10 best things I ate/drank this year…

I eat a lot. And I drink a lot (more than just Tater Tots and beer, people). And I’ve been fortunate enough to do so at a variety of local restaurants and foodie events this year: hence, my picks for the best things I put in my lobster roll hole in 2014. I do have two caveats to this list: 1) it has to be something I have not eaten before this year; and 2) I have to have taken a picture of it.

So, in no particular order, here are the 10 Best Things I Never Ate Before 2014 and Remembered to Take a Photo of. The top 10 are all local restaurants. I added an item from a chain restaurant because it was just that yummy.

1. Irish car bomb milkshake with housemade Oreos chocolate cream sandwich cookies: Black Sheep ▼

black sheep car bomb milkshake

Full disclosure: Black Sheep has a milkshake of the week—or at least they did when the temperatures were warmer—so this deliciousness is not available every day. In which case, I would highly recommend the chocolate shake. Because no malt. Ever.

 

2. 24-hour brisket taco from Corner Taco ▼IMG_6549

And if you’re lucky, chef/owner Chris Dickerson—one of the sexiest men in Jacksonville—will be there to assist you. 

 

3. Pizza Capricciosa from V Pizza ▼v pizza

Ain’t gonna lie: It doesn’t look pretty. And the toppings, which include olives, prosciutto di parma, egg and artichoke are kind of weird for a plain cheese pizza girl. But it’s on this list, so guess what? It’s yummy.

 

4. Cinnamon roll from Sweet Theory Baking Co. ▼

cinnamon bunWant to know how delicious this Texas-sized cinnamon bun is? I didn’t even know it was gluten-free. And apparently, I don’t care.

 

5. Lobster roll from Chef Scotty Schwartz of 29 South 
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It’s not on the menu at 29 South in Fernandina Beach (don’t you love it when someone tells you how great something is and you can’t even try it for yourself), but Schwartz served it at this year’s Slow Down event. I apologize to the three people who didn’t get to try them that night either because I ate four of them. #sorrynotsorry

 

6. Crabcakes with spicy remoulade from Soul Food Bistro
Soul Food Bistro crab cake

I’m not from Maryland and don’t claim to be a seafood aficionado, but Chef Celestia Mobley’s crab cake is the best I’ve ever had. 

 

7. Brisket stack from Driftwood BBQ Food Truck 
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Smoky brisket sitting atop a bowl of creamy grits. Move on, vegetables. You are not wanted—or needed— here.

 

8. Panko-cheese tomatoes from Blue Bamboo panko-cheese tomatoes Blue Bamboo

I know I talk about Blue Bamboo a lot. But Chef Dennis Chan makes such delicious food. Can you blame me?

 

9. German empanada from Tapa That 

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Schlechte Nachrichten Freunde: this fried pocket of deliciousness was an Oktoberfest special. But it’s a tapas restaurant so their menu changes all the time anyway. That said, mark your calendar for October 2015.

 

10. Kahlua crème brûlée with chocolate covered espresso beans served and sea salt caramel espresso from Pele’s Wood Fire 

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Just drooled on my keyboard. Did I mention I don’t even drink coffee?

 

Plus one non-local: Chicken and avocado salad chopped from Blackfinn Ameripub black finn salad

Bring a friend—or four—to share. This thing is huge.

So there you have it. The best things I ate (for the first time) in 2014 that I remembered to take a picture of. Agree? Disagree? Any must-eats I need to put on my list for 2015? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Oh, and speaking of all of the great food in Jacksonville, I am super excited about GastroFest Jacksonville 2015. Read more about it and help make it happen by supporting them on indiegogo.

First Coast Connect recap: Dec. 22, 2014

The debut of the brand new, quality-crafted green room for WJCT’s First Coast Connect (or “orange green room,” as Daniel Austin commented) was quite the topic of conversation on this morning’s show. Those of you who follow me on Twitter (and shame on those who don’t) got to see a sneak preview, but here’s a belated peek.

Props to IFS Business Interiors for donating the design services, furniture and decor—especially the orange rug (which, by the way, is not suitable for making “snow angels”)

I shared the new green room experience with Wayne Hogan of Terrell Hogan, who I have to say is a very nice man—despite the fact that he was on the show to bash kids toys (actually, he was there to talk about the most dangerous toys of 2014 including Battle Hammer and the SWAT Electronic Machine Gun). He also has a great voice which probably comes in handy when trying to win over jurors.

