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Art Republic’s Two Weeks to Change the World


Art Republic, Public Art Installations, Downtown Jacksonville, murals

Art and industry collide as Art Republic 2018, a communal celebration of public art changes the face of downtown Jacksonville again. Art Republic is known for infusing the city with bold outdoor murals that define an area’s character. Exhibitions, which are curated by industry experts, showcase the top artists in their field of expertise to create a sense of place, spark global conversations, and inspire community engagement.

Art Republic, Dourone x David Petroni
Dourone x David Petroni

Muralists for the 2018 collection include 2Alas, Pastel, Chris Clark, Datastorm, Golden, Sipros and NEAN. Murals will be installed at various locations throughout the Downtown Core from November 1st-11th. This year, Art Republic also will include partnerships with the leading international digital and video artists to demonstrate the shared capacity for affecting change.

Mohamed L'Ghacham, rt Republic, Public Art Installations, Downtown Jacksonville, murals
Mohamed L’Ghacham

In the spirit of walking down different streets, Jacksonville-based photographers Toni Smailagic and Khalil Osborne created captivating photographs of Eyes Wide Open, the photography exhibition on November 2nd in Springfield. The exhibition serves as a portal into the eyes, perspectives and experiences of the city’s diverse population based on cultures, race, ethnicities, age and religions. The opening event featuring art, music, live performances, light installations, cocktails and food is free to the public.

An immersive digital art exhibition created by one of the industry’s premiere digital artists will open November 10th at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. “Reometry” by REO is a full-sensory show designed to challenge perceptions of the surrounding world in the present. REO bridges the gap between high art and technology using music and digital art, taking you into an experience designed to change the way you see the world. REO has developed graphic design, animations and video projections for such high-profile businesses as Nike, Spotify, Aprite, Adidas and Veuve Clicquot and big-name clientele from Beyonce to Bruno Mars. Having just completed visuals for Travis Scott’s VMA performance and the iconic, On The Run II Tour of Jay Z and Beyoncé, REO is heartily welcomed back to Jacksonville for his first solo digital art show. The opening of “Reometry” is a ticketed event that includes music, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

REOMETRY Digital Art Show by REO TOMORROW! 7PM at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, only a few tickets left, get yours now!https://artrepublicglobal.com/product/reometry/ *this video is a part 1/2 stay tuned to our page to learn about REO’s mission as an artist tomorrow! Video by Eriden Images

Posted by Art Republic on Friday, November 9, 2018

Art can illustrate the importance of passion, leadership, human potential. It also serves as a form of self-maintenance and an escape from the drudgery of daily life. Art Republic invites us to view the world from a broader, inspired perspective. Join in the movement, and get more information at www.artrepublicglobal.com.

Reometry, Art Republic, Public Art Installations, Downtown Jacksonville, murals

Map the Murals

2018 Artists

PASTEL

JORGE RODRIGUEZ-GERARDA

CHRIS CLARK

GOLDEN

NEAN

DATASTORM

TONI SMAILAGIC

SIPROS

KHALIL OSBORNE

UNIVERSAL GREEN

REO

2ALAS

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http://eujacksonville.com/2018/11/09/art-republic-2/


Beyond Downtown Artwalk: Duval Mercantile Pop-Up Shop for the Holidays

Duval Mercantile, Art Walk pop-up, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete

A Jacksonville business owner is making it easier to shop local this holiday season. Emily Moody-Rosete, who operates the downtown Wolf & Cub boutique on Laura Street, is bringing a pop-up storefront to the space formerly occupied by La Cena restaurant. Located at 211 North Laura Street, Duval Mercantile will grace the historic Elks Building.

Duval Mercantile will celebrate its grand opening November 7th during Artwalk and will remain open through the month of December. As the former owner the live music venue Underbelly in the downtown core and Anomaly in the Five Points neighborhood, Emily Moody-Rosete knows how to create a buzz. She’s hoping to energize Downtown with a concept that will bring together artists and makers in a shared space and inspire shoppers to curate an interesting and eclectic list of locally produced goods this holiday season.

