Café Baci serves up comforting Italian food

As hard as it is to believe, Café Baci opened in Sarasota 20 years ago! In order for a restaurant to stay in business that long they have to be doing something right.  In fact, they do many things right.  The service is friendly and consistent, the prices are fair and reasonable, the food is flavorful and consistent and the portions are generous.  What more can one ask for?  Okay….maybe a great wine list!  While perhaps not totally exhaustive, it is very respectable and includes not only a wide and varied list of Italian wines but also a nice assortment from other countries. Well done, Café Baci.  Here’s to another 20 years!

Read the full article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune here

Cafe Baci in Sarasota

Cafe Baci in Sarasota

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Eating on St. Armands Circle

Are you in the mood for a fun experience that makes you feel like you are on vacation?  Then a stop into Cha Cha Coconuts is what you need.  Take a stroll around St. Armands Circle with your person of choice and enjoy the fun and youthful environment at this very popular Sarasota eatery.  You will think you are in a Jimmy Buffet hangout while inside this open-air, loud, crowded, casual hangout listening to the sounds of steel drums and island music.  The atmosphere is uplifting and the food is plenty good with a nice assortment of island cuisine and then typical American fare. Don’t expect a gourmet dining experience but do expect very good, fun, fattening food that is sure to please!  Take a couple of extra laps around the circle when you have finished and your wasteline will not suffer too much.

Read the full article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune here 

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Sarasota National Cemetery Will Be New Model To Follow

Sarasota National Cemetery

While it isn’t obvious at this point in time by looking at the largely untouched 295 acres of former ranchland off of Clark Road, also known as State Road 72, over the course of the next couple of years this site is going to go through a huge building and transformation process which will result in a “showplace” if one can refer to a cemetery that way.  It seems fitting that our veterans should be honored with nothing less!  This is thanks to a group of local philanthropists who are going to see that millions of dollars are spent in making this what will become the model for other national cemeteries in the country.  One of the most intriguing features will be the massive amphitheater available for special events able to seat up to 2500 guests.  Also in the plan will be a wonderful art element including sculptures, statues and mosaics onto the hallowed grounds. 

Click here to read the full article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune 

 
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BarLympics Event Starts

BarLympics Event Starts

Let the games begin! For the entire months of August and September there will be a wide variety of sporting and eating contests being held all over Sarasota.  In fact, 30 different bars will participate in this fun and sometimes crazy 60-day event.  You might ask yourself what is the purpose in this event?  The proceeds from this will go to benefit H.I.S.K.I.D.S., Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps families who are dealing with childhood cancer.  So…..step up and buy what is called a “Happy Hour Joker Card” for a mere $30 and you now have your pass to go, at your convenience, to any of the 30 participating bars to play the game they have selected (cornhole, or toss rings or darts or pool or on and on).  Your scores will be recorded and a grand tally will be recorded by the Beks Group, the organizer of the event.  Over the course of the 60 days you can check online to see how you are doing compared to others.  Prizes will be awarded at the end to top winners.  The truth is, however, everyone is a winner.  Folks will have visited new places and met new people.  Bar owners will have had seen their profits increase. And most important, a great cause will have been helped. 

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Be Adventurous on The Edward Islands

The Roberts Bay islands are a wonderful treasure of small bits of land that are smack-dab in the middle of the bay of Sarasota.  These islands were formed when The Intracoastal Waterways was dredged back in the 1960’s.  Two in particular are noteworthy.  They are known as Big Edwards Island and Little Edwards Island and they are just south of the Siesta Key Bridge.  The bigger of the two is actually not all that big at about 6-8 acres but, what makes it special is that all of the trees and mangroves rise and fall in such a way that a huge canopy is created.  There are signs posted to advise visitors that this island is for “day use” only and that no alcohol, pets, camping or campfires are allowed but, many boaters seem to disregard these rules due to their rather “spotty” enforcement.  It seems that if everyone respects the area and uses good sense that there is some room for “grace” here!  This is a great place to fish and the dolphins are known to like to hang out in this area making it a bit more special.  One word of advice…..the bugs like it here too so take plenty of bug spray.

Read the full article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune here

Hidden Sarasota: Edwards Islands Park

Hidden Sarasota: Edwards Islands Park

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24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts

February 18th & 19th, 2012
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Main Street in Downtown Sarasota, FL

Consistently ranked one of the top 100 Fine Art Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, The Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts is one of the area’s biggest and best art events. The festival is held along Main Street in downtown Sarasota, spanning from 5 Points-Selby Park to Orange Avenue. Meet some of the best artists in the nation, displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more.

 

 

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New Park Will Enhance the Legacy Trail

Sarasota just gets better every day! Due to the generosity of Palmer Ranch developer, Hugh Culverhouse, there will now be an 82-acre park at the northern end of the bike trail known as Legacy Trail. Included in the plans for this will be a kayak launch, hiking trails, a playground, a community organic garden, pavilion and restrooms, preservation of wildlife areas and for the 2-legged creatures, a place to park some cars. The Sarasota County Commission has approved all of this and named this, rightly so, Culverson Nature Park. (Hey….if you donate that much land you can have your name in it too…seems fair.) This donation and the planning of the park have been in the works for 2 years so this is great news as it will soon be a reality.

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Link to Legacy Trails Website
 
82-acre park caps Legacy Trail's northern end

82-acre park caps Legacy Trail's northern end

 

 

 

 

Sarasota to Venice New Park Will Enhance the Legacy Trail

Sarasota to Venice New Park Will Enhance the Legacy Trail

 

 

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Golf Courses

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Discover Sarasota Launch

Happy 4th of July. We just launched our new website that we hope one day will become the go to place to learn anything and everything you want to know about Sarasota Florida.

Bridge to Bird Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key

Bridge to Bird Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key

 

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