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Casey Key’s Best Kept Secret

By | April 27, 2011

Casey Key Fish House was established in 2000 and offers waterside dining at Marker 32 along the Intracoastal Waterway. Whether you come by land or sea, you will not be disappointed.

Casual dining with reasonable prices, along with a great menu including Fish and Chips, Daily Specials and of course, Willie’s Famous Bouillabaisse will keep you coming back.

Tiki Bar

The Fish House is open from 11:30 to 9 seven days a week. Plan to arrive early to avoid a long wait. However if you do get there late… “no worries” you can hang out at the Tiki Bar until your table is ready. The Tiki Bar’s great outdoor atmosphere provides a wide variety of music including the sounds of Kool Breeze Band with Duane Freeman on his magic saxophone. So take off your flip flops and dance in the sand. Waiting never got better!

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April in Sarasota

By | March 31, 2011

Spring has sprung and the weather couldn’t be better! Get out and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of April:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
April 1st SFF Moonlight Movies: Megamind Nokomis Sarasota Film Festival
April 2nd 25th Annual Run for the Turtles Siesta Key Mote Marine Aquarium
April 2-3rd Flea Market & Collectible Fair Sarasota Flea Market
April 2nd YouthArts Fest Sarasota Sarasota Arts
April 3rd US Polo Assn. Southeast Regional Classic Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 3rd DeSoto Seafood Festival Bradenton Seafood Festival
April 4th Asolo Rep’s Starry Night Dinner: Dinner on Stage Sarasota Asolo Theatre
April 6th Viagara Falls @ Van Wezel Performing Art Hall Sarasota Van Wezel
April 8-10th Vinyl Music Festival Sarasota Vinyl Festival
April 8-10th Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 7-17th Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 9th Eco Fest Celebrating 41st Anniversary Earth Day 2011 Sarasota Sarasota Eco Fest
April 10th The Broadway Boys – Venice Theatre Concert on MainStage Venice Venice Theatre
April 11th Sarasota Film Festival: Youth Screenwriters’ Circle LIVE! Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 14th Art after 5: Gallery Walk and Talk Sarasota Ringling Museum
April 15-17th Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 15th Reels at Rossi: Secretariat Bradenton Rossi Park
April 15th Sarasota Orchestra Pops: Hitchcock Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
April 16th Suncoast BBQ Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 16th Hula Hooping at the Downtown Farmers Mkt. Bradenton Bradenton Farmers Market
April 16th Pups at the Point-Spanish Point Osprey Spanish Point
April 20th Monty Python’s Spamalot Sarasota Van Wezel
April 23rd Annual Easter Party and Egg Hunt Siesta Key Siesta Key Egg Hunt
April 23rd Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt North Port North Port Egg Hunt
April 23rd Easter Egg Hunt Bradenton Bradenton Egg Hunt
April 28-30th Gulf Coast Open Fishing Tournament Sarasota Gulf Coast Open Fishing Tournament
April 30th 33rd Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Art Festival
April 30th DeSoto Grand Parade Bradenton DeSoto Parade

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Gecko’s Trivia Wednesday

By | March 28, 2011

Why haven’t you been to the new Gecko’s on Hillview?   Gecko’s fills a void that Southside Village was lacking: really good food at a really good price.  It feels like Southside Village and not like you’re at a bar in a strip mall (like, um, at the original Gecko’s at the Landings).  It’s really nice in there: loft celings, beautiful rough-edged granite bar and table tops, and plenty of room to pack in the crowds, which they’ve managed to do quite effectively since opening earlier this summer.

My favorite night to go is Wednesday nights for team trivia.  My mom and I are regulars, and when it’s just the two of us we are known as the “Two Non-Blondes.”  I refuse to explain why this is ironic.  We’ve won quite a few times, actually, so our outings usually pay for themselves (there are cash prizes for 1st-3rd places).  If you’re playing, don’t even think about pulling your smart phone out during the game or you will see me tattling on you to the bartender…yes, I’m that girl.  And you don’t want to upset Josh, because he is one of the best bartenders in this town.

Their entrees are big enough to split, especially the New Orleans pasta with blackened chicken, which is what we usually order…sets us back $10.59, which doesn’t even use up a whole 3rd place trivia gift card.  Where else in Sarasota can you get fresh fish, vegetables, and a tasty side for $10.99?  The seared tuna is excellent, and I’m embarrassed to say I had to try it off of someone else’s plate because I wasn’t brave enough to try rare fish in a pub.  The chicken burrito  is also excellent and can feed two.  They also have weekly specials that are always REALLY good, for those of us who are in there so often that we get sick of the menu.  In terms of bar food, the hummus plate is very good and so big it’s a scene $7.99, and their quesadillas ($8.99 for chicken) and homemade potato chips smothered with blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette ($8.99) are also big enough to share with a few people.  The chips and salsa and/or queso are just blah.