Vendors like Congaree and Penn and Jax Brothel will be among those to stock such items as local gourmet foods and sundries, candles, pottery, and vegan bath products. There are no plans to update the interior space with a major build out save for adding a couple coolers to refrigerate necessary items. “Because its a pop-up, we didn’t want to spend a ton of money making it real pretty,” she says. “It’s going to compliment Wolf & Cub but still have its own vibe, too.”

Bee Friends Farms, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays
Bella Lina Bath, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays

While the concept is designed to give local makers a dedicated space to showcase and sell their goods, Moody-Rosete is also hoping to increase Downtown’s accessibility to retailers in an area plagued by more empty storefronts than established businesses.

“Being Downtown now for a few years, I hear on a daily basis from clients coming in and people traveling through, tours actually coming through to visit the city. It’s embarrassing to hardly have any retail Downtown, so people walk in my shop and ask what else is there to do down here, and I give them a little run down. There’s lots of places to eat and drink, but there’s not a lot of retail,” says Emily Moody-Rosete.

Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays

“That’s unfortunate, but the city doesn’t really encourage the nurturing of small business. They’re more into the multi-million dollar projects, which I get too, but, at the end of the day, the small guys are the ones who are creating the culture and the feel for a district.”

“That’s unfortunate, but the city doesn’t really encourage the nurturing of small business. They’re more into the multi-million dollar projects, which I get too, but, at the end of the day, the small guys are the ones who are creating the culture and the feel for a district. That’s what I seek out. When I travel, I go to all the cool little local businesses, and that’s how I get the feel for a city. That’s where Duval Mercantile comes in.”

Macmaddies Candles, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays
1748 Bakehouse, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays

Emily and Varick Rosete based the model for Duval Mercantile on their early experiences with Wolf & Cub, which they initially operated at such venues as Jaxsons Night Market and Artwalk. The couple expanded the business and opened a pop-up shop in Riverside’s Brooklyn Station during the 2015 holiday season. The success of that venture led to a permanent storefront the following year. If Duval Mercantile does well, it could become a regular fixture and establish a business model to encourage more retailers to follow suit.

“We’re just trying to make it work for a few months. If it sticks, then we’ll visit maybe signing a lease there, maybe finding a different spot. Who knows. We’re just taking it day by day for now,” she says, “I’m an optimist so I hope that it is possible. Is it possible in a time frame that I feel is reasonable? Maybe not necessarily. That’s why we just kind of took things into our own hands. We don’t have time to wait around for the city to recognize us. We just have to make it happen. Hopefully it’s that ‘if you build it, they will come’ kind of thing.”

local vendors

– Saturiwa Trading
– Conagree and Penn
– CAMP Craft Cocktail
– Jax Brothel
– Macmaddies CANdles
– Cam.Lee Crafted Co.
– 1748 Bakehouse
– Bee Friends Farm
– The Bread & Board
– Bella Lina Bath
– Pawfection Bakery
– Spoonbill Pottery
– Develins Art

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/11/07/downtown-artwalk-duval-mercantile-shop-holidays/


International Auto Show Giveaway 2018

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International Auto Show Giveaway 2018 – The 2019 Model Central Florida International Auto Show Races Into Orange County Convention Center on Thanksgiving Weekend November 22 – 25, 2018.

International Auto Show Giveaway 2018

We’re giving away FOUR TICKETS to this auto show for one lucky family! How do you enter? Fill out the form below and you’ll be automatically entered to win! Click here for contest rules.


What:

Product specialists from leading automotive manufacturers will be at the show to answer questions and provide information on the latest vehicles. The Central Florida International Auto Show is owned and presented by the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows.

Where:

Orange County Convention Center – North Concourse, 9400 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

When:

Thursday, November 22, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Thanksgiving Day)

Friday, November 23, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 25, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

Cost:

Admission to the event is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62 and older), military and first responders (w/any DOD or municipal ID) and students (under 21 w/school ID) and FREE for children 12 and under. Purchase advance tickets at www.AutoShowOrlando.com.

