Archive for June, 2009

06/1/2009

Good Medicine

MAPPING THE BRAIN  Marvin Girard is sturdy-looking, with big hands and sizable shoulders. His rugged, weathered face speaks of years of working outdoors. He looks fit for a man of 70. A lifetime of hard work and clean living will do that for you. Fifteen years ago, he and his wife, Carol, moved to Sarasota […]

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06/1/2009

Good Deal

The place: Gecko’s Grill & Pub, 4870 S. Tamiami Trail at The Landings, Sarasota; open seven days; (941) 923-8896. The fare: Pub grub done very well. The drill: We like the big horseshoe bar for both drinks and food. A seat there gives you a good view of the whole place, including most of the […]

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06/1/2009

In Season

Cultivating fruit trees is one of the many benefits of living here. One fruit, papaya, offers a creamy taste with a softer balance than that of a mango—vaguely similar to pineapple and peach, although milder and without the tartness. The unripe green fruit can be eaten when cooked, usually in curries and salads. But I […]

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06/1/2009

What I’m Drinking

  There is, of course, no need to justify the taking of a cocktail before dinner, or even after, if that’s your preference, but it’s a fine thing when having a sundowner simultaneously serves a worthy cause. Such is the case with the Ocean Trust martini at Bonefish Grill. The idea so appeals to me […]

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06/1/2009

Food & Wine

NIGHT AT THE BIJOU     Downtown Sarasota’s popular Bijou Café is a charming example of old school done exactly right. The mostly abstract art that graces the latté-colored walls of the main dining room sets the tone of understated sophistication. It’s engaging but not intrusive. The paintings and other works on paper and cloth […]

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06/1/2009

Sense of Place

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06/1/2009

The Par Side

One reason golfers are sometimes reluctant to join country clubs is that they get tired of playing the same course over and over. This is not a problem at The Meadows Country Club, which offers 54 holes of golf, including a gem of a par-three course called The Groves. Director of golf Mike McClellan gave […]

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06/1/2009

One Great Room

Though Yip wanted substantial pieces of furniture as a space-enlarging device, budget precluded an oversized coffee table. Instead, two tables placed side by side, 8, achieve the look. HGTV celebrity host Vern Yip loves a challenge, and it shows in the great room he created for the 1,789-square-foot Davenport model at Savannah Preserve, a new […]

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06/1/2009

Designing Mind

The leading textile designer of the mid-20th century, Ruth Adler Schnee is still designing residential projects at 86, with clients in Detroit, Mich., and on Longboat Key, where she’s wintered since the 1990s. Adler Schnee collaborated with many of the modern design icons of the post-war period, George Nelson, Buckminster Fuller, Isamu Noguchi and Raymond […]

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06/1/2009

Luxury Homefront

GREAT VALUE A 3,725- square-foot custom home on a cul-de-sac in the very private bayside section of The Oaks is listed by Nicole Dovgopolyi of Michael Saunders & Company at $1,095,000. Built in 2000, the three-bedroom home at 322 Banana Patch Court is a great value, says Dovgopolyi, because homes in the beautifully landscaped Oaks […]

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06/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

It’s great being a philanthropist in Sarasota these days—you pretty much have the field all to yourself. I’m kidding, of course, as many of the old-time patrons and do-gooders are keeping up with their donations even though it means cutting back on other stuff, like food. But if you are thinking of donating money to […]

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06/1/2009

Summer Warriors

1 Goddess Glam circa 2009, these strappy snakeskin sandals by Sergio Zelcer ($165) are a passive-aggressive combination of sweet pearl pink with sultry mirror-chrome platform and stiletto heel. L. boutique, 610 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 906-1350. 2 Rattle His Cage What could be sexier than Marciano’s slinky python Roman cage sandals ($256) with chinks of […]

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06/1/2009

Who’s in Store?

"Either you ‘get’ fashion or you don’t," says Kelly Augustyniak, owner of the 18-month-old boutique Kelietza. Kelly’s chic Pineapple Avenue atelier is proof-positive that she gets it. In fact, Kelietza is a microcosm of global fashion trends: a smattering of the best from mainstream fashion meccas (France, Italy, Spain) as well as the unexpected (Iceland, […]

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06/1/2009

Boutique

Seasoned travelers can find everything they need for their next trip right here in Sarasota, where savvy retailers have collected more easy-care designer options than ever before, from fashion to luggage. Here are our high-flying picks from the hottest 2009 collections. Shady Lady Eric Javits’ sun-screening "Squishee" travel hats are more than chic: They come […]

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06/1/2009

Architecture

Holy integrated circuit! The Sarasota County School District giveth and taketh away in spectacular fashion. Having decided to take away Riverview High School—an icon of modern architecture—the district has now given us the Suncoast Polytechnical High School, a visionary new building dedicated to technology-driven education within a distinctly untraditional environment. Sited just north of Proctor […]

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06/1/2009

Noisemaker

  TWEET, TWEET Social media phenomenon Twitter owes some of its success to Sarasota entrepreneur Janis Krums. On a business trip on Jan. 15, the 24-year-old found himself on a commuter ferry alongside downed U.S. Airways flight 1549 as it floated in the Hudson River. Krums, like many of the ferry’s passengers, took a picture—but […]

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06/1/2009

From the Editor

  After a year like this, we’re ready for a vacation, and here at the magazine we’ve been dreaming about the perfect summer getaway. Associate editor Hannah Wallace wants to stay in a boutique hotel in a happening city; managing editor Ilene Denton is imagining a romantic interlude with her husband; and I’m ready for […]

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06/1/2009

10 Best

  The Sips of Summer 1 The Atlantico Rum Punch at Cork packs a punch to please any pirate. Ron Atlantico’s Private Cask, from the Dominican Republic, is a blend of supreme small-batch aged rums. This rich, mellow nectar is served on ice with fresh orange, pineapple and cranberry juices, a splash of coconut rum […]

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06/1/2009

Decorating Can Be Murder: Chapter 8

In last month’s installment, while Mr. Spryke was in Sarasota Memorial Hospital, recovering from an attempt on his life that had resulted in his nearly drowning, Cliff Roles broke out of jail, where he was being held on charges of committing two murders. Cliff snuck into Mr. Spryke’s room and declared he knew the name […]

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06/1/2009

Fit for a Family

At 12,000 square feet—9,600 of it under air—there’s no denying that the green, clapboard Key West-style residence on Siesta Key’s Cocoanut Bayou is big. But the home that designer-builder Rick Oswald and mother-and-daughter interior designers Bonnie and Keffie Lancaster of Lancaster Humma White Studio created for a family of five is actually quite cozy, too—thanks […]

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