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June 2008

Best of the Parade

Parades are fun, entertaining, even uplifting. That’s probably why the Home Builders Associations of Manatee and Sarasota counties’ annual Parade of Homes this spring was so well-attended. Despite mounting real estate woes sweeping the nation, buyers and browsers were undeterred. The lure of new communities, spectacular architecture, trendsetting interior design and ferreting out once-in-a-lifetime bargains […]

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May 2008

The Best of 2008

Real estate is falling, the economy is stalling and those presidential candidates seem to have been duking it out for decades. But let the rest of the country complain about 2008: Here in Sarasota, we’re still busy counting our blessings, from year-round sunshine and technicolor sunsets to sumptuous Sunday brunches overlooking sparkling waters. That’s the […]

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April 2008

Rise and Shine

1. Fresh fruit and the SheepHerder at the Broken Egg are the perfect pairing. The juicy fruit medley makes a refreshing contrast to a dish hearty enough for a high-energy shepherd fixing to spend the next 10 hours herding his flock and fighting off Wile E. Coyote. The base is a glorious mesa of hash […]

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March 2008

10 Best

Who invented paella? Legend has it that hungry gods commanded a Spanish priest to prepare a rice dish. He did—the following Sunday. While paella is typically savored on Sundays in Spain, in Sarasota you can enjoy it any evening at The Table Restaurant. They prepare this aromatic “peasant’s platter” of saffron-infused rice Valencia-style, with a […]

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January 2008

10 Best

Mozzarella di bufala, or mozzarella made from buffalo milk, has been around since the 12th century—and for good reason. This creamy, nutritious cheese is used to enliven many dishes, including insalata caprese and pizza. Now you can buy a fresh local version. Claudio Ronchi, the co-proprietor of Bologna Café, hails from three generations of cheese […]

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November 2007

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

The Asolo Repertory Theatre’s artistic director, Michael Edwards, is having his own personal “best of times, worst of times” moment. Tomorrow he begins rehearsals for his first Broadway production, the musical version of A Tale of Two Cities. It’s that career milestone that most directors only dream of, particularly one born in a little Australian […]

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November 2007

12 Best

Of course you’ll attend our annual film and music festivals, Circus Sarasota and the blockbuster Tale of Two Cities, which opened at the Asolo Repertory Theatre last month. But here are 12 other top tickets that show the breadth and range of Sarasota’s 2007-2008 cultural season. 1. When you talk about big stuff in the […]

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March 2007

Shaken and Stirred

Quit monkeying around and try a Red Monkey in the Colony’s Monkey Room Bar with its walls of monkey murals. Made with orange rum, Amaretto Di Saronno and cranberry juice, it looks like a Cosmo, but is oh-so-much-more cosmopolitan. Why the monkey theme? The Colony’s founder, Murf Klauber, goes ape for the precious primates. Colony […]

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May 2006

Best of 2006

What makes Sarasota great? Sunshine, sparkling water and miles of sandy beaches are an enormous part of our city’s allure, but fresh Gulf grouper sandwiches, live theater, killer chocolate martinis, homemade tortillas, sophisticated shopping and championship golf are just a few of the other assets-thousands upon thousands of them-you named in this year’s "Best of […]

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May 2005

The Best of the Best

Our city has been in the national news a lot lately, but we didn’t need those glowing articles in The New York Times or Money magazine or other big-shot publications to tell us what we’ve known all along: Sarasota really is the best of all possible small cities. We editors are all longtime Sarasotans who […]

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May 2004

The Best of the Best

Every year, we ask you what you love about living here. And every year, you deluge us with answers, offering thousands of choices in 80 different categories from best pizza to most free fun, reminding us how much there is to celebrate about our sunny corner of the earth-and alerting us to pleasures we hadn’t […]

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May 2003

Best of the Best

After nearly a quarter century of covering this town from top to bottom, we’ve learned a thing or two about the best Sarasota has to offer. We know we have Sarasota’s best readers, and you’re eager to help us tell the rest of the world what’s best about our city, from dining and shopping to […]

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May 2002

2002 The Best of the Best

Never let it be said that Sarasotans have no opinions. They have plenty, and sometimes it seems like they’re determined to voice every single one. That tendency can drive politicians or DOT bridge designers batty, but we love it, because it’s made the annual "Best of the Best" competition we co-sponsor with WWSB/Channel 40 a […]

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March 2002

The 10 Best Bars in Florida

I’m often asked, “What are the best bars in Florida?” To be more precise, I’m never asked, but why split hairs? Bars hold a special place in our hearts and minds. Probably because they’re places of mystery and intrigue. Bars are usually dark, somewhat exotic and, thanks to the miracle of modern alcohol, just crammed […]

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