More Details:

The 2019-Model Central Florida International Auto Show is set to cruise more than 400 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and more into the Orange County Convention Center for Thanksgiving weekend. Everyone is invited to check out the latest models in a non-selling environment, sit behind wheels, inspect engines and even take a spin in dozens of new vehicles. The largest auto show in Florida, this annual event will also feature Camp Jeep and Ram indoor test drives, the latest electric vehicles, pre-production models and fun for the little ones. Additionally, the Festivals of Speed display will showcase nearly 100 ultra high-end exotic cars, motorcycles, luxury products and toys. Don’t miss unique display of rare Model A’s as well as the Antique Automobile Club of America’s collection of antique and collectible vehicles from the 1930s – 1970s.

More Information:

Click here for more information.


Disclaimer: This International Auto Show Giveaway 2018 event is subject to last minute cancellations and changes which might not be reflected in this MyCentralFloridaFamily.com post. Please always confirm with this family-friendly business by calling or clicking.

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https://mycentralfloridafamily.com/international-auto-show-giveaway-2018/


Moon Over the Market: Three Jacksonville Food Trucks Going Places

Food trucks have changed the landscape of culinary culture here in Jacksonville in the past decade or so, and today we have a wide selection of tastes. We’ve chosen three food trucks for you to follow on social media (the best way to know where a truck will be). These three will also be at GastroJax’s annual Fall event, Moon Over the Market, on October 11th at the Jacksonville Farmers Market, and tastes will be included in the ticket price. Tickets are only $40 at this tasting event on 904tix.com.

Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax
Jammas Jax

The new truck Jammas Jax brings Asian street food flavor wherever they might go with dishes such as pad thai, crab rangoons, lo mein, Hawaiian pineapple fried rice and much more. Owner Julio Gonzalez has quite the storied resume–he’s worked at prestigious local restaurants such as Medure, Pom’s, and El Mariachi, a stellar Mexican truck. His favorite dish on the Jammas Jax menu is the green curry with shrimp, a recipe he picked up from Chef Pom Souvannasoth. Says Gonzalez, “I think having passion for what you do is very important…loving what you do cooking with love.”

Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax
Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax
Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax
Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax

This truck is just starting out, and if you’d like to try a sample, Moon Over the Market is a great event to do that. You can find the truck every Monday Downtown at the The Court Urban Food Park on Hogan Street from 11-2pm on the regular, and you can also follow them on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram @jammasjax.



Pie95 has now been part of our food scene for about three years, and if you haven’t tried them, we highly recommend their wood-fired pizza deliciousness! They’ve been at the fall tasting event Moon Over the Market event all three years, and will be a part of it again–with expanded space this year!

Chef Evan Eriksen’s passion for a pie is apparent in every slice. His customers rave about the Neapolitan-inspired pizza, with some even saying that it’s a veritable taste of Italy. Says Chef Eriksen, “Our philosophy behind our pizza is inspired from working from Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in NYC. Simple is best. After working for Chef Ripert you learn to look at the beauty in the product and not overloading your dishes with too many flavors and techniques.”

They are currently researching where they might open a brick-and-mortar place, but in the meantime, Pie95 Pizza posts their weekly schedule on Facebook and Instagram to help the customers find their location. They also can be found every Saturday at the Riverside Art Market from 10-3pm.



Rite on Que’s barbeque is influenced by Alabama and Florida smoking techniques, using a blend of hickory and pecan wood exclusively. They do it the old-fashioned way, using no gas or electricity in the process. Standout items include their MacDaddy Brisket, which is brisket topped with mac and cheese, and their Dutch caramel glazed baby back ribs, called Candied Ribs. You might also want to try their pork belly burnt ends and beef short ribs, which are often on special.

Pit Master Larry Lawson says that their food philosophy is simple because they keep it simple, by cooking with fire, using “quality proteins…made from scratch sides” and providing great service. Lawson says that some guests are so pleased at the quality that during events, customers have been known to “come back twice at the same event to take some home.” They plan to start selling sauces and rubs in the future, and hope to have a brick-and-mortar restaurant sometime in the next three years. You can find Rite On Que by following them on Facebook and Instagram (@riteonque), and you will also find them as one of the tastes at Moon Over the Market on October 11th, 904tix.com

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/10/05/moon-over-the-market-jacksonville-food-trucks/


Florida Kids and Family Expo Review

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Florida Kids and Family Expo Review – Every August, you can find the Florida Kids and Family Expo at the Orange County Convention Center. For less than the cost of going to the movies, your family can enjoy a full day of family fun and discovery!



