6 Globally Inspired North FL Dishes | Taste Travels
Travel with your tastebuds
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Wanderlust got you feeling restless? If you’re dreaming of your next adventure (perhaps a Madrid city break), but stuck in the waiting place, why not travel with your tastebuds? Here are six First Coast dishes whose exotic flavors are sure to transport you to another land. 

Pan Roasted Scallops from Michael's Tasting Room
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Pan Roasted Scallops 
creamy leek risotto, carnival cauliflower, passion fruit vinaigrette

Featured in the pilot episode of my TV show “Like Love Want Need”, the creations at Michael’s Tasting Room will take you straight to the coast of Spain. Influenced by his family heritage and the cultural history of the restaurant’s location in St. Augustine, Chef Michael specializes in Spanish Tapas in addition to authentic dishes that will make you feel like you are vacationing on the Mediterranean shore. Winner of multiple Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, be sure to explore the wine cellar.

Carne Grande Pizza at IL DESCO in Jacksonville Fl
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Carne Grande Pizza
capicola, sausage, mortadella, prosciutto, garlic, San Marzano tomato sauce, provolone and mozzarella
IL DESCO brings authentic modern Italian to Jacksonville, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Refined dishes prepared with finesse and technique please today’s most discerning palates. The casual atmosphere keeps the restaurant down to earth and approachable drawing both neighborhood foodies, and date night diners. The wood fire pizza is a must try, as well as exceptionally fresh seafood displayed in the open kitchen for you to select from and approve. Taste the robust flavors of Italy and feel at home in one of Jacksonville’s new favorites.

Braised Lamb Tacos at Eleven South Bistro and Bar in Jax Beach
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Braised Lamb Tacos
Eleven South Bistro and Bar draws influence from the Mediterranean and all things wine country. The vino driven menu references vineyards from around the world. Whether the influence is Spain, Italy, California, or New Zealand you can be sure the highest quality ingredients will paint a picture in your mind of arid climes, earthy aromas, and romantic sunsets in some far reaching vineyard. 

Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shakshuka from Hobnob in Jacksonville, FL
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Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shakshuka house-made lamb sausage, pan seared and finished with tomatoes, olives and fingerling potatoes,
two eggs over easy, and served with crispy lavash bread

A globally inspired menu with local intentions, Hobnob hits the mark with its worldly diners in Jacksonville’s trendiest neighborhood. Explore the eclectic tastes of Asia and the South Pacific, as well as the Middle East for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, or Late Night Happy Hour. 

Slow Braised Wagyu Short Ribs
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Slow Braised Wagyu Short Ribs
with Truffle Parsnip Puree
One Ocean Resort’s restaurant Azurea takes coastal elegance to the next level. Tastes influenced from the multicultural history of the First Coast can be seen throughout the menu selections. Executive Chef Ted Peters displays his exquisite culinary technique in a seasonal menu that highlights the finest ingredients. Look for Foie Gras, Pan Seared Scallops, Sea Bass, and these Wagyu Short Ribs to envelope you in the flavors of Europe and beyond. 

Sweet Thai Chicken Pizza from Brixx Pizza in Jacksonville, FL
Photo by Amy West
wood-roasted chicken tossed in sweet chili sauce, goat cheese and mozzarella,
roasted red peppers, pistachios and drizzled with thai satay dressing
Brixx Pizza offers wood fired pizzas in flavorful combinations you’ve never imagined. Think pimento cheese, BBQ, and the flavors of the Caribbean. This Sweet Thai Chicken pizza came as a lovely surprise combining ingredients I’d yet to experience together on a crust. Fresh salads, starters, and pasta also grace the menu of this family friendly locale in Riverside’s Unity Plaza. 

Travel with your tastebuds and discover the flavor inspiration all around you. 
Until then…
Enjoy the Journey!
xo- Amy West
Grilled Octopus from Eleven South Bistro and Bar
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Grilled Octopus from Eleven South Bistro and Bar

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