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Archive for 2007

12/17/2007

Holiday Cheer

A visit to Amelia Island and joy on the homefront.   By Judi Gallagher    If you are looking to do a little traveling this season, I highly recommend a trip up to Amelia Island with a stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Our favorite Ritz property for its beautiful ocean views and impeccable service, the Amelia […]

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12/10/2007

Top of Their Game

A great night at Ophelia’s, and sliders cause a small sensation.   By Judi Gallagher       Recently, on a beautiful evening, we decided to take advantage of a cool breeze and enjoy outdoor dining at Ophelia’s on the Bay (941-349-2212) on Siesta Key. It was a little trip down memory lane, as I […]

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11/26/2007

Friends to the Rescue

Our kitchen’s not done, but that couldn’t stop Thanksgiving.   By Judi Gallagher   After years of cooking for days on end for our annual Thanksgiving feast, I must confess that not cooking (remodeled kitchen not quite finished) was actually a joy. Back in August, we had informed the 28-plus friends and neighbors that the […]

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11/13/2007

Food Royalty

I’m inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs.   By Judi Gallagher   Last Sunday evening was a dream come true for a professional chef. Imagine a black- tie dinner, specifically designed for a gastronomic society, along with the fine company of those devoted to the world of eating and drinking. It was truly an honor […]

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10/31/2007

Klauber Coup

Tommy and Jaymie Klauber buy Fred’s in Lakewood Ranch.   This just in from the newsroom—make that the kitchen…   Tommy and Jaymie Klauber are the new owners of Fred’s Restaurant and Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch. Tommy and Jaymie gave me the skinny during the stone crab festivities at the Colony last Friday night, where […]

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10/29/2007

Bring on the Stone Crabs

The Colony throws the seafood party of the year.   By Judi Gallagher    The 18th annual Stone Crab Fest was all that and more this past weekend. Hats off to Doc and Katie Klauber for hosting one of the best food and wine events on the Suncoast. This year, chef Andrew Zimmern (host of […]

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10/15/2007

Peruvian Power

Darwin Santa Maria scores with Malabar and Tommy Bahama’s just gets better.   By Judi Gallagher   Just off the “Recipe for Happiness” event for Meals on Wheels Plus, which was an absolute HUGE success, (thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and speakers), I couldn’t wait to be back on the blog scene with the […]

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10/1/2007

In and Out

A slow season closes some restaurant doors—while others open.   By Judi Gallagher                                                            Not too surprisingly, an extremely slow season has taken some more eateries down the drain. The Grape, reopened last May under the guide of the founder, closed their doors for a second time last week. While Red, the Peruvian restaurant on […]

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09/17/2007

A Touch of Whimsy

Ca’ Rina is a little Italian gem in downtown Sarasota.   By Judi Gallagher   I love whimsical and out of the ordinary. I will always miss The Alley Cat restaurant. There was something about sitting outside in mismatched wicker chairs with little white lights everywhere that transformed a once-not-so-prime area of downtown into fairyland. […]

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09/10/2007

Diary of a Redo

My kitchen renovation is about to begin!   By Judi Gallagher   Well, after three years of discussions like, “Yeah, we should remodel; no, let’s just sell, no, we have to remodel to sell, anyway,” and “well, if the kitchen gets gas I will stay forever,” we have decided to bite the bullet and totally […]

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