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Jackson’s and The Fish House Feature Valentine’s Day Meals That Make You Fall In Love
By: Kelly Woodard

Plan the perfect Valentine’s Day meal for your special someone as The Fish House and Jackson’s Steakhouse prepare a special feast to get your heart pumping all Valentine’s weekend long.
Over at The Fish House, Chef Billy Ballou and Chef de Cuisine Jason Hughes will offer a special Valentine’s Day lunch feature Friday, February 12
th and Saturday, February 13th. On Sunday, February 14th, The Fish House will offer a special brunch feature — all in addition to our current lunch and brunch menus.
During lunch service, in addition to the current lunch menu, The Fish House will offer Blood Orange Encrusted Amberjack – Gulf amberjack with a candied blood orange zest crust, served with sautéed sugar snap peas and pan-roasted sweet potatoes, finished with basil oil and a blood orange-basil butter sauce.
For brunch, in addition to the regular brunch menu, the Chef’s will offer Creamy Gulf Seafood Crepes – house-made thin crepes filled with Gulf shrimp, blue crab, and bay scallops in a sherry-leek cream, served with grilled asparagus and Brabant potatoes.
For dinner, in addition the current dinner menu, a special appetizer will be offered, Bacon-wrapped Scallops – sea scallops wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon, served with an orange-scented warm bacon vinaigrette. There will also be a featured fish entrée, Tilefish Piccata – griddled Gulf tilefish resting on a velvety purée of roasted cauliflower and parsnip, served with bacon-sautéed Brussels sprouts and finished with a lemon-caper butter sauce.
Finally, enjoy a special surf and turf entree, Veal Francaise and Snow Crab Ravioli – tender pan-fried cutlet of veal with house-made snow crab and ricotta ravioli, served with melted leeks and seared Swiss chard, and topped with exotic mushrooms in a rich whole-grain mustard cream.
Reservations are suggested. For more information or to make reservations, please call 850-470-0003.
At Jackson’s Steakhouse, Chef Irv Miller will prepare a special lunch feature for the day consisting of crab cakes croustade and soft poached eggs with goat cheese crema, roasted red pepper remoulade, griddled country ham and Yukon Gold hash.
For dinner he will be offering Jackson’s current dinner menu as well as a special Valentine’s dinner feature; a petit filet mignon with fried oysters, tomato frito, and lobster and goat cheese risotto.
In addition to opening on Sunday for Valentine’s Day for both lunch and dinner, Jackson’s will also be offering the special dinner feature on Friday, February 12
th, and Saturday, February 13th.
Reservations are being taken at this time and are highly recommended as walk-in seating will not be guaranteed this weekend. Call 850-469-9898 to reserve your table for this special evening.
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Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, and Colt Ford Coming To The Wharf This Summer
By: Kelly Woodard

The Wharf in Orange Beach announced Monday that Brantley Gilbert along with special guests Justin Moore and Colt Ford will take to the Amphitheater stage as part of the 2016 summer concert series on June 26
Brantley, who rose to fame in the country world as a songwriter with songs like Dirt Road Anthem and My Kind Of Party, made the move to headlining artist after signing with Big Machine records and cranking out his own hit making record. Although it's tempting to call Brantley Gilbert a country artist, he certainly embraces the outlaw country side of things. In many ways his music is closer to the heartland sentiments of artists like John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, and perhaps most apt, Steve Earle.
“Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don't Know Her Like I Do” both topped the U.S. Country Charts on their way to being certified platinum. “Bottoms Up,” the first single issued from his 2014 release proved to be Gilbert’s biggest hit, shooting him to country super-stardom, reaching number one on the charts on its way to selling over a million copies.
Joining Gilbert on stage is Justin Moore, who rose to fame with singles like “Small Town USA”, “If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away”, “Bait A Hook”, and “Point At You”, and Colt Ford, who rose to fame thanks in part to his larger than life hillbilly image and cult following.
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 12
th at 10 am. Tickets are available online at, The Wharf Box Office, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. General admission is $59.75, and reserved seats are $59.75, $34.75, and $24.75 plus applicable fees and service charges.
For more information, visit
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Freaks, Geeks, Beauties, and Beasts Join Together For 3rd Annual Pensacon
By: Kelly Woodard

