues to expand he says he’ll confidently continue to push it further. “Our philosophy is not for remembering tastes but introducing new tastes,” he says. “There are great businesses here doing great things. I only hope we inherently challenge ourselves to do more. I want us to be a bigger expression of our creativity and character.” 25 Cuna Street www.michaelstastingroom.com

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Behind the Bar

DOUG MURR With a combination of luck and a penchant for innovation, brew master Doug Murr is venturing out on his own and bringing exciting new brews to Lincolnville. By Matthew Shaw | Photography by Brian Miller

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n March, after a decade and a half as brew master at King Street’s A1A Aleworks, Doug Murr brewed his last beer for the popular restaurant and tap house. And this summer (if all goes according to plan) Doug's opening the doors at Dog Rose Brewing Company. It’s a bold move to venture into the world of sole proprietorship. There is a laundry list of variables – many out of one’s control. But it isn’t the first time Doug has allowed lady luck to have a say in a big decision. And given his track record of success in such matters, there’s no reason to believe he isn’t still playing with a hot hand. Case-in-point: Doug's arrival in St. Augustine was the result of a coin flip. He’d already decided to leave Atlanta, where’d been living in years prior, and the decision came down to the two sides of a coin – Asheville, North Carolina was heads and St. Augustine, Florida tails.

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Tails it was and by January of 2002, Doug – who’d long worked in bars and restaurants – was heading up the brewing process at A1A. He was happy, but not quite satisfied. “You always want to do something that’s going to be your own,” Doug says of his decision to leave A1A in early 2016. Consistent with his past good fortune, Doug's leaving A1A coincided with the restaurant giving up its adjacent brewing facility and selling off its brewing equipment. Knowing full well he intended to go out on his own, Doug jumped at the opportunity and acquired the familiar equipment at a decent price. “It kind of all fell into place,” Doug remembers. Dog Rose Brewing Company – named after the Rosa Canina, a wild rose said to have medicinal properties – is just the latest addition to a neighborhood that has become one of the fastest developing in the city. “We are excited about being a part of Lincolnville,” Doug says. “There’s so much cool stuff happening over there. It’s www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Using the recipes and penchant for experimentation he cultivated at A1A, Doug is developing an entire suite of so vibrant and welcoming. house ales and lagers, from staples like IPAs, Porters, Our intention is to be this neighborhood’s bar – for and Ambers, to more the people who live here.” idiosyncratic brews. “I love to brew with different “I’ve always liked to try botanicals," says Doug of things that may not seem his process, "whether it be to make sense at the peppercorns or cucumbers time,” Doug says of his or different fruits. I like to process for developing stay ahead of the curve and new beers. “I love to experiment.” brew with different botanicals – whether it be peppercorns or cucumbers or different fruits. I like to stay ahead of the curve and experiment.” Doug is currently waiting on Federal approval to begin the brewing process, but he says he still plans on opening the doors to Dog Rose this summer – with or without his house brews at the ready. If history is any indication, everything else is likely fall into place from there. 77 Bridge Street www.dogrosebrewing.com


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Pictured Here: Upper Left: Fried Green Tomato BLT is a fresh, summery lunchtime favorite. Upper Right: The Biscuits and Gravy will send you straight back to your Southern roots. Lower Right: Boulangerie Pork Sandwich is a classic that incorporates new tastes. Lower Left: A Cinnamon Roll dripping with icing is a perfect start to the morning.

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DESSERT FIRST BISTRO Dessert First Bistro made be a little hidden away, but it’s worth the hunt to experience fresh, local flavor and always housemade confections. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Rob Futrell

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hough its owners carry with them a plethora of culinary skills and experience, the little bistro is a newcomer to the St. Augustine food scene. Back in April of 2016, owners Laura Highsmith, Heidi Fogle, and Rachael Rogers happened upon the space near the Vilano Bridge and fell in love. In August, Dessert First Bistro opened its doors to the public. That time of year is the slow season for the marina community, but the team decided this was a blessing. It was a period that gave them time to iron out details, perfect their menu, and discover their niche. As they head now into the busy summer months, they’re more than ready for the inevitable onslaught of patrons. Most of the bistro-goers are basking in the sunshine, lunching and sipping their espresso al fresco, as we wander in. Dessert First is bright and open, sporting trendy chalkboard messages throughout – “All You