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The Florida Kids and Family Expo was started by a Central Florida mom that has lived in Central Florida for over 40 years and that has been a mom for over 16 years. Never knowing what was possible for her family, she started the Florida Kids and Family Expo in September in 2014, with the first expo in 2015. Each year, she invites thousands of family friendly businesses and organizations to this epic expo and promotes those that accept the exhibiting space so they can connect with Central Florida families that may be looking for their services and/or products.

Families should be prepared for a $6 admission and a $10 parking fee (they wish parking was free too). Inside, they’ll find over 150,000 square feet of exhibiting space filled with over 175 exhibitors, zones of interactive fun, Touch a Truck, petting zoo, bounce houses, performance stages, attractions and more. Most of the experiences are included with the $6 admission fee and others have a nominal fee. Unlimiteed wristbands for bounce houses and attractions are $10 each. The pony rides are $5 each. The train rides are $2. Exhibitors may have things for sale at their booths. Face painting and temporary tattoos are available and will be at vendor pricing. However, if you do nothing “extra,” there is more to do and enjoy at this event than you can complete in a day! Florida Kids and Family Expo Review

Here are our 5 Top Tips for attending this event:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes. There will be a lot of walking!
  2. Bring a stroller if your kiddos still have one. It’s much easier to push them around.
  3. Get there early or stay to the end. The most crowded times are between 11 and 2 on Saturday and between noon and 3 on Sunday.
  4. Bring snacks and/or water for the family. There is always food on site, but it can get expensive for a family, so be prepared with your own snacks.
  5. Read the “program” and information on the site in advance. It will help to ensure there are no surprises and will allow you to schedule the performances you’re most interested in.

We hope we see you next year for the Florida Kids and Family Expo. It’s a unique and fully engaging experience for the whole family in Central Florida.


Disclaimer: This Florida Kids and Family Expo Review is based on the experience of My Central Florida and should be taken as opinion of that experience. Details are subject to change over time so be sure to verify details from our accounts.




https://mycentralfloridafamily.com/florida-kids-and-family-expo-review/


Fetch! Sit Up! Pour Me a Brew! BrewHound Comes to Neptune Beach

BrewHound comes to Neptune Beach, Lauren Wyckoff, Jason Underwood, Southern Swells
Lauren Wyckoff and Jason Underwood

It’s no secret that people love dogs. Many of those same people also love hanging with friends over a cold beer or a good cup of coffee. Sadly, most venues won’t let you enjoy both. Jason Underwood and Lauren Wyckoff developed the concept for BrewHound, an off-leash dog park with an open-air bar, to create a common ground for people to enjoy all of what they love in a natural setting.

“That’s really what we want to generate is this core community of animal lovers and a place for everybody to hang out and share ideas,” says Wyckoff. “It’s a cool way to get people out of their comfort zone and doing other things, not just being there, but the bigger picture of coordinating stuff together and getting back to the center of what it’s all about.”

Located on an acre of wooded land between Florida and Atlantic boulevards in Neptune Beach, BrewHound will offer designated areas for small and large breed dogs, trail maps, a bicycle pump station and “the porch” where guests can enjoy a craft beer, glass of wine, or locally roasted Bold Bean coffee. The property is also situated on the East Coast Greenway and connects to a new 1,050-foot paved trail which runs along Florida Boulevard from Fifth Street to A1A.

The 1,200-square-foot open air beer garden will be open to anyone with or without a dog. Daily, weekly or monthly membership fees will be required to enter the leash-free area to ensure all dogs are current with their vaccinations. Discounted rates will be offered on annual memberships for all current service-members, veterans, and first responders.

BrewHound comes to Neptune Beach, Lauren Wyckoff, Jason Underwood

 

“Ruffarees” will be on hand to monitor behavior and even keep an eye on your pup while you refresh your drink. “We figured we should be able to take our dogs literally everywhere we go to hang out,” says Underwood. “So, we had this crafty idea of combining both the social setting and dogs, off leash.”

