Pensacola, Florida
Friday October 19th 2018


My Pensacola— Simone Sands

Day Job: People Meeter and Gosport Account Executive
Pensacola Resident Since: 1997

Day Job: First Time Home Buyer’s Specialist at Keller Williams
Still A Pensacola Resident Because: It sure beats the snow!

Good Eats: 4 Seasons—comfort food at its finest. They have a salad with grouper, feta, zucchini, and bacon that’s to die for. I know what you’re thinking—a salad? But don’t worry, I order the gouda mac & cheese on the side.

Retail Therapy: I like hitting the antique shops on Navy Boulevard for home accessories because you never know what you’re going to find. Also, Eric at Revolver Records is great for recommending new music when I find myself in a rut. And I love super fancy soaps and I find them at Duh.

Watering Holes: When the crowd is right, there’s still no place better than The Azalea. But, there’s an unfortunate amount of evenings that I’d like to find a way to disable the jukebox and hide the evidence. I also enjoy having a cocktail and chatting it up with Tammy at Cavu Club at the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel.

Nightlife: Anywhere there’s great, live, original music—mostly The Handlebar, Sluggo’s, or Vinyl.

Outdoors & Sports: I enjoy a baseball game at our beautiful stadium when it’s not insanely hot and humid.

Arts & Culture: Pensacola Museum of Art has some wonderful exhibits and I still enjoy attending the annual Faculty Art show at Pensacola State College.

Never Miss Events/Festivals: I love that Palafox Market has blossomed into something so great for our community. The Gem is an upscale resale boutique that benefits Covenant Hospice. They have quarterly sales and I haven’t missed one yet. I’m still trying to find room in my small house to justify purchasing two beautiful vintage tables (that hadn’t sold the last time I was there). Although, generally speaking, each time you go it’s like a brand new shop filled with donations from our generous community.

Originally Published: Aug. 2011

Good Eats: I’m a non-vegan who can’t get enough of Sluggo’s. These days I’m eating more mushrooms and walnuts than I have in my whole life. It’s all due to their Walnut Mushroom Burgers. I’ve also taken a recommendation from Jessie Taylor (who has a private practice in the Historic District as a licensed mental health worker), of mixing the tahini goddess dressing with the balsamic dressing to top the best salads (with candied pecans) in town. Yum! Polonza is a new favorite. Just don’t eat the Thursday special (chicken pot pie) if you have to work. You’ll be so happy and full you’ll just want to take a nap.

Retail Therapy: Boooootique (crazy name) located inside A&J Mugs. Where else can I find a robot-clock pendant or a Mr. T teapot?  I’m not cool enough to own a vinyl collection (or even a record player), but I buy my CDs to load up my iPod from Revolver Records. Elvis never steers me in the wrong direction.

Watering Holes: I aim for dark, smoky and cheap with a heavy pour. You can answer this quest with just one letter. It’s at the end of the alphabet. The Z, a.k.a. The Azalea.

Nightlife: I’m fond of karaoke nights at Sir Richard’s. It’s what I refer to as horrible and wonderful at the same time.

Outdoors & Sports: I prefer to stay out of the elements, and I never camp. A luxury condo overlooking the water sounds perfect to view the outdoors. But if I’m looking to clear my head by sitting in a tranquil setting, I find Sanders Beach always does the trick. But only if it’s not too hot outside.

Arts & Culture: I like checking out new (to me) artists and galleries during Gallery Night. I also like the annual “From Private Walls” exhibition at PMA and the Faculty Art Show at Pensacola State College.

Never Miss Events/Festivals: Art in the Park had a glass blower who made these really great insects. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t run to the ATM. The year before, I bought a great pop-art robot print. I can’t wait for DeLuna Fest. Weezer, Cake, Cold War Kids? I’ll see you there!