Archive for March, 2004

03/1/2004

Gardens of Plenty

Culinary gardens are sprouting up all over the country, as gardeners rediscover the great pleasure of stepping out their back door to snip fresh herbs, harvest a few sun-ripened tomatoes or pluck a crisp cucumber to embellish home-cooked meals. Nowhere is this trend more evident than in the upscale restaurant scene. From Patrick O’Connell at […]

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03/1/2004

Street Talk

Noisemakers FINE AS WINE Aussie Nigel Zweck creates a buzz at The Ritz. Nigel Zweck, the 26-year-old banquet director for The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, says you can’t take the country out of a country boy. Exhibit A: his R.M. Williams boots, adopted while growing up on his family’s farm in South Australia. “They are very high […]

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03/1/2004

Slice of Life

"I just love to bake pies," confides Amanda Yoder, whose face is barely marked by her 75 years. Those pies-and hearty, home-cooked dinners-are why legions of locals and visitors lined the sidewalks outside the Amish restaurant Amanda and her husband Levi opened in 1975 on Main Street after they moved here from Indiana. They opened […]

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03/1/2004

Real Estate Gossip

Neighborhood Watch Back to nature at The Landings The Landings is an established gated enclave with heavily wooded nature preserves and tree-lined winding streets alongside Sarasota Bay, directly to the west of Tamiami Trail and just north of Phillippi Creek. Residents enjoy a tennis center with pool and clubhouse, bike trails, a nature walk and […]

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03/1/2004

Let’s Do Latin

When it comes to Latin food, Sarasota is no Miami-a mixing bowl that’s got some of the most varied, and many say best, Latin restaurants in the world. But we do have a rapidly growing collection of Latin restaurants that are offering flavors from Mexico to Bolivia and Peru and beyond to adventurous diners. Just […]

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03/1/2004

Native Tongues

Most Americans are familiar with Northern Indian cuisine-the standard lunch buffet you may find at an Indian restaurant, or the menus featuring chicken tikka masala, tandoori dishes or creamy curries. Restaurants featuring the lighter and spicier fare of the south are tougher to find in smaller cities, but one opened recently on Fletcher Avenue in […]

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03/1/2004

Ask the Experts

Q. I want to add a little "wow" to my neutral family room. What are the new power colors for spring and summer? A. Jacqueline Cantwell, Robb & Stucky, has some bright ideas. Mango is a great new color and it’s so suitable for our Florida homes and lifestyle. For the coming months I see […]

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03/1/2004

A Flash of Green

The green anole (Anolis carolinensis) is the most common lizard in the Southeast. Because it can change colors from bright green to dark brown, it’s often referred to as a chameleon, but it’s actually related to the iguanas, a diverse family found mainly in North, Central and South America. Male anoles have a flap of […]

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03/1/2004

Mo’ Roccan

According to Peregrine Armstrong-Jones, of www.confetti.co.uk, Morocco is famous for its mosaic and tiles, so stock up on some cheap versions at your local home supply store. Spread them about the table as centerpieces or even plate settings, then serve dinner in the most colorful dishes you can find. Speaking of color, Morocco is famous […]

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03/1/2004

Top Tickets

Art Art Uptown: Continuing on view through March 5: wood vessels by Gordon Cook and watercolors and still life compositions by Jacquie Clark. Information: 955-5409. Katharine Butler Gallery. Continuing through March 13: Vanishing Florida, featuring paintings and photographs of Florida landscapes and endangered ecosystems by David and Norine Zapata. A portion of the proceeds benefit […]

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03/1/2004

Queen Cuisine

Why do we do it? Why do we race around trying to accomplish this and that? What will we have to show after all? Will we ask ourselves if we regret not having spent more time working? I don’t think so. Life is not a beginning or an end. Life is a process, and to […]

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03/1/2004

Family Values

How does an outmoded, overworked family room become a gracious, functional space for living? Designer M. Lee Younger of The Pineapple House Collection and his assistant Anthony Warfield effected a dramatic facelift for clients Tara Lamb and William Shaddy of The Landings with a basic stop, look and listen approach. "We put an immediate halt […]

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03/1/2004

Deserving of a Laurel

Laurel Oak, located off Bee Ridge Road just two miles east of I-75, is a true private country club. You know that the second you arrive at the entranceway guard gate that leads to a sprawling, stylish clubhouse with panoramic views of some of the club’s 36 holes comprising the East and West courses. The […]

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03/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

Some adults can remember exactly when they glimpsed their future-the song that inspired a music career or the book that lured them to write. For 16-year-old Reginna Zhidov, it was aVogue photograph of a model draped in a dress of burlap and silk. "That’s when I realized that with fabric, anything is possible," Zhidov says. […]

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03/1/2004

Nice Neighborhood

Sarasota’s residents may be significantly better educated, more affluent and more likely to own homes than other Floridians, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize why buying a house in Sarasota is the best thing you can do for yourself. With powdery beaches, lush parks and gorgeous tropical foliage, our little city is rich […]

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03/1/2004

Homefront

*The party’s in the kitchen Ever notice how people at a party love to congregate around the food, sometimes while it’s still being cooked? "Today’s kitchen trend is toward social cooking where guests can become involved in the process," says Werner Venter, owner of Lube Italian Kitchens, now located in the DeSears building at 4650 […]

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03/1/2004

Go North!

If two energetic business leaders have their way, waves of redevelopment will flow in a northerly direction from Rosemary District. Merry Berger and Ian Black have created Action Central, a pilot program that seeks to revitalize the blocks between 10th and 15th Streets. "Our goal is to make it safe, scenic and green," says Berger, […]

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03/1/2004

Smile Therapy

A survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that 92 percent of those who responded cited an attractive smile as an important social asset, yet only half were happy with their own dental appearance. In another survey, 74 percent of the respondents believed that an unattractive smile could actually harm their […]

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03/1/2004

Building Business

Looking around at the new construction that’s proliferated everywhere recently, one is struck by a curious dichotomy: The commercial and institutional architecture is, by and large, excellent; the residential architecture is not. Developers and architects of business structures seem ready to take risks in the interest of creating memorable buildings; residential development, with few exceptions, […]

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03/1/2004

Adventure Island

We circled the Orange Bowl at a thousand feet in the Grumman Mallard seaplane before lining up for our belly landing in Biscayne Bay. As we splashed down and skimmed across the surf, a daredevil woman on a jet ski zipped over and raced beside the stabilizing pontoon under one of the wings. Yes, we […]

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