Place in the Sun

Siesta Key Beach Ranks No. 1 in the U.S. (Again, Some More)

TripAdvisor ranks Siesta Key beach No. 1 on its 2017 list of best beaches in the U.S.

02/23/2017 By Megan McDonald

Spirits of Sarasota

Cocktail of the Week: Shore's Mai Tai

A rum classic in a chic tropical setting.

02/08/2017 By Hannah Wallace

Eat This Now

Where and What to Eat This Week

This week: macaron ice cream sandwiches, a great Cuban and a modern twist on a classic Irish duck dish.

02/01/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Wedding Bells

Preview Camilyn Beth's New Bridesmaid Collection

Baby pink, navy blue and glittery gold are the stars in Camilyn Beth's new bridesmaid collection.

01/20/2017 By Megan McDonald Photography by Shannon Kirsten Couch

Eat This Now

Where and What to Eat This Week

This week: a sushi birthday cake, beer for cold nights and a perfect breakfast sandwich.

01/10/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Bowled Over

We Tried It: ACE Sarasota's Ceramics Class

Megan McDonald struggles at the potter's wheel.

12/30/2016 By Megan McDonald

Party Time

How to Choose the Perfect Bubbly for Your Holiday Party

Michael Klauber of Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar shares his tips for choosing the perfect Champagne for your holiday gathering.

12/27/2016 By Megan McDonald

Shop To It

New Indie Market Comes to the Rosemary District

The Rosemary District Indie Market celebrates Sarasota's artists and small businesses.

11/17/2016 By Megan McDonald

Gherkin Time

Happy National Pickle Day

A history of pickles and a recipe for deep-fried pickle spears to celebrate National Pickle Day.

11/14/2016 By Megan McDonald

Sculpt This

Meet The Winners of This Year's Siesta Key Crystal Classic

This year's Crystal Classic drew international sand sculptors and thousands of visitors to Siesta Key Beach.

11/14/2016 By Megan McDonald

Saucy

Giuliano Hazan's New Jarred Tomato Sauce is Available at Casa Italia

Hazan honors his mother Marcella's legacy with his product.

11/10/2016 By Megan McDonald

On the Catwalk

Preview Camilyn Beth's Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

The new collection features Camilyn Beth's signature frocks--and now separates, too.

10/28/2016 By Megan McDonald Photography by Shannon Kirsten Couch

Eat This Now

The Food Lovers' Guide to Sarasota

In a city brimming with delicious new options, your guide to the best markets, shops, purveyors and products.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker, Megan McDonald, Ilene Denton, and Hannah Wallace

The Secret Life of Pie

What It's Really Like to Make Pies with the Yoder's Bakers

Our amateur baker, web editor Megan McDonald, tests her skills in the Yoder's kitchen.

10/26/2016 By Megan McDonald

How Easy is That?

Talking to Celebrated Chef and Author Ina Garten

The Barefoot Contessa will be at Tampa's Straz Center next week to talk about her long career and her 10th cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey.

10/26/2016 By Megan McDonald

Happy Days

What It’s Like to Live in the Happiest Place on Earth

And no, we don't mean Disney World.

10/20/2016 By Megan McDonald

Star Power

Jon Voight Partners with More Too Life to Bring Awareness to Human Trafficking

The award-winning actor was at Ringling College to talk about his long career, advice for young filmmakers and why he's working with Ringling, Semkhor Productions and the nonprofit More Too Life to bring awareness to human trafficking.

10/06/2016 By Megan McDonald

Fall Getaways

4 Perfect Fall Getaways

We're going leafing.

09/28/2016 By Megan McDonald, Cooper Levey-Baker, and Kay Kipling

Fall Getaways

Get Crafty in Spruce Pine, North Carolina

There's world-class food and amazing vistas, too.

09/28/2016 By Megan McDonald

Rising Stars

Ringling College Computer Animation Students Win Student Academy Award

Kal Athannassov, John McDonald and Echo Wu's The Wishgranter took home silver in the Student Academy Awards animation category.

09/23/2016 By Megan McDonald