Their happy hour specials are the best in Sarasota: discounted domestic drafts and two for one wells and house wines until 7 p.m.  I recently purchased a Happy Hour Joker Card through a nifty little promotion they had through the Sarasota Board of Realtors, which means my happy hour lasts until 8!  They have my favorite beer (Abita Purple Haze) on draft, and their house wines are very, very decent.  If you go there, tell them the “Two Non-Blondes” sent you.

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Dining on Siesta Key

By | March 11, 2011

The Cottage on Siesta Key is my second home.  I am so fortunate to be a part of another wonderful business.  I have been in a management position for this exceptional restaurant for over a month now.  It is hidden behind The Hub on Avenida Messina in the Siesta Key village.  Chef Darwin Santa Maria is well known for his unique and sensational peruvian entree dishes.   My favorite is the Tuna Tiraditos which is a sashimi dish.  If you have not yet enjoyed this restaurant, please come visit me, soon.  We have live entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Ladies night is Wednesday with DJ Russ.  Looking forward to your arrival!

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Biking the Legacy Trail

By | March 7, 2011

Biking just got better..

We are so lucky down here in Venice. Along the Intercoastal Waterway are paved paths that can be used by bicyclists. On one side the path takes you all the way to South Venice and ends at the Shamrock Park and Nature Center. The other meanders along the trail with a detour through quaint neighborhoods ending at Casperson Beach. Both start at the Historic Train Station located next to the Venice Bridge. (http://www.vabi.org/vwp.htm)

 In addition you can choose the new Legacy Trail which runs from the train station all the way up to Sarasota offering multiple stops along the way. (http://www.co.sarasota.fl.us/LegacyTrail/default.asp)

 Whether you use the Venetian Waterway or the Legacy Trail, there is ample parking at various designated parking areas. So come on down and have a fun day!

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March in Sarasota

By | February 28, 2011


"Unconditional Surrender" on Sarasota's Bayfront

Spring is here and our weather is outstanding so get out and enjoy the area. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of March:


Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
March 1st An Evening with Lucille Ball: “Thank You for Asking” Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
March 1st Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium Sarasota Baltimore Orioles
March 1-18th National Watercolor Society Annual Traveling Exhibit Bradenton Art Center Manatee
March 2nd “Better Together: Life is What You Make It” A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett Sarasota Community Foundation
March 3rd Blue Grass Jam @ Bee Ridge Park Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
March 4th Sarasota Ballet presents “Out of Denmark” Sarasota Sarasota Ballet
March 5-6th 10th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic Venice Venice Art Classic
March 5th 4th Annual Chillounge Night Sarasota Chillounge Night
March 5th Englewood Music Festival Englewood Englewood Music Festival
March 6th Siesta Key Organic Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
March 6th Sarasota Polo BrightHouse Networks Cup Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
March 7th Lecture: “Tracking the World’s Largest Shark” Sarasota Mote Aquarium
March 7th Line Dancing @ Venice Community Center Sarasota Sarasota County
March 7th Free Admission @ Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota Ringling Museum
March 8th “Masquerade – Mardi Gras St. Armands Style” Sarasota St. Armands Circle
March 9th think & drink (science): The Science of Brewing Bradenton South Florida Museum
March 10-18th Mixon’s Free Concert and Orange Blossom Festival Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
March 11th Badminton @ Arlington Park Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
March 12th Imagine – The Artwork of John Lennon Sarasota St. Armands Circle Assoc.
March 12th Spring into Outdoors Fest @ Snook Haven Venice Snook Haven Park
March 16th Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training vs. Toronto Blue Jays Bradenton Pittsburgh Pirates
March 17th Moon Over Myakka Bike Ride Sarasota Myakka State Park
March 19th Sarasota Springfest 2011 Sarasota Springfest
March 19th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market & Art Show Bradenton Farmer’s Market
March 19-20th 11th Annual Art at the Ranch Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
March 21st Couture in the Courtyard Bradenton South Florida Museum
March 25th Movies & Martinis @ Village of the Arts Bradenton Realize Bradenton
March 25-26th Fuzion Dance Artists @ Jane B. Cook Theater Sarasota SRQ Magazine
March 26-27th Sarasota Folk Festival Osprey Sarasota Folk Festival
March 31st Brown Bag Concert @ Phillippi Estate Sarasota Sarasota County Parks

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It’s Strawberry Season At Detweiler’s Farmer’s Market!

By | February 21, 2011

Detweiler's Farmer's MarketOne of the coolest things about living in Florida is our year-long growing season.  We’ve got the juiciest tomatoes in the summertime, the biggest strawberries in the wintertime, the best you-name-it in the meantime – and no matter what your flavor, we’ve got the best place to get it: Detweiler’s Farmer’s Market.

To us locals, Detweiler’s isn’t a big secret (no matter how much we’d like it to be).  Simply put, it’s just the best place in Sarasota to get your produce.  I go out of my way at least once a week to see what Henry, Sr.’s got for dinner, and I don’t even GLANCE at the produce department at the supermarkets anymore.

