Ocean Prime: Golden Palate Prime Dining in Downtown Naples, Florida and Great Happy Hour Weeknights 4-7pm!

OCEAN PRIME is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. There are currently 14 locations from coast to coast, with the original location, Mitchell’s Ocean Club, in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

 

OCEAN PRIME delivers an extraordinary experience to guests: stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator-honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality.

Each OCEAN PRIME location is unique and inspired by the energy of the city where it’s located. Dramatically designed, the restaurants are social, fun, and glamorous. Every element has been carefully curated with attention to every detail.

OCEAN PRIME specializes in fresh seafood and prime steaks, but OCEAN PRIME is much more than just a steakhouse or a seafood restaurant. OCEAN PRIME is designed to be an extraordinary dining destination. The menu features classic dishes crafted with a modern sensibility and an appreciation for ingredients. With lighter fare, like the shellfish cobb salad and sushi, as well as more indulgent items like a smoking shellfish tower, juicy steaks and decadent desserts, there’s something for every occasion with exceptional service and genuine hospitality to each and every guest to create remarkable experiences.

OCEAN PRIME opened recently at the luxurious Inn on Fifth in the heart of downtown Naples, a wonderful addition to a thriving downtown and already great dining scene! Having dined at OCEAN PRIME restaurants in other locations, I knew to what to expect– quality food, excellent service, and a lively atmosphere, an all-around great experience. What I enjoyed most was their excellent happy hour, weekdays from 4-7pm at the bar, featuring top shelf cocktails ($5 off) as well as a variety of small plates and fresh seafood (also $5 off). The best cocktail in town is the Berries and Bubbles ($9 at happy hour) and consists of Belvedere Vodka and infused blackberries with blackberries and blueberries, and a splash of bubbly, poured over dry ice so it is served bubbling like a hot tub! One sip and you’ll see what I mean about it being the best drink in town!

Above photo by Fred Bollaci.

Enjoy Lobster Bisque as part of the popular $25 Prime Lunch

 

Photos by OCEAN PRIME.

OCEAN PRIME Naples has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence!

 

Ocean Prime

Inn on Fifth, First Floor
699 5th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
239.430.0404

 

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Platinum Palate: Stein Eriksen Lodge: The Ultimate Luxurious Ski and Year-Round Resort in Beautiful Park City, Utah!

 

Enjoy a variety of year-round activities in Park City, including of course world class skiing, the Sundance Film Festival, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, golf, hot air balloon rides, and more! This is a great destination for an unforgettable family getaway in style!

 

 

Like everything else at Stein Eriksen Lodge, the dining experience will exceed your expectations. From Forbes Four-Star dining at the Glitretind Restaurant to a cozy meal in the comfort of a suite and après-ski appetizers to pre-dinner cocktails, Stein’s offers dining options to suit every taste. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

Glitretind Restaurant
Forbes Four-Star dining awaits at the Glitretind Restaurant. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch, guests enjoy a warm, luxurious environment is framed by stunning surrounding views of Deer Valley Resort. Executive Chef, Zane Holmquist, focuses on seasonal menus and fresh, local, sustainable ingredients for his award-winning dishes and our knowledgeable sommelier is charged with selecting, purchasing and pairing the wine for seasonal menus.
Troll Hallen Lounge
For après or a light lunch, Troll Hallen Lounge offers an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy seasonal spirits by the fire while soaking in breathtaking views of the surrounding world-renowned Deer Valley Resort.
Skier’s Buffet
With ski season comes our famous Skier’s Buffet at the Glitretind Restaurant. The Buffet offers extensive mouthwatering food items to choose from, including hot entrées, salads, cheese, seafood, soups, and more!

Wine Cellar
The wine collection as Stein Eriksen Lodge tops 10,000 bottles and over $1 million dollars in value, one of the largest and most varied collections in the state of Utah. The Director of Wine and Spirits maintains the collection and assists guests in pairing the perfect wine with their cuisine. Maintained at a temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 percent humidity, the cellar features floor-to-ceiling redwood bins and a tasting area. Private wine seminars and tastings for up to eight guests may be scheduled through the Concierge desk.

 


Stein Eriksen Lodge offers the finest accommodations in Deer Valley with unique designs that provide both a luxurious and relaxing environment. Specially selected fabrics and finishes vary from room to room, offering guests a variety of beautiful and unique atmospheres to select from.

At Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star spa, guests are offered the absolute finest for ultimate relaxation. The Spa accommodations include a sauna, steam room, hot and cold plunge baths, and couple treatment rooms. Additional specialty rooms include two Vichy wet treatment rooms, manicure/pedicure stations and a hair and makeup salon.

Wellness Studio Program:

Seasonally, guests can enjoy a variety of wellness classes during their stay. Private, personal training and private yoga instruction are also available by appointment.

“Life should always be Champagne and roses.”- Fred Bollaci

Photos courtesy of Stein Eriksen Lodge @Facebook

Stein Eriksen Lodge has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Platinum Palate Certificate of Excellence!

