Living Lakewood | September 2020

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Fall 2020

Below: Spending time with the family outdoors at the many parks and trails.



Positive Living at The Ranch

Our Beloved Hometown

It’s our community. And right now community means a lot. It means everything. Lakewood Ranch has spent years as one of the most successful and fastest-growing planned destinations in America. It’s true that you only really know the quality of a place and a people when times are challenging, and of course, the COVID pandemic has been precisely that. And the community of the Ranch has responded with an energy and positivity of which all residents should be proud. The opportunity to be outside in the sunshine and gorgeous weather waving to neighbors who are also enjoying the outdoors has made social distancing so much easier. We’ve had local businesses, and resources lead the way in reopening safely. For years, Lakewood Ranch has hummed with growth and energy, and when the world suddenly shifted into low gear, it was amazing to see that the community we had built adapted as well. Neighbors supported neighbors, and our many beautiful outdoor spaces filled with people, masked or carefully six-feet-apart, waving hello and wishing each other good health and wellness. There has never been a better time to be living on The Ranch.

Did you know the best-selling community for all ages in the entire country is located right here in Sarasota? Our hometown, Lakewood Ranch offers more than 20 unique villages to choose from, each with its own style and amenities. Some have golf courses, others have walkable town centers. All are within minutes of Lakewood Ranch’s A-rated schools, trails and parks, a sports campus, Sarasota Polo Club, a farmers’ market and 365 days worth of activities, arts and entertainment. In fact, there’s so much here that’s believed to positively impact well-being, that Lakewood Ranch has been voted the Best Health and Fitness Community by IDEAL Living, and has even been selected as the home for a landmark, multi-generational research initiative that will have global impact on brain health. Just 25 minutes from the white-sand beaches of Sarasota and close to all the cultural attractions of Tampa, Lakewood Ranch is by far one of the best places to call home. Learn more at LAURA COLE Lakewood Ranch, SPRING 2020 Partnering Sponsor of Living Lakewood

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FEATURES Riding in the Ranch, 8 Road extensions, water taxis and electric cars are part of the future of transit in, around, and throughout Lakewood Ranch. Navigation A listing guide to dining, shopping, private schools, things to do and business organizations encompassing the fastest growing neighborhood in the country. Global Flavors, 16 With a boom of international flavors on the rise in Lakewood Ranch, take a culinary tour around the world without leaving the neighborhood. Great Outdoors, Ranch Style, 22 As the summer heat relents and more people take to the blue and green to enjoy the area’s natural beauty, Ranchers can be seen frequenting a multitude of outdoor opportunities and activities. This page: Beef Chow Fun from Dim Sum King, photography by Wyatt Kostygan. Exploring the walkways and bikeways of Lakewood Ranch parks image courtesy of Lakewood Ranch. Cover: Lomo Saltado from Inkawasi Peruvian Restaurant, photography by Wyatt Kostygan.

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Road extensions, water taxis and electric cars are part of the future of transit in Lakewood Ranch.



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THE CONSTRUCTION OF A LAKEWOOD RANCH BOULEVARD extension prompted celebration in Lakewood Ranch. Officially opened March 2, government leaders gathered to mark the momentous connection of the relatively young community’s main thoroughfare to Fruitville Road, along the most frequented gateway from interstates into Sarasota. Rex Jensen, president and CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch called the completion of the Lakewood Ranch Boulevard projects and the nearby Lorraine Road expansion projects of “regional significance… not for just Lakewood Ranch residents but everyone in Manatee and Sarasota counties.”

RIDING IN THE RANCH As it happens, the timing of the event came as a pandemic arrived, slowing or stopping commerce in the region and state. But planners take the long view and say the project remains important to the area’s future. “The extension of Lorraine Road and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard to Fruitville have been critical for connecting Lakewood Ranch with Sarasota, keeping traffic off I-75, and providing unfettered access to Waterside and Waterside Place,” said Laura Cole, senior vice president of Lakewood Ranch Communities. “Completion of Uihlein Road and Bourneside Boulevard on the eastern border will connect state roads 70 and 64, and provide north/south alternatives to Lorraine Road, and provide a road system for the villages in The Ranch’s northeast sector.” Cole said plans to extend 44th Avenue East to connect Cortez Road west to Lakewood Ranch aims to add capacity for 30,000 vehicles per day, which in turn will ease capacity on State Roads 70 and 64. David Hutchinson, executive director of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, said it’s important these roads come online now as the Ranch continues growing eastward. Because of the nature

