Foodies Rejoice: Book Details The Best Eats in Southwest Florida

 Local author celebrates phenomenal local dining

by Yvette Bone

Sarah Crain has been obsessed with food for as long as she can remember. Growing up with a granny who taught her hospitality and the joy of delighting in good cuisine, Sarah speaks of good food the way some speak of true love. And what better way to memorialize love than to write about it.

In May, Sarah released her first edition of Bucket List for Foodies, 50 Southwest Florida Dishes That Should Be On Your Bucket List. Being known among her friends and family as the ultimate foodie and a woman who could always give a solid recommendation for dining out, Sarah decided it was time to turn her cell phone food journal into something more.

“The Pineapple Glazed Chilean Sea Bass on page 78 is what inspired me to write the book,” Sarah shared. “The dish is heaven, honest to goodness! Four years ago I was sitting there eating it and thought, if people knew about this, this place would be packed and there’d be no more sea bass. It is so good!”

Sarah knew that if she didn’t try going from inspiration to actual writing, she would always have regrets. Getting her husband on board was easy. The next step was finding a publisher.

“My mother-in-law bought a book at Barnes & Noble, and on the very last page it said something like, ‘Have an idea for a book?’ and I thought, ‘I do!’ So two months later I finally called and talked to the CEO of Mascot Books,” Sarah explained.

Mascot Books is a premiere independent book publishing company for authors of all sorts of books. Sarah had no clue if the publisher would even be interested in a foodie book. When she made the phone call, it was still just an idea in her head. “The CEO said to write up some information about the book and send it in, so I did. His team reviewed it and about a month later he called to say they’d love to publish it.”

Let that set in: the first publisher Sarah contacted said yes! Sarah’s food journal instantaneously turned into a manuscript.

What makes Bucket List for Foodies so desirable and unique is that it doesn’t just name our area’s top restaurants, it names the specialty each restaurant is known for. It takes the guesswork out of ordering. “A true foodie wants to know what to eat,” Sarah says, “not just where to eat.”

In the introduction of Bucket List for Foodies, Sarah states that if a dish is featured in the book, it will be “phenomenal.” She implores readers: “Trust me. It took two and a half years and ten extra pounds to find the best of the best…”

The book is laid out alphabetically in five categories: appetizers, breakfast, dessert, diner and lunch. Each dish has its own dedicated page, which includes a photo and mouth-watering description. The descriptions written by Sarah are fun and playful, and will put your craving meter into high gear. The book should feature a warning: sitting down and reading Bucket List for Foodies all the way through could spark a mental obsession with food.

Opposite the dish description and photo are details about the restaurant, including a map, whether or not it offers coupons or specials, details of the environment, other noteworthy menu items, how kid friendly it is, tips for the perfect dining experience, price points and dietary food offerings.

The sea bass that launched the book is featured at The Dock at Crayton Cove in Naples. All 50 dishes mentioned in Bucket List for Foodies are sold at locally owned restaurants from North Fort Myers to Naples. Some offer waterfront locations, and others can be found in Publix shopping centers, such as Phensri Thai Restaurant in North Fort Myers.

Sarah assures you these eateries are worth traveling to wherever they are located. “I want people to experience new things and experience all Southwest Florida has to offer. We are a melting pot and that means we have all sorts of food to enjoy. I always tell people there is no need to get stuck in a food rut. Try something new!”

Sarah hopes to write future editions of the Bucket List for Foodies Southwest Florida Edition, as well as books for Miami/Key West, Tampa, Atlanta and more. Currently, Bucket List for Foodies is sold at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Contracts are in the works for Costco and Whole Foods. Copies can also be purchased at the featured restaurants.

As part of her book signing tour, Sarah will return to her high school, Evangelical Christian, on November 5, and participate in BaconFest 2016 on November 12 at the Naples Airport. For additional book-signing dates, visit www.facebook.com/bucketlistforfoodies, or email bucketlistforfoodies@gmail.com.

Sarah is a Southwest Florida native and graduate of Evangelical Christian School. She works full time as a guidance counselor at First Baptist Academy in Naples. Sarah and her husband Jason live in Hampton Park in the Gateway community.

Pain-Free Living is Possible

by Dr. Darin Stokke

There is a simple key to enjoying a lifetime of pain-free living and that starts with looking at the body as a whole rather than a group of parts working individually. Today, we have been conditioned to view every ailment or pain as an isolated body part, organ or system of the body simply malfunctioning and in need of a specialist to treat. Every ailment, pain or altered body function has a diagnosis and usually a pill to treat that particular thing without any consideration given to the rest of the body. Having well trained specialists in organ systems is often helpful and necessary, but it also can keep us from rightfully viewing the body as a whole and determining the overall effects on our whole person and perhaps even determining the ultimate cause of the condition itself.

