Archive for February, 2009

02/1/2009

Good Deal

Every now and then Bacchus sends us a little token of his affection. It’s happened again. Just in time for the romantically inclined oenophile in search of the perfect way to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day comes word that the No. 10 wine among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2008 can be had for a […]

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02/1/2009

What I’m Drinking

I just can’t help it. The romantic in me insists that I treat the entire month of February as one long celebration of St. Valentine’s Day, which for me means a series of dinners tête-a-tête with my wife, Colette. And what could be more appropriately cuddly after a goo-goo-eyed dinner than a liqueur called a […]

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02/1/2009

Inseason

Oysters are said to have been served at Aphrodite’s banquets, most notably with a form of caffeine and cocoa to keep the euphoria lasting for several days. Today gourmet stores around the country note the rise in “aphrodisiac-laden” foods during the week of Feb. 14. Here are a few romantic foods in your pantry that […]

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02/1/2009

Food & Wine

Café on the Bayside, which has moved from its old home in the Bay Isles section of the Longboat Key Club to the Centre Shops, further north on Gulf of Mexico Drive, is a thoroughly traditional restaurant with a menu as familiar as the pages of your favorite nightstand reader. And much like that faithful […]

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02/1/2009

The Par Side

It was at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club that I lost my last shred of dignity. This was not the fault of Heron Creek, which is a top-notch course located in North Port. My abasement could have happened anywhere; the only mystery is why it didn’t happen sooner. My whining began on the first […]

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02/1/2009

Good Medicine

Allison Abizaid is the picture of health. Attractive and trim, she glows with well-being and energy. She recently turned 50 but could easily be mistaken for a woman 10 years younger. That’s not surprising, since she has dedicated her entire life to health and fitness—her own and other’s. By the age of 30, Abizaid, then […]

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02/1/2009

One Great Room

When Trudé and Phil Smith moved from their Grand Bay condo into a courtyard home on Longboat Key, they gained the privacy of a lushly landscaped pool, expansive patio and a pool house that offered great potential despite its lackluster interior architecture. "The 11-foot-by-15-foot guest room was a dark room of clutter, an unusable small […]

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02/1/2009

Designing Mind

Laurel Phipps, of Laurel Design Group, is a 1992 graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design. A third-generation Floridian from St. Petersburg, she has an impressive design pedigree; her father was an architect and homebuilder, and her grandfather founded Sibley Homes, which developed two landmark Pinellas County waterfront communities, Venetian Isles and Treasure Island. […]

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02/1/2009

Luxury Homefront

Market Watch First time on the market: A West Indies-style waterfront estate on the north end of Longboat Key has been listed by Saint Cacchiotti of Michael Saunders & Company for $12 million. Designed by Seibert Architects in 1998, the property has an 8,000-plus-square-foot main house and an 896-square-foot, two-bedroom guest house. Best of all, […]

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02/1/2009

Who’s In Store?

Joan McKeon followed her dream to create Dream Weaver, now one of the most successful art-to-wear boutiques in America. “My mom was a crafts person and a potter,” explains her son, Eric Seace, vice president of operations, who recalls the kiln Joan built in the family’s back yard in Mount Holyoke, Mass. “Every time she […]

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02/1/2009

Take Me Along

1. Kelp LineSaks has exclusive dibs on amazing La Mer skincare products in Sarasota (www.lamer.com). Devotees of the sea-kelp-based potions travel with a to-go kit ($320) with seven treatment essentials. Saks Fifth Avenue, 100 Southgate Plaza, (941) 634-5311. 2. Back to Basics Pack lots of punch in a little space with European runway models’ fave […]

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02/1/2009

Boutique

The historic rosemary district is defining itself as Sarasota’s subversively hip haven for all things creative. From gourmet food, fine art and artisan-crafted gifts to cutting-edge home décor, every store is dripping with style. Don’t be fooled by the funk: The spas, salons and specialty shops flocking here are underground elegance at its best.  Memory […]

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