of a planned community risen from land, undeveloped until the late 90s, it’s important road corridors establish. “We will see a grid of road networks out east, though it won’t be perhaps as robust as in the established past of the region which have a more substantial grid and more activity already,” he said. Translation: two roads won’t turn Lakewood Ranch into Downtown Sarasota or Bradenton overnight. But then, that’s not necessarily what this 21st century community aims to be. Developers started to explore mixed-use development in areas of Lakewood Ranch like the new Waterside, where hundreds of apartments and townhouses are being rented or sold. Of course, that’s on top of new 4,000 freestanding homes, so it’s clear Ranch plans remain focused on lower densities than found in urban centers. That means planned water taxis and pedestrian-bicycle trails will be attractive amenities in Lakewood Ranch’s future, but vehicle traffic will still be mobility king for a while. Throughout the effort, Cole said trips around town become shorter, and reasons to drive great distances became fewer as more banks, stores and restaurants pop up. “Lakewood Ranch’s master plan was designed to be a mixed-

use community, providing shortened distances to neighborhood conveniences and services,” she said. “Half-way through buildout, Lakewood Ranch now has the critical mass and infrastructure in place to facilitate no more than 1.5- to 2.0-mile trips for most of its residents to reach a grocery store, school, or even place of employment. That said, we have an aging population in certain villages and greater mobility needs at times of peak activity in the community due to lifestyle and sporting events. We also have commuters to St. Petersburg and Tampa, all of which have prompted us to study trip generation and alternative mobility strategies for our growing community.” Hutchison said there’s also the possibility for different types of transit in the Ranch’s future. What exactly that looks like changes as the market rapidly evolves. Developers already make accommodations for electric vehicle charging stations. But there’s also been growth in rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. That could further revolutionize with self-driving cars in ways only imagined. “There’s a million factors changing our future transportation needs,” he said. “We’re still assuming and planning for increases in traffic and vehicles on roads.” LL

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DINING Another Broken Egg Café

A neighborhood favorite, Another Broken Egg offers breakfast and lunch. Get the Very French Toast topped with bananas, berries, walnuts, cinnamon and whipped cream for a sweet morning, throw in a mango mimosa to make it even sweeter. Broken Egg offers two-forone specials on domestic beers and house wines on Friday a ernoons. Breakfast and lunch. 6115 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch, 941-388-6898.

Big Olaf Creamy

Take a stroll down Main Street and stop in this local favorite for a sweet treat. Formerly an Amish enterprise, the new owners’ commitment to quality can be found in every scoop of handmade Amare o Almond, Maple Walnut, Royal Banana Crunch, Bu er Pecan, Plantation Praline and more. Sugar-free options, sorbet and frozen yogurt available as well. 8151 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0151.

Casa Maya Mexican Restaurant

Find authentic south-of-the-border flavors with a genuine Mayan emphasis at this casual dining locale. A Guadalajara favorite, signature molcajetes serve up steak, chicken, shrimp, scallops or fish in a heated volcanic stone, mixed with grilled onions, peppers and homemade salsa, served with fresh tortillas. Other specials include Mayan Fajitas, taco salads and enchiladas from the family recipe. 8126 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-9449.

Cra Growlers Tasting Room

Check out the first cra beer and growler pub in Sarasota/Manatee. It is both a spot to purchase and fill 64- and 32-ounce growlers from 45 taps to take home with you, and a casual place to hang out and down a pint as well delicious sandwiches, beer bites and shareable items. Its cra taps are filled with a wide array of brews, ranging from Belgian-style ales to ciders, IPAs and a big selection of Florida beers. 8141 Lakewood Main St., N103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-822-8131.

DimSum King

Conveniently located in the UTC area, DimSum King offers a delicious assortment of small, medium and large traditional Chinese dishes and, most famously, “dim sum all day,” as their mo o declares. With its comfortable atmosphere and expansive menu, this is the perfect spot for family dinner, date night or anything in between. 8194 Tourist Center Dr., Bradenton, 941-306-5848

Ed’s Tavern

The friendly, neighborhood sports bar—complete with a full menu and outdoor seating area—is right next door to the movie theater. Enjoy finger foods and classic bar bites with friends while watching the game, or take a date to the cinema and follow it up with everything from burgers and flatbreads to wings, chili and entrees like the Smoked Pulled Pork Pla er, Jumbo Shrimp and House Smoked Ribs. Don’t forget to explore the rotating taps, free-to-play trivia nights and live music on weekends. 10719 Rodeo Dr., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0400.

Fast N Fresh

For casual dining and on-the-go eats that won’t leave one feeling guilty, a menu full of salads, wraps and grain bowls fits the bill. Try the meaty Baja Chicken salad or the Spicy Thai Kale, grab a Flower Child bowl made with brown rice, kale, carrots, chickpeas, avocados and house-made tahini or go Mediterranean with spinach, feta, olives and onions in the bowl. And for sandwich-lovers, the panini press is open. 8138 Lakewood Main St, Lakewood Ranch, 941-462-2650.

