Archive for May, 2009

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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05/1/2009

Best of 2009

We admit it—we’re crazy about Sarasota, Florida, from the blue-green Gulf and wild rivers to the bustling downtown and world-class cultural and restaurant scene. We are, after all, a magazine whose motto is “Living in Paradise”—and that’s not an exaggeration, it’s a simple statement of fact. And at the risk of seeming ridiculously optimistic during […]

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