Archive for October, 2009

10/1/2009

Sense of Place

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10/1/2009

What I’m Drinking

It’s October, time to celebrate beer, certainly, but also the month that goes out screaming on Halloween. To help us celebrate the ghastly occasion in style, we turned to veteran bartender Benny Bowden, who for the past two years has practiced the mixologist’s art at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Sarasota’s Southgate district. […]

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10/1/2009

Good Deal

The Place: Broadway Bar, 1001 Cocoanut Ave. (at 10th Street), Sarasota; open seven days, hours vary; (941) 953-4343. The Fare: Thin crust pizza rules, but sandwiches and baked pasta dishes are popular, too. The Drill: This longtime fave recently reopened in a new location after a hiatus that had fans of its pizza crying in […]

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10/1/2009

In Season

Since most Sarasota residents are transplants, many of us have memories of picking apples on a cool autumn day. While Southwest Florida may not be brimming with apple orchards, you can find a large variety of fresh apples from the Midwest and New England in our grocery stores and produce stands. Jonathans are crisp, juicy […]

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10/1/2009

Food & Wine

Raw Delight Don’t even think of tipping soy sauce into the little saucer in front of you until you’ve tasted the sushi just as it comes, pristine and perfect, off Chef Matsu’s gleaming blade. The sushi and other dishes at Vizen Japanese Restaurant (in the Gateway restaurant row near Gulf Gate in south Sarasota) come […]

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10/1/2009

Good Medicine

Miracle Man   Michael Jackson has a story to tell. At 57, he’s tall and handsome, a rugged character with a history of robust health. Three years ago, Jackson ran a thriving commercial construction company and spent his free time fishing and hunting. Though recently divorced, he adored his two sons, now 23 and 19. […]

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10/1/2009

Blue Heaven

When Julie Kleinkopf took over the decorating helm at Tom and Judy Siegfried’s 15,000-square-foot Point Crisp home on Siesta Key, she knew she wanted to maximize the spectacular water views. "The house is situated on the tip of a peninsula with water on three sides, so it feels as if you’re living on a boat," […]

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10/1/2009

Designing Mind

As vice president, interior design for Robb & Stucky Interiors since 1997, Kris Kolar is at the epicenter of design trends in Florida. She leads a team of hundreds of design professionals here and in Robb & Stucky stores in Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Costa Rica.  What is the interior design buzzword for 2010, and […]

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10/1/2009

Luxury Homefront

MARKET WATCH A Moorish mansion on the market at 3315 Bay Shore Road is raising eyebrows both for its size—11,000 square feet with six bedrooms and seven-and-a-half baths—and its list price, which, at $12,875,000, makes it one of the highest-priced single-family homes for sale in the region. Listing agent Klaus Lang of Michael Saunders & […]

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10/1/2009

Mr.Chatterbox

The older I get, the more interested I become in my people. Not my support staff here at work—those selfless little souls who fetch me coffee and keep track of my social calendar. I mean my real people. My ancestors. The ones who lived long ago and never suspected that their hopes and dreams and […]

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10/1/2009

Growing Trend

1 Best of Show Cultivate a modern garden with Gandia Blasco’s stunning Sahara planters (from $345). The surreal shapes and high-tech properties earned a coveted Red Dot global design award. Home Resource, 741Central Ave. (941) 366-6690. 2 Water Colors Sea blue or green Vietnamese terra cotta pots (from $48) include this nearly five-foot-tall vessel ($824). Owner Eve […]

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10/1/2009

Who’s in Store?

Every nook and cranny at Jett Thompson’s fledgling Englewood antiques shop is chock-a-block filled with treasures that design cognoscenti can’t seem to live without. In fact, the eclectic and ever-changing mix of lighting, furniture, accessories, original art and ethnic handcrafts tends to be addictive. “I only buy what I love; I buy from the gut,” […]

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10/1/2009

Boutique

Minimalistic outdoor rooms are the newest decorating frontier, and Sarasota stores have everything you need to create a terrace or patio that rivals the trendiest indoor spaces. Modern, even futuristic contours, lots of white and playful pops of color are making fashion news all over town. Get Floored Celebrity designer Thom Filicia’s new outdoor rugs for […]

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10/1/2009

Noisemaker

  No Excuses When it comes to Sarasota’s standing as an artists’ community, says Joseph Arnegger, “We built the façade and never really built the house.” Arnegger, 40, hopes to unite the Sarasota community and its artists with s/art/q, a local contemporary art initiative he co-created with fellow Ringling College alum Tim Jaeger. This summer, […]

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10/1/2009

From The Editor

My beloved colleague Robert Plunket has many virtues, but serenely multi-tasking is not among them. We other editors—all women—are used to juggling kids, deadlines and household demands, so we sometimes find it hard to appear sympathetic when Bob rushes in, wild-eyed and harried, because he has to go pay a bill or take the dog […]

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10/1/2009

Barkitecture!

Fanciful architecture meets canine sensibilities with Barkitecture, an ongoing fundraiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs. Seven local architects were enlisted to build the one-of-a-kind designer homes, which are currently on display throughout the Tampa/Sarasota area. The event culminates on May 15 with a night of food, music, and auctions at the Grande Clubhouse in the Lake […]

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10/1/2009

The Art of Origami

The ancient Japanese art of paper-folding seems an unlikely muse for progressive 21st-century architects. But when tasked with replacing a dark, traditional home with a sunlit contemporary structure on an existing quarter-acre lot, the innovative Sarasota firm Jonathan Parks Architect (JPA) took the principles of origami to a new design dimension.   Just blocks from […]

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10/1/2009

Sarasota’s 10 Most Beautiful Homes

When we began our search for Sarasota’s prettiest houses, we had no idea it would lead to such variety. We asked savvy realtors and design professionals—and you, the readers, through our Web site and Facebook page—to nominate their favorites without taking into account cost or age or architectural style—or the way it looked inside. This […]

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10/1/2009

Garden of Love

It was a test of a budding relationship: transforming a half-acre of unwanted Sarasota lawn into tropical gardens—and restoring the 1920s-era cottage attached to it—while living on the other coast.   But for Joy and Jim Rogers, who started the project in 2004 while living in Coconut Grove, it was a labor of love. For […]

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10/1/2009

Casa de Familia

Last summer,with eight active young grandchildren and one more on the way, Ruth and Galen Manternach threw themselves into finishing their big new family retreat on Sarasota Bay. “This is where the kids will spend all their time,” Galen predicts, pausing at a railing on the bridge above the freeform swimming pool that opens up […]

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