Amateur superheroes decked out in their finest spandex and latex will swarm downtown Pensacola for the 3
rd Annual Pensacon, a celebration of comic books, sci-fi, Anime, fantasy, video games, and more, this February 17th through 21st.
Kicking off the fun on Wednesday, February 17
th, the Fish House has joined forces with Pensacon to present the 2nd Annual Pensacon Cosplay Costume Contest and Ladies’ Night. DJ Tony will be in the house and they will be serving up $2 you-call-it drinks for ladies 5 pm – close as well as special Pensacon cocktails. In addition, a Pensacon Trivia Contest and Cosplay Costume Contest with hundreds in giveaways. Trivia begins at 8:00 along with Cosplay registration. At the conclusion of Trivia, the Cosplay Costume Contest will begin.
The contest will be judged by Pensacon’s own Steve Wise and Kat Bishop along with the 501st’s LaVonne French. Registration begins at 8 pm with judging at 10 pm. For more information, please call 850-470-0003 or visit
Then on Friday, February 18
th, join the fun at the Celebrity VIP Pensacon Party on the Deck Bar Holodeck from 8 pm into the late night hours. This party is open to all Pensacon VIP badge holders. For more information, please visit
VIP not your style? No worries! Pensacon kicks off on Friday, a special night where beauties, beasts, and nerds alike can stroll Palafox Street and enjoy tons of Pensacon activities like a Star Trek Party at the Deck Bar, a Harry Potter Party at the Fish House, and a Game Of Thrones Party at Atlas Oyster House. Then express your inner nerd at the Crown Plaza for the Pensacon Short Film Festival at 7 pm. Then head over to Seville Quarter for the Pensacon Official Freak Show Party at 8:30 pm.
Then on Saturday, February 19
th, the fun gets started again with the Girls On The Run Northwest Florida Lip Sync Battle to the Rex Theater. This event will feature Pensacon Cosplayers and Attendees. Tickets are $10 available in advance through Girls On The Run at beginning January 2nd at 9 am. Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. All proceeds for the Lip Sync Battle go to Girls on the Run to be able to provide scholarships to girls in grades 3-8 to participate in their program.
In addition on Saturday, February 19
th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to 10 pm, Pensacola Comic Con proudly presents the second annual Pensacon Short Film Festival as one of its official events. As part of this convention, the films screened will celebrate science fiction, horror, fantasy, comic books, and geek culture in general.
Then on Sunday, February 21
st, Pensacon fans can enjoy events like Costuming with Thermal Plastics, Writing Comic Books, and Building Lightsabers.
Each night throughout the festival, The Fish House will be transformed into Hogwarts with potions, quidditch, wands, and Diagon Alley with our entire team joining in the fun! Want a selfie with a life-size dementor? How about a photo with your own “Have you seen this wizard?” poster? Are you curious about which Hogwarts house you would be placed in – the Sorting Hat will be at the Fish House. Drink specials at the Fish House include The Goblet of Fire, Veritaserum.
Atlas will be transformed into scenes from Star Trek with a galaxy that will take you beyond the final frontier! Want your picture taken with authentic props from the motion picture? Atlas will showcase a life-size original Borg movie prop as well as original translights from the deck of the Starship Enterprise as well an original movie prop of the ship. Drink specials at Atlas include The James Tea Kirk, Mind Meld, Spock’s Mojito and the Warp Core Breach.
Be sure not to miss out on Pensacon’s hundreds of seminars including Making Props and Fake Weapons, Voice Acting, Independent Film Making, and How To Play A Bad Guy, just to name a few.
Pensacon will also feature many celebrity appearances, so check out the full schedule at and don’t miss a chance to meet and greet your favorite star.
Convention hours are Friday 12 pm– 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
Tickets are on sale now by visit, and will also be available at the door located at The Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel & Pensacola Bay Center, 200 East Gregory Street. Ticket prices are $40 for a one day pass and $75 for a weekend pass. Children 10 and under are free at the door.
For more information, visit or call 850-432-0800.
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The GOP Did Good in Iowa
Making Sense by Michael Reagan

I don't know how the primaries will turn out in New Hampshire next week.

But I was glad to see Republican voters in Iowa prick some of the air out of the Trump balloon Monday night and lift Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to the top of the GOP heap.

All Iowans didn't get caught up in the Trump celebrity or go goofy for the Trump plane.

A lot of them looked at the Donald's political substance -- and realized he didn't have any. Not in politics, anyway.

Going forward, however, conservatives still have the same problem they've had for months. Too many good horses clogging up the race.

They need to find their best horse quickly and ride it. Otherwise, they'll split the conservative vote again and give the nomination to a moderate or a fake Republican like Trump who won't win in the fall.

It happened with John McCain in 2008 and again with Mitt Romney in 2012. Too many conservatives in the race splintered the conservative vote.

There were 12 Republicans still trying to win the nomination in Iowa. Eleven of them were virtually interchangeable conservatives. One was a billionaire pretending to be one.

Even with Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum dropping out, there are still way too many candidates splitting up the conservative vote.

Ben Carson should be next. And what's Jim Gilmore waiting for? Where did he come from anyway? And why?

The ex-Virginia Governor got a whopping 12 votes from Iowa caucus-goers — .01 percent. That has to be a Guinness world record for last place in any election. "Other" was chosen by 119 people.

Still, the results in Iowa were encouraging for the Republican Party. If I had to pick a single big winner, I guess it has to be Cruz.

