Good Eats: My best bud has turned me onto Bangkok Garden recently. My mouth is watering just thinking about their tofu red curry. It’s a bit out of the way—Fairfield—but the owners are really friendly and their portion sizes are enormous. I’m usually eating on my curry for days. A walk just across the street from me is Maximilian Coffee. I could spend hours there just sipping coffee and chatting to friends. It’s such a comforting atmosphere with equally comforting food. The best part about Maximilian is that occasionally the lovely staff will wonder about with free samples.
Retail Therapy: I’m too poor for any kind of retail therapy. Duh for Garden and Home has some pretty inspirational pieces though. It’s given me a vision for my future. A Bekah outfitted in overalls, building greenhouses, tables, and headboards—all out of reclaimed wood. Another place I enjoy window-shopping is Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique. If I could afford to shop, I’d definitely shop there.
Watering Holes: My kickball teams and I usually need a place to either drown our sorrows, or celebrate a win. Last night, I found myself at the new Hopjacks Filling Station sipping on a pumpkin beer. Nice relaxed atmosphere—if you like hanging around smelly kickball folk—with trillions of beers to choose from. World of Beer has got to get a shout out. I don’t enjoy overly crowded places, but this is definitely a place I’ll spend more time at once the crowds have died down. It’s just beers, as far as the eye can see. On top of beer, there’s live music, a winning combination.
Outdoors: Pensacola PaddleSport Rentals is great! You can rent paddleboats, kayaks, even a snark sailboat. It’s right in Bayview Park, making it convenient to play with someone else’s pup at the doggie beach once you’ve finished. If you find yourself easily seasick, there are pick up soccer games every Sunday at Optimist Park. The games start at 5:30 and are open for men and women of any skill-level. It’s not competitive at all, and is just a really good time. We’ve even got pennies now, so you can actually tell who’s on your team. Check out Pensacola Pick Up Soccer on Facebook.
Never Miss Events/Festivals: I am in love with the fact that the Saenger Theatre played classic movies every Saturday this summer. I’ve wanted to see “Citizen Kane” for ages, but just never got around to it. I’m glad I waited, because a DVD and my living room just wouldn’t have done it justice. It felt so appropriate watching it at the Saenger. “My Fair Lady” and “Casablanca” were my other must-sees. Oh yeah! It’s 5 bucks, people. Beats out a trip to the Rave any day. The Pensacola Arts Festival is also a do not miss for me. I was lucky enough to volunteer at the festival in high school and now I go back every year I can. There is so much talent and creativity in this city. I love perusing the stalls with a lemonade or funnel cake in hand.