Nibbles & Notes

By staff October 27, 2008



A great steak sandwich, fresh produce and other tasty tidbits.


By Judi Gallagher


I found THE best steak sandwich the other night, made even better by starting with a classic wedge salad with blue cheese and paired with a glass of B.R. Cohen cabernet. I am talking a “serious” steak sandwich with glazed soy roasted veggies and two humungous onion rings- on grilled homemade bread that will just knock your socks off. If I did not have to get up at 5:45 a.m. with our greyhound, I surely would have jumped out of bed to gobble up the leftovers, anyway! Talk about my happy place when I opened the fridge and saw the Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar logo on the take out bag. Come to momma, steak sandwich- you are just too good to share!



Steak sandwich nirvana!


I scoped out the farmer’s markets, actually both downtown and Siesta Key this weekend. While the summer squash was a good find on Saturday, along with my favorite fresh pasta from Peperonata Pasta (pumpkin ravioli and tomato saffron linguini), downtown was annoying with people from both sides of the political fence, actually both sides of Main Street, yelling at each other waving their candidate’s signs. This is the farmer’s market for goodness sakes and the only shouting needs to be over a bruised tomato.



Tea anyone? Local Coffee and Tea serves up some subtle strawberry tea this weekend.



Organic shiitake mushrooms at the Siesta Key Farmer's Market.


Organic shitake mushrooms were a great find on Siesta Key, and although their farmer’s market is more subdued and offers just a small amount of produce, it seems like a fun Sunday morning stop for breakfast noshing before a power walk on Siesta Beach.



Herbs on--get them at the crack of dawn, along with fresh seafood, before they sell out.


Seems season is already upon us- check out these upcoming food and wine events:


C’est Cheese and Magnum Wine (across from Rooms to Go) has this week’s deal for sure. For only $5.00 you can sample California wines and artisan cheeses on

 Thursday, October 30th from 5-7 p.m.

The Suncoast Wine Festival on Saturday, Nov. 8th out at the Polo Grounds on Lakewood Ranch is always a delicious way to spend an afternoon.Over 300 American and international wines, foods from more than 30 of the area’s best restaurants, cooking demonstrations by well-known area chefs, live entertainment, and free parking---all included for $60.00 per person.

Morton’s 9th Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-off is up on Sunday, November 9th from 2-5 p.m. and is another bargain at only $5.00, benefiting the Sarasota Fireman’s Benevolent Fund.  Call 955-9856 ext. 162 for tickets.

Wine Women and Shoes/ Wine 101 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar was a smashing success last year and sounds like it is ready to be the heel topper again! Grab your stilettos and a few friends and support Forty Carrots while sipping some fantastic wines for only $50.00 per person, ($35.00 tax deductible) on Thursday, November 6th












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