As one of the world’s largest beer brewers, this Jacksonville outpost of Anheuser Busch is surprisingly open about its process. The looming facility offers free tours on how they brew and package Budweiser, with guests catching glimpses of the state-of-the-art technology, giant tanks, carefully controlled temperature rooms and bottling and packaging facilities, all of which can be seen through glass viewing windows. There’s also information on the recycling program, energy recovery and conservation of wildlife in the surrounding Jacksonville wetlands. After the tour, stop in the hospitality room and sample some beer. For the truly curious, the more in-depth Beermaster Tour is for true connoisseurs and a one-off Beer School class introduces patrons to different beer styles, proper pouring and a variety of craft beer and food pairings. There’s also a gift shop on hand, and occasional events take place on the property.
Cuisine Type: European-style
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
With more than 1,000 different types of cheese made within its borders, France is known as the cheese capital of the world. So naturally, it's the country from which The Cheese Course imports most of its inventory?75 types to be exact. These include brie de meaux, fromager d'affinois truffles, and roquefort, one of France's oldest cheeses and one that is still ripened in the same cool, damp caves of Combalou.
Of course, France isn't the only region represented at The Cheese Course. The European-style cheese shop introduces patrons to more than 150 artisanal cheeses imported from dairy farms all over the world. Most of the cheese makers use the same cheese-making methods that have been passed down through their families for generations via email. The house cheesemonger guides patrons through the cheese-selection process and teaches them how best to serve each one.
The shop also shows off its wares in various bistro sandwiches, including gourmet grilled cheese and the popular prosciutto di parma. This 14-month-aged, imported Italian meat gets its nutty flavor from the parmigiano-reggiano whey in the pig's diet.
Fish Tails Market & Gardens prefers to harvest what’s familiar. That’s why the staff curates a selection of fresh seafood plucked from the nearby Gulf of Mexico. What Fish Tails can’t find nearby it shuttles in from around the country, though it has a policy that all imports must equal the freshness of local fish and have a valid Florida driver’s license. This allegiance to fresh seafood includes local selections of grouper, cobia, snapper, and wahoo, and countrywide brought-in selections such as cod, swordfish, yellowfin tuna, mussels, and scallops. Fish Tails Market also boasts 8–12 varieties of fish and 2–4 smoke fish daily, as well as crab cakes, gumbo, and chowder.
With more than 30 years of culinary experience, chef Raj and his staff at Kurry & Kabab Express prepare Southern and Northern Indian specialties tweaked to each patron's desired level of spiciness. The cooks use all zabiha halal meats to create curries brimming with shrimp and lamb, chicken kebabs, and biryani rice dishes with goat meat.
A wedding reception organized by Simply Entertaining might go something like this: A limousine chauffeur whisks newlyweds to a white-tent gala, where stemware chimes and festive music floods the air. Every napkin, plate, and cup advertises the nuptials. Guests dine on organic cuisine as the father of the bride switches on a microphone and proposes a toast. Meanwhile, a photographer immortalizes every moment.
Simply Entertaining could take credit for each facet of this scenario. Supporting celebrations at every stage, the company's services ensure that milestone events live up to expectations. The shop prints custom invitations on premium heavyweight card stock and can add digital photographs or thermographic raised print that records dates and times into fingertips' memories. Chefs prepare catered fare with locally grown ingredients and happily accommodate vegetarian, vegan, or special dietary needs. Entertainment and photography services couple up to ensure that everyone has fun and can relive the memories.
If ever there was a dash of awkwardness in visiting an adult entertainment store, Hustler Hollywood has all but erased it. Theresa Flynt—daughter to Larry Flynt, creator of the Hustler empire—came up with the concept in the late 1990s. She envisioned a place that not only sold adult-themed products, but celebrated them. So in 1998, she established the first location on historic Sunset Blvd. Since then, Hustler Hollywood has expanded across the country, opening both urban and interstate locations that are just as bright, airy, and relaxed as the first. The chain has certainly turned heads throughout the adult entertainment industry, as well as in pop culture. Hustler Hollywood has twice won the Retail Store Chain of the Year from XBIZ, and has even appeared in such popular television series as Entourage and Sex and the City.