“It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions.”
– Anne Frank, July 15, 1944
Those profound words, written by a terrified young girl nearly seventy-three years ago, still strike a deep paralyzing cord within us today. The striking similarities of current events occurring in other parts of the world make this all that much more chilling.
In this, our annual issue championing excellence in local dining, we share restaurants — specifically, locally-owned ones — that are favorites of the Arbus staff, our friends and readers. This year we’re doing something different: we’re highlighting a host of our favorite spots by way of their signature dishes, deconstructed then plated.
Starting in January, North Florida residents will be rocking to the celebration sounds of Cuban arts and culture with the debut of Bulla Cubana, a multi-venue, three-month festival taking place across Gainesville’s cultural centers through March.
Discover the work of Cuban artists by visiting the Harn Museum of Art and exploring two new exhibitions: The Art of Cundo Bermúdez and Spotlight: Latin America.