Archive for April, 2005

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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04/1/2005

Tips and tidbits for Sarasota golfers.

Recently, I visited Bent Tree, a private country club three miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road that’s best known for hosting the Sarasota LPGA Classic from 1976 to 1988. From the time I drove into the club, I could see that the course’s fairways and greens were in excellent shape; and by the […]

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04/1/2005

People, places and pastimes on our radar.

Abode-A-Laire When Jane Bennett and Steve Thompson came to the U.S. from the U.K. five years ago, owning a furniture business was not on their minds. Bennett was here to open an Internet ad agency, while Thompson entered the home design and development business. But now they’re joint owners of a new furniture shop, Abode, […]

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04/1/2005

That Mobile Home Mystique

Trailers and mobile homes have never been considered architecture, and there is very little written about them. Which is a shame, because when you consider what they are-little metal houses that can be moved around from one place to another-then they become fascinating design problems. How do you fit everything into a predetermined amount of […]

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04/1/2005

Young at Heart

Successful architecture is architecture that ages well, and that is appreciated as much by those who use it as the critics who initially sang its praises. (Remember the way tenants often treated those heartless, massive public housing projects of the past?) Many structures have impressed everyone at their dedication, only to seem shabby and dated […]

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