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Restaurant lunch highlights:

Out To Lunch, April 4, 2011

Career re-do, life changes involve fortitude, resolve


I've had my share of life-changing events. There was the automobile accident that resulted in a head injury leaving me disabled for 2 and a half years. I am a cancer survivor diagnosed with incurable non-Hodgkins lymphoma, that my body seems to be managing very well thanks to Dr. James Lynch and rituximab. And I just went through an open-heart surgery ordeal that was quite an experience.

At my last visit to UF's Davis Cancer Center, a resident doctor asked me which of those events was the scariest. Without much thought I quickly said that the cancer diagnosis, which had a long list of unknowns, was cause for much anxiety.

My life-altering events were all involuntary. Doing things different, creating new processes was not optional. It was mandatory for me to continue to survive and be a functioning person.

JdrumThe life-changing experiences that were thrust upon me make me appreciate the courage and adventurous nature of folks who make drastic life-style changes by choice, like Tempo Bistro-To-Go owner, John Drum, pictured at right.

He decided he needed a career change and set out to make that change happen. John's life-changing career move was his choice. He decided to start a completely new career and life as a restaurateur /café owner.

Sitting behind an auto-cad architectural design computer system all day wasn't working for him. He decided that working 60-hour work weeks in his very own Tempo Bistro-To-Go café, making all the decisions, meeting interesting customers, promoting the art of healthy, creative sandwiches and salad making would become his mission.

That kind of initiative is what makes the restaurant world an interesting place. At some point, everyone has had an idea of how they could make the best new place to eat in town (for current examples, check out the the television show 'America's Next Great Restaurant', which is not bad for a reality show). The fortitude to act on those dreams with life-changing, career-altering actions makes my involuntary life changes, I believe, pale in comparisons.

Good luck to John Drum and similar entrepreneurial restaurateurs that are some of our best 21st century modern day explorers and adventurers.


It appears John Drum is in good company in GLOB land as there are restaurants busting out all over in Gainesville. In the last few months, the GLOB has counted 10 new restaurant openings or preparing to open, with cuisine ranging from barbeque to French crepes.

Last week the Sonic Drive-In on NW 39th Ave reopened to the joy of chili dog and Sonic Blast lovers.

Along with Sonic Drive-In, you can add City Crepes, Kay Bros BBQ, Sabore, and Garlic and Ginger to a list of recently opened lunch spots.

On the lunchtime horizon, Tasty Buddha, Fresh Café and Smokehouse BBQ are scheduled to have grand openings in April.


The GLOB World Offices night shift is happy to announce that their mission of including restaurant web addresses on all the Gainesville Lunch out Blog restaurant pages is complete.

You will find the web addresses in the ADDITIONAL INFO item just above the restaurant map locator, see example at right.

The GLOB presently has 263 individual restaurant blog pages. We started with the letter "A" and searched the web for as many restaurant web sites that we could find. Please let us know if you are aware of a web address we have missed.


I subscribe to a weekly email newsletter called EATER.COM that offers interesting information about restaurants, food, and the oddities that surround our lunch time pleasures. Things like:

Iron Chef contestant, Food Network frequenter, New Orleans chef and restaurateur John Besh has a new cooking show called, not surprisingly, Chef John Besh's New Orleans on Public Television. This chef is a good cook and interesting fellow in the kitchen. . . . For all the FBF's (that's Face Book Folks) EATER.COM now has their very own Face Book page . . . It seems like Wolfgang Puck's iPod includes Pink Floyd, Carmen (the opera that is!), and the Black Eyed Peas . . . Guy Fieri and Vanilla Ice have diner together in Chicago! ? ! ? . . . Gwyneth Paltrow is starting her own food magazine.

Is that enough food world minutiae for you? It is for me, at least for now, but wait until next month's 'Out To Lunch.'

Mike Sanford is the GLOB Editor, Publisher and Professional Eater. Please send him your tweets, texts, or email him your opinons him:


Last modified onFriday, 30 September 2011 13:36


  • Pam H
    Pam H Tuesday, 19 April 2011 14:03 Comment Link

    I appreciate your dedication to the GLOB, and I do appreciate that it takes, a lot of time and effort to keep it up and going. I think a food blog like this has been needed in GVL for a long time. And it is certainly refreshing to have reviews from different people so that you get a good cross-section of personal tastes from the area. If it was just YOUR reviews, that would be sort of one-sided. I like getting reviews from others, too. You’d be surprised how many new places I’ve tried after reading a good review of a place. This GLOB-BLOG is a GOOD thing, Mikey

  • Pam H.
    Pam H. Wednesday, 06 April 2011 10:29 Comment Link

    That's our Mikey, always lookin' on the sunny side of life, and always with a smile.

    BOB STURM Monday, 04 April 2011 17:42 Comment Link


  • lynn jamieson
    lynn jamieson Monday, 04 April 2011 16:55 Comment Link

    Unbelievable! My gosh I am floored reading that you have cancer,the heart thing and the automobile accident. The part that floors me is I have spoken to you a few times and don't recall meeting anyone more optimistic and down to earth.

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