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LaCURA Salt Spa in Saint Augustine, Florida

salt Now there’s a new way to live the salt life in St Augustine, FL. Check out LaCURA’s new salt room that recently opened on the island  just over the Bridge of Lions.

My mom has been raving about the benefits of salt therapy. She suffers from asthma and swears salt therapy has brought her relief. She has been visiting a salt room in Connecticut and keeps asking me to check it out on my next visit. I was thrilled when I heard a salt room was opening in Saint Augustine. The pollen in Florida is at yet another peak and my allergies are going strong. Move over Claritan, I’m trying salt therapy.

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4th of July Fireworks in St. Augustine FL 2017

It’s that time of the year again! If you’re a fireworks junkie like I am, then you can’t miss the Fireworks over the Matanzas!

The event starts at 6 PM on the 4th of July. There will be a band  at the Plaza for a two-hour show. If you like live music, then the Plaza is the place to be.  They will also be performing some patriotic tunes to keep it festive. It’s free to attend, you may want to bring a blanket or a chair.St Augustine 4th of July Fireworks 2013

The fireworks start at 9:30PM, they will last about 20 minutes.  The show is choreographed to music that can be heard all along the Bayfront, from the Fort to the bridge.

The lawn of the Fort is a great place to watch them. It’s a good spot to bring a cooler and a picnic too. Read More→

Free Summer Movies at the St Augustine Amphitheater – Schedule & Trailers

muppetsSt Augustine is offering up free family-friendly movies at the St Augustine Amphitheater this summer. Check out the schedule and details here.

COMMUNITY FIRST NIGHT OWL CINEMA SERIES – 2015

Community First Credit Union  and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre have partnered again this year to present the popular “Community First Night Owl Cinema Series 2014.” The free summer movie series will include seven family-friendly movie nights throughout the summer months.

Parking at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is free on movie nights and a variety of concessions will be available for purchase. Moviegoers will enjoy special family friendly entertainment and activities inspired by the featured movie’s theme. Children of all ages are welcome to go dressed in character.

St. Augustine Amphitheatre Night Owl Cinema Summer Movie schedule:

•Sunday, June 14: Napoleon Dynamite
•Sunday, June 21: Back to the Future {Happy Father’s Day!}
•Sunday, July 12: Muppets Most Wanted

•Sunday, July 19: Paddington
•Sunday, July 26: The Sandlot
•Friday, July 31: Cinderella (the original version)

•Friday, August 7: Babe

THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

Gates open at 7 p.m. and each movie will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are not required, as the event is free and open to the public.

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

1340C A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080

There will be no charge to park at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre

 

The Corazon Cinema & Cafe in St Augustine, FL – Lunch, Movies and Beer

IMG_2077The Corazon Cinema and Café celebrates its grand opening Friday, September 26th, 2014. I think it will be a big  star here in Saint Augustine.

 

 

The Corazon Cinema and Café is located at 36 Granada Street, in historic downtown St. Augustine (formerly known as “Pot Belly’s Theater.”) 

This Drafthouse style cinema will feature Sundance film festival style films 7 days a week starting at 7:00 pm. They will also be serving up lunch from 11:00 – 3:00 and other goodies all day long.

 

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I spoke with  the owner of the Corazon, Karla Wagner the day I stopped in. She was delightful to meet with and her passion for the renovation of this historic theater really shined through. Her goal is to create an art house with eating, drinking and entertainment, all in one great spot. They are all about community here too. They have all ready committed to hosting some of the films for the Saint Augustine Film Festival in January, 2015. Read More→

Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant is Open in St. Augustine, FL – Menu & Review

10557539_10152676875865900_26372715374021931_oBuffalo Wild Wings is now open in St. Augustine, Florida. Are you ready for some football? Buffalo Wild Wings is ready with 47  TV’s and two projectors I can’t think of a better spot to catch a game.

 

It’s big, it’s roomy, and it’s got a lot of energy bouncing around in the newly renovated building. There is fun upbeat  music playing and plenty to watch on the TV’s.  The design and layout is perfect. You can choose to be seated in the middle of all the action or off to the side for a more private dining experience.

