While Gainesville is a pretty...
While Gainesville is a pretty hospitable town to 'Noles fans, Tally doesn't reciprocate. Come into town for a Gator football game blaring the fact that you're a Gator fan and you might get your car keyed by some drunk frat boys. Show a bit of discretion.
the letchworth indian mounds are located about 15 miles east of downtown tallahassee on US 90 near the town of lloyd. the area around tallahassee was inhabited by the weeden island culture of native americans from 1,000 to 1,700 years ago. this archeological site has ceremonial and burial mounds. the letchworth ceremonial mound is the largest in florida. for those interested in native american history and culture the letchworth mounds is an interesting site near tallahassee.
Bada-bing, it's Bada-Bean for morning coffee!
I have nothing against the Starbucks, Peets and Seattles' Best coffee places of the world. They've gotten me jolted in enough airports to earn my praise forever. :)
But, I just like local places.....
The Bada Bean coffee shop recently opened in Tallahassee. And although it's nothing new or exciting, they brew a nice pot of coffee and offer a nice place to relax and catch the morning news on TV, or to read a newspaper.
The coffee is quite good. I haven't tried the tea yet, but will someday. The accompanying cheesecake, muffins, turnovers and such are fine. Bottom line... it's a coffee place, folks.
And most importantly, it's a local coffee place, the type that develops their own little cadre of regulars. For me, it's a slice of a smaller town in what is becoming a bigger city. coffee, duh!
They have espresso, machiato (con panna), a nifty house coffee ("Tallahassee breakfast blend"), americano, cappuccino, latte, mocha, chai latter, hot chocolate and steamers, breve and Cuban-style Con Leche.
Other drink items include iced tea, individual pots of gourmet tea, bottled juices, and a great menu of ice cream treats, including milkshakes and their custom "Bada-cino".
From the bakery, there's scones, muffins, croissants (the raspberry-cream cheese variety is good), cookies, bagels. If you're into meatier stuff, they seel a ham and egg version of their croissant. The spinach-feta croissant is different and tasty, too. (I like it later in the day)
They also have lunch sandwiches and soup, although I have yet to try them.
The Two Faces of FSU
On a sunny Tallahassee afternoon, you'll be tempted to join the FSU students and relax or throw the frisbee around on one of the many grassy areas on campus.
On this particular afternoon, one day after an FSU home game, the campus was peaceful and serene. Almost pastoral. You would never know that on the day before, the campus was one huge party before the game with free beer being passed out along frat row.
On game day, if you want to make the most of the pre-game festivities, your best bet is to find a friendly Seminole or FSU alumnus to serve as your guide to make sure you pass through all the locations with free beer.
Welcome to Tally. Home of the Seminoles.
It is said that no one just happens to go by Tallahassee, one "must" intend to go there.
The official, although not accepted by South Floridians, capitol of Florida is, by all accounts, in the middle of nowhere, about 140 Miles west of Jacksonville on I-10, and closer to the Bermuda triangle than most would admit to.
Claim to fame for this charming southern city, other than politics, is the Florida State University, where currently my daughter and my money are going.
FSU has what I consider the best, if not one of the best collegiate football teams in the US of A. Of course I, as an FSU Dad, I am not in the least biased in my remarks, some of the best, with excuses to our Alabama neighbors, BBq places around too.
The best thing I can say about Tally is that it is a good place to stop for lunch or dinner on your way to Mardi Grass in New Orleans, or to get an advanced degree in the dark sciences of brew compsumption.
Check out the University's page at www.fsu.edu
Happy stay, and watch out for Seminole spears and arrows.