Archive for April, 2005

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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