Things To Do

Great New Pub in Sarasota

By | August 29, 2011

I had heard through the grapevine that Jimmy’s Sand Trap had the best pastrami sandwich in town and since my husband has been on a quest to find just that, we stopped in there for lunch recently. Marty confirmed that it is the best he’s had in Sarasota. I ordered a BLT which was loaded with Applewood smoked bacon, crisp lettuce and nicely ripe tomatoes. Each sandwich comes with a Half-Sour pickle and one side. The menu has a wide variety of choices and ours were delicious. They have a selection of over 100 beers to choose from on draft and in bottles including many microbrews as well as a full bar. Daily happy hour is from 4-7pm.

One thing I particularly liked about the place was the pub atmosphere without the smoke (it is a non-smoking establishment). The decor is tastefully golf themed and seating is comfortable. Jimmy’s is located in the shopping center in the southeast corner of Webber and Beneva and is open for lunch and dinner during the week and for dinner on Saturdays.

If you’re looking for a great spot for a casual lunch or dinner, owner Jimmy Galanis will warmly welcome you and serve up a great meal. And if you, like Marty, have been looking for the best pastrami sandwich, you should definitely give Jimmy’s Sand Trap a try.


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Ringling Museum of Art

By | August 18, 2011

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is one of the many treasures in Sarasota. We had been years ago but recently visited again and it just reaffirmed that this is a great place to live, work and play.

The art museum houses many pieces of world class art and the docents there are very knowledgeable. It was interesting to hear the background of how John Ringling collected the pieces and especially how the museum came to be. There is always something new as they frequently have traveling exhibits.

The Ringling’s home on the property, Ca’ d’Zan was built in 1925. The mansion was built in the Venetian Gothic style of architecture and is 36,000 square feet with 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms. You can tour the entire home and plan to spend some time on the terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay. The view is magnificent!

The Circus Museum on the property has been there for many years and is a must for children of all ages. The Ringling’s personal rail car is on display here along with lots of the history of the circus in Sarasota. The Tibbals Learning Center was recently added to the museum which houses the World’s Largest Miniature Circus of the Howard Brothers Circus Model. Howard Tibbals created this replica of the circus over a 50 year period and it’s really amazing to see. The second floor of this building documents the history of the circus complete with memorabilia and artifacts.

We had such a great visit that we were there until they closed at 5pm and decided to have a bite at the restaurant in the Visitor’s Pavilion. Treviso is open for lunch and dinner and they had a summer special running which included dinner for two (2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts) plus a bottle of wine all for $39. That was a deal and the food was terrific! Even if you’re not visiting the museum it’s a great spot for a night out.

We’re so glad we live here and can take advantage of the arts, culture and many dining options in Sarasota. If you haven’t been in awhile, I highly recommend a visit to Ringling!


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“Shop for a Cause” at Macy’s in Sarasota

By | August 11, 2011

On Saturday, August 27, 2011, Macy’s will host its 6th annual “Shop for a Cause” benefiting charities nationwide. The Riverview High School (RHS) Foundation will be selling tickets for $5 each. When you shop with these tickets on that date you will receive 25% off on all regular, sale and clearance merchandise throughout the store. And, you will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary.

To purchase tickets contact any RHS Foundation member or visit their website at This is a great way to support our local school while getting some big savings!

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August in Sarasota

By | July 28, 2011

  1. We’re in the dog days of summer but there are still plenty of things to do around town so don’t miss out! Here’s just a few of the events and activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of August:


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Aug. 1-14th Beyond Bling – Voices of Hip-Hop in Art Sarasota Ringling Museum
Aug. 2nd Sarasota Slam Billfish Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Slam
Aug. 2-28th Our Son’s Wedding Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 3rd Summer Beach Run Venice Sarasota Parks
Aug. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Aug. 5th Live from Downtown Sarasota – It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
August 5th A Midsummer Night’s Stroll Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 6th Sri Lankan Drumming and Dance Troupe Sarasota Dance Troupe
Aug. 6th Ready, Set, Grow Fair Sarasota United Way of Sarasota
Aug. 7th Bradentucky Bombers vs. South Florida Roller Girls Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 10th think+drink(Science) The Naked Universe Series Bradenton South Florida Museum
Aug. 10-31st I Do! I Do! Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Aug. 11-28th Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun Sarasota Banyan Theater Company
Aug. 12th Friday Fest at Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 12-28th The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Venice Venice Theatre
Aug. 12th One Night Rodeo Band Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 13th Ranger Led Kayak Tours @ DeSoto National Memorial Park Bradenton DeSoto National Memorial
Aug. 13th Caroline Rhea @ McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Aug. 16th Bradenton Marauders Home Game Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 16-28th Dynamic Duets of the 70’s Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
Aug. 17-21st American Youth Circus Festival Sarasota American Youth Circus
Aug. 19th Third Friday Art Walk in Towles Court Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 20th Celebration of Brewing at Morton’s Gourmet Market Sarasota Morton’s Market
Aug. 20-21st Hunter Jumper Horse Show Venice Fox Lea Farm
Aug. 27th Sarasota Beer Festival Sarasota Florida Beer Festivals
Aug. 27th The Fabulous Independent Film Festival Sarasota Film Festival

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New Waterfront Dining in Bradenton

By | July 23, 2011

We were happy to discover a new restaurant located right on the bank of the Manatee River in Bradenton. Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar has just been open a couple of weeks but judging by the crowd last night, people have already discovered this great spot for dining or just having a drink.

