Archive for October, 2011

10/1/2011

Healthfront

Kobernick Anchin Kobernick Anchin is a state-of-the-art retirement complex on a beautiful campus, convenient to the many cultural and recreational attractions in the greater Sarasota-Manatee area. Opened in 1993, the nonprofit, non-denominational enterprise was developed by the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council, offering seniors the best in independent and assisted-living and skilled nursing care. The community has […]

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10/1/2011

Homefront

   Eye-Opening Rugs The world’s largest collection of vintage Art Deco Chinese rugs, seen formerly only on the internet, is now open to the public by appointment at Antique Oriental Rugs in Sarasota. These carpets transcend simple floor covering and enter the realm of the phantasmagorical artwork, from simple floral motifs to incredible combinations of botanical designs coupled […]

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10/1/2011

Fashion I.Q.

8 Number of people who can fit at Pomona’s new “kitchen table” in a private room and enjoy a special tasting menu.   Kathleen Weiner looked easy breezy at our Charity Register event in this Brooks Brothers lightweight jean shirtdress, chocolate leather Prada belt and gold Tory Burch sandals—effortless end-of-summer chic.   Inspired by Marc Jacobs’ […]

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10/1/2011

25 Person Poll

“We’ve traveled from Hilton Head, South Carolina. A dollar is what we’re used to paying [in other cities].” —Elizabeth R., traveler Primary reason for coming downtown Dining                         nnnnnnnnnnnn Shopping                    nnnnnnn Business                     nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Other                          nnn Would you have come downtown today if you had to use and pay for the new parking meters? Yes 13; No 12 […]

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10/1/2011

My World

My World What do you do? I go out to condominium and homeowners associations, and look at the horticultural problems they have and teach more environmentally friendly ways of landscaping. I also help individual homeowners and do programs and classes to educate the community. The most common questions? We get hundreds of turf questions. Usually […]

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10/1/2011

Real Estate Junkie

Moderne Masterpiece  Built in 1936 by the developer of Cherokee Park, this Art Moderne masterpiece is a rarity in Sarasota. The style set the stage for the Sarasota School of Architecture that has all but vanished, with just a few examples left to recall the kind of glamour that made Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers […]

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10/1/2011

Design Star

  Casting calls for HGTV’s newest hit series, Showhouse Showdown, stipulate only professional designers with tons of personality and a unique design perspective need apply. Enter Jason Champion of JKL Design Group in Sarasota, whose “showdown” with Miami-based Mark Michaels will air in December. “They built two identical houses in Dade City, gave us identical […]

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10/1/2011

Range of Colors

1 The La Cornue Château 120 with three-element cooktop (from $35,000) is hand built to order in France with a choice of 25 colors. Florida Builder Appliances, 5257 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 926-0700. 2 Desperate Housewives seeking stoves with retro style and state-of-the-art technology lust after the Big Chill 30-inch gas range ($4,295) in […]

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10/1/2011

Magic Carpets

His medium: art for the floor. “Rug weaving is an art form like anything else that is handmade and beautifully crafted,” explains the owner of Rugs As Art, a landmark on Sarasota’s South Tamiami Trail—with locations in Port Charlotte and the new Bacon’s concept, which will hold its grand opening the first week of November […]

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10/1/2011

Shop: White Rules

White Rules White is the quintessential color of coastal décor: the soothing egalitarian style found everywhere from shabby chic cottages to Euro-cool condos. White rooms are soft, pure and tranquil, and local stores have an exquisite array of new bright, white pieces this fall. Remember that white looks best when it’s layered with tones from […]

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10/1/2011

Arts Capital

Ringling Arts Festival Creates Lots of Buzz Unlike last year, Mikhail Baryshnikov won’t be dancing during the Ringling International Arts Festival. But there’s still plenty to be intrigued and excited about at this year’s event, which opens Oct. 11 with a “block party” in the Ringling Museum courtyard and runs through Oct. 16. “The best […]

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10/1/2011

Hot Dish

Taste of Asia in Siesta Key Village has me hooked on several dishes, from the best dumplings in town (a.k.a. Lum-plings) to the Koor Mee Lao—rice noodles sautéed with onion, scallions, bean sprouts and cilantro. Both dishes feature the subtle flavors of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. But step a forkful farther for my very favorite: […]

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10/1/2011

Top Tickets

Ringling International Arts Festival Ready for RIAF? The third annual fest fills the grounds of the Ringling Museum with a dazzling mix of music, dance, theater and more. Included: an opening night block party, the Wooster Group’s Hamlet, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, songstress Meklit Hadero, Irish step dancer Colin Dunne and much more. Oct. […]

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10/1/2011

Noisemaker: Meklit Hadero

    Musical Nomad     You don’t have to know anything about Ethiopian music to appreciate the songs of Meklit Hadero, a rising sensation who will perform at this month’s Ringling International Arts Festival. The 31-year-old composer and singer blends her Ethiopian roots with folk and jazz (she’s a fan of Billie Holliday and […]

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10/1/2011

Sarasota’s Best

This city is crazy for cupcakes. We know that because when we asked our nearly 4,000 Facebook fans to help us choose the best cupcakes in town, we got our most responses ever—and some of our most passionate responses, too. We narrowed the field down to the top vote-getters and asked Michael’s On East’s Phil Mancini […]

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10/1/2011

What I’m Drinking

Malmsey. The word is as rich on the tongue as the fortified dessert wine it names, a little of which goes a long way. Malmsey is a Madeira, a sweet wine made on the subtropical Portuguese island of Madeira. It is unusual in the wine world in that it is aged in cask not in […]

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10/1/2011

Good Deal

The Place: Ocean Blues, 1936 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 366-3010. The Fare: A newish blues bar and restaurant in the redesigned space once occupied by New York New York serves bar food and main course dishes, many with a Cajun accent. The Bottom Line: We’re recommending a seat at the bar and a trio of […]

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10/1/2011

Food & Wine

A truly happy hour at Patrick’s Patrick’s, long a happy hour and burger standout at the prow of the Kress Building downtown, made a good move when it scooted up the street to 1481 Main. The new digs are fresh and inviting, clean and contemporary without trying too hard. And both happy hour and burgers […]

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10/1/2011

Health Report

Right on Target The latest good news in the fight against breast cancer: a new technique for delivering targeted, single-dose radiation therapy. Now in use at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center, the Intrabeam System offers a single-dose alternative to traditional whole-breast EBRT (external beam radiation therapy), which must be administered five times a week for up […]

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10/1/2011

Only in Sarasota

Every room is as unique as the people who live there, as recent Ringling College graduate Ian Dean makes clear in his photographic series about living spaces. Dean stages real-life rooms—in this case with a mix of disposable mass consumer items and more personal, nostalgic trinkets—in such a way that they become snapshots of a […]

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