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November 2011

Cyber Monday Foodie

So, I think people are nuts—as nuts as a big bowl of whole walnuts waiting to be cracked. Give up the enjoyment of a hot turkey dinner, pumpkin pie and a good bottle of Pinot Noir for pepper spray on Black Friday?! Seriously—there has to be a better way to get the family back to […]

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November 2011

Stuffing (and Stuffed!)

Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts (check out those colors!). As promised, I will focus this week on stuffing—as in stuffing my face! As I type, I am preparing for another venture in eating everything street food and bakery shelved. I am in Portland, Oregon–home of rain and amazing, fresh, sustainable food. Occupy Portland protesters One of the […]

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November 2011

The Thanksgiving Rush

The Thanksgiving Rush is on: We are hosting 32 people this year. Pray for 78 degrees and no rain or we will be as screwed as the turkeys were just before they were no longer “free range." I panic most over the main meal; not so much over cocktail hour and appetizers. I lose sleep […]

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October 2011

That’s Amore

Where once stood a local gas station on the corner of Gulf Gate Drive and Gateway now stands Il Panificio, Sarasota’s award-winning Italian bakery, pizza and deli stop. When I am on Main Street I stop in for a slice (or two) at the original Il Panificio and a visit with Pops. When I am […]

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October 2011

Setting The Table Again

The new Table’s location next to Philippi Creek Oyster Bar. Here’s a scoop for fans of the original Table on Hillview. The restaurant is re-opening next to Philippi Creek Oyster Bar on Tamiami Trail–and gone will be the lounge that almost overtook the basics of what made The Table a dining destination. Back are the […]

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October 2011

Main Street is Hopping!

Between the protesters and the new "Opening Soon" signs, downtown Sarasota’s Main Street is getting a whole new buzz. While the parking meters may still be controversial (and, quite frankly, often unworkable), there are cool options popping up everywhere, especially over by Hollywood 20. Already an award-winning restaurant, Brasserie Belge now offers a piano lounge […]

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September 2011

The Waiting Game

When a new restaurant opens, although tempted to run right in, I try to give it a month or so to get situated. Things take a little time and goodness knows service in the beginning can be challenging. So, even though I was keen on trying a hot new local dining spot, having heard there were […]

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September 2011

Fall Food Favorites

Falling for fall with apple cider and mulling spices. Somehow, autumn in Sarasota just does not conjure up thoughts of steaming bowls of New England clam chowder, hot mulled cider and braised short ribs. (Actually, our fall weather more often lends itself to gazpacho with fresh mint crème and Key lime pie.) Yet with all […]

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September 2011

Hot Dog! Doggin’ It Finds a Home on Fruitville Road

Forget the fact that Hot Dog Emporium is housed in the building that was formerly home to two failed Quiznos and, for a moment, something called Crazy Cravings. Those were all past location failures. This is a new day for 4904 Fruitville Road–or should I say new dog. The proud owners now have the market […]

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August 2011

New Eating Options and Fun Finds

In my never-ending tour to find the ultimate apple pie (still lives in Sonoma, Calif.), the best thin-crust pizza (still leaves in East Boston) and the best dim sum (Toronto, Canada), I have certainly conquered many a favorite in our own hometown of Sarasota–everywhere from restaurants to grocery shelves to chef tastings. Recent adventures go […]

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