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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11/1/2009

Boutique

At a time when we’re carefully considering our purchases, every gift we select should be extra-special and meaningful. We shopped for every lifestyle and budget all over town for gifts that are sure to bring joy—and value—that far exceed their price tags. Pure Bravado Follow your nose to Juno & Jove, where Baxter of California’s […]

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11/1/2009

Arts Capital

Backstage Pass   A bit unexpectedly, I’ve joined the snowbird contingent, having spent the summer in Indiana, where the cultural offerings are modest but the temperatures were, thankfully, rarely over 82 degrees. I’m excited to be back in Sarasota just as the arts season is beginning to percolate. In this new column, I’ll expound on what’s happening […]

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11/1/2009

From The Editor

Poor old Florida. The enchanted land of eternal sunshine, glowing with gold from wealthy Northern retirees, has turned into the nation’s nightmare—deserted subdivisions filled with foreclosed homes, shuttered stores, and jobless workers speeding as fast as they can towards the northern border. This summer, we were even called "a broken-down piece of meat," like "Mickey […]

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11/1/2009

Behind the Scenes at Ed Smith Stadium

It may only be November, but baseball fever is already on its way back to Sarasota. On Monday, the construction crew at Ed Smith Stadium marked the project’s “topping out”—meaning the frame’s last piece of steel is now in place. The crew, headed by local company W.G. Mills and the national Hunt Construction Group, enjoyed […]

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11/1/2009

Leading Man

The 53-year-old Famiglio, a prominent commercial real-estate developer and the owner of a local information technology company, has been a fixture in Sarasota business, social and philanthropic circles for decades. He travels in private jets and has a bayfront estate on Siesta Key where he often hosts fund-raising parties for nonprofit groups. He hangs out […]

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11/1/2009

Delicious Mischief

Carnival Spirits   Reem Acra green satin gown, $2,600, Saks Fifth Avenue; Pelle Moda gold shoe, $178, L. Boutique; vintage diamond and emerald art deco bracelet in white gold, $25,000; vintage diamond and emerald art deco ring in platinum, $19,500; handmade South Sea pearl and diamond necklace in white gold (part of a four-piece suite), […]

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11/1/2009

Cultural Calendar

ONGOING Suncoast Watercolor Society exhibition, through Nov. 5, Venice Art Center Red Hot Operetta, through Nov. 8, Players Theatre La traviata, through Nov. 11, Sarasota Opera The Mystery Plays, through Nov. 15 in FSU/Asolo Conservatory production, Cook Theatre November, through Nov. 15 at Venice Theatre’s Stage II Nunsense, through Nov. 15, Manatee Players * Contact, […]

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11/1/2009

Back Stage at The Ballet

Master fine art photographer Nicholas A. Price has won both critical acclaim and notable commissions from his body of work, which ranges from studies of nature and people to his recent journey into the heart of the United States Air Force. Price had been longing for some time to shoot a dance company at work, […]

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11/1/2009

Art Powers

Meet the 28 men and women who rock our art world. Superpowers The big kahunas—the establishment that runs the show. Iain Webb. In just two years at the helm of Sarasota Ballet, the British transplant, 50, has excited audiences and critics by staging ballets never or seldom seen in the United States, both by legends […]

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11/1/2009

Season Preview

You might think, with the constant din of news about the economy and cutbacks in just about every aspect of our lives, that Sarasota’s 2009-10 arts season would be a puny one. You might think wrong. After shuffling through schedules, talking with artistic directors and discovering the wealth of performers, choreographers, speakers and artists who […]

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