Archive for April, 2002

04/1/2002

Treasure of the Deep

With its ungainly claws, the stone crab was definitely no looker, and its low-profile lifestyle amidst mud and rocks did nothing for its reputation, either. In fact, until Miami Beach restaurateur Joe Weiss decided to cook a few claws and see how they tasted-or so the story goes-the stone crab was considered a nuisance crustacean, […]

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04/1/2002

Homefront

OPEN FOR BUSINESS U.S. Assets Group and Beau Ciel, L.L.L.P., the developers of Sarasota’s newest luxury tower, Beau Ciel at Boulevard of the Arts, announce the completion of the sales center’s renovation and the opening of the new design center next door, located respectively at 500 and 520 N. Tamiami Trail in downtown Sarasota. "These […]

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04/1/2002

Adventures in Dining

In Sarasota, it’s easy to eat well 365 days a year, but occasionally the urge strikes for a dining adventure, or at least an entrée you have to earn. And since two of the city’s greatest pleasures are restaurants and the water, intrepid diners can take to a kayak and paddle to their culinary reward. […]

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04/1/2002

Luxury Kitchen

They met over food, work with food and socialize around food. So when Sarasota chef Paul Mattison and Sheryl Vieiria began remodeling the house they recently purchased near the Siesta Key bridge, the kitchen naturally became the focal point. With soft lighting, state-of-the art conveniences and gleaming hardwood floors, the couple has created a space […]

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04/1/2002

The Beach House

On a quiet street in the heart of Anna Maria a rectangular gray house perches on stilts. It’s adorned with whimsical chartreuse shutters and offers a back-porch view of dolphins and sea oats and blue-green swells that seem to roll on to the other side of the world. Four years ago, Sarasota interior designer Judy […]

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04/1/2002

The Cuban Connection

I’ve always had a love for Latin food, and it goes far beyond how it tastes. Part of it is heritage and pride. Which is odd when you think of it, since I’m an Irish kid whose parents are from Kentucky and Massachusetts. It really has to do with Florida. My mother got divorced, and […]

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04/1/2002

Raising the Bar

Most world-weary travelers will tell that hotel food is hotel food, and the hotel restaurant is a place where you flop when you’re too tired to explore a strange city. But the Ritz-Carlton restaurants have a mystique all their own. Eating at the Ritz is all about context. You walk through the imposing doors and […]

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04/1/2002

A Showcase Kitchen

Ron Cook likes space, comfort and classic English cabinetry. So when he saw the cramped little kitchen he planned to redecorate for this year’s 2002 ASID Designer Showhouse, he knew it would take more than pretty furniture and a paint job to create the dream room he envisioned. In less than three weeks, Cook, who […]

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04/1/2002

Secrets of Party Givers

Why do some parties glitter and others cast only a pale and sickly light? We asked some of Sarasota’s most accomplished hosts and hostesses to share their secrets. Real estate magnate Michael Saunders believes the essential ingredient in any successful party is interesting people. But mouth-watering food doesn’t hurt. "I make a killer veal stew," […]

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04/1/2002

The Gambler

If we’ve learned anything lately, it’s that we must stop postponing things. Do the important stuff NOW. Get married. Have children. Add a new master suite. And so, in the spirit of this new life lesson, I have finally gone and done something I always wanted to do. Something I always knew I would do. […]

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