With a stay at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, you'll be in a shopping district and close to University Park Country Club. This hotel is within the vicinity of Pop's Golf Range and Batting Center and Bobby Jones Golf Complex.
Make yourself at home in one of the 128 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while video-game consoles and satellite programming provide entertainment. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, and you can also request rollaway/extra beds.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and business services. Planning an event in Sarasota? This hotel has facilities measuring 2566 square feet (231 square meters), including small meeting rooms. Self parking is available onsite.
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
Here you can find a large number of high-quality staples, such as tasty and healthy oil and vinegar options.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
Cereal doesn't have to be boring! A breakfast box is a great addition to your morning, packed full of flavor and crunchy delight.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Daily Grind Cafe.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Daily Grind Cafe will do the trick.
When you come home late, you don't want to wait to eat. That's why picking up some canned foods from Daily Grind Cafe will help speed up prep time on just those very nights.
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at Daily Grind Cafe.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Pick up a loaf of bread from Daily Grind Cafe and get creative with your breakfast, lunch and dinner meal planning.
A healthy and light snack from Daily Grind Cafe is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
Looking for tender and juicy meats? Here you can find delicious cuts of meat all year long.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Daily Grind Cafe.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Stop eating out when you can eat in with any of the frozen food meals offered here.
With nearby space available, you won't need to worry about parking when you come to Daily Grind Cafe.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
Bread at Nature's Way Cafe is absolutely delicious.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Nature's Way Cafe will do the trick.
If you're worried about your protein intake, you'll rest assured that great, delicious meats are available here.
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Nature's Way Cafe.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
You'll definitely want to make sure you're well stocked for any potential emergencies by browsing through Nature's Way Cafe's great selection of canned foods.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
For cool, refreshing H20, Nature's Way Cafe's got you covered.
When you're in the mood to bake, remember to add a dash of extra sweetness. It will make your creations come alive like never before.
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
A healthy and light snack from Nature's Way Cafe is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Nature's Way Cafe? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
At Nature's Way Cafe, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
Grab some friends and head on over to The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant for great pub grub.
The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant is a BYOB restaurant in a prime location.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Got kids? No problem at The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
At The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant, diners can score happy hour deals.
Wifi is on the house at The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant's outdoor patio.
For diners that don't mind waiting to be seated, feel free to stop by during the week — the restaurant draws quite the crowd (and does not take reservations).
No need to dress up for a trip to The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
If you need to feed a big crowd, The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Going out can be expensive. That's why we have our own free parking lot, so you spend your money on more fun things.
Meals at The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Isn't it time to go to a pub that doesn't take their food lightly? The Coach and Horses British Pub and Restaurant makes tasty bites that maximize the meaning of indulgence.
Fans of Tabacchino Cigar Bar make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this Downtown Partnership hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Tabacchino Cigar Bar's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
The drink list at this pizzeria has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Tabacchino Cigar Bar.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Tabacchino Cigar Bar.
Your pet pup can accompany you to Tabacchino Cigar Bar, which has a dog-friendly policy.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — Tabacchino Cigar Bar's dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
No time to sit down? No worries! This pizzeria offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Tabacchino Cigar Bar can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Patrons have the option of feeding the meter at the nearby street parking or taking advantage of the pizzeria's valet service.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Tabacchino Cigar Bar.
Your bill at Tabacchino Cigar Bar will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Supper is exceptional, though the pizzeria also offers breakfast and lunch.
Everyone's talking about Tabacchino Cigar Bar. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Tabacchino Cigar Bar. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
If you've had a long and hard week, come visit Tabacchino Cigar Bar and enjoy a pizza in a casual atmosphere.
When you need a quick dinner option for the whole family, stop by Tabacchino Cigar Bar and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza.
Fans of Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
The chefs at Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria will be able to accommodate your large party.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria is a great summer destination.
Wear what you like when you dine at Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria's tasty dishes at your next party.
Park in a matter of seconds at Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria, a local restaurant near valet and lot parking options.
Travel by bike to Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
So head on over to Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
No matter what type of pizza you are craving, Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria has you covered.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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