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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04/1/2007

Our Man at Sundance

When the Sarasota Film Festival opens on April 13, executive director Jody Kielbasa will have a lot on his mind. Will the audience love the opening-night movie? Are the visiting Hollywood stars happy withter their accommodations? Will the corporate sponsors whine about their table locations at the parties? But there’s one thing Kielbasa won’t have […]

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04/1/2007

The Latest Sensations

Go to any Sarasota party, and what’s the hottest topic of conversation—art? Real estate? World peace? Maybe, but it’s much likelier that the biggest buzz will be about what hot new restaurant is providing our latest culinary thrills. This is a restaurant-crazy town, where serial dining out is the norm and where a popular chef’s […]

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04/1/2007

Stars of Sushi

It’s hard to imagine that not that long ago, most of us would have shuddered at the idea of eating raw fish. Now you can find sushi even in supermarkets, and as Americans have embraced this Japanese tradition, we’ve made it our own, creating variations like the foie gras and tenderloin sushi that’s the rage […]

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04/1/2007

The Bordeaux Birthday Bash

Spring 1982. Across the Atlantic Ocean, in the historic vineyards of the Mouton-Rothschild chateau in the Medoc peninsula of Bordeaux, that precious stretch of France between the ocean and the Girdone River, a momentous convergence of conditions is preparing to produce what will become the vintage of the century. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, braving […]

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04/1/2007

Pure & Simple

From Hollywood to local farmers’ markets, the organic food movement is flourishing—witness the recent growth of stores like Whole Foods and the introduction of entire organic food sections in supermarkets like Publix. And now there’s something else for organic aficionados—and chefs of all persuasions—to take note of: grass-fed beef. Just a few hours from Sarasota, […]

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04/1/2007

Sarasota’s 10 Best

Nick Bergbauer, an eighth-generation Bavarian baker and owner of Bavarian Bread, satisfies bread devotees (and top food stores and restaurants) with daily offerings of whole-grain artesian breads made from all-natural ingredients and unbleached flours. His Tuscan-style loaves spiked with fresh rosemary are a favorite. Get there early, though; he shuts his doors at noon. 5900 […]

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04/1/2007

The Social Detective

I haven’t been in my kayak in absolute ages for fear of dead zones and creepy algal blooms in the water. So this year I resolved to pay a lot more attention to marine biology so I could learn more about red tide. (Actually, I had always intended to give my son, Alex, to the […]

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04/1/2007

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? A black bustier-style dress with ruching detail by Arden B., ankle-wrap Gucci sandals, a gold and black python Versace bag and a Simon G. necklace. How did you choose your clothes tonight? I brought the dress with me from California—we just moved here a few months ago—and I wore it because […]

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