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Sarasota Area Names to 10 Best U.S. Communities for Overall Well-Being

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Sarasota has received an exciting recognition this year. The Gallup-Healthyways just released their rankings for the best and worst US communities for overall well-being and Sarasota made the “nice” list. The “naughty” list features cities like Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida, a few spots in the Midwest and Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton of Pennsylvania.

This announcement is great news for Sarasota as the area can be recognized nationwide as a great community to live. What are Sarasota and nine other areas doing right and what are the top 10 worst communities doing wrong? Here is a look at who made the cut and why.

About the Gallup-Healthways List

Gallup-Healthways releases a Community Well-being Rankings list to recognize which US communities have what it takes to offer the best overall well-being for folks living there. They rank 100 of the largest metro areas in the United States to analyze the results which are based on over 176,000 interviews of adults across the 50 States and DC. They took the survey all of last year to get their conclusions.


Restaurant Spotlight: Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery

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After a complete renovation of both the front and back outdoor areas, Arts & Easts is ready to provide one of the best dining experiences in the area. Out of 400 Bradenton Restaurants, this one is rated at the top choice on Trip Advisor and has received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

Arts & Easts has also received the Diners Choice Award on Open Table and plenty of positive reviews from diners. The restaurant is more than just dining experience with nightly live music from local musicians and plenty of amazing arts. You really do have to experience it to understand why Arts & Eats is so popular.

The Menu

The menu changes often with the season and features plenty of great items for lunch and dinner. Some of the items you will find include:

  • Herbs De Provence Garlic Rustic Bread
  • Onion Soup Gratinee
  • Crabmeat Salad
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • 7-Sice Pompano
  • Lamb Sous Vide
  • Indian Curry
  • Shrimp Tempura
  • Thai Red Curry Shrimp
  • Garlic and Goat Cheese Ravioli
  • And More!


A New Burger & Beer Joint Has Opened Up!

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The Mall at University Town Center has recently seen the opening of a new Burger & Beer Joint. This restaurant now has five locations and will provide guests with a large selection of gourmet burgers and plenty of great beers. They also provide a selection of appetizers, salads and many other items to choose from.

Originally, Burger & Beer Joint started in South Beach in 2009. The restaurant and bar become a very quick success and opened a location in Brickell a year later. Since, they have opened three other stores with the newest coming to the Sarasota area recently.

B&B Joint is a fun place to go with over 75 beers to choose from, a full bar and plenty of gourmet burgers. They provide a rock 'n roll type of vibe with plenty of late night fun, popular happy hour specials, a good lunch menu and more. You can enjoy the big game or just come in for a great burger.

The Menu

Whether you want to choose one of the specialty burgers or build your own, you will find plenty of options on the menu. Some of the specialty burgers include:

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What will you Discover at the Central Sarasota Farmers Market?

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Central Sarasota Farmers Market is Sarasotian’s chance to access locally produced goods and services. Those that provide these local goods and services also get the chance to showcase them to residents and put them out there for easier access. Farmers markets have only grown in popularity and there is an appreciation for accessing goods from local farms.

The Central Sarasota Farmers Market has only been around since 2014 but has worked to get local and regional vendors to bring their prepared foods, baked goods, fruits, meats and vegetables to the market and has also been successful with bringing in local artisans, artists, service providers, live entertainment and non-profits. Here is a look at what you can experience at the farmers market and where to find it.

Visiting the Market

It takes place on Saturdays from 8am-1pm every week all year round. It’s located in the parking lot of the Sarasota County Technical Institute at the corner of Proctor and Beneva Roads. The address is 4748 South Beneva Road in Sarasota. It’s easily accessible to vendors and visitors with easy access off Proctor and Beneva.

It’s free to attend and easy...

Restaurant Spotlight: Ocean Star Sushi

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Ocean Star Sushi and Japanese Restaurant is Sarasota’s favorite place to get their seafood fix. It’s located in the scenic Holmes Beach as well as in Bradenton on Cortez Road West. Between the Japanese wines, the daily sushi specials and the cold sake, the food and culture experience at Ocean Star is hard to beat. They take pride in offering quality Japanese food and the freshest sushi daily.

They see many patrons that want a great dinner after the work day, those that want a romantic date night at the beach and those that want to celebrate with a group of friends. Here is a look at the menu and experience at Ocean Star Sushi.

About Ocean Star Sushi

This family owned and operated business has been around for 10 years offer quality food with traditional Japanese cuisine. They are remembered for their fresh sushi, wines, beer and sake. They are open every day of the week other than Mondays for dine-in or take-out.

It’s easy to access being centrally located in Holmes Beach only minutes from Downtown Bradenton. Whether you want a family lunch or a quiet night with a special someone, Ocean Star Sushi is the perfect choice.

Visiting Ocean Star...

Restaurant Spotlight: Orange Octopus

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Orange Octopus is the place to go for ice cream With 28 homemade flavors, plenty of toppings and all kinds of options; this is the right choice if you're craving something creamy and sweet. Here's a look at what you will enjoy at this ice cream shop.

The Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is always the best because it's slow churned and made in small batches. This allows for the creamiest texture and plenty of flavor. At Orange Octopus, you can choose from 28 flavors, along with milk shakes and sundaes. Of course, if you want something a little different, they also offer the famous Rootbeer Float.

Throughout the seasons of the year, you may discover new flavors and ice cream treats, as well. Often, there are special sundaes for the holidays and other treats. If you want to enjoy a taste of Florida, make sure to try The Orange Squeeze next time you stop by.

Espresso Bar

Along with ice cream, Orange Octopus offers a full espresso bar. They provide an assortment of coffee drinks from mochas to lattes...

Upcoming Event: Suncoast Blues Festival

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If you love blues music, the Suncoast Blues Festival is a great event for you. It will be held on Saturday, April 25th at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. This event will provide plenty of entertainment with one of the best blues line-ups in the area for 2015.

The Line-Up

Many top blues artists will be take the stage at the festival including:

  • Eden Brent
  • Bobby Rush
  • Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King
  • Mr. Sipp
  • Zac Harmon
  • Vasti Jackson
  • And More!

These artists are some of the top in the blues genre. They will provide all kinds of entertainment throughout the day.

Friday Night Concert

Friday night, you can also catch The RJ Howson Band and The Lauren Mitchell Band before the actual festival. The Friday night concert will be free, but they do ask that you bring a canned food item to donate to Caring For Children Charities.

The Friday Night Blues Teaser concert will start at 5:30pm and run until about 8pm. It will be held at...

Restaurant Spotlight: Big Water Fish Market

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Voted best grouper sandwiches on the island in 2013, the Big Water Fish Market has plenty to offer. It's a unique place and it all started with the unique opening time on 11/11/11 at 11am.

Found in the Crescent Beach Shopping Center in Siesta Key, this retail fish market provides plenty of fresh, wild, Florida seafood for sale, along with a casual dining menu. They pride themselves on offering the freshest fish possible.

The Menu

Some of the items found on the casual dining menu include:

  • Grouper, Mahi or Snapper Sandwich
  • Crab Cake Sandwich or Plate
  • Siesta Fish Sandwich
  • The Big Tuna
  • Fish Tacos
  • Fish Burrito
  • Grilled Scallops
  • Jack's Famous Fish Stew
  • And More!

They also offer a steam pot, which includes crab legs, shrimp, mussels, potatoes and corn.

You can reserve a picnic table and enjoy steamed meals with your family, Florida stone crabs, raw oysters, a sashimi place, a ceviche plate or anything else from the menu. They don't serve alcohol, but...