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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Guns! Guns! When Do We Get Guns???

If I were to be in town for the required classes, I would definitely be applying to attend the Tallahassee Citizen's Police Academy this spring. I BELIEVE applications are being accepted for the academy through March 13, 2007, but don't quote me on that. There is another citizen's police academy slated for the fall. Only 24 Leon County residents can attend.

The schedule includes forensics, use of force and narcotics. There's even a patrol ride along! Sounds pretty cool. Maybe next year.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Dancing with the Governor

So, did anyone else get this invitation "requesting the pleasure of your company at the Governor's Symphony Soiree"? I know I'm not the only one. Somehow I've gotten on the cultural Tallahassee mailing list. Anyone going?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Cool Things Coming to Tallahassee

On the way home from work, stopped to pump over-priced fuel into my Saturn and noticed a defunct Chinese-looking restaurant will soon be a Comedy Zone ( There's not much on the site and not sure when the Comedy Zone will be open, but I'd say it's a very cool thing for Tallahassee.

Comedy Zone Tallahassee
401 East Tennessee Street
Tel: (850) 575-4242 (HAHA)

I'm really excited about a new sushi restaurant opening up in Tally, too. It's called Sumo Sabi Rolls & Bowls. Not sure if they're open yet (last I knew it was scheduled to open in late February). The menu has all sorts of specialty and traditional sushi rolls, along with bowls of Asian dishes like spicy tuna, ultimate eel and seared tuna. There's even sake! A green sumo wrestler is in the logo, how sweet. Wonder if their menu will meet up to what I ate in Japan.

Sumo Sabi Rolls & Bowls
2020 W. Pensacola St., #62
Tel: (850) 219-7866

AND, can't forget about the Tallahassee RollerGirls ( If I were a year or two younger, I would be a rollergirl - come on, a chance to wear fishnets while kicking some ass on the rink? Who wouldn't love it? March 24 is the Tallahassee RollerGirls's first game of the season at the North Florida Fairgrounds against the Panama City RollerGirls. Rock on!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Yummy! Children's Home Society's 22nd Annual Chefs Sampler

An excellent workout deserves an excellent reward and a visit to the Children's Home Society's 22nd Annual Chefs Sampler at the Leon County Civic Center was the right treat last night. Although still feeling a bit under the weather, I pulled myself together and joined thousands of others grazing my way through the Civic Center. More than 40 restaurants served up their finest.

I didn't over indulge and hardly indulged because I'm not a fan of grazing functions but it gave me an opportunity to taste a few Tallahassee restaurants. I overheard some people say, "this is smaller than last year's function." It's my understanding the 2006 event was at one of the malls. And yes, it was a bit crowded, but the culinary treats were worth it. My favorite tastes of the evening were:

Fusion Cafe - Squash empanada (at least that's what I thought they were); definitely vegetarian and pleasant tasting. I love squash, it's a terrific comfort food but Fusion Cafe took this veggie up a notch by blanketing a light crust around the smooth acorn squash (either that or butternut squash - it was orange). I passed on their dessert, which actually looked yummy. It looked like a mini-hamburger but was a round brownie on a donut-like bun topped with a slice of white chocolate, strawberries and I believe mango.

Paradise Grill & Bar
- She-crab soup. In the words of Rachael Ray, "Yummo!" The soup was rich, thick and had the perfect amount of she-crab flakes. It hit the spot with my cold. Just wish it was a bit warmer, but hey, feeding thousands of people isn't easy.

Ali's Strawberry Shakes and Farmers Market - Strawberry shortcake. How can anyone not enjoy this classic? 'Tis the season for strawberries!

The photo below shows the panel of judges for the event. I didn't stick around to see which restaurant was voted the tastiest, but I did see the judges chowing down on the delicious bites. Although I can't verify this because I can't seem to find anything about the event on the Net, but from last week's newspaper insert and doing some Googling, I believe from left to right are: Julie Montanaro, WCTV6; Brad Johnson, Minnesota Vikings (well, up until Feb. 28 he was); Peter Boulware, Baltimore Ravens; and Loranne Ausley, State Representative, House District 9. I forgot to ask who was who (I know, pretty dumb) so if anyone can verify, I'd appreciate it.

Contact for the above mentioned Tallahassee restaurants:

Fusion Cafe
1225 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Paradise Grill & Bar
1406 N. Meridian Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Ali's Strawberry Shakes and Farmers Market
3031 Crump Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32309