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J-Pan’s kimchi sampler (cabbage, cucumber, radish and spinach)
January 2013

10 Best: Healthy Dishes

The most delicious—and nutritious—entrées in town. 1 Spicy, fermented Korean kimchi is high in nutrients, loaded with healthy bacteria, and low in calories, fat and sugar. As J-Pan Restaurant owner Jane Dokko says, “It’s the Korean version of chicken soup for the soul.” When you need a kimchi fix, J-Pan’s kimchi sampler (cabbage, cucumber, radish […]

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Winner: Shakespeare’s
January 2013

Sarasota’s Best: Cheeseburger

This town really, really cares about cheeseburgers. That was clear from the response from our 5,400-plus Facebook fans when we asked them to nomi-nate the region’s best. Read on for the winners. (Thanks to judges Chef Judi Gallagher, The HuB’s Joey Panek and Lazy Fairy’s Christine Alexander). Best Overall Shakespeare’s caramelized onion and brie burger, […]

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May 2012

Sarasota Magazine Best of 2012

BEST OF THE NEW

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March 2012

10 Best

Meal Steals 1. Hungry? Try Kazu’s Sushi & Asian Bistro’s Early Bird Bento Box. Feast from the teriyaki or sushi menus; items from each are served with miso soup and salad. The non-sushi menu also comes with pearl rice. The sushi teriyaki salmon bento box offers salmon sautéed in a piquant teriyaki sauce and topped […]

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February 2012

10 Best

Start Your Ovens!   1. For a fresh idea at a moment’s notice, look no further than Fresh Market’s “Fresh Flavors” demonstrations. At the monthly classes at the University Parkway store, chef Marie Poullin walks the group step-by-step through a predetermined recipe. The demos are free, and there’s no registration required—so you can pop right […]

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December 2011

The Guide: Beaches

SARASOTA’S BEACHES ARE LEGENDARY—varied, dramatic, entertaining and infinitely beautiful. And now wide, safe Siesta Beach, with its winter-white sand, has been named the best in the country, according to “Dr. Beach,” beach expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman. Our beaches have also inspired the many artists and writers drawn here over the years. Consider yourself not […]

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December 2011

The Guide: Attractions

THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories are highlighted at the South Florida Museum and can be experienced firsthand at […]

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May 2011

The Best of 2011

At this very moment, somebody, somewhere is falling in love with Sarasota. That person may be driving over the Ringling Bridge in a rental car, poring over pictures of waterfront homes on our website, or docking his boat at the New Pass Marina for the very first time for a cheeseburger and a beer. We’ve […]

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March 2011

10 Best

Meal Steals 1. Hungry? Try Kazu’s Sushi & Asian Bistro’s Early Bird Bento Box. Feast from the teriyaki or sushi menus; items from each are served with miso soup and salad. The non-sushi menu also comes with pearl rice. The sushi teriyaki salmon bento box offers salmon sautéed in a piquant teriyaki sauce and topped […]

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February 2011

10 Best

Get Gorgeous 1. Before the aestheticians at Mandala Med-Spa treat your skin, they use VISIA Complexion Analysis to evaluate it. According to spa director Dr. Marguerite Barnett, this data creates a personalized skincare regimen without guesswork. “VISIA allows us to identify skin types, pinpoint problems, and track improvements in an objective way,” she says. 1715 […]

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January 2011

10 Best

Fresh Fodder 1. Feel like a culinary stroll in an octopus’ garden? At Café Epicure, Chef Stefano Sasso’s Insalata Di Polpo features tender raw octopus, potatoes and green olives. It’s light, satisfying and looks great, too. 1298 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota (941) 366-5648. 2. Slow-braised beef short ribs are the ultimate comfort food. Chef Stephen […]

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November 2010

10 Best

1. Ted Camp, chair of State College of Florida’s fine and performing arts department, leads ceramics and wheel-throwing courses in the school’s Bradenton studio (complete with gas, electric and soda kilns). Beginners will learn the basics, but advanced students have a bigger goal: SCF’s holiday ceramics sale, a 25-year-tradition featuring student and faculty works. To […]

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May 2010

The Best of 2010

People who could live just about anywhere choose to live in Sarasota, thanks to our magnificent mix of culture, natural beauty and year-round sunshine (we refuse to remember those record lows we shivered through this winter). Every year, we ask you choosy residents and visitors to choose the best of Sarasota, from shops and restaurants […]

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July 2009

10 Best

  Just Add Water 1 Windsurfing is visceral, immediate and exhilarating. “There’s nothing like it,” says Laurel Robertson Kaiser of Island Style Watersports. “The sailboard becomes an extension of your body.” A certified windsurfing instructor since 1987, Kaiser guarantees that after her two-hour class, you’ll be up and flying—and in love. You don’t need to […]

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June 2009

10 Best

  The Sips of Summer 1 The Atlantico Rum Punch at Cork packs a punch to please any pirate. Ron Atlantico’s Private Cask, from the Dominican Republic, is a blend of supreme small-batch aged rums. This rich, mellow nectar is served on ice with fresh orange, pineapple and cranberry juices, a splash of coconut rum […]

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May 2009

Best of 2009

We admit it—we’re crazy about Sarasota, Florida, from the blue-green Gulf and wild rivers to the bustling downtown and world-class cultural and restaurant scene. We are, after all, a magazine whose motto is “Living in Paradise”—and that’s not an exaggeration, it’s a simple statement of fact. And at the risk of seeming ridiculously optimistic during […]

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February 2009

10 Best Beauty Trends

Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful technique that softens wrinkles, improves skin tone, eliminates age spots and repairs sun-damaged skin. Fraxel laser treatments are in high demand because of their minimal discomfort and downtime. Sandra Day, co-founder of NeoDerm Aesthetics, says she’s seeing “terrific results with Fraxel in reducing lip lines. The improvements are remarkable […]

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January 2009

10 Best

Shaken, Blended and Stirred 1 First & Pineapple was named after the traffic intersection where it was created—the Bijou Café. It’s a blend of Chambord (black raspberry liqueur), lemon rum and pineapple juice gloriously united in a shaker filled with crushed ice. This fruity elixir glistens with promise in a martini glass, garnished with a […]

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December 2008

10 Best

Citrus marmalade is one of Albritton Fruit Company’s superstar products. It’s in so much demand the company offers it in 2.5-pound containers for snowbirds who need a fix ofFlorida sunshine when they’re back inBuffalo. This sweet, tangy treat comes in three citrusy flavors: tangerine, Honey Bell and orange-pineapple-cherry. Slather it on your toast or marinate […]

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November 2008

Best of The Season

Ready or not, here it comes—another Sarasota arts season barreling down the tracks, packed with all kinds of treats for lovers of theater, dance, music, art and more. But too much of a good thing can make you feel overwhelmed, so we’ve chosen some of the highlights of a packed calendar for you, to make […]

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