 

I talked with General Manager Stephen Taylor and got the scoop on Saint Augustine’s newest hot spot for sports and great food. They’re  really excited about being a part of the Saint Augustine community and it shows. They are aware of how many of our residents are hearing impaired and they wanted to serve their needs. If you see a “D” embroidered on a wait staff’s uniform, they are fluent in sign language. We love it! Kudos to them.

 

IMG_2024Besides serving up delicious  famous wings, you will also find burgers, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and wraps on the menu. They are known for Wing Tuesday and Boneless Thursday, on those days they have wings for 60 cents a piece.

 

We tried the Caribbean Jerk wings done with a exotic sauce made with red peppers and island spices. I loved those wings and  they were my favorite. We also tried a dry rub of Chipotle BBQ and the Sweet BBQ wings. We also had the Spinach Artichoke Chicken Flatbread.  It had a thin crust and was smothered in a creamy spinach artichoke dip. They serve up good pub style food. We sat at the bar and our bar server’s name was Kellen. I loved him! He was friendly, knowledgeable and he did everything he could to make sure we were happy. No matter if you’re 21 or 101, get your ID out! They card anyone ordering alcohol. We get it, but it is annoying when you know you’re old and you don’t look THAT GOOD!

 

IMG_2034From the way the menu looks you can customize your wings or any of their menu items. I counted over 22 different flavors. They have everything from Blazin’ to Sweet and some yummy ones to try like Asian Zing and Thai Curry.

Check out the menu for a complete look at the flavors & sauces.

 

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The bar is huge with a friendly atmosphere and a great configuration. They have 30 beers on draft and 25 different bottles including some regional brews.

Happy Hour runs from 2pm – 7pm and has a nice $3.00 appetizer selection. They have call drinks featuring Absolute, Captain Morgan’s and Jack Daniels for $3.00 or $5.00 doubles as well as Domestic beer talls for $3.00. Now that’s a great happy hour…. they really do understand St. Augustine locals.  😉

If you’ve eaten there, let us know what you think. We bet they will be a welcome part of the community, especially on game day.

 

 

Sierra Bianchini and Stephanie Johnson

Sierra Bianchini and Stephanie Johnson

They are located at 318 State Road 312. In the Old Friday’s Building.

904-679-3495

Hours of operation:

Monday – Thursday 11:00am – 1:00am

Friday & Saturday 11:00am -2:00am

Sunday 11:00am – 12:00am

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Farm to Family Mobile Farmers Market in St Johns County – Information

farm1North Florida’s First Mobile Farmers Market Launches May 17th, 2014

Local nonprofit Pie in the Sky’s new flagship program, Farm to Family, is due to make it’s official public launch on Saturday, May 17 from 11 – 1 pm at Bozard Lincoln Ford, 540 Outlet Mall Blvd, St. Augustine, Florida.

Farm to Family is a mobile farmers market that sources produce from local farmers and sells it to neighborhoods throughout St. Johns County, including neighborhoods designated by the USDA as “food desert” areas.

The program is the first of its kind in the North Florida region, and was developed in collaboration with the University of Florida IFAS extension office and local farmers in Hastings, Florida. The goal of the mobile market is to bring fresh, healthy foods to neighborhoods in need with an innovative program that sustainably supports our entire local food economy. The program supports local job creation, sustainable farming practices in our area, nutrition education programming and community health.

When you buy from Farm to Family not only are you getting the freshest possible product available (we load our trucks directly from the farm on the day of delivery), but you’re also supporting local community health and education outreach, which the market is also slated to develop. All proceeds from the sale of produce with Farm to Family are rolled directly back into outreach. The truck will make a total of 10 stops at locations through St. Johns County each week to start, with plans to expand as programming grows. To learn more about market stop locations and hours, visit our website at www.farmtofamilyflorida.org.

Farm to Family’s launch event is open to the public and will feature an official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony, plus a blessing of the truck by retired Bishop Edward Chalfant and presentations by guest speakers Commissioner Ron Sanchez and Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron. Afternoon festivities will include live music by local favorite Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizard, tours of the mobile market, drinks and appetizers, and an opportunity to take home bags of fresh-picked produce.

For more information on Farm to Family or the launch event, please contact Malea Guiriba at 904-382-9939 or malea@hastingspieinthesky.com

Launch Event Information: http://farmtofamilyflorida.org/event/farm-to-family-launch/farm2

Pecha Kucha Night in St Augustine FL

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Pecha Kucha Night, Volume 4

 

Theme: Compassion

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time: Doors open at 6 pm, Presentations begin at 7 pm.

