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to better enjoy the river city and her surrounding communities, a guy needs to think beyond the boundaries of his immediate neighborhood, as well as his natural comfort zone. With that in mind, Jax Mag presents a few dozen things with which real men in Northeast Florida ought to be familiar, including insight from knowledgable locals. than 50 miles of hiking trails, primitive campsites, wild horses and some of the most beautiful beaches in the Southeast. Camping starts at a mere $2 per person per night. The island is wildly popular, so reservations are all but required. the lyrics doesn’t mean it’s necessary to sing either aloud just because you hear it played. This is especially true for “Free Bird.” How to find Pete’s Bar. It’s the oldest watering hole around. You should just know. How to hit an 8-iron or less onto the Island Green. The official yardages for the famed 17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass stretches from 115 yards at the white tees to 137 yards for tournament play. Next time you play you’ll be somewhere in the middle. If you remove anything longer than an 8 from your bag, you have little chance of landing on the green. And you’re likely older than Larry King. A great first date location. For the love of Pete Rose, don’t go to the batting cages. Dinner and a movie is a bit tired and better suited for date five or six, and wading through the sea of teens in front of the box office is any-thing but romantic (Hello Orange Park Mall!). Creativity is nice, but know your audience. Paintball is fun for the dudes. Not so much for most ladies. “A fun atmosphere like Latitude 30 will help you avoid any awk-ward silent moments, and some flirty competition is a great icebreaker,” says Amanda Zitzman, First Coast News traf-fic anchor/reporter and Pink Polish blogger. “A relaxed restaurant is good, a place where you can enjoy good food and wine without an overpriced menu. Avoid the movies. You can’t get to know someone if you can’t talk to them.” A GUY IN JAX SHOULD KNOW: How to cast a fishing line. If you don’t, start small with a freshwater rod and reel. Work your way up to casting at the beach. A round of applause if you know how to throw a cast-net. Don’t stop there. Now learn the basics of cleaning a fish. One needn’t be Bobby Flay with the filet knife to know how to remove the guts and scale your fresh catch. A little butter, some lemon, a few herbs… you got yourself a meal, fella. “Jer-rard” was cut at the begin-ning of the season, ending that too-frequent pronunciation debacle. How to be a gentleman. Long gone are the days when men were expected to drape a coat over a puddle so a fair damsel could walk unfettered, but chivalry isn’t dead, espe-cially here in the South. Opening doors (even car doors), offering a jacket or sweater to a cold shoulder, purchasing a small gift once in a while—that’s not asking too much. Barbecue sauces. In gen-eral, BBQ sauces start with either a tomato, mustard or vinegar base. After that, it’s near-endless as to what one can add. Molasses, cayenne peppers, honey, bourbon, Worcestershire, brown sugar, lemon juice, paprika—if it has flavor, it just might work. Also, real ‘cue is smoked, which is not the same as grilling. To never, ever wear “jorts.” Jeans are fine. Shorts are cool and comfy. But pair-ing the two together is never acceptable. Yes, that means even when attending the Monster Truck car-crushing event at EverBank Field in March. How to start a fire. And pitch a tent. Florida has more than 5.8 million acres of public lands, much of which is open to camping and other forms of outdoorsy recreation. Real men know how to camp, it’s as simple as that. Arguably the coolest camping locale within an hour’s drive of Jax is Cumberland Island National Seashore, which offers more Who Harriet Beecher Stowe is. Hint. She wrote a few books you ought to read. Something about women’s fashion. Women are loyal to brands. So, be familiar with labels like Betsey Johnson, Louis Vuitton, MAC and Sephora prior to your next outing to St. Johns Town Center. A comment like, “Why don’t we stop in Anthropologie while we’re here,” is sure to be well-received by your female shopping companions. You don’t have to like it; however, such a gesture may provide some chips which one can cash in later. “It’s not attractive to act clueless when fashion come up in conversation,” says Sonia Thomasino, executive director of Jacksonville Fashion Week. “We won’t think any less of your manhood because you can name some top labels in fashion. Know these every-day labels: BCBG, AG Jeans, That the team is NOT pronounced “Jagwires.” Stop, take a breath, clear your mind and say, “Jaguars.” There is not an “i” in the word so don’t add one. If you often wear jorts, you probably will have difficulty with this one. Thankfully, quarterback David The lyrics to “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” Lynyrd Skynyrd are hometown heroes and Southern Rock royalty. Love ‘em or not, they are hon-ored in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, knowing Unusual places to eat lunch. “The 42-story Bank of America Tower is Jacksonville’s tallest building,” says author, historian and optometrist Wayne Wood (left). “On the top floor is one of the city’s least known but most spectacu-lar dining spots. The Skyline restaurant (8 AM-2 PM) offers soaring views of the city and the river. Unlike the other two Downtown skyscraper restaurants, the University and River clubs, the Skyline is open to the public and reservations aren’t needed. Guaranteed to impress.” NOVEMBER 2011 JACKSONVILLEMAG.COM | 61

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