Good morning, and again welcome to the sights of the season. Only two more days until Christmas and one week until the last blog of 2012. Again, this week I will begin with the sights of the season.
RINCON CUBANO was written up this week in the Herald Tribune. Though my review would not be as glowing, if you like Cuban food and don't like spending an arm and leg for it, RINCON, tucked in a strip-mall on Honore and 17th is an ideal neighborhood restaurant for a fast bite. We also visited old favorites, JPAN and CARMEL CAFE. Both continue to grow in popularity, especially JPAN which has a wait most nights in both locations.
Also ventured to RIVERWALK along the BRADENTON waterfront. A few miles of sidewalk along with parks, amphitheater, skate boarding, a water fall for kids, and areas for sitting, this is an ideal location for a walk or bike ride. From there a few miles west on 12th street is OLD BRADENTON, where you can find several dining options from coffee, to sandwiches, to bar food.
For several years now, BRADENTON has been easy to avoid, but with it's MANATEE PLAYERS thriving along with its SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM and Bishop Planetarium, it is thriving as a tourist destination or a day trip for those of us who live here.
Next week I will give a review of 2012 along
with a preview of PINEAPPLE DROP, the return of SARASOTA'S traditional New Year's Eve celebration on Main Street.
Until then have a great week. Jason is actually here editing and proofing the blog this week. He is on his way to Ft. Lauderdale for Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas. See you next week..... JIM.