When the couple first unleashed the concept for BrewHound, they had recently rescued their third dog and were missing the new addition to their family while they were out of town. The idea started brewing over poolside cocktails, fittingly Greyhounds. Both Underwood and Wyckoff are environmental scientists who share a love of the outdoors. Whether camping, hiking or just enjoying nature, their three dogs, Too, Wicket and Scrambles, are always in tow. A project like BrewHound was the perfect way to fuse their love of dogs with their passion for the outdoors.

“They say that ideas come and go, and not every one is a winner. But when you find one that’s a winner right off the bat, you either make it happen or you let it cruise on by,” says Underwood. “What I didn’t know was on the way home, Lauren’s wheels were turning.”

BrewHound comes to Neptune Beach, Lauren Wyckoff, Jason Underwood

With her entrepreneurial spirit in overdrive, Wyckoff quickly catalogued the couple’s available resources. By the following week, she’d framed a business plan, developed marketing strategies and tapped into her professional network to get the dog park off the ground. The pair worked with The Pratt Guys to complete renderings of the property and an architect helped develop the engineering plans for city approval.

The pair researched similar projects located in progressive, metropolitan markets including Seattle, Austin and Charlotte and realized that a mixed-use park would be the perfect fit for the Beaches community. “The beach is such a unique community. There is culture, but you still have that small-town feel,” says Wyckoff. “There’s a bit of everything, so I thought what a cool place to do something like that. What if we could find some land?”

Underwood tapped into money he saved from his yearlong deployment to Afghanistan to buy the oddly-shaped and overgrown parcel of land. After finally closing on the property in April, the couple have invested countless hours clearing the brush and cutting away branches on their own to reveal a diamond in the “ruff.”

BrewHound comes to Neptune Beach, Lauren Wyckoff, Jason Underwood

“I had some money saved up from when I was in the Army, so I said, ‘let’s make it happen. It really does make a difference when you just get outside. That’s why we’re really trying to make this a space for people to do that,” he says. “After work, take your dog and let him run crazy and get tired, and you don’t have the guilt factor of wanting to take your dog out but want to go to dinner or happy hour. So, you either let your dog out real quick and leave again or don’t go anywhere. This way you can do both.”

Being a combat veteran also played a significant role in his appreciation for pups and the services they provide for men and women who have experienced combat. He joined the Army right out of college, serving as a maneuver platoon leader with the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. At 24, he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in the summer of 2010.

BrewHound comes to Neptune Beach, Lauren Wyckoff, Jason Underwood

He remembers Cali, a stray puppy he encountered on patrol in Kandahar during a routine patrol of the city. Underwood recalls the small mixed breed pup sniffing around outside of one of the patrol base gates. They named her “Cali” after the small company-sized outpost they manned in Kandahar.

“There were signs posted around some of the bigger bases overseas stating that under no circumstances were soldiers to befriend or even pet stray animals, but after nine straight months of being over there with no break, I didn’t pay much thought to what the signs said,” remembers Underwood. “I was going to get that puppy and hold it, pet it, name it, and carry it around wherever I could until someone made me stop. Metaphorically, that little puppy was a lit candle in a dark room. We kept her for as long as we could until we were moved to a new position in the city. Unfortunately, we couldn’t bring her with us.”

After he got out of the Army, Underwood left Anchorage, Alaska, behind to start a new life in Florida with Wyckoff and her dog Too, whom she rescued off the street in Orlando over 12 years ago. While he was tying up loose ends in Alaska, Wyckoff rescued Wicket, a feisty little border-collie mix, from the Clay County kill shelter. With Underwood finally settled in Florida for good, the couple brought home Scrambles, a food-crazy hound mix, from the Amelia Island Humane Society.

Underwood also decided it was time to seek treatment for anxiety and trauma he experienced during his time in service. In addition to counseling and therapy, he credits the dogs for providing a sense of balance and comfort. “I can’t put into words how crucial an animal is to a combat veteran. Coming from a life of constant uncertainty, stress, and that uneasy feeling that makes you constantly look over your shoulder, the girls gave me a reason to seek help. In a lot of ways, [they] kept me grounded. I feel at ease around them,” he says.

“It’s almost magical that they can sense our feelings and adjust their behavior based off them. Dogs often train us more efficaciously than we believe we train them. They react to our emotions, feelings, and actions in ways that make sense to them, but often not us. This pattern of behavior, if we pay attention, can teach us to keep our own behavior in check,” he says.

