Archive for April, 2005

04/1/2005

In the Garden

The hands-down hit of last December’s Junior League Holiday Tour of Homes was a grand mansion on 1.6 acres of south Siesta Key bayfront. Inside, tour-goers gushed over the owners’ vast and clever collection of Christmas collectibles. But perhaps their most enthusiastic responses were saved for the spectacular gardens that fill the entire property, offering […]

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04/1/2005

Barbecue in the Bush

Flavor-crazed foodies have discovered their new hotspot: South Africa. The country’s earthy, spice-infused food, born out of its long-ago role as trading center, pairs with a burgeoning wine scene, fed by rich soil that produces vintages known for their fruity flavors. "In the past 15 years, it’s like what happened in California in the ’70s," […]

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04/1/2005

Memories of Heaven

Every now and then, meals can take on a life of their own. Rather than merely satisfying our hunger, they send us on a voyage of pleasure to a place that exists beyond the realm of the senses. It isn’t about organic ingredients, or a Viking stove or a five-star restaurant. The pixie dust that […]

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04/1/2005

This Month: The stars come out swinging at the Sarasota Film Festival.

I don’t understand something. Every time I do something bad I get punished. I get slapped on the wrist or worse. But every time Gary Busey does something bad it’s perfectly acceptable. Even cute. It’s not fair. Why can’t I be treated like Gary Busey? Just as every film festival goes down in history for […]

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04/1/2005

The Stellar Cellar

There are people who enjoy a good bottle of wine and then there are oenophiles: connoisseurs with an unquenched proclivity for fine, and often expensive, wines. These people are easily recognizable; they are the ones swishing and swirling and purchasing by the case. Ken and Chris Pfahler are oenophiles. When they moved into their Pelican […]

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04/1/2005

News, views and faces from the city beat.

Hot Seat Gentrification of old Siesta Key has been ugly at times, and never more so than when city government declined to observe a state law saying commercial fish markets can’t be closed to pacify complaining neighbors. After the market’s owner, Guy Asbury, won the first round in court a few years ago, the city […]

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04/1/2005

Positively Zoe

The first thing you should know about Zoe Goldfine is that her cell phone rings a lot. The second thing? She loves color. In-your-face explosions of color. Orange married with ivory. A canary-yellow New Year’s theme. "Find your color," Goldfine, 29, is fond of saying. "Do something unexpected." The clients she works with on interior […]

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04/1/2005

Kay Kipling’s guide to cultural and special events.

Festivals Interactive and Intriguing The Van Wezel’s first-ever Festival Diapente (the word means a perfect fifth and refers to a harmonic blend of sight, sound, taste, touch and fragrance) has been growing by leaps and bounds since it was first conceived. Now the weeklong fest offers a host of interactive activities from April 10 through […]

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04/1/2005

Art Buzz

Art Buzz The paintings of the late David Budd, an acclaimed artist who was born in St. Petersburg, attended the Ringling School of Art and is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art, are included this month in an exhibition at the Thomas McCormick Gallery in […]

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04/1/2005

Homefront

Tiptoe Through the Tulips You know spring is in the air when you see tulips popping up all over. According to Gail Conquest, manager of Mr. Florist Plants N’ Things, April and May are the perfect months to brighten your home with tulips. Conquest can barely contain her enthusiasm when she talks about these enchanting […]

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04/1/2005

A Taste of the Good Life

As a lavish indulgence, caviar sets the standard. Pair it with champagne, and you have a universal symbol of delicious extravagance. Who knew that eggs from a sturgeon swimming in the Caspian Sea and a few bubbles squeezed from grapes could epitomize the quintessential luxe life? But they do; they surely do. Most connoisseurs consider […]

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04/1/2005

White Out

Randy LaBolle walked into the Ringling Gardens condominium and worried that he had been struck blind. Glaring white surrounded him, so austere and complete that he was unable to see the corners of the room. Walls and ceiling were painted bright white. The Living room carpet was white shag and the adjoining kitchen was decorated […]

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04/1/2005

Will Travel for Food

There we were at last, just outside Carcassonne, in the ancient French chateau that my brother, Alan, a food-and-wine freak to the max, had chosen to kick off our family’s whirlwind culinary tour of Europe. With its huge stone fireplace and massive ceiling beams, the dining room couldn’t have been more romantic, nor the waiter […]

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04/1/2005

Wake Rider

In 1967, Fred Johnston, then a Sarasota High sophomore, watched the Ski-a-Rees water ski show and told his father, "That looks like fun." The amateur water ski show, now held off Ken Thompson Park, had already been a Sunday-afternoon local tradition for close to a decade then. Johnston joined the troupe; then his younger brother […]

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04/1/2005

Things We love

A Really Good Corkscrew Although sommeliers prefer the original Waiter’s Friend corkscrew, it’s sometimes nice to skip the ceremony and let the Rogar Estate wine opener do the job for you. It sits or mounts on a table or bar and makes uncorking a breeze. Available at Venice Wine & Coffee Company and The Island […]

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04/1/2005

Take-Out Takes Off

A Sophisticated Supper The sun-dappled Bird Key home of artist Theresa Spinner is the backdrop for this elegant al fresco supper. A quick trip to Morton’s Market yields a memorable feast for all the senses, starting with caviar and a chilled bottle of Cristal champagne. Chateaubriand with roasted potatoes, grilled patty pan squash, asparagus and […]

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04/1/2005

Snap, crackle, pop

Question: What is the most-used joint in your body? If you answered the knee or fingers, you were wrong. It’s actually the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that attaches our lower jaw to the temporal bone in our skull in front of each ear. These flexible joints allow the jaw to move easily. Muscles attached to the […]

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04/1/2005

Ask the Experts

Q. I’ve inherited six Biedermeier dining room chairs. What kind of table should I pair them with? A. Elizabeth Rice, who owns a gallery full of vintage Biedermeier, gets this question all the time. "Avoid anything Victorian, ornate or heavily carved. Biedermeier furniture has clarity of sculptural form that for its day (1820-1830) was very […]

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04/1/2005

Real Estate Go$$ip

Neighborhood Watch Up, up and away in downtown Sarasota Sarasota’s downtown is transforming before our eyes into a vibrant mecca of galleries, theaters, restaurants and retail stores. Add in one luxury hotel, new office towers and professional buildings, and the landscape changes even more. Selby Gardens and the beautiful bayfront are still here, of course, […]

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04/1/2005

Kate Spade

Fashion and home designer Kate Spade headlines a benefit April 16 for Ave Maria Preparatory School (call 952-9394 for ticket info) to show support for her sister, Sarasotan Reta Saffo, and 14-year-old nephew Laith, a student at Ave Maria. A brand-new mom who oversees a company selling her signature handbags, shoes, china, crystal and table […]

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