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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