BrewHound comes to Neptune Beach, Lauren Wyckoff, Jason Underwood

Once BrewHound is up and running, a weekly trainer will be on site to provide instruction on various behaviors. Planned events will also include a quarterly pet market and partnership with such organizations as Go Ruck, Canines for Warriors and the VFW in Jacksonville Beach. Future collaborations could also include the Wounded Warrior Project.

“I believe dogs can give service members the most similar feeling of ‘brotherhood’ that you feel when in a combat scenario. They always have your back. They love you. They would do anything for you,” says Underwood. “My girls aren’t service dogs. They are not professionally trained to perform the duties of a service dog. However, they continue to impress upon me the strength to be a good leader and never give up.”

BrewHound comes to Neptune Beach, Lauren Wyckoff, Jason Underwood

There are still a few hurdles to clear before breaking ground. Plans for the space are still in development review in Neptune Beach, and once approved, it will take an estimated six to seven months to complete build-out and open the fences. Until then, Underwood and Wyckoff will enjoy watching their dream take shape with a cold beer or a good cup of coffee and their three dogs by their side.

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/08/16/brewhound-neptune-beach/


Arepa Please! Popular Venezuelan Cuisine Finds Its Way to Jacksonville’s Brooklyn Neighborhood

Arepa Please! Popular Venezuelan Cuisine Finds Its Way to Jacksonville's Brooklyn Neighborhood, Arepa Please, Classic Venezuelan shredded chicken recipe with our home made avocado mayo, cilantro and sliced avocados, Photo by Nate Mayo
Classic Venezuelan shredded chicken recipe with housemade avocado mayo, cilantro and sliced avocados, Photo by Nate Mayo

A new arepa place just popped up in the Riverside / Brooklyn neighborhood, it’s called Arepa Please. You may remember this space as Johnny’s Deli, on the corner of Riverside Ave. and Forest St, across the street from Unity Plaza and the old fire station. I sat down with managing partner Jose Gregorio to talk about all things arepas and how they plan to serve both Johnny’s original deli menu while introducing South American cuisine.

Tell me about Arepa Please. Where did it originate? How did it start? Arepa Please is a place that combines good vibes, the best coffee in town with an arepa place and a New York-style sandwich shop. We like to call it a contemporary cafe.

Why makes Arepa Please different? We are trying to share the arepa culture with Jacksonville. It’s not people just selling a product. In Venezuela, the arepa places are like the delis in New York. They are everywhere and you go there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The way it works in South America is that we see the arepa like a healthy medium for flavor combinations, so the first thing you do when you want to ask for an arepa is deciding what you want inside of the arepa. That moment is when all the fun begins. Maybe your brain says that you want shredded beef, black beans, and avocados or chicken with cheddar cheese and coleslaw salad. There are so many possible combinations, I grew up eating arepa every day and every time that I was going to an arepa place it felt like a new experience for me just imagining what combination of flavor I wanted. Knowing of course that for some reason most things taste better inside of an arepa

Arepa Please, thejaxblonde2_Shredded beef slow cooked in pomodoro sauce with south american herbs in a bed of melted cheddar cheese, Photo by Nate Mayo
Arepa Please! Popular Venezuelan Cuisine Finds Its Way to Jacksonville’s Brooklyn Neighborhood, The Jax Blonde, shredded beef slow cooked in pomodoro sauce with south american herbs in a bed of melted cheddar cheese, Photo by Nate Mayo

Why Bold Bean? My dad drinks 10 cups of coffee every day, he lives in South America and every time that he came to visit me he had a hard time with the coffee. So one day I took him to Bold Bean in Riverside and I got him a cappuccino. He tasted it, looked at me, smiled, tasted it again and said, “I feel like I’m in South America with this coffee.” I felt so happy because finally he had a really good coffee outside of Venezuela and I want that our customers have that feeling too. We were looking around for a good coffee and no one can beat Bold Bean. Also when we told them about this crazy arepa project they were so excited about it. They told us they love arepas as they tried them on one of their trips to South America and they were sooo good! The people of Jax need the arepa in their lives!

