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Oak & Stone for Pizza & Beer

By | January 16, 2018

Oak & Stone

Oak & Stone

Oak & Stone restaurant features craft beer and artisan pizza. We had occasion to dine there for a casual night out recently and were happy to find this great spot in the University Parkway/Honore Avenue area of Sarasota.

They have created a place that is suitable for a boys night, a date night, or a family dinner with a warm and welcoming space for all ages. There is an open air kitchen, dining room, full bar, and a variety of seating options including an outside patio area outfitted with gas heaters for this cooler weather, billiards table, corn hole and large screen TV’s with the latest sporting events.

Oak & Stone PizzaTheir artisanal wood-fired pizzas are the star of the menu…handcrafted with dough that undergoes a 36 hour fermentation process with triple filtered water and topped with sauce that will keep you coming back for more.  Whether you are partial to B.Y.O.P. (build your own pie) or selecting one of the many custom craft pizzas. The standard tavern fare is elevated with options such as Sticky Porter BBQ Sliders, Pretzel Crusted Tuna Sashimi, or Triple Cheddar Pale Ale Mac. Fresh offerings such as delicious salads and hummus plate round out the menu. We opted for the BBQ chicken pizza to share along with a salad and this was plenty for two.

Oak & Stone BeerYou can’t forget the beer as Oak & Stone boasts the largest RIFD technology self-serve brew wall in the region, with 56 taps of golden beer goodness that you can pour by the ounce. Showcasing local and American craft breweries. The great thing about this is that you can try a sip before choosing a beer to accompany your meal.

The next time you’re in the mood for a casual night out check out Oak & Stone!

 

 

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Anna’s Deli Siesta Key & Sarasota

By | December 30, 2017

Anna's Deli

Anna's DeliOne of the mainstays in casual dining in Sarasota is Anna’s Deli. They have been around since 1971 and currently operate two locations: one on Siesta Key and one in the University Park area of Sarasota. They are consistently winning “Best Of…” awards in Sarasota.

They do have your typical deli fare but what sets them apart is their specialty sandwiches. I stopped in for lunch recently and had their famous “Surfer” sandwich which features thinly sliced turkey, ham and cucumber with swiss cheese and their special sauce. This is served on your choice of bread which is always fresh. The sandwich easily feeds two people and at around $8 is a real bargain!

The restaurants are open from 10:30am to 4:00pm daily. You can eat in or take out from either location. To view the menu and locations visit www.annasdelis.com or call 941-349-4888.

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3rd Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

By | December 23, 2017

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

Sarasota Seafood & Music FestivalThe 3rd Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival will be held on January 20-21, 2018.  This year the event will take place at Gulfstream and Main near JD Hamel Park. General admission and live musical performances are free, as is parking downtown on the weekends.

Select from exquisite foods cooked on site incorporating the freshest ingredients by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Choose from seafood dishes using grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp, soft-shell crabs and more. Meat entrees and a variety of vegetarian and rice dishes also are offered. Choose from a selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.

While enjoying your meal, sit back and relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups performing live onstage in such genres as R&B, rock, soul, jazz and Caribbean.  For dessert, enjoy shopping in a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products.

Hours are 10 am to 6 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  General admission to the event and musical performances is FREE.

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January in Sarasota

By | December 21, 2017

January 2018

January 2018

 

Kick off the new year by enjoying one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of January:

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Jan. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 6-7th 11th Annual Coquina Beach “Winter Fest” Bradenton Beach Winterfest
Jan. 6-7th Orchid Show & Sale Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 11-14th Fun in the Sun Miniature Show Venice MiniaturiaUnlimited.com
Jan. 11-21st Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 13th 14th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota Wilde Automotive/Sarasota YMCA
Jan. 13th 30th Annual Circus Ring of Fame Induction Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 13-14th 6th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
Jan. 15th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Jan. 19-21st Venice-Nokomis Rotary26th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival Venice Venice Nokomis Rotary
Jan. 19-21st Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
Jan. 19-21st Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Jan. 20th Venice Farmer’s Market Venice City of Venice
Jan 20-21st 3rd Annual Sarasota Music & Seafood Festival Sarasota SeafoodFestivals.com
Jan. 22nd Venice Concert Band Winter Concert Venice Venice Performing Arts Center
Jan. 27th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 27th Gasparilla Piratefest Parade Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 27-28th 14th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle
Jan. 27th Sarasota Highland Games & Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Jan. 27th 1927 Historic Train Depot Tour Venice City of Venice
Jan. 27-28th 6th Annual Shake, Rattle andSoul Fest Sarasota ShakeRattleandSoulFest.com
Jan. 28th Temple Sinai’s 10th Annual Jewish Food Festival Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 28th 48th Annual Devereaux-KaiserCollector Car Meet Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to ViewHomesontheGulfCoast.com. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

 

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New Year’s Eve at Selby Gardens

By | November 30, 2017

Selby Gardens

Selby GardensMarie Selby Botanical Gardens is hosting Sarasota’s most sophisticated and diversely entertaining New Year’s Eve experience; a black-tie event featuring a private journey through tropical holiday light displays, passed hors d’oeuvres, a seated four course dinner, live entertainment and dancing at Michael’s on the Bay. The countdown to the New Year culminates with a champagne toast and a perfect view of fireworks overlooking the Sarasota Bay. Celebrate the New Year in style.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Selby Gardens

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December in Sarasota

By | November 20, 2017

With Thanksgiving behind us the holiday season is in full swing in Sarasota. There are many of activities and events to choose from. Here are just a few:

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Dec. 1st 39th Annual Holiday Night of Lights Lido Key St Armands Circle Association
Dec. 1-31st Holly Days and Mangrove Lights Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Dec. 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Dec. 1-2nd A Village Christmas Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Dec. 1-3rd 6th Annual Bradenton Blues Fest Bradenton Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec. 2nd The Venice Christmas Boat Parade Venice Venice Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 2nd Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade Sarasota Sarasota Holiday Parade
Dec. 2-3rd Siesta Key Seafood & Music Festival Siesta Key Paragon Events
Dec. 3rd Ybor City Cigar Heritage Festival Ybor City Cigar Festival
Dec. 3-10th 44th Annual Singing Christmas Tree Sarasota First Sarasota
Dec. 6-7th Celebrate the Season Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Dec. 7th Annual Christmas Walk Venice City of Venice
Dec. 8th Holidays Around the Ranch Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Dec. 9th Porches in the Park Lido Key St Armands Circle Association
Dec. 9th 32nd Annual Sarasota Christmas

Boat Parade of Lights

Sarasota Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 14,21,28th Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 14th Winter Showcase Concert of the

RHS Kiltie Band

Sarasota RHS Kilites
Dec. 16th Main Street Live Bradenton City of Bradenton
Dec. 18th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 22nd North Port Farmer’s Market North Port City of North Port
Dec. 21-30th Selby Gardens “Lights in Bloom” Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 23rd Sidewalk Astronomy Bradenton Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Dec. 26-29th Sailor Circus Holiday Spectacular Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory
Dec. 31st New Year’s Eve at Selby Gardens Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 31st “Main Street Live” New Year’s Eve Bradenton City of Bradenton

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to ViewHomesontheGulfCoast.com. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

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20th Annual Manatee River Holiday Parade

By | November 17, 2017

Manatee River Holiday Parade

Manatee River Holiday ParadeDon’t miss the 20th annual Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 9th from 6-9:00pm. The parade of lighted boats begins at dusk near Snead Island. The route then proceeds east past the Bradenton Yacht Club, to Riverhouse Reef and Grill and the Regatta Pointe Marina. The parade turns south at the Green Bridge and moves onward to PIER 22 and the Twin Dolphin Marina. Public viewing sites are available from the Green Bridge Pier, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, PIER 22 and on the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.

For more information visit Manatee River Holiday Parade.

