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October 2011

Sarasota’s Best

This city is crazy for cupcakes. We know that because when we asked our nearly 4,000 Facebook fans to help us choose the best cupcakes in town, we got our most responses ever—and some of our most passionate responses, too. We narrowed the field down to the top vote-getters and asked Michael’s On East’s Phil Mancini […]

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June 2011

Sarasota’s Top Doctors 2011

A competitive market benefits consumers, and that’s abundantly evident in Sarasota’s healthcare industry, which has attracted more than its share of gifted physicians. After all, doctors love beautiful weather and topnotch culture as much as the rest of us. But that’s not all that draws them here: Award-winning hospitals, groundbreaking medical research and, of course, […]

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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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July 2010

Sarasota’s 10 Best

Chill Out   1. Ahhh, gelato. Even the word feels good on the tongue. Denser than American ice cream, with lower butterfat content and more highly concentrated flavor, gelato is a vital part of an Italian summer. In Sarasota, Jolly is famous for its galaxy of rich and silky-smooth, house-made gelato, including the ever-popular tiramisu. […]

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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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April 2010

Eat This Now: Sarasota’s 52 Best Dishes

IN A CITY known for passionate restaurateurs—and diners—which menu items are we most passionate about right now? That was a question our food experts pounced upon when we gathered them for a brainstorming lunch at Lee Roy Selmon’s. They came armed with so many notes and opinions that we outlasted endless plates of fried green […]

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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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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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