In other news, producer Sean Birch actually spoke on air, and we set a record for most rounds of applause during the show (three).

And since the YouStream link wasn’t working, you missed my awesome dance moves and my fabulous new earrings from CeLOBEbrities.

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Mister Rogers earrings custom-made by CeLOBEbrities

Following are the events mentioned on today’s show. For even more events coming up this weekend, subscribe to e-Specktator.

Thursday, Dec. 11
A December to Remember featuring Manhattan Transfer, 4 p.m. (show starts at 7 p.m.), St. Augustine Amphitheatre
• Holiday Party at Unity Plaza
, 5:30 p.m., Unity Plaza

Thursday, Dec. 11-Sunday, Dec. 14
• Dirty Dancing, times, vary, T-U Center

Friday, Dec. 12
• Girls Rock Volunteer Showcase, 7 p.m., CoRK Arts District
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena
• Trampled by Turtles, 9 p.m., Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
• Underwear Comedy Party, 9 p.m., Burro Bar

Friday, Dec. 12–Saturday, Dec. 13
• Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour, 5-9 p.m., tour starts at 210 W. Seventh St.

Friday, Dec. 12–Sunday, Dec. 14
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops, times vary, T-U Center

fcc_logo_stack_02Listen to yours truly discuss upcoming events every Thursday at 9:45-ish on First Coast Connect on WJCT 89.9.

Nothing to do this weekend? Read on, my friends.

Hall. Oates. Buddy. “Bulls.” Seven (eight? nine?) people holding fans while riding one bicycle. Just a few of the events coming up this weekend.

If you have an event you’d like considered for the next issue of e-Specktator, e-mail me at kerry [at] thespecktator [dot] com.

   

THIS WEEKEND
Hunter Hayes, Dec. 5, Veterans Memorial Arena (Downtown)
I have to be honest: I had no idea who Hayes was until I Googled his name. Now I know he’s a country music performer who can play 30 instruments (not at the same time, of course) and is a four-time Grammy nominee (it’s really an honor just to be nominated, right?). If you are a fan, you already knew that. And if you’re not a fan, well, then, you probably don’t care. 7 p.m.

The Big Ticket w/Fall Out Boy, Weezer & more, Dec. 5, Metro Park (Downtown)
It’s called the “big ticket,” I assume, because of the big-time acts performing (including Fall Out Boy, Weezer and Young the Giant). Definitely not because it’s getting any big-time buzz. But not to worry, Big Ticket promoters; I’m sure this blurb is really going to put ticket sales through the roof (assuming Metro Park had a roof … and that weren’t a figure of speech). 1 p.m.

The Chinese Acrobats, Dec. 5, Florida Theatre (Downtown)
Attention, anyone looking for a show with performers who spin plates on sticks, contort themselves in such a way that you swear they don’t have spines and kicking bowls onto their heads while balancing on a high unicycle: This is it. 7 p.m.

Dallas Brass, Dec. 5, St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (Jacksonville Beach)
In the interest of fair advertising, I must divulge the Dallas Brass, who perform as part of the Beaches Fine Arts series, also have percussion in their ensemble. 7:30 p.m. (If you want to hear straight-up brass, you’ll have to wait until Dec. 13 for TUBACHRISTMAS at the Jacksonville Landing.)

Art & Antiques Show, Dec. 5-7, Prime Osborn Convention Center (Downtown)
Dealers from around the country showcase antiques and art of all kinds at this annual fundraiser for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The three-day event also features guest lecturers, a young collector’s booth, team room and the Children’s Fashion Show featuring former patients of Wolfson. 

Hall & Oates, Dec. 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Go ahead and chuckle, hipsters, as you often do when I mention H&O are one of my fave bands of all time, but Daryl (the tall one) and John (the short one who used to rock an awesome ‘stache) have six No. 1 singles, seven platinum albums and are in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not that hipsters care about such things. 8 p.m. FUN FACT: H&O have a song called “Kerry.” BONUS FUN FACT: They do not like for their music to be referred to as “blue-eyed soul.”

Jacksonville Giants, Dec. 6, Veterans Memorial Arena (Downtown) and Dec. 7, Bob Hayes Sports Complex Legends Center (Northside)
The 2012 and 2013 ABA champs play the South Florida Gold. Yep. That’s about it. FUN FACT: The Giants set the record for most points scored in pro basketball game in history with 222 points.

