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    Kazu Sushi Burrito Is Expanding In The Area




    Next week, Kazu Sushi Burrito will be opening a 1800-square-foot location in St. Augustine at 1000 South Ponce de Leon Boulevard. In early March, they will open a Jacksonville Beach location at 693 3rd St. North.

    Kazu already has 3 locations in the area. One is in downtown Jacksonville at 117 W. Adams Street with another at 6025 Butler Point Road in addition to the original Kazu Japanese Restaurant at 9965 San Jose Blvd.

    David Chen and his brother, Jason, come from a family of restaurateurs and run the Kazu restaurants together. Kazu will carry products like bluefin tuna, oysters, clams and shellfish regularly for their customers.

    Kazu Sushi Burrito is a fast casual restaurant offering a unique concept on sushi. They balance Hawaiian flavors with Japanese techniques and use the freshest ingredients to create flavorful poke burritos, bowls and salads. Their dishes are perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for good, clean eating with a twist. 

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    The Jaguars' Home Stadium Will Have A New Name Next Season




    EverBank Field will be known as TIAA Bank Field later this year. They team confirmed today that TIAA Bank Field will be the official name of its home stadium, replacing EverBank Field.

    The name change comes after the sale of EverBank to TIAA in June and the new parent company will be renaming all EverBank locations as TIAA Bank. 

    The name change must be officially approved by the city of Jacksonville and the Jaguars before they can tear down the signage on the front of the building and replace it with the new name. 

    Even though the name change was announced today, there were no details immediately available about who will be paying to change the signage. It is expected that the name change will be made by the upcoming Jaguars preseason.

    Jacksonville-based EverBank acquired the naming rights to the stadium in 2010, four years after the naming rights deal with Alltel lapsed. (The stadium was known as Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in the interim.) In 2014, the company extended its naming rights deal through 2024.

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    European Street Cafe Reopens After Hurricane Irma Damage Repairs




    The European Street Café in San Marco that was damaged by Hurricane Irma floodwaters in September has undergone extensive restoration and is now reopened.

    The restaurant building was left standing in two feet of water. Most of the walls, counters, appliances, parts of the ceiling, and décor has been replaced. Renovations at the European Street Cafe at 1704 San Marco Blvd. cost about $650,000.

     The renovations, which took almost five months, left the cafe layout about the same but with a face-lifted decor in purple and yellow. Larger tables have been installed as well as new windows, ceilings, light fixtures, kitchen equipment and televisions.

    European Street Cafe, encompasses four restaurants throughout Jacksonville. The Riverside location opened in August 1992, San Marco in August 1996, Beach Blvd. in March 1999 and Jacksonville Beach in 2005.

    Many things have changed at European Street Cafe over the decades. The menu has expanded to include more than 100+ items—sandwiches, soup, salads and appetizers—with a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

     

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    The 2018 Winter Olympics Is Ready To Begin




    NBC will present 176 hours of live coverage, and its primetime coverage begins on Thursday, N Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. ET, and concludes with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 25.

    The entire slate of Winter Games competition will be broadcast across various NBC platforms from Feb. 8-25, with some curling and the Opening Ceremony coming first. (Note: The ceremony will actually be seen Friday, Feb. 9, at 6 a.m. Eastern -- or at 8 p.m., replayed -- for those watching in the United States.)

    If you're talking times specifically, you'll want to note that, since the Olympics will be broadcast live from South Korea, there will be a 14-hour difference between local time and Eastern time.

    For the first time, TV viewers in all US time zones will have access to live coverage of the Games, instead of a delayed replay.

    The host city this time is Pyeongchang, South Korea. Opening and closing ceremonies will be housed at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, a temporary structure with capacity for 35,000 spectators.

