Archive for February, 2012

02/1/2012

The Luxury Home This Month

Spirited Revival Designer Pam Picozzi created warm retro-modern interiors for Nicki and Jack Conway’s Sarasota School of Architecture-inspired dream home. Here’s how: You seem to have captured the essence of Sarasota Modern without being weighted down by the past. Pam Picozzi: Sarasota School of Architecture homes were smaller in scale and didn’t have the luxuries […]

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02/1/2012

Sarasota’s Best

“There’s no such thing as a bad chocolate dessert,” declared Wendy Resnick at Sarasota’s Best Chocolate Dessert tasting. There certainly weren’t in this competition. Resnick—who, as director of UCP Sarasota, hosted the organization’s signature Chocolate Festival for years—along with senior editor and dessert lover Bob Plunket, associate art director and chocoholic Lauren Pritchard, and web editor […]

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02/1/2012

What I’m Drinking

Michael Klauber gets a lot of positive ink not only about his restaurant but also for his abilities as wine maven, educator and merchant. He deserves it. His bricks-and-mortar store in midtown Sarasota is a pleasure to browse, and now he has an online shop to rival it. Michael’s Fine Wines (mfw.com) spreads the love […]

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02/1/2012

Good Deal: Village Idiot Pizzeria

The Place: Village Idiot Pizzeria, 11904 Cortez Road W., Cortez, (941) 896-4857. The Fare: Sublime pizzas baked in a flash in a super hot wood-burning oven by chef Joseph Yost. The Bottom Line: The pizzas are 13-inchers on a hand-stretched crust in combinations to die for, some white and some red, ranging in price from […]

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02/1/2012

Food & Wine

Here’s the hook at Blue Marlin in Bradenton Beach: The seafood they serve is straight off the commercial docks at Cortez, just across the Intracoastal from the pier at the foot of Bridge Street. Fresher fish and shellfish are hard to imagine, but the kitchen needs to know what to do with the catch or […]

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02/1/2012

Only In Sarasota

Photographer Jim Dohms’ HDR technique, which combines three identical photos at different settings to create an ultra-realistic image rich in detail, perfectly suits his subject, Sarasota’s New Pass Grill. Like a sculptural installation, the beloved burger and bait shop is assembled out of old timber, signs ("Alexandra" is the name of the owner’s daughter) and […]

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02/1/2012

February Highlights

Art Selby Gallery. On view at the Ringling campus gallery through Feb. 15: Henk Pander: Sees All, Paints All, paintings by the Dutch artist stretching back to World War II. Opening Feb. 24 to run through March 28: Genius Unfolding—Annotated Proofs by J.M.W. Turner, part of the collection of Sarasota resident Douglass Graem. 359-7563. Venice […]

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02/1/2012

Health Report

Dinner for two: Chef Mattison’s Tagliatelle with Green and White Asparagus and Watercress. A romantic meal doesn’t have to mean extra calories. This recipe from chef Paul Mattison is not just beautiful, but centers on vitamin-rich asparagus, watercress and sun-dried tomatoes, as well as heart-healthy olive oil. And the fresh pasta, which cooks in a […]

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02/1/2012

Fashion I.Q.

Need a clever idea for Valentine’s Day? Give her the brass key to your heart, cast from antique French keys on a 34-inch chain. frenchkande.com, $125 I often reach for lip color that’s barely there, like this Dior Addict Lip Glow—it responds to your chemistry and enhances the natural color of your lips. Saks Fifth […]

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02/1/2012

Mr. Chatterbox

I recently went to a very nice Sarasota dinner party. I arrived to find the front door unlocked, as is the custom here. Inside, the spicy aroma of something Caribbean or perhaps Moroccan wafted through the air. The hostess was plainly visible in the kitchen, drizzling something on a colorful salad. The host poured me […]

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02/1/2012

A Foodie’s Guide to Gulf Gate

Hidden in a pocket of side streets, Gulf Gate has become something of a culinary hot bed these days. Sure, there are probably more bar stools per capita than people, but Gulf Gate has a new city vibe. Where a longtime gas station stood now stand Il Panificio and Piatti. There are homemade sausage stores, […]

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02/1/2012

The Best Sarasota Restaurants of 2012

Food critic John Bancroft picks the best Sarasota restaurants of 2012.

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02/1/2012

A Taste of South Africa

Michael Klauber and the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey to South Africa.

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02/1/2012

Dinner with Jaden

Just moments before her dinner party begins, Jaden Hair is nowhere near the kitchen. Instead, the food blogger and cookbook author is strolling down to the pond on her east Manatee property, marveling at the bird-filled sky. As old friends and new neighbors arrive—among them food-blogging siblings Nate and Mary Kate Tate, as well as […]

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02/1/2012

From The Editor

Back in 1885, a canny real estate promoter convinced a group of weary Scots they could enjoy a life of ease by growing citrus in the paradise that was Sarasota. They arrived to find a wilderness in the grips of one of the coldest winters on record. Most of them fled after a few months, […]

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02/1/2012

10 Best

Start Your Ovens!   1. For a fresh idea at a moment’s notice, look no further than Fresh Market’s “Fresh Flavors” demonstrations. At the monthly classes at the University Parkway store, chef Marie Poullin walks the group step-by-step through a predetermined recipe. The demos are free, and there’s no registration required—so you can pop right […]

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