And that’s not even the best part …

Back by the deli counter, just around the corner from the specialty cheese display, there’s a genuine, bonafide Big Olaf ice cream stand.  You haven’t had ice cream until you’ve tried Sarasota’s local creamery – hands down the best ice cream in the world – and right now they’re selling fresh strawberry milkshakes made with real Florida strawberries.

Here’s what Henry, Sr. says about his shop:

I love to see the smile  on your face, when you tell me, thats the way I remember it tasting …when  mom or dad picked it FRESH from their Garden.

You know what I love, Henry?  Strawberries.

Detweiler’s Farmer’s Market

Detweiler’s Farmers Market

6000 Palmer Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34232

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February 2011 Schedule of Events

By | January 27, 2011

Whether you’re here for a visit or able to enjoy this “Winter” weather all year long, there’s something for everyone in and around Sarasota during the month of February. Take a look at a just a few of the events:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
Feb 1st Improv at Florida Studio Theatre Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Feb 1-5th Sarasota Jazz Festival Sarasota Sarasota Jazz Club
Feb 2nd Beginning PhotographersSarasota Photo Camp Sarasota Premier Photo Camp
Feb 2-3 Casey Key Fine Arts Show Nokomis Casey Key Art Show
Feb 3-21st Circus Sarasota “The Edge” Sarasota Circus Sarasota
Feb 4th Vinology “Uncork Your World” Bradenton South Florida Museum
Feb 4-6th Sarasota Ballet’s “A Right Royal Affair” Sarasota FSU Performing Arts Center
Feb 5-6th Winterfest Arts & Craft Festival Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
Feb 5th Ovation Performing Arts Festival Lakewood Ranch Main Street @ Lakewood Ranch
Feb 5th-Mar 22nd Winter Opera Festival “La Boheme” Sarasota Sarasota Opera House
Feb 6th German State Philharmonic with Philippe Entremont Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Feb 6th Suncoast Concert Band “Love and Sport” Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
Feb 7-9th Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Feb 8th Life through the Seasons on Shell Creek – Lemon Bay Park Englewood Florida Native Plant Society
Feb 10th Art After 5 at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb 10th Mixon’s Free Concert in the Grove Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Feb 10-13th 26th Annual “Greek Glendi – A Greek Festival” Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb 10-21st Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb 11th Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular Sarasota Sahib Shrine Auditorium
Feb 12th Buttons & Bows Square Dancing Venice Woodmere Park
Feb 12th The Glass Onion Band’s Beatles Tribute Concert Sarasota Sarasota Car Museum
Feb 12th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Bradenton Farmer’s Market
Feb 12th Celebration on the Bay Concert Sarasota New College of Florida
Feb 13th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Feb 13th Sundays at Neel featuring The Kingston Trio Sarasota State College of Florida
Feb 14th Valentine’s Day at the Beach Siesta Key Siesta Key
Feb 15th Love Those Lyrics Concert Longboat Key Longboat Key Center for the Arts
Feb 15-Mar 13th “The King and I” Venice Venice Theatre
Feb 18th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Feb 18th Myakka Friends Nature Adventure: A Ride on the Wild Side Sarasota Myakka State Park
Feb 19th 29th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Bradenton Cortez Village
Feb 20th SRQ Magazine Cup at the Polo Fields Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
Feb 24-27th Venice Italian Feast & Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb 26-27th 20th Annual Lido Tides Arts & Crafts Show Lido Key Lido Tides Arts & Craft Show
Feb 26-27th Fine Arts Show & Sale Venice Events Calendar
Feb 26-27th Plant & Garden Festival Sarasota Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Feb 28th Monday Night at the Movies“Women in Love Sarasota Historic Asolo Theater

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Captain Curt’s on Siesta Key

By | January 20, 2011

This isn’t your grandfather’s karaoke.  But there is one 80-ish year old dude who regularly brings down the house at Captain Curt’s if you’re lucky enough to catch him on one of the Karaoke nights: (Thurs-Sat).  The scene is more locals and people who really think they can sing (some can really belt one out!) over drunken bachelorettes who “will survive,” though they will always manage to make their appearance eventually.  Sing, clap along, and try to do more “laughing with” than “laughing at.”  Some of the best free entertainment on Siesta Key outside of watching the dance floor at the Beach Club.

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Merry Christmas From Lake Sarasota!

By | December 29, 2010

Diane McDonald's House O' LightsI am proud to admit that I live in the Lake Sarasota subdivision and we do have many families that are involved with helping children and their families throughout this holiday season. There was a wonderful gathering of residents to put on a benefit to adopt a family for Christmas. They had games and events along with auction items to raise fund of $1000.00 for these families. The Golf Frisbee Park was the site that this event took place. I was very proud of my 17 year old son Sean who brought the children together for some extra fun events. The families were picked by Lake View Elementary School nearby.

Come by my home to view the lights. Merry Christmas!

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