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December 31, 2018 Edition

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Far East Foodies

For anyone who likes Asian food as much as I do, here are a few of my favorites when I'm craving habachi, sushi, pho, or poké!

Habachi - DaRuMaI recently tried DaRuMa, a long-time favorite for many in SRQ for a night of habachi. Their fried rice was so flavorful and light, I almost couldn't stop eating it! I split appetizers with my table (sushi and fried cauliflower) as well. This meal was delightful from start to finish.

Sushi - JPanWhenever I crave sushi, I crave JPan. Their many creative combos in the more elaborate rolls are always delectable, and even their more simple rolls are full of flavor and rolled with care. I've not gone wrong with any accompanying appetizer, and love everything from the seaweed salad to their edamame and pork buns. 

Pho - Pho CaliThis downtown staple is right around the corner from my office at Orange and Main. Their many bowls all feature broth so flavorful, I simply cannot recreate it at home. Light and fresh, one bowl of Pho usually lasts me two delicious meals.

Poké - Fushipoké. This new downtown is capitalizing on the poké trend, which features steamed vegetables and a protein over rice with a sauce of choice. What I love about Fushipoké is that it is build-your-own, so style your perfect lunch or dinner just to your own tastes, and enjoy!

Honorable Mentions: A couple up-and-comers, Ssam Bar & Charlie's BulGoGi.Both of these family-owned Korean restaurants opened in 2018. Small in size but big in flavor, it's worth checking out these two if you love Asian food and are looking for something new.


Visual Art

Opening next Friday, January 4 at Dabbert Gallery is their next exhibit, Figuratively Speaking. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, and sculpture depicting the human body. An artist reception will be held to celebrate the opening on the Palm Avenue Gallery Walk that evening at 6pm.


Performance Art

Grand Scale: The Lion King at Van Wezel. I am grateful Sarasota has access to such big-ticket performances such as this. It is selling out quickly... There will be 23 performances over 2 weeks, from March 14 through 31. This is a spectacular you simply don't want to miss.

Smaller Scale: Bill Buchman's Art of Jazz at Café in the Park tonight beginng with dinner service, starting at 6pm, with performance to follow at 7pm. I love the intimate outdoor setting of this downtown café, and my friend Bill Buchman's jazz fills the night air in the most pleasant way. If you are looking for a fun and uniquely Sarasota way to spend your Friday, head on out to hear the Art of Jazz.


A Tribute to Tim Seibert

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Tim Seibert, one of the founders of the Sarasota School of Architecture, passed away on December 1st at the age of 91. The modernist architectural movement is a post-war regional style characterized by its adaptation of modernism to the coastal climate and a focus of bring the outdoors in. Seibert was integral in shaping Sarasota as we know it. Either by his own hand or that of his firm, Seibert Architects, he was responsible for dozens of iconic buildings and structures around the area, including the Siesta Key pavilion, Bay Plaza condos, Hiss Studio, and 222 Beach Road on Siesta, among many others.

I am currently listing one of his iconic creations, #4 at 222 Beach Road. Seibert was commissioned by a small group to create these stunning townhomes, each of which features a full gulf view.  How can every residence have its own incredible view, you might ask? By staggering the units just so, they individually feel like single family homes and feature unobstructed views of SiestaBeach. He truly was one of the most gifted architects of our time, and gratefully he spent his entire career making Sarasota beautiful.


Happy new year to all. May 2019 bring you much joy!

“For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice.” ― T.S. Eliot

Eat, Drink & Think Sarasota

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November 30, 2018 Edition

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Christmas Commotion

There is never a dull moment around the holidays in Sarasota. Here are some of the exciting things our community has to offer in the upcoming weeks.

Handel's Messiah by the Sarasota Chorale Society. This afternoon, Church of the Palms hosts the Sarasota Choral Society for the performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah. Seating is first come, first served and goes quickly!Saturday, Dec 1, 4-5:30p

The Annual Christmas Boat ParadeWatch highly decorated boats cruise by from the bayfront of downtown Sarasota. Prime viewing spots: Marina Jack's, Centennial Park, and Bayfront Park. Saturday, Dec 8, 6p

Deck the Halls at Ca D'ZanIf it has been a while since you've visited the Ringling, the holidays is a great time to go back. A two-story tall, absolutely spectacular Christmas tree adorns the living room of the Ca D'Zan. Children can spend hours spying interesting ornaments on the massive tree. Throughout Dec. and every Art After 5

Singling Christmas Tree at First Baptist. Right in the heart of downtown on Main Street, a 25' tall singing Christmas tree is celebrating its 45th season of bringing holiday cheer. Join over 130 singers and live orchestra for this classic Sarasota Christmas concert. Multiple shows, Dec 2-9

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Chanukah Hooplah

There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Chanukah this December in our area!

