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Alpine Steakhouse in Sarasota

By | June 15, 2017

Alpine Steakhouse
Alpine Steakhouse
If you’ve never heard of the Alpine Steakhouse in Sarasota you are missing out on  something of a cultural landmark. Being more than 40 years old, it was the first place in Sarasota to specialize in prime meats of the New York City steakhouse persuasion, and has continually been operated and crafted to perfection by the same family. It’s a combination butcher shop, market and restaurant.

Since opening in 1975, Alpine Steakhouse has specialized in homemade ingredients and prime meats pioneered by Karl Ehmer, the revolutionary butcher from New York City. Matt Rebhan’s father, Mark, took over the business of his father, Henry, and the restaurant continues to be a collaborative father-son family effort for your enjoyment to this day.

Diners, Drive-Ins, DivesIt was also the first, and remains the only, place in the whole state that sells fresh TurDucKen, a contemporary Cajun dish involving a whole boneless turkey stuffed with a whole boneless chicken, a whole boneless duck and any mix of sausage and seasoned bread dressing. The dish is immensely complicated, requiring the knife skills of a surgeon, and, with actual roasting time, takes 16 hours to prepare. It has been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” show on the Food Network.

Alpine Steakhouse is proud to be the recipient of the Sarasota Magazine Readers’ Choice award for “Best Restaurant for Steak” for the past consecutive four years. You are tempted by only the best prime dry-aged steaks, veal, lamb, chops, chicken and fresh seafood to make your dining decision exciting enough before you consider the traditional German specialties like wiener-schnitzel, sauerbraten and bratwurst and more. And with more than 60 imported beers along with an extensive fine wine selection every palate will be more than satisfied.

Alpine Steakhouse Entry

They are centrally located in at 4520 S. Tamiami Trail and hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am to 9:30pm and closed on Sunday. Phone 941-922-3797.

 

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June in Sarasota

By | May 30, 2017

June Flowers

June Flowers

Summer begins and school’s out so it’s a fun time to take in 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 June:

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June 1-14th Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Various Savor Sarasota
June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 2nd First Friday Art Walk at Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 3rd Suncoast Dragon Boat Festival at Nathan Benderson Park Sarasota Suncoast International Dragon Boat Festival
June 3rd 3rd Annual Dairy Day Festival Myakka City Dakin Dairy Farms
June 3rd World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 7th Lance’s Cruzin to the Hop Car Show Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 8-24th Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 9th Friday Night Free Music Venice City of Venice
June 9th US Rowing Youth National Championships Sarasota Bradenton Gulf Islands
June 9-11th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
June 10-11th 16th Annual St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 12th Bradenton Marauders Home Game vs Tampa Bradenton Marauders Schedule
June 13th

August 8th

Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Sarasota Parks & Recreation
June 13th

July 29th

“InrediBello” Hair Raising Circus Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 14th Think & Drink Science: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 16th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 17-18th Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
June 17th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Match Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
June 21st Lunch & Learn “Domestication of the Modern Dog” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 24th

July 4th

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
June 24th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia FL Antiques
June 25th Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix
June 26 – July 1st Shark Days at Mote Lido Key Mote Aquarium
June 30th Grand Prix Festival “Boats on Main” Downtown Block Party Sarasota Boat Parade

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Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

By | May 17, 2017

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Savor-Sarasota-2017

Sarasota is known for having the #1 beach in the USA but we also have the highest concentrations of Zagat®-rated restaurants in Florida. During Savor Sarasota (June 1-14th) you can enjoy multi-course meals from the Sarasota area’s famed eateries for just $16 per person for lunch and $32 per person for dinner. And with a spread from Peruvian to French and every flavor in between, you’ll taste your way around the world in no time.

This event is quite popular so be sure to call and make reservations. There are so many choices that you can’t dine at all of them in the two week period but it’s a great time to check out a few. Most of the restaurants participating will have their menu posted on the website so you can check it out ahead of time. Not all are offering a lunch menu so check the website before you plan to visit. To see the list of restaurants, chef profiles and menus as well as other information visit the website at www.savorsarasota.com.

