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Dining with a Sarasota-Manatee Originals Restaurant, Jan. 2009
Dining with BeachHouse Restaurant Sarasota-Manatee Originals Restaurant, Jan. 2009

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Does anyone ever win those Twitter contests? Indeed they do, I finally won one! Not that I enter many but when I saw the Sarasota-Manatee Originals were giving away $25 dining certificates every weekday between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24, 2009, knew I had to enter and I won!

How can you win? It’s pretty easy but you need a Twitter account and follow @the_originals. Then, Tweet this message:

RT @the_originals RT to win a $25 gift certificate redeemable at 30 of Sarasota’s best locally-owned restaurants.

I love the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, it’s an organization of independently owned restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. They believe in slow and good food. They also collaborate with the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau to produce Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week each June. For at least the past two years (maybe three?) I’ve purchased their discounted dining certificates as gifts, especially nice for when my parents visit or for my Sarasota friends. For instance, a $25 dining certificate can be purchased for a specific restaurant for $17.50.

These certificates are great for visitors and residents looking to save a little bit and these days, who isn’t looking to save a little dough?

Actor Jon Voight Enjoying Dinner at Michael's on East, a Sarasota-Manatee Original, During Sarasota Film Festival, April 2009
Actor Jon Voight Enjoying Dinner at Michael’s on East, a Sarasota-Manatee Original, During Sarasota Film Festival, April 2009

Now they have introduced group dining certificates. They aren’t sold at a discount (unless buying in bulk) but can be used at any of the participating restaurants rather than just one. It’s kinda like a gift card and I love the flexibility these certificates offer. And yes, I will be giving these to my favorite people this year.

Planning a Sarasota vacation? Live in or near Sarasota? Get Tweeting and support the Originals!



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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