Where: The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Conference Room (there will be signs)10271474_648396235232528_6783971572463167593_n

Admission: Free (with food by Planet Sabrez and beverage available for purchase)

 

Volume 4 Presenters:

 

Irene Arriola

Walter Coker

Derek Coghlan

Erin Rohan Smith

Warren Clark

Seth Teston

Jennifer Wolfe

Todd Neville

Akilah Pickett130514_9690PechaKucha

Micah Gilliam

 

We asked the organizers of the St. Augustine Pecha Kucha how do you pronounce it and what does it all mean. Here’s what they had to say.

 

People ask us all the time, “What is Pecha Kucha?”

 

A reasonable question, given such a funny-looking term.

 

“Peh-cha Cooo-cha? Pay-chie?  Pah-cha?  Choo-chi”, they mumble.  Until finally, “how do you say that anyway?”

 

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Truth is, we don’t really know how to pronounce Pecha Kucha either.  Of course we googled it. Of course we listened to audio recordings of pronunciations.  Of course we wrote to the Executive Director of Pecha Kucha Night in Tokyo,  but to date not even our team of local organizers is 100% convinced we’re always saying it correctly.

 

Turns out, however, that’s quite alright.

 

Technically, Pecha Kucha is a Japanese term that can be loosely translated as “chit-chat” or “chatterbox”, and while experts agree the most accurate pronunciation is puh-chock-a-cha, in St. Augustine, we won’t point and laugh when the term rolls off your tongue in a chunky syllabic mess. We get it, and we sympathize. For us, the most important part of understanding Pecha Kucha has nothing to do with how its pronounced. What really matters is what it means.

 

Originally devised by two architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, in Tokyo, February 2003, Pecha Kucha, in contemporary contexts, has grown synonymous with the art of concise presentation. Speakers selected for Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) collect 20 slides and have exactly 20 seconds to “chit-chat” about each slide – forming a presentation that lasts exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds.  A typical  event will showcase anywhere from 6-10 presentations with topics that range, quite literally, from knitting to nuclear science. Some are funny. Some are serious. Some are a little bit of both. Presenters needn’t be experts on their topics, only enthusiastic in their interest1604587_612445725494246_1420185878_n and champions of an idea.

 

In early 2013, St. Augustine officially joined the ranks of over 700 cities worldwide to host a Pecha Kucha event of it’s very own downtown, and we’re now gearing up for Volume 4.  For us, PKN represents an evening of listening and learning, community and creativity. It exists to encourage individuals to share the things that light their fire, and to prod us collectively to keep exploring new perspectives. If you love ideas and happen to believe, like we do, that inspiration often emerges from the things we don’t understand – we invite you to join us for Pecha Kucha Night this month.  Regardless of how you utter the name, we’d love to see you there.

 

– PKN city organizers

  www.pechakucha.org/cities/st.augustine

 

 

 

Salt Life Food Shack in St Augustine FL – Restaurant Review & Menu

 

Salt Life is now open for lunch and dinner. We will update our information and reviews as we try new food items.

1779077_617347728335566_6124390843502454065_nThe new Salt Life Food Shack in St Augustine Beach, Florida is  “BEACHY KEEN.”

St. Augustine has been waiting for this restaurant to open for a very long time and for good reason. The food is beyond fantastic! The location across the street from St. Augustine Beach Pier doesn’t hurt either, nor do the great prices and fabulous views. From the roof top deck you have the best of both worlds; sunset on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other.

 

Now that I have had the grand tour, I can see why they took a little longer to open. Perfection! The place is perfect. The decor is the signature Salt Life colors of Turquoise & watery blues mixed with a lot of Teak colored wood. It has Beach written all over it with a casual, relaxed, resort like feel. Salt Life is the perfect place to “Eat, Drink and Be Salty.” Read More→

Cantina Louie is a New Mexican Restaurant in St Augustine FL – Menu & Review

  10155589_603831729700252_8377413597007225192_n Cantina Louie is a Fun New Mexican Restaurant in St. Augustine Florida.

 

Cantina Louie is now open!  The Locals’ Guide couldn’t wait to try it so we popped in for the grand opening to see what it was all about. It was fantastic! If you love Mexican food you are going to love this place.

