Archive for March, 2012

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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03/1/2012

Neighborhood Watch

The posh Osprey country club community The Oaks made a comeback in 2011, with 60 homes sold, a 60 percent increase over 2010. “Prices have settled in,” says Carol Clark of Signature Sotheby’s International Realty. “The vast majority of homes sold last year were beautiful executive homes on large lots with mature landscaping in the […]

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03/1/2012

The Luxury Home

A Room of His Own When the hit movie He Said, She Said was released in 1991, baby boomers were in their 40s and focused on luring their husbands into the bedroom. Twenty years later, those boomers are snoring more and sleeping less, often waking up several times throughout the night. As a result, lots […]

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03/1/2012

Good Deal

The place: Bella Nonna Bistro, 2801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 355-4620. The fare: Italian and Mediterranean dishes at lunch and dinner every day in a charming and friendly little place across the street from the Ringling College of Art and Design. The bottom line: The $2 pizza slices should be popular with thrifty art […]

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03/1/2012

Food & Wine

Diners are fickle, and smart restaurants realize that periodically retuning their menus is a way to keep old friends returning to see what’s new. Libby’s Bar + Café, which opened to rave reviews when it took over the space that was Fred’s in Southside Village in 2008, has done that regularly, and its latest menu […]

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