Archive for April, 2011

04/1/2011

Healthfront

Periodontal Laser Therapy New research shows more Americans have gum disease than previously presumed. Despite its prevalence, more than 97 percent of those in need refuse the traditional treatment of periodontal flap surgery and risk tooth loss and other health challenges. Why? Patients report a perception that conventional “cut and sew” procedures are often painful, […]

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04/1/2011

Homefront

  Colors Underfoot Vivid colors and shimmering premium silk make for a dynamic new look for your interior. In this original “Celebration” design, available at Rugs As Art, the contrasting coral and purple wool with multi-colored starburst make a vibrant backdrop for the movement of the soft-gold, slightly raised silk. Movement, texture, vibrant color and […]

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04/1/2011

Good Deal

The Place: Ichiban Sushi Bar, 2724 Stickney Point Road in Gateway Center, Sarasota; (941) 924-1611, www.sarasotaichiban.com The Fare: The sushi here is more workmanlike than artistic, but the fish is fresh and the price is right. The Drill: Sit at the large bar and pick up two little slips of paper: a long sushi-by-the-piece list […]

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04/1/2011

What I’m Drinking

Eric Solomon lives in Charlotte, N.C., not Sarasota, but wine lovers here and around the country owe him a debt nonetheless. Solomon is the presiding genius behind European Cellars, a wine importer devoted to discovering wines with that strong sense of place known as terroir, many of them unfined and unfiltered. He has launched some […]

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04/1/2011

Food & Wine

Sweet Surprises As our server helpfully reminded me, any meat—not just duck—can be salted and cooked in its own fat to make a confit, but until my most recent visit to Derek’s Culinary Casual in the Rosemary District I had never spotted the pork variety on a menu. That unexpected inclusion signifies one of the […]

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04/1/2011

Only In Sarasota

Founded in 2003, Punta Gorda’s Worden Farms has become a source of organic produce for the entire region. It’s a true family farm, where Chris and Eva Worden’s two young sons pitch in and help. Here Grant, four, hitches a ride home from the fields on Dad’s comfy shoulders. Related Articles: Sarasota’s 10 Best Produce […]

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04/1/2011

Highlights

Art Selby Gallery. Rhythm and Structure: Mathematics, Art and Poetic Reflections closes here April 2. It’s followed by the 2011 Annual Best of Ringling Juried Student Exhibitions, April 8-22, and the Ringling College Senior Thesis Exhibitions, April 29 through May 6. 359-7563. Venice Art Center. The members-only show, Latest and Greatest, ends April 8. Up […]

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04/1/2011

Body Talk

  Indulge Yourself Manis and pedis and facials, oh my! Spa Week, April 11-17, unites professional pamperers from around the nation in a singular mission: to give you an indulgent spa experience for just $50. Participating spas offer a select menu of services, from haircuts to deep-tissue massages to chemical peels, at deep discounts. Venice’s […]

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04/1/2011

Luxury Real Estate

The Sweet Spot  Americans are right-sizing their homes, and nowhere is the trend more obvious than in master-planned communities. We’ve grown accustomed to less-is-more since the economy faltered, with low-key quality replacing overt excess in clothes, travel and cars. Now, as we climb out of a national real estate debacle, people are aspiring to a […]

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04/1/2011

Mr. Chatterbox

I’ve never told anyone about this before, but while I was in Sarasota Memorial for my recent open-heart surgery, I died and left my body for several minutes. I remember gradually fading into unconsciousness on the operating table, then slowly awakening in a giant crib, the size of a tennis court. I was lying on […]

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04/1/2011

Grill Crazy

  Chef and restaurant consultant Judi Gallagher and her husband, Paul, head of Riverview High’s International Baccalaureate program, love the outdoor Florida lifestyle. “We float around the pool all summer and usually eat outside,” she says. But for foodie Judi, a regular on ABC 7 and a contributing editor for Sarasota Magazine, their outdoor space […]

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04/1/2011

Modern Masterpiece

  Designed late in Ralph Twitchell’s career, this Sarasota School of Architecture gem shows the modern master at his best. Twitchell got it perfect this time, with strong horizontal lines and beautiful proportions. Add a historic location—the Ringling Museum area—and sheltered sailboat water, and you have a house that will bring out the modernist in […]

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04/1/2011

Plausible Reality

  Artist Jake Fernandez’s paintings and pastels evoking local and regional landscapes are obviously beautiful, but there’s much more to them than meets the eye. Although Fernandez has done plein air painting in the past, that’s not how his current works reach the canvas. Instead, he says, he actually starts with “geometric, almost architectural drawings,” […]

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04/1/2011

Garden Party

1 Fresh from Pottery Provence, hand-painted dinnerware (salad plates, $38) is microwave- and dishwasher-safe at Décor de France, 24 N. Boulevard of Presidents, (941) 388-1599; U.S. 41 and Bay Street, Osprey, (941) 966-7788. 2 Delicate herbs look good enough to eat on Villeroy & Boch’s Althea Nova country porcelain (dinner plate $40; salad $27). Dinnerware […]

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04/1/2011

The Art of Reinvention

"I needed a new challenge,” says Sigrid Olsen of her new lifestyle store and gallery on South Pineapple Avenue. Beloved by fans for her eponymous apparel brand, the former fashion designer has been lauded in national press as an inspiration to baby boomers who’ve lost jobs during the recession. Liz Claiborne, which purchased her clothing […]

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04/1/2011

Shop: Great Finds for Foodies

Shopping for food and gourmet products in Sarasota is an epicurean odyssey, from big name stores like Whole Foods and Fresh Market to local favorite Morton’s Gourmet Market. Foodies’ haunts are scattered from St. Armands Circle (Spice & Tea Exchange) to Main Street in Lakewood Ranch (Katie Rose Oilery). Taste-testing the culinary treasures of Gulf […]

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04/1/2011

Arts Capital

Day and Night Music The La Musica Festival will open on April 4 with the same program that kicked off the first festival 25 years ago: Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor. Even more notable, several musicians who performed  in the inaugural concert—violist Bruno Giuranna, pianist Derek […]

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04/1/2011

Hot Dish

The new Brasserie Belge excels at sophisticated Continental dishes, but don’t overlook the simple hanger steak with frites. Chefs love this cut of beef for its flavor, andchef Karl Deneubourg (a Belgian native) grills it to perfection, then bathes it in shallot and red wine reduction. It’s served with a side of authentic Belgian French […]

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04/1/2011

Top Tickets

Movie Madness You probably won’t need 3-D goggles at the Sarasota Film Festival, April 7-17, but don’t count anything out, as programming was still being set at press time. We do know that actor Christopher Plummer is the Cinema Master Award honoree (see page 80) and that the sultry Cinema Tropicale party at Sarasota Yacht […]

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04/1/2011

Lady Jazz

  Sarasota now has its own uptown supper club, with Lady Jazz (she won’t divulge her real name) performing Friday and Saturday nights at downtown’s Divino Restaurant. Even when the restaurant is busiest, the New Orleans-born vocalist can deliver a song that seizes everybody’s attention. “It’s like you can hear a pin drop,” she says. […]

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