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Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen

By | November 14, 2017

Bravo Food 2

Bravo Food 2 Bravo FoodBravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen opened recently at the Westfield Siesta Key Mall. It is part of the Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, which operates both Bravo Cucina Italiana and its sister chain, Brio Tuscan Grille. They feature fresh flavors in a relaxed atmosphere.

Bravo serves fresh pastries and coffee in the morning, as well as lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekend. The menu offers items such as a double-stacked burger with white cheddar and a shaved vegetable salad for lunch, a crispy fish sandwich with Sriracha and grilled Branzino for dinner, and avocado toast and shrimp and grits for brunch. The bar serves cocktails like a spicy mango tequila or a cucumber basil gimlet, or you can pick from the list of 30 wines and local craft beers.

Open seven days a week, the restaurant is located at Hwy. 41 (Tamiami Trail) and Siesta Key Drive. They do take reservations at www.coastalbarandkitchen.com/reservations.html or you can call them directly at (941) 316-0868.

 

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November in Sarasota

By | October 24, 2017

November 2017 Give Thanks

November 2017 Give Thanks
With cooler fall temperatures, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that the Sarasota area has to offer. Here are just a few of the many events going on around town during November: 

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Nov. 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Nov. 3-12th Cine-World Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Society
Nov. 4th 15th Annual Ferrari’s On The Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 4th 18th Annual Original Mullet Smoke-Off Terra Ceia Island Terra Ceia Village Improvement Assn.
Nov. 4th Taste of Manatee Bradenton RealizeBradenton
Nov. 4-5th 7th Annual Beer, Boats & Bacon Sarasota Beer, Boats & Bacon
Nov. 4-5th 30th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Nov. 4-5th

 

Nathan Benderson Park Rowing Festival Sarasota Nathan Benderson Park
Nov. 4-5th FSDA Sarasota Stamp Show Sarasota FloridaStampShows.com
Nov.4-5, 11-12, 18-19th Sarasota Medieval Fair Sarasota Sarasota Medieval Fair
Nov. 6-7th Sahib Shrine Circus Sarasota Sahib Shrine Circus
Nov. 10-13th Sarasota Chalk Festival Venice Chalk Festival
Nov. 10-13th Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition Siesta Key Siesta Key Crystal Classic
Nov. 11th Sarasota Veterans’ Day Parade Sarasota VetFriends.com
Nov. 11th 16th Annual Suncoast Food & Wine Festival Lakewood Ranch SuncoastFoodandWineFest.com
Nov. 11th Symphony on the Sand Anna Maria Island Symphony on the Sand
Nov. 11-12th 29th Annual St. Armands Circle Fall Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 18th 16th Annual Art Show and Sale Lakewood Ranch Creative Arts Association
Nov. 18-19th Sarasota Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Festival.net
Nov. 17-19th Englewood Beach Waterfest EnglewoodBeachWaterfest.com
Nov. 19th 26th Annual Ponies Under the Palms Lakewood Ranch FlaCarShows.com
Nov. 19th Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota SuncoastConcertBand.org
Nov. 20th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Nov. 24th Holly Holidays Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Nov. 25th Venice Holiday Parade Venice City of Venice
Nov. 25th Sidewalk Astronomy at the Celery Fields Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Nov. 25th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to View Homes on the Gulf Coast. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

 

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The Singing Christmas Tree in Sarasota

By | October 21, 2017

Singing Christmas Tree

Singing Christmas TreeIf you’ve never seen Sarasota’s Singing Christmas Tree maybe this is the year to mark that off your list. It’s really something unique to see and during the Christmas season is a fun way to get into the spirit of the holidays.

The singing Christmas tree is 30 feet tall, has over 10,000 lights, 12 levels and holds 115 choir members. It has been a downtown Sarasota tradition for over 40 years hosted by First Sarasota Baptist Church. Performances begin on Sunday, December 3rd this year.

Tickets go on sale next Saturday, October 28th at 9:00am. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. For the schedule and ticket information visit First Sarasota

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