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RE: Popeye's fried chicken sandwich

If you were to make a list of 10 reasons a person might avoid Chick-fil-A, its donations to anti-LGBTQ groups would likely be numbers one through nine. Number 10 would be the notion that a craving for a fried chicken sandwich with pickles always seems to come on a Sunday, when Chick-fil-A is closed.  Here's another one to put on the list: The new Popeyes fried chicken sandwich — added to the menu last week — is, by every measure, a superior sandwich.

As reported on the Washington Post website with video - READ MORE

It's better between bread

Peel back the aluminum foil and you'll find that tuna, leftover spaghetti, and links of sweet longanisa sausage waiting to be given new life between two slices of warm garlic bread, spongy pan de sal, or cloud-like white bread. These stories make the case for fruity, cream-dolloped sandos on pillowy milk bread and regional sloppy joes with no stewed ground meat in sight.

As reported on the TASTE website sandwich stories - EAT MORE

RE: Soft drink panic machine

JAMA Internal Medicine is feeding the soft drink panic machine. "New study links all soda to an early death," says the Washington Post. CNN gets right down to it: "Want to live longer? You may want to ditch these drinks."  The funny thing here is that low-sugar drinks had the strongest link to mortality. Sugary drinks were less of a problem in their analysis.

As reported on the CONSCIENHEALTH website - DRINK MORE?

Hidden Keto Diet dangers

The keto diet sure sounds great. A fast track to weight loss where you can eat all the red meat, bacon and butter you want. Overall, the science is a little shaky on this popular wellness trend. Some doctors and specialists praise the keto diet for the short-term weight loss it promises. And many anecdotal accounts glowingly describe adherents' individual experiences with the diet.

As reported on the DAILY MEAL website - LEARN MORE

Weekend Events, Friday, September 6

BRAZILFEST 2019, Saturday, 6:00, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with Sander Pinheiro, Maca Reggae Samba, and Allied Capoeira. With special guests: Kenneth Metzker, Hermogenes Araujo, Edwin Carvalho, and more. These musicians will combine to showcase a variety of Brazilian music including influences from jazz, forro, bossa nova, samba and reggae. Brazilian food, vendors and art make this an immersive experience showcasing the talents of the Brazilian community in our area.



6:00: Detours, Tioga Free Concert, Tioga Town Center, 133 SW 130th Way. Bring your lawn chair and blankets for a FREE concert on the Tioga Town Center stage and enjoy the sounds of The Detours. The Detours are a local trio that focus on modern, adult pop music.



6:00: Echo in the Canyon, Hipp Cinema, Various days – times, Downtown. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene celebrating the explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.



7:00: Chomp The Block, Celebration Point, NW Corner of I-75 And Archer Rd. Celebration Pointe is hosting the ideal kickoff to football weekends before select home games this year. Enjoy live music by FAST LANE, delicious food, lawn games and kids' activities in the Promenade at Celebration Pointe. Kids are welcome to attend the early hours of Chomp the Block. Fun 4 Gator Kids will be hosting exclusive family activities from 7:00-9:00pm. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



8:00: The Nancy Luca Band and Anna Marie, Free Fridays Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown. In from California Nancy Luca returns to the Bo Diddley Plaza stage with Anna Marie and the Nancy Luca Band. Luca currently plays in the bands git'ERdone, Whole Lotta Rosies, Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters, Madame Ozzy and Mistress of Reality.



8:00: Sally B.'s Dashing Revue, High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave, Ste A, Downtown. This live burlesque review one of a kind show features burlesque performances by local and touring artists with live music by local jazz sensation Swing Theory. And Performances by, Lucky Von Lu, Lilabelle Quaintrelle, Della-Kate Flower, Lola Price, and Sally B. Dash. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



8:00: Nightcrawler, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. A 9-piece afro-funk ensemble based out of Jacksonville. Formed in 2018, the group originally started as a means of performing the music of Mulatu Astatke, Fela Kuti and other such luminaries, the band quickly became a workshop for original material. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



8:00: The Mountain, Hipp Cinema, Various days – times, Downtown. Set against the 1950's "golden age" of American male supremacy, an introverted young photographer (Tye Sheridan) joins a renowned lobotomist (Jeff Goldblum) on a tour to promote the doctor's recently-debunked procedure.




10:00: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Guided Walk, Kanapha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr. Kanapaha Gardens offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge.



7:00: NILE SHOWCASE: Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Flamenco Arabe with Vanessa Cerallo, Blackadder Brewing Company, 618 NW 60th St Ste A. Another Night on the Nile Showcase featuring Flamenco, Belly Dance, and Flamenco/Belly Dance Fusion–also known as Flamenco Arabe. featured performer, Vanessa Cerallo is originally from Caracas, Venezuela where she started dancing Flamenco at a very young age at the El Rocio Flamenco School with the famous dancer—Diana Patricia "La Macarena". FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.




