Archive for March, 2011

03/14/2011

Caragiulo’s

(2009) Drawing upon 15 years in Sarasota running a downtown Italian-American trattoria, the locally famous five Caragiulo brothers have now opened a Caragiulo’s in Bradenton. The new place seems roomier and the menu offers a few more options than the original Palm Avenue location, but the friendly service, comfortable surroundings, good wines and engaging movie […]

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03/14/2011

Captain Brian’s Seafood Market & Restaurant

(2009) You probably know Captain Brian’s Seafood Market and Restaurant, either because it’s a regular stop when you’re in the neighborhood or because a friend told you it’s the place to go when you just want a nice piece of fresh fish with no fuss. That’s just what the captain delivers. He casts his nets […]

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03/14/2011

Bijou Café

(2010) Downtown Sarasota’s popular Bijou Café is a charming example of old school done right. The mostly abstract art that graces the latté-colored walls of the main dining room sets the tone of understated sophistication. It’s engaging but not intrusive. The paintings and other works on paper and cloth morph into ideal dining companions, expressive […]

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03/14/2011

Americano

(2007) Five Points is quickly becoming the epicenter of activity in downtown Sarasota. With The Grape drawing an evening crowd and Patrick’s the quintessential standby, the addition of a decidedly Italian trattoria makes the area even more appealing. Brought to you by the owners of Epicure, just a block further west on Main Street, Americano […]

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03/14/2011

Beach Bistro

(2003) At Sean Murphy’s Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island, the stunning water views take center stage. But when the food arrives, drag your gaze from the setting sun and enjoy the riches on your plate. Eating at the much-awarded, 17-year-old Beach Bistro is like dining in Eden, both for the unparalleled sand ‘n’ surf […]

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03/14/2011

Bahi Hut

(2005) Of all things, the Bahi Hut on North Trail was highlighted in a recent issue of Coastal Living magazine in a feature on cross-country tiki bars. Writer Steve Millburg praised the Hut’s 1960s vintage décor, but cautioned guests about the “fearsome” signature mai tai, saying, “There’s a two mai tai limit, for good reason.” […]

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03/1/2011

Healthfront

  Dance Trance for Charity Have you heard about Dance Trance, the popular, high-energy aerobics workout with driving music and light effects? The Palmer Ranch Y has made Dance Trance the star of its upcoming glow-in-the-dark fundraiser for Strong Kids Campaign. On Friday March 25, a two-hour Dance Trance mega-class will turn out the lights […]

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03/1/2011

Homefront

Russian Realism Known for its elegant palette, evocative subjects and technical virtuosity, Russian Realism has become increasingly prized by art historians, collectors and investors who recognize its significance as one of the most important movements of the 20th century. Nowhere is this appreciation more apparent than at Sarasota’s new Lazare Gallery, where Russian Realism experts […]

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03/1/2011

Highlights

Art Galleria Silecchia. Continuing at the Palm Avenue gallery through March 15, works by oil painter Glenn Harrington and sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Also, March 1-31: oils by Joe McFadden and glass by Hiroshi Yamano. 365-7414. Art Center Sarasota. Continuing through March 28: Feed the Soul, the overall name for a group of shows including Navel […]

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03/1/2011

Only in Sarasota

Sunshine, blue sky and a young player racing across a field of green—oh, the eternal joys of baseball’s spring training! This year the Baltimore Orioles are playing in a grander stadium, thanks to a $24 million renovation, but the essential elements will be just the same. Related Articles: Top Tickets Behind the Scenes at Ed […]

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03/1/2011

What I’m Drinking

The abomination known as white zinfandel has given rosé wines a bad name. What a shame. A good rosé makes a fine spring tonic and pairs beautifully with fish, shellfish and all sorts of light fare, from chicken salad to mild soft and semi-soft cheeses. Rosé, traditionally one from Provence, is the classic quaff with […]

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03/1/2011

Good Deal

The Place: Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. S. in Midtown Plaza, Sarasota; (941) 366-0007. The Fare: Michael’s long has been known for its superior cuisine, its cellar and its theatrically stylish design. Now you can add it your list of places to score a good deal, too. Wait: Make that a fabulous deal! The […]

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03/1/2011

Food & Wine

Two Squares My wife Colette and I briefly entertained the notion of buying the apartment above Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar in Citrus Square, imagining ourselves lowering a basket, as Colette’s French namesake did when she lived above Le Grand Vefour in Paris, and pulling up dinner—or at least a soufflé for dessert—whenever the craving […]

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03/1/2011

Body Talk

Eat This At just 140 calories, these tasty snacks have eight grams of protein—enough to stave off hunger until your next meal—helping you to maintain a healthy blood sugar level throughout the day. Cook them in a casserole dish and cut into bars, or use a 12-muffin tin for quick and easy portions. Variations might […]

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03/1/2011

Luxury Real Estate

Retire Your Way Everyone knows that retirees are younger, healthier and more active than ever before. But consider the 80 million baby boomers who’ll be retiring in the next decade to the tune of 300 per hour, 8,000 per day! The most independent, self-reliant (and most active) generation in recent history won’t be ready for […]

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03/1/2011

Mr. Chatterbox

I admit right at the start that I’ve always been fascinated with trailers—or mobile homes, as they are more properly known—and have always fantasized about living in one. Imagine—a little metal house that you can move around. They have amazing design features, usually clever built-ins to increase storage. The newer ones have taken a wrong […]

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03/1/2011

Small’s World

Artist Sabrina Small has lived in Berlin, Miami, San Francisco and even Budapest, but with family in Sarasota (where she attended high school), she came back two years ago to nest in a historic wood frame house dating from 1936, tucked away amid stands of bamboo and tiki torches along Whitaker Bayou. It’s small but […]

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03/1/2011

Artist’s Pad

It’s a rare house that can be both formal and artistic, but this Indian Beach gem bridges both worlds perfectly. It’s still glowing with the personality of its late owner, Letty Browdy, Sarasota artist and jewelry designer. Letty lived here with her husband, Alvin, for more than 20 years. In her sunny studio (which a […]

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03/1/2011

Malcolm Gladwell Adds to the Conversation

New York Times bestselling author (Blink, The Tipping Point) Malcolm Gladwell comes to Sarasota this month with fellow New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik to close out the Ringling Town Hall season March 21 at the Van Wezel. One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2005, Gladwell is acclaimed for making big ideas in […]

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03/1/2011

Tray Chic

1 Serve up stylish sustainability with dishwasher- and micro-wave-safe recycled glass, free-form plates in sea glass and coral ($98). Juno & Jove, 1425 First St., Sarasota. (941) 957-0000. 2 Naturally chic trays by Michael Aram will elicit raves with adornments from black orchids to this oval with olive branch handle ($199). M.L. Gosling, 43 S. […]

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