Running of the Bulls 5K, Dec. 6, Hemming Park (Downtown)
It’s just like the famous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain … except the part of Pamplona will be played by Jacksonville, the bulls will be played by the Jacksonville RollerGirls and the “bulls” will tag runners with an ink dauber instead of goring them. FUN FACT: I will be playing the part of a matador. 8:30 a.m. FUN FACT ADDENDUM: I don’t think they even they have matadors at the real Running of the Bulls. MONEY-SAVING BONUS: Save $5 on registration by using promo code KERRY. De nada.

15th Annual Winter Celebration, Dec. 6, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society
Welcome winter in with music in the park, hay rides and Civil War re-enactors. Oooookey dokey. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: The Polar Express, Dec. 7, T-U Center (Downtown)
Enjoy Chris Van Allsburg’s timeless story with live music provided by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. 3 p.m.

FREE Holiday Film Series, Dec. 9-24, Sun-Ray Cinema (Riverside)
As far as I’m concerned, Sun-Ray Cinema is a gift in itself. But the good folks are giving us a gift all this month screening an array of holiday-themed films for freesies (with the purchase of a $5 drink ticket): Dec. 9, Bad Santa; Dec. 16, Elf; Dec. 20, Christmas Evil; Dec. 22, Scrooged; Dec. 23, White Christmas; and Dec. 24, Pee Wee’s Xmas Special/Female Trouble (double feature). Showtimes 7 p.m.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, through Dec. 21, Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre
Plucked from the website (no use re-creating the wheel, folks): “Based on the holiday classic, [this show] takes you on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer.”

AROUND THE CORNER

MONTHS AWAY (but that doesn’t mean wait until the last minute to buy your tickets)

If you have an event you’d like considered for a future issue of e-Specktator or for information on advertising or sponsorships, email kerry [at] thespecktator [dot] com.

What’s up this weekend? Nov. 28-30

From the Nov. 26 edition of e-Specktator. Subscribe here!
With all of the light events going on this weekend, you might want to wear your sunglasses at night. Or skip the lights and find your joy in the jokes of an R-rated granny or an techno band with an unfortunate name (for the record, Cosby Sweater was formed in 2012). Just a few of the events coming up this weekend. If you have an event you’d like considered for the next issue of e-Specktator, e-mail me at kerry [at] thespecktator [dot] com.

 

THIS WEEKEND
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Nov. 26-Dec. 24, Alhambra Theatre & Dining (Southside?)
“This cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list…” so says The New York Times, if that means anything to you. Personally, I’m pretty excited about the crème brulee French toast with vanilla bean ice cream.

Christmas on the River Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 27, Jacksonville Landing (Downtown)
Christmas officially gets underway Friday with the lighting of the “official Christmas tree of Jacksonville,” a 56-foot-tall tree with more than 78,000 LED lights and more than 100 ornaments. Showtime 6 p.m. FREE

Grandma Lee, Nov. 28-29, Comedy Zone (Mandarin)
You can expect a lot of turkeys when Jacksonville’s own Grandma Lee returns to town for her annual Thanksgiving weekend performances. FUN FACT: GL’s favorite movie of all time is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. (From “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Grandma Lee,” Jacksonville Magazine)

Jacksonville Light Boat Parade & Fireworks Spectacular, Nov. 28, Jacksonville Landing (Downtown)
Boats of all shapes and sizes will be decked with bows of holly—and lots of lights. Then stick around for the largest fireworks display of the year. Parade starts 7 p.m. FREE

Christmas Made in the South, Nov. 28-30, Prime Osborn Center (Downtown)
Please tell me Santa won’t be wearing a Dale Earnhardt Jr. hat.

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 4-13, Players by the Sea (Jax Beach)
Who doesn’t want to spend the holidays with Rufus, Pickles and Linoleum?

Cosby Sweater, Nov. 29, 1904 Music Hall (Downtown)
Without getting into the whole “he (hasn’t) said, she said” Bill Cosby rape allegations, I think this is an awesome name for a band. Plus, they have a song called “Ratchet Rudy.”

Bizarre Bazaar, Nov. 29, The Hourglass Pub & Coffeehouse (Downtown)
Just going to leave this description right here: “Come marvel at the bizarre talents, ogle beautiful jewelry, peruse the artworks, fondle oddities, enjoy great live music, drink great local craft brews, and top it all off with a hookah.”

