10 July

Disconnected from Reality…

Many of you, my faithful blog consumers, are probably smiling and nodding to yourselves after reading that headline. And that’s how I know you’re a real friend. And I’m not even saying that in a snarky or facetious way. Thank you. Of course, I’m referring to my recent temporary estrangement from AT&T’s hallowed U-verse service. […]

26 June

‘Tis the Season: Summer Springs Fresh Tastes at Seasons 52

For my faithful blog followers who like to keep score at home, we just passed the summer solstice, which for this writer means an invite to the seasonal “up-front” at Darden’s Seasons 52. And like the up-fronts you hear about in the advertising world, this event’s likewise chock-full of anticipation, fanfare and pampering. And anticipatory […]

21 March

Groundhog Be Damned! Seasons 52 Launches Spring Menu

In Florida, spring routinely swings our way weeks early, regardless of what one overhyped furry creature in Pennsylvania might sometimes suggest. So you might expect that, to a bunch of jaded Floridians getting sand between their toes in February, this vernal equinox thing is a a month late and some sunscreen short. But if you’re […]

27 January

Much Ado About Motoring…

When I drive, I like to complain. Usually about people or things that hinder my progress from Point A to Point B as quickly as humanly possible. Some people obviously are not on my time schedule, or obviously concerned about anyone else’s, as they plod along the roadway in blissful passive-aggression. But this blog entry […]

4 January

Pele’s Heats Up Park and King with Hipness … and Fire!

The past several years have played stage to a culinary resurrection along King Street in Riverside. Upstarts jostling to make “the scene,” including Intuition Ale Works, Walker’s, Carmine’s and The Loft, cry, “I’m cool, too!” next to neighborhood stalwarts such as Kickbacks Gastropub and Whiteway Delicatessen. Together, these palaces of old-world cool make maneuvering the […]

22 October

‘Tis the ‘Season’ for Fresh & Healthy: Darden’s Seasons 52 at SJTC

When I say “roadside restaurant off busy highway,” if you’re from these parts, I suspect you immediately find visions of Waffle House’s “scattered, smothered, covered” hashbrown goodness wafting through your mind (better that than your stomach). That’s the old Jacksonville, though. Now we have JTB and the St. Johns Town Center, and all the happening, […]

29 September

Folio Weekly Bite Club Review: Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza (9/27/11)

Tucked amidst the thicket of Olive Gardens, Chili’s and other ubiquitous, homogenized dining chains you’d expect off a major interstate, the River City Marketplace sports another ‘national brand’ that I suspect many Jacksonvillians may not know (but should) – Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza. Canadian-founded Boston’s has lived at RCM for almost three years, joining nearly […]

13 March

Have Things Really Gotten This Bad In Our Public Schools?

Today, like most Sundays, I volunteered as a reader and board operator for the WJCT Radio Reading Service. I’m borderline-ashamed to admit it, but it’s usually the only time each week that I look at a printed, physical newspaper. That is, unless you count the Florida Times-Unions deposited in the break room at work, which […]