 

 

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Dining at The Coolinary in Sarasota

By | May 9, 2017

The Coolinary

The CoolinaryThe Coolinary was recently voted “The Best Restaurant Redesign” by Sarasota Magazine. The second-story Main Street space has housed a French restaurant, a Creole eatery, a Belgian beer joint, Irish pubs and more. None has looked as sexy as The Coolinary with its romantic bar, whimsical lighting and comfortable mod seats. Ask for a table by a window, where you’ll enjoy Hungarian-inspired cuisine and a rare elevated view of downtown.

The Coolinary InteriorWe visited the restaurant recently and were pleasantly surprised with the neat décor, fabulous cocktails and food that was top notch! The menu consists of the freshest and tastiest vegetables, fruits, and homemade products. Including jams, chutneys, honey, dairy products, cheeses, fish and seafood, and free-range meats. It is a huge part of their core values to exclusively use GMO-free, hormone-free and no artificial ingredients in any of their products. They also have several vegan options. Check out the menu at The Culinary Menu.

They are open Tuesday through Sunday with happy hour from 4-6pm. If you’re looking for a new dining experience downtown I recommend a visit to The Coolinary. They are located upstairs at 1359 Main Street in Sarasota.

For reservations visit their website (thecoolinary.com) or call 941 312 4773.

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May in Sarasota

By | April 24, 2017

May Calendar no year

May Calendar no year

Many of our seasonal residents have returned north so it’s a great time to 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 May:

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May 1-27th “Dearly Departed” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
May 2-31st “Older Than Dirt” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
May 4-21st “Fences” Venice Venice Theatre
May 5th Main Street Live Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 5th “Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
May 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 5-6th May Sidewalk Sale Venice City of Venice
May 5-28th “Beatsville” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
May 6th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
May 6th Classic Corvettes on the Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
May 7th Waterski Show (Last of Season) Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
May 12th Friday Night Free Music Venice Venice Main Street
May 12-13th Orchestra in the Outfield Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
May 13th Bradenton Farmers Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 13th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay.com
May 13th Annual Rose Festival Sarasota Bradenton Sarasota Rose Society
May 16-21st “Once on this Island” Venice Venice Theatre
May 19-21st Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show Sarasota Sarasota Auditorium
May 20-21st Dig the Beach Volleyball Classic Siesta Key Dig the Beach
May 20-21st St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival Lido Key Paragon Events
May 15th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 27th Antique Fair of Arcadia Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques
May 27th American Youth Cup III Rowing Regatta Sarasota American Youth Cup
May 27th Venice Brew Bash Venice City of Venice
May 28th A Tribute to Heroes Memorial Day Parade Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
May 29th Memorial Day at Sarasota National Cemetery Sarasota Patriot Plaza
May 29th 4th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival Venice Myakka Blues
May 29th Annual Memorial Day Concert Sarasota Sarasota Concert Band

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Sarasota Ski-A-Rees

By | April 18, 2017

ski a rees pyramid

ski a rees pyramidIf you’ve never been to a Ski-A-Rees waterski show you are missing out on a unique event in Sarasota. The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees was Founded October 30, 1957 and is incorporated as a non-profit organization. Membership in the organization is open to youth interested in learning about and developing skills related to water skiing and water safety, and to adults who desire to educate, coach and supervise these youth.

In 1958, Sarasota’s burgeoning community of 35,000 contracted with Cypress Gardens to present a special water-ski show for the Sarasota County Pageant. This event prompted the interest in presenting local water-ski shows. Realizing that outstanding talent was available in Sarasota, the Charter members of the Ski-A-Rees requested the City assist them in obtaining property for the purpose of promoting water skiing as a form of recreation and entertainment. The City responded favorably. With the continued support of the City of Sarasota, the Ski-A-Rees have been able to present weekly water ski shows that have become a Sarasota tradition for over 50 years. The shows are during the winter season on Sunday afternoons at 2pm and there are only three left this year (April 23 & 30 and May 7). Check it out at 1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

http://www.skiarees.com

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Crab & Fin Restaurant

By | April 15, 2017

Crab & Fin

Crab & Fin

One of the gems of St. Armands Circle for a great dining experience is Crab & Fin. We dined there last week for a family birthday and were very happy we did. The restaurant has a great location right on the circle and has both indoor and outdoor dining available. Valet parking is available and I highly recommend it as the area is always busy and parking is limited.

