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Archive for 2012


Two Dives and a Really Good Bowl of Asian Noodle Soup

If that Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives guy, Guy Fieri, is reading this, then he needs to get back to Sarasota. I had a two-dives-in-one-week experience and it was everything I wanted: Great food, down-home service and that tacky dive environment that just makes you feel at ease.       J.R.’s is the perfect dive for […]


The Costco and Trader Joe’s Effect

Well, you knew they were coming. Some of you mapped out your first experiences with the new stores according to crowd control, and it seems almost all of us have now “drank the Kool-Aid,” so to speak. While Costco was not as overwhelmingly exciting for me, I did find some pretty good deals–and, yes, Trader […]


Sun Garden Cafe on Siesta Key Makes a “Staycation” All the Tastier

Sun Garden Cafe Over Labor Day weekend we decided there really is no place like home, and that our "somewhere over the rainbow" is right here in Sarasota. So we booked a long weekend stay at Casa De Mariposa on Siesta Key and hunkered into glorious beach living. Sweet potato pancakes Casa de Mariposa is […]


The BEST (and Tastiest) Deal in Town

I have been a fan of The Table Creekside since it opened. Chef Pedro has a flair that puts him up against any James Beard winner.We love the service, ambiance and quite frankly the cocktails and cuisine really are some of the best in Southwest Florida. So when I heard about their summer tasting menu […]


A Little Sweet in the Heart of Village of the Arts

Sweets Bakehouse in Village of the Arts. A few weeks ago while clicking channels I spotted a local baker at her sweetshop on TV. It was an adorable little cottage, very shabby chic in nature, and the baker/owner was as bubbly and passionate about making her cupcakes and wedding cakes for locals as anyone could […]


New Restaurant Buzz: Coyne’s Pier 28

The ultimate crab cake at Coyne’s Pier 28. There is a new place to "dock" your appetite in South Sarasota County. Coyne’s Pier 28 has opened next to the much-anticipated construction block that is going to be Costco at Sarasota Square Mall. The Coyne’s crew. Thanks to fellow food writer Abby Weingarten, I decided to […]


Derek’s: Revisited.

Perfect ahi tuna. New restaurants get a lot of attention, be they good or bad, because they are, well, new, and people want to read about what’s new. But sometimes in all the excitement of covering new places, we forget to acknowledge those successful and longtime culinary innovators who deserve both our patronage and praise. […]


Restaurant Buzz: Fresh Start Café

Mmm-fresh-baked muffins. I have often owned up to not loving breakfast. I can usually deal with a small taste of plain yogurt or a handful of blueberries, and sure, on vacation I indulge–but I have no idea why the romance of a full breakfast at a beautiful inn in Maine seems to be a natural, […]


New Restaurant Alert: Isan Thai

Isan Thai on South Tamiami Trail And they keep coming–these entirely new and wonderful restaurants. Large and small, from ethnic to wine bar, Sarasota is emerging from any inkling of a slowdown. In fact, just last night, while tucking into chickpea fries and a glass of wine at Carmel Café, fellow food writer Abby Weingarten […]


Sarasota Restaurants: Schnitzel Kitchen

A schnitzel a day keeps the doctor away—or with you for a wholesome meal! Schnitzel Kitchen has opened in what I like to refer as our own little European village–Gulf Gate. While the “gourmet German" restaurant on Palm was short-lived and never caught my eye, this little gem on Superior Avenue has what it takes […]