December 31, 2018

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.

Bill Farnsworth at Dabbert Gallery

Bill Farnsworth at Dabbert Gallery

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.

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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.

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A Tribute to Tim Seibert

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.


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