Archive for January, 2012

01/1/2012

Neuro Challenge Foundation Resource Handbook: Living With Parkinson’s

Click above download the Neuro Challenge Foundation’s resource guide, and watch a special video on the Foundation, below. {^YouTubeVideo|(url)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxNVXSKb92E|(width)425|(height)264|(fs)1|(rel)1^} Related Articles: Neuro Challenge Foundation Cause 4 Fashion Noisemaker: Meklit Hadero Video: See Nik Wallenda’s Sarasota Skywalk

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01/1/2012

Insider: Patrick Kennedy

Patrick J. Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and a former U.S. Congressman himself, will receive The Luminary Award for his work in mental health legislation and advocacy from Sarasota’s Sunshine from Darkness organization Jan. 14 during its annual symposium and gala (go to sunshinefromdarkness.org for more info). We spoke with Kennedy, 44, […]

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01/1/2012

25 Voices From Occupy Sarasota

Where do you live? SARASOTA [21] MANATEE [3] HILLSBOROUGH [1] Are you moving your money to a small independent bank or credit union? [22] Yes   [3] No What is Sarasota’s attitude toward Occupy Sarasota? [3]        Enthusiastic [13]      Moderately supportive [8]        Apathetic [1]        Don’t know   “I moved my money when Bank […]

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01/1/2012

My World

Sarasota attracts more presidential candidates than anywhere else in Florida. Why?We turn out more people. Fifteen hundred people turned out for the Michele Bachmann rally last summer. Most rallies in other parts of the state end up with 50 to 100. What’s your secret weapon? The candidates won’t tell us anything until seven days out. […]

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01/1/2012

Beauty Secrets

1 The Oribe collection of hair care products debuting at The Met earns raves from celebs and editors alike (from $24). The Met Fashion House, Day Spa & Salon, 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands (941) 388-1772. 2 Renew Overnight is its name, and that’s just what it does, say the aestheticians at The […]

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01/1/2012

Beautiful Life

Vanessa Opstal is surrounded by a quirky mélange of Old World crystal vials and space-age plastic tubes at Simply Spoiled, a cheery 21st-century iteration of a Renaissance apothecary. A former Manatee County attorney who switched careers to be with her young family, Opstal says her mission is to ensure product promises are kept. “We’re a […]

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01/1/2012

Red Hot

“When in doubt, wear red,” said designer Bill Blass. Fashion’s love affair with the color deepened with Christian Louboutin’s trademark red-soled shoes and now is reflected in everything from swimsuits to baby clothes. At home, red is the No. 1 color in kitchen ranges. The color that denotes passion and power is also popping up […]

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01/1/2012

Arts Capital

A Lovely Piece of “Carchitecture” Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta caused an uproar when, in an email that he meant to be private, he blasted the city’s decision to spend $25,000 on murals inside the Palm Avenue parking garage. Most of the furor surrounded his criticism of artist Virginia Hoffman, whom he mistakenly thought was […]

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01/1/2012

Top Tickets

Forks & Corks Bring your appetites to this year’s four-day Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, which includes winemaker dinners, interactive seminars and the Grand Tasting in the Ringling Museum courtyard. But buy your tickets early; last year’s events sold out weeks in advance. Jan. 27-30; 955-3663 or freshoriginals.com/forksandcorks. God of Carnage Yasmina Reza’s […]

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01/1/2012

Hot Dish

At the Hyatt Regency Sarasota’s Currents restaurant, chef Leo Gianulis combines his mother’s recipe for garlic potato spread (skordalia, traditionally eaten with salted cod) and the roasted beet salad of his California upbringing for a delicious first course that uses local farm-fresh ingredients. The garlic in the dish is intense, but the sweetness of roasted […]

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01/1/2012

The Art of Amy

Amy Miller’s sculptural creations may look sweet and innocent, but in their size (sometimes eight feet high), construction demands ("You have to be part engineer") and meaning ("My work asks questions about how we find our identities in our ceremonies and life passages"), they’re quite complex. Miller, who recently won the John Ringling Towers Fund […]

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01/1/2012

Furniture to Fit

European panache has also come to Sarasota in the form of COR upholstered furniture at Home Resource, the exclusive source for the German designer brand in the state of Florida. Home Resource owners Michael and Kathy Bush are in good company, since COR is featured in a studio within the trend-setting Domus Design Collection showroom […]

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01/1/2012

Neighborhood Watch

“Bird Key is experiencing a renaissance,” says George Appel of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, who has lived in nine residences in the manicured bayfront neighborhood since moving to Sarasota in the early 1980s. A scrappy spoil island that underwent transformative dredging projects in the 1920s and early 1960s, Bird Key is a boater’s paradise […]

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01/1/2012

Top of the Market

A five-bedroom Gulf-front residence set behind a canopy of century-old oaks at 6380 Manasota Key Road was the highest-priced sale in Sarasota County in October. The 6,638-square-foot home, which sold for $4.8 million after an original 2009 list price of $7.5 million, was built in 2008 and boasts the highest-end amenities. Case in point: The […]

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01/1/2012

On The Homefront

In my growing file of dream homes, I have architect’s renderings and floor plans from the east coast of Florida, Las Vegas and Santa Fe. Those were collected before we moved to Sarasota. Here, my architectural reveries are filed by community: Lakewood Ranch, the Founder’s Club, Silver Oak, University Park, etc. The sub-folders go on […]

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01/1/2012

The Luxury Home Report

Easy Elegance Easy Elegance is as much about the way you want to live as it is about choices in color, fabric and furnishings. We asked designer Sally Trout about how she approached this project. CAROL TISCH: There’s such a relaxing quality to this home. What’s your secret? SALLY TROUT: The Gulf of Mexico is […]

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01/1/2012

Good Deal: Toasted Mango Cafe

The Place: Toasted Mango Cafe, 430 N. Tamiami Trail (two blocks north of Fruitville Road), Sarasota, (941) 388-7728. The Fare: Breakfast and lunch served by friendly people in a big sunny dining room or on an oak-shaded patio. The Bottom Line: There are many tempting items on both early and midday menus—a fall special of […]

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01/1/2012

Sarasota’s Best

FANFARE>>“I wish more restaurants would offer veggie burgers!” –a FB post from Georgia from Bookstore1Sarasota “Yes, you can eat all these veggie burgers. I believe in you!” said Megan Greenberg, one of Sarasota’s popular cooking trio, The Three Kitcheneers. She was encouraging Whole Food’s marketing director Nikki Logan, as a group of us launched our quest […]

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01/1/2012

What I’m Drinking

There’s lots to look forward to in Sarasota this month, but for food and wine fanciers the Big Wally is most definitely the fifth annual extravaganza known as Forks & Corks, which this year runs Jan. 27-29. The multi-tiered festival is the baby of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a consortium of independent local restaurateurs, and is […]

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01/1/2012

Food & Wine

It’s a pleasure to have The Table back, this time in a sleek waterfront incarnation minus the Mesa Lounge, with which earlier versions in Sarasota and St. Petersburg were paired. Losing the big lounge is fine with us, as the food and the setting are more than enough reason to make a reservation, and soon. […]

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