Archive for February, 2011

02/1/2011

Homefront

Sarasota Collection Orange is the new white.  You may have noticed it popping up everywhere—fashion, industrial design, tiles and interiors. The Westin Resort in Dubai and  the Four Food Cocktail Salon in Long Island, N.Y., have both chosen orange as their main color schemes.   Colors affect human behavior and psychology. In those terms, orange is […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Highpoints and Heroes

We all have them—certain sights, sounds or smells that instantly transport us to another time and place. For me, one of those sounds is the voice of Garrison Keillor, whose distinctive bass tones bring me to the backseat of my grandma’s car, where I was exposed to A Prairie Home Companion long before I could […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Only in Sarasota

Sarasota is home to all sorts of strange-looking creatures. The newest breed arrived several years ago: visitors who hop aboard Segway scooters and travel the downtown streets, pointing out local sights and in the process becoming something of a sight themselves. TEDMASEPHOTOGRAPHY.com             Related Articles: Only In Sarasota Only in Sarasota Only in Sarasota

Read More >>
02/1/2011

What I’m Drinking

Let’s begin this Champagne & Valentines installment with my two favorite quotes about Champagne Bollinger, a wine that almost certainly will have a place in the U.K.’s upcoming royal wedding festivities, as it holds a Royal Warrant, and one that deserves a place in your ice bucket. “Bolly, darling, Bolly!” “I drink it when I’m […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Good Deal

The Place: Cinco de Mayo, 1551 Main St., Sarasota; (941) 917-0043. The Fare: In a quirky little restaurant with exuberantly painted walls, Cinco de Mayo serves a nice range of traditional and specialty Mexican dishes at lunch and dinner. We’re focusing here on the weekday lunch specials. The Drill: Have a seat indoors or at […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Food & Wine

Tommy’s Way I have a confession. For too long and on no evidence I considered Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar on the west spoke off St. Armands Circle as just another way to cash in on the Tommy Bahama brand. Then my sister-in-law, Anita, set me straight. “Their Loki-Loki Tuna Poke is really good,” she […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Highlights

Art Venice Art Center. Paint Paradise, Paint Venice, an all-media show centered on the town of Venice, continues through Feb. 18. Also this month: a fine arts show and sale, Feb. 26 and 27. 485-7136. Selby Gallery. Continuing through Feb. 19: Being Human, featuring portraits by photographers Emmet Gowan and Tina Barney and self-portraits by […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Luxury Real Estate

Island Living      The dream usually begins with a novel, a movie, a vacation—maybe even your honeymoon. You want to capture the magic, the romance, that carefree island vibe, not just for a week or a month but for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, the island lifestyles of Hemingway, Gauguin and Brando are not sustainable […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Mr. Chatterbox

If you live in Sarasota long enough, you become an expert on the circus. Not a scholar, exactly, but you learn its lore and get to know its people. You can tell a Zacchini from a Cristiani, you may have Wallendas in your neighborhood, and if you’re as old as I am, you can still […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Insider: At Home

Remodeling their 1920s-era cottage on Floyd Street was a labor of "love, sweat and tears" that took Phil King (exec director of the Glasser/Schoenbaum Center) and Dennis Stover (vp of philanthropy at New College Foundation) two-plus years, two architects and three contractors to complete. But living in the carefully expanded pine fishing cottage (which they’ve […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Insider: Art

Math and art are not enemies—a point proven both in the personal work of math artist John Sims and in the show he’s curating this month at Selby Gallery on the Ringling College campus. Actually, the connections between the two seemingly disparate fields range from the geometric to the conceptual to the social. The Selby […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Insider: In Town

Savion Glover, now 37, made his Broadway debut at age 12 in The Tap Dance Kid. But this master of tap and percussion dancing really burst on the scene with his stint in the acclaimed musical Bring in ’da Noise/Bring in ’da Funk in 1996. He comes to the Van Wezel Feb. 22 with his […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Unisex Scents

1 Unisex best-seller CK One ($49/3.4 oz.) was revolutionary in 1994, though society viewed fragrance as gender-neutral until the 19th century. Bonnell’s, 317B W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 480-0011.  2 Androgyny rules at Bond No. 9, a fragrance line that celebrates New York hotspots from Montauk to Washington Square ($230 for 3.3 oz.). Saks Fifth […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

L.A. Confidential

Liz Murray cut her styling teeth in L.A. assisting with fashion shows for Lauren Conrad, Tull, Cloth Logic and Saks Fifth Avenue. Now she and sister Sam Murray take personal shopping to the max at INfluence, a boutique created for fashionistas of all ages. “Our customer is younger, but we also have older women who […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Restaurant Row

Taste of Rosemary Arthur Lopes (both formerly of Zoria) opened the hip new Pomona. Pair their special cheese plate ($10) with Ryan’s pick, a sweet white Recioto di Soave. Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar, 481 N. Orange Ave., (941) 706-1677. Down the street, chef Blake Ellis (above), a Culinary Institute of America grad, serves up […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Shop

Sarasota’s Rosemary District is home to some of the hippest eateries, shops and galleries in town. Explore vintage treasures at neighborhood mainstays, Everything But the Girl and Architectural Salvage, or find modern treasures at iconic home emporiums Sarasota Collection and Home Resource. Join the Longboat Key crowd lining up for ballroom dancing with world-class champion […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Arts Capital

Too Close For Comfort? Even the most congenial neighbors can get on each other’s nerves, and apparently that’s been happening to the Asolo Rep and the Sarasota Ballet. The two institutions, tenants in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts for 14 years, have recently sparred over scheduling and other issues. The latest flashpoint was the […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Hot Dish

Chef/partner Charlie Flint has come up with the perfect start to dinner at Fleming’s. His roasted mushroom ravioli with Portobello and shiitake mushrooms is earthy and rich—but still leaves room for steak. Tender pillows of light pasta sheets are filled with fresh, exotic mushrooms that add a meaty texture to the pastry. Make sure you […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Top Tickets

Big Top Action This year, Circus Sarasota goes out on “The Edge,” with ringmaster-daredevil Joseph Bauer Jr., a 15th-generation member of one of Switzerland’s oldest circus families, who leads the show and dares the terrifying Wheel of Death as well. Also on tap: clowns, a tightrope, hand balancers and more. Performances Feb. 3-21; call 355-9805 […]

Read More >>
02/1/2011

Insider: People

Our Indiana Jones   Bruce Holst, Selby Gardens’ director of research and collections, has journeyed to the famed Lost World region of Venezuela—often being helicoptered in to remote mountaintops—more times than he can count. He calls the region’s plant life "the most botanically diverse—and vulnerable—in the world." Now Holst, 53, has partnered with ecologists studying […]

Read More >>