Health-driven seasonal kitchen and bar set to open in Jacksonville this Fall


Simon, a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment, and mixed-use destinations, today announced True Food Kitchen is slated to open at St. Johns Town Center in November 2018.  

“We’re excited to bring our delicious healthful food and handcrafted beverages to St. Johns Town Center,” said Shannon Keller, vice president of marketing for True Food Kitchen.  “The restaurant will be designed with the lively and active Jacksonville community in mind; where everyone is welcome to eat better, feel better and celebrate a passion for better living.”

True Food Kitchen is a restaurant inspired by a philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse and that delicious dining and conscious nutrition can go hand in hand, without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence. True Food Kitchen’s health-driven menu of seasonal dishes and natural beverages is guided by the principles of integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid, which was created as a guide for those seeking the necessary foods needed to assist in achieving and maintaining optimum health.

The chef-led menu changes with the seasons to let guests experience great-tasting ingredients at the peak of their freshness and flavor, and offers a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan offerings among its signature dishes.  The restaurant’s vibrant bars are brimming with innovative, handcrafted cocktails, wine and beer and natural refreshers made from freshly pressed fruit and vegetables. 

“True Food Kitchen will be a terrific addition to St. Johns Town Center’s already impressive retail and dining lineup,” said Lindsey Jones, director of marketing and business development. “Guests will have the opportunity to experience the restaurant’s health-driven menu in a positively stunning environment.” 

True Food Kitchen’s plans include a bright, vibrant dining area and open kitchen accompanied by a private and semi-private private dining room, covered patio and a large indoor bar.

For more information about True Food Kitchen opening at St. John’s Town Center, please visit   

About True Food Kitchen

Founded in Phoenix, Ariz. in 2008, True Food Kitchen is a restaurant and lifestyle brand inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that great tasting food and thoughtfully crafted beverages can serve as the foundation for a life well lived.  The restaurant brand is driven by a passionate collective of accomplished chefs, visionary restauranteurs, and a renowned doctor of integrative medicine – who believe delicious dining and conscious nutrition can go hand in hand, without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence. True Food’s seasonal menu is guided by the principles of Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid.  True Food Kitchen emphasizes wholesome, simple ingredients with simple preparations to highlight the natural health benefits and flavors of each ingredient. From nutrient-dense staples and carefully sourced proteins to little-known superfoods, True Food Kitchen is committed to sourcing the most responsible, most creative, freshest in-season ingredients.  True Food Kitchen has 23 locations in 10 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia, with plans for additional locations throughout the U.S. in the coming year.

About Simon 

Simon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe, and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit


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How to Nurture an Intelligent Child



Every parent hopes that their children will grow up into intelligent, successful adults, but is there anything you can do to help make this a reality? The simple answer is yes! There are many ways in which you can help to nurture your children’s intelligence and ensure they get off to the best start in life. Some people even believe children start learning from within the womb! If you are looking to raise smart kids, here are some tips to help you along the way.


Early Education 

School may not become mandatory until your children are a few years old, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t start their education earlier. Learning at home is a great option but unfortunately not all parents have the time to commit to this fully between work or study commitments. This is where a good child care facility comes into its element. Whilst some child care provides only a watchful eye over your children whilst you are at work, others such as Guardian child care in NSW offer a far more comprehensive service. By opting for a child care facility who focus on educating your child through play, you can begin enhancing their knowledge from an early age.


Extracurricular Activities 

Education should not be confined to the classroom. By enrolling your child in a range of extracurricular activities you can enhance their intelligence beyond textbooks and nurture their social skills and confidence. Activities such as music lessons have been scientifically proven to enhance intelligence by increasing your child’s IQ. Sport has equally been shown to have a positive effect on a child’s ability to learn, as increased blood flow to the brain and expending of physical energy allows them to focus better in the classroom.


Learning at Home 

Everyday life presents never-ending opportunities for learning, so make use of every last second you spend with your child. Reading a bedtime story to them not only enhances their imagination but also increases their intelligence. Rather than simply reading to your child, have them read with you in order to gain the most benefits. A trip to the park or the walk to school are all opportunities to learn about science and nature. Encourage inquisitiveness in your child and allow them to explore the great outdoors as this offers unparalleled opportunities for learning.


