Posted by: Shannon @ A Dash of Sparkle | March 10, 2012

360 Market Opens in East Naples

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I came prepared for my usual salad-from-home-lunch today, but when someone told me that the waterside 360 Market on Bayshore Dr. in East Naples (conveniently right down the road from the Garden) had opened this week, I was all for a lunch adventure!

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Though I drive by it everyday, I hadn’t noticed just what a quaint spot it is, right on a canal, surrounded by towering palm trees and just far enough off of Rt 41 that it’s reasonably quiet.

Whatever my expectations were, they were blown away.

Blown away by the mounds of delicious, fresh, gourmet food…

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The open design of the room…

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The nooks for patrons to gather and enjoy their purchases…

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The use of blackboard paint (LOVE IT)…

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The wide open kitchen…

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And did I mention yummy looking food?

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After walking around the place three times, I finally chose a special treat and cashed out. The prices are what you would expect for gourmet food (think Whole Foods price range for prepared foods).

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My treat? Oh just a lovely bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce. I popped it in the microwave and have to admit that it was the perfect balance of bread and custard, with just enough sauce to be decadent without overwhelming.

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Happy Friday to me.

What new places have you discovered recently?

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