Bone broth is having a moment, with people lining up at New York City food stalls for cups of the hot liquid, and here in Sarasota, Grove Ladder Farm is now selling chicken broth made with its pasture-raised birds on Saturdays at the downtown Sarasota farmer's market. The golden liquid is made from chicken backs, necks and feet, onions, thyme, bay leaf, garlic, carrots and salt; it's the perfect way to amp up the flavor of soup or rice, but it's also flavorful enough to sip on its own, especially on a cold day. $15.
The Portobello omelet ($10.95) from Cafe Evergeen in Nokomis is one of our new favorite breakfast options--filled with Portobello mushrooms, Swiss cheese, spinach and onion, it's perfect with a side of the cafe's breakfast potatoes and mixed veggies and--we think--even better with a mimosa (as most things are).
The cappuccino soufflé at downtown Sarasota's Pomona is top-notch. The feather-light dessert resists being overly sweet and tastes of rich, dark coffee and cream with an orange glaze drizzle on top. Order this soufflé midway through your meal because it's custom crafted and takes 25 minutes to make. (And get the cappuccino version while you can because the dessert menu at Pomona changes frequently.)
Right on the water, by one of the oldest single-lane bridges in Florida, Casey Key Fish House makes perhaps the best conch fritters in town ($8.99). The large, fried fritters--filled with chopped conch and rolled in a slightly spicy breading--are perfect for dipping into cocktail sauce while you sip a frozen pina colada. This is a taste of the Bahamas at the gateway to Casey Key.
If you're stuck doing a home improvement project, you might as well get a good meal out of it. During a recent trip to the Ybor City IKEA, we came home with a hallway cabinet for hiding shoes, plus several jars of herring marinated in different sauces. Our favorite? Sill Senap, small filets of fish luxuriating in a sweet and creamy, bright and yellow sauce. Like most things at IKEA, the herring's ultra-cheap, just $2.49 for a 9-ounce jar. We wolfed it down and put together Ställ without once misplacing the Allen wrench. It's an IKEA miracle.