Friday, April 21, 2017

APRIL 23, 2017


VOGUE magazine, with its May issue on newsstands now, extols the virtues of Sarasota.  In a featured editorial, praise is heaped on our community for sandy white beaches, architecture, dinning, shopping and attractions.   Highlighted are Sarasota Museum of Art, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum along with Owen's Fish Camp, Shore, Star Fish Company, Ritz-Carlton and more.

Several months ago, I had many unfavorable comments about then recently opened BOCA restaurant 19 S. Lemon. This week, I am doing a complete 180 degree turn.  After two trips back for lunch and dinner, I am happy to say their act is not only together, it is in my estimation SHOCK,  one of the best new eateries in the Sarasota downtown area.

Their modern interior and prime location is reason enough for a large millennial turn-out.  Sure it's noisy with little room between tables.  However, their outstanding menu is locally inspired with emphasis on farm to table. You are provided with a long list of local farms supplying BOCA with fresh vegetables, fruits and meats daily.

Even with outside and two level seating, there is normally a wait.  Open daily 11a.m. to 11p.m. daily with an additional hour on weekends, call 941-254-3565 for a reservation.
Long time friend and blog reader Joan Blum writes about her recent discovery of Marietta Museum of Art and  WHIMSY 2121 N. Tamiami Trail. I'm sure many of you have passed this location and wondered what was inside. 

Joan  did the other day and writes, ..."If you love whimsical, sometimes unusual art, you will really enjoy Whimsy.  Filled with paintings, sculpture and one-of-a-kind art objects never seen before.  There is no admission cost, just a request for $5 donation used to maintain this free attraction. Open Thursday-Sunday 1-4p.m.  Closed for summer May 27 and reopen early September."

Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump on SNL
If you haven't been watching NBC's Saturday Night Live this season, you've missed one of their best.  For Alec Baldwin playing the role of President Donald Trump, it's been a boon for his career.  First with a hit movie and now a best selling book Nevertheless; a candid and honest look at  a very public entertainer.   You can catch the last Live for this season next Saturday 11:30.  If you are adventurous, most of the shows are On Demand.

In a few weeks, schools will close for summer break leaving 40,000 children without their free or reduced price school meal provided by ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK.  With your help, the program continues through the break. Every dollar you contribute will be matched!  You can make a donation now by clicking here.

A growing trend in the food service industry are pre-made meals.  Since the closing of Let's Eat,  this concept has only been available to us on line.  No more, as Fitlife opens Thursday.  Their location is The Market at UTC 5275 University Parkway   If you are unfamiliar with this location, among its occupants are Kohl's, Peltz, and what is already a strong contender for pre-made meals, Fresh Market.

Fitlife Chef
With several locations in Tampa and St. Pete, Fitlife is well positioned for success.  They claim their meals are "healthy, with more than 65 items including gluten-free, vegetarian, and other options."  Prices range from $5 to $13 and include breakfast, lunch and dinner.  To view complete menu click here.


JIM'S RANT.....To all you nay-seyers and doubters regarding UTC, you can take that egg off your face now.  A few visits over several weeks was more than enough to convince me the Mall was thriving.  The stores are busier than when first opened.  The restaurants are packed for most peak hours and the parking lots are pretty full.  The coming summer will be a test, but Rowing visitors will more than make up for any shortfall.....

Once Again thanks for reading....see you next week....JIM


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