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Archive for 2010

09/20/2010

New Seasons

When I was a child, making Jiffy Pop on the electric stove was a highlight before we gathered around the TV set for an episode of My Favorite Martian, in black and white no less! I loved Jiffy Pop, peeling open the big aluminum foil pouch—it was near high-tech at the time. Well, popcorn is […]

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09/13/2010

Il Panificio is Magnifico

Il Panificio is Magnifico! When does a former gas station turn into an overwhelming hot spot for pizza lovers? When the family from Il Panificio turns the property into what clearly is poised to become the best new trendy and hip counter service restaurant in Sarasota. I have always loved the pizza at Il Panificio […]

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09/3/2010

New Trends from California

How did it get to be Labor Day weekend, and when can we start counting down the days to opening the windows and braising short ribs? I tend to get a bit crabby in August and September—weary of the humidity and lack of cool fresh air. Good thing I had business in Orange County, Calif., […]

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08/24/2010

A Pie to Die For

If I had to pick a food of the year—one dish, right this minute—without question it has to be the coconut custard pie with Jamaican rum sauce at Bonefish Grill. Seriously. We first tried it on Mother’s Day and have never turned back. I now go into Bonefish Grill planning my menu choices around having […]

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08/16/2010

Scoping out the Food Scene

    While walking around St. Armands Circle last week, I could not help but notice the sign in the former Cork and Bottle Shop space announcing a new Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. I hope that this place will hit the mark, as I have always liked the corner location, just found the build-out […]

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08/9/2010

The Gift of Food

  Food gifting came early this year, and I am one lucky recipient. It’s been a standard back-and-forth joke with Pam Daniel, VP and editorial director of Sarasota Magazine, that “some day” I would receive a jar of the coveted mango chutney that she so caringly prepares.   For years Pam has told me how […]

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08/2/2010

The Sporting News

Who ever would have thought that the best place for lobster creme brulee is a sports bar—well, sports grill, that is. I used to think that sports-themed places always meant blaring television sets and at best mediocre food. Not true at many cool spots, as the trend continues to bring higher quality food, comfortable seating […]

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07/19/2010

Hospitality 101

    There are certain times I am compelled to stop and say “Thank you” to warm, kind people in the restaurant and inn-keeping businesses. Naturally, since it is the “hospitality” business, we should expect to be treated with a definite warmth and kindness at all times, I am acknowledging instances where the extrais so […]

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07/12/2010

Restaurant Roundup

Some good news on the dining front. After several closings, most recently Aristo on the North Trail, I have found a few new little spots. Michelle’s Brown Bag downtown on South Osprey is certainly worth a lunch visit. The whole wheat bread will get you at first bite. Try their version of the “day after […]

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06/29/2010

The Standing Rule

I confess to being a home cook with a whole lotta rules. I refuse to have cans or bottles on the dinner table. I want condiments either used in the kitchen beforehand or served in a ramekin, and for goodness’ sakes—the television on even in the next room while we are eating any meal of […]

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