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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