Chanukah on Main St in Lakewood Ranch. This free event will feature a gelt drop, live bubble show, plus food for purchase.Tuesday, Dec 4, 6p-12a

Temple Sinai's Chanukah Service & Dinner. Join Temple Sinai for an uplifting service with traditional melodies, followed by a dinner of all the holiday favorites. For cost and reservations, contact Friday, Dec 7, 6-8:30p

Taste of Chanukah Food & Music Festival.  This afternoon festival located at Phillippi Estate Park will feature fun and flavors of Chanukah, with activities like face painting, a laser light show, and some of the area's best caterers showing off fantastic Jewish holiday cuisine. Sunday, Dec 9, 3-6p

2nd Annual "Jewish Christmas." Enjoy--what else?--Chinese food and a movie (Disney's Up) on Christmas Day at Temple Beth El in Lakewood Ranch. Tuesday, Dec 25, 5-7:30p

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Give from the HeART

Support our cultural community this holiday season by giving one-of-a-kind surprises by local artists or giving the gift of experience. Give with heart, and give with art!

Local Luxuries. You can support local artists by shopping Sarasota galleries, such as Art Uptown, for local-made sculptures, paintings, ceramics, and more. Acclaimed Ringling College of Art & Design has a gallery store, featuring artwork of students and alumni of the school. I highly recommend taking a look in Madeby Gallery and supporting the endeavors of Ringling's prestigious pupils.

Entertaining Experiences. What do you get the friend or family member that seems to already have everything? Give the gift of an experience. Tickets to any one of our amazing performing arts centers is a great way to support the arts in Sarasota. A few ideas coming soon this season: Music Man at the Asolo Rep, Hairspray at The Players Theatre, the fun dinner-style Winter Cabaret series at Florida Studio Theatre, or the holiday spectacular put on by the youth circus at Sailor Circus Big Top Holiday. (See below if you would like more information on the Sailor Circus!)


Artist Acquaintance

This month on  Culture Coast with Kathryn Parks, a bi-weekly video series I underwrote in partnership with the Arts & Cultural Alliance, Kathryn spoke with the Creative Director of the Sailor Circus, Jared E. Walker. Mr. Walker works with this unique youth circus to help teens and kids soar in the circus world. I invite you to watch the interview below.

Every segment in the series can be found on the Arts & Cultural Alliance's YouTube page or my Facebook page.

Eat, Drink & Think Sarasota

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helping you enjoy the art of living

October 31, 2018 Edition

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Arts Arrival

The 2018-2019 season looks fantastic for our local performing arts venues. Take a look at my recent blog on the upcoming seasons of the Asolo Rep & Conservatory, the Players, the Sarasota Ballet, and the Sarasota Orchestra! (Boy, do we have options!)

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It’s Circus Season!

It is always fun to be a Sarasotan around circus season! While the rest of the country has quieted this fun and nostalgic art form, it remains part of our celebrated history. Here are some circus-centered opportunities that are unique to our area:

The Sailor Circus will be performing under the Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park from December 27 to 30. If you have not been to see these absolutely amazing student performers, you simply must go. Youths and teens (ages 8-18) from all over Sarasota perform a holiday revue called Big Top Holidays, and they will truly blow your mind with their talent.

Sailor Circus | 2075 Bahia Vista St. | 941.355.9335 | 

We will need to wait until February 15 for the return of Circus Sarasota, but tickets are on sale now. Given how quickly these performances sold out last year, it's worthwhile to plan your circus evening now! International circus artists perform in an intimate European-style one-ring circus under the Big Top at Benderson Park.

Circus Sarasota | 140 University Town Center Dr. | 941.355.9805 | 

If you haven't gotten enough circus recently, then now is a good time to take advantage ofDiscover Sarasota Tours' Circus City Tour! This 90-minute trolley tour will visit key city landmarks where guests will hear stories of the colorful cast of circus characters, showmen, and performers who have and do call Sarasota home.