Congratulations to him. He's good. He's great. But at the end of Monday night, I think Rubio shined brightest.

He finished a close third to Cruz, plus he gave a great speech after the caucus while Cruz's speech was too long, too religious and too awful.

Rubio gave the most Reaganesque talk. He spoke to everyone, while Cruz spoke — and spoke -- to evangelicals.

Let's put it this way. If Cruz had been on the old "Gong Show," he'd have been gonged and yanked from the stage.

I understand why the three governors — Bush, Christie and Kasich, who collectively didn't get 8 percent of the vote in Iowa -- want to stay around for New Hampshire. It's their last shot.

But if they really want to help the conservatives, it's time for some of those guys to go home too.

The goal of this primary race is to win back the White House. To do that Republicans need a message that's inclusive and welcoming to minorities.

Iowa, in case you didn't notice, the Republicans are no longer the party of angry old white men.

About 65 percent of caucus votes went to Cruz, Rubio and Carson -- Republicans who, last time I looked, are Latino or black.

Compare that with the Democrats, who like to pass themselves off as the all-inclusive party that speaks for minorities.

Now that that 53-year-old whippersnapper Martin O'Malley has dropped out of their primary, Democrats literally have an old white guy trying to beat out an old white gal.

It wouldn't hurt if once in a while the mainstream news media pointed out the irony of the Democrats running two old fogies for president whose leftist policies were discredited in the last century.

Meanwhile, the Republicans' diversity is a huge plus. It needs to be publicized and applauded from the rooftops by the GOP.

Based on what happened in Iowa, the Party of Ronald Reagan looks like it might have a conservative future after all. It'll just have a different hue.
Copyright ©2014 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press). He is the founder of the email service and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at and Send comments to Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.
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Editorial By: Kelly Woodard

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February 14. It's the big game. The Super Bowl of love. You can be a hero if you remember. Forget it, and you could be left out in the cold. So, open your calendar and circle the date. Let's face it; some of us can be pretty "romantically challenged." When it comes to shopping for gifts? Well, most of us probably rank that right up there with a trip to the dentist.
But, there's a Romeo inside each of us, just waiting to get out. Valentine's is our chance to shine. We can melt hearts, even in freezing winter weather. All it takes is a little planning and a phone call or two.
Here are a couple of sure-fire strategies that would make even Cupid proud.
Send flowers, candy, a card, or more, for delivery on Valentine's Day. This strategy can be especially effective for gifts to the workplace, where they can be enjoyed by the recipient, and envied by others, during the workweek.
However, keep in mind that half the guys in America will have the same brilliant idea. So, play it safe, order the week before. Remember, there will be a lot of Valentine's gift deliveries that day; some in the morning and others in the afternoon. A thoughtful phone call, e-card, or romantic email message in the morning is definitely a great idea as well.
Send her a card a few days early. Treat her to a romantic dinner that night. Place candies on her pillow the second evening. Then, surprise her with flowers the day before Valentine's so they will be enjoyed more throughout Valentine's Day. The first card might say “I Couldn't Wait Till Valentine's To Say I Love You,” or “I Can't Think of Anyone I'd Rather Spend Valentine's Week With Than You.” Eat your heart out, Cupid!
Some of the most thoughtful gifts are those that will last long past the big day. A live miniature rose plant that will remind them of you long after cut roses have gone, a longed-for novel with red ribbon around it, a poem written by you, or a photo collage of the two of you can mean more than diamonds and gold.
Some say the way to the heart is through the stomach. Treat your sweetie to a fabulous meal. A recent survey by ranked the top romantic restaurants in Pensacola to book your night of love. Coming in first was the Melting Pot. Although it is a chain restaurant and most men shudder at the thought of cooking their own food right there at the table, the setting is intimate and most of the tables are semi-private, offering you and your sweetheart a private dinner of several courses.
Other front runners included Global Grille, The Grand Marlin, The Fish House, and Jackson’s Steakhouse. Some of these restaurants will be accepting reservations, but not every restaurant will. Be sure to call ahead and make a plan as Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year.
If going out into the thick of mushy romance isn’t your thing, cook at home. Show your date how dedicated you are to a memorable evening by crafting an elegant meal yourself. This way, you can customize the food and make exactly what you and your date want. Think of some heartfelt ways of presenting the food like arranging the salad in the shape of a heart or using a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out bread pieces. Nothing can be more romantic than creating a fabulous meal together.
Just remember that the real star of the day is ‘love’. Take the time to make sure that special person in your life knows how deeply you feel for them whether it be through words, a hug, or a snuggle under a blanket by the fire. Some people are romantically challenged. Just do your best to share your heart. If all else fails, you can always google “romance” for ideas. Just don’t be the guy who thinks Valentine’s Day is for the birds and comes up empty handed. Leaving a lady out in the cold on the most romantic day of the year is no way to heat things up, and nobody wants to be that guy.