Tell us about Johnny’s, is it still Johnny’s Deli and you’re in there too? Me and my partner bought Johnny’s Deli 6 months ago and we were so surprised about all the people who were going every day to eat Johnny’s Deli. He has been around downtown for at least 15 years so everybody knows him and like his deli menu. So we asked him to please stay with us and now he is part of the family, looking forward to working on new projects together. Even though we changed the name to Arepa Please we still have the old Johnny’s menu made by Johnny himself.

Anything else you want people to know about Arepa Please? We try to change the arepa menu often adding new combination to help the new customers with the flavors selection. Our chef has many specials recipes to share and we are going to be adding specials every week. Our mission is to share the arepa culture around Jacksonville and we are so grateful for the support.

Arepa Please! Popular Venezuelan Cuisine Finds Its Way to Jacksonville's Brooklyn Neighborhood, Arepa Please, Nicole Holderbaum mural, photo by Nate Mayo
Mural by Nicole Holderbaum, Photo by Nate Mayo

Arepa please is very unique. It has a tried and true deli, venezuelan arepas, and you can get Bold Bean Coffee. If that wasn’t enough, they have one of the coolest murals on the outside painted by Nicole Holderbaum.

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/08/16/arepa-please-venezuelan-cuisine-jacksonvilles-brooklyn-neighborhood/


Florida Kids and Family Expo Preparation 2018

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Florida Kids and Family Expo Preparation 2018 – Our team is out this week to prepare for the 2018 Florida Kids and Family Expo. We hope you’re planning to join us this weekend for Central Florida’s Largest “PLAY-date!” Get behind the scenes on our Facebook Event Page.



Florida Kids and Family Expo Preparation 2018This weekend is the Florida Kids and Family Expo and our team is out and about this week preparing for this fun-filled family event. Here are the top things you should know!

1. There is 150,000 Square Feet of Air Conditioned Space. In other words, IT’S GYNORMOUS!

2. There are over 200 exhibitors at this event with products and services for everyone in the family.

3. Advanced Tickets are $5 in Advance. Click here for your tickets.

4. Almost everything interactive is included with admission (Laser Tag, Petting Zoo, Touch-a-Truck, Arts and Crafts Zone, Sports Zones, Character Meet and Greets, Live Performances on 2 stages, Aerial Acts. Wrestling Ring, Knockerballs, 200+ Interactive Exhibitors…and so much more)! However, you can choose to enhance the experience. For $10, there is an unlimited wristband (this desk will be inside the front doors) with access to bumper cars, cyclone swing, rock climbing, mechanical bull and 4 bounce houses. This covers rentals, staffing, electric and our donation to New Hope for Kids. Pony rides are approximately $3 or $4. Train rides are approximately $3. These are charged by the operators to cover their expenses/animal care. There may be a charge for a face painting or other services on site, but know…you can spend ALL DAY at this event and never spend more than the fee to enter the event (outside of any food or products purchased). We work to keep this event as affordable as possible so that all families can attend.

5. Parking is $10. That’s the discounted rate. We wish it was free too! We have nothing to do with the parking.

6. Food carts will be available in the lobby, but if your kiddos need snacks, feel free to bring what you need.

7. Chick-fil-A Kid Meals are available on Saturday at the Sand Lake Road location only. You must PRINT your tickets to turn them in for this offer.

8. Two stages are available with live performances all day. Plus, check out the Aerial Act stage and the Wrestling Ring. You can find the schedule of shows here.

9. Check out the map to find your way around the space.

10. This expo is being held in the West Concourse, Hall D. Click here for directions.

Here are additional Tips for Attending.

We hope to see you there. This is the “Can’t Miss” Family Event of the Year and it doesn’t happen again until next year! Save the date for August 17-18, 2019.

Check out our 2017 Recap Video!


Disclaimer: This Florida Kids and Family Expo Preparation 2018 event is subject to last minute cancellations and changes which might not be reflected in this MyCentralFloridaFamily.com post. Please always confirm with this family-friendly business by calling or clicking.




https://mycentralfloridafamily.com/florida-kids-and-family-expo-preparation-2018/


Mini Bar Donuts Lights Up Jacksonville Beach

Mini Bar Donuts, Jacksonville Beach, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, EU Jacksonville, 904

What’s better than donuts? Mini-donuts! They’re smaller, so that means you eat more of them. Although they have been here for a year, the buzz in Jax Beach shows no signs of stopping, no doubt due in part to all their donuts being made-to-order hot.

