Archive for April, 2006

04/1/2006

Lifetime Commitment

Even in an elegant restaurant like Longboat Key’s Euphemia Haye, it can get crazy behind the kitchen doors. Fortunately, Raymond Arpke, 53, who has owned the restaurant with his wife, D’Arcy, since 1980, says he feels right at home in a madhouse-he was raised in one. Arpke’s parents ran a mental hospital in Wisconsin, and […]

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04/1/2006

April Events

IN TOWN JANE FONDA Jane Fonda has been a figure in American cultural and political life for decades; she’ll talk about both aspects of her career and answer questions from the audience during An Evening with Jane Fonda, April 3 at the Van Wezel. (Call 953-3368 for tickets.) We asked a few questions of our […]

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04/1/2006

The Essence of Italian

Marcella Polini and Victor Hazan were married in February 1955, a union that sparked an extraordinary culinary career-and dynasty. Son Giuliano came on the scene while the couple was living in America and learned to cook alongside his mother. The three ultimately conducted a transcontinental lifestyle, anchored in both the United States and Italy, conducting […]

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04/1/2006

Enter Derek’s

When we arrived at Derek’s, there seemed to be an overabundance of neatly attired waitstaff standing about in black pants and shirts with long bistro aprons tied trimly around the waist. But it wasn’t long until they were bustling around the restaurant, shuttling from open kitchen to table, shouldering a constant stream of interesting-looking dishes. […]

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04/1/2006

Real Estate Go$$ip

A WALK IN McCLELLAN PARK Tucked between Harbor Acres and Cherokee Park, just west of Osprey Avenue, is a shady, quiet slice of Sarasota known as McClellan Park. The neighborhood is a rich blend of cozy cottages, handsome old two-stories and traditional ranches. Pass through the stone and brick columns and meet residents whose roots […]

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04/1/2006

One Great room

When Kristin Joyce and Don Guy bought a 1960s ranch house three years ago, they enlarged it by a third, bringing it to 2,200 square feet for their family of four. But the interior is only half the renovation story. Having moved here from tony Marin County, Calif., the family was used to living outdoors […]

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04/1/2006

In the Swing

One of Sarasota’s best semi-private courses, Tatum Ridge Golf Links is cut out of a gorgeous piece of natural land and abundant with wildlife. Designed by Ted McAnlis in 1994, Tatum Ridge is now a more mature course, and because of its new look, the variety of challenging holes winding through trees and water and […]

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04/1/2006

Reasons to Smile

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but the mouth is the doorway to the body. And science is showing more and more just how important it is to keep that doorway clear. When bacteria take up residence, the result can be life-threatening infection, heart disease, diabetes and other problems. And the guardians […]

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04/1/2006

Land of Plenty

To chilly Northerners, a fruit tree in the back yard has always been part of the Florida dream; paradise means waking up in winter and plucking your own golden oranges and sunny grapefruits. But it wasn’t until 1999, when we bought our cottage on the south end of Siesta Key, that I began planting-and harvesting-my […]

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04/1/2006

Homefront

PEACEFUL, EASY FEELING The long dominant, weighty Tuscan look is now officially a thing of the past, say top designers from the International Design Center, Southwest Florida’s newest design resource which is now opening showrooms amid a 38-acre campus being developed in Estero. IDC designers are touting the serenity now infiltrating the clean lines of […]

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04/1/2006

Delicious Kitchens

When kitchens go on a diet, it has nothing to do with deprivation. Today’s homeowners are slimming down their kitchens with sleek, functional, contemporary designs. They’re discovering that smooth silhouettes can be aesthetically pleasing while providing efficient and artful spaces for work, storage and entertaining. Contemporary aesthetics depend less on external details and more on […]

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04/1/2006

Sarasota’s 10 Best Great Beginnings

Beach Bistro’s Death by Fois Gras will send you straight to heaven, and what a way to go. Seared Hudson Valley foie gras tops a savory brioche bread pudding and is garnished with a vanilla-bean and sauterne reduction, nutmeg Anglaise and aged balsamic vinegar, artfully reduced. Brace yourself with some chilled Pineau des Charentes (fruity […]

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04/1/2006

Da-Vine Madness

Beginning on April 27, Florida Winefest & Auction will celebrate its 16th year with four intoxicating days of connoisseurs and casual drinkers mixing at The Ritz-Carlton in search of the next great grape-and the cuisine to go with it. At the end of the festivities, Winefest will have added a considerable amount to the $5 […]

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04/1/2006

Where has all the vision gone?

It is "the vision thing," isn’t it? Looking around our city, after the years that have passed since we first began to formulate a new downtown master plan, I can’t discern any strong vision at work. Instead, we see construction everywhere, surging upward and outward, often devoid of any obvious commitment to urban context or […]

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04/1/2006

A Reel Home Run

If horse racing is the sport of kings, and football (except for certain college games) is for Joe Six Pack, then baseball is the sport of writers. Particularly the intellectuals. Remember Marianne Moore, that little old lady poet, sitting in the stands at all the old Brooklyn Dodgers games? Or all the various famous essays […]

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04/1/2006

Great Scotch!

The item: The Macallan limited-edition 50-year-old single-malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands and bottled in a Lalique crystal decanter. This semi-centennial vintage, just released in January, boasts rich, complex flavors-dark prunes, chocolate, maraschino cherries, cumin, cardamom-and a lingering finish of sherry, oak and a hint of peat smoke. It’s […]

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04/1/2006

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER TWEEN THE LINES Jennifer Monda kidcasts on Radio Disney. Sarasota Middle School eighth-grader Jennifer Monda got her big break when Radio Disney stopped at the Sarasota Film Festival last year to audition more than 50 youngsters for a coveted role as a kidcaster on the tween-themed radio station. Jennifer, now 14, stood out from […]

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04/1/2006

Before & After

Some rooms are made beautiful by adding fine fabrics and furnishings. Others become lovely by what is taken away. In the case of husband-and-wife interior designers Jeff and Joyce Hart’s 1926 Ringling-era home on St. Armands, good bones and distinguished features were there all along. The Harts’ task was how best to reveal them. "We […]

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04/1/2006

Designing Mind

Design experience: 22 years. Trained at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Perla Lichi Design in Tamarac, Fla., opened in 1992. I got so many calls from Sarasota, now I go there regularly for special appointments. My home is: Renaissance Venetian. My dinner parties: I cater. My kitchen is beautiful, but I don’t use it. […]

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04/1/2006

Food for Thought

GREAT SPIRITS Go ahead, try to stump Peter Whitely, bartender extraordinaire for the Cà d’Zan Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Algonquin? No problem. Caribbean Cowboy? Coming right up. The affable 45-year-old has been tending bar since his college days, and when he ran out of cocktails to memorize, he started concocting his own. An avid […]

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