Archive for April, 2003

04/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

Peanut is getting philosophical about his sixth straight loss in all categories at the Sixth Annual Pug Parade. A whole new generation of pugs is taking over and these Young Turks seem to hog all the prizes. This year’s event took place at Lakewood Ranch, in a real park (we were competing with a hockey […]

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04/1/2003

That Florida Flavor

Road trip! You either love driving around Florida or you hate it. Those of us in the former category know who we are. We’re passionate about it all: Alligator Alley, Sunshine Skyway, A1A, Tamiami Trail, Overseas Highway, the sparkling waters of the Intracoastal, the big-sky vistas over the Everglades, the crossroads at Yeehaw Junction, the […]

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04/1/2003

A Taste of Luxury

What makes a Sunday brunch cost $55 a person? Come with me to Sarasota’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, where personal service, ambience and presentation have as much to do with the bill as the creative cuisine on your white plate. The hotel’s luxury brunch is suitable for an important celebration, a first-day-of-the-honeymoon-meal, or that important "hey, we’re […]

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04/1/2003

Street Talk

There were plenty of raised eyebrows and politely hushed mutterings among Sarasota’s cultural and social elites-remarkably similar here-when Time magazine named two of our most prominent as developers of a new Native American gambling casino just outside Sacramento, California. The name Roy Palmer didn’t really surprise anyone, because that’s how he made a fortune in […]

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04/1/2003

You’re Invited!

Invitations set the stage for the events they herald, and making your invites unique and memorable is the first way to pique the anticipation of your guests. As any regular of the Sarasota gala scene knows, invites here compete for attention with their clever puns and design. Many are three-dimensional and visually stunning, incorporating themes […]

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04/1/2003

Garden Varieties

Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you live in a subdivision or a condominium complex, you can usually find special place for you and your neighbors to create a beautiful, functional garden that will feed all of you and greatly enhance your living space. Here are some tips to get you started: 1) […]

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04/1/2003

Hot Stuff

No longer do Sarasota diners have to travel to New York, San Francisco or Paris to be tempted, teased and deliciously pleased. For the serious gourmand, options are plentiful at home, thanks in part to a crop of fresh young chefs who, drawn by the city’s prosperity, lifestyle and growing reputation for fine restaurants, are […]

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04/1/2003

Ask the Experts

Q. I have a small guest bathroom that I’d like to do in dark dramatic colors and fabrics. Is this a mistake in a tiny room? The ceiling is 12 feet, with a shower stall, no tub, pedestal sink and a window. Brigid Hewes of Gwendolyn Sears Interior Design advises: Dark, rich colors need not […]

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04/1/2003

More Hot Stuff!

Some of the best tamales in town are at Tommy Klauber’s Pattigeorge’s restaurant on Longboat Key. Klauber credits his great Mexican dishes to the authentic Mexican cooks who work in his kitchen. But how can it be that simple? After all, a recipe is a recipe is a recipe, right? Follow the directions and a […]

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04/1/2003

Global Harmony

The people in my office-a bunch of Americans if there ever was one-become annoyed when I get on the subject of Julio Iglesias. They see him as just another Latin singer, a lounge act, and an aging one at that. He doesn’t move around enough for their tastes, the way Ricky Martin does. His songs […]

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