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My Pensacola: Mambwe Mutanuka

Name: Mambwe Mutanuka
Day Job: Contracts Analyst – Governance, Risk & Compliance at Baptist Health Care
Pensacola Resident Since: 2002

Good Eats: Dharma Blue – if you haven’t tried the Panhandle sushi roll, you haven’t lived. The Magnolia gets my vote for the best neighborhood restaurant. Go in for a pimento grilled cheese sandwich, or simply for Kiley Bolster’s infectious smile: a cure for any bad day. I also have to mention Chef Blake Rushing’s Tuesday night dinners at the Lee House – phenomenal.

Retail Therapy: There seems to be an inverse correlation between my age and love for shopping. The older I get, the less inclined I am to shop, but when I do need that party dress and the perfect shoe to go with it, you’ll find me at Indigeaux Denium Bar and Boutique on Palafox and Pumps Boutique on Cervantes Street. Let’s not forget Running Wild – now that’s retail therapy!

Watering Holes: 5 ½ Bar – Patrick Bolster. That is all. (No, the Bolsters are not paying me.)

Nightlife: See above. It also doesn’t hurt 5 ½ Bar is associated with Vinyl Music Hall. Vinyl has been bringing in some great acts: Trombone Shorty, anyone? 

Outdoors: I love strolling around downtown. I also love the nature trail at UWF, and when I just want to relax, there is nothing better than sitting outside on the deck at The Bridge Bar and watching the sunset. If you’re lucky, Nick Wheatley will put on his chef hat and wow you with his grilling skills.

Arts & Culture: PMA Culture Club is always a great event. The Pensacola Museum of Art has successfully broken the mold by not only introducing a new younger crowd to the arts, but also by encouraging greater support of the arts in our area.

Never Miss Events/Festivals: The Double Bridge Run, The Fiesta 5K/10K, or any one of the many runs put on throughout the year. Of course the McGuire’s 5K is the most popular, but I equally enjoy some of the more newly established runs such as the Argo 5K sponsored by my alma mater – go Argos!