Thursday, May 25, 2017

MAY 28, 2017


Please take a few minutes this weekend to remember those who gave their lives in sacrifice to our country.....

SAVOR SARASOTA RESTAURANT WEEK...Returns this Thursday and runs through 6/14.  A three course lunch will cost you $16 while the same number of courses is $32 for dinner.  With over 80 area restaurants participating, I'm sure you'll find a favorite at their extensive web site.  If you are planning to eat out multiple times, then I suggest downloading the APP, which includes menus from participating restaurants.   Click here to download their App.

Several restaurants are starting early. In fact, The Rosemary began serving their Savor menus today, and plan to extend beyond 6/14.  Unlike many participants, The Rosemary's menus are extensive, and include some of their most popular items.  Trust me you will not leave hungry.  I suggest you call early for reservations, as most favorable seating's will be booked.  Call 941-955-7600You can click on here to view both menus. 

Rosemary's Chef Steve

This year marks the 12th of SAVOR SARASOTA.  Along with The Rosemary, and Jack Dusty's, Michael's On East, The Capital Grille, Eupheimia Haye, Hyde Park, Table Creekside and dozens more.   Keep reading throughout the summer, as I will attempt to keep up with the restaurants extending their  promotion.

For those of you still in mourning for last week's Ringling Bros. Circus finale, you're in luck.  Feld Entertainment & The Ringling Museum's summer program begins June 13 and runs through July 29.  This year featuring one of the stars from Circus Sarasota, Bello Nock.  The program is aptly called "IncrediBello!"  He, a world-renowned, gravity-defying comedic daredevil with foot-high hair!

This one hour performance is in The Historic Asolo Theatre.  Tickets are a very reasonable $15 Adult and $12 Child(12 and under).  To order tickets on line just click here. If the phone is your thing 941-358-3180. Or go to box office form 10daily.

Good Enough to Eat!!!
One restaurant not participating  in Savor Sarasota is newly opened BRICK'S BBQ, 1528 State Street. (Some of you may have had samples at Saturday Farmer's Market).  Their menu does not lend itself to that kind of dining; however, if you LOVE BBQ, along with full bar and modern interior, then this is the place for you.

Had dinner there a few weeks ago, and  found the ribs, beef and pulled pork outstanding.  I'd call this an upscale version of Nancy's.  No reservations here, so be prepared to wait during peak hours and weekend.  Their website and logo are a work in progress.

The ODD Couple
Beginning  Thursday on Netflix,  you can stream the 5th season of Frank Underwood's Presidency;  House of Cards returns.  If you're not suffering fatigue from our own election process and it's sorry aftermath then you're really going to enjoy this season as President and Claire Underwood embark on a campaign nearly as bizarre as ours.  Only a television show, shot before and during our election process could be art imitating life.

University's Diverging Diamond
Looking for something to do over the Memorial Day weekend???  Head over to Ellenton's  Premium Outlet Malls exit 224.  We did just that Thursday, before the mad rush.  Even took Diverging  Diamond onto northbound I75, and pleasantly surprised with speed we SAFELY got on expressway.  A vast improvement from opening day Sunday.

Ellenton's Premium Outlet Malls
It's been at least 12 months since last visit, and we picked the right time for this one.  I swear, every store entered  from Saks to Under Armour to Polo to Michael Kors had unbelievable sales.  Discounts from previous discounts; who could come home empty handed????  We didn't!! Open from 10am to 9pm, with extended hours this weekend. 

Parking is sometimes difficult; however, you will always find a space behind Saks.  From there it's shop til you drop!!!

Before my weekly rant, I want to tell you about a landscape lighting company I've had the pleasure of doing business with for over 12 years.  Night Affects  Inc. will design, install and maintain your lighting both front and back for as long as you own your home; and probably after, knowing Mike Flanegin.

Your Pool Area Can Look Like This
It's hard to describe the beauty of our lanai lighting without a picture, but every evening at dusk, I revel in their majesty.  Over the course of these many years, our neighborhood landscape company has either cut a line or hit a light several times.  Without fail, either Mike, Will or Doug have been here the next day to repair the damage.  See Night Affects work for yourselves at their unique web page, by clicking here.  or you can call Mike 941-925-4821.

JIM'S RANT...The deadly attack last week in Manchester put a whole new spin on terrorism.  Targeting children outside an Araina Grande Concert shows the scum will go to any extreme to prevent us from living a normal life.   I can understand Grande's devistation, and  her postponement of a few performances.

But, the show must go on, and as Joe Perry of Aerosmith put it when deciding to continue his tour, "I don't think we want to live like that, or the band wants to live like that, and our fans don't want to live like we've notched it up a bit, and now it's a celebration of freedom and we're not going to stop."   I couldn't agree more!!!!

Ariana Grande is going back to Manchester sooner rather than later.  She is headlining a huge concert in the city a week from today(Sunday).  She will not be alone, as several yet to be named performers will be joining her.  Live Nation will be producing with ALL proceeds going to victims and their families.......


It's good to be back...See you next week...JIM


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