Discover Sarasota Tours | 1826 4th St. | 941.260.9818 |


Artist Acquaintance

I recently partnered with the wonderful organization, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota, to underwrite Culture Coast with Kathryn Parks, a bi-weekly video series to acquaint Sarasotans with our arts community. 

The most recent segment features my friend and photographer, Andrea Hillebrand. Every segment in the series can be found on the Arts & Cultural Alliance'sYouTube page or my Facebook page.


Real Updates in Real Estate

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Coming on the market tomorrow!
I am so excited to share with you my new listing, which will be hitting the market on Thursday, November 1. This immaculate luxury residence is right on Siesta Key Beach and features a contemporary aesthetic in a mid-century modern townhome community, designed by architect Tim Seibert.

222 Beach Rd.
3 bed | 4 bath | 3,067 sq ft
Coming soon. Price upon request.

More about Tim Seibert 
An original Sarasota School of Architecture, which blends mid-century style into coastal and tropical climate lifestyles, architect Tim Seibert has been greatly influential in designing the modern paradise that is Sarasota. Once aptly described as "Frank Lloyd Wright goes to the beach," Seibert's architecture can be found all over Sarasota. Find out more here.

Eat, Drink & Think Sarasota

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September 30, 2018 Edition

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Discover [the new] Downtown

It is impossible to not notice the construction boom in and around downtown Sarasota lately, whether it’s hearing the beep-beep-beeping of backing up construction vehicles or watching the cranes lift support beams into place, new buildings are going up everywhere. The downtown area is playing catch-up on demand in several areas.  If you're wondering what all this new construction is, take a look at my blog on all the downtown construction here, and my recent feature on The Pearl, Golden Gate Point's newest luxury development.

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Goodbye to a Downtown Great

After a decade at 1377 Main St. in Downtown Sarasota, MoZaic will be closing its doors tomorrow, Saturday, Sept 29 at 10pm. In a message to its patrons, the celebrated restaurant cited the slow summer season, particularly bad this past summer, as the reason it will close after 10 years. The restaurant has been celebrated for its wonderful, artful, and creative food under the Head Chef since 2008. Reservations are strongly encouraged for these last couple days. We will miss you, MoZaic!

MoZaic | 1377 Main St | 941.951.6272 |


Experience the Arts

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A piece from Balancing the Abstract

In our wonderful town, there are a lot of ways to experience the arts! Here are some fun events happening this month:

Ringling Underground. Thursday, October 4th at 8:00pm
First Thursdays of the month are Ringling Underground at The Ringling. Free with museum admission or $15 just for this event, attendees will enjoy live music and art in the scenic courtyard of the museum. A perk of the October event? Volunteers will be available all night to register voters for the upcoming election.

The Ringling | 5401 Bay Shore Rd | 941.359.5700 |

Palm Avenue Art WalkFriday, October 5th at 6:00pm 
This October, enjoy "An Evening of Classics" on Palm Avenue. This art walk celebrates and visits galleries and shoppes as well as local restaurants. Art Uptown is opening "Balancing the Abstract" at their gallery starting tomorrow, but you can enjoy a reception for this exhibit, showcasing jewelry designs by Lisa Flam Corin and paintings by Jill Krasner, during the Palm Avenue Art Walk on the 5th.

Art Uptown | 1367 Main St | 941.955.5409 | 

Towles Court Art WalkFriday, October 18th at 5:00pm  
The Towles Court Artist Colony's Third Friday Art Walk is finally back after its summer hiatus. Meet artists and enjoy live music every third Friday from October to May from 5-9pm.

Towles Court Artist Colony | 1938 Adams Ln | 941.266.7318 |


Real Estate Rates

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“The era of super-low mortgage rates is over and consumers will face higher interest rates over the next two years,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS®, in yesterday's Realtor Magazine's Daily News. The Federal Reserve voted to raise its bench interest rate this month, which will likely result in increasing mortgage loan rates as well.  According to Yun, however, this isn't necessarily a bad thing: "These interest rate increases are occurring for good reason: an improving economy. Therefore, home sales should hold steady as the opposing forces of higher rates and more jobs neutralize each other.

You can read the full article here.

