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Natural Inspirations

Bright hues, floral accents, shells and beaded accents—spring is here, alright. With a nod to earthy color palettes and designs, fashions from local boutiques are presented in a gorgeous photography spread that brings the nature of style to full bloom.

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Getting To Know…

One of these days, an American Idol producer is going to get fired because of Jordyn Jackson. The “jazz-pop” singer-songwriter auditioned for the show eight years ago in Atlanta and was sent home golden ticketless. But since then, Jackson, 26, has released six CDs and performed everywhere from the Jacksonville Jazz Festival to the Italian Riviera.

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Bon Chance

[nggallery id=8 images=1] Step through the doors of the The Brasserie (1312 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 249-5800, brasserierestaurant.net), located in a strip mall just a half-block from the beach, and the sophisticated ambiance will tantalize. A large bar offers live music nearly every night, and a lounge-like reception area is separated from the main dining […]

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'town

3611 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (345-2596; town3611.com) Specializing in ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, the chic eatery serves an exceptionally creative menu. Truffled tater tots, buttermilk ricotta gnocchi, brick-grilled organic chicken—the menu is delicious to read. L, D, SB, O, CB, FB, TO, RA, WA, $$, ALL.

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Three Layers, A Coffee House

1602 Walnut St., Springfield (355-9791) A renovated loft-like space serves tasty bagels, muffins and cakes with flavors like Italian cream and chocolate espresso. Also serving salads and fresh-made soups. Next door they sell boutique wines and beer. L, D, B/W, BR, TO, $, ALL.

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Tapestry Cafe

9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Southside (396-0528) Boar’s Head sandwiches, paninis and breakfast offerings draw diners throughout the day and piping hot espresso drinks and smoothies keep the comfy seats filled. Free WiFi, too. L, D, SB, B/W, TO, $, AX, V, MC.

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Suite

St. Johns Town Center (241-7697; suitejacksonville.com) Suite fuses American, Italian and Asian flavors into small dishes like shrimp and crab ceviche, black cod miso and lamb lollipops. Sophisticated cocktails are the new restaurant and nightclub’s specialty; try a nitrogen-infused N-Tini or a gult-free  libation from The Slimlist. VIP areas can be reserved for those seeking a more […]

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Speckled Hen Tavern & Grille

9475 Philips Hwy., Southside (538-0811; speckledhentavern.com). This Southern gastropub features classic fare prepared with a twist. The menu changes seasonally, but look for items like pecan-crusted seared scallops, king crab mac n’ cheese and shrimp and grits. Live music on Friday nights. L, D, B/W, TO, WA, $$, ALL.

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Secret Garden Cafe

10095-600 Beach Blvd., Southside (645-0859; secretgardencafe.net) The newly refurbished interior of the Secret Garden Cafe fills fast for breakfast, especially the Sunday brunch. Lunch specials include the open-faced Monte Cristo sandwich, fried green tomatoes and Alabama meatloaf. Dinner is served on Friday and Saturday nights. B,L, D, SB, TO, B/W, $$, ALL.

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River City Brewing Company

835 Museum Cir., Southbank (398-2299; rivercitybrew.com) It wouldn’t matter if RCBC served salisbury steak, TV dinners and stale corn chips: Folks would still flock to the riverfront restaurant for the view alone. Fortunately, the menu, which includes jambalaya and jumbo roasted Mayport shrimp, is pretty good, too. L, D, SB, FB, CB, RA, RS, O, […]

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