Focus on Health 

Your child’s health will have a huge impact on their ability to learn. A tired or hungry child is unlikely to be able to absorb much information in the classroom, so be sure to enforce strict early nights and healthy breakfast routines. If your child has a laptop or a mobile phone, don’t let them take it to bed with them as they may end up staying up late to play games or chat with friends. Be sure to educate them on the importance of healthy eating from an early age and try to incorporate fruit and vegetables into their diet in new and exciting ways to encourage them to eat well. 

By taking a holistic approach to your children’s health and learning, you can be sure to raise them up to be smart and forward-thinking adults.


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Godparents Gift Inspiration Ideas

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A godparent offers their godchild the chance to talk about the biggest concerns in life, and helps them figure out the answers to life’s greatest questions. Godparents are a model for any godchild, encouraging them to develop Christian values. Their godchild will learn how to be compassionate towards others, generous and kind. Your child’s godparents would pray for your child through their ups and downs, helping him in him journey.

One way to show your respect can be offering them a gift. In what follows, we will offer you a list of ideas that could help you decide which is the most suitable gift for your child’s godparents. Here you could find the best gifts for godparents. Mainly, in this situation, personalized gifts could be the best choice.

1.Personalized Glass or Mug

Are your kid’s godparents coffee lovers? How about tea lovers? If the answer to one of these is yes, then you should definitely consider purchasing them two personalized mugs. In this way, every morning, when they will sip on their coffee or tea, they’d think about their little godchild and how much they mean to them. Make sure you choose a suitable message to print on the mug to warm the godparents’ hearts.

2.Engraved Wooden Photo Frame

A picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore, you should consider framing one of the best pictures your child has with his/her godparents. They would be more than happy to place it on their nightstand. Make sure you engrave a heart-warming message on the frame, immortalizing their best moment together. You could consider a photo from your child’s baptism or one from their godmother or godfather’s birthday party.

3.Name a Star

Since godparents are so special, why not name a star after them? You could find an online guide to help you do that and obtain a certificate. In this way, one of the stars that shines at night would have your child’s godparents’ names. They would be thrilled with this present and very surprised.

4.Birth Flowers

Another inspired idea would be offering your kid’s godparents birth flowers. They could plant the seeds in a flower pot and take care of the flower that grows there. In this way, they would watch the flower grow just like they would watch their godchild grow. Godparents would be more than happy with this gift. Furthermore, this birth flower also helps them nurture their gardening skills, helping them stay active and enjoy the flowers in the garden.

5.Photo Upload Cushion

If you liked the photo idea but you think a normal photo is too mainstream, you should consider printing one on a cushion. Hence, your child’s godparents would decorate their living room sofa with a cushion, completing their collection. It is always nice to keep your dear ones close to you. You would definitely put a smile on their faces with this incredible gift.

6.Religious Gift

Since they are your child’s protectors, offering them the Bible would be suitable. Your little one’s godparents would pray for their godchild whenever they need it. Furthermore, they would also teach them about religion and how important their relationship with God is.

7.Personalized Glass Token

Both the godfather and godmother would be thrilled to receive such interesting gifts. Purchase them two glass tokens on which you can engrave “World’s best godmother” and “World’s best godfather” to make them feel complete for being part of your big family. They would proudly display these gifts in their living room for everyone to see, praising their godchild.

8.Personalized Scented Candle

The perfume of this candle will float in your kid’s godparents’ house. Make sure you print a funny message on the candle’s jar. Godparents would be thrilled to receive such a nice gift.


Irrespective whether it is your child’s godfather’s or godmother’s birthday or not, a gift is always a great idea to show your gratitude. You do not need a special occasion to offer someone gifts. Do not forget that godparents are spiritual parents for your little ones, being ready to help whenever your child needs them. Furthermore, they also teach him or her how to live his life in a Christian way, being close to God.



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