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Which Local Sarasota Restaurants are Zagat Rated?

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Zagat has become one of the top sources of best ratings for restaurants around the country. While many have relied on Trip Advisor and Yelp in the past, Zagat has become the source to find out who has the best restaurants of the past and present.

It helps locals figure out where to go for their regular spot and it helps newbies to figure out which restaurants are worth trying first. This year, Zagat has already released their compiled list of the best local Sarasota restaurants and you’re going to want to check them out. From Selva restaurant to MoZaic, here is a look at who made the list.

MoZaic – 1377 Main Street, Sarasota

The local restaurant MoZaic came about over 10 years ago to combine a unique vision of cuisine, service and atmosphere that guests would love. The restaurant features a Southern French and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine offering a fresh, flavorful and healthier menu than most restaurants.

It fits right in the healthier lifestyle popular in the area so expect fruits and vegetables from local farmers, seafood from surrounding waters, seasonal and market driven cuisine...

Restaurant Spotlight: The Breakfast House

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Have you been to the Breakfast House in Sarasota yet? It’s been around for only 5 years and has expanded to offer a location in Nokomis but it’s already gained an awesome reputation. You’ll find a southern style menu with modern and healthy choices.

It’s comfort food but healthy with items like “Island Cakes,” a creation that mixes pancake batter with shredded coconut, macadamia nuts and thinly sliced pineapple grilled to look like a flower on your plate. You can enjoy breakfast all day long or enjoy lunch items starting at 11am. Here is a look at what to expect.

About the Breakfast House

If you love breakfast all day, The Breakfast House is the perfect choice. They serve breakfast as early as 7:30am on Tuesday through Saturday and 8am on Sundays. They always close at 2pm and you can enjoy lunch starting at 11. They are located at 1817 Fruitville Road in downtown Sarasota with an additional location in Nokomis. Check out their monthly Fourth Friday of the Month dinner special from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Breakfast Menu

For breakfast, enjoy house originals...

Restaurant Spotlight: Curry Station

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Curry Station is your stop for authentic Indian cuisine in Sarasota, Florida. Located at 1303 North Washing Blvd US 301, the restaurant is open six days a week where you can enjoy a lunch buffet or an elegant dinner. You can experience a wide variety of Indian dishes prepared from traditional, Indo-Chinese, southern or even Goan.

Chef Narendra Singh Saud prepares each dish with a Kadhai pan, Tandoori oven and Indian utensils which has been something he’s taken part in since an early thanks to the inspiration of his mother and grandmother in Nepal. Here is a look at his techniques and what to expect during a visit to the Curry Station.

About Curry Station

The restaurant features a lunch buffet from 11:30am to 2:40pm Monday through Saturday and dinner served from 5:30pm to 9pm Monday through Saturday. You’ll experience authentic Indian cuisine prepared by Chef Narendra Singh Saud after growing up cooking fresh and organic dishes with his mother and grandmother.

He’s been working in restaurants since age 17 and was able to learn from many master chefs. His wife and himself settled in Sarasota after 15 years working with master chefs and decided...

Can you Get your Home Sold Even When Things are Slow?

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When you’re trying to sell your home and things are moving very slowly, it can be very frustrating. It can also be frustrating for your real estate agent who simply wants to find you your dream home and can’t find the right spot. Sometimes you just didn’t act fast enough and someone swooped it up before you had the chance.

Make sure you don’t panic or get discouraged when your home isn’t selling during an active market. There may be some areas you can improve your listing by taking better photos, increasing marketing or correcting the price to match the area better. Here are a few tips to sell your home faster even when things are moving slow.

The Price Matters

Sometimes people price their homes wrong. The asking price should be lower to receive an office and many times, homes don’t sell because someone overpriced it. While a seller can ask for whatever amount they’d like, finding a buyer willing to pay that amount is going to be the challenge. Market value is not the price you paid plus improvements and real estate commissions, nor is it how much your friends and family feel like its worth.

Know the Market

On that note, you need to...

Restaurant Spotlight: Dolce Italia

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At Dolce Italia they live by the motto, “la nostra casa è la vostra casa”.  In Italian that means, “Our home is your home.” When you step foot into this restaurant you will feel right at home. This quaint little restaurant serves up some of the best authentic recipes in town. Tiziana & Pippo, the owners of the restaurant, create mouthwatering dishes every single day.

Though Dolce Italia is new to Gulf Gate, it has already made a name for itself. Customers know when they stop by they will get wholesome Italian cuisine from a traditional Italian family.

The Menu

At Dolce Italia it’s all about eating well, laughing often and loving much. This ideal shows up through the menu. On the menu you will find appetizers, salads, main courses and of course desserts. Some of the appetizers you can start off with include:

  • Caprese
  • Antipasto All’ Italiana
  • Bresaola
  • Mussels Posillipo
  • And More!

You will also have several pasta options including:

  • Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina
  • Linguine with Clams
  • Spaghetti Alla Carbonara
  • ...

Real Estate Market in Sarasota is Still Red Hot!

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The Sarasota real estate market started 2015 at a record setting pace. And according to the March 2015 real estate report, it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. That of course is welcome news for Sarasota County.

In March alone closings rose by 14.3% over this same time just one year earlier. But that’s not all, real estate transactions also rose in March 2015 by 43.5 percent. In that same month close to 800 single family homes closed.

So the million dollar question is what’s driving this growth? The main factor is the average sale price of homes. Currently the price of a single family home is up almost 10 percent from March 2014. Condo prices are also on the rebound and are up 5.8 percent since last year.

In March 2015 Sarasota County had 1,126 pending home sales. That’s impressive being that the total inventory was 1,686.

Stafford Starcher, president of the Association, calls these numbers “fantastic”. He believes these numbers point to optimism for the Sarasota real estate market.

Starcher suggests always looking at history as your guide. While you may see strong monthly sales throughout the summer months,...