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.
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.
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.
Not gonna lie… Chomp Chomp doesn’t exactly look appealing on the outside. Nestled in a tiny strip along Adams Street, this hole-in-the-wall is a diamond in the rough. I’d heard about it from friends and co-workers, but despite working Downtown for a year (I can’t believe it’s been a year already!), I hadn’t made it down there yet.
Here’s a couple things you need to know:
1) This place is TINY. It sits about 8-10 inside people very, very tightly. There are a few tables outside, but considering it’s Florida and it’s still hotter than hell, I suggest grabbing your food to go.
2) The menu changes frequently (which is why you can’t find it online).
We need to talk about my new favorite thing.
A few weeks ago, I signed up for Black Hog Farm‘s Farm-to-Door Membership. The farm, located just south of Jacksonville in East Palatka, offers an online ordering service for locally grown produce, grass-fed meats, eggs, and even Bold Bean Coffee Roasters coffee beans. Then, you can either have it delivered to you (depending on your location) or pick it up at one of their designated spots. Best part? No commitment. You control how often you get boxes and if you want other goodies - all you need is a $20 minimum order. Currently, I have mine set up for a box every other week.
Needless to say, it’s pretty cool (and fairly affordable!).
Disclaimer: Whole Foods paid me in cheese to write this post. Don’t judge… You wouldn’t say no either. Opinions are my own.
Do you believe the moon is made of cheese? I don’t. But I do think that in Heaven, you get an unlimited supply of glorious, stinky cheese. In my version of Heaven, there would always be red wine flowing and delicious charcuterie plates available for enjoying. And the best part? You’d never suffer any of the negative effects and calories don’t exist in my Heaven.
I guess that makes the cheese section at Whole Foods Market in Jacksonville Heaven on Earth.
I have a serious case of day-before-vacation-ADD today. The struggle is real. I’m trying to get a million things done today. And even though I’m headed to Philly, you can still go enjoy Eat Up Downtown – they extended it for a third week too! This year, I only made it to one restaurant: Café Nola located in MOCA. We headed downtown last week for date night, and it was nice to get out of the Riverside/Avondale bubble.
We both started with the Smoked Chicken Flatbread: