Restaurants

Pacific Asian Bistro Receives 2011 Achievement of Excellence

The American Culinary Federation (ACF), the nation’s premier organization of professional chefs, will honor Pacific Asian Bistro, St. Augustine, Fla., with an Achievement of Excellence Award at the 2011 ACF National Convention held at the Gaylord Texan, Dallas, July 22-26.

Today: Marble Slab Celebrates Red Head Appreciation Day!

Marble Slab Creamery has declared July 11, 2011, “Red Head Appreciation Day” to help celebrate the launch of the brand’s new Red Velvet Ice Cream.

All day today, July 11, 2011, at participating locations, Marble Slab Creamery will give away a free scoop of Red Velvet Ice Cream to anyone who has red hair, no matter if its natural, dyed or a wig.

New Daily Deal Web Site Coming to the First Coast

First Coast News is launching a brand new daily deal Web site called DealChicken

Here’s how DealChicken works: Consumers sign up to receive future daily deals by visiting www.dealchicken.com. The deals are sent to consumers’ e-mail addresses.

Once the site launches, you’ll get one amazing deal delivered to your inbox per day. These will range from excellent deals on food at some of your favorite restaurants, to massive discounts on a round of golf, tanning, etc.

Marble Slab Celebrates Red Head Appreciation Day!

Marble Slab Creamery has declared July 11, 2011, “Red Head Appreciation Day” to help celebrate the launch of the brand’s new Red Velvet Ice Cream.

All day on Monday, July 11, 2011, at participating locations, Marble Slab Creamery will give away a free scoop of Red Velvet Ice Cream to anyone who has red hair, no matter if its natural, dyed or a wig.

Taco Bell Donation Campaign Benefits Local Military Families

Taco Bell Donation Campaign Benefits Local Military Families

Nearly 500 Taco Bell restaurants will participate in the third annual “Freedom Bells” fundraiser, in support of the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

June 17th is National Flip Flop Day!

June 17th is National Flip Flop Day!

Now through June 26, 2011, Tropical Smoothie Café offers customers an opportunity to purchase a great smoothie for a great cause. The national franchise company commits to donating a portion of the proceeds to their national charity partner, Camp Sunshine, from the sale of one of the top-selling smoothies, the Sunrise Sunset. With strawberries, pineapple, orange and mango blended to perfection, Tropical Smoothie Café treats its customers in every sip of the Sunrise Sunset smoothie.

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Tourism experts are cautiously optimistic heading into the 2011-2012 travel season.

From January through May, visitation was up six percent over the same time period in 2010. 

According to the St. Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB), the area saw an increase in visitors last year as well, with 3.4 million visitors spending at least one night in the county during 2010-2011.

On average, those people stayed 5 days.  They spent $634 million, including $38 million in sales tax and $5.6 million in bed taxes, according to the VCB.

Those hotel and motel bed taxes are used to pay for the bureau and their marketing campaigns, which are designed to bring more people to the area.

According to the VCB, they are trying new advertising this summer to try to keep people coming back.