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Need is Love & a Good Cup of Coffee” – and boasting a mingling of the sweet, sugary smell of pastries and the unexpectedly savory. Laura, Rachael, Heidi, and their team – Chefs Sebastian Sikora, Billy Hodges, and Lucy Kamada – besiege us with some of the best offerings of their highly eclectic menu. We start with the Fried Green Tomato BLT ($8.50) – which, yes, is as good as it sounds – a take on the classic that consists of green tomatoes dipped in cornmeal and grilled, apple cider Cherrywood-smoked bacon, lettuce, and remoulade on toasted sourdough. The next on our plates is the Boulangerie Pork Sandwich ($6.50) which coats a fresh croissant in the mouthwatering remoulade before piling on a hearty portion of in-house slow roasted pork as well as avocado, swiss cheese, and an egg.

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After satiating our inner carnivores, the menu took a left turn without deviating from the path of substantial flavor. We were hesitant about the Eggplant Sandwich ($7.50) at first, but were floored by the roasted heirloom tomato, grilled eggplant, arugula, goat cheese, and onion jam on housemade artisan bread. Vegetarians rejoice. Thankfully we left at least a little room for dessert – the aptly named bistro’s specialty. We were treated to a warm and gooey, made-from-scratch cinnamon roll ($2.95) that would have fully satisfied our sweet tooth until the Triple Chocolate Cake ($6.95) was brought out. The chocolate cake layered with chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, and chocolate buttercream is not for the faint of heart. But it is for the fans of decadent deliciousness. 121 Yacht Club Drive www.dessertfirstbistro.com


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THE WORLD I N S A I N T AU G U S T I N E World exploration doesn't always need a plane ticket. From Poland to Peru, experience the delicious beauty of new cultures and countries through the authentic flavor of these local restaurants.


Peru LLAMA RESTAURANT

Chef Marcel's Ceviche is more than just a stunning dish. The structure of the plate represents the city of Lima as it rests on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the south Pacific Ocean. It's a traditional blend of fresh Corvina marinated with lime juice, cilantro, and Limo Peppers served with Peruvian giant corn and glazed sweet potatoes. 415 Anastasia Boulevard


India NAMASTE

With Indian food this authentic, the spice is neverending. The Chicken Tikka Masala, cubed chicken in a mild sweet sauce, served on top of a tangy, citrusy rice could satisfy any craving, but don't let it fill you up completely. Save room for the buttery naan and Tandoori Chicken, marinated in yoghurt and a blend of spices.

Not sure what to order from the menu? Try their daily lunch buffet open from 11am-2:30pm for a sampling to get started. 2180 US 1 South

Cuba LA HERENCIA CAFE

One bite of the Picadillo and you'll think you were in Havana with Hemingway. The shredded beef is perfectly flavored with red and green peppers and onions. The white rice, black beans, and fried plantains are just the cherry on top. And it wouldn't be complete without a cup of Cuban coffee. 4 Aviles Street

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LA COCINA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Even with the brightly colored walls and artistic homage to Frida Kahlo, the decor plays second fiddle to the powerful flavor of the menu. Add in some flaming fajitas – perfectly grilled peppers, shrimp, beef, and veggies – and you won't take your eyes off of your plate.

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Vietnam SAIGON PHO BISTRO

Trust us, Pho is no ordinary noodle soup. This Vietnamese favorite is a hearty, filling dish of authentic rice noodles, beef, savory herbs, and onion in a beef broth. All the flavors intermingle and give each ingredient a unique taste.