    The city is about 80 miles (125 kilometers) east of Seoul and about 60 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone that separated North and South Korea. A train between Seoul and Pyeongchang takes about 90 minutes. This will be the...   [Read More]




    The 2018 DONNA Marathon Weekend Returns to Northeast Florida Feb. 9-11




    Held annually the second weekend of February, DONNA Marathon Weekend (5k, 10k, Relay, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultramarathon and Event Challenges) fills the City of Jacksonville and its Beaches in Northeast Florida with over 10,000 runners from all 50 states and 20 countries. Participants enjoy a flat, fast Boston-Qualifying marathon course that takes them through four beautiful beach communities with scenic views and an outpouring of crowd support. Expect water stations nearly every mile, race day temps averaging 55° F, and streets lined with a 26-mile beach block party. And it’s pink.  Very pink.  There’s a reason this event has been recognized by CNN Travel as one of the “Seven Marathons Worth the Trip” and “Favorite Charity Race” from the readers of Women’s Running Magazine. We are the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer.  Start Training.

    DONNA Marathon Weekend is an official event of The DONNA Foundation. The DONNA Foundation, a private non-profit organization in Northeast Florida, provides financial assistance and support nationwide to those living with breast cancer and funds groundbreaking research to finish the disease once and for all. To date, the foundation has served nearly 11,...   [Read More]



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    The Philadelphia Union will face the New York Red Bulls Wednesday, Feb. 12 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville




      The Philadelphia Union will face 2013 Supporters Shield Champion New York Red Bulls Wednesday, Feb. 12 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., as part of the team’s 2014 preseason trip. The game will kick off at 6 p.m.      “We are excited to play for the second consecutive year at such an excellent venue in the City of Jacksonville,” said Philadelphia Union Team Manager John Hackworth. “New York will be great competition for our squad and we are looking forward to an entertaining match in front of fans in Jacksonville."   The Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls will  host a free youth clinic during the open practice at the Jacksonville Jaguars practice fields outside EverBank Field from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, the day prior to the game.  Registration for the clinic opens at 7 p.m.    “The city’s partnership with the Philadelphia Union continues to grow and appreciate them choosing Jacksonville for their preseason training,” said Mayor of Jacksonville Alvin Brown.  “Jacksonville has shown its support for soccer and this will kick off a month of soccer throughout our city.”   Match tickets are available ...   [Read More]




    Jake Owen to headline Military Appreciation Day Ceremony at The Players




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – THE PLAYERS Championship, along with RCA Nashville, announced today that country music star Jake Owen will perform on Wednesday, May 7, as part of the tournament’s Military Appreciation Day. Owen’s performance will take place on the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Lawn and conclude a day of special activities and programs that celebrate the men and women of the Armed Forces. THE PLAYERS 2014 returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass from May 6-11.

    For nearly a decade, Vero Beach-native Jake Owen has been delivering chart-topping country hits, including four consecutive No. 1 singles since 2011. Owen earned GRAMMY and CMA nominations in 2008 with his revival of “Life in A Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town, and in 2009 he was named Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. Owen’s first headlining tour, CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012, made CMT history for the most sold-out shows in a row for the annual nationwide tour. Owen is launching his second headlining tour in March 2014 - JAKE OWEN’S DAYS OF GOLD TOUR. The 55-city plus tour also stars Eli Young Band* along with Parmalee*, Thomas Rhett* and The Cadillac Three. (*select dates).

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    The Sochi Olympics begin on Thursday, Feb. 6th




    Television coverage of the Sochi Games will begin Thursday, Feb. 6, with the first of an unprecedented 18 consecutive NBC primetime shows, continuing with Friday night's Opening Ceremony and concluding Sunday, Feb. 23, with the Closing Ceremony. The Feb. 6 start marks the first time NBC will deliver primetime Olympic programming before the Opening Ceremony. Live daytime broadcasts in the U.S. begin Saturday, Feb. 8, on the NBC Sports    

    2014 Sochi Winter Olympics TV Schedule All times Eastern   Time (ET) Net Sport Event Start End Thursday, February 6 8:00 PM 11:00 PM NBC Snowboarding Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle NBC Freestyle Skiing Women’s Moguls NBC Figure Skating Team Event 1:30 AM 4:30 AM NBC Primetime replay Friday, February 7 7:30 PM 11:30 PM NBC Opening Ceremony 1:30 AM 4:30 AM NBC Primetime replay Saturday, February 8 3:00 AM 5:30 AM NBCSN Women’s Hockey USA vs. Finland (LIVE) 5:30 AM 9:30 AM NBCSN Cross-Country Women’s Sk...   [Read More]




