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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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helping you enjoy the art of living

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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Helping you enjoy the art of living

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.

Eat, Drink & Think Sarasota

your resource for what's happening in beautiful sarasota

helping you enjoy the art of living

May 31, 2018 Edition


Savor Sarasota

Two weeks of sweetness begin tomorrow, as nearly 100 local restaurants participate in Savor Sarasota.  Each restaurant features a prix-fixe menu ($16/person for lunch, $32/person for dinner) for Sarasotans to enjoy three-course meals at many area favorites, and some new ones as well!  

I've done a full write-up on Savor Sarasota on my blog, and you can check out Visit Sarasota's website for more information, including full list of participating restaurants as well as menus, on this great event!  Take the time to savor Sarasota's restaurant scene June 1-14!


Accessible Art

The summer can be a great time to visit the many local galleries.  First Friday art walk is tomorrow from 6-9pm.  

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Currently on display at Alfstad& Contemporary Gallery is a collection by artist Laine Nixon called "Unfixed."  Nixon's first exhibition in Sarasota, "Unfixed" refers to the many painting techniques she uses in each individual piece.  Geometric and colorful, her work is a treat to the eye.  Unfixed will be open at Alfstad& until June 29.

Alfstad& Contemporary | 1419 5th St | 941.366.6400 |

Art Center Sarasota has on display now a juried exhibition called Florida's Finest.  Two- and three-dimensional works from artists all over Sarasota will be on display in all four of its galleries.  To see some of Florida's Finest fine artists, stop by Art Center Sarasota before July 6th.

Art Center Sarasota | 707 N. Tamiami Trail | 941.365.2032 |


Theatrical Treats

As the 2017-2018 performing arts season is coming to a close, some of our finest venues are going out with a bang!  Have a look at what's on the main stages this month:

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The much-anticipated Jungle Book is at the Asolo from June 6 to 24.  With a similar production style to and by the creators of last summer's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Jungle Book promises to be a treat for the eye with modern additions to the performance, such as video and interactive technology.  This classic tale by Rudyard Kipling is appropriate for all ages, so bring out your kids, grandkids, or visiting guests for this world premier show.  Next month, the Asolo begins its summer season, the Dog Days of Summer.  

Asolo Rep | 5555 N. Tamiami Trail | 941.351.8000|

The Players Center for Performing Arts (formerly known as The Players Theater) also has a summer season, called Summer Sizzler.  This month, viewers can enjoy Crossing Delancy about a meddling family member interfering in the love life of an upper West Side New Yorker.

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


Bayfront 20:20

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The team working on designing the new Sarasota bayfront, known a The Bay, was in town this month, having updated their renderings based on feedback from Sarasotans.  I give a full update about what is happening around our waterfront, including the fate of the Van Wezel, in my blog post, Bayfront 20:20, a New Vision for Downtown.