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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05/1/2009

Boutique

St. Armands Circle Visitors to St. Armands Circle have always been intrigued by the international flavor of its boutiques and restaurants, a blend of big-city sophistication and resort-style charm. This month, we scope out best buys and hot new treasures. Tie One On Why did sales of silk ascots ($95) quadruple at M&H in Sarasota […]

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05/1/2009

In Town

Ripped From The Headlines Playwright Jason Wells’ Men of Tortuga caused a buzz a couple of seasons ago at the Asolo Rep, with its blend of high tension and dark comedy; now the Chicago-based writer returns with Perfect Mendacity, another topical world premiere running May 15 through June 14 in the Cook Theatre. We spoke […]

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05/1/2009

From the Editor

YES, we’ve heard all the stories and read the headlines. Florida is fizzling! Northern retirees can’t sell their homes, construction workers are fleeing, young professionals are losing their jobs, and even Sarasota, one of the fastest-growing places anywhere for just about as long as anyone can remember, is at a virtual standstill, with an infinitesimal […]

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05/1/2009

The Readers Speak!

Food and Drink Restaurant View: Marina Jack; Ophelia’s on the Bay, University Park Grille   American Restaurant: Patrick’s; Libby’s, Stonewood Grill   Meal Deal: Libby’s; Applebee’s, Sweet Tomatoes   Italian Restaurant: Carrabba’s; Caragiulo’s, Divino, Mediterraneo   Chinese Restaurant: Mrs. Chen’s; Empress Garden, Mak’s   Japanese Restaurant: Da Ru Ma; JoTo’s, Pacific Rim   Thai Restaurant: […]

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05/1/2009

Spirit of Sarasota

How do you see Sarasota? We have a pretty good idea after poring over the submissions in our second annual “Spirit of Sarasota” photography contest. You sent us beautiful beachscapes, tropical-hued buildings, haunting inland swamps, downtown landmarks, delicate flowers and wild creatures. And you sent us people—of every color, age and condition, celebrating, reflecting relating—or […]

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05/1/2009

Into The Blue

CORAL TREASURE Vintage red coral and 18K gold earring, $1,375, The Met; Scott Potter handpainted rice bowl, $85, The Ritz-Carlton Boutique.   H2OH!           Deborah Lindquist turquoise necklace, $375, Jaszy turquoise and peridot earring, $140, Juno & Jove; Laramar sterling ring, $158, Samba (not shown); LaBlanca halter maillot, $117, Sunbug.   BIRD’S-EYE VIEW Peacock feather […]

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05/1/2009

Decorating Can Be Murder: Chapter 7

In last month’s installment, Sarasota was still buzzing about Cliff Roles’ arrest for two murders. Meanwhile, Mr. Spryke was eclipsed in the competition for wealthy widow Doris Dickens’ affection and patronage by young Marco Massimo, and Mary Alice realized her husband was having an affair. Then Mr. Spryke received a call from novelist Stephen King’s […]

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05/1/2009

Sarasota’s 10 Best

The Sips of Summer Put a mango in your mojito. And, while you’re at it, skip the rum and break out the sake. A Mango Sake Mojito? Domo arigato. Lan’s executive chef/proprietor Lan Bradeen uses fresh mango and mint for a bracing new take on this cool Cuban favorite. Like any great invention, you’ll wonder […]

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