1935 A1A South


Japan FUSION POINT SUSHI

Thailand

Though the restaurant combines the dishes and flavors of multiple Pan Asian countries ( Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Korea), the culinary delight that really makes them shine is sushi. A huge selection will make it hard to narrow down your tastes, but any combination of tuna, hamachi, salmon, even tempura-fried shrimp is sure to please. 237 San Marco Avenue

LIBBY'S THAI BISTRO

Though we'd travel halfway across the world for a Red Snapper like this one, thanks to Libby's chefs, we don't have to. The whole fish is cooked to perfection in a tangy Thai chili sauce with just a little bit of heat and garnished with sugar snap peas, carrots, and broccoli. Top it off for lime for an unexpected zest. 525 State Road 16, Suite 103

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Ireland DAN MURPHY'S IRISH PUB

As far as it concerns comfort food, there is little in this world that can compete with a traditional Irish breakfast. This glorious display of eggs (any way you like them), rashers topped with caramelized onions, black and white pudding, fried tomatoes, bacon, and even chips is a unparalleled culinary delight and worthy of St. Paddy himself. Wake up to the plate first thing in the morning or have it send you to sleep at night.

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Dan Murphy's Irish Pub just opened up in the familiar, but very nicely renovated, former Wildflower Cafe spot on A1A. 4320 A1A South

England KING'S HEAD BRITISH PUB

Cozy yourself into an antique armchair or grab a seat by the fireplace and prepare yourself. Because you've never seen prawns like these. The truly jumbo shrimp are expertly battered to cruncy, golden deliciousness and need no extra panache. Their palatable simplicity does wonders on its own. But if you are going to add something, pair them with the British favorite – Old Speckled Hen Ale. 6460 US 1 North

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You may recognize these massive prawns from our Instagram story! We were a little obsessed with not only their size, but their out-of-thisworld flavor. Who knew fried shrimp could pack such a punch? Trust us and go try them!


France LE PETIT PLEASURES

There is a reason that France is known for its culinary delights. The French are the masters of flavor and technique and it is clear that Stephanie and Phillipe are carrying on the legacy. The pastry of the Quiche Florentine is flaky and crisp and the filling is bubbley and melty. Don't skip out on the decadent pastries for dessert and make sure to top off your meal with a glass of wine.

125 A1A Beach Boulevard


Italy

LA STRADA ITALIAN

Perhaps when you think of traditional Italian food, fish doesn't come to mind. Most of us might think of pastas and pizza before Sea Bass, but Chef Mark knows his stuff. The sea bass is served on a bed of fresh sauteed vegetables and drizzled with a light, but flavorful traditional white wine sauce. Benissimo! 4075 A1A South


Greece ATHENA RESTAURANT The bold, tangy flavors of the restaurant's signature dish, the Gyro Greek Combo, will have you in no doubt that Greece was the birthplace of Western culture. Delicious souvlaki is served with soft pita bread, Greek salad, and the everessential tzatzaki. It's a combo we can't wait to dig into! 14 Cathedral Place

Poland GAUFRE'S AND GOODS Who knew that pierogies could be so versatile? The traditional Polish dumplings make a delectable entree – stuffed with potato and cheese, sauerkraut and mushroom, or spinach and meat – or save room for dessert and try them with blueberries and powerdered sugar. Either way, an authentic beet soup is a must-have. 9 Aviles Street

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Tanzania AFRICAN LOVE KITCHEN

Chef Ibrahim Mahem has located an untapped market – the people love Tanzanian food on the go. Chef Ibrahim operates out of his food truck and travels the area giving people a taste of traditional African dishes. The most popular are easily the Sambusas, a crispy, savory pastry filled with veggies or meat. For a little extra heat and a lot of extra flavor, the chef offers a few authentic sauces. Old City Farmers Market

Kenya

GROWERS ALLIANCE

Having grown up on coffee farms in Kenya, owners Martin Kabaki and Purity Gikunju clearly know good coffee when they taste it. The little shop (formally just a food truck) offers delicious roasts from four different countries known for the quality of their coffee beans – Kenya, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. The fair trade product works, as well, to bring good business to the independent farmers of these nations. 322 Anastasia Boulevard

Australia THE KOOKABURRA

Have you ever tried an Aussie pie? These fluffy, flakey pastries are filled to the brim with a variety of fillings like veggies, minced meat, even egg and cheese for brekkie. Fresh and piping hot from the oven, they're an any-time-ofthe-day treat from our friends down under. Visit www.kookaburrashop.com for all 3 locations

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FAMILY FRIENDLY PIZZA JOINT FEATURING YOUR FAVORITE HANDTOSSED, OVEN BAKED PIZZAS ALONG WITH BURGERS, SALADS, HOAGIES AND A FULL BAR.

