How To Fly the Flag
The flag should be raised and lowered by hand. Never raise the flag while it is
furled; unfurl, then hoist quickly to the peak of the flagstaff. It should be
lowered slowly and ceremoniously. The flag should never be allowed to touch
anything beneath it, such as the ground or the floor. The flying of the flag at
half-staff is a sign of mourning.
When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak, then
immediately lowered to the half-staff position. It should be raised to the peak
again for a moment before it is lowered for the day. Half-staff is the point
midway between top and bottom of the flagstaff. On Memorial Day in May, the
flag should fly at half-staff from sunrise until noon and at full-staff from
noon until sunset.
“Y” stands for Ybor Cityand is a historic
neighborhood in Tampa, Florida.It was founded in the 1880s by Vincente Martinez Ybor. Mr. Yborbought 40 acres of land next to Tampa and
founded an industrial city devoted to the manufacture of cigars in 1886. He
built housing and imported workers from Italy, Spain and
Cuba. Workers in the cigar
factories rolled millions of cigars annually.
Ybor City is home to one of my favorite
restaurants, The Columbia Restaurant. Founded in 1905, the landmark is still
owned by the Hernandez/Gonzmart family and serves Spanish and Cuban cuisine.
and I love eating in the court yard.
I love Cuban
off with a cup of Black bean soup, or maybe a bowl. :)
And a salad
which is made tableside.
Then here’s the hard part…choosing the main
course. There is just too many excellent dishes to choose from.
Boliche? or Chicken Arroz con Pollo? or a Palomilla
You've got to try the Mojito's! OK OK maybe two or three! :)
To end the meal Flan is always good, or
maybe the Tres Leche cake…… okay maybe both.
A Flan is a like a creamy custard and Tres
Leche means 3 milk cake. Oh so good!
And of course I alwaysfollow up dinner with a Cuban coffee with my
If you are ever in Tampa, make The Columbia Restaurant
a “must go to place!” After dinner you can wander next door and watch an old
gentleman roll cigars.
There is a lot of neat architecture in Ybor
City. Why don’t you Google it. You’ll want to go see it all!
If you want to learn more about
Cuban food here is an excellent website.
Welcome to this week’s letter “X” of which I
can find no city or town in Florida that starts with an “X”.
But I do have some “Xtra” things to share
Did you know?
Florida is the second largest state (land
area) east of the Mississippi River.
The largest state is Georgia!(This is up for debate) :)
Actor Ben Vereen was born in Miami Florida.
Singer Jim Morrison (The Doors) was born in Melbourne Florida.
Clearwater Florida has the highest rate of
lightning strikes per capita in the United States.
The Ripley’s Believe it or Not building in St. Augustine, Florida was originally the
Castle Warden, an 1880′s poured concrete castle.
Originally built by Standard Oil partner William G.
Warden, it later became a classy hotel when owned by Pulitzer Prize winning
author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (“The Yearling”) and her hotelier husband
world's longest and
deepest known submerged freshwater cave system in the world isWakulla Springsnear Tallahassee, Florida.
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida
Gators in Gainesville, Florida, where the drink was first developed.
Acrypt in Key
Westis inscribed "I told you I was
Foster, who wrote "Old Folks at Home," Florida's state song, never
even saw the Suwannee River, nor did he ever step foot in Florida.
Well that is
just a little something “X”tra to share about Florida.
See you next
week for the letter “Y”.
stopping by! ~Ames
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