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Celebrity Five Spots: Nik Wallenda

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Nik Wallenda HT 2013 parade

Nik Wallenda waves during Sarasota's Superboat Grand Prix Festival Parade of Boats that proceeded down Main Street in the rain Friday evening. The Suncoast Charities for Children dedicated this year’s 29th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Parade of Boats in honor of Nik Wallenda after being the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a high wire. (July 5, 2013, Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender)

Sarasota native Nik Wallenda does manage to do some regular stuff around his hometown when not blowing minds with his aerialist awesomeness or being honored for his amazing accomplishments. Wallenda, who wirewalked Niagara Falls in 2012 and the Grand Canyon last year, was welcomed Saturday into Ringling Circus Museum's Hall of Fame at the Historic Asolo Theater. At 35, he’s the youngest individual honoree to join that exclusive club.

The Circus Ring of Fame held its 27th annual induction ceremony the same day, at St. Armands Circle. Wallenda, who holds seven Guinness World Records, received Ringling's "Circus Celebrity Award." So, yeah, we found it only fitting to make Wallenda the first guest for our new “Celebrity Five Spots.” The occasional series features a famous local resident dishing on his or her favorite places to eat, drink, shop, play and stay in Southwest Florida.

Eat: Columbia Restaurant; 411 St Armands Circle, Sarasota; 388-3987; columbiarestaurant.com

For dinner, my favorite restaurant is the Columbia on St. Armands Circle. Start with the famous 1905 Salad, warm Cuban bread, and then an excellent entree, all in the atmosphere of beautiful St. Armands Circle. My favorite place for breakfast or lunch is First Watch (1395 Main St., Sarasota.)

Drink: Primo! Ristorante; 8076 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 359-3690; primo-ristorante.com

I visit Primo's restaurant often for dinner with my family, but I also enjoy stopping by the restaurant for just an iced tea and appetizer.

Shop: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota; 388-1554; starmandscircleassoc.com

St. Armand's Circle has such an interesting mix of specialty shops, small restaurants, and dessert shops, and all situated near one of our beautiful beaches. I think this makes it one of the most unique shopping areas in Sarasota.

Play: TreeUmph!; 21805 State Road 70 E., Bradenton; 322-2130; treeumph.com

TreeUmph! adventure park has to be my new favorite. It's a course that is fun and challenging no matter your age. My family and friends had a great time there. I guess my line of work relates pretty well to those balance elements, too.

Stay: Hyatt Regency Sarasota; 1000 Boulevard of the Arts; 953-1234; sarasota.hyatt.com

I enjoy the Hyatt for the beautiful views of the waterfront and its location in downtown Sarasota.



Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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