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Darwin’s on 4th: Flavor All The Way

Well, if you never knew where Fourth Street was, you sure do now! The buzz around Darwin Santa Maria’s newest culinary playground is explosive. I have heard guests describe their meals as “the best ever,” “exceptional flavors” and perhaps my favorite: ”OMG, I really have died and landed in culinary heaven.” Like the song sort […]


Gasparilla Inn’s Blueberry Pancake Recipe

Is there any better way to start the day than with pancakes–and blueberry pancakes, at that? Below, find the recipe for the best blueberry pancakes I’ve ever had, courtesy of Chef Peter Timmins at the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande. Blueberry Pancakes Executive Chef Peter Timmins Yield: Approximately 12 large pancakes  2 large eggs  2 […]


Gasparilla Inn’s Food and Wine Weekend

Place settings at the Master Chef’s Dinner. Dining with Englewoodians and Sarasotans was half the fun. Gasparilla Inn’s master chef, Peter Timmins. Apprentice chefs. Learning the art of great gumbo. Gasparilla’s blueberry pancakes: the best I’ve ever had. Forget the pirate parades in Tampa—Sarasotans should be celebrating Gasparilla in a much different way. A weekend […]


The Soul of a Restaurant

Savory at Night transforms the Savory Street space. Sarasota boasts many restaurants where you can get a good meal. However, how many restaurants can you say actually participate in the guests’ experiences? Enter Savory at Night. The Savory at Night menu proves that Savory Street has found its voice. While Savory Street initially had a […]


The Foods I Wish For in 2012

2011 was quite a year for comings and goings of our local restaurants. For our newly arriving snowbirds, I thought I would update you on what’s new, what’s gone and where the overall best dishes are being created. Let’s make this quick: Gone are First Street Chop House, Patty’s, etc. Eat Here. Really do! Veal […]