My favorite flavors are Strawberry Pop Tarts and Fruity Pebbles, but there are many flavors to choose from: Sweet Pete’s Sea Salt Caramel, Mint Chocolate Chip, S’mores, Maple Bacon, Strawberry Sprinkle, and Lemon Poppy to name a few. The demand has been so high that they moved a wall to make room for another prep table.

Mini Bar Donuts, Jacksonville Beach, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, EU Jacksonville, 904, elvis

Mini Bar prioritizes serving local favorites across the menu, from Bold Bean Coffee to local beers on tap, such as Southern Swells, Engine 15, Intuition Ale Works, Veterans United, Atlantic Beach Brewing Company, Aardwolf Brewing, and Pinglehead Brewing Company. On their Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn donut both the Sea Salt Caramel recipe and popcorn are from Sweet Pete’s Candy.

Mini Bar Donuts, Jacksonville Beach, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, EU Jacksonville, 904, elvis

You might be asking yourself: ‘It’s been a year Nate. I’m tired of the same old flavors. Why should I go back to Mini Bar Donuts?’ Well, let me tell you! The Specials! They have weekend donut specials like Holy Cannoli, Ice Cream Sandwich, Cotton Candy Pop Rocks, and Elvis, which is a vanilla cake donut, peanut butter glaze, bacon, a fresh banana slice, and if you’re +21 you can add a pipette of rum! Then, there are coffee specials like Captain Crunch Berry and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Milk lattes.

Coffee and donuts, beer and donuts, just donuts…trust me, you need to go. To avoid lines go early and not on the weekend. They get crazy! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 7am-5pm and Sunday 8am-2pm. Order online at www.minibardonuts.com to have your order waiting for you at the register. Find them at 1300 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/08/09/mini-bar-donuts-jacksonville-beach/


Upcoming Events

  1. 2018 Fall Family Festival

    October 12 @ 3:00 pm - November 14 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  3. NOVEMBERFEST 2018

    November 14 @ 4:00 pm - November 18 @ 8:00 pm UTC+0
  4. SpaKitty Dinner

    November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  5. The Festival of Trees

    November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  6. FIU’s 32nd Festival of the Trees

    November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  7. School Day at the 2018 Florida Tiny House MUSIC Festival

    November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
  8. 10th Annual OrlandoJobs.com Job Fair and Career Expo

    November 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0
  9. Florida Tiny House Music Festival (3rd Annual)

    November 16 @ 12:00 pm - November 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  10. Orlando Balloon Glow

    November 16 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0

Upcoming Events

  1. 2018 Fall Family Festival

    October 12 @ 3:00 pm - November 14 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  3. NOVEMBERFEST 2018

    November 14 @ 4:00 pm - November 18 @ 8:00 pm UTC+0
  4. SpaKitty Dinner

    November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  5. The Festival of Trees

    November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  6. FIU’s 32nd Festival of the Trees

    November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  7. School Day at the 2018 Florida Tiny House MUSIC Festival

    November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
  8. 10th Annual OrlandoJobs.com Job Fair and Career Expo

    November 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0
  9. Florida Tiny House Music Festival (3rd Annual)

    November 16 @ 12:00 pm - November 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  10. Orlando Balloon Glow

    November 16 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0

Join our Fun Network

  1. 2018 Fall Family Festival

    October 12 @ 3:00 pm - November 14 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  3. NOVEMBERFEST 2018

    November 14 @ 4:00 pm - November 18 @ 8:00 pm UTC+0
  4. SpaKitty Dinner

    November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  5. The Festival of Trees

    November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  6. FIU’s 32nd Festival of the Trees

    November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  7. School Day at the 2018 Florida Tiny House MUSIC Festival

    November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
  8. 10th Annual OrlandoJobs.com Job Fair and Career Expo

    November 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0
  9. Florida Tiny House Music Festival (3rd Annual)

    November 16 @ 12:00 pm - November 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  10. Orlando Balloon Glow

    November 16 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0