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    New Lounge - The Volstead Opens Downtown




    The Volstead joins Downtown Jacksonville right in time for 2014. Indulge in decadent bourbon, whiskey, and scotch on the top shelf, and try their classic cocktails made with a unique twist. Great drinks start with great ingredients, and aren’t we glad that we aren’t faced with the challenges that Prohibition brought to this nation.

    “The Volstead” gets its name from The Volstead Act, which enacted Prohibition in the United States in late 1919. The act was later repealed in 1933, but the era would forever leave its mark on history. Some of histories most colorful personalities were players in bootlegging operations, and to this day bars still carry on the tradition.

    Jacksonville Florida pre-prohibition was a beautiful, bustling city where people came to achieve their dreams; designed to be the original site of Hollywood where the stars and starlets of the era came to spend their time.

    As the decade progressed the nation fell on hard times, Congressman Andrew Volstead chalked up the bill to eradicate the production and sale of liquor throughout the United States. As liquor became more scarece, people became craftier in finding ways to get hooch into the country. Due to the prime waterfront ...   [Read More]




    Philadelphia Union To Face New York Red Bulls At Everbank Field




    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (Jan. 16, 2014) – Philadelphia Union announced today that the soccer club will face 2013 Supporters’ Shield Champion New York Red Bulls Wednesday, Feb. 12 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL, as part of the 2014 pre-season trip. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. Tickets are available now at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, and online at Ticketmaster.com.

    “We are excited to play for the second consecutive year at such an excellent venue in the City of Jacksonville,” said Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth. “New York will be great competition for our squad and we look forward to an entertaining match in front of fans in Jacksonville."

    Philadelphia Union and the New York Red Bulls will hold open training sessions Tuesday, Feb. 11. Philadelphia Union will also host a free youth clinic at the open practice, attended by members of Philadelphia Union. Training times and location will be confirmed at a later date.

    “The city’s partnership with the Philadelphia Union continues to grow, and we appreciate them choosing Jacksonville for their pre-season training,” said Mayor Alvin Br...   [Read More]




    Healthy Soup Options During the Cold and Flu Season




    The variations of soups are endless given the number of different proteins, grains and vegetables one could choose. Soup is oh so nourishing and it provides hydration, electrolytes, and energy for your body. A warm cup of soup is often the go-to food of choice if you unfortunately fall ill during cold and flu season. But are all soups healthy?

    Though comforting, soup typically has a high sodium content. One Cup of canned soup often has anywhere from 480 to 890 milligrams of sodium; this can reach up to 38% of the recommended maximum daily allowance of 2300 milligrams.

    If cream is used as the foundation for soup, such as in a bisque or chowder, the fat content may rise above 10 grams per cup; that’s 90 calories from fat! So how does one justify enjoying this simple dish while still meeting healthy standards?

    One option is to cook from scratch; by doing this you can replace the salt with herbs and spices. The outcome can be successful if you are comfortable in the kitchen or following a great recipe. Unfortunately for me, I tried this myself and results were inconsistent; sometimes very flavorful and other times my soup was quite watery. Another alternative for healthy people without kidney issues is to use a potassium based salt su...   [Read More]




    Dave Matthews Band Coming To Jacksonville




    Jacksonville Fl - The Dave Matthews Band will be preforming in Jacksonville on July 15th 2014. Presales go on sale February 7th. 

    In 2013, Rolling Stone put Dave Matthews Band on its list of the “50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now,” observing, “Two decades in, DMB still know how to surprise their fans.” The group’s 2014 North American summer tour may be its most surprising yet.

    “A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band” will feature the group delivering two sets per evening, performing songs from throughout its career. Dave Matthews Band will wind through numerous configurations – from electric to acoustic, from full-throttle numbers featuring the entire band to more intimate moments featuring small groups of band members – including a stripped-down pairing of Matthews with guitarist Tim Reynolds, performing as an acoustic duo, as they occasionally do when the band is off the road. A variety of guests will join the band throughout the summer.

    "I was talking to Carter about how much I still like just sitting around playing music together. It's how we started – in the basements of Carter's and my mom'...   [Read More]




    Champagne on a Budget:




    A Guide to First Class Taste on a Young Professional Budget:

     

    Lux: Dom Perpignan Champagne $150

             Dom Perignon is a prestife cuvee owned by Moët & Chandon. DP is aged at least 7 years before release to ensure maximum deliciousness.

    Less: Roederer Estate Brut $20                           

              Roederer Estate Brut is a sub $20 sparkling wine from California, it is similar to Dom in the look in feel.

    Lux: Veuve Clicquot Champagne  $40

              Veuve Clicquot’s yellow label is perhaps the most well marketed Champagne on the face of the planet.

    Less: J. Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux $14                     

                A great Cremant de Limoux or Cremant de Bourgogne will be equal to or even beat ‘Yellow Label’ for less that $20. We love Lu...   [Read More]



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