Archive for November, 2009

11/1/2009

Sense of Place

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11/1/2009

What I’m Drinking

Jonathan Leal of Wine Warehouse in Palmetto knows his stock intimately, as any really good wine merchant does. The bottles in his shop run the gamut from high-end Bordeaux to quirky picks great for every day. One of the latter is Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, which we love but often have trouble […]

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11/1/2009

In Season

Butternut squash is similar to pumpkin in its nutty taste and sweetness. Available year-round, it’s in full season from September through the winter. When completely ripe, it becomes richer and sweeter in color. Look for an orange skin, which means the pulp will be bright orange and less watery. Butternut squash is rich in fiber, […]

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11/1/2009

Good Deal

The Place: Casa Italia, 2080 Constitution Blvd., Sarasota; closed Sunday and Monday; (941) 924-1179. The Fare: Owners Raj and Nita Mathur are two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet across cold cases filled with tempting cheeses, deli items and an astonishing array of olives in many styles from all over the Mediterranean. Nearby, shelves […]

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11/1/2009

Food & Wine

Show Time! Happily, Sarasota boasts as many excellent pre-theater dining options as it does excellent theater productions. Clustered downtown, within shouting distance of the Sarasota Opera House, Florida Studio Theatre, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and The Players playhouse, are an even dozen of superb choices, supplemented by an almost in-house restaurant for patrons of […]

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11/1/2009

Good Medicine

Heart Smart When your own heart turns against you, what can you do? David Hunihan never thought he would have to answer that question. It was 2008, a few weeks before Christmas. Hunihan, then 73, was enjoying his retirement years in Venice with his wife, Virginia (aka “Gail”). An inch shy of six feet, Hunihan […]

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11/1/2009

The Par Side

Many private golf courses brag about their expensive renovations, but often the reaction by the membership and general public is, “Huh? What did you do? What did I pay for? It looks the same to me!” The truth is that golf courses slowly deteriorate over the years, sort of like your house or your car. […]

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11/1/2009

One Great Room

Family Affair They may be empty nesters, but Larry and Lynda D’Urso built their new Winding River home on five acres of riverfront in Bradenton as a center for family gatherings, and the heart and hub of the place is a gourmet kitchen that regularly turns out meals for their children and their spouses, plus […]

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11/1/2009

Real Estate & Design

MARKET WATCH Properties are starting to move on Casey Key, if the price is right, say real estate experts. In September Charlotte Hedge of Signature Sotheby’s International Realty sold a three-bedroom Gulf-front home at 805 Casey Key Road for $1.7 million to a New England couple who’d been looking on the key for more than […]

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11/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

This month: Rethinking those Old Masters at the Ringling. Did you know the Ringling Museum is free on Mondays? Ever since I found that out I’m there all the time. Lunch at Treviso, then a stroll past the paintings—a perfect afternoon. Although I have noticed that many of the paintings seem to be incorrectly titled. […]

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