It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year here in Jacksonville: The PLAYERS Championship Week! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, Adam Scott and I are in the same metropolitan area, and some of the city’s best restaurants and food trucks have joined forces to serve up some delicious dining options at the tournament. Just like last year, I had the opportunity to stop by TPC Sawgrass to try some of the food in advance. And let me tell you, nothing beats The PLAYERS Championship food this year.
Because there are so many options, I’m just going to give you a quick rundown. I mean, I could write like a 12-part series on this, but I know no one cares to read that much nor do I really have to time to do that. So here’s your quick guide to all the food hot spots at this year’s tournament:
I think we can all agree that one of the worst parts of traveling is crappy, overpriced airport food and booze. $15 for a margarita at Chili’s? Nah, bro. I ain’t about that life, yet I get SUCKED IN EVERY TIME, and I always end up posting this same pic every time I’m flying out of JAX on vacation:
Serious question: Is kale still trendy? Are all the cool kids still eating it? Cause I’m gonna post a recipe featuring it. Get excited cause it’s time to talk about bacon and kale egg white scrambles.
A few weeks ago, Whole Foods contacted me about a fun, new event they were hosting that involved a Twitter tasting of some delicious and affordable Italian wines. Naturally, I said yes and invited a few girlfriends over to take part and tweet up a little storm.
And since no wine tasting is complete without complementary foods, we put together this fantastic spread (with some help from Cabot):
Abby made homemade donuts:
And I gave my Honey Grilled Cheese a first go-round:
And unfortunately, I dropped my iPhone in the sink while doing dishes before the event. Womp womp. At least I have awesome friends who are pretty good at tweeting stuff when my phone is in a bag of rice!
Details On the Wines
Caposaldo Pinot Grigio $11.99 White fruit, cut flowers and intriguing mineral aromas are on the nose followed by kiwi tartness balanced by mellow honeydew notes. The finish is dry, crisp and crowd-pleasing.
Monrosso Chianti $13.99
Lavender and cranberry aromas blend in this soft, rich ruby red wine. Gentle tannins, abundant fruit, and a well-balanced finish characterize this textbook Chianti.
Verrazzano Rosso $15.99
This red has complex aromas of fresh fruits and violets followed by Tuscan herbs, black currant and pomegranate flavors that move to a smooth finish.
Presto Prosecco $10.99
This sparkler has orange blossom aromas and honey notes. Frisky flavors of apple and citrus bubble to the front and then make room for the light fresh finish.
Of the wines, the unanimous favorite was the Presto Prosecco (shocking, I know). And at $10.99, this is definitely going to be on go-to list!
Have you ever had a day where you just want to hang out in bed with a good book and a grilled cheese sandwich? Whenever I feel this way, it’s usually a rainy day and I don’t feel like doing much of anything, so making any sort of elaborate meal is out of the question. The simplicity of a grilled cheese is awesome, and there’s a certain nostalgia factor associated with this comfort food.
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.
Exactly. Didn’t think so.