11:00: Hurricane Dorian Benefit, All Four Rivers BBQ restaurants. Breaking from their "Closed on Sunday" policy, all 4 Rivers Smokehouses in Florida (except downtown Orlando) will be open this Sunday, Sept. 8, to benefit relief efforts in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the island nation.  Contributions from Sunday will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.  FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



2:00: A Place Remembered Book Launch, Alachua Library, 14913 NW 140 Street. This book launch includes a panel discussion on Florida's history featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis, fifth-generation Bellamy Road resident Jeff Means, Cauthen and Gibbs. Florida's Bellamy Road: A Place Remembered chronicles the people and places of the region and features the photography of Barbara B Gibbs. The book is a companion piece to Cauthen's Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place, which won a Florida Book Award for nonfiction.



8:00: Midnight Hour, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. Inspired by the sonic aesthetic of Luke Cage their creative dynamic was crystalized in a brand new project The Midnight Hour, which was released to rapturous acclaim in 2018. The Midnight Hour album is not just Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, it's two of hip-hop's greatest producers with a tight rhythm section and a full orchestra as well as contemporary hip-hop, R&B, soul & jazz artists CeeLo Green, Raphael Saadiq, Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, Eryn Allen Kane, and Karolina.

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

ASD colors Christopher's world, outcomes

090419HIPPchrisBy Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

It is fair to say life is a challenge for most of us.

Rules, relationships, responsibilities are intertwined in a cerebral sea of synopsis, responses, and neural connectivity creating our own personal behavioral palette of co-existence.

'Challenging,' 'Not right,' 'A little off,' are labels we give those around us that decisions, good outcomes are at times a tough to achieve.



Such is the case for Christopher in the Hippodrome Theatre's new production. The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time continuing with performances on various days and times through September 22 THIS Hipp production is in collaboration with the University of Florida's School of Theatre and Dance.


Play wright Simon Stephens and author Mark Haddon collaborated on this story about a 'teen-ager making it in the world' with autism being his 'unintended consequence' according to Mark Haddon:

"We would never ask if a character in a novel was a correct representation of a cellist or a lesbian or an archbishop. There is no such thing. And the same is true for people who are given the label disabled. They are as various and individual as any other group in society."



HIPPcuriousPOSTERThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time takes place in the year 1998 in and around the town of Swindon, England. The fifteen-year-old narrator of the story, Christopher John Francis Boone, discovers the slain body of his neighbor's poodle, Wellington, on the neighbor's front lawn one evening and sets out to uncover the murderer. His investigation is at times aided, and at other times hampered, by the mild form of autism he lives with. After Christopher hits a policeman in a misunderstanding at the scene of the crime, the police take Christopher into custody.

Christopher chronicles his investigation in a book—the book we are reading—as part of a school assignment. He uncovers a more tangled plot than was first apparent when he discovers that his father and the owner of the slain dog, Mrs. Shears, had a romantic affair. He subsequently learns that their affair began in reaction to another relationship, one carried on between Mr. Shears and Christopher's mother, before she disappeared from Christopher's life.



After a Summer of Oldie-Goldie tunes, laughing and yucking theatrical scenarios, I was ready for thought provoking theatre.  I was not disappointed. The Hippodrome staff, tech crew(s), and actors have created a thoughtful, compelling story of perspective that will at time leave the viewer on the outside looking in.

In a smart confluence of excellent writing expertise in a twist of fate I found myself inside of Christopher looking out into a world challenges through his autism spectrum disorder.

What an incredible experience.



Taking the more is better approach to theater in the round I counted over thirty characters in this play with the primary characters Christopher, (Kyle Brumley), Ed, (Clint Thorton), and Judy, (Cynthia Beckert) garnering most of the audience attention.

Smart move on the Hipp's part for selecting Atlanta's Kyle Brumley to portray Christopher, a confused teenage with the world determined to fit in. Mr. Brumley's perfect teenage mannerism depicting a teenager struggling with the idea he might be a little different than others.



Clint Thornton did a masterful job of being a frustrated parent trying his best digging out of a mountain of daily mental health challenges.

Judy, the mother of this family triage offered a surprise glimpse into the family struggles of Christopher, Ed, and Judy explaining how this famiy group is really not much different than any other family unit.

I found the character Siobhan (Gloria Halsell) to be a compelling part of the story as she moved the story forward by aiding Christopher with mental problem solving and achieving outcomes.



Much applause to Hipp Director, and UF Professor Ralf Remshardt, the Hippodrome Technical crews and Scenic Designer Mihai Ciupe for creating a winding, myriad, of color and movement 'snake-like' about the stage giving me the impression of traveling Christopher's mental synapse as he resolves issues, problems.

This award winning screenplay did a wonderful job of moving the story quickly forward eliminating the oft anticipated 'lull' before the second act while the story is developed.

We are lucky GLOBers to have such a fine acting troupe among us working their craft at the Hippodrome Theater. Big, giant, toast to the Hippodrome for creating a masterful presentation of extraordinary talent and professional ability.




EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to the Downtown Gainesville website, and the Hippodrome's Michael Eaddy for the use of their images. The Hippodrome's production of The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time continues with performances on various days and times through September 22. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

Cilantro Tacos

Amidst friendly service it's all about flavor

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

CILANTROSdoorSFWith 22 Mexican restaurants on the Urban GLOB Map I find it incredible that I can get more than a little excited Cilantros in the SW 4th Ave Food Park that recently opened.

