Wave at people in Bradfodville neighborhoods
People are all very friendly in Bradfordville, and it does well to conform to the society as you pass by walkers in the suburbs with their dogs. Naturally, they'll wave to you, and it seems insulting when the people in the cars don't wave back.
The Florida State University School of Music
The School of Music at Florida State University produces a never-ending supply of excellent concerts and theatrical events. Many are actually free to the public, and even those involving an actual ticket price are inexpensive.
On a personal note, my son Jeff is a junior at Florida State, in the School of Music. He is studying Music Education and will someday be a band leader or orchestra conductor.
The last concert that my wife and I attended at FSU was October 20, and featured the university's VERY hip Jazz Ensemble. Among the songs performed were..
Lazy Bird (John Coltrane)
Groove Merchant (Jerome Richardson)
Main Stem (Duke Ellington)
My Brotha (Carl Allen)
Everyday I Have the Blues (Joe Williams)
Mean What You Say (Thad Jones)
At many of these concerts, very renowned guest artists take part. For the concert I described above, NYC jazz drummer Carl Allen sat in with the ensemble. He had spend the day at FSU conducting several workshops and sessions with the highly-motivated and talented student body of the School of Music.
C'mon out and enjoy the music at Florida State!
Steak, the "gaucho way" in Tallahassee
If you are a vegetarian, you might want to read one of my other tips. Rodizio's is not your place. :)
Basically, this is one of those "South American style" steakhouses. Nice salad bar, good mixologist and liquor list, and then all you can eat meat meat meat.
When you arrive, your table is given a little "rodizio" disk, one side is red, one side is green. Start out with having the red side up on your table. Order your drinks and then go get yourself a salad, and other "side items". It's all you can eat, and some of it is pretty darned good. For those of you who have been to other South American style steakhouses, be advised that Rodizio's doesn't serve "side items" (mashed plantains, peas, etc.) with the meat courses, so if you'd like something to enjoy along with the coming meat barrage, get it at the salad bar. The potato salad, the fried plantains and the black beans and rice are good suggestions.
OK, when you're ready to eat meat, flip the "rodizio" over to green and the "gaucho waiters" will descend upon your table. Each one will have another succulent roasted item on a skewer. If you want some of what he has, get your tongs handy.... he will begin the slicing process, and you will take "possession" of the slice by grasping its top with the tongs. As it falls from the skewer, put it on your plate. That's how it goes. And you're literally going to have dozens of choices, and they keep coming and coming and coming ..... until you turn the rodizio disk back to red, which will bring a quiet post-meat feeding frenzy respite to your table. Now, it's time to consider after dinner drinks, coffee (it IS a South American place, remember) and/or dessert.
The prices are pretty basic, and if you're not ready to eat eat eat, they're kind of pricey. But if you come hungry, you will "win" the economic battle at Rodizio's. Adults all you can eat salad bar and meats price is $28. Children 11 and under are only $12. (that's the charge to eat, they don't roast and sell children under 11 for $12!)
Desserts, after-dinner coffee and all drinks are extra, and again... I think they're kind of pricey. But, the quality is all good. All of the meats are quite good. It's probably one of those situations where certain nights means that certain meats are best, just depends on the cut and the roaster. For example, the night we were there, I thought the lamb was a little dry. But everything else was very very good. And to my surprise, the hit item of the night really wasn't a four-legged wonder. It was the bacon-wrapped sea scallops, very sweet and tender.
Among the meats we saw on our night were lamb, beef tenderloin, parmesan-crusted pork, new york strip steak, rib steak, spicy Brasilian sausages, chicken wings, roasted chicken, skewered and flambeed pineapple, filet mignon, top sirloin, salmon and a few others. And it keeps coming and coming. Like I say, come hungry.
For dessert, there were several sweets... a couple of cheesecake items, some chocolate cake, and my personal favorite, classic flan with caramel sauce accompaniment. Coffee was good, as were the pre-dinner drinks.
Rodizio's has an extensive list of martinis and a small but passable winelist. And they're especially proud of their mojitos (which they claim are the best in town) and the native Brasilian caipirinha. (that's what I had)
Florida State University
The FSU campus is located just west of downtown Tallahassee. Take a stroll through the scenic campus and admire the beautiful old brick buildings that house the various departments.
Florida State University, originally called the Seminary West of the Suwanee River, was founded before the civil war. Many of its buildings are circa mid-1800's.
Student enrollment is 35,000, which means the you can stroll for quite a while - all afternoon if you want. I took a very enjoyable stroll through the campus on a balmy afternoon looking for two of my favorite university departments - music and chemistry.
"My" Tallahassee Page
Well, Tally has so little to offer to travelers. This city is very traveler unfriendly. If you happen to come here without a car, you'll be stranded! Downtown is virtually dead, as in many other US cities and nothing to see, besides the ugly capitol building. People come here for football games, that's about it.