Eat, Drink & Think Sarasota

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August 31, 2018 Edition

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Day Trip: St. Pete's Dalí Museum

Whether it was to escape the Red Tide or just a change of scenery, a friend and I took a day trip to St. Petersburg to revisit the iconic Dalí Museum. The current exhibitions present the wide and very informative permanent collection, the largest outside of Spain, and a unique collaborative exhibit, Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dalí. Butcher lives and works in the Sarasota area and his work is exhibited not only in regional galleries but in significant museum collections nationally. The Dalí Museum commissioned Butcher to apply his unique eye and large format photography process to capture Dalí's coastal Spain that inspired so much of his work. The large scale and more intimate images in some cases are paired with specific paintings to aid the viewer in appreciating the inspiration for many of Dalí's other worldly shapes and relationships.

The Dalí Museum | 1 Dalí Blvd, St. Petersburg | 727.823.3767 |

Three hours at the Dalí found my friend and I thirsty and hungry, so off we went to highly recommended Farm Table Cucina. This multi-level supermarket of delicacies and second-level restaurant with a rustic industrial feel highlighted farm-and-Gulf-to-table, Italian-inspired cuisine. Its location on 2nd Street is less than a mile from the Dalí, so ambitious museum-goers can walk to lunch or cocktails after!
FarmTable Cucina | 179 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg | 727.523.6297


Fabulous Foods

One of my favorite restaurants, The Table Creekside, has closed to update and refresh its interior and fabulous menu! They will reopen in early October, with new menu items and cocktails. If you are craving great seafood in the meantime, might I suggest their neighbor & sister restaurant, Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, for a more casual coastal dining experience, but the same quality of delicious food.

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Soulful Sounds

Aretha Franklin

When we lost Aretha Franklin earlier this month to cancer, soul music lost one of its greatest. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is proud to present a limited run, special edition show from Sept. 11 through 15 to honor the Queen of Soul. For tickets and information about this show, click here.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe | 1012 N. Orange Ave | 941.366.1505 |


Living in Laurel Oak Estates

I was recently asked to be a part of an ABC 7 feature about the wonderful community of Laurel Oaks, and was able to highlight my listing there at 3142 Dick Wilson Drive. Please enjoy the video and email me if you would like additional information about this amazing home.

Eat, Drink & Think Sarasota

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July 31, 2018 Edition

Foodie Favorites

I leapt at the opportunity to try brand-new Summer House recently, a casual but sophisticated "transitional steakhouse with a seafood attitude," according their own words.  The newest venture from the owners of fellow Siesta Key restaurants The Cottage, The Hub Baja Grill, and the Beach Club, Summer House is so beautifully designed and well executed--from the menu to the light fixtures--that it has quickly become a must-see (must-eat!) on Siesta.

You can read my full review of this delectable dining experience here.

Summer House | 149 Avenida Messina | 941.260-CORK |


Illustrious Illustrations

We are fortunate to have right in our own backyard one of the best illustration programs in the country, at Ringling College of Art & Design.  Professor Octavio Perez has his illustrations on display this summer at a must-see exhibit right on Ringling's campus at the Patricia Thompson Gallery.  

The whimsical exhibit of illustrations will be on display through September 14th.  Click here to view the college's full exhibition calendar.

Ringling College of Art & Design | 2700 N. Tamiami Trail | 941.351.5100 |


Proper Permitting

Navigating a major home repair or renovation can be difficult, stressful, and scary.  Add in permitting, and you have another layer of stress!  Luckily, Sarasota County recently laid out a very easy-to-understand guide for the permitting process.  You can view the entire guide right on my blog by clicking here.

Sarasota County Permitting | 1660 Ringling Boulevard | 941.365.2200 |


Sweet Summer Shows

Our well-stacked summer theater programming continues into August with several fantastic options at multiple area theaters.  Take a look at what is on the stages of Sarasota this month!

The Summer Cabaret Series at Florida Studio Theater went back in time for its third show, which plays until August 19th.  The Swingaroos host an evening of musical classics from the first half of the 20th century, highlighting music from Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, and many more that you might not even know (or recall) was originally from a movie musical.  The vocals and jazzy swing music will get your toes tapping while you enjoy dinner and wine at this dinner-theater cabaret.  Highly recommended -- you can get your tickets here, and don't forget: the Cabaret series runs in both the summer and winter every year so if this sounds like fun to you, become a subscriber!

Dog Days Theater at the Asolo continues this month with The Turn of the Screw.  A ghost story from the middle of the 19th century leads viewers on a journey through the unexplained when a governess moves to an idyllic country home to care for two orphaned children and soon realized they are not alone. For tickets and information, visit the website here.

