Archive for July, 2011

07/1/2011

Summer Soirees

1 Sarasota’s go-to gal for spectacular tables is Eileen Hayes, whose library of sample books boasts paper goods by H.G. Caspari with plates, napkins, place cards and more (from $5.25) in stunning patterns like Lily’s Pad. Write On Sarasota, 1423 First St., Sarasota (941) 953-2800. 2 Carefree entertaining equates to Vera Bradley’s dishwasher-safe party cups […]

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07/1/2011

Island Vibe

“I love that bird,” says Barb Jaeger of the egret. “It says it all about Anna Maria Island: so peaceful and very low-key.” Indeed, her stores—The White Egret (a coastal home accents shop), Egret’s Nest (fashion boutique) and The Egret’s Landing (furniture and interior design)—also grace the island with stunning coastal style. The consummate retailer, […]

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07/1/2011

Insider | Shop

Sarasota’s “citrus streets” (Lemon, Pineapple and Orange avenues) meet at State Street, the heart of this newly emerging shopping and arts district crowned by eateries like Pastry Art and Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse. Browse boutiques owned by internationally revered brands Brooks Brothers and Eileen Fisher and drool over the gourmet wares at Sur La Table. Lust […]

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07/1/2011

Arts Capital

Sarasota’s 2010-11 arts season opened in thrilling fashion in October with a performance by Mikhail Baryshnikov at the Ringling International Arts Festival. The excitement and drama—some of it offstage—never stopped in a year in which several organizations reached new levels of excellence. As the season winds down for the summer, let’s look back at some of […]

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07/1/2011

Hot Dish

Narrowing the field to only one top dish at Venice’s Cassariano is a challenge, since everything we’ve tried at this little Northern Italian hotspot tastes authentic and delicious. Chef Antonio Pariano’s pastas are the stuff of dreams, with porcini foam garnishing delicate pasta ribbons tossed with cream, sausage and sautéed wild mushrooms. But the carpaccio di […]

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07/1/2011

Top Tickets

Vroom Vroom Hear those big engines roar as the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race gets going July 3, with heats at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (best viewing along Lido Beach). Lots of good stuff leading up to the big event, and don’t forget the Fourth of July fireworks that close out the […]

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07/1/2011

Insider

The series on Florida’s tangled insurance industry that just won Paige St. John the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s first Pulitzer Prize was born when she was covering Florida’s horrific 2004-2005 hurricane season. "I saw the problems people had getting their claims paid, plus the lasting effect of higher insurance rates," says the 50-year-old St. John. Her biggest […]

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07/1/2011

From The Editor

Little Tweets and Longer Stories Blogs, Facebook postings, "charticle"-style graphs, and tersest of all, those tiny little tweets—we journalists are writing shorter and faster by the nano-second. As a social media expert put it during a conference I recently attended, "People are lazy and busy. They want quick news bites, and they don’t want to […]

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07/1/2011

Sarasota Theater: Critic’s Choice

As a longtime theater critic, I love it when artistic directors and actors push themselves beyond the comfortable and predictably successful. A lot of local companies did that this past season, from the Asolo Rep staging a new, pre-Broadway musical (with frequent rewrites to challenge cast and crew) to “little” community theaters tackling epic or […]

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07/1/2011

Sirens of the Shore

Tommy Bahama twisted bandeau bikini in teal, $64, hipster bottom, $39, Tommy Bahama; Kenneth Cole mesh ring, $35, Dillard’s; Alexis Bittar horseshoe necklace with Swarovski crystals, $155, Saks Fifth Avenue; gold hoop earrings, $125, Queens’ Wreath at The Met.   Body Glove bandeau top, $47.99, and Bali banded bottom, $43.99, Swim Mart; Panama Jack fedora, […]

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