The Granary

From the previous owners of MacAllisters Grill & Tavern, this local spot boasts traditional dishes with modern, and delicious, twists, handcra ed caffeine and pastries as well as a bar area. Whether you indulge in a decadent breakfast of pancakes, benedicts and lighter bites or prefer a fresh salad, soup or sandwich for lunch, there’s something here for everyone. 2547 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, 941-746-2000

Grove Restaurant

This latest offshoot from the restaurateurs behind the famed Pier 22 offers a wide variety of cuisine—all with a focus on locally sourced and fresh ingredients. Seafood lovers will

find their fill amongst Shrimp N Grits, Stuffed Lobster and Scallop Benedict, while those craving red meat can’t go wrong with the Roast Duckling, New Zealand Rack of Lamb or the Wild Game of the Day. Save room for dessert or an a er-dinner coffee or cocktail. 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 941-893-4321.

Hana Sushi Lounge

RRoll up expecting an artful mix of raw and refined traditional Asian cuisine—and don’t leave disappointed. Say “Aloha” (shrimp, tempura, cream cheese, mango and coconut) to “Godzilla” (spicy tuna, asparagus, eel and avocado) and “King Kong” (shrimp tempura, kani, cream cheese, scallions, spicy tuna, eel and avocado) and leave feeling “Soul Good” (shrimp, cream cheese, avocado, asparagus, salmon and garlic). For those thinking outside the roll, check out the poke bowl selection and bento box specials. 8126 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-1290.

Inkawasi Peruvian

Homestyle cooking in the Peruvian style brings ceviches, empanadas and yucca to the menu, as well as chifa, a culinary tradition fusing Cantonese Chinese with classic Peruvian. The Tallarin Saltado unites wok-prepared Peruvian flame noodles with green onions, snow peas, peppers and cabbage, complete with chicken, beef or seafood. 10667 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 941-360-1110.

Lucky Pelican Bistro

Not only is this upscale seafood spot known for its iconic hot and cold selections, including a shell and fish bar, crab boil and dishes fresh off the cuff, but its ambience is enough to make this fan favorite your local go-to for lunch, dinner or takeout. 6239 Lake Osprey Dr., Sarasota, 941-907-0589.

Main Street Tra oria

Find classic Italian fine dining with an eye to artful presentation at this central hot spot. With a bar serving Margherita Flatbread and Fried Ravioli, save room for casual favorites like the Meatball Sub and MST Burger, or go full italiano and order up the Pollo Milanese, Salmon Piccata, MST Gnocchi or Frui i Di Mare. 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-1518.

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Paris Bistrot

This family-owned and -operated bistro serves traditional, French cuisine, directly from “Grandma’s recipes books.� Signature menu staples remain the authentic French Onion Soup, Nicoise Salad, Foie Gras and the vast variety of quiches and dessert crepes, with many chocolate, fruit and ice cream accoutrements.8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-388-0564.

Pinchers Crab Shack

Vibrant hand-painted signs and tropical parrots abound within this down-to-earth seafood shack. Decide between a boatload of mussels or addictive crab and cheese dip with a kick to start off your meal. Load up on shrimp scampi with secret family spices or jumbo lump crab cakes before topping your meal off with homemade Key lime pie or a dreamy chocolate cake ice cream shake. 10707 Rodeo Dr., Lakewood Ranch, 941-922-1515.

Thai Spice & Sushi

Explore the authentic tastes of Thailand for lunch and dinner at this local favorite. Prepare your taste buds to experience an infusion of thai flavors in their house-made curries and sauces, an ever-changing variety of daily soups, and top off your meal with a slice of coconut cake, a family recipe. 8209 Natures Way #111, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-4747.

Zenobia Mediterranean and Kebab Grill Toting an impressive

assortment of vegetarian appetizers, lunch specials and authentic dinner pla ers for the entire family, this Middle Eastern gem is guaranteed to satisfy your Mediterranean cravings with classics like falafel, baba ghanouj, house-made hummus and schwarma.

1857 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, 941-900-2722.



The fast-growing Florida franchise is on a mission to bring fresh, whole foods, rooted in real ingredients. With a trendy fast-casual approach, the modern hangout is a go-to for a healthful lunch of salads, wraps, bowls and cold-pressed juices. SoFresh is also a great option for diet-specific preferences, including vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo and gluten-free. 11569 FL-70 #106, Bradenton, 941-769-9550.

