Archive for January 1, 2009

01/1/2009

Food & Wine

First came the beloved and long-running originals, Fred’s and its trusty sidekick, The Tasting Room. Next was the new Fred’s, which was pretty good but didn’t last long. Now Libby’s Café + Bar holds pride of place in the block opposite Morton’s Market in Sarasota’s Southside Village, and the good times have returned. The tables […]

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01/1/2009

Good Deal

  Every evening from 4 to 6 p.m., the bar at Libby’s hosts a happy hour that really is. In addition to drink deals, a medley of $5 Food Finds is offered. Choose from honey chipotle chicken fingers, good old fried calamari, South Beach sliders (the chef once cooked at Danny DeVito’s South Beach), rock […]

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01/1/2009

In Season

Cocoa, the bean from the chocolate goddesses, is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of the cacao from which we make chocolate. The dry powder is made by grinding cocoa seeds and removing the cocoa from the dark, bitter cocoa solids; the chocolate bars we are all so fond of are a combination of […]

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01/1/2009

Fresh Find

January is a perfect month for enjoying fresh local produce from area growers. Happily, Sarasota has a brand-new Sunday organic farmer’s market to complement the long-running Saturday morning market on Lemon Street downtown. The new market, open Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, pitches its tents in the parking lot of Davidson’s […]

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01/1/2009

What I’m Drinking

  I was just getting comfortable with the idea that good wine can come in a bottle with a screw cap instead of a cork. Now it looks like I’ll have to adjust to the concept of decent wine in a box. Strange as the notion seemed at first, I now have evidence, in the […]

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01/1/2009

Sense of Place

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01/1/2009

The Par Side

As if dodging the traffic on University Parkway were not challenging enough, motorists also have to occasionally swerve around bouncing golf balls errantly launched from the par-three fifth at University Park Country Club. True, only the most wildly misstruck of shots find their way onto the heavily traveled highway, but it has been done. The […]

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01/1/2009

Good Medicine

Gail Bucci, 52, is petite, with fiery red hair, glowing skin and an ear-to-ear smile. She’s the picture of health, but looks can be deceiving. Bucci is fighting a deadly disease called pulmonary arterial hypertension. Today, Bucci is winning the battle. But it took her several years before she even knew what she was fighting. […]

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01/1/2009

One Great Room

Show time When Lisa and Gavin Meshad agreed to turn over their Cherokee Park home to 21 interior designers for transformation into the 2009 Boys and Girls Clubs Designer Showhouse, one might have wondered why. The couple’s home was already stunning, a skillful mélange of architectural and interior design styles. “This showhouse truly benefits the […]

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01/1/2009

Designing Mind

Nancy Ebel-Collum of Nancy Ebel Interior Designs scored a hit with her very first ASID Showhouse room at the Crosley Mansion back in 1996, when she designed a cheery yellow guest bedroom clad in cherry-red checks and floral prints. Locals loved it, and the room was featured in Better Homes & Gardens.   I approach every […]

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01/1/2009

Luxury Homefront

GREAT VALUE Aficionados of Low Country design, take note: The Magnolia Golf Cottage at the Founders Club, originally listed at $2.79 million, is now offered for sale at $1.69 million. "Cottage" may be a misnomer; the roomy 3,998-square-foot home is filled with such top-quality features as bead-board ceilings, custom wood bookcases that flank the fireplace, […]

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01/1/2009

Finance

Recipe for Recovery Part-time Sarasotan Bill Isaac, former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chairman, remains a leading national financial expert as chairman of the Washington, D.C., financial services consulting firm Secura Group LLC. Despite today’s struggles, Isaac, a developer of downtown’s Pineapple Square project, still believes in Sarasota as a growing market and in the solidity […]

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01/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Just look at one of our all-time favorite articles, Mr. Chatterbox’s affectionate spoof of Sarasota real estate advertising, published in October 1988. Buyers—and sellers—beware! Related Articles: Mr. Chatterbox Mr. Chatterbox Mr. Chatterbox

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01/1/2009

New Kids in Town

Petite Pinafores Tiny Provencal sundresses ($42-$62), French home decor and gifts found at this St. Armands Circle boutique now debut at a second shop in brand-new Bay Street Village & Towncenter. Décor de France, 3976 Destination Drive, Osprey; 24 N. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle (941) 388-1599. Little Monsters will melt your heart in […]

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01/1/2009

Who’s in Store?

There’s no doubt that Bill Wort was recruited as manager of the new Ringling Museum Store because he’s a 19-year veteran of the shops at the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries, which form the national museum of Asian art. That experience will come in handy as the Ringling gears up for the upcoming Dr. Helga […]

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01/1/2009

Boutique

Meet the newbies Sarasota’s retail scene is abuzz with new stores and existing showrooms that unveiled incredible makeovers as the season opened. We salute these irrepressible entrepreneurs for their taste, talent, and unwavering commitment to our retail vitality. Inca Trail No need to trek to Peru: Nella Infantas’ new store is brimming with her native land’s […]

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01/1/2009

From the Editor

Cities, like people, keep evolving, and the Sarasota we cover today is not the little-known Southwest Florida town of sedate Midwestern retirees and mom-and-pop business owners that we were back when we began publishing in 1979—or the luxury boom town of the early 2000s. In a story in this 30th anniversary issue, senior editor Robert […]

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01/1/2009

Wasn’t Life Grand!

Friends we love and friends we’ve lost, dinners and dances we’ve shared, beautiful moments we’ll never forget—and some hairdos and dresses we wish we could. That’s what we found when we sifted through three decades of party photographs, and they evoked so many smiles, memories and yes, even a few tears, that we had to […]

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01/1/2009

10 Best

Shaken, Blended and Stirred 1 First & Pineapple was named after the traffic intersection where it was created—the Bijou Café. It’s a blend of Chambord (black raspberry liqueur), lemon rum and pineapple juice gloriously united in a shaker filled with crushed ice. This fruity elixir glistens with promise in a martini glass, garnished with a […]

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01/1/2009

Who’s In Store?/Shop Talk

Do what you love; love what you do. And if you have more than one great passion combine them all to make a decades-long dream come true.  That’s what Christine Baer did last year when she and husband Don sold their wine stores in Tampa (The Grapevine at West Chase and The Grapevine at Race […]

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