Good Eats: Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy things combined in ways that one might not normally think of. So, that’s why Founaris Bros. Greek Restaurant is my chow of choice. Greek gyro meat, served on a pizza with excellent Italian sauce, feta cheese, pepperoni and onion—OMG your life will never be the same. If that doesn’t sparkle for you, they have everything else and it is all to die for. I’d eat there every day if I could.
That’s dinner. For breakfast, my go to place is Bagelheads on Nine Mile. Just walking in and smelling all the baked yummies and coffees, makes it worth getting out of bed. The sausage and pepper jack sticks are completely awesome. Add a Mocha Blast and you are ready to get the day going. For something slightly more filling, Village Inn is just down the road. The chicken fried breakfast skillet will make you happy. And if you eat all of it, you will most likely be sedentary for a fashion—lotta, lotta food on that plate.
Retail Therapy: If I ever have free time on the weekend—I typically don’t—I try to get to the T & W Flea Market. It is such a conglomeration of truly unique items and sellers that it’s good for hours of entertainment—you may even find something you didn’t know you needed. The flea market and the Farmers Market on Palafox, which is unfortunately a Saturday only event, round out the weekend.
Watering Holes: Just about anything at our beach, but in particular there is a certain vibe at Bamboo Willies that just feels really right. The breeze and view are perfect, the music is usually great, and the drinks are cold and served with a smile. What more can you ask for? But, hey, The Dock, Crabs, Flounders, Peg Leg Pete’s—they all rock.
Activities: I’ve already gone on about gyro meat, so you know I like Greek chow. I never miss the Pensacola Greek Festival every October at the Greek Orthodox Church downtown. It’s got food, music, dancing, food, costumes, food—well, you get the idea. It’s so much fun. The Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival is one of the best events of its kind, and keeps getting better every year. It’s so relaxing to walk about, listening to music, looking at art, sipping champagne. If it weren’t so pleasant it would seem decadent! Also, Festival on the Green, not just because it happens right here where I work at UWF, but because it’s just a great couple of days. Crafts, talented performers, a lovely place to stroll about—and it is free! It is kind of a “Welcome Spring” celebration that pulls together a lot of grand stuff.
Outdoors: It may be a cop out to say I enjoy the water and the beach, but to be fair, it is a big reason why we like it here, right? With all that shoreline, I have discovered that Langdon Beach at Gulf Island National is my spot of choice. The beach is always clean, the people are always nice, the crowd is not drunk or obnoxious, and it’s just a pleasure to sit and stare at the waves and listen to the wind, birds and surf. I like the party atmosphere of Casino, but this is where I go to chill. Speaking of chilling, if it’s not the beach, it is riding an inner tube on The Blackwater River. I only get to do this once a year or so, and that makes it all that more special, just floating, talking and being away from the cell phone and pager for a few precious hours—ahh.