Speaks Clam Bar

With a secondary location on St. Armands and having just announced a third in central St. Petersburg, it’s no wonder this local seafood spot is award-winning. While enjoying its vibrant bar scene and assortment of sea and land dishes, you’ll feel connected to Sarasota Bay without having to make the commute. 8764 E. State Rd. 70, Lakewood Ranch, 941-232-7646

Station 400

This is the third location of this beloved brunch spot and inspired by the quaint railroad depot building of the downtown “flagship� location. With a modern feel and the same chef-inspired cuisine, find the Station 400 locomotive circling above diners, along with its menu of mainstay sandwiches, salads, pancakes, cereals and grains, omele es, baked goods and speciality mimosas. 8215 Lakewood Main St., Suite P103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0648.

Ana Molinari Salon & Spa

From professional hairstylists and colorists to makeup and eyelash artists as well as shiatsu masseurs, this glamorous boutique boasts the ultimate spa experience for locals. You won’t regret treating yourself to an a ernoon at Ana Molinari. 8120 Lakewood Main St. #102, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3900

Arts A Blaze

Stop in anytime the artistic mood strikes and try your hand at painting po ery or check out the Kid’s Open Studio and, coming soon, SmART Boxes for at-home projects. This all-inclusive art studio has the space and resources for po ery painting, group events, summer camp, birthday parties, and even off-site social and corporate events. 8111 Main St. #107, Lakewood Ranch, 941-306-5840.

The Barbary Shoppe

Whether you’re in the market for a traditional barbering experience or looking to invest in fine toiletries and fragrances, this family-owned neighborhood barbershop is the perfect spot for him. Their easyto-book haircut, beard and shave services are performed by skilled barbers experienced in the tonsorial arts. 8111 Lakewood Main St. #104, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-6068.

Bows and Arrows Boutique

From everyday fashion rooted in southern style to college “game day� a ire and accessories, this womens boutique has an avid following of young trendse ers and local fashionistas of Florida state colleges and universities. 5275 University Pkwy., Suite #133, Bradenton, 941-210-7158.

EPIC Home DĂŠcor

This stylish home goods store offers an affordable variety of everything you need to turn your house into a home. From a range of living room accessories and furniture to design services, EPIC Home Decor makes it easy for locals to personalize their spaces. 10671 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 941-210-4713

Fantasy Flowers of Lakewood Ranch Stop into this Main Street

staple or simply order online to make someone’s day with one of their renowned flower arrangements. Whether you’re looking to impress with a designer’s choice bouquet or celebrate with a seasonal collection, you can’t go wrong with the freshest flowers in Lakewood Ranch. 8111 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-500-1000

Fashion Trade Bo-Tique

A trendy resale boutique specializing in both new and gently-used, “preloved� clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. This new one-stop consignment shop is great for favorited brand name labels, discounted up to 70% off their original mall retail prices. 8734 East State Rd. 70, Bradenton, 941-216-3660.

Fine Wine & Tastings on Main

Different from large chain liquor stores, this boutique wine shop offers a selection of hard-to-get international and domestic wines by the glass, as well as a huge inventory of over 450 wines from more than 15 countries, with a focus on small and limited-production wineries. 8111 Lakewood Main St., Unit J105, Lakewood Ranch, 941-355-4718.

INfluence Style

This is the second location for the well-renowned St. Armands Circle modern clothing boutique. Find the same upscale, fashion-forward trends and basic wardrobe essentials with high quality threads and coveted brand names.8141 Lakewood Main St. Unit N-102, Lakewood Ranch, 941-351-9218

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wood Main St. #103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-360-2412

wood Main St. Unit N-106, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-9125.

Knot Awl Beads

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This is the second location for the well-renowned St. Armands Circle modern clothing boutique. Find the same upscale, fashion-forward trends and basic wardrobe essentials with high quality threads and coveted brand names.8111 Lake-

This full-service bead shop is your source for everything bead related. Featuring Swarovski crystals, semiprecious gemstones, pearls, natural elements, Czech glass, sterling silver, Bali silver, PMC (Precious Metal Clay) and sterling silver sheet and wire in most gauges, it also carries findings, beading wire, leather, silversmithing tools and unique beaded jewelry. 8111 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-8335.

Naples Soap Co.

Stop in to this fun, coastal-inspired, upscale boutique to find premium-quality skin and hair care products made with natural and organic ingredients. Naples Soap offers a wide variety of tropical-scented and fragrance free body bu ers, bath bombs, cleansers, serums and so much more. Everything you need for ongoing self-care or that coveted gi for a friend. 8130 Lakewood Main St., Suite #101, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0870.

Vanessa Fine Jewelry

Specializing in custom-designed and one-of-a-kind pieces, this fine jewelry showroom features world-renowned designs from manufacturers like Kabana, S. Kashi & Sons, Frederic Sage, Breuning, Elma Gil, Denny Wong, MarahLago and Yanni B. Their on-site repair shop can also handle all of your jewelry and watch repair needs. 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-6311.

