Archive for March, 2012

03/1/2012

What I’m Drinking

Hooray! The 2009 Bordeaux, a vintage all but universally acclaimed as spectacular, began showing up in Sarasota around the first of the year and continued to arrive over the next few weeks. Our first tastes of the ’09s were two amazingly well priced early arrivals, a Château de l’Estang Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux ($15) and a […]

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03/1/2012

Homefront

Custom Cabinetry Celebrating 25 years serving the Suncoast, Contemporary Cabinetry and Closet Concepts has spent those years focused on providing excellent customer service and designs for kitchens, closets, wall units, home offices, armoires and Murphy beds.   Thanks to virtually unlimited capabilities, “We can express our clients’ personal style in almost every way possible,” says […]

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03/1/2012

On the Homefront

Timing is everything, and unfortunately, sales at The Concession Golf Club and Residences suffered mightily as it debuted smack in the middle of the housing bubble five years ago. But the rough patch appears to be over for the 1,200-acre gated community, according to Sarasota builder Roy Dupuis, whose spectacular Grand Cypress and Villa San […]

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03/1/2012

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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03/1/2012

The Guide: Arts & Entertainment

ATTRACTIONS Sharks, orchids, clowns, tigers, Conquistadors, world-class art and more await your discovery. THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories […]

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03/1/2012

Objects of Desire

“It’s close to midnight, and under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart.” That sight—entrancingly seductive midnight diamonds. Not quite what Michael Jackson’s Thriller had in mind, but heart-stopping nonetheless. Sarasota jewelers were at least six months ahead of the trend to black diamonds, and townies were wearing the hot new […]

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03/1/2012

Body Talk

Food for Thought Sarasota’s favorite fish, grouper, contains up to a third more Omega-3 fatty acids than an equal serving of canned tuna. The benefits of those added Omega-3s—including lower triglycerides and blood pressure—can become evident in a matter of weeks. (Just be sure to mind your mercury.) The FDA’s newest dietary guidelines recommend upping […]

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03/1/2012

10 Best

Meal Steals 1. Hungry? Try Kazu’s Sushi & Asian Bistro’s Early Bird Bento Box. Feast from the teriyaki or sushi menus; items from each are served with miso soup and salad. The non-sushi menu also comes with pearl rice. The sushi teriyaki salmon bento box offers salmon sautéed in a piquant teriyaki sauce and topped […]

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03/1/2012

Health Heroes

Nicole Johnson At 18, Nicole Johnson was beautiful, bright and ambitious. She was also newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a life-threatening condition that requires constant monitoring. Unfortunately, the doctors told her, you’ll have to reassess your hopes and dreams—diabetes narrows your life and opportunities. For Nicole, the diagnosis was isolating and embarrassing, and for […]

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03/1/2012

Shopping Destination Guide

Go Native Pack your flip-flops  and get ready to give them a workout:  You can’t shop Sarasota in six-inch Christian Loboutins. Vacations and shopping go hand-in-hand, as you can tell from any travel guide to Paris, Hong Kong or Florence. But the real joy is finding something exquisitely made that’s also locally designed—and perhaps if […]

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03/1/2012

Plastic Surgery Trends

How Not to Look Your Age I’m one of the nearly 40 million American women who were born between 1946 and 1964. Once upon a time, we women of the baby boomer generation burned our bras, shunned our mothers’ make-up, celebrated free love and overturned sexist stereotypes—or at least tried to. Now, alas, time has […]

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03/1/2012

10 Best Beauty Trends

Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful technique that softens wrinkles, improves skin tone, eliminates age spots and repairs sun-damaged skin. Fraxel laser treatments are in high demand because of their minimal discomfort and downtime. Sandra Day, co-founder of NeoDerm Aesthetics, says she’s seeing “terrific results with Fraxel in reducing lip lines. The improvements are remarkable […]

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03/1/2012

Real Estate Junkie

Siesta Beach, now officially the country’s best, has lots of beautiful condos overlooking its pure white sand, but a house in such a prized location is hard to find—particularly a house like this showstopper. With three levels for living, a four-car garage underneath and a rooftop swimming pool, it may well be Sarasota’s ultimate trophy […]

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03/1/2012

Insider Poll

9.2 Average number of years retired   Are you a… [12] Year-round resident [6] Part-time resident [7] Visitor   How would you rate medical care here? [13]       Excellent [5]        Good [2]        Poor [5]        Does not apply   Did you move to Sarasota for retirement? Yes [11] No [14]   Where do […]

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03/1/2012

Insider Shopping

Lakewood Main Street is abuzz with new restaurants and shops, many of them branches of downtown Sarasota and Anna Maria Island favorites. A quick stroll reveals Village Bikes, Artisan World Marketplace and Ana Molinari Salon & Spa—each reminiscent of the Sarasota original, but intriguingly tailored to the new locale. The owners of Anna Maria Island’s […]

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03/1/2012

Arts Capital

It’s overwhelming enough for a young actor to take on the role of Hamlet for the first time. But to perform the part in both English and Spanish? Well, what a piece of work is that! That’s exactly the challenge facing Frankie Alvarez, who’s playing the title role in the upcoming Asolo Rep production of […]

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03/1/2012

Hot Dish: Oysters Bienville

There is nothing halfway about the Half Shell Oyster House’s Oysters Bienville. A fresh-shucked Gulf oyster is topped with mushrooms, crab, shrimp, herbs, Italian bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. It’s baked just enough so the oyster remains juicy and plump while the topping toasts to a rich and creamy brown. The oysters are served on […]

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03/1/2012

Top Tickets

Spring Training Play ball! A sure sign of spring is the return of the Baltimore Orioles (at Ed Smith Stadium) and Pittsburgh Pirates (at Bradenton’s McKechnie Field). The Orioles kick things off March 5 and play through April 1; the Pirates play March 2 through March 31. For Orioles tickets, (800) 745-3000; for Pirates, (941) […]

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03/1/2012

Insider

Art world sensation Sanford Biggers frequently looks to the past for inspiration for his installation pieces, and that’s the case with his show opening March 30 at the Ringling Museum, which he’s been working on during visits to the Hermitage Artist Retreat. His subject: a series of drawings on repurposed quilts like those used on […]

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03/1/2012

Top of the Market

A 4,287-square-foot Manasota Key Gulf-front home at 7100 Manasota Key Road, originally listed for $4.2 million in late 2010, has sold for $2.4 million, making it the highest-selling residential property sold in December. It has four bedrooms, five baths and an infinity pool flanked by a summer kitchen. The master bedroom has two terraces, one […]

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