Inside Dwight's Bistro, wall-to-wall mosaic tiles offer an eyeful of crafted wine bottles, goblets, and swirls colorfully pieced together. Chef and owner Dwight Delude's bistro cuisine is just as eclectic. Diners savor lamb chops in mint jelly and mouthfuls of filet mignon and enjoy handmade pasta, featured in the restaurant's rotating selection of jumbo ravioli. To wash down these delectable dishes, guests can choose from an extensive list of red, white, and sparkling wines.
Crowds of people wearing white T-shirts, tutus, and old wedding dresses race through the streets during the Funk N Run 5k. They wear white because a rainbow of colors will pelt their clothing during the event. It's not totally necessary to wear white, though; the colored-cornstarch dye will show up on garments of all hues, including black yoga pants. This untimed, noncompetitive race is known for its celebratory party atmosphere, but that's not the only reason to attend; the charitable event also works to give soldiers and their families memorable homecoming experiences.
In 2009, Melissa Garnier opened a small produce co-op, seeking to save money on her grocery bill while providing her five children with healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables. Today, that co-op has grown into The Neighborhood Garden, a company that regularly supplies 200 Jacksonville families with fresh meats, local honey, dairy goods, and certified organic produce from Albert's Organics in Sarasota. Patrons can pick up pre-ordered edibles from 17 locations, or opt for delivery service.
When photographer Kara Michelle Lamm signed her first print for a show, she wrote it as her nickname "KiKi" rather than her given name. The moniker seemed to better fit her artistic side, and it stuck. Nowadays, she works out of her personal studio, KiKi Creates, selling canvas prints of everything from wedding scenes to palm-tree-studded beaches. She complements her own handiwork with custom photo albums and photo booth rentals for events.
Located a scant three blocks from the ocean, Col Mustard's Phat Burgers welcomes guests to try its eponymous PHAT burgers, which stands for "phresh, hot, and tasty." Made from 100% hand-patted, fresh ground chuck and placed inside tasty kaiser rolls, PHAT burgers include the 'five napkin' chili burger, the pineapple- and ham-topped bahama, and the brooker and its mashed-potato topping. Burgers and other options such as the buffalo chicken sandwich, the chocolate banana milkshake, and all-day breakfast dishes, prompt envious stares from passing beach-goers and seagulls who've acquired a taste for beef.
Landshark Café synthesizes savory stomach set pieces to the sound of live music four nights a week. Its dining-room stage serves up a smorgasbord of sonic flavors—jazz on Friday, mellow reggae on Sunday, and spacey theremin solos on the secret eighth day of the week. Meanwhile, the café's kitchen beauticians slather the winter-pale chunks of chicken or shrimp on luau skewers ($12) with teriyaki sauce before tanning them to a crispy golden brown on the grill. Alternatively, beefy bites such as the mushroom- and onion-laced flat-iron steak ($15) and the pineapple-topped Hawaiian burger ($8.25) restore jaded meat prophets’ faith in the healing power of protein. With beers on tap and a laid-back wait staff, Landshark Café hosts garrulous groups for quick victuals or marathon meals to celebrate the end of a Capri Sun–based detox regimen.