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I like the funky images on the shirts the servers wear.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Pizza, Gluten Free

SETTING: Family friendly,

fun environment, outdoor dining patios ENTERTAINMENT:

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Live entertainment on various nights KID'S MENU: Yes

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Bruschetta, Pretzel Bites, Mushroom Soup, Stuffed Portobello, Capri Salad, Pretzel Bites Fresh Mellow dough, baked to golden brown - Basted with garlic butter and sprinkled with parmesan Served with beer cheese and a side of red sauce. CHEF SPECIALTIES

Thai Dye Pizza Olive oil & garlic base, all natural grilled curry chicken, mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, onions. Topped with fresh basil, cucumbers, & a sweet swirl of Thai chili sauce. Kosmic Karma Pizza Red Sauce base pizza with Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Spinach, Feta, Roma Tomatoes, and a Pesto swirl Veggie Supreme Calzone Roma Tomatoes, Spinach, Mushrooms, and Seasoned Ricotta Cheese. Mushroom Club Hoagie Ham, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Provolone, Caramelized Onions, and Grilled Mushrooms. Enlightened Spinach Salad Fresh spinach topped with dried cherries, apples, homemade candied pecans, and feta cheese. Datil B Good Red sauce base with mozzarella cheese, pineapple, onions, roasted red peppers, and chicken. Then topped with chives.

MELLOWMUSHROOM.COM

NEIGHBORHOOD: Just

over the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island PARKING OPTIONS:

Onsite, Street Parking SPECIALS: 2-for-1

Happy Hour daily from 3pm to 6:30pm. ABOUT THE OWNERS:

Locally owned and operated by Matt and Tara Strickland

410 ANASTASIA BLVD. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080 SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY 11AM TO 12AM THURSDAY - SATURDAY 11AM TO 1AM (904) 826-4040

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TIKI STYLE BAR AND GRILL KNOWN FOR ITS UNIQUELY SAVORY CHICKEN WINGS OFFERED WITH A CHOICE OF MORE THAN 35 SIGNATURE SAUCES AND FLAVORS, ENJOYED IN A FUN ISLAND ATMOSPHERE.

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Locally owned for 10 years, we are not your average franchise. We are your community.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Americana grill with island flavors SETTING: Tiki-style

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bar and wings

ENTERTAINMENT: Big

screens over the bar, live music nightly, extended gameroom available for private parties. KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: South

St. Augustine Beach

STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

The Perfect Storm Firecracker Shrimp, Fried Pickles, Boneless Wings, and our Garlic ‘n' Parm Fries. Served with Cyclone & Firecracker sauces and a third sauce of your choice. Hurricane Nachos Crisp tortilla chips loaded with our House Chili, queso cheese and jalapenos. Drizzled with our Ancho Chile Lime sauce and topped with diced tomatoes and red onions.

PARKING OPTIONS:

Full parking lot in front of the venue. SPECIALS: Rolling

weekly specials, from food to drinks.

4255 SOUTH A1A ST. AUGUSTINE, FL MONDAY - SUNDAY 11AM TO 10PM

CHEF SPECIALTIES

Beachside Chicken Grilled chicken breast topped with sauteed onions, pepers, bacon, melted cheeses, drizzled with Honey Lime sauce. Shrimp & Mahi Rice Bowl Cajun-seasoned shrimp & mahi sauteed with onions, peppers and our Thai Ginger & Garlic sauce served on a bed of our Caribbean Yellow Rice. Steakburger Fresh burger of your choice. Comes with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and mayo. Firecracker Shrimp Tacos Lightly-fried shrimp tossed in our Firecracker sauce. Served in two flour tortillas with our Garlic Ginger Slaw and sesame seeds. Jumbo Wings Fresh 100% all natural chicken, served with ranch or bleu cheese and celery. Available with over 35 different sauces.

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WELCOME TO THE ONLY OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT IN ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, SERVING LOCALS AND TOURISTS ALIKE. YOU WON'T FIND ANY RESTAURANT QUITE LIKE US.