 

Stein Eriksen Lodge
7700 Stein Way
P.O. Box 3177
Park City, Utah 84060

Telephone: (435) 649-3700
Reservations: (800) 453-1302

 

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Fred Bollaci Visits the “Flowers and the French Riviera, The Color of Dreams” Art Exhibition Featuring Works of Renowned Artist Marc Chagall at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

 

SARASOTA, FL

Now through July 31st, 2017, famous works of famed Jewish artist Marc Chagall are on display at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on the bay front in Sarasota, Florida. The exhibit entitled “Flowers and the French Riviera, The Color of Dreams” features several paintings from private collections as well as the Israel Museum in Jerusalem along with the beautiful flowers and subtropical foliage of this magnificent waterfront botanical gardens. www.selby.org

The paintings are displayed in the historic Payne house at Selby. Plan on allowing at least an hour to view the exhibit, which has seen record number of visitors to the gardens since opening on February 12th, welcoming visitors from around the world! View the exhibit and then stroll the beautiful grounds and have a drink or bite at the cafe or food mobile featuring French specialties (crepes, quiches), by Michael’s on East.

The gardens has been decked out with flowers that are meant to recreate the image of Provence in the south of France, where Chagall spent his later years.

Nice to take a pause and hang out in the shady parklike grounds at Selby.

Selby Gardens is a 14 acre oasis near downtown Sarasota, and a favorite place to walk amid nature and relax! If you are in the area, it is a must, and if you live or spend time in Sarasota, it is worth joining–annual single memberships are $75, ($125 per couple), which includes admission for an entire year (open daily).

The orchid house is a favorite! There is also a shop which sells beautiful plants to take home with you!

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Fred Bollaci Runs in Paradise Coast 5K in Naples, Florida on February 19th, 2017!

February 19, 2017

Fred Bollaci and his girlfriend and “running buddy” completed their first organized race together this past Sunday morning in Naples, Florida, the Paradise Coast 5K and Half Marathon!

“After running four full-length marathons back in 2011-13, and taking a few years off from organized running events, one of my goals for 2017 was to get back to doing more smaller organized running events because they help keep me motivated and are a great way to get out, burn some calories, see new places, and meet new faces.

I am so thrilled that my girlfriend is so enthusiastic and supportive and willing to join me in these events. Having a running buddy makes it so much better! I had run a couple of races with my cousin and her husband who got me into running in the first place. They inspired me and got me started, but we didn’t really run the races “together.” They each had their own pace, as did I, so while it was great to attend the events together, there is nothing like having someone to run and train with you, with the same goals, who is there the entire length of the race to share the experience. Up until now, the majority of races I did were on my own. Running with a buddy is a great way to spend quality time together and to be healthy together, since we do enjoy cooking and dining out in great restaurants. Now, whenever we see each other, we go for a run in the morning together, holding hands. We have found a pace that works for both of us. Our goal is to be able to finish any event and be able to carry on a conversation while running and have fun, it’s not about setting any records. Since it was her first race, we felt a 5K was a great place to start. My first organized event back in 2010 was a 5K, which was so much fun it inspired me to want to do more! I ended up running a half marathon (13.1 miles) a little over a month later, having never run more than six miles at once! This also made sense because it literally ran right past her house! It was nice to be out with friendly people– people who knew us were cheering us on! It was really great! We have signed up to do the First Watch Half Marathon in Sarasota, Florida on March 19th!” Stay tuned!

Make fitness, health, and wellness a joint priority with your significant other, spouse, or friend! There’s nothing better than to have that kind of reinforcement and to have each other to motivate and get you out of bed, even on the dreary days when you don’t want to! Make fitness a family priority! There were so many families with children, as well as people of all ages, shapes, and sizes participating in this event! No matter what shape you’re in, as long as you have medical clearance, don’t hesitate to get out there and have fun! Running can be challenging, but under the right circumstances can be a lot of fun (especially doing it with someone you enjoy spending time with), and the results can be very gratifying. As predicted, we can’t wait for our next event!

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The Golden Palate: Cafe Barbosso: “The Real Deal” for Casual, Yet Chic “NYC Italian American” in Sarasota, Florida! PS: Don’t Miss the Eggplant!

The Eggplant layered with Béchamel and mozzarella is delicious!

 

If you’re a native New Yorker and Italian American like I am, and happen to be visiting or living in Sarasota, Florida, and are homesick for good “New York Style” Italian American Cuisine in an environment that is several steps above a NY Style pizzeria, where the focus is on quality, authentic food the way your Nonna might have made, I’ve found the place for you! The family’s roots go way back to Little Italy in NYC, and before that to the Old Country. The meatballs are moist and flavorful, and the sauce is good! That means a LOT, coming from me!

Enjoy meatballs, rice balls, great eggplant, nice salads, and a wide variety of pasta, seafood, and more, with cocktails and vino in a cool, trendy, urban, yet casual setting. It may well become your new favorite spot!

 

 

 

Cafe Barbosso has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence! See you in Sarasota, and Buon’ Appetito!

Cafe Barbosso
5501 Palmer Crossing Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
941.922.7999

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