Archive for March, 2008

03/1/2008

Curtain Up

I like Maison Blanche on Longboat Key almost as much for the theater of the place as for the ambrosial haute cuisine it serves so beautifully six evenings a week. Think of it as a play. Act I: Setting All the machinery of this fine restaurant is offstage. The kitchen, for example, is the sanctum […]

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03/1/2008

Rise and Shine

Modern society is wired in more ways than one. In the 24/7 world of the 21st century, the average adult gets an hour and a half less sleep than someone who lived 100 years ago. When people do sleep, they don’t sleep as well. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 70 million Americans suffer from […]

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03/1/2008

March Events

On Exhibit Solitary Sojourn Melissa Meyer is an extraordinarily facile painter. Although this square looks like a watercolor, she has created it completely with oil paint. With her fluid gestures in bold colors, she reveals her interest in light. The translucency of her forms shows her interest in the ground or canvas as well. Your […]

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03/1/2008

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH CHARMING CHEROKEE PARK The serene and settled neighborhood of Cherokee Park is tucked between Tamiami Trail and Sarasota Bay behind pretty whitewashed walls overgrown with bougainvillea vines and hibiscus blooms. Wide boulevards and a parklike setting create a welcoming entry. Neighbors know each other by first name and frequently gather for holiday parties […]

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03/1/2008

One Great Room

Although Lou and Rosemary Oberndorf had been renting in Sarasota since he founded Medical Education Technologies (METI) here in 1996, they maintained their primary residence in Greenwich, Conn. “We spent a great deal of time here, but knew we wouldn’t really feel tied to the community until we reversed the situation and made Sarasota our […]

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03/1/2008

Designing Mind

David Young’s firm, DWY Landscape Architects, won an award of honor from the Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for his design of the tranquil new Girl Scouts campus in Sarasota. A Florida native, Young also has redesigned the landscapes of several Sarasota School of Architecture homes. Being from Florida: Helps me […]

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03/1/2008

What’s Next

Trend Watch Forget the Spider Man sheets; put your baby (or grandbaby) down to nap on crisp, contemporary Sweet Violet bedding from Nurseryworks. $355 for a six-piece set. (888) 508-9540, www.nurseryworks.net Radiant blooming pillows in eye-popping colors by Koko Company bring a burst of tropical sunshine. Choose either the Pollen or Kaleidoscope collections. $45 to […]

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03/1/2008

La Petite Maison

If it weren’t for the tropical foliage, you’d think you were driving up to a French country chateau or Italian lakeside villa as you approach Hillary Steele’s Siesta Key home. The exterior exudes Continental character and charm, and the vista from the home’s perch on the edge of Little Sarasota Bay is astounding. Indeed, this […]

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03/1/2008

Showtime!

I’ve had some pretty intense experiences in my career. I spent the night with the homeless on the floor of the Salvation Army. I was with President Bush at Booker Elementary on the morning of 9/11. I found myself alone with Madonna in her bedroom. But all these pale in comparison to my latest challenge—dinner […]

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03/1/2008

The Secret Lives of Dolphins

The skinny kid with the glasses really wanted to work at Mote Marine Laboratory. He would do anything to work there—cut up fish, clean the tanks, sweep up—anything. His name was Randy Wells. His family used to live in Peoria, Ill. Up there, he had watched Flipper on TV and read Jacques Cousteau’s books, but […]

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03/1/2008

A Sarasota Wedding in the Hamptons

My daughter, Lindsey, and I had always dreamed of having her wedding at home. But when she fell in love with Richard Demato in Los Angeles, where they live, they decided to have their wedding at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club, closer to family members in New York. Lindsey had only three wedding concerns. […]

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03/1/2008

Sarasota’s Hottest Husbands

Sarasota is known for many things—beautiful beaches, cultural riches and, OK, we admit it, as the epicenter of the recent national real estate meltdown. But after poring through the piles of nominations for our second annual “Hottest Husbands” competition, we’ve decided we have another claim to fame: City of Love. The nominations practically sizzled with […]

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03/1/2008

10 Best

Who invented paella? Legend has it that hungry gods commanded a Spanish priest to prepare a rice dish. He did—the following Sunday. While paella is typically savored on Sundays in Spain, in Sarasota you can enjoy it any evening at The Table Restaurant. They prepare this aromatic “peasant’s platter” of saffron-infused rice Valencia-style, with a […]

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03/1/2008

The Social Detective

Here’s a little quiz. (Don’t worry; it’s really short.) 1. Who made giving (a lot) to the arts cool in Sarasota? 2. What is love? The answers came in January at Bea-Dazzled, the sell-out Florida West Coast Symphony gala honoring Bea Friedman. With Anne Folsom Smith chairing and designing the ballroom for the fifth straight […]

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03/1/2008

Fashion Statement: Margaret Moore

What are you wearing? A striped Missoni dress, black Jimmy Choo heels, a Salvatore Ferragamo bag and a hot-pink wrap that I got in New York City on the street. What are your favorite brands? I love Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore and Catherine Malandrino, and Theory is great for basics. Where do you shop? […]

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03/1/2008

Mr. Chatterbox

A dangerous new voice has entered the Sarasota mix, so watch out. I’m referring to Michael Riedel, the theater columnist for the New York Post, the reigning “Butcher of Broadway” and the most feared man on the Great White Way. Stars, directors, producers—they’re all terrified of him. I remember watching a famous actress at a […]

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03/1/2008

Beware the Ides of March

Shakespeare’s famous line, warning Julius Caesar of the setup that cost him his life, might be running through the minds of the group hoping to save legendary architect Paul Rudolph’s iconic Riverview High School buildings when they go before the Sarasota County School Board on March 15 to present their Riverview Music Quadrangle project. Could […]

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03/1/2008

Shopping

International Style A shrinking world expands the way we live. The new international style reflects the growing global influences on our daily lives, from the fusion foods we eat to the cross-cultural clothes we wear. China has a new Ethan Allen gallery; Dubai has its own Rodeo Drive. Europeans fearlessly decorate ancient homes with modern […]

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