Posts made in February, 2013

Shore Restaurant at St. Armand’s

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Restaurants, Sarasota | 0 comments

Shore Restaurant at St. Armand’s

Shore Diner doesn’t even have a website.  Well, not really.  You can go to shopshore.com if you’d like to see a bit on the diner’s downstair’s uber-cool, surf-inspired boutique, but no real mention of the sharp, swanky restaurant that hovers overhead.  If you really want to get a taste of what this eatery is all about, you’ll have to come in for a bite.     Here’s a shot, from their site, of Shore boutique (below) and restaurant (above), located on St. Armand’s Circle.  If this hip pic doesn’t make you want to wander in, then…umm, I guess you and I have different tastes.  I will full on...

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Maple-Cinnamon Almond Bars

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 2 comments

Maple-Cinnamon Almond Bars

Normally I just swill maple syrup straight from the bottle, but now that Char has introduced me to this, like, six-second recipe, I now consume massive amounts of maple via these fluffy and dense little breakfast bars.  Note – this breakfast bar also escapades as a lunch snack and a dessert cake. I’m not sure what the facts are, but I like to tell myself that maple is a safe form of sugar.  Yes, I know that anything that comes in syrup form probably shouldn’t be touted as a health food, but given the recent scares over agave and brown rice sugars – I’ll take my chances with tried and true maple, known for being an easily digestible and...

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“I Feel Bad About My Neck”

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Blog, Books, Read | 0 comments

“I Feel Bad About My Neck”

The world has been a lesser place since Nora Ephron left us, many months ago.  At least we can take solace in the fact that she has left behind so many tangible reminders of her comedic genius.     I, for one, never let a month pass without watching one of her classics – When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn, You’ve Got Mail and the ultimate of all ultimates: Sleepless in Seattle.  Seriously, that movie could be on non-stop replay and I still wouldn’t get my fill. Nora’s movie may be her bigger claim to fame, but her books hold an equally impressive torch.  I finally picked up “I Feel Bad About My Neck” last weekend and laughed...

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“The” Corn Casserole

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 1 comment

“The” Corn Casserole

This recipe is going to ruin your life.  You will annoyingly force it on friends and family – which they will be ultimately beyond grateful for.  You will figure out ways to include it in every meal – ‘Of course corn casserole goes with fish tacos!’ ‘I couldn’t imagine blueberry pancakes without a side of corn casserole!’ ‘Ya know what would go great with your birthday cake?  Corn casserole!’  And you will stay up nights wondering how many times you can sneak open the fridge before your boyfriend notices that you spent the evening prowling around the refrigerator like a semi-rabid raccoon. It’s sweet....

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Big Spoon Roasters

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 2 comments

Big Spoon Roasters

There isn’t a spoon in the world big enough to shovel in the amount of Big Spoon Roasters Peanut Cashew Butter that I desire to consume into my face. I’m also keen on consuming a substantial amount of their Peanut Pecan, Peanut Almond and plain ol’ Peanut Butter – and by substantial I mean a sickening amount by most people’s standards. But, alas, I am not most people, thus eating an entire jar of something terrifically delicious in one sitting is not uncommon for me. Especially when that jar contains the hand roasted, hand filled and hand labeled edible gold that Big Spoon Roasters is churning out.     Louise was in the market...

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Asian Wings

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 0 comments

Asian Wings

What is it about wings?  They’re messy, they’re small, they often get stuck in your teeth, but dammit if they aren’t one of the best things about living in America.     These wings are everything you could want in a meal.  A little spice from the Sriracha, a little sweet from the honey, a little toasted goodness from the sesame oil and a little zing from the ginger – these wings have it all.  Assuming you dig Asian flavors. And wings over drumsticks.  If you think you’d prefer deep fried drummies, welp, you’re wrong.  Give these a shot.  I promise you’ll be a convert by your second bite.     Sticky...

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The Happy Pickle

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Products, Sarasota | 0 comments

The Happy Pickle

Here’s another one of my articles from this issue of Edible Sarasota.  Photo by Angela Jenkins.     “I sing all the time and I love to sing at my stand.  My friend called me ‘one happy pickle’ and the name just stuck,” says Mark Webster of his somewhat namesake company, The Happy Pickle, best known for gourmet pickles and olives that have customers lining up at Florida farmer’s markets, including our own Phillippi Farmhouse Market, in anticipation of just one crunchy, tangy, juicy bite. “Man it’s rewarding,” says Webster of his company, where half sours and kosher dills keep him  happy to be caught in a pickle.   There’s a good...

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390 Design

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, Do, Make | 1 comment

390 Design

Check out my article about the awesome Mark Nodeen, of 390 Design, in the latest issue of Edible Sarasota:       “Everybody there has their own niche and I was just trying to find mine” says Mark Nodeen of his current job at Sarasota Architectural Salvage (SAS), where employees are known for creating masterpieces from items that most would deem scrap or, God forbid, trash. “About a year ago, I decided to make a couple of chalkboards out of plywood and trim. I took them into the store and they sold and I thought, ‘Well, that’s cool.’”Very cool, Mark. Very cool indeed. In fact, everything about Mark Nodeen is cool, from his previous life as a...

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SemiSweet & Sometimes Salty Fudge

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 0 comments

SemiSweet & Sometimes Salty Fudge

When Charlotte told me she was making fudge for her hubby, my body went into an involuntary spasm of nose scrunching, grimacing and shoulder shrugging. I mean, really, who gives a shit about fudge, right? Most of us rank fudge at the bottom of the pile. It’s not that it’s disgusting, it’s just that it’s not not disgusting. Generally some misshapen amorphous blob, fudge often leaves you disappointed. And very, very thirsty. But not this fudge. Perhaps we shouldn’t call it fudge before people start overlooking this recipe, subconsciously thinking ‘Ew, what the fuck? Fudge?’ Let’s just call this a super rich, super thick...

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Lovin’ Them Berkshire Blues

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 2 comments

Lovin’ Them Berkshire Blues

Young people are idiots. At least I was. My biggest crime against intelligence? Saga blue cheese. Listen, I could probably eat Saga today and thoroughly enjoy it. It’s actually pretty tasty. But, what made me such a goddamn dummy was the fact that I thought that foil-wrapped triangle was somehow superior to my peer’s dairy choices. While my friends, fools as well, happily snacked on Babybel and shredded mozzarella (if you can even call it mozzarella), I was at home smearing $3 blue cheese on Wheat Thins and considering myself a culinary genius.     Thankfully, over time, my wallet, taste buds, and food knowledge evolved. Well, let’s be more...

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