Where A Street Meets the Ocean

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Seafood, Shrimp, Burgers,Tacos. Gluten Free Available SETTING: Oceanfront KID'S MENU: Yes

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Minorcan Chowder, Steamed Shrimp, Gator Tail, Wings, Thai Cobb Salad CHEF SPECIALTIES

Baja Fish Tacos Choice of fried, grilled, or blackened fresh catch of the day on flour tortillas with cabbage cilantro slaw & baja sauce. Gluten Free (excluding fried option). Fresh Fish Sandwiches Today's fresh catch served on a grilled roll with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Served with tartar sauce, datil pepper remoulade, or dill. Your choice of fried, grilled or blackened. Brie Burger 1/3 lb. burger chargrilled and topped with caramelized onion rings, horseradish-bacon aioli, melted brie, and baby greens. Cuban Sandwich House roasted pulled pork, sliced ham, swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on grilled cuban bread. Stuffed Catch Dinner Crab stuffed fresh catch topped with Shrimp Supreme sauce. Served with grilled asparagus and choice of one side. Garlic Mussels 1-1/2 pounds of PEI mussels sautéed with white wine in a lemon, garlic butter sauce with chopped tomatoes and fresh basil over linguini. Served with garlic bread.

NEIGHBORHOOD:

Oceanfront on A Street PARKING OPTIONS:

Private Lot, Bicycle Parking, or park on the Beach

SPECIALS: Chef inspired

specials posted to our website daily

ABOUT THE OWNERS:

Locally owned and operated by: Danielle & Chef Steve LeClair

and Ashley & Don Samora

2 A STREET ST AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL 32080 OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER EVERYDAY AT 11AM (904) 471-3744

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ST. AUGUSTINE'S NEWEST IRISH PUB BRINGS YOU A MODERN TWIST ON IRISH CUISINE WITH PHENOMENAL CUISINE, RELAXED ATMOSPHERE, AND EXCELLENT SERVICE.

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You're never a stranger at Dan Murphy's

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Irish cuisine with a modern flare

SETTING: Casual, family

ON THE MENU

friendly restaurant KID'S MENU: Yes

RESERVATIONS: Yes

STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

Boxty Wedges, Fried Calamari, Irish Nachos, Drunken Shrimp, Spicy Crab Chowder, Farmer’s Salad

NEIGHBORHOOD:

South St. Augustine Beach PARKING OPTIONS:

Ample free parking

SPECIALS: Happy hour

everyday from 4pm-6pm

4320 A1A SOUTH ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080 OPEN FROM 8AM FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

CHEF SPECIALTIES

Farmhouse Burger Hand-formed burger on a grilled baker's bun, fried green tomato, rasher, fried egg, Dubliner cheddar cheese, white BBQ sauce Roli Cheesesteak House made corned beef, sautéed onions and cherry peppers, melting Dubliner cheddar, French bread, spicy mustard Bangers And Mash Grilled bangers, piled high on mashed potatoes, with caramelized onions and triple mustard sauce Fish & Chips Fresh wild caught Atlantic cod fried in our signature harp lager batter, house chips, slaw, homemade tartar Orned Beef and Wedges House made corned beef, crispy boxty wedges, sautéed cabbage Oyster and Salmon Stew Fresh Louisiana select oysters and chunks of salmon, potatoes and leeks simmered in a creamy broth, served with dipping bread

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Innovative Southern Fare for Omnivores, Herbivores and Locavores. ONTHE THEMENU MENU ON STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

Georgia Cheeseboard, Fried Green Tomatoes, Company's Coming, CHEF SPECIALTIES

Biscuits And Belly Buttermilk biscuits (GF!) with braised pork belly, hot sauce honey, Lil Moo cheese, fancy mustard, and Peach Butter. Pickled Pepper Shrimps Florida Shrimp in a zesty lemon brine with pickled poblano and rainbow bell peppers, sweet onions, capers and lemon zest. Served with toasted pan Pugliese. Elkton Salad Choice of all-natural grilled chicken or local fresh catch with roasted sweet potatoes, shredded carrots and sweet onions, zesty cabbage slaw, green beans and greentomato salsa over local lettuces. Topped with a Fried Green Tomato and served with buttermilk-herb dressing. South-East Fried Chicken Sandwich Citrus-herb marinated chicken breast, rice-flour dusted, fried, and stacked on ciabatta with lemon aioli and a ginger slaw with marinated carrots and cucumbers, collards and cabbage, plus a drizzle of hot sauce honey. Served with choice of roasted potatoes OR a collard "chop" salad with peaches, buttermilk herb, red onions and pecans Fresh Catch Floridian Cornflake-encrusted local fresh catch, pan-fried and broiled with a cilantro-lime compound butter, served with sautéed seasonal vegetables and herbroasted potatoes

