Archive for April, 2007

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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