St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival, Nov. 29-30, Francis Field
More than 150 painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, woodworkers and other fine artists will showcase their wares at this two-day, juried art show. Artist demos and live music are also on the docket (docketjuried … get it?)

Deck the Chairs Beaches Winter Light Festival, Nov. 28-Jan. 3, 2015, Latham Park and Sea Walk Pavilion (Jax Beach)
See following description, insert “lifeguard chairs” and change “3 million” to “who knows how many.” The official lighting ceremony is Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. FREE

Nights of Lights, through Jan. 31, 2015, St. Augustine historic district
More than 3 million tiny white lights illuminate the trees, buildings, signs and anything else not nailed down during one of the most popular holiday events in Northeast Florida. I still want to know who counts all those lights. FREE

AROUND THE CORNER

MONTHS AWAY—PLAN AHEAD!

If you’re one of those people who says, “The only time I’ll run is if I’m being chased.” Well, guess what … your time is up! The Arc Jacksonville hosts Running of the Bulls, a 5K through Downtown where runners will be chased by members of the Jacksonville RollerGirls on skates. Survivors will be rewarded with an after-party in Hemming Plaza featuring food, beer from Intuition Ale Works, music and more.

And as a guest matador (I’ll be the one with the pelo rosa), I can save you five bucks on registration. Register here and use promo code “KERRY.” De nada.


If you have an event you’d like considered for a future issue of e-Specktator or for information on advertising or sponsorships, email kerry [at] thespecktator [dot] com.

Here’s the naked truth, Clay Yarborough

On Tuesday, Jacksonville City Council President Clay Yarborough made a strong statement to the arts community (and rational people in general) when he fired off an email to Mayor Alvin Brown’s chief of staff Chris Hand with the subject: “Pornographic display at MOCA.” (And marked as “high importance!” no less.)

You can read up on the controversy at Folio WeeklyI, too, have my concerns, namely, where it will end. I’m more than slightly concerned that Yarborough will begin to notice other “pornographic”—and iconic—images throughout the city such as…

“Winged Victory, Memorial Park (Riverside)

sculpture by C. Adrian Pillars; photo by ali brauda/flickr

It was considered “indecent” when it was erected (pardon the pun) in the 1920s. I fear Yarborough will go back in a time machine and demand the sculpture be fitted with some proper knickers, a sweater vest over a freshly-pressed dress shirt, maybe even a newsboy cap.

 

“The Bathers,” Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (Riverside)

Naked The Bathers

painting by John E. Costigan; photo from cummer.org

Yarborough expressed his concerns about young children seeing the aforementioned “pornographic” photograph—in full view—at MOCA. Wait ’til he gets a load of this painting on display at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens that features naked children. 

 

“The Diving Boy,” Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (Riverside)

Naked Diving Boy

sculpture by Augusta Savage; photo from cummer.org

That Cummer Museum is a real smut factory, eh?

 

Statue of Andrew Jackson, Laura Street and Independent Drive round-about (Downtown)

photo from art.com

Replica of sculpture by Clark Davis; photo from art.com

I’m not exactly sure what’s under the backside of Jackson’s “rearing mount,” but its massive butt crack cannot be ignored.

The truly scary thing is Yarborough might not stop at “pornographic” artwork.

Will the Jacksonville Suns mascot Southpaw be forced to wear pants?

naked southpaw

photo from jacksonvillesuns.com

 

What about REX-The Beach Blvd Dinosaur (aka the Goony Golf Dinosaur)?

Naked Rex the Dinosaur

photo from Facebook.com

We won’t even get into the whole phallic thing with Rex holding a giant bone.

Will the naked chicken wings at Hooters (yet another story) have to be renamed “unbreaded”?

What about the eight Jacksonville-area government employees named “Fanny“? Will they be forced to change their names to “The Place Where I Sit”?

And what is to become of the employees with surnames “Butt,” “Breast” and “Heiney”?

I don’t know how this whole thing is going to play out, but I think it’s funny that by voicing his concerns about a boob, Yarborough became one.

The sexiest man in Jacksonville (sorta) … and then some

chris-hemsworth-sexiest-man-alive-people-cover-november-2014Last week, People named Chris Hemsworth the “Sexiest Man Alive.” Personally, I don’t even find the guy that attractive, let alone the SEXIEST MAN ALIVE (that honor is reserved for Alex O’Laughlin, of course). But it did get me thinking, if there were a similar title for local dudes, who would it be.

