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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