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REGIONALLY-INSPIRED AND FRESH FROM THE SOURCE, OUR CUISINE IS A SYNTHESIS OF DOWN-HOME SOUTHERN COMFORT FOODS, AND LIGHTER, HEALTHIER, VIBRANT, AND CREATIVE DISHES – WITH MANY VEGETARIAN OPTIONS.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Innovative Southern, Plentiful Gluten Free options SETTING: Casual

Old South meets funky Florida vibes KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown St. Augustine on the bayfront PARKING OPTIONS:

Self-Parking, Street

72 SPANISH STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL SUN, MON - THURS 11 AM TO 9PM FRIDAY-SATURDAY 11AM TO10PM CLOSED TUESDAYS (904) 829-0655

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Catch 27 stands in the heart of historic St. Augustine WE BELIEVE IN PREPARING AND SERVING FRESH, LOCALLY-CAUGHT SEAFOOD FROM THE NATION'S 27TH STATE. WE COOK EVERYTHING FROM SCRATCH WITH SEASONAL INGREDIENTS AND LOCAL PRODUCE.

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CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

The selection varies from Snapper to Sheepshead, Mahi Mahi to Triggerfish, and Flounder to Black Drum. Sea folk and landlubbers will all find something they'll enjoy. ENTERTAINMENT:

Guitar and vocalist on the patio occasionally KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown St. Augustine PARKING OPTIONS:

Any of the downtown parking lots SPECIALS: Bring your

own wine for a $5 corkage fee,

40 CHARLOTTE STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 11:30AM TO 8:30PM SUNDAY-THURSDAY 11:30AM TO 9:30PM FRIDAY-SATURDAY

ON THE MENU STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

Sweet Potato Salt Cod Fritters, Deviled Egg BLT with Southern Fried Oyster, Minorcan Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad CHEF SPECIALTIES

Shrimp & Grits Six cheddar and bacon grit cakes, topped with lightly blackened shrimp and sherry cream sauce. Blackened Fish Local Florida fish, lightly blackened and served with angel hair pasta, bacon-brussel sprouts, and a sherry cream sauce. Fish OR Shrimp Tacos Lightly blackened fish or shrimp in flour tortillas with housemade pico de gallo, lettuce, white cheddar, and guacamole. Farmers Market Risotto Local farmers market vegetables tossed with risotto. S.E. Family Farms Bone-in Pork Chop Greenway Farm grits, collard greens, and red-eye gravy. Land & Sea Pan seared scallops, crispy root beer braised pork belly, fingerling potato hash, and sweet potato puree. P.B.L.T. Crispy root beer-braised Florida pork belly with field greens, fried green tomatoes, and bacon-scallion aioli.

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LOW TIDE TAKES THE AVERAGE AMERICAN CUISINE AND PUTS A FRESH AND ECLECTIC SPIN ON IT. FROM THE SAUCES ON YOUR ENTREE TO THE SPICE BLENDS USED TO SEASON THE MEAL, NOTHING USED IN ANY OF OUR MENU ITEMS IS PRE-MADE OR STORE BOUGHT.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

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Eclectic Americana SETTING: Casual

and laid-back STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

Tortilla Chips and our from scratch salsa, Handcut fries Jalapeño Poppers halved jalapeño filled with sour cream, wrapped in centercut applewood smoked bacon, and grilled CHEF SPECIALTIES

