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Ether Chambles

Ether Chambles is a dreamy mix of delicate melodies and hip hop with strong percussive elements. Chantalle Johnson is a local musician who absolutely inspires me. She has recently begun a new project with James West (music producer) and Jazz Walker from Kija Studios (video production) and it has gained a ton of local support. Their […]

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Spring Festivals Worth Driving To

Beer Month – All over North Carolina April is Beer month in North Carolina, where locals and visitors alike celebrate their love of everything hoppy. North Carolina has the more breweries than any other state in the Southeast, so no matter where you’re going you’re bound to find a local brewery celebrating the best month […]

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Trend Watch: Florals

Trend: Florals // I know what you’re thinking… This season’s florals, though, are a little less sweet than what we’re used to seeing. Givenchy unveiled an outstanding collection of black and pink florals on birkenstocks, booties and pointy-toe heels. Those items are, of course, crazy expensive, so I’ve rounded up a couple  more moderately priced […]

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Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Wine Tasting Gala

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation hosted its 10th Annual Wine Tasting Gala March 21st at the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Jacksonville. The Gala is one of several events that the Foundation holds each year to benefit children with cancer. The event included fine wine and tasty food from the area’s best restaurants. Jaguars […]

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Ridge, Three Valleys, Sonoma

Grapes 65% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 2% Alicante Bouchet,1% Grenache and a partridge in a pear tree.   Facts You know what I’ve always admired about Ridge? It’s that they manage to “do Zin” without making me feel like feeling I’ve just been molested by blackberries and alcohol. True story. The […]

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Speckled Easter Egg Cake

(please excuse my dry wrinkly dish washing hands) I don’t know about you but my personal favorite part about Easter is not hanging out with family or gathering around the table for some lousy cold hard boiled eggs. Nah. It’s definitely the whopper eggs! (Just kidding family) but really look at these things! They’re colorful […]

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Cocktail Couture

Lemme tell ya bout something really cool that’s going down next month. On April 16, at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, a group of architects, designers and all-around creative types will be showing off some really fashionable creations as part of Cocktail Couture. The event is led by the IIDA North Florida chapter and has […]

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So You Want To Build a Wine Cellar…

I continue to receive numerous questions from people looking for advice on building a wine cellar, and whilst I can usually help to answer most people’s queries, I prefer to occasionally defer to the superior knowledge of my good friend Curtis Dahl, co-owner of Joseph & Curtis. Curtis is an expert in all matters wine […]

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Irish Soda Bread With Ina

It is now time for me to confess my absolute love and admiration for Ina Garten (a.k.a The Barefoot Contessa). There’s just something about her that is so soothing and pleasant to watch, it’s down right memorizing! Not to mention that her and Jeffery (her husband) are probably the cutest couple in existence. Sometimes when […]

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