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    Riverside's Authentic French American Bistro




    In Riverside, located on Park Street, there is an authentic French American Bistro welcoming hungry customers. Orsay is an independent restaurant owned by Jonathan Insetta. The restaurant opened in August 2008. Following the crash of the stock market in September 2008, they managed to get through it and begin the journey. This restaurant has two dining rooms with personality. The front décor has white table cloths with elegant chandeliers and the back of the restaurant has an industrial, modern look.  This gives their guests dining options for the kind of dining experience they are looking for. The name Orsay is in reference to the Museum De Orsay, which is Jon’s mother’s favorite museum in France. 

    The man who prepares and makes the food a culinary delight is Executive Chef Michael McKinney. Years ago Michael helped open Insetta’s first restaurant, CHEW in downtown. When Jon graduated from Culinary School in Upstate NY, he came back and opened up his award winning restaurant, and McKinney was the sous chef there. He stayed at Orsay for the first 2 and half years but left to take a cooperate job. Luckily he returned and they are happy to have him back. Orsay experiences a low staff turnover, and their goal is t...   [Read More]




    Drink of The Week: Fruit Tingle




    How to make the Fruit Tingle..

    Ingredients

    30mL Vodka 30mL Blue Curacao 90mL Lemonade Dash of raspberry cordial

    Instructions

    Fill a hurricane or hi-ball with ice Add the vodka, blue curacao & lemonade then give it a light stir Pour a small dash of raspberry cordial on top Garnish with a pineapple wedge or maraschino cherry ...   [Read More]




    The Best Places To Catch Pokemon In Jax




     

    Friendship Fountain / South Bank

    Make the loop of the fountain and continue down t South Bank to hit 15 Pokestops, and you will find tons of water Pokemon. Plus River City Brewing Company gives you 10% off while playing!

    Walk The Landing up to Hemming Plaza

    Hit up the Landing and walk up the street to Hemming Plaza and hit over 50 Pokestops! You're bound to catch some high CP Pokemon.

    St. Johns Town Center

    While you shop you can find tons of Pokemon.. There is a Pokestop on almost every street corner. Tons of people drop lures making it a great place to get some new Pokemon.

    Riverside Park

    If you haven’t caught Pikachu yet this is a great place! Pikachu's are abundant here and there are 7 Pokestops to hit up! There are almost always lures here!

    St. Augustine

    There are thousands of Pokestops crammed into the Historic District!! Hit up Treasure Street, wander around Flagler College, and explore the fort for some really cool Pokemon!

    ...   [Read More]




    HOBNOB at Unity Plaza




    Photo credit: @kristen.penoyer

    With the birth of Unity Plaza a few months ago, a restaurant that has become noticed is HOBNOB. I sat down with the Dining room manager and got a history about the restaurant. Owned by Alan and Ellen Cottrill, (each of them have a degree in Art (Ellen) and Culinary Arts (Alan), they built HOBNOB.  Alan and Ellen wanted to fuse both of their talents by having a restaurant that offers a lot of eye catching areas with a museum feel and a very strong culinary presence; which is why they brought on Roger Regulacion as their chef.  

    Chef Roger Regulacion is a strong-willed, loving, big hearted man from Hawaii. Roger always wanted a restaurant that celebrated multiple culture cuisines. He worked with the owners who had a similar vision and decided to come together, drink together and have a good time.  They wanted to offer authentic dishes from different cultures so that people could come here to play, learn, be nostalgic about things they’ve experienced in other countries and celebrate diversity. Roger has worked with celebrity Chef Kat Kora and previously worked at Bistro X and Roy’s at the beach. He is well received with his staff by his side, and they work well together to create a level of e...   [Read More]




    New Beach Dining at Seachasers




    Open now for 6 months, Seachasers has become the newest hot spot at Jacksonville Beach. This restaurant arrived at the start of the year and was a great addition after the beach lost a few waterside restaurants over the last few years such as The Lighthouse Restaurant, First Street Grill and the most recent restaurant, Nippers. The managers, John and Eileen Messner, and owner Jim Franks made this their 21st restaurant opening. Seachasers' mission statement is sharing love of beach food and fun. 

    The restaurant itself has 4 rooms; 1 upstairs and 3 downstairs. Each room has its own atmosphere: 1st street bar area faces street side and has a neighborhood bar look, a music room where solo artists and bands can perform while customers eat and enjoy the music, a beach bar that faces the Atlantic Ocean, and upstairs is your dining room where you can have your banquets, rehearsal dinners, or receptions. Overall this restaurant can hold up to at least 300 people.

