Archive for March, 2004

03/1/2004

Of Flavors and Family

We used to have a rule on family vacations that we had to eat at as many locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants as possible. For years my kids would gripe and grumble as we’d pass by one set of golden arches after another, each glowing with the promise of familiar food in high-tech American containers, only […]

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03/1/2004

The Pioneer Hotelier

For most Sarasota residents and visitors, "Higel" means no more than the name of a street that runs along Siesta Key-Higel Avenue. But during the era just before the Florida land boom of the ’20s accelerated our growth, Harry L. Higel, the man for whom the street was named, was a progressive dynamo, pushing the […]

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03/1/2004

High Stakes Dining

Celebrity chef Paul Mattison is spreading himself as thin as demi-glace these days, what with a popular downtown bistro in Sarasota, another thriving one in St. Petersburg, a successful catering business, cooking demonstrations, television appearances, a restaurant training institute and culinary tours of Italy. Now the indefatigable, 39-year-old Mattison, who also donates huge amounts of […]

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03/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

Boy, wasn’t that film festival something? True, there may have been a few glitches here and there. But this year the town got involved as never before, following every little drama, attending every movie, crashing every party. Molly Haskell, executive director of the first Sarasota Film Festival (the French one), used to say that a […]

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03/1/2004

A Meditation on Mullet

Here’s a good way to tell if someone has a real connection to Southwest Florida: Ask if we like smoked mullet. For many newcomers and a distressingly large number of people who might otherwise consider themselves locals, the response will likely range from "What the heck is a mullet?" to "Yech, I would never eat […]

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03/1/2004

A Taste of Home

Until fate plucked her from India and dropped her in Zambia, in the middle of Africa, when she was barely 30 years old, my mother had never cooked a meal in her life. She had spent most of her childhood in boarding school and at college; and when she went home, she buried her nose […]

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03/1/2004

Glorious Food

The first thing Gail Greco thinks about when she gets up in the morning is what she’s making for dinner that night. And when it’s time to serve that dinner, she makes sure it’s in a ceremonious way. "We light candles almost every night," says Greco. "It’s a beautiful release of tension." Greco, who divides […]

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03/1/2004

Rosemary District Revival

Sunlight drifts down from narrow windows and skitters over wooden floors, skirting the feet of the two priests and off-duty real estate agent who sit in the front pew. Other than their soft whispers of prayer, there’s little sound in the blue-and-white Throne of Grace charismatic Episcopal church on Florida Avenue. Across the street and […]

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03/1/2004

Wine and Chocolate

Forget J.Lo and Ben or Justin and Janet. The match that’s really stirring up a delicious sensation is between two of the world’s oldest and most sensuous culinary indulgences, chocolate and wine. The pair have been flirting openly lately, flying right in the face of the culinary convention that they should neither date or mate. […]

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