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Delightful Dishes for a Spring Sunday morning

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Volume 1 • Issue 4

Alternative Diets & Dining Out S e r i e s 1: V e g e t a r i a n

Our TownTasters visit Panda Buffet & The Grill at O'Bricks this Month

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April 2012 Volume 1, Issue 4 Publisher

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pril? How did THAT happen?! You are probably thinking the same thing. As the weather gets warmer and spring is in full bloom – your taste buds should be as well. Over the last six months, we have enjoyed sharing the blooming of many new restaurants in our area. Along with these new culinary delights come a new season of dining needs. April brings a time of reflection. A time of renewed energy. A time of fresh new experiences. Other than the dread of Spring cleaning and losing an hour, what does this time of year mean to you? Many of us are gearing up to celebrate a couple of months full of wonderful moments with family. Whether it is Easter, Mother’s Day or a graduation – family gatherings are on all of our calendars. While you are busy soaking up the moments, wash your hands of the cooking responsibilities and let one of our many fine restaurants amaze your friends and family with fine home cooked meals. If it is a Sunday Brunch that will fit your needs, check out our guide to brunches on page 18. There is surely no shortage of choices around town! Do you have have special dietary needs? Check out the first of a four part series on Alternative Diets and Dining Out. Full of great information and suggestions, we tackle Vegetarian options in this issue. Are you on facebook? If so, don’t forget to follow us for fun updates, specials and contests! Visit us today at facebook.com/towntaster or visit our website TownTaster.com. Don’t worry if you don’t have a computer - we haven’t forgotten about you! Fill out our survey on page 8, mail us a note, or give us a call. We would love to hear from you - whatever the method. Thanks for listening to all the great things happening with TownTaster! We are happy to have you reading. Whether you are a regular subscriber or are visiting from out of town and found us... We are thrilled to be here for your reading pleasure. Now dive in...

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“Love and food are the two greatest things in the world, and I’ve got a love for food.”

~ Carmen

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In the Mix

Welcome to TownTaster Dive into Spring

Features in this Issue

Taste-ful Events Upcoming Calendar

The Three Kitcheneers

TownTaster Review: The Grill at O'Bricks

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TownTaster Review: Panda Buffet

Alternative Diets & Dining Out

Business Spotlight:

Riverhouse Reef & Grill pages 12-13

Series 1: Vegetarian

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Feature Article Sunday Brunch

Recipe Box Banana Blueberry Smoothie

A Chocolate Lover's Delight Coupon Corner

Per u v ian Fusion Cuisine

S a r a s o t a’s N e w e s t D e s t i n a t i o n for exquisite Peruvian Delicacies

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4:30-6:30pm. $10 admission. Benefiting the Anna Maria Island Community Center. harryskitchen.com or 941.383.0777.

Men Who Cook

6:00PM - 10:30PM at the Longboat Key Club. Sarasota and Bradenton’s most prominent business and community men come together to prepare a dinner filled with their favorite recipes. www.asolorep.org/menwhocook Contact Laura Wood at 941-359-0104 x712 or laura_wood@asolo.org

Suncoast BBQ Bash - Venice

11:00AM - 7:30PM • Location: Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Free Admission & Parking. Benefiting the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children. www.suncoastbbqbash.com.

Tropical Nights "In the Vineyard"

The event takes place at a beautiful private waterside home that will be transformed into a lush, rustic vineyard where guests will enjoy amazing cuisine paired with the perfect wine, a silent auction, music, dancing, cocktails www.mealsonwheelsplus.org

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Calling All Cheese Lovers Grand Cheese Tasting

The ultimate global, artisan wine and cheese tasting. yeaGWIZ will be flowing with booths from top vendors. Vendors will provide food items, wine pairings, and many gourmet artisan cheeses from all around the world. The festival will be from 11:00am-3:00pm. $15 adults, $7 child. www.gulfcoastcheesefest.org

Taste-ful Events

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Harry’s Continental Kitchen Wine Tasting

Cheesehead University

Get your big cheese diploma with four scrumptious classes to choose from. Classes in session at 10am and 2pm at GWIZ. $20 per class.