The Players Centre has a wide variety of shows this month, but I am especially excited about their performance this Friday, August 3rd at 7:00pm of James & the Giant Peach. The Roald Dahl classic is the story of young James, who, when commissioned by his aunts, cuts down a local fruit tree.  The protesting tree drops a giant peach, which James rides on the adventure of his life, meeting all sorts of friends along the way.  Great for kids and adults alike, you can purchase tickets for James & the Giant Peach  here.

Eat, Drink & Think Sarasota

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June 30, 2018 Edition

Experience Art

The summer can be a great time to experience the arts first-hand!  Check out the below workshops for some fun ways to spend your summer days, and don't forget to stop by the First Friday art walk on Palm Avenue is this Friday, July 6 from 6-9pm.  (The Towles Court Art Walk is done until October.  Registration & fees may be required on any of the below, so please visit gallery link for full information.)

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Visit Expressive Arts in Towles Court for the Handmade Boxes Class this Friday, July 6 from 10am-1pm.  Attendees will create a watercolor painting and turn it into a beautiful box.  You can find more information about this workshop here.  

Expressive Arts | 200 S. Washington Avenue, Ste 1 | 941.366.9595 |

The Artful Giraffe has a class on Japanese dyeing technique this Saturday, July 7 from 11am-1pm, during which you'll make two hand-dyed scarves.  On July 12, 11:30am-1:30pm: a class dedicated to acrylic painting on canvas with a focus on painting birds.  What a fun way to spend time and create pieces you'll enjoy for years to come!  You can find a full schedule of classes at the Artful Giraffe here.

The Artful Giraffe | 1861 Fruitville Road | 941.388.3700 |

Options abound at the Sarasota School of Glass!  In their wide variety of classes (including classes for kids as young as 4!), you can learn the art of creating glass masterpieces of many kinds: jewelry, platters, wall art, and mosaics just to name a few.  If you have any interest in creating with glass, I encourage you to visit their full schedule here.

Sarasota School of Glass | 5704 Lawton Drive | 941.925.4527 |


The Summer Scene

The steamy months of the summer mean smokin' new shows at many of our favorite local theatres!  Take a look at what is coming to the small stages of Sarasota this month...

Broadway in Black, Jr. at West Coast Black Theatre on July 15 & 16.  After a 5-week intensive summer theatre program, the students will perform in a culmination performance of Nate Jacobs's original musical Broadway in Black, which debuted last summer.  Come see the fruits of these young artists labors at the Junior version of last year's summer sensation!

West Coast Black Theatre Troupe | 1012 N. Orange Ave | 941.366.1505 |

Dog Days Theatre at Asolo's Cook Theatre.  This summer is featuring contemporary works, starting July 10th with What the Butler Saw, a witty comedy, and followed by a ghost story/thriller called The Turn of the Screw in August.

Asolo Rep | 5555 N. Tamiami Trail | 941.351.8000|

Summer Sizzler at The Players Center for Performing Arts.  This month, Tops from Flops features well-known numbers from some of Broadway's worst-loved musicals.  Sounds like this one will be both fun AND funny! 

The Players Center | 838 N. Tamiami Trail | 941.365.2494 | 

Tasty Tex-Mex

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Winner of the Best New Hope for an Old Location restaurant this year is North Trail's Wicked Cantina, according to Sarasota Magazine.  I visited the oft-turned-over location just north of downtown earlier this month and was treated to a fun, vibrant interior, great margaritas, and some of the best fish tacos I've had locally.  Take it from Sarasota Magazine if you don't take it from me; this new venue has promise!

Wicked Cantina | 1603 N. Tamiami Trail | 941.706.2395 |


Fourth Festivities

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Happy birthday, America!  Even though the weekend-barbeque-friendly holiday falls mid-week this year, there is no shortage of things to do in Sarasota to celebrate!

Downtown's bayfront fireworks begin at 9pm on Wednesday right off the coast of City Park.  If you want a seat at Marina Jack's for great viewing, make a reservation early!  

Rooftop party at Office Bar SRQ is a great alternative to fighting traffic to settle your beach chair in the sand for waterfront fireworks viewing.  New-ish bar to downtown at Ringling and 301 is Office Bar SRQ and on the 4th, they are hosting a rooftop party to "view fireworks from Anna Maria to Port Charlotte," according to the Herald-Tribune!  

The annual Freedom Fest Parade on Longboat Key will start in front of LBK's Town Hall, where pets adorned in red, white, and blue are welcome to march alongside our public officers, firefighters, commissioners, and other rescue personnel.  The parade begins at 9am.