    With such a large-sized restaurant with 4 dining rooms, great food is prepared by Chef Darren Ball. Chef Darren has been around for a long time cooking delicious cuisine in Jacksonville and has even worked at other large restaurants previously before making his way to Sea...   [Read More]



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    Florida / Georgia Festivities at the Jacksonville Landing




    JACKSONVILLE, Fl – The Jacksonville Landing welcomes The University of Florida and The University of Georgia fans for a weekend celebration surrounding one of the most infamous rivalry football games. The Landing has scheduled a variety of entertainment to appeal to fans of all ages throughout the property.

    Activities are scheduled to take place on Hogan Street, in The Landing’s Courtyard and inside various Landing restaurants and nightclub. The complete schedule for this year’s Florida – Georgia Celebration weekend is as follows:

    Thursday, October 31

    1) North Florida’s Biggest Halloween Party 7 p.m. – Midnight Kick off      FL/GA weekend on the river featuring live music on the Riverfront Courtyard Stage by Radio 80, giveaways, drink specials and a costume contest with a $1,000 cash prize.

    2) DJ Marco at Fionn MacCool’s 9 p.m.

    3) Thomas Rhett live in concert at Mavericks. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Friday, November 1

    1) DJ Capone and Company with host Chris Cantillo in the Courtyard 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

    2) Live music by Grimm White Steed playing the...   [Read More]




    10/24 - 10/27 - Events This Weekend - The Best of the Best




    There are lots of events happening around Jacksonville this weekend. Heres our top picks. 

    Thursday:

    Cocktails for a Cause Happy Hour

    Times: 6:30p – 8:30p

    Location: Sheraton Jacksonville

     

    Ladies Night @ Taste Food Studio

    Times: 10:00p – 2:00a      - Open Bar for ladies 10-12

    Location: Taste Food Studio in Tinseltown

     

    Friday:

    Gravediggers Ball

    Times: 10:00p – 2:00a

    Location: Whisky River

     

    70s/80s Halloween Bash benefiting Girl Scouts of Gateway Council

    Times: 7:00p – 11:00p

    Location: University Club Downtown Jacksonville

     

    2nd Annual Blue Ball

    Times: 10:00p – 2:00a

    Location Shim Sham Room

     

    Saturday:

    Walk of the Dead Bar Crawl

    Times 9:00p – 2:00a    - Registration: 8:00p – 11:00p

    Location: Towncenter

     

    Trike – A – Thon benefitting St. Jude

    Times: 2:00p – 5:00p

    Location: T’s Learning Center – 11761 Beach Blvd

     ...   [Read More]




    Huge Pre Halloween Bar Crawl @ The Towncenter This Saturday




    Jacksonville FL - This Saturday, October 26th @ The Town Center will be a huge bar crawl. The Bar Crawl, presented by 904 Happy Hour will jump between Blackfinn, Whisky River @ Suite. There will be a $1,000 costume contest and much more. 

    Tickets online cost $10 and $15 the day of. 

    Tickets include: 3 free shots, free cover, discounted drink specials and much more. 

    Tickets can be purchases at: http://904happyhour.com/event+tickets.php

    Any other questions, please call 904 310 0057

    ...   [Read More]




    Events This Weekend - The Best of the Best




    Thursday:

    Ladies Night - Every Thursday @ Taste - Tinseltown Location: Tase Food Studio in Tinseltown Time 9-close Ladies Drink Free from 10-12

    Southern Womans Show - All Weekend Location: Prime Osborne Four days of shopping, fashion shows, celebrity appearances, food sampling, pampering and more

    North Beach Art Walk Location: North Beaches Town Center - Neptune Beach Time 5-9 Local art, food and entertainers will be at every block. come out and enjoy the great weather and awesome local art

     

    Friday: 

    Chive Party @ Whisky River Location: Whisky River Time 9-close Wear Chive gear for a free drink; there will be a raffle, live dj and much more

    Best Buddies Casino Night - Bet On Friendship Location: Sawgrass Marriott Time 9-close Hors D' Vors, Raffle, Silent Auction, Casion Games, Open Bar Benefitting Best Buddies

    The Lumineers With Dr. Dog & Nathaniel Rateliff Location: St Augustine Ampitheatre Time Gates: 5:45 Show Starts 6:45

    Monster Mash Dash 5k Location: Jax Fairgrounds Time 6mp

     

    Saturday: 

    Susan G Kohmen - Run For The Cure Location: Metro Park Time 6am-11am

    5th Annual Fish & Chips Billfish Tour...   [Read More]




    Mama Mia Is Back In Jacksonville




    MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

    Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.

    Event Dates & Times:

    Friday, October 18 – 8:00pm

    Saturday, October 19 – 2:00pm & 8:00pm

     

    For tickets and more information, visit artistseriesjax.org. 

    ...   [Read More]



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