Park Station exterior

Park Station is the next project from the folks who previously had Diva then NOPA on Morse Boulevard. NOPA was an acronym for Not On Park Avenue, but Park Station is — at 212 N. — but calling it OPA would give the wrong impression. (So would OPAN, which sounds like a Japanese restaurant.)

I wasn’t all that enthusiastic with NOPA, but I had a pleasant lunch experience at Park Station recently.

Taste of Phillips

The 2015 edition of A Taste of Dr. Phillips is coming up in a couple of weeks and I have a pair of tickets to give away.

AToDP is a project of the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips and will be held at the Dellagio Plaza on Restaurant Row on Sunday, November 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. About 20 restaurants from the Dr. Phillips and Restaurant Row area will be on hand to divvy out samples from their menus. Wine? Of course wine. Among the restaurants that are expected to be there are Flog favorite The Whiskey, Morton’s the Steakhouse, Rocco’s Tacos, Fusion 360, Dexter’s of Windermere and a bunch others. Click here to see the list.

You can also use that link to purchase tickets, which are $60 per person. But I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away. I’ll have a drawing on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 21) at 5 p.m. As always, the winner will be chosen from among my list of e-letter recipients. If you’re on the list, you’re entered in the drawing. If not, click here.

Even if you don’t win, you can be satisfied that your ticket purchase will go to to one of the several charities supported by the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips. I’ve attended events at the Dellagio, and it’s a super venue for something like this. I know it’s going to be a fun afternoon.

Brown's New York Deli, which opened in Maitland in July of 2013, closed on Friday. A post on the deli's Facebook page touted the last four pounds of pickled tongue to the first comers. Sorry to see an attempt to bring an authentic New York style delicatessen to the area fail. Even sorrier that at least one of the business's advertising bills went unpaid. So, no more half sours, coleslaw or pastrami on rye from here.

Brown's was located at the corner of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Lake Avenue.

Frittata Divas

Quick and easy frittatas, made with convenient, pourable egg whites, aren’t just for breakfast anymore. You can purchase the organic variety of egg whites sans preservatives or additives, and the calorie load is practically nonexistent, with only 250 calories in two full cups.

Like a blank canvas, the frittata reflects your culinary penchants. A small amount of feta, goat, or Romano packs more punch than a mild Cheddar or Monterey Jack. Go nuts, be seedy, and scour the pantry for forgotten gourmet goodies: tapenade, pesto and jars of roasted peppers and eggplant.

Or keep it simple with a sauté of sweet, blistered grape tomatoes, fresh spinach and zucchini. Topped with a few crumbles of pungent goat cheese and fresh basil, and you'll wonder how you've lived this long without such guiltless bliss.

Jack in the ParkIt’s not until next Saturday, Oct. 24, but I wanted to give you a heads up that if you haven’t gotten your tickets to Jack in the Park yet you’d better hurry on over and secure your spots for this fun event benefitting Special Olympics Florida.

I’m pleased to serve as honorary chair of this year’s event and to be on hand as the emcee of the evening.

The Jack in the event’s name refers to blackjack. You were thinking it had to do with Jack Daniel’s, weren’t you? But no, a 21 card tournament is a big focus of the festivities. But there will be so much more, including a silent auction, raffles, entertainment, and, best of all, food from some really terrific restaurants.

Some of the restaurants that are scheduled to be serving include Flog favorite Tap Room at Dubsdread, Carmel Kitchen Wine Bar, Portobello, the Osprey Tavern, blu on the avenue, White Wolf Cafe, Scratch, BB King’s Blues Club, newcomers Lafayette’s and Itta Bena, and a bunch more.

There will also be an open bar, and looky here: it will feature Jack Daniel’s, so you got your wish after all.

There will also be a silent auction with some pretty nifty items up for grabs.

The purpose of Jack in the Park is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Florida, which provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be a productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.

Tickets for the event are $125, which includes the blackjack tournament, food and open bar. All proceeds go to benefit Special Olympics. For ticket information, visit the official Jack in the Park website.