The Cheese Ball

This is the crème de la crème of the Gulf Coast Cheese Fest events. It will be held in the Fête Ballroom also known as Château de Fromage from 7-11pm. This incredible evening will boast fabulous food stations, elegant passed hors d’ oeuvres, a full bar, and lavish entertainment to twirl to. $100 per guest. www.gulfcoastcheesefest.org

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The Three Kitcheneers

Daydreaming about a big, juicy burger can be a dangerous game. One can easily slip into a burger-induced comatose state where bodily functions are reduced to drooling and stomach growling. And with good reason. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, a quick bite with friends, watching the big game or just a great accompaniment to a cold brew, the burger is a classic dish that always hits the spot. However, we’re putting a spin on the old standby by making our burger veggielicious! You don’t need a quarter pound of cattle to make this sandwich a mouthwatering delight. This patty is chockablock with mushrooms, peppers, beans, barley and spices to ensure that every bite is a little bit of heaven. Now, if you are a die-hard carnivore, just consider this a tasty veggie sandwich as opposed to some mushroom monster trying to replace your meat. And for those of you that consider yourselves veggie burger connoisseurs, we assure you, this one aims to please. And it does not miss. This little veggie dynamo doesn’t just stop at burger. You can wrap this baby up in a pita with a ton of avocado and mayo or put it on a salad dressed with a little lemon juice and olive oil and feta cheese. Don’t forget that you can also play with burger toppings: tomatoes, herbs, onions, a fried egg. There is no wrong. So, just go on and get kitchen crazy and make up your own favorite combo. In the end, burgers always equal joy. The Three Kitcheneers always recommend using local and organic produce, if possible. Flavors just taste fresher when they come from the nearby organic farm. Plus, burgers just taste better when they don’t contain pesticides. No farm? No problem! Just look for the organic label at your grocery store.

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In a dry skillet over medium heat, saute mushrooms until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Wipe out now empty skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and bell pepper; saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add cumin, beans, barley and cooked mushrooms to pan; season with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to bowl of a food processor and pulse until a coarse mixture forms. Form into 4 patties and refrigerate for 1 hour just to make them easier to handle. Dust each patty generously with flour. Heat grapeseed oil in a large nonstick skillet, fry patties until golden brown and heated through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Serve on bread smothered with aioli and topped with avocado and onion.

Chipotle Aioli

1/2 cup Vegenaise (or mayonnaise) 1 small chipotle pepper packed in adobo 1 small clove of garlic, peeled Process in a food processor until smooth.

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Expert “Town Tasters” Nikki Nadwodny & (son) Austin Nadwodny 426 12th Street W. Bradenton, FL 34205 941.896.8860 For a complete menu, visit www.obricks.com

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Appetizer: Stuffed hot Banana PePPerS - Fresh banana peppers stuffed with Italian cheeses, fresh herbs and spices, then baked and served over garlic bread. Entreés: ShrimP eldorado PaSta - Blackened shrimp sautéed with fresh garlic, a splash of chardonnay, parmesan, baby spinach, roasted red peppers and a touch of cream tossed with linguine. Seafood ChimiChanga - Gulf shrimp, chopped onions, peppers, jalapeños and velouté rolled in a flour tortilla with shredded jack and cheddar cheeses. Crowned with guacamole, sour cream and fresh pico de gallo. Served with tortilla chips for scoopin’ the extras. Dessert: Peanut Butter Pie Drinks: ChoColate martini & PePSi

Stuffed Hot Banana Peppers

Kid Friendly: Yes ~ Easy to Find: Yes ~ Reservations: no ~ Would you Recommend? YeS!! YeS!! YeS!!

The Stuffed Banana Peppers appetizer was very surprising! We weren’t sure what to expect but we were left wanting more. Hats off to the Chef for thinking outside the box.

Favorite Menu Item

Difficult to choose only one item but for me, the Chocolate Martini was simply divine & for Austin, the Seafood Chimichanga was simply mouth-watering!

Nikki & Austin (son) Nadwodny About our TownTasters:

Age: 43 & 13 • Hometown: Sarasota Hobbies: Running & Spending time with family Favorite Food: Italian/Mexican/Thai/Peruvian ? 10

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“The atmosphere was lively yet sophisticated. Easy to start off with a drink in the pub/bar & move to the dining area or outside for your meal. The decor was a beautiful brick building with warm, rich wood accents and features along Bradenton’s historic Old Main Street. Sadly, our meal ended too soon. We could have stayed longer. We would definitely recommend The Grill at O’Bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar to anyone who enjoys an upscale yet relaxed dining experience. You won’t be disappointed!”