To make this determination, I turned to social media to seek nominations. Then, using a proprietary software (which may or may not be a pen and paper) and the counsel of a hand-picked panel of local folks who represent a range of ages, races, occupations and sexual preferences, I arrived at the “Sexiest Man in Jacksonville.” (The identities of said panelists are a highly guarded secret. I will never reveal their names or comments even under penalty of law.)

So without further ado, I present to you the Sexiest Man in Jacksonville…

Courtney Lewis

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photo by Agnes Lopez for Jacksonville Magazine

Occupation: music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic
What makes him sexy?
 “Besides being good looking, obviously, he is intelligent and so passionate about music. The accent doesn’t hurt.” (quote from a supporter)

NOTE: From the start there was controversy over Lewis’ nomination, namely that he doesn’t even live in Jacksonville and only pops in a couple times a year to conduct the symphony and leave the streets of Downtown covered in charisma. While I don’t disagree with Lewis’ selection, I do have to agree with the fact that he isn’t a true Jacksonvillian.  So I, once again, crunched the numbers (whatever that means) and consulted my secret panel to come up with a truly sexy, true Jacksonvillian. As it turns out, there were so many, we couldn’t decide on just one.

That said, I present to you the 10 Sexiest Men in Jacksonville (in alpha order). Eat your hearts out, straight ladies and gay guys and bisexual peeps.

Jim Alabiso

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photo by Kirk Chamberlain

Occupation: senior partner at LEAP Collaborative LLC , president and CEO of JumpingFish, also an open water marathon swimmer
What makes him sexy: “He’s fit, fearless and not afraid to wear a Speedo.”

 

Chris Dickerson

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photo by Laura Evans

Occupation: chef/owner at Corner Taco
What makes him sexy: “He’s got that rugged but boy-next-door thing happening … And he can cook!”

 

Anthony Duran

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Occupation: owner/founder, 904Fitness, personal trainer
What makes him sexy? Watch the video above. ‘Nuff said.

 

Terrance Freeman▼
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Occupation: Manager of Political Affairs at JAX Chamber
What makes him sexy? “Of course, there are his looks, but he’s a family man. He coaches little league and brags about his wife and kids.”

 

Abel Harding 

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photo by Renee Parenteau

Occupation: senior private banker with Wells Fargo
What makes him sexy: “He’s smart and charming. And he’s always dressed impeccably.”

 

Al Letson 

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photo by Tiffany Manning

Occupation: playwright/performance poet/actor and host and producer of State of the Re:Union on NPR
What makes him sexy
: “Passion. Talent. And that voice.”

 

Dan Nevins 

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Occupation: director of Warriors Speak at Wounded Warrior Project, motivational speaker and Army war veteran
What makes him sexy: “He’s really good looking, and it’s sexy that he overcame his injuries to inspire others.” (Nevis is a double amputee who also sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq.)

 

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

Occupation: college football analyst for ESPN and NFL quarterback (free agent)
What makes him sexy” “His eyes, his body, his athleticism, his kind soul and his determination. He’s TIM mother f’in TEBOW!

Incidentally, Tebow was also named one of People’s Sexiest Men. “It sort of hits me out of the blue when I find out that anyone finds me attractive,” he told People. “I mean, it’s a great compliment, but I’m just trying to do the right things and live my life in the right way. I want to be noticed for the right reasons.”

Humility. Also very sexy.

 

Lew Turner

1 lew turnerOccupation: First Coast News anchor
What makes him sexy: “Unlike most TV news people, Lew doesn’t take himself too seriously. He has a great sense of humor and is easy on the eyes. And he has great hair!”

 

Mike Williams

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Occupation: director of patrol and enforcement with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (retired) and candidate for sheriff
What makes him sexy: “He’s humble but confident and smart as hell. And he’s the kind of neighbor we all want…great to have a beer with but the first guy you call if someone is breaking into your house.”

Well, there you have it: the sexiest men in Jacksonville. Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions, which included a dog with clip-on bangs, a few nameless waiters, a janitor from some elementary school and my brother. And I applaud John Phillips for his concerted efforts to get Jaxson de Ville on the list.

Agree? Disagree? Post your comments below.

And make it a sexy day!

What’s going on in Jax Nov. 20-23, 2014?

I could, as I’ve always done on Thursdays, post a list of the events I mentioned on WJCT’s First Coast Connect that day. But then you’d be missing out on detailed info on the events, not to mention my witty comments.

