Pele’s Wood Fire Welcomes a New Chef

Pele's Wood Fire Happy Hour Menu

Another Pele’s Wood Fire post? Sure why not. Look, it’s not rocket science: You invite me to eat amazing food for free, I’ll do it. And I’ll take pictures of it. I’m a shameless food blogger like that, and Pele’s Wood Fire has got my number. So when they invited me and some of my fellow food blogging friends to come by, meet new Executive Chef Bradley Kennett, and try his concoctions, who was I to say no?

Come on. Like you would say no to Roasted Peach Risotto topped with a big ol’ seared scallop.

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Exactly. Didn’t think so.

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Let’s Chat About Food (Trucks)

Y’all know I love food.

I mean, it’s kind of the reason I started this whole blog in the first place. Not much beats the taste of an amazing taco, a perfectly cooked filet mignon, or a red velvet cupcake. And that’s what I want to talk about today.

I also love Jacksonville. Man, this city can be awesome, but it can also be all kinds of backwards sometimes (exhibit A). And lately, our leaders and some of our local business owners have their heads shoved up their asses. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard about the piece of local legislation that essentially paralyzes food trucks from doing business in our city. Yesterday, local food truck supporters and owners amassed  at City Hall to express their right to fight for the food vendors they love. 

What ensued was a battle of he said/she said: Food truck supporters blamed restaurant owners and vice versa. Many forgot that our leaders were the ones behind this proposed legislation (although their motives? Who knows) and in turn, were pointing fingers in so many directions. What killed me was the hypocrisy of it all: small business owners accusing other small business owners for ruining their business.

No, your restaurant isn’t failing because of food trucks. Your restaurant is (probably) failing because the food sucks. Good food is good food regardless of venue. If the food is good, it speaks for itself and people will come (even if it is overpriced – people will still pay for it if it’s that good). That’s what matters.

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Does food taste better out of a truck? No, of course not. I’ve tasted some crappy food come out of a food truck in my day, but I’ve also had some life-changing food as well. Food trucks are an economical and efficient way to feed people, and for some like Corner Taco, it’s been a stepping stone to opening a brick and mortar spot.

Does food fried in a Mom and Pop fryer taste better than something you can pick up at a drive-thru? I love me some Beach Road Chicken Dinners, but Chick-Fil-A is awesome too. That’s why they’re both successful businesses – they have delicious food.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying we shouldn’t support local business owners or that we should only eat at certain places. My food philosophy has always been simple: eat what you love.  It just sucks when our palates get bogged down in politics.

Le Bar @ Bistro Aix

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With all the new restaurant news floating around Jacksonville, did you know that Bistro Aix remodeled their bar area and private dining room? They finished it recently, and invited me to stop by to check it out. Last weekend, Austin and I took them up on their offer and enjoyed a nice date night. We were greeted by friendly bartenders and sipped on champagne while we looked over the menu. My favorite feature of the redesigned space was the unique chalkboard map wine menu:

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Taverna San Marco {+Giveaway!}

Taverna San Marco

Just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about a revamped lunch option in San Marco, kids – Taverna! After expanding and opening a private dining room and a revamped menu including quick casual lunch, the San Marco staple is ready to wow.

The wonderful people behind this spot invited me and some fellow Jacksonville food lovers to come in and try some of the new cocktails and menu offerings. Who am I to say no to that kind of offer?

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Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails

So let’s talk about the new kid in town, Moxie. This long awaited concept from Chef Tom Gray has been the buzz of the Jacksonville dining scene since Tom left Bistro Aix. I had the chance to give the new menu a try during their soft opening last weekend.

Moxie Menu

Yes, I left my little Riverside/Avondale bubble. Shocking, I know. Austin and I were in need of a date night, and Moxie’s soft opening was the perfect opportunity. I apologize in advance for the less than stellar pics. I wasn’t planning on doing a review, so I didn’t bring my camera. These are just some snaps with my phone.

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When Duval Invaded London – Part 1

The past two weeks of my life have been absolutely insane. There’s no other way to describe it. My friend Colleen won the Jaguars Social League trip to London to see our beloved Jags play the 49ers. That was on the 17th. And then she generously asked me to tag along as her +1.

So on on Friday the 25th, we boarded a plane to London. Once we landed Saturday morning, we showered, took a quick nap and headed to the Pep Rally at Trafalgar Square.

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