Crab & Fin Outdoor Dining

From the moment you enter and speak with the host/hostess you can tell they know their business. We had a reservation and were promptly seated in the dining room and quickly greeted by our waiter for the evening. The menu features pristine & unique seafood from around the world coming from ecologically responsible fisheries who promote only sustainable seasonal or aqua cultured varieties.  NONE of the seafood offerings are farm raised. There are other things on the menu (beef, chicken, etc.) but it’s hard to pass up the seafood.

crab & fin pineappleThe four of us each ordered a seafood dish (Scottish Salmon, Domestic Black Grouper, Ciopinno) and none were disappointed. After dinner they brought out a warm chocolate lava cake with ice cream for the birthday girl and then a beautiful tray of dark chocolate dipped pineapple slices. What a treat!

After dinner a stroll around the circle is always fun. Between the shops and people watching it makes for a fun evening. If you’re looking for a great spot for fresh seafood you have to check out Crab & Fin!

For reservations call (941) 388-3964 or visit their website at http://www.crabfinrestaurant.com/

 

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Orchestra in the Outfield

By | April 11, 2017

Sarasota Orchestra in the Outfield

Sarasota Orchestra in the OutfieldJoin the Sarasota Orchestra on Friday, May 12th or Saturday May 13th for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Baltimore Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the outfield. Winning Pops selections, vocals by fan favorites and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an evening of hits and home runs.

Tickets from $15 will be sold by the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium
Online, phone, and in-person at (941) 893-6300 or Orioles.com/Sarasota.

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April in Sarasota

By | March 25, 2017

April Calendar

April Calendar

The winter season is winding down now so it’s a great time to enjoy 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 April:

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April 1st Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Regatta Sarasota World Class Rowing
April 1-3rd Annual Desoto Heritage Bottle Boat Regatta Palmetto DeSoto Historical Society
April 1-9th Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 2nd Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 6th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
April 7-9th 25th Annual Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 7-9th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
April 8th EGGstravaganza! Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
April 8-9th 15th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
April 9th Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 11-15th PAL Sailor Circus Sarasota Circus Arts.org
April 14-15th 8th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 15th My Hometown Fest! Sarasota EventBrite.com
April 15th Main Street Live Bradenton Bradenton RiverWalk
April 15th World Circus Day Sarasota Ringling Museum
April 15th 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
April 15-23rd Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 19-30th “Dearly Departed” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
April 21-23rd 35th Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 22nd Keep Sarasota County Beautiful! Various Sarasota County
April 22nd Sarasota Earth Day Celebration Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
April 23rd Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
April 27-30th “Beatsville” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
April 29th DeSoto Heritage Festival Grand Parade Bradenton DeSoto Historical Society
April 29-30th 38th Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Siesta Fiesta
April 30th 15th Annual “Ride the Beaches” Venice Island Sharky’s

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The Easter Bunny is Coming to Sarasota Jungle Gardens

By | March 15, 2017

Jungle Trails & Bunny Tails

Jungle Trails & Bunny TailsThe Easter Bunny and his friends have been very busy getting ready for Sarasota Jungle Gardens’ annual “Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails” event. They are bringing 40,000 candy-filled Easter Eggs to Jungle Gardens for children to find in this one-of-a-kind Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14. Another Easter gift is that all children’s admissions are half off the regular admission price for this special event!

This year’s event features Egg Hunts at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Guest should bring their own baskets. Other exciting activities include the Bird, Reptile and Wildlife Wonder shows, a petting zoo with animals new to the Gardens, live bunny interactions and many other fun, family-friendly events. Photos with the Easter Bunny and face painting are available for purchase. As always, guests will be able to enjoy up-close interactions with animals and nature, including hand-feeding free roaming flamingos.

For the Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails event, Sarasota Jungle Gardens (3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34232) is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. During this one day event, admission is free for children three and under; $6.50 for children 4-16; $17.99 for adults and $16.99 for senior adults before taxes. Other offers cannot be combined. For more information visit http://www.sarasotajunglegardens.com or call (941)355-5305.

Jungle Gardens

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