When working with various pains, it’s easy to focus attention simply on the area of pain. Elbow pain, as an example, is often blamed on “over-use” of the elbow joint in sports such as golf or tennis. Tennis and golf elbow braces are even made specifically to address this pain. However, consider that elbow pain is not from over-use and is not necessarily even a problem with a dysfunctional elbow joint. The elbow isn’t simply out there, in space, by itself and not attached to any other part of the body. The elbow joint is centered directly between the wrist and the shoulder joints. Is it possible that perhaps immobility of the wrist or a poorly aligned and moving shoulder joint could affect the elbow’s ability to move properly? Moving out further, is it possible that poor posture and spinal alignment involving a hunched over position or scoliosis could affect all of those joints and how they move as well? Of course that’s possible and, as we often find, likely most of the cause. All of the expensive braces, pills, lotions and cortisone shots will have no effect on correcting the cause. Playing golf and tennis should not cause elbow pain with normal and balanced joint movements. The elbow was made to move, and move often, not to suffer “over-use” from playing a few rounds of golf.

The key to pain-free living is based upon integrating and balancing three important factors: structure, stability and strength. We live life through movement: movement of the cells, movement of the fluids, movement of digestion, and movement of the joints. Movement is life and functional movement is health or pain-free living in the case of our joints. As we age, structure, stability and strength often become imbalanced for a variety reasons including bad postural habits, work activities, a lack of or improper use of exercise, injuries, accidents, slips and falls, and even non-use or inactivity. We start with the structure of the body looking at it biomechanically as a kinetic chain, each joint and part affecting and supporting the next. A structurally sound body will maintain leverage allowing for the fullest ranges of motion to occur. A structurally imbalanced area of the body will not move well and will weaken the rest of the kinetic chain thus weakening the entire body. It’s much like the bridge collapse that occurred in Minneapolis back in 2007. Evidence found that it was simply a weakening in the weld joints of a few of the bridges trusses that weakened the entire bridge’s structural balance and eventually caused it to collapse.

Once our structure is aligned, proper stability is necessary. Stability occurs between the ligaments and the small intrinsic muscles of the body. These small balancing or stabilizing muscles fire differently than our large muscle group and must be trained and treated differently. Watch how children play, swinging on monkey bars, climbing trees, running and jumping rope. Children are intuitively training these stabilizing muscles and ligaments with their play. As we age, we engage less of these stabilizing muscles and ligaments and our balance and movements often become compromised.

And finally, strength must be addressed to support body alignment and to perform our daily tasks. However, training for strength without first having stability causes injuries and training for strength and stability without having the proper structural alignment creates dysfunctional movement patterns and the eventual breakdown of our joints and nervous system. All three must remain in balance so that you can enjoy a lifetime of pain-free living!

Dr. Stokke is a Chiropractic Physician at Lifestyles Chiropractic located on Lindbergh Avenue near Norman Love Confections. You may reach him by calling 230-334-9355, or visit www.LifestylesChiro.com.      

Roosters May Get the Chopping Block

by Clara Cain

Some Lee County residents have asked the county to pass an ordinance allowing only hens in backyard chicken projects in unincorporated Lee County. I can understand why, given it is disturbing to be awakened by roosters crowing at 4 a.m.!

This leads us to wonder: Do noise disturbance laws need to be enforced? Do we need chicken police? Does animal control enforce chicken laws? Or do we just need to practice being good neighbors?

There are many areas that prohibit all chickens due to deed restrictions. However, agriculturally zoned areas such as the ranchettes located in The Corridor allow chickens of all sexes. That makes sense when you have a house sitting on five acres; a rooster on a ranchette won’t be crowing under the neighbor’s window.

Commissioner Frank Mann made a passionate plea to the Board of Commissioners to put the matter on the agenda to allow the public to come and be heard on both sides. To listen to the public is government at its best. If you are interested, check the agendas of the Lee County Board of Commissioners.

The backyard chicken sustainability movement has flourished. People love chickens for hobbies, for fresh eggs, recycling scraps and peels, eating bugs, etc. People also love items that display their fondness of chickens. Much desired is the Italian style rooster pitcher that symbolizes good fortune. This rooster pitcher has its origin in Renaissance Florence, Italy and the Medici family.

Chickens are part of the heritage of many Lee County citizens of ethnicity. A friend from the Dominica finds it entertaining, relaxing, and nostalgic to watch her hens from her patio chair. She works in the health care field and believes in organic and healthy food. She raises, picks, and butchers her own chickens.

Of course, everyone is not willing to do that. Young people probably cannot even cut up a fryer. Maybe, however, with backyard chickens, children might develop an appreciation for chickens and eggs.

If your deed restrictions allow and you have the desire, to add backyard chickens to your property, you can buy chicks from a hatchery, local hobby breeder, or a farm store.

There are many different types of hens. I know locals currently raising Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, and Black Australorps. I raise French Copper Black Maran that happen to be Martha Stewarts’ favorite type of hen; they lay chocolate colored eggs! There are even hens that lay blue eggs. Most backyard chicken enthusiasts still love Rhode Island Reds.

The internet is full of chicken blogs and chicken websites such as My Pet Chicken. Rural King, Tractor Supply and Futurals Feed Store all have chick supplies, feed, chicks, etc. and will even deliver to your house.

Many people in the Corridor are backyard chicken enthusiasts, even if they can’t have them. Hens clucking and chasing bugs create a feeling of satisfaction much like growing your own vegetables or flower gardening. Perhaps it stems from a deeply ingrained heritage from an agrarian past that is not fulfilled by concrete and pavement.

Trumpsters

We are fortunate to have Germain Arena so close to our Corridor. Guest reporter Clara Cain attended the Trump rally yesterday and snapped some great photos.

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