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Business Spotlight: Great

food with a fantastic view! Located at Regatta Pointe Marina on the beautiful Manatee River, Riverhouse Reef & Grill offers a casual yet elegant dining experience. Their menu is overflowing with dishes that will appeal to every palate. From the freshest seafood to Certified Angus steaks and burgers - bring your appetite! Whether it is a special occasion or an afternoon lunch break, they have something for everyone. Their amazing waterfront banquet facility is a perfect place to host your wedding or other event. If it is something more casual you are looking for, a table is awaiting for you to enjoy a leisurely lunch with a friend or co-worker! You may choose to sit dockside to enjoy the peaceful view of the river while watching the dolphins play and the elegant yachts float by or find a seat inside in our waterfront dining room that brings the skyline view right up to your table. A bountiful brunch is on every Sunday from 11:30-3pm. Perfect for that lazy Sunday afternoon with the family. Happy Hour is everyday from 3-6pm with $5 appetizers, $2 drafts, $4 house wines & more! So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now to go over and visit. You won’t be disappointed!

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TownTaster Favorites:  Green Goddess Shrimp Island Time Salad 

Lobster Pot Pie

 Crispy Calamari Lobster Pot Pie 

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Expert “Town Tasters” Rennie & Bob Finck

Visit: Sat. March 3 ~ 7:30pm

All - You - CAn - EAt - BuffEt Favorite Part of Experience

Food selection ranged from traditional Chinese to pot roast to frog legs and on and on...

Atmosphere of Restaurant

Traditional ornamental with good aisle width so that it did not make you feel crowded even with almost every table full. Huge buffet area spread out so that you did not feel rushed or crowded.

Kid Friendly: Yes ~ Easy to Find: Yes ~ Reservations: No ~ Would you Recommend? Yes

Interesting Buffet Items

Sushi, Frog Legs, Very Good Roast Duck, Huge Dessert Bar - 8 Varieties Of Scoop Yourself Ice Cream.

Would you recommend?

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for giving their stamp of approval to Panda Buffet!

About our TownTasters:

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“If you are interested in good buffet food or have people with varying food likes, this is the place to go! The young man taking care of our area, David, was very attentive. The employees were working very hard to maintain cleanliness with an amazing amount of customer turnover.”

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Alternative Diets and Dining Out S e r i e s 1: V e g e t a r i a n

Whether you are new to being a vegetarian or have been at it for years, there are many tips and tricks to choosing meatless meal options when dining out. Many restaurants have altered their menus to accommodate the rising popularity of vegetarian diets. On some of these menus you will find specially noted vegetarian dishes. Selections of meatless dishes, veggie burgers and exciting new varieties of salad make eating out a breeze at many restaurants. However, what happens when you find yourself out with friends or family at an establishment that doesn’t highlight these options? Don’t panic, take a look at menu options containing meat and ask if they can easily be prepared without the meat portion. For example, a delicious chicken and pasta alfredo dish that leaves your mouth watering can easily be altered to fit your request. And if nothing pops out at you, feel free to ask your server if the chef can recommend something. Most chefs are more than happy to display their culinary expertise in an exciting new way.

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If you are going to an event where a set menu has been organized, with a little bit of notice, the chef can whip up something different for you without making much of a fuss. And chances are you aren’t the only one in the room that has asked. Being prepared in this type of situation can help you avoid a situation where your dish goes untouched and you remain hungry. Best part about a “special request” for a vegetarian dish - many times these dished come with a hearty portion that will outshine the set menu items! You may be following a vegetarian diet due to cultural or religious reasons or simply to stay healthy


and prevent health problems. No matter the reason, be assured you are not alone and try to think “outside the box” when it comes to ordering food at your next outing. Never hesitate to ask what ingredients are used in a dish or how your needs can be accommodated. Do you have a special dietary need that you would like to hear more about? Fill out our survey on page 8 and let us know!

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Vegetarian: a diet that excludes meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or slaughter by-products (gelatine or rennet) Lacto-Vegetarian: a vegetarian diet that consumes dairy, but not eggs Ovo-Vegetarian: a vegetarian diet that consumes eggs, but not dairy Su Vegetarian: a common Buddhist vegetarian diet that also doesn’t consume fetid vegetables (onion, garlic, scallions, leeks or shallots) Semi-Vegetarian or Flexitarian: a diet that may exclude certain types of meat (such as red meat), but includes others Pescatarian: a mainly vegetarian diet that consumes seafood Vegan: a vegetarian diet that also excludes all other animal by-products (eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, etc.) Raw Vegan: a vegan diet consisting of all uncooked (or not cooked over 115°F | 46°C) fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds Definitions compliments of www.freshlyvegetarian.com 17