Village Bikes

This is the second location of the family-owned Sarasota bicycle and repair shop. Find a full assortment of bicycles and cycling accessories, including bike helmets, saddles/ seatposts, pedals and shoes, cycle clothing, lights, computers, bicycle cleaning and repair equipment. They carry quality brands such as Specialized, Kask, SRAM, Hincape, Shimano, Cateye, Garmin, and other top manufacturers of bike equipment. 8111 Lakewood Main St.,

A boutique shop offering women’s fashion, accessories, home decor and unique gi s with delightful service. From quirky finds to stylish brands, this shopping gem can help you find the perfect wardrobe piece or gi for any occasion. 8141 Lake-

A consignment boutique with a fabulous selection of high-end pieces, 2nd Ann Rose re-homes casual and couture secondhand or lightly worn styles and offers regular specials and sales that you simply can’t miss. 8225 Natures Way #107, Lakewood Ranch, 941-893-5959, @2ndannrose,


An independent, nonprofit, international, college-preparatory Montessori school, NewGate seeks to nurture intelligence, curiosity and imagination while supporting and developing each student’s individual talents. The school teaches universal values and instills a global perspective, responsible citizenship and encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, aiming to graduate young people who are lifelong learners, critical thinkers and active leaders. Also an International Baccalaureate World School. Grades 7–12. 5481 Communications Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch, 941-922-4949.

Out-of-Door Academy

Out-of-Door Academy is an independent, college-preparatory school educating students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 at two campuses in Sarasota. Students in preschool through grade 12 achieve high academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, athletics and the arts. Using a student-centered educational philosophy, ODA prepares students for college and for life. Each year, 100 percent of ODA graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities across the country. 5950 Deer Dr., Sarasota, 941-554-5950.

The Pinnacle Academy

Established in 2001, The Pinnacle Academy is dedicated to understanding and educating students who have learning differences. In small classes, learning differences are accepted and individually supported. Today, the school offers a private education to over 100 students and continues to grow and change with each passing year. 6215 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton, 941-755-1400.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

Situated on a fully gated, 35-acre campus, St. Stephens ranks among the top independent, college preparatory schools in the nation, providing education for students in grades Pre-K3 through 12. Students are nurtured in small classes, with faculty who help them navigate a balanced curriculum of academic rigor and character development. 315 41st St. W, Bradenton, 941-746-2121.


Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Since 2005, the Lakewood

Ranch Business Alliance has served the Lakewood Ranch business community as the go-to membership organization for companies to network and gain professional and personal growth. Their tagline, “The Power of Connection,” comes across in everything they do, from connecting you and your business to potential clients to connecting you with the tools and resources you need to grow your business. Today, the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance works with over 650 member businesses and 2,500 business professionals across a diverse range of industries, across Manatee and Sarasota Counties and beyond. 8430 Enterprise Circle, #140, Lakewood Ranch., 941-757-1664.

Cowork LWR As a collaborative work environment, Cowork LWR gives members the opportunity to grow their businesses through use of conference and training rooms, podcasting studios, a coffee bar, postal mail management and a virtual receptionist. 8130 Lakewood Main St. #103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-322-7199

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This page, left to right: Dim sum from Dim Sum King. Lomo Saltado from Inkawasi Peruvian Restaurant. Opposite page, top to bottom: Dim Sum King. Owner Ming-bo Sita (right) and his team at Dim Sum King. Jean Christophe and Alexandra Nebra of Paris Bistrot.


adventure through Asia, you can’t help but sink into the dissatisfaction of the latest pizza delivery. Regardless of the name, Hawaiian-style pizza is simply false advertising. And while the Great Wall, the Louvre or Machu Picchu can’t be served on a platter, the next best thing is eating authentically by the hands of those who strive to bring their culture to yours. With international travel off the table, the latest form of worldly indulgence is via the taste buds, and sinking teeth into genuine dumplings, crepes and ceviche has to be better than drooling over the latest Travel Network production. So instead of fastening your seat belts and raising your seat to the upright and locked position this fall, lean back and loosen your belt because these three Lakewood Ranch restaurants are serving up the world’s best flavors in style. Ingredients imported, tradition mastered, table set—let the Lakewood Ranch food tour begin. 16 | srq magazine_ LIVING LAKEWOOD FALL 2020 live local


