Friday, 28 July 2017

7 Food Trucks Everyone in Jacksonville Has to Try

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The food truck scene in Jacksonville is booming, with popular spots that are showcasing numerous eclectic eats from all over the world. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, pizza, or anything else in between, there’s a food truck in Jax that’s waiting for you to track them down. Here are seven food trucks that everyone in Jacksonville has to try.

7. Fusion

Fusion is a fitting name for a food truck that features Indian, Thai, and Mediterranean cuisine. Their ‘Drunken Noodles’ dish, comprised of rice noodles that are sautΓ©ed with a sweet and spicy sauce, garlic Thai chili, onion, bell peppers, bean sprouts, and basil. Their beef and lamb gyros are also popular menu items. You’ll be satisfied regardless of what you order.

6. Eddis & Sons

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Eddis and Sons specializes in legendary steak sandwiches and hoagies. Whether or not you’re from Philly, you’ll appreciate the food this truck is serving up. Go for the ‘Classic Cheesesteak’ made with hand cut steak. Or try something different, like ‘The Jawn’, a veggie sandwich featuring wheat protein, mushrooms, and roasted peppers.

5. Mr. Taco

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If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food on the go, look no further than Mr. Taco. This food truck has you covered if you’re craving tacos, burritos, quesadillas, ensaladas, tostadas, nachos, or fajitas. The options are endless, so we won’t judge you for ordering a few items off of their menu.

4. Pie95

Pie95 is the pizza lover’s dream food truck. ‘The Bianca’ has toppings like mozzarella cheese, garlic, oregano, and lemon zest. ‘The Salad’ does something a little different with mixed greens, onions, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, and balsamic. All made on drool-worthy thin and crispy crust. You can even build your own pie!

3. JoyShtick

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JoyShtick is a video-game themed food truck, offering up good food at great prices. The menu is extensive and fun, with dishes like fried buffalo cauliflower, chicken tenders breaded with cool ranch Doritos, and a ground chuck and bacon patty on a roll with pepper jelly and arugula.

2. The Happy Grilled Cheese

The Happy Grilled Cheese is a crowd favorite in Jacksonville. Your go-to comfort food comes in many different varietals at this food truck. The ‘Apple Swiss Melt’ is comprised of Swiss cheese, apples, and grilled onions. While the ‘Crunch Melt’ boasts American and cheddar cheeses, mac and cheese, bacon, and potato chips!

1. What’s The Catch?

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If you love seafood, you’ll love the What’s The Catch? food truck. Located in Jacksonville Beach, their delicious tacos feature grilled grouper, fried shrimp, Ahi tuna, or catfish. Speaking of catfish, this joint is known for their Southern fried catfish. It’s a must-try!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

6 Reasons People Love Retiring in Northeast Florida

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Northeast Florida was founded on a misguided quest to find the Fountain of Youth. Even though Juan Ponce de LeΓ³n never found exactly what he was looking for – he did discover one of the most beautiful areas in the country, an area that many retirees flock to in order to relax and rediscover their youth. Here are six of the many reasons why people love retiring in Northeast Florida, aside from the beautiful weather and the abundance of sunshine.

6. Northeast Florida is a Vacation Destination

Thankfully there are many airports in the area, both domestic and international, so that your friends and family can visit at any time. There are so many things to do in Florida, which makes it a popular travel spot – especially if there is family to stay with. During the cold and snowy months back in other parts of the country, expect lots of visitors.

5. An Active Adult Community

If you’re looking to settle down in an Active Adult Community, Northeast Florida has a range of options for every taste and every budget. After managing your own home for so many years, it’s relaxing to live in a social community that is managed by others, and has all the amenities and services you would need to live a comfortable and happy life.

4. The Healthcare Options in Northeast Florida are Vast

Thanks to many other retirees moving to the area, most health services are geared towards that age group. Having top-notch health care providers available all over Northeast Florida, there’s a sense of safety and reassurance that you don’t get everywhere in the country.

3. No Income Tax

In all of Florida, there is no estate tax, no state income tax, and no inheritance tax. This is important, especially if you’re on a fixed income. You want to live someplace where your money is worth more, and luckily Florida has a very low cost of living. It pays to be able to save for more important things, like traveling and visiting family.

2. Recreational Activities

The tremendous amount of recreational activities in the Northeastern part of Florida attracts people of all ages. Retirees will have more time to play golf, learn a new water sport, take up fishing, spend the day boating, or starting to go on early morning runs or after dinner walks. The key to staying happy and healthy as you age is to stay active, and you’re in the right place to do so.

1. So Much to Do

Florida has such a diverse culture and many differing landscapes, that you can learn so many new things about the world without even having to leave the state. There is just so much to see and to do here. It’s a great place to vacation to, but it’s also a great place to live because every day feels like a vacation.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

6 Barbecue Spots Everyone in Jacksonville Should Eat at

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BBQ is a difficult thing to excel at. Luckily for the inhabitants of Jacksonville there are many places that know what they’re doing when it comes to smoked meat. The options can be overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed it down for you to make tonight’s dinner options easy. Make sure you have your wet wipes and napkins ready because here are six of the best barbeque spots in Jacksonville.