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27 Things You Might Not Know About Corrine Brown

We’ve all had a good laugh at Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s expense for a comment she made after being re-elected last week. (If you missed it, she compared herself to a doctor working “27/6.”)

Obviously, she misspoke, but I tried to find a plausible explanation just in case she was serious. The best I could come up with is she had just studying the periodic table of elements prior to the interview and thought the reporter asked her if she knew the atomic numbers for cobalt and carbon.

Until this mystery is solved, I would like to pay homage to the gentlewoman from Florida—and one of the most colorful politicians in office today—with 27 things you didn’t know about her. I’ll think of 6 other things later.

1. Her name is pronounced CO-reen. Not co-REEN. Not Cor-RIN. Not COR-rin.

▼ 2. She likes to wear hats.

corrine black beret

 

3. Her birthday falls on Veterans Day: Nov. 11.

▼ 4. She’s known for wearing hats.

corrine straw hat

5. The name “Corrine” is a variant of the Greek name “Cora” and means “maiden.”

▼ 6. Hats are her jam.

corrine orange
7. Her largest winning margin since being in office was in 2004 when she defeated Johnny M. Brown by 99.2 percent.

▼ 8. Did I mention she likes hats?

corrine giant black hat
9. Want to get under her skin? Spell her name wrong. “And don’t split it in the middle. Don’t write C-O-R and then go R-I-N-E on the next line.” (From Jacksonville Magazine, March 2009)

▼ 10. When I say she loves wearing hats, I’m not exaggerating.
corrine red hat w ander
11. She sponsored the bill that named Jacksonville’s Federal Building after Charles E. Bennett. (H.R. 2431 (103rd): To designate the Federal building in Jacksonville, Florida, as the “Charles E. Bennett Federal Building”) which was signed by President George. H.W. Bush on Oct. 6, 1993.

12. ▼ She is especially fond of frilly hats with tulle.
corrine pink fluffy

13. ▼ …and hats with flowers.
corrine yellow flower

▼ 14. Whenever possible, she tries to coordinate her hat with her shoes.

corrine brown red w red shoes

15. Her astrological sign is Scorpio. According to astrology.com, Scorpios turn heads when they walk in a room and are nearly impossible for people to ignore. “[They] know full well that [they] can manipulate people, and [they] love it! This magnetic power is really [their] greatest strength.”

▼ 16. Just in case you forgot, the congresswoman really likes hats.
corrine tan sparkles

17. She shares a birthday with Leonardo DiCaprio, Kurt Vonnegut, Demi Moore and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

▼ 18. If she can’t find the right hat to go with an ensemble, she’ll wear a headband like this one…

corine fluffy red

▼ 19. Or this one …
corrine hair band 2

▼ 20. Or this one …
corrine green bow

▼ 21. Or this one…
Assualt Presser

▼ 22. Or this one …

corrine hair band

23. The infamous “Go Gata” (with subtitles) You Tube video has been viewed more than 909,000 times.

▼ 24. There are few things Brown likes more than hats … especially a statement hat.

corrine red feather

25. The congresswoman hung up on radio host Melissa Ross during an interview on WJCT’s First Coast Connect in June 2010. (From jacksonville.com)

▼ 26. UPS’ slogan “What can brown do for you?” was inspired by Congresswoman Brown.

Corrine ups

Juuuuuuust kidding. Though her penchant for wearing hats is no joke.

▼ 27. She knows President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama personally.
corrien and obamas

BUT WHERE’S THE HAT?!?!

 

Events mentioned on 11/6/2014 edition of First Coast Connect

In case you missed my ramblings on WJCT’s First Coast Connect this morning, here are some of the events coming up this weekend.

Please note: event times, dates and locations are subject to change, so call before you haul (call the venue, that is, not me).

Thursday, Nov. 6
• Casting Crowns, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena

Thursday, Nov. 6-Sunday, Nov. 9
SPANK! The 50 Shades Parody, times vary, T-U Center

Friday, Nov. 7
• AXIS Dance Company
, 7 p.m., Creekside High School (St. Johns)

Saturday, Nov. 8
Jacksonville Porchfest, noon-5 p.m., Springfield historical district
Jax by Jax Literary Festival, venues throughout Park & King District in Riverside

Monday, Nov. 10
• Salute to Our Veterans Concert, 6-8 p.m., Memorial Park

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