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Dim Sum King Two centuries ago, traders and travelers embarking down the Silk Road would stop to rest, setting aside their packs and goods to raise cups of tea to their lips while reaching for rich snacks to replenish and refuel before continuing on. The dim sum tradition has since spread from tearooms in China throughout the world, even arriving in a small corner of Lakewood Ranch while remaining true to its traditional roots and flavors. Chef and owner of Dim Sum King, Mingbo Situ, from Guangdong in southern China, has worked as a dim sum chef for 20 years, melding tradition and experience to create authentic Cantonese-style dim sum. With hand-wrapped dumplings and carefully twisted buns, Dim Sum King presents almost 2,500 years of steamed and nourishing comfort food tradition in bamboo baskets. With fresh ingredients from Sanwa Farmer’s Market in Tampa, a multicultural and multilingual market for ethnic cooking, Situ creates everything from Pork and Shrimp Shumai and Shrimp Dumplings to Hong Kong– Style Rice and BBQ Pork Buns—hot, sticky, salty and sweet. Traditionally served as brunch, dim sum has found its popularity throughout the whole day in Lakewood Ranch, filling the often mouthwatering void for quality Chinese food in Florida. With many residents originally from larger cities up north, Dim Sum King is serving up not only traditional Chinese cuisine for those who wish to indulge in authentic flavors, but for those who only need a bamboo basket to satisfy some wanderlust. Dim Sum King, 8194 Tourist Center Dr., Bradenton, 941-306-5848.

Paris Bistrot After visiting his father-in-law’s restaurant on Anna Maria Island, Jean Christophe along with Alexandra Nebra, high school sweethearts who just celebrated 24 years together in June—decided to open their own restaurant and carry on the family tradition of French cuisine. Since 2008, Paris Bistrot has encapsulated France for the local community’s enjoyment and indulgence, using the same menu that Alexandra’s father has perfected and served since 1986 in Paris. “It’s always nice to be a small, authentic place,” says Christophe, priding himself on the Little Paris his family has worked to create, with him in the kitchen, his wife on the floor and French community tossed back and forth between them. With a casual atmosphere during the day, serving fresh crepes, pastries, salads and paninis, a Parisian afternoon is closer than you might think. Then in the evenings, the more traditional and elaborate plates arrive: Pork tenderloin with black pepper and a cognac sauce is a house favorite. And what could make you feel more French than Boeuf Bourguignon or a Bouillabaisse from the south of France? “All is French,” says Christophe, who selects only the most authentic and favored of dishes to cook for his customers. With Lakewood Ranch quickly growing, Paris Bistrot has become a globe-spanning, time-traveling haven for locals suffering from nostalgia, wanderlust, or a mix of the two. “It transports them a year, two years, five years or 10 years ago when they were in Paris,” says Christophe. “And they feel like they are back in a small European bistrot.” And what better dining experience is there than that? Paris Bistrot, 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-388-0564. srq magazine_ LIVING LAKEWOOD FALL 2020 live local | 17


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Below: Kleyver Zamora of Inkawasi Peruvian Restaurant and the Parihuela Peruvian Bouillabaisse .

Inkawasi Peruvian Restaurant “We get people experimenting and trying different flavors,” says Kleyver Zamora, son of Jimmy Arias, the owner of Inkawasi Peruvian Restaurant. A Peruvian native, Arias has always had an appreciation for travel and cuisine with a special love for the cooking of his homeland—thanks to his mother, the owner of a restaurant of her own in Peru. And with live music each weekend, imported Peruvian beer, wine and sodas, and a Peruvian chef with a specific dedication to authentic presentation and flavor, Arias has done well bringing a true Peruvian experience to Lakewood Ranch. “There are many people who have traveled to Peru and come [to Inkawasi] knowing what they are going to eat. Other people come out of curiosity,” says Arias. And with the majority of their ingredients arriving directly from Peru, there is no doubt of authenticity for both the experienced and first-time tasters. Whether it’s the Lomo Saltado, a flamed beef cooked with red onions, tomatoes and cilantro; or the Duo Marino, a half ceviche half fried fish dish, Inkawasi spans the land and sea for often overlooked and underrepresented traditions and flavors that have evolved from a fusion of Incan and often Asian influences. Chifa, dishes with a mix of Cantonese elements with traditional Peruvian ingredients and traditions, are a house favorite; specifically Chaufa Amazónico, a rice dish mixed with green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, Peruvian smoked pork and chopped sweet plantains. And with lunch specials and happy hours, tapas and canchitas— sometimes referred to as the un-popped popcorn of Peru—there is no shortage of true Peruvian gastronomic experiences to try at Inkawasi. LL Inkawasi Peruvian Restaurant, 10667 Boardwalk Loop, Bradenton, 941-360-1110.

