Pining for Sarasota is a common affliction of vacationers to our beautiful area when they return to Buffalo, or wherever their home may be. How about taking back a little bit of Sarasota to tide you over until your next visit? We have five suggestions:

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Captain Curt's Clam Chowder

The clam chowder at Captain Curt’s seafood restaurant on Siesta Key is so good it won the Great Chowder Cook-Off in Newport, Rhode Island. Take home a chowder kit, or order one online at captaincurts.com/shop, and taste your vacay memories; each kit includes a can of chopped ocean clams and condensed clam chowder you mix with your own heavy cream and butter. 

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SRQ Baseball Cap

Show your allegiance to our fair city with this jaunty SRQ baseball cap, available in a rainbow of colors for $35 at INfluence on St. Armands Circle. influencestyle.com 

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Edie Parker Clutch

This Edie Parker acrylic clutch makes no bones about where it’s from; Sarasota is spelled out loud and proud. Pricey but extra-special, at around $1,000, and available at Rue boutique in downtown Sarasota. ruesrq.com 

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Dune Jewelry

Yearning for our beaches’ powder-white sand? Dune Jewelry, a line of jewelry available at Molly’s Chic + Unique Boutique, offers a hundred-plus bracelets, earrings and rings each containing sand from all over the world, including Anna Maria Island down to Venice beach (see above). mollyssarasota.com

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Key Lime Bundt

Albritton Fruit Company makes a gorgeous Key lime bundt cake you can order right online; made with all-natural Key lime juice, it’s a slice of sunshine with every bite. albrittonfruit.com

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