6. Bow Leg’z Bar-B-Que

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The wood-smoked meat at Bow Leg’s Bar-B-Que is everything you’ve been looking for; with BBQ plates, spare ribs, chicken wings, sandwiches and even meaty salads. Their premium sides include macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and green beans. Aside from the delicious and affordable food, the staff is extremely warm and welcoming.

5. Woodpecker’s Backyard BBQ

Whether you’re looking to dine in or take out, Woodpecker’s Backyard BBQ has your meat needs covered. You’re bound to have leftovers to bring home with you. Located in a quiet area near the river, the meat at this little hole in the wall is tender with just the right amount of fat. Think turkey, sausage, pork, brisket, chicken, and ribs.

4. MOJO Kitchen, BBQ Pit Blues Bar

It’s a music venue, and a bar but the food is what makes MOJO Kitchen so special. Dishes include smoked salmon, fried green tomatoes, burnt ends, and pulled-pork quesadillas. They’re serving up smoked meats and showcasing blues musicians, what else could you ask for?

3. Gilbert’s Social

The food at Gilbert’s Social is your typical Southern fare, yet made modern and exciting. There are your classic dishes like smoked pulled lamb shanks and jerk chicken drums, and new favorites like fried wild shrimp and grilled Andouille sausage. You can’t go wrong ordering anything off of their menu.

2. The Bearded Pig

Southern BBQ joint and beer garden The Bearded Pig is doing something right. This hot spot takes their meat seriously – you’ll find everything you’re looking for on their extensive menu. Don’t skip out on their popular sauces; OG, Sweet Spot, Drizz Mustard, and XXX. And their draft list is every beer drinker’s dream.

1. 4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse does barbecue the old school way. Their tri-tip is served with a smokehouse chimichurri sauce and their smoked jalapeΓ±os are mouth-watering and very addicting. You can also pick up their all purpose rub and brisket rub for when you’re trying your best to recreate this deliciousness at home.

Friday, 7 July 2017


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Sandy Andrews to the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

Fleming Island Orange Park Real Estate Agent

Sandy joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with three and a half years of experience as a Realtor, previously working at a residential real estate firm. In addition to her experience as a Realtor, Sandy has also worked as a graphic designer for twenty years – combining her degrees in graphic design and photography.

Living in Northeast Florida for nearly a decade, Sandy is eager to share her love of her community with her clients, to help them find not only a house but their home. With her expertise in graphic design, Sandy will be able to make sure that all her listings will be marketed effectively, and beautifully, to make sure that they will be sold for their true value and at their full potential.

Prior to moving to Florida, Sandy lived in Dresden, Germany for three years with her husband. During that time, they were able to extensively travel throughout Europe and the U.K., exploring the culture and food of multiple countries.

“Sandy’s background in graphic design and her knowledge of the local real estate market will give her career with us a huge boost from the beginning. I am pleased to have Sandy join our Fleming Island Team and am confident in her success,” shares Linda Benson, Broker/Manager of the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

For more information, Sandy can be reached by phone at 904.553.5466 or at and website: The Fleming Island/Orange Park office is located at 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island, FL 32003.


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Vandana Sharma to the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

Ponte Vedra Nocatee Real Estate Agent

Vandana began her professional career in Architectural Design, Project Management, and Delivery seventeen years ago, and has worked as a Senior Architect, Designer, and Realtor in this industry both internationally and locally. Vandana has helped various organizations around the world – including teams in the United States, United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa, and India – to drive strategy and business solutions, and she has also helped enable business relations in top-tier firms through her work.

With Vandana’s background in residential sales, her technical training and fifteen years of architecture background, her clients will not only benefit from her industry expertise, they’ll be able to confidently market their home. “I am eager to apply my knowledge of good design to my real estate career,” Vandana states. “I strive to be a good consultant and advisor to my clients – to help them market and sell their home for its true value, and to help my buyers see the potential that may be hidden in a home.”

“We’re excited to have Vandana join the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office. Her background in architecture, marketing & interior design will be a great asset to her clients, and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Vandana can be reached by phone at 904.420.8342 or at and website: The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082.


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Richa Jeetah to the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

Ponte Vedra Nocatee Real Estate Agent

Richa, previously a Real Estate Assistant at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, has taken her final step to reach her calling and is now a full-time Realtor in the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office. As an Assistant, Richa not only managed Realtor’s social media presences, websites, and contact databases, she also collaborated on marketing plans for listings – including the creating and publishing of brochures, flyers, and customer testimonials.

Richa moved from Arizona to Ponte Vedra nearly three years ago with her husband and two children. Born in India, Richa has family spread across four different continents and knows that this has given her a unique perspective and understanding of different cultures and people – a value that was reinforced by her family growing up, and will help her well in her career as a Realtor. Having moved across continents and across the United States, Richa has extensive personal experience buying and selling and knows how important it is to have a Realtor “in your corner,” that can be relied upon throughout a home buying or selling experience.