There is a dining area under cover with tables around a large bar as well as outside tables with umbrellas. Almost all of the seats have a view of the water. They are well prepared if the occasional rain shower rolls in as the restaurant has roll down plastic walls with windows to keep you dry. Even in the heat of the afternoon we were kept cool with the many fans fitted with misters. 

They are open for lunch and dinner and the menu has lots of variety so there is something for everyone. During happy hour (3-6pm) there are drink specials and bar bites at very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is very relaxed…it was like being on vacation for an afternoon!

Adjacent to the restaurant is a thatched roof tiki hut with another bar and lots of seating. They maximized the water views with bar/railing and stools all along the riverfront. If you’re up for an activity, there is a sand volleyball court and they have “cornhole” games set up between the restaurant and bar. And for the sports fan there are a number of big screen tv’s mounted in the tiki hut. Live bands perform every evening. It’s just a fun place so check it out if you’re in the area…you won’t be disappointed!

The location is just north of SR64 (aka Manatee Avenue) on 7th Street East next to the Manatee Landings Marina. If you prefer to come by boat they are at MM24 and have plenty of docking space.



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Cafe Palm

By | July 22, 2011

I have visited Cafe Palm/Media on Main on two occasions. As you may know, I’m a realtor and share an office with two other real estate agents. On that particular day, our space had begun to sound more like the drug induced throes of a Lady Gaga concert than an office with three civilized human beings making business calls. I had no choice but to snatch up my laptop and head for the hills. I needed a place to abuse carbs AND pimp houses (aka network) in a somewhat efficient manner. I had been meaning to visit Cafe Palm / Media on Main for a while. I had this fantasy that it was the type of place that the local “ladies of leisure” might spend their time…you know, sculpted cheekbones and perky lips in tennis skirts, sipping on champaigne and noshing on fresh fruit. Maybe you are one of these ladies, hmm? I’m not mocking you, I’m just jealous. Anyway, I was eager to pretend for an hour or so.

The menu was eclectic and quite frou frou enough to differentiate Cafe Palm from some run of the mill breakfast/lunch place. I opted for the Silicon Valley “Handheld,” which for 10 bucks was a little bit steep for a sandwich. Good thing it wasn’t called a sandwich or I might have thrown the menu into the street and walked right out. Delectable turkey breast, carmelized onions, avocado, and a tasty garlic spread were nestled between two warm pieces of heavenly flatbread. It was fancy and it was darned good. Next time I’m dying for a fancy sandwich, you know where I’m going.

On my second trip I opted for the daily special, which was a chipotle chicken crepe with potatoes, red pepppers, three cheeses, some kind of magical sauce, and pico de gallo. It was good but not great. I figured out that they must have the crepes and the stuffings pre-made so that they can easily fold it up and nuke it. It wasn’t hot, and it was out on my table faster than anybody could have made it. Still, though, it was really quite good, as far as suspected-microwaved meals go. In the future, however, if I’m in the market for really tasty crepes I’ll march a few blocks up to C’est La Vie. There really is no point in eating a crepe anywhere else in Sarasota.

All in all, my excursion was a success. I had a fancy sandwich, did my best to look “leisurely” while sipping my coffee, and got a little bit of business done in the process. As I gathered up my things, those ladies had no idea I was heading back to the office. I’m pretty sure they thought I was headed to the spa.

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Summer: Siesta Key Style

By | July 14, 2011

As a Siesta Key Village resident for the summer we have fully immersed outselves in the Key lifestyle. Morning strolls, the beach in the afternoon, all followed by a walk to the magical sunset has been our daily pattern.

Our teenage sons have found the Key routine as well. Each morning we head to CB’s Saltwater Outfitters to get bait for their morning fishing. They head out to the old fishing pier each morning and return several hours later with tales to tell of the folks they met and a detailed report of the morning catches. A quick bite for lunch at the Pita Pit and a lazy summer day nap fills their afternoon. As soon as the first hint of dusk arrives, they load up gear for sunset fishing. They again gather at the pier with fellow fishermen and take in the beautiful evening. After the sun goes down they come home to drop their poles and head to what has become a nightly routine of ice cream at Big Olaf’s, a Siesta Key tradition.

