C’est la Vie! Comes to University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area

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C’est La Vie!, as most Sarasota residents know, operates one of the most popular breakfast and lunch destinations in downtown Sarasota.  Famous for their authentic French restaurant, bakery, and café, C’est La Vie owners Christophe and Geraldine Coutelle were thrilled when Parisians Myriam and Jean Dandonneau approached them about licensing their popular restaurant, opening a second…read more

Tommy Bahama Restaurant

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Ever since Jill and I finished up our afternoon at Tommy Bahama with Susan Robinson of Key Culinary Tours a few months ago, we vowed that we would return to experience more than “just” their brilliant desserts. Even in late May, after the snowbirds flew back north and our restaurants supposedly slow down, St. Armand’s Circle is…read more

Oak & Stone – Sunday Brunch

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First off, is there a sweeter portmanteau word in the English language than brunch? I think not. The very notion of being able to relax over a leisurely meal on a beautiful Sunday is truly to be treasured. Often. We were fortunate to be included on a recent “Very Important Brunchers” introduction to Oak & Stone’s…read more

Veronica’s Fish and Oyster Bar

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I’ve decided to change my first name to something so mysterious, so captivating that restaurateur  Mark Caragiulo would design a restaurant after me.  Changing my name is probably the only way it would ever happen.  Seriously, would you go to a restaurant named Jill? Veronica’s Fish and Oyster Bar is one of the newest restaurants in the Hillview District, taking over the…read more

Ben’s Soft Pretzels

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A couple weeks ago, a nice young lady named Elise asked if I’d ever tried Ben’s Soft Pretzels.  I hadn’t.  She told me they’d opened a bakery inside the Sarasota Walmart at Lockwood Ridge and University, and then sent me a gift card to try them out. I was asking myself when I’d find the opportunity to…read more

Prime Serious Steak

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Steak is one of those entrées that almost every restaurant offers on their menu.  Some “non-steak” restaurants offer one or two pretty delicious cuts of steak on their menu, while at others it’s all about the steak and only steak, with chicken, pork or fish lucky to receive an honorable mention.  Name a top tier steakhouse and you…read more