Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Her First Year in the Heart of 'Scene'

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Her First Year in the Heart of 'Scene'

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It's been an adventuresome year for the new girl behind the silhouette! I plan to keep blazin' trails to fabulous people, places and events in 2013, but here are my top discoveries from a glorious 12 months of Scenestress-hood.

Breakfast of Champions

School started bright and early at Forks & Corks 2012. I attended a 9:30 a.m. sniff, swirl and sip-fest as part of the F&C University series of lusciously educational tasting seminars. What did I learn? Sarasotans are my kind of breakfast buddies: We don't deign to spit.

Foxy Fitness

I fondly recall drinking champagne and nibbling strawberries as I watched the tightly-toned and hardly-clad students of Apple Jelly Studios dominate the poles at the fitness center's second anniversary bash. Their gravity-defying moves left me breathless, but even I learned how to pull off a modest spin in kitten heels.

Foodie Movement

I've enjoyed many impeccable meals at Sarasota's culinary establishments, but one experience stands out from the rest: edible Sarasota's 100-Mile Dinner, hosted by Chef Steve Phelps at Indigenous. From the succulent shrimp sausage to the tempura- battered squash blossoms, it was truly a feast to remember, particularly due to the quality and purity of locally-sourced ingredients.

Best Fest

I thought it couldn't be done, but the Harvey Milk Festival proved me wrong: You can, in fact, produce an art, film and - here's the big one - live music festival, smack in the heart of downtown Sarasota until midnight, with zero noise complaints or "incidents."

Smarts Central

I became enamored of trivia this year, and the team challenge at Growlers Pub reigns as my favorite. With the quaffable beer selection and free pizza at half-time, you'll feel like it's the smartest way to spend a Wednesday night. Plus, you might learn a useless random factoid or two. …

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