Foodie Gifts for any Holiday!

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Face it.  We all have them. . . Those friends, family members and business associates who are difficult to buy for. Now, I’m not talking about buying for someone who “has everything” or is ultra picky.  I’m challenged to give a thank-you or holiday gift to someone I don’t know all that well, such as a closing gift for a real…read more

Amore by Andrea

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For years Jill and I have been saying how much we love Andrea’s – The Art of Food and Wine, an intimate dining experience on Siesta Drive. Now, thanks to real estate developer and partner Howard Rooks, more of us can literally be loved by Andrea at his newest location, Amore by Andrea, behind the new Publix on…read more

Sarasota Pizza Wars 2014

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Q: What’s big and round, full to the brim with zesty tomato sauce, savory sausage, pepperoni and smoky meatballs, and loads of fresh mozzarella? A: ME, after making the circuit at the 2014 Sarasota Pizza Wars at  Phillippi Estate Park recently! This was the 5th year for Sarasota’s annual Pizza Wars, benefitting Sarasota County Schools and The Humane Society of Sarasota. And, as usual,…read more

Painter’s Palate – Asian Fusion

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Ok.  It’s official.  There’s an unmistakable buzz going around regarding the food at Painter’s Palate on the north Trail.   Why else would your SarasotaFoodies find ourselves seated for dinner at the same time as fellow food bloggers Jack and Beth Littman-Quin of SRQReviews?  What are the odds?  Painter’s Palate only seats 22 people inside (with additional seating on the outside patio)…read more

Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

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The sign outside reads Queen of Sheba Fusion Restaurant.  Really?  Fusion? That was my reaction when I first saw the sign of this recently opened restaurant on North Tamiami Trail. With a name like Queen of Sheba, I couldn’t imagine that this could be anything but the Ethiopian restaurant I have long been pining for, having had to travel…read more

Café Americano’s Late Afternoon Dinner

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Just to be clear on a couple of things: 1.) I’m not getting any younger, and 2.) I’m still not an “early bird” dinner kinda guy. So happily, Jill and I recently learned how to satisfy our late afternoon cravings at Café Americano’s new “Late Afternoon Dinner” (a.k.a. “Late Lunch Menu”) which, quite smartly, takes place between 3:00 and…read more