Archive for April, 2007

04/1/2007

Food For Life

The April issue of Sarasota featured Al and Erin Rosas, Ocala-area farmers who have taken the culinary world by storm with their organic grass-fed beef, which is now a star of Longboat Key restaurant Pattigeorge’s menu. But beyond their love of food, the Rosas are organic consultants, nutritionists, research specialists and healthcare consultants. They’re determined […]

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04/1/2007

Natural Selection

Southwest Florida vintners and oenophiles should keep their eyes peeled for the black grapevine (Vitis vinifera Black Hamburgh). Considered a greenhouse plant in many grape-growing climates, the black grapevine will grow outdoors in Sarasota, flourishing in well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade. In September, after a long, hot summer, the vine will bear […]

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04/1/2007

Viva Italia!

Recognizing Sarasota’s passion for all restaurants Italian, Paul Mattison has infused his Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza with Tuscan flavor. "Gone Tuscan" is the proclamation on the menu, which outlines some new offerings and some old favorites. The focus on steaks is a natural for this transformation, since bistecca is a foundation of the Tuscan […]

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04/1/2007

The Stone-Cold Truth

Magazines like this are filled with stunning images of beautiful diamonds, and the appeal of these gems is undeniable. I know, because for more than 25 years my lovely bride has bristled at my refusal to buy her a diamond engagement ring. Despite designer clothes, luxury cars, beautiful houses and whatever else I may have […]

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04/1/2007

Train Wreck

I was in a rural bar in central Florida when I received the news of Anna Nicole Smith’s death. The patrons were riveted. You would have thought a world-shaking event had occurred. Everyone knew her story, with all its little twists and turns, and everyone had a theory. You could only wish the general public […]

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04/1/2007

More Than a Pretty Smile

The good news first: You don’t have to be born with a perfect smile to have one—not anymore. Like most things these days, you can buy it. You, too, can flash a celebrity smile after only a few hours in the dentist’s chair, thanks to what’s informally called “cosmetic dentistry.” The not-so-good news? If your […]

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04/1/2007

April Events

On Exhibit  Beach Parade Englewood painter Robert Baxter is a keen observer of human nature. In this image, created from pigment mixed with water and brushed on paper, he has captured some of the bodies we might encounter on the pristine sands of Sarasota County and provided us with a stop-action view of the type […]

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04/1/2007

Homefront

ART ON THE SHORES SevenShores, a luxury condominium community being built on Manatee County’s Perico Island, has joined forces with ArtCenter Manatee to showcase the works of promising local artists in a new venue. Dubbed "Artful Waters" and located at the SevenShores site on West Manatee Avenue, the satellite gallery began exhibits in February and […]

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04/1/2007

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH In Nature at Panther Ridge Unspoiled natural beauty and huge home sites of one to 15 acres lure buyers to the east Manatee County neighborhood of Panther Ridge. The development encompasses 4,600 acres on either side of S.R. 70, contiguous to both the shopping and restaurants of Lakewood Ranch and Jack Nicklaus’ ultra-ritzy […]

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04/1/2007

Made in Sarasota

Weighty design solutions pour from the creative minds of furniture designers Steve Thompson and Rob Weber—heavyweight ideas that revolve around the use of concrete, a humble building material that’s known more for its functionality than its decorative flair. The pair started Fossil Creations in Concrete last fall to test their theory that concrete can be […]

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04/1/2007

One Great Room

When Joe Lubrano decided to build his dream house on Bay Drive in south Manatee County, the bachelor-grandfather wanted clean lines, functionality and, above all, a maintenance-free kitchen. The kitchen’s dramatic blue granite and white marble floors appear to conflict with those goals. But the founder of 35-year-old European Marble in Sarasota knows better. "Granite […]

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04/1/2007

A Love Story

The story of Betsy Sublette’s restoration of her Laurel Park bungalow is one of old-fashioned friendship. It chronicles her true-grit determination to prove by example that historic homes should be saved rather than leveled. And it recounts a love story as enduring as the 1924 Craftsman-style cottage itself. Everything about Sublette’s tale is storybook except […]

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