Archive for August, 2010

08/23/2010

In the Swing

Waterford Golf Club can best be described as a "serious" golf facility, namely because it features 27 championship holes instead of the usual 18. Whichever two courses you choose to combine for your 18-hole round, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re a low-, middle-, or high-handicap player you’ll enjoy the round, because no nine-hole course […]

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08/20/2010

Reel Simple

The wait staff at Ezra wears blue jeans with white dress shirts, neckties and bistro aprons. Such counterpoint of high-low, casual-sophisticated makes this Bradenton cafe work as both a relaxed neighborhood hangout for locals and as a destination for Sarasota foodies. The biggest surprise here is how ambitious the menu is and how reasonable the […]

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08/19/2010

Mr. Chatterbox

The hardest subject to write about is your parents, particularly after they have both recently died. It usually sounds like a speech from one of those "A Celebration of the Life of So and So" events, all about teaching values and the importance of families. Or even worse, if you hated them, then it’s all […]

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08/18/2010

Mr. Chatterbox

Scene: a TV studio. Mr. Chatterbox sits on Oprah’s couch, looking as if he might cry. OPRAH: I feel duped. I feel you lied to me, Mr. Chatterbox. Your new book, A Million Little Parties, comes out, and it turns out to be completely made up. MR. C.: (blubbering) I’m sorry. OPRAH: You made yourself […]

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08/18/2010

Beautiful Secrets

You do know that movie stars don’t look that way on their own, don’t you? Unlike models, few actors have perfect faces and bodies. Even mega-names like Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston have a team of transformers creating their looks and need an army of stylists with a multitude of tricks to keep […]

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08/1/2010

Last Look

The Art of Illusion   For proof that the circus is a world where you can’t always believe your eyes, look no further than this photo, part of the Ringling Museum’s extensive collection of circus art and memorabilia. The photo, which dates from the 1920s and was taken by H.A. Atwell of Chicago, shows a […]

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08/1/2010

Interview

It’s Not About A Bottle of Dom Perignon   Twenty-one years ago, James E. McManemon Jr., joined the Ritz-Carlton organization, just as it was beginning a period of worldwide growth. Soon McMamenon was opening dazzling new Ritz-Carltons in places like Bali, Egypt and Japan. It was “fun and glamorous,” he says, introducing him to other […]

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08/1/2010

Treasures

From the whimsical to the sublime, design this year focuses on painterly prints, sculptural form and a purity of color and material that elevates everything—even shoes and chandeliers—into lifestyle works of art. Whether classic or avant-garde, art now defines the way we want to look and live.  Murano to Manhattan Venerable glass maker Barovier & […]

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08/1/2010

From The Editor

Officially, 2006 was “The Year of the Museum.” But if you ask me, here in Sarasota, the year of the museum is now. Philippe de Montebello, the legendary, longtime director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, got me—and many other Sarasotans—in a museum frame of mind back in March, when he spoke in the Town […]

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08/1/2010

The Platinum 100

Three years ago, we introduced the “Platinum 100” in recognition of the growth of luxury shopping on Sarasota’s shores. Since then, the top echelon of retailing has evolved and expanded even more here, with the arrival of new boutiques and creative talents, and an increased emphasis on detail and pedigree, hallmarks of a true luxury […]

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08/1/2010

Love & Splendor

When Punit Shah and Carla Porta wed in Sarasota last November, the Tampa couple combined two cultures 10,000 miles apart. Shah, whose parents were born in India, and Porta, whose family came here from Nicaragua, spent a year and a half planning the grand, two-day event, which included two receptions, a formal Catholic ceremony, and, […]

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08/1/2010

Icons of Architecture

In 1997, architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, transformed an almost unknown industrial city into a mecca for international tourism. Soon metropolises from Milwaukee to Abu Dhabi wanted their own Bilbao, and elite “starchitects” were retained to create museums that would be valued as much for their architecture as for […]

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