All of us truly understand why people from all over the world travel to Siesta Key to vacation and make memories!

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Everybody Loves a Parade!

By | July 5, 2011

As part of the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival each year the city of Sarasota hosts a boat parade down Main Street. For the 27th year people from throughout the area as well as some regular out of towners line the street from Highway 301 down to Gulfstream Avenue to take in the festivities. This year there was a block party preceeding the parade with live music, food vendors and lots of people watching.

I have attended several times over the years but didn’t realize its scope. We watched from Five Points toward the end of the route. This parade has something for everyone: motorcycle police,

military color guard,

police department, fire department,

Coast Guard, the Mayor of Sarasota and other elected officials followed by many of the boats in town for the race on Sunday. 

If you haven’t been to the boat parade before it’s a fun event so mark your calendar for next year during the last week in June.

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July in Sarasota

By | June 30, 2011

Celebrate our nation’s independence this month by getting out and enjoying all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of July:


Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
July 1st Downtown Sarasota First Friday Sarasota City of Sarasota
July 1st Village Art Walk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
July 1-2nd Sarasota Stars & Stripes Celebration Sarasota Players Theatre
July 1-2nd Grand Prix Festival Powerboats by the Bay at Centennial Park Sarasota Suncoast Offshore Races
July 1-3rd Beatlemania Now Bradenton Manatee Players
July 2-3rd 9th Annual St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle
July 3rd 27th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race Lido Beach Suncoast Offshore Boat Races
July 4th A Star Spangled Tropical July 4th Celebration 2011 Sarasota Selby Gardens
July 4th Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular !! Sarasota 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th Siesta Key Community Fireworks Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 5th Summer Beach Run Siesta Key Sarasota County Parks & Recreation
July 7th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
July 8-11th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
July 9th Summer Arts & Crafts Fair Venice Venice Community Center
July 9-10th Flea Market & Collectibles Fair Sarasota City of Sarasota
July 10th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
July 12th 2nd Annual Kid’s Art Exhibit Bradenton Art Center Manatee
July 15th Friday Fest 2011 – Yesterdayze Band Sarasota Van Wezel Auditorium
July 16th Snooty’s 63rd Birthday Bash Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 20th Summer Beach Run Venice Summer Beach Runs
July 21st Get Down Downtown Bradenton Realize Bradenton
July 21st Island Nights Venice City of Venice
July 22nd Friday Night Live Venice Venice Main Street
July 23rd Psychic Fair Sarasota City of Sarasota
July 30th Downtown Farmer’s Market Sarasota City of Sarasota

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Venice Theatre

By | June 23, 2011

The Venice Theatre located on tropical Venice island offers two
theatres packed with a wide variety of entertainment. Whether
it’s classic musicals, comedies or retro singing groups such as Paul
Revere and the Raiders, The Venice Theatre provides
eight shows a week during the season with early shows and traditional

The Venice Theatre offers a variety of subscriber options. Flex-Pass
allows you to pick your own shows or get a full subscription which
saves you more than 15% off single ticket price. You won’t ever miss a
show because it’s sold out. Best of all you are given first priority
in seat selection with guaranteed renewal of your seats year after year.

Venice theatre main stage productions.
The Dixie Swim Club
September 27 – October 16, 2011
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
A funny and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. Five
Southern women, who met many years ago on their college swim team, get
together every August at a beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Free from husbands, kids and work, they drink, swim and enjoy their
long-time friendships.  Described as Steel Magnolias meets Same Time Next

Big River
November 1 – 27, 2011
Music by Roger Miller
Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
This epic musical sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible
Huck Finn helps his friend Jim escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio
River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and
heartwarming. Propelled by an award-winning score from country music icon
Roger Miller, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical
celebration of pure Americana.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe
The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
January 10 – 29, 2012
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
The longest-running musical revue ever! Featuring nine powerful performers
and nearly 40 of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll and R & B songs ever recorded.
Exploring the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined, Smokey Joe’s
Cafe isn’t just great music – it’s compelling musical theatre.

The Music Man
February 14 – March 11, 2012
Book, Music & Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
There’s trouble in River City when fast-talking traveling salesman Professor
Harold Hill bursts into this small, quirky Iowa town. Winner of five Tony
Award in 1957, this perennial favorite has stood the test of time.

Stand by Your Van (World Premiere!)
April 3 – 22, 2012
By Anna Reynolds
See a show – win a truck! This interactive play about competitive hysteria,
will-power and a pickup truck has six different endings!  Its
“touch-the-truck” competition is reminiscent of the popular dance marathons
of 1930s America. Who will be the last one standing?

Driving Miss Daisy
May 8 – 20, 2012
By Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry’s sentimental comedy spans 25 years in the lives of a stubborn
Southern matriarch and her proud chauffeur.  Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer
Prize for Drama and adapted into an Oscar-winning film.

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