Archive for May, 2009

05/1/2009

Sense of Place

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05/1/2009

Good Medicine

The Best of Both Worlds Dr. Bernard Feinberg is having lunch at an outside table at his favorite Hillview Street restaurant. It’s a light affair of seared ahi tuna atop fresh salad greens. He sips his iced green tea and sets it down. "My table manners might not be the best," he warns with a […]

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05/1/2009

Good Deal

  Five Guys Burgers and Fries built its cult following in the Washington, D.C., metro area and has been spreading the mania far and wide, including—thank heaven!—to two locations here. Michelle Obama treated her staff to a Five Guys luncheon not long after she arrived in Washington, which just goes to show what good sense […]

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05/1/2009

What I’m Drinking

  With a good deal of luck, next month will usher in a rainy season worthy of the name. Why not host an alfresco brunch to say goodbye to the season of parched lawns? Always appropriate at brunch is one of the many variations on the champagne cocktail, the classic version of which sees a […]

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05/1/2009

Inseason

Crisp, bright and low in calories, fresh green beans add color and nutrition to any meal. They’re at the peak of their growing season from May to October, making this the prime season to "snap them up" for healthy and nutritious side dishes. Just snap the ends off and rinse. Green beans are picked while […]

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05/1/2009

Food & Wine

Getting it Right  If there were a textbook titled How To Do a Restaurant Right, Zak’s Steakhouse in downtown Sarasota could be Exhibit A. The setting in a 1920s vintage house and terrace is intimate and charming, the service professional but with a friendly face, the cooking classic and satisfying, the wine list an intelligent […]

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05/1/2009

One Great Room

Tricks of the Trade   If Carrie and Jason Riley’s great room looks familiar, it’s because the couple opened their doors in March to hundreds of visitors during Designer Digs, a tour of homes of 10 members of the Florida West Coast Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. "My husband and I wanted […]

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05/1/2009

Designing mind

Kristin Raybon of KR Design made a splash at the recent Sarasota Orchestra Designer showcase with her Asian-influenced master bedroom and bath, for which she collaborated with Pamela Yates of Robb & Stucky.  The majority of my clients: Over the last two to three years have been second homebuyers in beach and golf club communities; […]

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05/1/2009

Luxury Homefront

GREAT VALUE A like-new, custom-built estate home behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club for $1,195,000? Yes, and listing agent Sheldon Paley of Signature Sotheby’s International Realty calls it the steal of the century. “It’s an absolutely gorgeous house on the lake; it’s laid out beautifully, it looks like it came out of a […]

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05/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

At first I wasn’t too impressed with those Real Housewives shows on Bravo TV. If I want to watch rich women shop, lunch and gossip about each other—well, I live in Sarasota.All I have to do is look out the window. Right?   Not quite. My mistake was in assuming that this is a sort […]

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05/1/2009

May Flowers

Primavera Just in time for spring, this new shop sprouted on Main Street, with mind-boggling bargains on German-made costume jewelry that’s enameled, painted and sure to grow on you. Vine & Flower necklace with matching earrings, $52.50. Christiana, 1464 Main St., Sarasota (941) 365-2762. Botanical Society Designer Alexis Bittar must be sprinkling Miracle-Gro on his […]

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05/1/2009

Who’s in Store?

"Fashion gets under your skin," says Wendy Getchell, founder of five-year-old Lotus on Main Street, and now a new cyber store called Knickers. A veteran of Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton and 15 years repping for resort apparel lines, Getchell opened Lotus to fill a fashion void for locals in downtown Sarasota. "I wanted […]

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