The food is authentic and the prices are good. You get a lot of food for a great value.

 

They are serving up a wide variety of  Specialty Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Burritos, Fajitas and authentic “Mexican Street Food.”

 

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They start you off with chips and salsa, of course it’s homemade and out of this world.

 

 

We ordered a lot of food so we could try a variety of dishes. My first taste of Mexican Street Food was the Taco Fresco – $3.50

Made fresh with skirt steak, then topped with fresh lime, Pico de Gallo, and queso fresco. It was fantastic and probably my favorite. I absolutely love the seasoning they use on the steak at Cantina Louie.

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Chips & Salsa

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Taco Fresco

 

Next up was the Sope – $3.99

A fresh handmade corn patty topped with refried beans, skirt steak, lettuce tomato, sour cream and queso fresco.

I had never had a Mexican sandwich before so we had to try the Torta – $8.99

Said to be Mexico’s favorite sandwich and now my favorite Mexican sandwich too.

It s a combination of skirt steak, refried beans, lettuce, avocado, tomato, mayo and queso fresco on a big fat roll. It was really good but I must admit I was so full I only ate the filling and left the roll and fries behind.

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My husband is not a fan of refried beans so he ordered one of the Gringo Combo Dinners for $8.25

He ordered the number 8  plate. It came  with one taco, one enchilada and one burrito. It was a lot of food for the money and it was terrific. You can choose from 14 different combinations.

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1862 Margarita

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You would never know they had just opened. The service was really good and they were calm under pressure. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. They really don’t have a bar to sit at  but they do have a wide selection of margaritas and frozen drinks. We had dinner on our visit but they do serve lunch Monday – Saturday. Prices for lunch run from $6.99 – $9.99

Next time in I really want to try the Fajitas. I am a huge Fajita fan and I just know they will make them perfect here.

On the weekends they serve up some other Mexican Street Food to try.

How about this Mexican Street Corn for starters?

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IMG_2001If you love Mexican, go check it out. I think you will really like the food and you can’t beat the value. If you go, leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

Salud!

Cantina Louie is located at the corner of Route 1 and 312

  • 1900 US 1 South
  • Saint Augustine, Florida 32086
They will be open daily.
Hours of operation:
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904-770-2608

The St Augustine Distillery Will Raise Your Spirits the Old Fashioned Way

When you drive by the old Ice Plant building on Riberia Street in Saint Augustine, Florida, one phrase comes to mind, “you’ve come a long way baby.”

Not only does it house The Ice Plant Bar, it is now the home of the St. Augustine Distillery Company. Inside this incredible building with its rich history, they are now crafting fabulous artisanal liquors.  It is the first craft distillery in Northeast Florida. Read More→

Saigon Pho Bistro is Serving Up Delicious Vietnamese Food in St Augustine FL

Do you love Vietnamese food? The Locals’ Guide does for sure. St. Augustine has a brand-new restaurant in town serving up delicious Vietnamese food at a great price point. The owners are friendly, wonderful people who want to please you with their delicious authentic Vietnamese cuisine. If you like something a certain way, just ask!

They have classic appetizers such as eggrolls, vegetarian spring rolls, tofu spring rolls and shrimp spring rolls for $3.99. Their entrées include salads, such as chicken papaya salad or shrimp papaya salad for $6.59.

 

They serve up authentic  Vietnamese Pho soups. They are prepared with vermicelli noodles, mint, basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, green onion and a side of Asian sauces. You can choose beef, chicken, shrimp, tofu, or tripe for $6.99 – $7.99 – It’s a huge meal. It’s served with fresh herbs, sauce, and peppers, so you can flavor it to your liking. We had the beef noodle. We added some Thai basil and hot pepper to it and it was fantastic.

Speaking of fantastic, I had their famous dry noodle bowl. Mine came with beef, lettuce, shredded carrots and rice noodles with a delicious fish sauce on the side. I was in heaven. I love the clean flavors of this dish. This is a “local’  favorite and my favorite too. I can’t wait to have this again. $7.99

They also serve up fried or white rice plates served with chicken, pork, beef, fish, or shrimp. We saw a few of them come from the kitchen and they look delicious. $6.99- $7.99

Another local favorite is their  Vietnamese “Banh Mi” Subs. They come in grilled chicken, grilled pork, grilled beef or of Vietnamese Cha Sub. They come with cucumber, carrot cilantro, green onion, crushed peanut, may have an pepper. $5.99

The prices on beer and wine are fantastic too. $2.75 for domestic and $2.95 for imports. Daft beer is a mere $1.95!

