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Archive for 2007

06/25/2007

Flavor Fiesta

  A hot night at Sangria.   By Judi Gallagher   It’s hot in Sarasota, and it’s even hotter at Sangria Tapas Restaurant on Main Street. The flavors of their new small-plate items like the pulpo gallego—tender octopus and red potatoes with crushed peppers, Spanish paprika, onion, olive oil and garlic that gives you just […]

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06/19/2007

Over the Top

My cousin’s big fat not-so-Jewish wedding.   By Judi Gallagher   We didn’t know how my cousin, Jill, could possibly top her younger daughter Samantha’s bat mitzvah party some 15 years prior, but she did at Samantha’s wedding in New York this past weekend. What do you get when you mix a Jewish and Irish […]

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06/11/2007

From Tuscany with Love

A dream foodie holiday with the Ferragamo family.   By Judi Gallagher   Traveling through Italy is thrilling for a chef and food lover. The earth produces the most incredible grapes, the most delicate squash flowers to toss with saffron and cream over fresh pasta, and porcini mushrooms that are as light and buttery as […]

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06/7/2007

Ciao Bella

Notes from the road in Italy.   By Judi Gallagher    I find myself fumbling for any possible American words that can begin to describe the hospitality of our experiences here in Treviso, Italy—which happens to be one of Sarasota’s Sister Cities. This beautiful region—a mini-version of Tuscany that boasts rolling hills and acres of […]

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05/29/2007

Italian Adventures

As I prepare to fly off to Treviso, a trip to the Ringling Museum’s Treviso restaurant makes sense.   By Judi Gallagher   Now that I have packed and repacked, and repacked again, I am ready to head to Treviso, Venice and Florence, Italy, with a few days left over to sip wine with Salvatore […]

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05/21/2007

Random Acts of Service

What makes me choose a restaurant? Read on.    By Judi Gallagher    The other day I read that someone said to patronize their establishment because they were independently owned and needed the business. Ironically, I was reading that section of the newspaper when I had the urge for my afternoon quad over ice with […]

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05/14/2007

News You Can Taste

Great new chocolates and a panini to remember.   By Judi Gallagher   Breaking food news: New chocolates and an awesome panini just hit Sarasota! Yup, you guessed it—all the food groups one ever needs: panini, coffee and chocolate. My summer intern and I dropped in for a quick panini at the Sarasota Olive Oil […]

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05/7/2007

Bites of Heaven

Perfection at La Tosca; wishes come true and more.   By Judi Gallagher    You know when friends play the game, “What would you pick for your last meal?” Well, chefs and food critics can never fathom a last meal. Instead, we prefer to play the game, “If you were stranded on an island and […]

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04/30/2007

A Toast to the Festival

New flavors and fun at the Florida Winefest & Auction.   By Judi Gallagher       Winefest 2007 is now but a memory of empty glasses and piles of corks. The week was filled with wine dinners, some over the top, some obscure (like the bologna and white bread served as a course at one house […]

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04/24/2007

That Queasy Feeling

Did the brisket do me in?   By Judi Gallagher It happened at the end of last weekend. Napkin in hand, I was ready to discover new flavors, summer wines and perhaps a hot list cookbook. And then it hit me, right as I turned into a Starbuck’s parking lot and for the first time […]

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