Columbia’s Competition

When it comes to eating we’re creatures of habit, or maybe we just can’t pass up a guaranteed delicious meal. That’s why a trip to St. Augustine always includes a meal at the Columbia restaurant.  You really can’t go wrong with any of their dishes.

However, apparently the week after Christmas requires advance planning to dine at the Columbia. We stopped by the restaurant a couple of hours before we planned to eat to make a reservation only to be told they were completely booked for the night. Time to come up with Plan B.

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As we walked through the streets reading posted menus, I searched Yelp reviews looking for more options. With a 4.5 star rating and reviews that read:

LOVED LOVED LOVED this place.

Unique menu. Florida fare with a southern twist.

An amazing oasis in a sea of mediocrity. The Floridian breaks the mold.

We decided to give The Floridian a try. This proved a good decision resulting in four pleased diners.

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One order of shrimp and grits, one shrimp and sausage autumn risotto and a burrito. All delicious!

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But by far, the best meal was Sarah’s, Fresh Catch Floridian with roasted potatoes and veggies. I can’t remember when I’ve seen her eat so much.

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The one downside of our visit: John’s meal was delivered almost ten minutes after the others, but they made up for this by offering us four free desserts. Therefore, we ordered dessert, something that happens rarely and enjoyed every bite of the chocolate cheesecake and chocolate pie.

On our next trip to St. Augustine we’ll have a hard time deciding where we’ll eat.

 

Obelisk Love

Obelisk:  a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top

Twenty-five obelisks, painted by local artists, adorn the streets of St. Augustine as part of the city’s 450th anniversary celebration.

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The piece located at the base of the Bridge of Lions included some of St. Augustine’s most recognizable symbols.

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Replicas of the 30-foot Monumento de la Constitución, the art is on display throughout the historic district in St. Augustine.

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While on a scavenger hunt for the art, I realized I’d overlooked the many obelisks that have always been a part of St. Augustine.

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In fact, I even found one in the cemetery.

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Standing 8 1/2 feet tall, the obelisks are done in a variety of styles.
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Painted, covered in mirrors even obelisks displayed upside down.

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The artwork represents the values found on the constitution monument: democracy, human rights, freedom and compassion.

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Sometimes these values are in written form and on other pieces they’re represented visually.

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Created by YarnBombJax.com covered an obelisk in yarn to recognize the involvement of Kat Twine in St. Augustine’s Civil Rights movement. Their description of their work:

Intertwined across our obelisk are reminders that our FREEDOM is not free; that our HUMAN RIGHTS are a privilege; that our COMPASSION is synonymous with servitude; and that our DEMOCRACY is divided by house. Using unexpected colors, textures, and patterns we have elevated these four values and imbued then with a sense of surrealism.

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My favorite was located at The Cathedral Bascilica of St. Augustine. As the artist, Kevin Curry says about this obelisk:

That which we hold in the palm of our hand can have monumental consequences.

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This public art will be on display through the end of the month so it’s not too late to make a trip to the nation’s oldest city or at least click here to see all 25 obelisks.