Not only do they serve up authentic Vietnamese food,  they also serve some American food  including breakfast served all day. You can choose from French toast, pancakes, bagel and cream cheese, egg and bacon muffin, breakfast burritos, omelets and a variety of other choices priced in the range of $3.99 to $7.99.

If you are looking to grab an American-style lunch or dinner you can choose from one of their delicious salads, hamburgers and cheeseburgers and Atlantic fish wrap, a northern shrimp wrap or a California pork wrap. All priced between $6.00 – $7.00

The bistro is casual and inviting and the owners are so friendly and nice. It seems to be a locals favorite already by the amount of takeout orders being picked up the day I was having dinner. So go check them out and tell them  “The Locals’ Guide” sent you.

They are closed on Sunday.

Monday they are open from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Tuesday through Saturday. They are open 10:30 AM until 8 PM

Saigon Pho Bistro

1935 A1A South – Anastasia Square, on the island at the 312 intersection in the same Plaza as the World Gym. They are at the end on the right.

St Augustine, FL

904-377-8899

Candlelight South is a New Restaurant Serving Great Food at Reasonable Prices- St Augustine FL

Attention Locals, there is a new spot in town to grab a bite & a beer. Candlelight South has just opened on the South side of the Bridge of Lions in the old Sea Fair location. It has been given a complete facelift and is ready to become a “locals favorite.” They are serving up some fantastic food at great price points. Read More→

DOS Coffee & Wine in St Augustine FL is Much More Than Just a Coffee Shop

We like to keep you informed on what’s new in town & what’s hot. DOS Coffee is HOT & it will PERK you right up!  Saint Augustine has a wonderful new addition, DOS Coffee & Wine Bar on the North end of San Marco Ave.

What do we love about them?  The coffee first and foremost is fabulous. They are serving up CONVIVE coffee that’s roasted daily in-house. Read More→

The New Drive Through Holiday Light Display in Jacksonville FL is a Real Kid Pleaser

 

 

If you are in the Jacksonville area, be sure to check out the new  drive through holiday lights display. It takes place at the Morocco Shrine Center nightly from November 25th, 2014 – January 5, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Jax Illuminations has created a wonderful opportunity for families to create a fun new holiday tradition. Load up the car with kids, friends and hot cocoa  and take a drive through this festive light display. Tune the car radio to the Jax Illumination radio station and get into the holiday spirit. You will weave in and out of 500,00 twinkling, dancing lights choreographed to holiday music. On my recent visit I was amazed at how perfectly timed this display was with the music. They did an outstanding job synchronizing the lights and holiday music. The lights shine brilliantly against the night sky as they sparkle and  flash in perfect harmony. Kids will love seeing Santa’s Sleigh all lit up in dazzling lights …  not to mention the 30 foot  Christmas tree.

Admission to the display is only $20 per carload during the week and $25 on weekends. Be sure to like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JaxIlluminations  or follow them on twitter as they are running specials on certain nights. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit a number of local charities in the Jacksonville area.

 

 

This year Jax Illuminations is also running two contests for the kids. Check their website for more information and contest rules. “Name Next Year’s Light Show” – the winner will receive a brand new bicycle and “Design a Display” – winners will be able to help Jax Illuminations with the special design of their creation to be on display in the show next year.

The Morocco Shrine Center is located at 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road S.

Hours are from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm nightly

For more information: Call 904-316-5673

Email: info@JaxIlluminations.com

Website: http://www.JaxIlluminations.com

 

 

 

The Ice Plant Bar in St Augustine Is So Hot It Needs To Be Put On Ice – Review

 

UPDATE- NEW FALL / WINTER MENU IS OUT!

The highly successful Ice Plant has been open for several months and have just released their new Fall/Winter Menu. Click the links to see the New Menus.

 

New Fall/Winter Menu         Late Night Happy Hour Menu

 

 

 

UPDATE – THE ICE PLANT IS NOW OPEN!!

If you are looking for info on the St. Augustine Distillery click here.