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Food, Entertainment, Travel, Legal, Insurance AND Financial Services, Healthcare AND Home Decor

Professional Businesses AutoLife Insurance Group* Home & Personal Insurance. AutoLife Insurance Group serving thousands of clients in southwest Florida. Lakewood Ranch Office. Friendly Staff. Best Companies. Great Rates to save you money! Call 941-210-4499 or email info@autolifegroup. com. 8131 Lakewood Main Street, Suite M203 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 |

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Health and Beauty

Dining and Food Specialties

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Theatre in the Field

Great Outdoors, Ranch Style

As it has grown, the arts have become ingrained in Lakewood Ranch’s culture, and as such, the community strives to provide performances and theatrical courses throughout the year. Recently, Lakewood Ranch hosted Arts in the Park with The Players Theatre, a twice-weekly workshop teaching children the skills and subsequent values of theatre, song and dance. It saw patrons from across the community come together to enjoy a performance and bask in the natural beauty of Bob Gardner Community Park. The area also hosted an impassioned adaptation of Huck Finn at James L. Patton Community Park that treated residents to food and ice trucks, caricature artists, and glamorous glitter tattoos as well as a festive performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow around Halloween, complete with mask making and a costume sale. 2710 White Eagle Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, 941-755-6574.

Explore the parks, fields and outdoor venues of Lakewood Ranch.

AS THE SUMMER’S HEAT RELENTS and more people take to the outdoors to enjoy the region’s natural beauty we explore the walkways and parkways of Lakewood Ranch with tips on where to have th best experiences, from athletic sports to wildlife spotting. —Grace Castilow

Heron’s Nest Nature Park If you are more interested in a casual afternoon hike or a morning spent fishing on the marsh than a high-speed sports game, Heron’s Nest is the spot for you. Its 110 acres of pristine trail and untouched forestry coupled with the inviting waters of 12-acre Heron Lake and 27-acre Summerfield Lake make any amount of time at this park simply unforgettable. Whether you are in the mood for a tranquil bike ride through its treelined trails, a sunrise workout off the beaten path, paddling kayaks from Island Style Watersports along the sparkling waters of Summerfield Lake or simply want to BYOB (bring your own boat, of course) for a family day in the sun,

look no further. Ten-thousand new square feet of commercial, retail and office space will come online by the time Waterside fully opens this year, along with an eight-acre park. Johnson said it will be a shopping destination with plenty of water views serving more than high-wealth clients driving the luxury shops from Siesta Key, as well as a number of special realtors you won’t find at the nearby Mall at University Town Center. 6399 Tupelo Trl., Bradenton, 941-462-2357 The Market Not only does the area’s premier outdoor farmers market regularly attract more than 60 curated vendors that have their finger on the pulse of the region’s best food and flavors, it is also a hot spot for morning yoga sessions, local art and plant merchants, cooking demonstrations, and the Ranch’s cutest furry friends. An undisputed Sunday essential, The Market has and continues to provide locals and visitors alike with high-quality organic produce, poultry, prepared foods and so much more. Gather your reusable totes in anticipation of its return in November because you will not want to miss a morning in the heart of Lakewood Ranch planning and purchasing your meals for the coming week. Though your options are innumerable with such a variety of treats to choose from, one such meal may include an omelet of fresh eggs, spinach and tomatoes from Blumenberry Farms alongside a cherry cheesecake donut from Five-O Donut Co. and a dark roast from Java Dawg Coffee. 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, themarketlwr. com , 941-556-8300.

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Community Bike Rides and Nature Walks Whether you thrive on your feet or would rather ride on wheels, Lakewood Ranch’s active group opportunities are guaranteed to get your blood pumping and boost your mood for the day. Meet near the fountains on Main Street at 8am to get going with an expansive 10-mile, hour-long bike ride around the Ranch on the third Saturday of each month. These bike rides are an ideal way to get to know the community, your neighbors and your exercise regimen. If you don’t have a need for speed, consider taking it slower on the second Saturday of each month for a two-mile, hour-long nature walk around Greenbrook


Adventure Park where you can appreciate local wildlife. Depending on the season, you might even experience a fabled tortoise crossing or a flock of ducklings. 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 13010 Adventure Pl., Bradenton, 941-907-6000. James L. Patton Community Park It’s admittedly easy to become overwhelmed by Lakewood Ranch’s many outdoor options, but where do you go if you want the best of both worlds? The balance between waterfront views, places to party or play, and natural flora and fauna at James L. Patton Community Park makes it a must-visit. Structured around

the breathtaking Lake Patton, this preserve offers residents miles of interwoven trails for casual walks and motivating runs, picnic pavilions for family and community events, a tot lot for the kids, and boat launches for those who wish to explore its glassy waters more closely. 5725 White Eagle Blvd., Bradenton, 941-907-6000. Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club Shedding the skin of passé club concepts, Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club is making strides toward redefining what it means to be a country club member and ensuring that each of their members feels the freedom to be themselves, no matter the occasion.

