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Archive for 2010

12/28/2010

Favorite Tastes of 2010

The year is ending, and, just like a Time-Life magazine, here are my “Favorite Tastes of the Year,” chosen through photo opps and sensuous flavorful memories. So, with a farewell to 2010, a good eating year indeed: —Could there be a better burger than the Kobe Beef Burger at Bonefish Grill, followed by a piece […]

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12/20/2010

The Salute Surprise

Salute is a welcome surprise to a location downtown that has been one too many fly-by-night restaurants in the past. This one seems destined to succeed from the start. The owners have over 30 years in the restaurant business in Philly and Italy, not to mention a vineyard in Tuscany. After extensive remodeling, the rooms […]

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12/3/2010

Martiniville Brings It On!

OK, I do believe in love at first sight—and after tasting I am ready to propose. Martiniville on Holmes Beach opened about two months ago, and is, how shall we say, a true home run. The owners like to describe it as a cross between a Bonefish Grill and a Tommy Bahama. Since those are […]

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11/23/2010

Turkey, Turkey, Turkey

  Well, as you can imagine I make a few birds before the actual big day. There is the “stuffing of the turkey” segment, the endless brining procedures, and now the rest of the week is filled with turkey leftover recipes.   Don’t get me wrong, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the sense […]

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11/15/2010

Pie in the Sky

  Last week I dined at Roy’s. Good call. Chef Justin Fields has brought this Hawaiian fusion restaurant to new levels of creative flavors and balance. The tempura red snapper with pork belly and bok choy was so incredible, I finished the leftover cold for breakfast two days later and it was just as amazing […]

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11/2/2010

Hearty Fall Eating

Ah, November, a time for turkey and cranberries and pumpkin anything. I love November and the fall flavors. It also gives me an excuse to eat heartier meals. Nothing beats the Kobe meatloaf at Libby’s, and you will see I picked the melt-in-your-mouth comfort food with an egg as the “Hot Dish” this month in […]

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10/25/2010

Yin & Yang

This past week was the yin and yang of food reviews. One was romantic, with spectacular views, impeccable service and our best meal yet on Siesta Key. The other is a clear neighborhood joint, with lots of TVs, no atmosphere, but good friendly service and real Jersey pizza. Ophelia’s on the Bay has a special […]

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10/18/2010

Hail and Farewell

      Well, there always seems to be news happening, some good, some bad for the restaurant business. Sad to say that Aqua Restaurant on Blackburn Point Road has closed its doors. The chef did a wonderful job and the fish was cooked perfectly. We shall miss them and I will keep my ears […]

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10/11/2010

Great New Choices

      Did you read the Sunday New York Times? It was a culinary mecca for foodies. The Times magazine was all about food and community, and the editorial section featured famous chef’s cuts—not as in beef, but actual cuts from the hazardous knives we yield.   It certainly got me thinking about our […]

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09/27/2010

Oh, Happy Day

If you haven’t picked up the October issue of Sarasota Magazine, you are in for a treat. A visit with fork in hand to Andrea’s Restaurant on Siesta Drive gave me a taste of all things great in the world of Italian food. While Andrea and I selected one particular dish, there were so many […]

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