Usually we don’t review a place until we’ve tried the food and drinks but this place is different. We had to review it now. Why? Because it’s that special. Every day we’re asked the question, “what do you know about the ice plant.  When are they opening?” With this much excitement from the community, I knew we needed to review it early. As of today, September 5, 2013, we have been told that they’re shooting for some time within the next week or two. We will keep you posted on the opening date.

We met with Patricia McLemore today, one of the owners of this very special landmark. As I sat down next to her at the beautiful vintage bar, I realized this was not just any bar and restaurant. This place was going to be an “experience” for anyone entering through the vintage doors.

The setting is in the old St. Augustine Ice Plant at 110 Riberia Street. It is a beautiful building that has undergone extensive renovation. The attention to detail to keep the vintage look and feel of this establishment is apparent from the minute you walk through the doors. After they gutted the old building, they painstakingly refurbished it with reclaimed metal, reclaimed wood and gorgeous reclaimed wood floors. The walls are work of art. The way they were finished leaves you feeling like you have been transported to the old ice plant in the early 1920’s. The attention to detail and refurbishing  carries through right down to the restrooms. Walking into the restroom is like stepping back in time. White subway tiles adorn the walls and floor and the  pull chain toilets remind you of times past. They even have a sink in the ladies room that goes back to the early 1920’s. They have thought of everything here, right down to the mosaic tile Ice Plant logo on the floor as you step through the vintage door.

We met the head bartender on our tour of the bar. His name is Zach and after speaking to him for a few moments, I realized he was a true Mixologist. He is a consummate professional,  He answered all of my questions with a friendly ease about him that made me want to belly up to that bar and order a drink immediately. That unfortunately will have to wait till another day. Opening day!

Zack explained to me all of the things that make their drinks unique. To start with, they make all of their own soda there.

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Freshly extracted Ginger becomes ginger ale. Freshly squeezed lemons and limes mixed with some homemade simple syrup and soda water are turned into a delicious concoction almost too good to be called soda. And last but not least, they make their own cola here too.

Every day starts out with juicing fresh grapefruits, lemons, limes and oranges for their delicious signature drinks. They even go as far

as to make their own grenadine here. It’s made with fresh pomegranate juice, cane sugar, and a bit of orange blossom water. All of these delicious fresh healthy ingredients will go into their signature artesian cocktails that are reminiscent of the early 1920s. Each of these drinks is an experience.

A few of the cocktails offered are the Florida Mule and the Brooklynite.

The Florida Mule is made with cane vodka (local from Florida), ginger syrup, fresh lime and soda water. It is served in a classic Mule cup.

The Brooklynite is made with Siesta Key Gold Rum (local from Florida), honey, fresh lime and Angostura (Bitters)

I will warn you, after looking over the drink menu, it will be very difficult to choose your first cocktail at the Ice Plant.

Now let’s talk about the ice! The Ice Plant is all about the ice. In keeping with the “spirit” of things,  they have decided to hand cut their ice for many of their cocktails. There are several different styles of ice  they will use in their cocktails –  pebbled, sphere, shaved, and long rock –  some of which are expertly hand cut. On the ground floor is a gorgeous kitchen decked out in stainless steel appliances, refrigerators and freezers. The kitchen hosts three different ice machines. Most bars only have your standard cube maker. The Ice Plant also has an icemaker that makes pellet ice as well as the bad boy of ice machines. They have a Clinebell Ice Machine! This workhorse of a machine makes 300 pound blocks of ice. It makes two blocks every two days. These giant blocks are then hand carved into sticks of different shapes and sizes to be married up with the cocktails. Ingenious I say! Finally my bourbon won’t be diluted due to the ice.

The Ice Plant will be open from 5 p.m.  until 2 a.m. The kitchen will remain open until 10 p.m. They will be serving dinner and will be known for fresh wholesome  healthy ingredients.

For example, they will be serving  ” The Ice Plant Burger”, which is made with grass fed beef from Georgia that is hand ground in-house. I love the sound of that. The burger is served with a bacon-chive Aioli, lettuce, tomato and onion and your choice of fries or a house salad.

I also spotted on the menu  “The Bourbon Barbecue Pulled Sammy”. It’s smoked in-house with a jalapeno lime slaw and avocado. It also comes with your choice of fries or house salad.

The ice plant even goes as far as making their own homemade ketchup! Now that’s dedication.

