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Archive for 2009

12/14/2009

Burgers with a View

The Ritz-Carlton’s new burger bar is an idea whose time has come.  By Judi Gallagher   There is a new “bar” in town, and the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is good and proud of it!   The scale and location of this tree-blessed, respectfully ornate waterfront property makes a visit here a destination. From its sweeping and […]

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12/7/2009

Trying Out New Flavors

Adventures in Brazilian and Indian cuisine. By Judi Gallagher  Recessions, job losses, mortgage failures—so where do all these new restaurants around town fit in? There are so many, I have certainly lost count, so readers out there, keep us posted if I miss one or two.   In the upcoming weeks, I plan to share […]

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11/23/2009

Turkey Day Choices

You don’t have to cook to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. By Judi Gallagher Planning on enjoying Thanksgiving in the comfort of home, but dreading the thought of slaving away all day in the kitchen? The Colony Restaurant is still open and has all the fixin’s without turning on the oven.   Relax with your friends and family and […]

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11/18/2009

Barbadian Escape

On Barbados, the taxi drivers know best about where to eat.  By Judi Gallagher     In need of a respite before disc surgery (being a chef for 30 years takes its toll), I headed for the island of Barbados. Although I was leaving my Florida home just as the temperature was beginning to remind […]

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11/12/2009

New for Fall

Going the vegetarian route with a new Libby’s dish. By Judi Gallagher   How did it get to be November? I might be dwelling on this, but seriously—was it not just 92 degrees with high humidity just a few days ago? Was I not just obsessing on whether our Halloween candy would melt before I […]

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11/2/2009

Where’s That Fall Feeling?

With the recent hot weather, I’m not quite ready for Thanksgiving cooking. By Judi Gallagher  O.K., will someone please tell me how it got to be the first week in November? Clearly, the 90-plus-degree weekend did not help me get in the pre-Thanksgiving recipe mode. I mean, I have numerous culinary magazines and cookbooks ready […]

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10/19/2009

The Good Life

I really am the luckiest person in the world.   By Judi Gallagher   The other day someone stopped me at Tommy Bahama’s while I was lunching with the ladies and said, “I want to be you–all you do is eat and cook and look for good things to cook and eat out at restaurants.” […]

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10/6/2009

Good-bye, Gourmet Magazine

I’ll miss my longtime favorite, Gourmet Magazine, more than I can say. By Judi Gallagher Today is a sad day for foodies: Gourmet Magazine is closing.   For one who was professionally nurtured and creatively developed by this standard bearer of culinary periodicals, it is indeed a loss. And I don’t know where to begin.   “Gourmet […]

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09/28/2009

Iron Chef Fever

Judge Judi goes for the secret ingredient at Venice’s chef competition. By Judi Gallagher  I am addicted to the cooking shows Top Chef and Iron Chef. I’m amazed at culinary challenges and the “secret” ingredient. (Forget the screaming, foul- mouthed British “reality trader” Gordon Ramsey. While he might be a great chef, his antics and […]

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09/14/2009

Bella Gente’s Got the Bread

Setting Bob Plunket straight on those "English muffins." By Judi Gallagher  I love Bob Plunket (aka Mr. Chatterbox). He is the ultimate dinner date. He compliments me when we are at a wine dinner together, pulls out my chair, and gives me the latest “dish” on the table conversation when I leave the room for […]

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