At Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine Healing Center, skilled Eastern medicine practitioner Dr. Glenn Eichenauer targets and relieves chronic pain and discomfort with sterile needles during holistic acupuncture treatments. During the 90-minute new-patient exam and initial treatment, patients discuss their health history as Eichenauer examines them to develop a personalized plan to banish chronic pain such as headaches and arthritis, sports injuries, paper cuts, and a wide variety of other discomforts. Then, he applies sterile needles into the skin, pinpointing specific zones across the body to manage the energy flow, which soothes and assuages patients' pain. A second appointment continues the healing and rejuvenating process as the ancient holistic art battles aches for another 60 minutes.
The relaxing treatments take place in private treatment rooms accented by dark wood cabinets and blown-glass fish, sending patients into a serene state not experienced since languidly backstroking in a cozy womb.
The cooks at Café Gabbiano ensure that their Italian creations taste authentic by following a wealth of family recipes. In addition to crafting classics, such as lobster ravioli and chicken breast sautéed with marsala wine, they keep diners on their toes by preparing hand-cut and milk-fed 14-ounce veal chops a new way every night. According to YourObserver.com, more than 220 wines complement meals, and sommelier Marc Grimaud prudently pairs wines and dishes upon request. Feasts unfold across 4,000 square feet, including an outdoor, climate-controlled patio and private dining rooms modeled after wine cellars. For visitors who prefer meals on the go, chefs pack baskets with appetizers and bottles of wine—ideal for romantic dinners on the beach, with quick bites between low and high tides.
Each trip to Yogurt Zone is an exercise in deliberation. The bank of frozen-yogurt dispensers dares guests not to second-guess their choice, pouring an array of kosher low-fat and nonfat flavors as well as nondairy and no-sugar-added options, such as mango, pink lemonade, and watermelon sorbet. Each yogurt option teems with live, active cultures that are believed to deliver many health benefits, such as clearer skin and improved digestion of swallowed car keys. Even after visitors settle on flavor combinations, the toppings bar continues to test decision-making skills with both dry and fresh edible accoutrements, such as fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate, candies, and cereals.
Trips with Second Wind Marine are all about gaining a new perspective; mainly of Florida's western coast. Commanding a 25-foot Bennington pontoon boat, Captain Charlie leads groups of up to six out onto the waters of the Gulf of Mexico as they relax, sightsee, or even fish. The vessel comes equipped with a Bluetooth connection as well as a WiFi hotspot—small creature comforts for folks to enjoy as they cruise the waves and enjoy any drinks or snacks they brought aboard. For a more immersive experience, Captain Charlie ferries passengers to snorkel sites in the Gulf, and leads charters to deep waters for those fishing for the really big boots.
On any given day, you might see Big Water Fish Market's seafood specialists on the docks dotting Little Sarasota Bay and the Gulf Coast, buying catches straight from the boat. They haul these bounties back to their chilled display cases, then scrawl the day's selection across the store's blackboard. Big Water's staffers concentrate on local fresh fish and shellfish, taking a special interest in grouper, snapper, and mahi-mahi. Besides these catches, they keep freezers full of imported shipments, from sushi-grade yellowfin tuna to snow crab that, ironically, has never actually seen snow. For those who don’t want to wait until they get home for a tasty seafood meal, the shop’s deli fries, grills, and blackens various fish.
Nina Lakatos and Lynn Morris, two actual girls, wanted to live healthier lifestyles. They tried combining juices and raw, plant-based vegan foods and discovered that they "made them feel fantastic." Their friends took notice of the duo's improved health and energy and became curious about how to live such a lifestyle. Being a professional chef and professional photographer, the two knew how to make good food and how to make their good food look good, too. So, they started Two Girls Food, making fresh juices and vegan entrees each morning from scratch and delivering them to customers around town. They also offer pickup service in the morning at two locations.