As they evolve, their community flourishes and has been awarded the Herald Tribune’s Best Private Country Club, ideal-LIVING’s Best Golf Community and SRQ magazine’s own Best Best Golf Course. A day at the Club has been transformed into a choose your own adventure, as you are able to shape any and all activities depending on your interests, mood or skill set. If you are looking to play a round on one of three 18-hole championship golf courses or play for a tennis or pickleball league, feel the burn in the Fitness Center’s dance, yoga, core, strength, barre and pilates classes, swim laps in the junior-olympic pool or catch some rays at the resort-style pool. Plan and host an event of your choosing and enjoy good food and

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great conversation at the Main Clubhouse or Lodge. Membership is an excellent way to adore the outdoors in style. 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch,, 941-907-4700 Music on Main Gather a group of music lovers or social butterflies and head down to Main Street Lakewood Ranch for free tunes, tasty food vendors and beer trucks, as well as rides and activities for the kids every first Friday from 6pm to 9pm. This monthly outdoor block party is the perfect opportunity to enjoy your community all the while savoring your favorite classic rock, swing, jazz, country, bluegrass and even today’s Top


100 songs. As if the accessibility and sense of belonging associated with this neighborhood concert series wasn’t enough in and of itself, proceeds raised go to a different local nonprofit organization each month. So, get your dancing shoes shined and make sure to master your moves in preparation for Music on Main’s long-awaited return in January. 8100 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch,, 941-907-9243. Premier Sports Campus If you are looking for somewhere with a more athletic appeal, consider utilizing one of Premier Sports’ 23 mixed-use fields for a game of your choice or an

afternoon with the family. This 140-acre campus is the perfect spot to watch or participate in a number of local, state, and national youth and professional athletics events throughout the year. Though we cannot all be professionals, we all certainly have the ability to book a field, gather a group of budding athletes or seasoned jocks, and play an enthusiastic game of your choosing before hitting the concession stands for a healthy, delicious snack. Should your interest grow beyond a day or weekend rental, Premier Sports Campus accommodates amateur, collegiate, professional and national leagues, is available for tournaments as well as weekly practices, and hosts instructional camps and

clinics year-round. Although the variety of ball is subjective, any game played here will be a winner. 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch,, 941-757-1582. Greenbrook Adventure Park Should you seek a more exciting juncture, aptly named Greenbrook Adventure Park, is a family favorite that provides locals a dose of adrenaline within mere miles of their homes. With several fields for any sport your heart or team may desire, miles upon miles of well-kept trails invite residents to explore and experience the region’s wildlife,

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an inline skating track where you can showcase or develop your rollerblading skills, and a paw park for your furry friends, Greenbrook is the epitome of what it means to appreciate the outdoors while genuinely enjoying yourself in the Ranch. Open from sunrise to sunset and the site of many community activities, this Adventure Park is calling for a crusade. And though access is not limited to children, spending a day on the green at Greenbrook will have you feeling like a kid at heart no matter your age. 13010 Adventure Pl., Bradenton, 941-907-6000.

Yoga and Barre in the Park As the weather gets cooler and indoor classes are understandably overlooked in favor of their outdoor counterparts, morning recreation in the breeze and beauty of Bob Gardner Community Park is what many would consider the best way to begin any day in the Ranch. To encourage participation in community health and fitness, The Yoga Shack hosted morning flows every second Sunday of the summer—thus promoting healthier overall lifestyles as well as group and personal consciousness. In pursuit of a similar purpose, barre3 hosted barre classes each first Sunday of the month to improve the emotional

and physical balance, strength, and flexibility of residents. These calming classes are not only fun ways to get and feel fit, they are also a means to become closer with your mind and body. 2710 White Eagle Blvd., Bradenton. Sarasota Polo Club It would be remiss to not include the outdoor activity that put Lakewood Ranch on the map and continues to influence the area’s culture and history. Polo is a local’s right of passage around Lakewood Ranch and on Sunday afternoons, people from in and outside of the community make their way to the Sarasota Polo Club between December and

April to enjoy the sport of kings alongside their friends and family members. These combined sport and social events are the epitome of what it means to enjoy the outdoors in Lakewood Ranch. The grounds feature 45 private equestrian estates, seven Bermuda grass polo fields, a regulation-size polo arena, a half-mile horse track, on-site stabling for 72 horses, a Player’s clubhouse and a Polo pavilion. As we await their coming season, the standing winners will undoubtedly return to defend their titles and the public will not want to miss even a moment of “the fastest game on four feet.” 8201 Polo Club Ln., sarasotapolo. com, Sarasota, 941-907-0000. LL

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