    "Endless Possibilities" for Everbank Field




    Jacksonville Fl - Jaguars owner Shad Khan and President Mark Lamping revealed new renderings of the plans and potential new ideas for EverBank Field

    Heres some of the ideas: 

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    Super Bowl XLV III Game Day Predictions




    The 2013 NFL season will conclude tonight with one of the biggest events in the entire world, Super Bowl XLV III. Finally, the two weeks of talk and fluff will end and will finally see if this game will live up to the hype. Out of the AFC, the Denver Broncos (13-3) and the #1 offense in the league will play against the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks (13-3) and their number #1 ranked defense. Six times we’ve seen two #1 teams match up like this in the title game and 5 out of 6 times, the team with the #1 defense wins the game. Will that be the case tonight?

    Let’s look at the Broncos. The Broncos have weapons all over that offense, starting with the best quarterback I’ve ever seen in my life, Peyton Manning. Demaryious Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Knowshon Moreno, and Eric Decker are going to give the Seahawks secondary fits as it’s going to be a tough task to cover them all. Also, the Bronco’s defense has been playing very well during the playoffs with the play of defensive tackle (and former Jacksonville Jaguar) Terrance Knighton, who has been a nightmare stopping the run and creating interior pressure on pass rush plays.

     

    Moving on to the Seahawks. We are all well aware of how good and how fast ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Food

    New Restaurant: Flying Iguana Coming To Neptune Beach




    Neptune Beach Fl- There is a new restaurant coming to Beaches Town Center in Neptune Beach. The Flying Iguana, a Taqueria and Tequila Bar will be opening its doors soon. It will be located in the old Sun Dog Cafe. The restaurant will feature live music, creative signature cocktails, local craft beers and an exciting fusion of Latin American cuisine including: eclectic tacos, creative entrees, and one of the best brunches in town in a modern atmosphere. The building has undergone extensive remodeling the past couple months and will be opening soon. Inspired by urban hotspots like Rocco's Tacos in South Florida, New York based Mercadito, Pardos Peruvian Cuisine in Miami and San Francisco staple, Limon Rotisserie, the Flying Iguana will be serving up South American fusion plates like Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken, Sweet Corn Tamales Cakes with Smoked Salmon, Habanero Mango Glazed Sword Fish, and Agave Brined Pork Chops, just to name a few. Not your average taqueria, the Flying Iguana will carry over 100 tequilas and mezcals as well as 24 draft beers, which will be served from a "very long bar with beautiful finishes," says Mansur. "It's going to be a restaurant that I will be so proud of when it's all done - we held nothing back on this build o...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    Blues Traveler Will Be Performing Live At The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Sunday, March 29, 2015




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (February 16, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes back New York Blues- Rock quartet Blues Traveler on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Blues Traveler previously performed at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on October 28, 2012. Tickets for will go on sale this Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

    The four original members of Blues Traveler, who have known each other since their early teens – John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, the late Bobby Sheehan and Brendan Hill – gathered over 25 years ago in the basement of their drummer’s parents’ Princeton, NJ home and the seeds were born for a band who have released a total of 11 studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum. Over the course of their illustrious career, Blues Traveler have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and, with “Run-Around,” had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

    “We started this whole adventure as a team,” says Brendan Hill. “We’ve taken every step of this as...   [Read More]




    Barenaked Ladies With Violent Femmes And Colin Hay Coming To The St. Augustine Amphitheatre On July 11, 2015




    St. Augustine, FL (February 16, 2015) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes the Barenaked Ladies “2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour” featuring special guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay (of Men At Work) on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Barenaked Ladies previously performed at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on November 2, 2013. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

    This summer, Barenaked Ladies will be heading back out on the road for their 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour. Joined by special guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay of Men At Work, the Ladies are once again recreating their winning formula with performances in 30+ amphitheaters across the country including their stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on July 11. As the Ladies’ vocalist and guitarist Ed Robertson explains, “It’s the Last Summer on Earth... again! It’s not a doomsday prediction; it’s a call to action. We sincerely hope this won’t be the Last Summer on Earth, but just in case, we’re going to ROCK like it is!”

