Happy PLAYERS Week, y’all!
I feel like The PLAYERS Championship should just be a holiday week here in Jacksonville. We should all be allowed to take off work and just head out and soak up the sunshine and hot golfers. Even though I couldn’t take off the whole week, I still decided to head out during the practice rounds on Wednesday to check things out.
Tip: Practice rounds are a great time to go if you don’t like crowds and you want to get up-close to your favorite players.
I know, I know. Cinco de Mayo was yesterday, and you’re all probably hungover. The thought of margaritas is probably going to make your head pound and your stomach churn, but I’m going to talk about them anyway. Deal with it.
I’m a big fan of Cantina Laredo at the St. John’s Town Center and their Casa Rita is pretty much my favorite margarita – I’ve talked about my love for it before.
The other night, the wonderful people at Cantina invited me to stop by and eat a bunch of their food. I said yes, of course.
I don’t remember the last time I ate this many burgers in such a short period of time. Normally, I eat a burger every few months when I get a cravings. As a kid, I actually didn’t even like hamburgers. It wasn’t until I was a teenager and my friends introduced me to the Jr Bacon Cheeseburger at Wendy’s did my appreciation begin.
As an adult, I can really appreciate a great burger. Thick, juicy, and medium well is how I like it. And with cheese. And bacon. Because we all know that I love bacon.
So how about that Adam Scott?
Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. Did you know that Adam Scott won THE PLAYERS in 2004? It’s true. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there for his 2004 victory, as I went to THE PLAYERS for the first time in 2010. Then again in 2011. It’s always a good time – sunshine, beer, hot golfers. What more could a girl ask for? Oh right. Food.
The only part that has been lacking has been the food selection. This year, the PGA Tour and TPC Sawgrass (with the help of Prom Catering) are stepping it up a notch (or ten) with some great new dining options throughout the grounds. I was lucky enough to be invited to taste some of the goods the other night.
Last night, I had the pleasure of joining Lisa at Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, presented by the Artist Series. It’s the first time I’ve gone to one of their shows, and holy crap – it was a stellar start.
When I read Fifty Shades of Grey last year, I rolled my eyes HARD. I mean, 28 year-old billionaire? 22 year-old virgin who is instantly into S&M? Helicopters? Secret sex rooms? Non-disclosure agreements? Stalking? Oh, COME ON. It was beyond ridiculous.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down at Spank! The show opened with a Magic Mike-style dance number by the wicked hot Hugh Hanson (Christian Grey character). I loved that the plotline revolved around E.B. Janet’s (E.L. James, the Fifty Shades author) thought process while writing the book. The actress who played E.B. Janet was amazing at throwing in local references throughout the show. She was witty and sharp. I also loved how Tasha Woode’s (Anastasia Steele character) involvement with the crowd. The castmembers are masters at improv.
After the show, we had the pleasure of a little face time with Hugh Hanson.
Ladies, that man is HOT. And he’s also taken. By a woman. Cause I know some of you were going to ask.
Anyway, Spank! is at the Times Union Center until Saturday, so go see it! It’s a hysterical good time.
Time for me to admit a truly shameful confession: I’ve been working Downtown since October, and I finally went to Olio Market for the first time just this week. I know. I should be publicly flogged or something for my sins (but not really cause that’s just creepy and this is ‘Merica and not Singapore).
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Olio, and it’s been on my list for a long time. Adam Richman even featured their duck grilled cheese on his Best Sandwich in America show on Travel Channel: