Archive for July, 2009

07/1/2009

Good Medicine

Double Disc Trouble A pain in the neck. For Ken Levine, that’s no mere figure of speech. Levine knows all about neck pain. His painful odyssey began in 2004, when he was only 46. Levine moved to Sarasota from St. Petersburg in 1974 after accepting the position of service manager at Sarasota Chrysler—a job he […]

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07/1/2009

What I’m Drinking

Just in time for peak gin and tonic sea­son comes New Amsterdam straight gin, a new American premium spirit that has knocked our socks off—or would, if we wore socks in the summer. New Amsterdam, of course, is what New York originally was called, and this strikingly smooth gin relies heavily on Manhattan’s sophistication for […]

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07/1/2009

In Season

I fondly recall New England summers, when we gathered at the farm stand to go out in the field and pick our own vegetables. As we approached the cornfi elds, the air was filled with the aroma of sweet corn. While the summer corn crop from the North will soon dominate our local grocers, Florida […]

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07/1/2009

Good Deal

The Place: El Greco Mediterranean Café, 1592 Main St., Sarasota; open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner; (941) 365-2234. The Fare: Greek and Mediterranean favor­ites plus pizza. The Drill: A facelift and name change have brightened up this downtown stalwart consid­erably, but the best news is that there now are sidewalk tables under […]

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07/1/2009

Food & Wine

At Aqua Restaurant on Blackburn Point Road in Osprey, it’s all about the beautifully conceived and superbly executed dishes ferried to table from chef Matthew Passalacqua’s kitchen by a well-schooled staff of pros. A seat by the west or north windows in the third-floor dining room yields nice views of a marina and Sarasota Bay […]

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07/1/2009

Sense of Place

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07/1/2009

The Par Side

Anyone who criticizes a golf course is like a person invited to a house for dinner who, on leaving, tells the host that the food was lousy. —Gary Player Thankfully (who wants to risk the wrath of Th e Man in Black?), I found little to criticize about Misty Creek Country Club. This was not […]

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07/1/2009

One Great Room

With expansive indoor and outdoor living spaces and its Mizner-inspired architecture, the Noora model at Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch is a perfect blend of old and new Florida, says builder John Cannon, president of John Cannon Homes. Winner of Best Overall in the 2009 Parade of Homes, the home garnered accolades for its […]

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07/1/2009

Designing Mind

Sarasota’s Michael Carlson of Carlson Studio Architecture, a pioneer in the environmental design movement in Florida, went national big-time this spring as designer of the HGTV Green Home 2009, built in the community of Tradition in Port St. Lucie. How did you get the HGTV Green Home 2009 project?We’ve been doing green building since 2000, […]

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07/1/2009

Luxury Homefront

GREAT VALUE Buyers in the market for end-of-the-season deals need look no further than Alinari at Rosemary Place, the high-rise condominium complex on North Tamiami Trail across from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and symphony center. Its developers are offering six-figure reductions on remaining condominium units. Among the discounts: $662,000 for a 2,474-square-foot, two-story […]

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07/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

The times certainly are changing, and these days it’s fashionable to save money and espouse homespun values. Over here at Sarasota Magazine this is causing panic, as so many of our readers were wealthy hedonists, and we were their enablers. Well, no longer. We have a new mission—to lead our demographic toward redemption. From now […]

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07/1/2009

Cuff Love

Get Wired with artist Sarah Cavender’s woven silver or copper cuffs ($185), made to order in Alabama by the designer’s trained local artisans. Dream Weaver, 364 St. Armands Circle (941) 388-1974. Vivo la difference! Celebrate The Met’s unique cuff bracelets by Vivo in croc, lizard or this striking shagreen ($175). The Met Fashion House Day […]

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07/1/2009

Who’s in Store?

Brigid Hewes is a decorative tile junkie—and the yin to cohort Marshall Alexander’s yang at The Tile Market, Sarasota’s go-to source for designer brands, luxury and style. A Sarasota native who studied interior design at Florida State University, Hewes gets off on correlating apparel trends to home décor and tile, which trail the fashion world […]

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07/1/2009

Boutique

New golf fashions for fall 2009 will hit stores across the country in July, and we’ve already scouted Sarasota’s club scene for previews. We found styles from modern punk to retro preppie in comfy high-tech materials smart enough to wear on and off the fairway. Celebrity Classic Go Hollywood with a new take on the […]

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07/1/2009

Noisemaker

  Karate Kids   Jessie Vi believes in treating everyone equally. So the 46-year-old instructor at Red Tiger Martial Arts didn’t hesitate to welcome Loftin Searcy as a karate student—though Searcy, an eight-year-old with multiple disabilities, had already been turned down by other martial arts schools. “He couldn’t walk in a straight line when he […]

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07/1/2009

From the Editor

In mid-January, Sarasota was rocked by the revelation that Scoop hedge fund manager Art Nadel had disappeared, along with most of the $350 million in his funds. If that weren’t dramatic enough, Nadel had left his wife, Peg, a note hinting that he planned to commit suicide. For the next 10 days, a media storm […]

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07/1/2009

10 Best

  Just Add Water 1 Windsurfing is visceral, immediate and exhilarating. “There’s nothing like it,” says Laurel Robertson Kaiser of Island Style Watersports. “The sailboard becomes an extension of your body.” A certified windsurfing instructor since 1987, Kaiser guarantees that after her two-hour class, you’ll be up and flying—and in love. You don’t need to […]

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07/1/2009

SCAM

Sarasota’s social season is usually in full glitter by the beginning of the year, but in January 2009, the parties were smaller and the mood subdued. After the three-year deflation of the housing market, the September collapse of the stock market and the banking crisis had made even the most complacent dowagers as nervous as […]

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07/1/2009

Masterpiece Theater

I don’t know about you, but in a time of dark news about the economy and world issues, this past theater season offered me a refuge from reality more welcome than ever. Not everything on local stages was sweetness and light, although much of the programming did tend to be upbeat in nature and provided […]

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07/1/2009

Luxury on Sale

The staycation is dead, declare travel agencies—you don’t have to give up your holiday plans, even in a down economy. In fact, savvy travelers are discovering that some luxury travel has never been such a bargain.     This summer, virtually everyone, everywhere, in the travel industry is offering deals to combat today’s tightened purse […]

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