    Barenaked Ladies featuring guitarist and vocalist Ed Robertson, bassist and vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and drummer Tyler Steward ...   [Read More]




    Bob Dylan And His Band Will Return To The St. Augustine Amphitheatre On April 18, 2015




    St. Augustine, FL (February 16, 2015) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is proud to announce that music legend Bob Dylan and His Band will return on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m. Bob Dylan previously performed to a sold-out crowd at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on May 5, 2013.

    Bob Dylan has been an influential singer-songwriter and popular culture figure for over 50 years. Dylan has released over 40 albums, which combined have sold over 110 million records worldwide. As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has received numerous awards including multiple GRAMMY Awards (most notably Album of the Year in 1998), a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Dylan has also been inducted into many prestigious societies including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dylan was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor by President Clinton in 1997, and in 1998, the Pulitzer Prize jury awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." Dylan has also received the Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts...   [Read More]




    Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Celebrates Its Four-Year Anniversary and Unveils Upgrades and Plans for Major Renovations




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (February 9, 2015) — On Friday, February 13, 2015 the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall will celebrate four years of presenting live entertainment and community events in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The anniversary will be celebrated with an evening of live music and dancing by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies as they Salute the Music of the Rat Pack. Free celebratory cupcakes and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall stickers will be available to all who attend the performance this Friday. For details and tickets to this Friday’s event, please visit www.pvconcerthall.com.

    The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is also excited to unveil recent upgrades made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. A brand new Kimball baby grand piano was donated by The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and is located in the newly renovated piano lounge. Additionally, the Friends of Ponte Vedra Concert Hall provided over $4,000 worth of new furniture and furnishings for artist dressing rooms at the Concert Hall. The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is also working towards raising $30,000 for a roadside electronic marquee. Steve Gard, president of the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, said that his group is pleased to be able to...   [Read More]




    The Golden Dragon Acrobats Prforming in St Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (January 27, 2015) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes the return of The Golden Dragon Acrobats for two very special performances on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2015. This year, The Golden Dragon Acrobats present a brand-new cirque spectacular entitled “Cirque Ziva”. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m.

    The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva is the newest show from producer Danny Chang (Artistic Director of the Golden Dragon Acrobats). Cirque Ziva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show featuring a large cast of performers, award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes and set designs, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques. Cirque Ziva illustrates the best of Danny Chang’s brand of artistic merit, high production value and solid commitment to cultural exchange.

     

    Continuing over 30 years of US touring performing a centuries-old Chinese art form, The Golden Dragon Acrobats remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States and present over 200 performances annually. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week run at the New Victory T...   [Read More]



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    Top 20 Events This Weekend - December 5-7th 2014




    Looking for something to do December 5-7th around Jacksonville? There are plenty of fun options! Check out the complete list below.

    Photo feature by Michael Quiroga

    Friday, December 5

    Friday, December 5: The Big Ticket @ Metro Park in Downtown Jacksonville – All Day

    Friday, December 5: Hunter Hayes @ The Veterans Memorial Arena – 7pm

    Friday, December 5: Holiday at St. James – 4:30pm-7pm

    Friday, December 5: The BID- Benefiting Brides Against Breast Cancer @ Suite – Doors open at 8pm

    Friday, December 5: The Chinese Acrobats @ The Florida Times Union Center – 7pm

    Friday, December 5: Gingerbread House Extravaganza @ St Andrews Church – 10am-5pm

    Friday- Sunday: 2014 Arts and Antiques Show @ the Prime Osborne Center

    Saturday, December 6

    Saturday, December 6: Running of the Bulls 5K @ Hemming Plaza – 8:30am

    Saturday, December 6: Daryl Hall & John Oates are performing @ the St. Augustine Ampitheatre – 7pm

    Saturday, December 6: 1st Annual Gamble Rogers Fest @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – All Afternoon

    Saturday, December 6: St. Augustine Winter Spectacular @ Flagler College Auditorium &ndas...   [Read More]




    Nights of Lights in St Augustine Information




    St. Augustine’s popular holiday season city-wide event - the famed Nights of Lights celebration – will glow with more than three million brilliant white lights again this year attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the oldest city in the Nation. Nights of Lights runs November 22, 2014, through January 31, 2015, in St. Augustine, Fla. 