When asked about why she became a Realtor, Richa stated, “The role that a Realtor plays in one’s life is important, and once you find a good Realtor, I feel you have a bond for life. I feel as though I’ve found my calling, and that is the kind of Realtor I want to be – to be able to connect with people. I have always valued people and relationships and making sure that during the buying or selling process the families that I work with know that I have their backs is of utmost importance. My clients are not alone in their journey.”

“With Richa’s background in working with luxury listings in the Ponte Vedra area and her experience in the fast-paced real estate market of Northeast Florida – her transition from Assistant to Realtor is sure to be a successful step for Richa. I am excited to have her as a full-time realtor in the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office, and I am sure she will succeed in all her endeavors,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Richa Jeetah can be reached by phone at 480.444.6502 or at and website: The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082.


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Holly Wiegmann to the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

Beaches Intracoastal West Real Estate Agent

A local of Northeast Florida, Holly joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty as a Realtor who has over a decade of experience as the owner and designer of several successful design companies. Holly began her career in the computer industry designing client-based computer software, but due to her love of furniture and woodworking, Holly established “Design 51 Studio” to focus her attention and talent on cabinetry design and space planning.

With a full understanding of their needs and goals, Holly partnered with her clients on the redesign of their existing homes as well as for review and design modification of architectural drawings for new construction projects.

Holly also worked with other Realtors to help their sellers and prospective buyers envision a home’s fullest potential through a comprehensive redesign of “deficient” spaces.   Being able to look beyond the existing structure to see the bones of a house is a skill that Holly has honed over her design career.  This expertise enables Holly to provide valuable insight to her clients.

Holly’s designs have garnered awards, both nationally and regionally, including Best of Houzz for “Design” and “Service”, awards from the NEFBA Remodelers Council for “Planning & Design”; “Tile & Stone Details”; “Cabinetry or Specialty Millwork” and “Residential Historic Renovation” and awards from the Wellborn Cabinet Design Competition for “Small Kitchen” and “Medium Kitchen”. In addition to all of this, Holly also holds two U.S. patents for products she has designed, a utility patent for an athletic apparel product and a design patent for furniture molding.

As with design, Holly, as a Realtor, knows that each client is unique with specific needs and desires.  Whether buying or selling a home, Holly partners with clients to identify and understand those specific needs and, of equal importance, to identify what, if any, fears or concerns there may be regarding the buying or selling process. Holly believes this valuable information is critical in affecting the best, uniquely-appropriate outcome for the client.

“Having the right real estate agent means having an agent who is committed to helping you buy or sell your home with the highest level of expertise in your local market. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, existing homeowner or investor, Holly’s expertise will help you make selling and buying real estate faster, less costly, and stress-free,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Holly Wiegmann can be reached by phone at 904.422.6656 or at and website: The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Ginger Sumner to the St. Augustine office with locations in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village.

Murabella Real Estate Agent

A Jacksonville native, Ginger joins the Murabella at World Golf Village office with a background in marketing, communications, and as a former small business owner. Previously working for EverBank, Ginger’s role was to lead project teams for strategic, large multi-channel campaigns and digital initiatives – a skill that will allow her to quickly analyze the fast-paced real estate market of Northeast Florida, as well as allow her to effectively and efficiently market the homes of her clients.

When asked about what she enjoys most about being a Realtor, Ginger states, “I enjoy helping others reach their goals and, as a Realtor, I’m able to assist my clients with one of their largest goals – finding a house to call their own. With my knowledge of the real estate market and neighborhoods across Northeast Florida, I’m able to bring a strategic yet personal approach to the home buying or home selling process.”

“Ginger is a great addition to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. She has a high level of commitment to helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals, and with her experience in finance and marketing, and as an entrepreneur, we know she will shine. We are so excited to have Ginger on the team,” shares Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine and Murabella at World Golf Village offices.

For more information, Ginger can be reached by phone at 904.233.3532, at or at her website: The St. Augustine offices in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village are located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 and 196 Capulet Drive, Suite 3, St. Augustine, FL 32092.


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Beth Chesak to the Metropolitan office with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

San Marco Real Estate Agent

Beth Chesak joins the San Marco office as a past customer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty and with over twenty years of experience in Corporate Relocation. Beth states, “My years of corporate relocation have given me a keen eye for staging, curb appeal and renovation potential.”

As a Realtor, Beth will be able to use her corporate relocation experience to help maximize a home’s potential for both buyers and sellers and will be able to price her seller’s homes competitively to keep up in the fast-paced real estate market in Northeast Florida.

When not working, Beth enjoys spending time with her family – her husband, two grown children, and their two Shih Tzu puppies. Beth also enjoys tennis, biking, interior design, traveling, and taking advantage of all the local amenities Northeast Florida has to offer, including the rivers and beaches.

“We are pleased to welcome Beth to the Metro San Marco office. With Beth’s strong network of influence, both locally and globally, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is a perfect fit. We can’t wait to see how far her star will rise,” share Sheron Willson & Josh Cohen, Brokers/Managers of the Metropolitan office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

For more information, Beth can be reached by phone at 904.361.8024 or at and website: The Metropolitan offices in Avondale and San Marco are located at 3627 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205 and 1983 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207.