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Edible Sarasota: Lolablue Soaps

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Blog, Do, Go, Make, Read, Sarasota, Websites | 0 comments

Edible Sarasota: Lolablue Soaps

Here’s another story from our Edible Sarasota Summer issue about decadently-scented, eco-friendly Lolablue soaps and the incredible superwoman behind them, Jamie Lovern.  Plus, a killer recipe for homemade laundry soap that’ll leave you so fresh and so clean.     WORDS BY MEGAN GREENBERG PHOTOS BYJENNY ACHESON   With a name like Jamie Lovern, you can’t be putting out products that people hate. You just can’t. It would defy the laws of nature. And Jamie Lovern is not about to defy the laws of nature. In fact, her business— Lolablue, which makes eco-friendly soaps, candles, lotions, and even bug spray— does everything in its power to...

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Worth The Trip: Gas Station Gastronomy

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Restaurants, Sarasota | 1 comment

Worth The Trip: Gas Station Gastronomy

Hey guys!  And by guys I mean the three of you lovely ladies who read this blog.  :) Chances are you already know why I’ve been MIA for a few weeks.  My life was a bit topsy turvy last month, but it seems things are settling down and I’m ready to start cooking with gas again! Speaking of gas, check out this article I wrote for the latest issue of Edible Sarasota featuring local gas station fare.  (What a great segue, right?!!?)  I’m not talking about a bag of Doritos, I’m talkin’ smoked meats, fluffy pitas, homemade tzatziki and fried chicken that would put the Colonel out of business.     WORTH THE TRIP: FOOD ON THE...

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Artisan Cheese Company

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat, Go, Restaurants, Sarasota | 3 comments

Artisan Cheese Company

Why am I always talking about cheese, some of you have asked. Well, apart from my unwavering love of dairy (try as I might, I just can’t tear myself away) and the only slightly disgusting, but embarrassingly true, fact that I want to dive into a vat of luscious, buttery Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill and swim around in it the way Scrooge McDuck swims around in his gold coins …I happen to work at a cheese shop.     Artisan Cheese Company stole my heart from day one. As a customer, I would come and talk to Louise for hours. No joke. I would let others place their orders and then sidle up to the counter to talk about tastes and scents and the beautiful...

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Perq Up

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Restaurants, Sarasota | 2 comments

Perq Up

Sometimes I tell Louise, “We gotta get outta here.  We need to move the shop to a place with a bit more hustle and bustle, like Miami or Palm Beach.”     “No,” she’ll remind me, gently.  ”We’ll make Sarasota even better.” This usually elicits some sort of sigh from me as I tap my foot and look idly out the window waiting for the throngs of people that will turn our town from tiny to thriving.     Of course, Louise, borrowing Costner’s beloved “If you build it they will come” notion, is right.  You don’t just pack up shop and move to where the crowds of nameless people will...

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Edible Sarasota: ‘Life of Pie’

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Restaurants, Sarasota | 2 comments

Edible Sarasota: ‘Life of Pie’

Sometimes I write for Edible Sarasota, a downright glorious publication (if I do say so myself) that focuses on our local gastronomic community.  Chefs and recipes are featured, for sure, but they also highlight unique stories like the power of edible flowers and one-of-a-kind chalkboard menus.     Last issue I was burdened with the oh-so-horrible task of eating all of the delicious pizza in Sarasota and her neighboring towns. What a chore! Each pizza joint had something different to offer.  Thus, if you’re moody like I am, there’s a pie to suit your every whim.  Super cheesy, authentic Neapolitan, pizza by the yard, grilled, baked, or covered...

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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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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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