From $15 tacos to a plate of authentic spicy sliced tongue how can this town handle the opening of another beans and rice, corn or flour tortilla, meat, cheese, and lettuce hacienda lunch stop?

With a one word answer my fine GLOBer – FLAVOR is the secret ingredient.

Enter CILANTROS Tacos Downtown with a contemporary presentation of greenery, and green attitude of succulents, vines on the wall and draping from the ceilings CILANTROS has set the stage for a back to nature lunch time adventure.



CILANTROsignKudos to the CILANTROS team for a smart, different approach to a lunch café with the redesign of a contemporary, restored buildings of this neighborhood street corner.

Having been open for business for years in North Florida first with a taco stand close to the corner of Newberry Rd. and Tower Road, CILANTRO created an established clientele of locals who had no problem driving out to Newberry to get their fix of beans, rice, and tacos when CILANTROS moved out of Hoggetowne. CILANTROS has also operated a food truck for several years around town

In the new café, there is plentiful seating in a long dining room with a corner of soft couches and chairs that were occupied by a mother with babe in arms the day I was there.

Along with the greenery in the dining room my first visit to this lunch stop was full of surprises including a limited Tex-Mex menu of traditional favorites including:

(3) Tacos, served on fresh tortillas. Order them all the way, with your choice of Meat, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, and Cilantro. Order them Authentic, with your choice of Meat, Onion, and Cilantro. $9 - $13.

Your choice of meat plus cheese, or veggie-only, or veggie with meat or cheese-only. $11 - $15.

A huge portion served with your choice of Meat, Fresh Chips, Cheese, Lettuce, Onions, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Sour Cream. $10 - $14.

We're talking A 2-handed burritos here. Order your way with Meat of your choice, Beans, Rice, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Cilantro, Cheese, and Sour Cream or Order All-Meat with extra Meat of your choice, no Beans, no Rice. $9 – $13.

Your choice of Meat, Rice, Beans, Cheese, Cilantro, Onions, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, and Chips. $10 - $14.

Cilantros has an extensive list of side items including Spanish rice, pinto beans, an a L.A. Street Dog an angus beef hot dog with grilled red and green peppers, onions, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise

There is a full menu at the restaurant link at the bottom of this page.

The quesadilla 'any way you want it' sounded like the perfect Tex-Mex entrée where I could 'dress' the four slices of my chicken quesadilla any way I wanted.

So I did.




The extra large tortilla was cut into four equal pieces of baked or grilled flour tortillas stuffed with chicken and cheese. I liked the home made tomatilla green sauce, that was darker than usual and bursting with FLAVOR.

Lunch Pal and GLOB Content Editor Emeritus Lynn Dirk ordered some pico de gallo that had its own spicy FLAVOR packing a certain amount of heat that took Captain Dirk by surprise. The dollop of sour cream helped equalize some of the heat coming from my very nicely adorned quesadillas.

CARUMBA GLOBers! The 'stuffed pie' was very good.

What makes Lynn Dirk the perfect lunch pal is we walk into the doors of the eatery with the understanding that this will be a sharing kind of lunch adventure.




Lynn opted for three veggie soft corn tortilla tacos with beans and rice and lettuce, tomato, onion, and cilantro. $9 - $13.

CILANTROtacosLynn reports: The tacos were very good and so stuffed with ingredients they got messy fast, one sure sign of delicious food. Cilantros is not just a name; there is a lot of cilantro included in the tacos, which gave them a wonderful freshness. The pico di gallo was also very fresh and a great addition. After I finished my food, I decided to check out the bathroom - which is one of my standard procedures in a new restaurant. The Cilantros women's bathroom was so charming I almost didn't want to leave. Beautiful flower paintings on the wall and a mirror that looks like it might be magical. Very much in keeping with the restaurant's overall style of graciousness from the greenery, very nice wooden tables and chairs lend, and the lounging corners with couches and coffee table.


All right GLOBer. I will admit I have already been back to Cilantros a second time. The Tex-Mex menus is special. The unique Latin American sauces are fresh, delicious, with extraordinary FLAV

The Pluses and Minuses of Cilantro Tacos

Cilantro Tacos + indicators : Easy access, fresh produce, friendly service. I felt good, happy amidst all of the greenery.

Cilantro Tacos - indicators: I survived the absence of any chili rellenos . . .

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Cilantro Tacos.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!

Grandmother feeds the majors

Altagracia Alvino, 66, was careful to make as little noise as possible because it was 7:22 a.m., and her husband and her 20-year-old grandson, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., one of baseball's brightest young stars, were asleep. The familiar scent of cooking meat was unavoidable, though.

Alvino may be the most popular and powerful grandmother in baseball. For about two decades, she has filled the bellies of hundreds of players. Eating her comfort food is a tradition that has become especially popular among players from the family's homeland, the Dominican Republic.

As reported on the NEW YORK TIMES website - READ MORE

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