All in all,  I think  the Ice Plant will become a local favorite in no time. I myself can’t wait to belly up to the bar and try some of their signature drinks and a burger. The effort that they have put in to restoring this building that is a piece of St. Augustine’s history is extraordinary. This gives me every indication that they are committed and dedicated to making The Ice Plant a success.

We will keep you posted on the food & drink, and the opening.

Until then,

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Biplane Ride is the Thing To Do in St Augustine

Captain Dave in the back and two passengers

So what does a ride in a open cockpit biplane feel like? Imagine driving down a scenic highway  strapped in a high end convertible sports car. Now imagine that car lifting off and ascending over the intracoastal waterway as you pass 1,000 feet in the air with the incredible view unfolding beneath you.

That is the closest comparison I have for the sensation of being in the cockpit of a 1935 Waco biplane.  Read More→

Review of the New Mellow Mushroom in St Augustine FL

Everyone has been asking us what we think of the new Mellow Mushroom in Saint Augustine, Florida.  It has become a “Locals Favorite” for sure.

 

The atmosphere here is colorful, creative and funky with an industrial feel. It has a good vibe, a huge bar and plenty of TVs to watch sports. There are tables indoors and out, in all shapes and sizes, to fit even the largest of families or groups of friends. It seemed to be kid friendly and there were plenty of little ones in line waiting for a table Read More→

The Cannons at Oglethorpe Battery Park- St Augustine

Scott Hughes, Reenactor, as General James Oglethorpe, Governor of Georgia

 The newest addition to one of the City’s historical military sites occurred on June 30, 2013.  On that date, three replica cannons were unveiled in Oglethorpe Battery Park. This was the site of a three gun battery used by Georgia’s Colonial Governor, Gen James Oglethorpe, in his attempt to force the surrender of the Castillo de San Marcos and the City itself in 1740.  His unsuccessful siege lasted from June 27 to July 20 and was lifted by a Spanish fleet bringing supplies to the besieged City.

The cannons are aligned on a 282 degree heading, aimed at the Castillo which is not presently visible from the park.  It lies across the Bay about three quarters of a mile away, well within the effective range of the guns. Contributions for the cannons were raised by the 450th Military Commemoration Committee and the local home owners association (SANDS).  The City provided the concrete pads and gun carriages.

 

 

The Park is on the corner of Arredondo Ave and Oglethorpe Blvd.  From Anastasia Blvd turn North at the Anastasia Inn onto Arredondo Ave and go north four blocks.  The Park will be on your right and the battery on its northwest corner.

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill in St Augustine FL – Restaurant Menu

chip 2Chipotle Mexican Grill is  opening it’s doors on July 1st, 2014 in St Augustine, Florida. The Restaurant is located at 1753 US 1 in the plaza near State Rd 312 with Marshalls & Ross stores.

Chipotle prides itself on serving the very best sustainably raised food possible with an eye to great taste, great nutrition and great value.
They support and sustain family farmers who respect the land and the animals in their care.
Whenever possible they use meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones.  They source organic and local produce when practical and use dairy from cows raised without the use of synthetic hormones.

 

 

 

Menu Items:

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Burrito

Flour tortilla, choice of cilantro-lime rice, pinto or black beans, meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole, salsa and cheese or sour cream.

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Burrito Bowl

Served in a bowl, choice of cilantro-lime rice, pinto or black beans, meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole, salsa and cheese or sour cream.

Crispy Tacos

Crispy corn shells filled with meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak), salsa, cheese or sour cream and romaine lettuce.

Soft Tacos

Soft flour  tortillas filled with meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak), salsa, cheese or sour cream and romaine lettuce.

 

Salad

Chopped romaine lettuce with choice of pinto or black beans, meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole, salsa and cheese, with freshly made chipotle-honey vinaigrette.

Kid’s Menu

Let your kids get creative with a taco kit of two soft or crispy taco shells and your choice of three ingredients (one meat or guacamole).  Or choose from a small quesadilla with a side of rice and beans or a single taco with a side of rice.  All Kid’s Menu items are served with kid’s chips and juice or organic milk (plain or chocolate).

 

1753 US 1
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone                     (904) 808-8321

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Fax 904.808.8625

Hours Mon-Sun 11:00am – 10:00PM