The Dahui Our spin on the average surf and turf. Steak and shrimp, lettuce, shredded cheese blend, house made pico de gallo, topped with our LTFC sriracha dressing. Wrapped in a signature Low Tide grilled tortilla! Barney Half-pound hand pattied beef burger, topped with centercut applewood smoked bacon, cheddar/jack cheese blend, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and our LTFC island tarragon dressing and wrapped up in a grilled flatbread The Big Island You've never had a breakfast sandwich like this one! Fried flounder, 2 eggs, shredded cheese blend, wrapped up in a grilled flatbread. The Hodad Shrimp, mango, lettuce, tomato, onion, orange habanero vinaigrette all wrapped up in a grilled tortilla. Whole Trip 3 eggs, sautéed onions and peppers, sausage or bacon, house made pico de gallo, shredded cheese blend. All wrapped up in a grilled tortilla

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ENTERTAINMENT:

Surf videos

KID'S MENU: No NEIGHBORHOOD: Central

St. Augustine 312 / U.S. 1 PARKING OPTIONS:

Self parking in lot

SPECIALS: Maryland

Crab Cake & Fried Gator Tail Burrito

1968 US1 SOUTH ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32086 MONDAY - SATURDAY 8AM TO 3PM (904) 217-8413

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An ideal setting to enjoy cold beer, homemade Sangria, great food and music. BORRILLOS PIZZERIA AND BEER AND WINE GARDEN IS ONE OF THE OLDEST ORIGINAL FAMILY OWNED PIZZERIAS IN ST AUGUSTINE. IT'S KNOWN FOR ITS AUTHENTIC THIN CRUST STYLE BRICK OVEN PIZZAS, USING ONLY THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS DAILY.

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CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

NY Style pizza, stromboli, homemade lasagna, salads

ON THE MENU

SETTING: Dine-in

and outdoor beer and wine garden

STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

ENTERTAINMENT:

Ricotta/Spinach pinwheels, Meatball Sliders, Italian, Antipasto,Chefs and Greek Salads, Freshly baked Garlic Knots with homemade Marinara

Best local musicians Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, Karaoke on Friday

CHEF SPECIALTIES

Specialty Pizzas Authentic New York style hand-tossed pizza baked in a brick oven with various toppings

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Uptown San Marco Ave

Homemade Lasagna

PARKING OPTIONS:

Chicken Alfredo

Onsite, Street Parking SPECIALS: $2

Penne Al A Vodka

Domestic Beer Slice and Beer $5 M-TH 3-6pm 88 SAN MARCO AVENUE ST AUGUSTINE, FL MONDAY-THURSDAY 11:00 TO 8:30 FRIDAY-SATURDAY 11:00 TO 1:00AM SUNDAY 12:00 TO 8:30

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Tuscan Grilled Chicken Sandwich Antipasto Salad Pinwheels of ham, salami, & provolone, black olives, sliced tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, banana peppers, mozzarella, and mixed lettuce. Choice of dressing. Jumbo Calzones Ricotta & mozzarella cheeses stuffed into our folded ''Homemade Daily'' pizza dough. Homemade sauce on the side.

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Modern cantina serving latin fusion with a waterfront view

BAYFRONT LOCATION WITH WATERFRONT VIEWS MAKES THIS MODERN CANTINA SERVING LATIN FUSION SPECIALTIES THE NEWEST PLACE TO UNWIND AND SIP CRAFT COCKTAILS.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Latin Fusion

SETTING: Colorful,

modern cantina

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Guacamole Chicken Tenders, Arepa Carnita Sliders, Papas Rellenas, Chicken Tenders

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown St. Augustine on the bayfront PARKING OPTIONS:

CHEF SPECIALTIES

Street Parking

Carnitas Over Mash Pulled pork carnitas, braised in white wine and orange. Chunky yuca mash with an orange pork sauce. Served with shaved sauteed brussel sprouts and diced apple with apple butter. Hot Country Fried Chicken Spicy fried chicken with chorizo gravy and served over yuca mash Shepherd's Pie with a Latin Twist Beef and lamb, green olives, peppers, grilled red onions, garlic, carrots, celery, tied together with sofrito, topped with creamy yuca mash and cheese. Vegetarian Quesadilla Mozzarella, mixed vegetables, and Poblano pesto

12 AVENIDA MENENDEZ ST. AUGUSTINE, FL MONDAY - SUNDAY 11:30AM TO 10PM (904) 679-4034

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