Fine dining Lakeland, FL
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA– The song is etched into the American psyche: “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” Simon and Garfunkel’s classic from the hit movie, “The Graduate, ” paid homage to a genuine hero. A career New York Yankee, Joe DiMaggio, called “Joltin’ Joe” by adoring fans, was once married to Marilyn Monroe. The dapper, soft-spoken and movie star handsome. DiMaggio was also a refined gourmet and restaurateur.
Many remember DiMaggio’s playing days in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida during the annual spring training ritual.
For a century, it has been called the Grapefruit League where, during March, Major League Baseball teams train and play relaxed games in select Florida cities. In earlier times, children would hobnob with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Tommy Lasorda, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and hundreds of others. Today, the games are still played in small, intimate stadiums and some players are approachable. Nostalgia is omnipresent. From baby days through the present, baseball has brought me to these cities, leading me into wonderful restaurants while expanding my knowledge of Florida’s fascinating cultural heritage.
The Atlanta Braves are headquartered at Walt Disney World. After watching the New York Yankees play the Braves, I was sufficiently hungry and left for dinner. A short distance away are many fine dining restaurants and I headed to one of the best.
Renowned for his unique style and ability to entertain, Chef Todd English-who as a teenager dreamed of playing professional baseball- combines in his spectacular and acclaimed restaurant Bluezoo the freshest Florida seafood with coastal cuisines from around the world in an impressive Chihuly-inspired setting. The dinner, cocktails and wine capped off a perfect baseball experience.
The Braves and other teams like the Red Sox, Cardinals, Phillies and Orioles travel to Lakeland to play the Detroit Tigers. Lakeland has been the spring home of the Tigers since the days of Ty Cobb the “Georgia Peach.” Last year’s American League champions are back with high expectations. Visiting here for a game allows you to tour the glorious campus of Florida Southern College with its magnificent buildings designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Floors are painted Cherokee Red, Wright’s favorite color and the experience is unique to Florida.
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