Monday, July 14, 2008

Jacksonville Beach

View of Jacksonville Beach from Ocean Club. The margaritas leave a whole lot to be desired these days, but the view is amazing.
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Beachside Restaurant

I found another Beachside Restaurant. It's definitely not the same as the one in Goleta, but the food was excellent. We took the trolley again this weekend down to Jacksonville Beach, and decided to check out this place which is just south of Beach on 3rd St. We ate upstairs and had a basket of scallops and the fish and chips. The scallops were excellent. I had them grilled. The fish was fresh. The fries were home made and very fresh. The cole slaw was cold, but I didn't particularly care for it. It had a distinct mayonnaise taste, and while I know mayo is often used to make cole slaw, I really prefer not to know that there's any mayonnaise in there. I'm still on a hunt for good cole slaw. The only disappointment was the fact that the draft beer came in little, itty, bitty, tiny cups.

Baby Beer

View from our table, looking northeast.

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A Day at the Beach

There's a new free shuttle on weekends called the Beaches Trolley that goes from Atlantic Blvd to JTB, with a stop near our place. So we've been taking advantage of it. Last weekend we went down to Jacksonville Beach and walked around like tourists checking stuff out. There's a park on the beach that has a variety of statues.

After we went to the park, we walked up towards the "downtown" area -- the area near the pier with restaurants, bars, and clubs. We had lunch at Bukkets, which was not very good. But since there aren't any other places to eat at in the area with a view of the beach, it's pretty packed whenever we've been in the area.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

The Gap Fire

There's a fire threatening the area where I used to live, Goleta, called the Gap Fire. As I sit here on the other side of the country and watch, I can't help but feel fear and sadness for the people there. I know how terrifying it is to watch flames come near your home and to wonder whether or not anything will still be standing once they pass.