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My Pensacola: Simone Sands

Name: Simone Sands
Day Job: People Meeter & Gosport Account Executive
Pensacola Resident Since: 1997

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 North Hill as a licensed mental health worker), mixing the tahini goddess dressing with the balsamic dressing to top the best salads (with candied pecans) in town. Yummm….

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. AKA: 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:
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!

Sluggo’s, 101 S. Jefferson St., sluggos.net
Polonza Bistro, 286 N. Palafox, polonza.com
Boooootique located inside A&J Mugs, 24 N. Palafox, ajmugs.com
Revolver Records, 9 E. Gregory St.
Azalea Lounge, 810 N. Davis Highway
Sir Richard’s, 2719 E. Cervantes St.
Sanders Beach, playpensacola.com
Gallery Night, downtownpensacola.com/gallerynight
Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St., pensacolamuseumofart.org
Pensacola State College, pensacolastate.edu/visarts
Art in the Park, artintheparkpensacola.com
Deluna Fest, delunafest.com