    During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic - from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in 2011 & 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Many historic landmarks and locations are beautifully illuminated during Nights of Lights. The waters of Matanzas bay glow from the nightly reflections of lights strewn along the bay walk and displayed on the Bridge of Lions.

    The Plaza de la Constitucion shines from the top of trees and throughout the famous center of St. Augustine’s historic district. The 125-year-old Hotel Ponce de Leon, now the campus of Flagler College, is outlined in lights. And the Lightner Museum, once a resort hotel also built by Flagler, is lit so...   [Read More]




    Thanksgiving Day Block Party @ Pete's Bar in Neptune Beach




     

    Neptune Beach Fla - What started as one lonesome bartender has evolved into a beaches tradition that many depend on as part of their holiday routine. Thirty years ago, one bartender was working on Thanksgiving Day and called his friends to keep him company. The friends showed up, along with the bartenders’ relatives and the rest is history.

    Year after year, speculation always surrounds Thanksgiving Day at Pete’s Bar – is it happening? Is security cracking down? Can you bring drinks into the area? The reason for speculation is a result of how big the celebration has become. According to Nancy Jensen, owner and granddaughter of original owner, Peter B. Jensen, Thanksgiving Day at Pete’s started getting big 5 years ago. “We advertised the first couple of years, but now its word of mouth. We’re also open Christmas Day since a lot of people want to congregate at the bar if their family is out of town and the help is always voluntary.”

    If you’re planning to attend this year’s Thanksgiving Day at Pete’s, leave your Bloody Mary at home and follow these simple steps: •    Pay attention to entry points – the area will be barricaded off ...   [Read More]




    Free, Family-Friendly Holiday Festivities In St Augustine




    St. Augustine, Fla. (November 24, 2014) – Community First Credit Union’s “A December To Remember” featuring several free, family-friendly holiday festivities kicks off this Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

    This Friday, November 28 at 4pm, the gates to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will open and families are invited to explore a completely transformed, holiday-themed Amphitheatre. Thousands of lights illuminate the trees and walkways which are decorated with elf houses, holiday characters and a beautiful, towering Holiday Tree. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. families can enjoy free train rides, face painting, a bounce house, nightly snowfall and visits with Santa! At 6 p.m., the holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be shown on an 18-foot tall movie screen for all to enjoy!

     

    On Saturday, November 29 families are invited back to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for an Elf Workshop and Holiday Storytime Reading celebration. The Elf Workshop will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Plaza and features art educators from local elementary schools leading fun holiday art projects including decorating ceramic pins, making ornaments and orig...   [Read More]




    Top 20 Events This Weekend - November 21-23




    Looking for something to do November 21st - 23rd around Jacksonville? There are plenty of fun options! Check out the complete list below.

    Friday

    Friday, November 21: Natalie Stovall and The Drive Live @ Mavericks – Doors open at 6pm

    Friday, November 21: The Masquerade Ball @ Suite – Starts at 9pm

    Friday, November 21: Red Bull Night Riders @ Jacksonville Beach Pier – 7:30 – 10pm

    Friday, November 21: Red Bull Night Riders  After Party @ Lynchs Irish Pub featuring Sidereal – 10pm - late

    Friday, November 21: Third Day - Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts – 7pm

    Friday, November 21: Lunch at Clara's at the Cathedral – noon – 1pm

    Friday, November 21: Kings Day Regatta – St. Johns River – All Day

    Friday, November 21: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: Classical Holiday Show @ Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts – 8pm

    Friday, November 21: Melissa Etheridge Live at the Florida Theatre – 8pm

    Saturday

    Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23: Lannadoo – The Jacksonville Celtic Festival featuring Flogging Molly @ The Sea Walk Pavilion

    Saturday, November 2...   [Read More]



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