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Photo of the Week: Penguin Mania!

Please excuse us for gushing, but how cute is this penguin? He’s one of six black-footed penguins who have come to live at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Penguin Island. Starting Nov. 1, guests will be able to view the penguins during Mote’s daily visiting hours–and by showcasing these adorable birds, which are native to South Africa, […]


Perfectly Pumpkin: Yoder’s Pumpkin Pie Latte

We love Yoder’s Fresh Market for a multitude of reasons–like friendly employees, fresh produce, delicious breads and baked goods, to name a few. (It surely goes without saying that Yoder’s pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie are staples in our homes at this time of year.) So we were charmed when we walked in the other […]


Photo of the Week: Unconditional Surrender

This statue, a towering 26 feet tall, is located in front of Marina Jack and is called Unconditional Surrender.  With the emotions—and, for some, the memories—it evokes, it is not difficult to understand why there’s a seemingly endless stream of people snapping photographs in front of it at all hours. The most impressive part of […]


Photo of the Week: Ca d’Zan Terrace

The Ca d’Zan Terrace, part of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art‘s famous Ca’ d’Zan mansion, is a Sarasota landmark, to say the least. There is a spectacular view from any angle, whether you are looking out over the crisp, clear waters of the Sarasota Bay, or back at the breath-taking mansion itself. […]


Ringing in RIAF

The opening night party for the Ringling International Arts Festival  had a relaxed yet thrilling vibe—and it proved all over again that the best party spot in town (and the best place to get your fill of international artistic talent) is the magnificent Ringling courtyard.  Our favorite part was getting to talk to the artists—like […]


Photo of the Week: Mornings on Siesta Beach

This morning, at a bright and early 7:45 a.m., associate editor Hannah Wallace snapped this photo. It’s perfect for this week’s Photo of the Week because it captures the essence of the Siesta Key Beach everyone loves: The peace, tranquility, and beauty of our area, all in one shot.


Small Plates, Big Flavor

Fleming’s Memorable Meal. Sometimes there’s nothing better than dressing up and heading out to dinner on a weeknight, especially when you know you’re going to be surrounded by great company and delicious food and drink. This was the case last Tuesday night, when, after work, we headed to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar for […]


Behind the Scenes: Sarasota’s Best Cupcake

Bob Plunket ponders a cupcake. The scene: Sarasota Magazine’s conference room—the “test kitchen.” The cast of characters: Michael’s On East co-proprietor and catering royalty Phil Mancini; chef and hospitality consultant and former dessert company owner Judi Gallagher; senior editor and sweet tooth extraordinaire Robert Plunket (a.k.a. Mr. Chatterbox); associate editor and foodie Hannah Wallace; me, […]