Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant not only imports ingredients and products, but also recipes. With roots in northern Spain and Catalonia, these dishes come together on a menu of more than 100 hot and cold tapas selections, along with paella and cazuela. Paella, a widely varied rice dish cooked at length in a wide pot over open flame, can contain Serrano ham, scallops, pork, chorizo, and saffron rice the stunning golden hue of an alchemist's magazine advertisements. Though the restaurant spans multiple locations, each one presents guests with some charming element: a poolside patio at the Tampa location, a central tapas bar in Orlando, and a flamenco room in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, no matter the location, events bring about live music and joviality, all supported by an ample list of Spanish and Portuguese wines.
Across the placid waters of the Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico splashes up toward the long beaches and rolling dunes of the Florida shoreline, and these nearby bodies of water make the Sarasota area a natural hub for aquatic fun. A short shuttle ride from the Hyatt, wildflower-studded Lido Beach's sandcastle-friendly expanses and calm Gulf waters beckon families in search of space for spreading out picnic lunches and lounging on rented beach chairs, and just to the south, Siesta Beach's powdery white sands and jellybean-hued lifeguard stands complement a coterie of party-inspiring refreshment huts and gathering places. On nearby City Island, Mote Aquarium engages visitors with its star attractions, the frolicsome manatees Hugh and Buffet. Both manatees love interacting with guests and frequently press their noses against the glass near a visitor's face before slowly, comically sinking to the floor. Located on the mainland side of the bay, the Ringling Estate merits at least a half day of exploration with its multiple museums and breathtaking scenery, though its gracious docents are happy to help time-pressed visitors prioritize what they should see. A sunny, 66-acre property peppered with rose gardens and banyan-tree groves, the estate was home to John Ringling (of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus) and today features a fascinating circus museum replete with artifacts from the circus's heyday. Critically acclaimed Asolo Rep Theatre also makes its home on the estate grounds, sharing a grassy lawn with a comprehensive art museum sporting works by Rubens, El Greco, van Dyck, and other celebrated masters. At the estate’s waterfront Ca' d'Zan Mansion, the 41-room palace built by Ringling and his wife in the mid-’20s, Venetian Gothic architecture and exquisite décor bask in streams of sunlight as visitors move from room to room in hushed awe. Amid the bustle of Sarasota's Main Street, fresh seafood lures eaters to family-friendly Barnacle Bill's Seafood, a restaurant and bar renowned for its tart and velvety key-lime pie ($4.50). In the salty breeze outside, pedestrians might find high-school-aged boys strumming acoustic guitars and belting out folk songs while the syncopated rhythms of down-home blues pulse from nearby Mattison's City Grille. There, guests can enjoy outdoor seating and virtuosic live blues and jazz bands whose swinging rhythms buoy diners with the feel of a friendly backyard barbecue. Strangers effortlessly swap stories and good-natured laughs, and old friends lean in to catch gossip and whispered Nintendo cheat codes. When the City Grille closes, the crowd migrates across the street to The Gator Club, a venerated late-night music venue and lounge.
Thanks to Hook'um Charters, the name "Hot Rod" has become synonymous with fishing. The 32-foot blackfin sportfish yacht floats the Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in search of prize catches. Redfish, snook, snapper, and trout swim just beneath the surface of the area's Intracoastal Waterway, while even bigger prizes?including grouper, shark, sailfish, and giant bottles of tartar sauce?populate offshore waters. "Hot Rod," and more specifically its fishing guide Harry, float ready to catch them all. Harry has fished the area for nearly four decades, and he channels this experience during fishing trips. On these expeditions, he supplies anglers with all the necessary rods, lures, and know-how to reel in fish after fish.
In the evening, Hook'um Charters shifts focus to sightseeing. The setting sun casts a warm glow over Tampa Bay and its natural scenery, which serves as the backdrop for cruises. For a bit of dinner, captains can also ferry passengers to the area's many waterfront restaurants.
Dr. Melinda Lacerna realized she had an interest in plastic surgery on volunteer mission trips, where she was able to see how plastic surgeons could help those less fortunate. When she?s not traveling to places like the Philippines and Ghana to treat children with cleft lip or skin burns, she works at LA Plastic Surgery and provides the same skillful, compassionate care. Her treatments include plastic surgery of the face and body as well as less invasive beauty treatments, such as chemical peels, European facials, and permanent make-up.
Suna of Suna Salon & Spa has culled beauty secrets from all over the world, holding aesthetic licenses in Japan, Italy, France, Germany, and the United States. She voyaged from the shores of Istanbul to the wild, unexfoliated beaches of America 25 years ago to establish her first salon. Over the decades, Suna has gathered around her an elite team of beauticians with a range of expertise and an arsenal of quality products.
Her staff brightens nail treatments with Shellac and OPI polishes and deepens massages with hot stones. Stylists keep cranial shrubs in tiptop shape with Schwarzkopf Igora hair color and conditioning products from Moroccanoil. Suna herself specializes in threading, the ancient Middle Eastern art of removing hair with nothing but a strand of cotton and an elaborate system of cantilevers.
Beneath a canopy of towering palms, visitors to Sarasota Children’s Garden trace a winding pathway around a koi pond and animal topiaries. The idyllic environs stem from owner Joan Condon’s vision to provide a playspace immersed in Sarasota’s natural beauty. Garden curators hone in on nature’s whimsical side, dotting the premises with fairy gardens and sculptures of mythical creatures. Beyond providing ample space for frolicking and befriending retired tooth fairies, the garden also strives to introduce stewardship to young minds with classes and events.