C’est La Vie

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Island Creperie

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Peach’s

4832 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-923-8202 6386 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota 941-359-2153 4292 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota 941-378-4458 1230 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice 941-493-7711 3201 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton 941-747-2894 5702 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton 941-794-5140 6057 26th St. W., Bradenton 941-727-0443 7315 52nd Pl. E., Bradenton 941-752-3366 5240 SR. 64 East, Bradenton 941-747-6200 2207 60th Ave. E., Ellenton 941-721-7838 3240 East Bay Dr., Holmes Beach 941-779-0738

Peridia Golf & Country Club

4950 Peridia Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34203 941-758-2582 www.peridiagcc.net

Station 400

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One of the best things about Sunday is gathering with family to enjoy a meal and squeeze in some relaxing before another hectic week begins. Don’t you agree? What better place to indulge in the detectible delights of a mid-morning brunch than warm, sunny Florida. On every corner you can find cafés, diners, bakeries and bistros where the owners are up early preparing and arranging beautiful displays of food. Why not go visit one and see what you have been missing? If you don’t know where to start, we have come up with a few suggestions to get you started on a springtime marathon of brunches around town. D owntown S arasota If you are craving a scrumptious pastry or a perfectly buttery Croissant, take a step into France and visit C’est La Vie. Located in the heart of Main Street in Sarasota, their menu of sweet treats & pastries can be paired with a delicious breakfast or lunch of your choice! Station 400 in downtown Sarasota will not disappoint with their fabulous line up of breakfast & lunch specials. A wide menu ranges from Eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles and omelettes for breakfast to amazing soups, sandwiches and salads for lunch. B radenton / E llenton Peridia Golf Club offers a traditional Sunday brunch that is open to the public. Their full buffet line up includes made to order eggs & omelets, Danishes, blintzes, waffles, fruit & more. With 11 locations from Ellenton to Venice, Peaches is a classic breakfast go-to for locals and tourists alike. There is no denying their menu is packed full of delicious breakfast & lunch items made with the freshest ingredients. A personal favorite, which I highly recommend for a satisfying light breakfast – the Peach’s Breakfast Sundae! O n the I sland If you have a sweet tooth like me, Island Creperie is a stop not to be missed on your Sunday brunch rounds! Savory crepes of all kinds, crepe rolls and French toast will leave your mouth watering for more. So, what are you waiting for? Make your plans today and let us know how your brunch was! We love hearing from you - send us an email (info@towntaster.com) or fill out the survey on page 8. Happy Brunching!


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Bountiful Blueberries By Shelby King, King Family Farm

Blueberries are at the top of the super food list. The health and anti-aging benefits seem to be endless. The blueberry’s nick-name is “brain-berry” because of it’s reputation for increasing memory and brain function. Here are few reasons why blueberries are so good for us. • Boost the immune system because of their high levels of vitamin c, manganese, vitamin A, b-complex, copper, selenium, zinc and iron • Help to reduce the risk for age related diseases such as cataracts, dementia, glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease. • Can help reduce the risk for cancer because one of the anti-oxidants named Anthocyanin helps to reduce free radicals that are know to contribute to cancer. • Proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and belly fat by helping to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. • Have been shown to help slow the deterioration of vision. Experts suggest that we consume at least a cup of blueberries everyday.

Banana Blueberry Smoothie

Ingre die nts • 1 ripe banana • 1 cup frozen blueberries • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt

We grow our fruit and vegetables here on our farm using sustainable farming methods.

D ire c tions 1. In a blender, combine banana, blueberries, and yogurt. 2. Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into two glasses; serve immediately.

Our produce is sun ripened and picked daily at its peak for taste, and nutritional goodness then sold directly from our market to you.

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If you missed this year’s Chocolate Sundae event at Michael's on East on March 4th, you better have a good excuse! With chocolate flowing from every corner, supporters lined up around the room for a chance to taste the areas finest chocolate. This year’s turnout was an incredible one. Where to start… Sarasota Seafoam from Sirard’s , Peanut Butter Cups on a stick from Pastries by Design, Chocolate Ricotta Cake from Cosimo’s, and a chocolate fountain from Healthy Chocolate. Whew – those were just a FEW of our favorites. Presenting sponsor Publix Super Market Charities was also on hand to fill our plates with every kind of chocolate cake available – now THAT was a great corner to get stuck in! Thank you to all who came out and supported the UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) of Sarasota-Manatee! It sure is clear that our community knows how to support a worthy cause – and eat some amazing chocolate creations!

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