My Perfect Day in Jacksonville with 5-hour ENERGY® shots

Jacksonville is full of local flavor, and coastal charm. As a resident for more than 20 years, I’m more in love with Jax than ever before. Want to know all my favorite local gems? I’m teaming up with 5-hour ENERGY® to experience and share with you "My Perfect Day in Jacksonville". From the St Johns River to the Atlantic Ocean,…


The Best Salads in Jacksonville

The humble Salad. Perhaps one of the most underestimated menu items. So often considered an afterthought, an appetizer, or at best an add on. For me and many others though, salads are so much more. Whether you are a craving your veggies, hitting the gym a little harder, or just interested in testing out the creativity of your favorite dining…


Best Family Friendly Restaurants in Jacksonville

If you know anything about me, you know I like good food. It's no surprise we have made it of chief importance to expose our kids to great eats from a young age. Kids are notoriously picky eaters, but in our house we have one rule: You have to at least taste the food. If you don't like it, you don't…


3 Reasons to Dine at 3 Palms Grille | Where I’m Eating

With the New Year comes our resolutions and goals. I'm all about goal setting and looking back on the year before to make improvements. As for resolutions, it seems that word is just an excuse to make a promise to yourself you ultimately break. That's why, every year I set a resolution I know will be achievable, and also improve…


Horse Stamp Inn | A Holiday Retreat

The Holidays can be stressful. Rushing to and fro trying to finish everything on your to do list, wrapping up the first half of the school year, and trying to do your normal work on top of it all. I find it difficult sometimes to relax and take in the magic of the season. That's why we were thrilled to…


3 Epic Gingerbread Creations on the First Coast

1. Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Visit the world's largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. This 17 foot ship rests in the lobby of the resort throughout the holiday season and greets guests with a crew of ten colorful pirates. Eight Ritz-Carlton pastry chefs invested around 350 hours to create over 600 pieces of baked gingerbread. Additional help comes…


A Day on the First Coast | 3 Things to do in Amelia Island and Fernandina

One of the things I love about living on the First Coast is the plethora of adventures that await us right outside our back door. From the river to the beaches there are ample things to do, places to shop, and great food to taste. Should we decide to escape the boundaries of the city there is St. Augustine just…


Outstanding Lighting Displays on the First Coast

There is nothing quite like slowing down during the busy Holiday season and taking a moment with the family to enjoy the celebrated tradition of Christmas lights. Jacksonville is a huge city and sometimes it's easy to stick close to home and tour what's nearby. There are so many great displays all over the city, however, and these are some…


Jacksonville Magazine Fabulist | Amy West Travel and Jax Mag Unite

I've been a fan of Jacksonville Magazine for years. I consider myself priveledged to have graced her pages as a model, and photographed for at least one fashionable editorial. The magazine has been a staple of the community for decades, showcasing the beauty of the First Coast and standing out as the expert on all things Jacksonvillian.  The "Best Of"…


Mid Year Recap #1 | Food | Reviews, Video

I'm off on another adventure! In the meantime, to celebrate the midway point of 2014 I thought we'd take a stroll down memory lane and look back at what we've covered this year. Starting with food. This year we have had two very successful dining series.... "Date Night Destinations" was my first Project... Read all five of my mouth watering…