Restaurants

‘Great Bowls of Fire’

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Read, Restaurants, Sarasota, Websites | 0 comments

‘Great Bowls of Fire’

And, folks, my most recent contribution to Edible Sarasota:   Words by Megan Greenberg   – Photos by Chad Spencer I almost got arrested for this article. Apparently, mere civilians aren’t supposed to tamper with fire hydrants. However, when you order a dish so very spicy that it feels like you are trying to brush your teeth with a blowtorch, clearly the most logical next step is running out to the curb in a feeble attempt to use a fire hydrant as a water fountain. I should have just ordered a glass of milk. But going toe-to-toe with the Scoville scale can sometimes lead to poor decision making. So, for you fire eaters, here are some local joints that...

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Nashville’s Barista Parlor

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Nashville, Restaurants | 0 comments

Nashville’s Barista Parlor

Hey, remember when you drank so much effing caffeine you got a nosebleed? And since you were crazy amped up anyway everybody though you had a coke problem? Then you had to convince everybody that, ‘No, no, you guys, how could you think that?  I don’t do coke.  I just had 23 shots of espresso today.  Really good espresso.  Like Nubian Princesses with delicately tiny hands made of pearls and gold made this espresso.’ And everybody thought that was almost worse, and a lot more expensive, than just having a simple coke problem.  I mean, at least there are support groups for drug addiction.  But to that I say – have you ever seen a support group...

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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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Pubbelly Miami & PB Steak

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Miami, Restaurants | 3 comments

Pubbelly Miami & PB Steak

A couple of months ago, the man and I went to our favorite Florida city – Miami.       Oft portrayed as an ‘oonz, oonz, oonz’ nightclub town, Miami may wield some of its famed Art Deco Miami Vice backdrop, but the sunny city offers much more than the glitz and glam the TV portrays….         We generally skip the late night scene and opt for daylight hours where we bike around town, stopping at hidden spots, downing Acai Bowls at Pura Vida, meandering through vibrant alleys where the smell of Cuban coffee is stronger than the Cuban accents,  and jaunts to touristy spots alike – with a must-hit Lincoln Road visit to...

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Paradise Found: Boca Grande

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Blog, Boca Grande, Eat, Go, Restaurants | 2 comments

Paradise Found: Boca Grande

Boca Grande needs no words.     Except for these. Last weekend we celebrated our friends’ wedding in a little slice of paradise called Boca Grande.  Although I’ve lived in Sarasota for, Jesus, almost five years now – wow, that went by fast – I’ve never made the hour drive south to visit this gorgeous island.  Now that I’ve been, I doubt I’ll let five weeks pass before I visit again. Boca Grande is like a mini (very mini) Key West.  Tropical, island-y and hot, this beach town is perfect for bike rides and frozen cocktails.  Unlike Key West, this town is a bit more wealthy and less drunken boat captain –...

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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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Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Blog, Cookbooks, Eat, Read, Restaurants | 1 comment

Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

Mac ‘n cheese, cornbread, creamy grits, fried oysters and just about anything thrown on the grill …no other cuisine can comfort your soul quite like Southern Food.  And when that Southern food is served up all fancy like, as it is in Frank Stitt’s delicious cookbook, Southern Table, you’ve got a match made in…I don’t know, what’s something better than heaven?  You’ve got a match made in the green room where Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hung out before the Golden Globes.     Dinners in my home usually consist of whatever mishmash I find in the fridge and whatever mood I’m in.  The usual suspects are often...

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