Archive for June, 2012

06/1/2012

June 2012 Insider Poll

Median age of those polled: 60 How healthy do you consider yourself? Less healthy than most people my age: 8% As healthy as most people my age: 48% More healthy than most people my age: 44%   My health insurance plan is: Medicare  (10) Through an employer (6)        Private (5) I have no health […]

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06/1/2012

My World: Kevin Gilbert

How many miles do you bike a day? I ride all day every day. I’m also a bicycle commuter, so I haven’t driven my truck in over a year. I’ve done 60 miles in a four-hour period just delivering sandwiches, and I put in about 1,000 miles a month. Do you ever get tired of […]

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06/1/2012

Shopping: Beauty to Go

1 Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me SPF, a dry sunscreen for face and body with water-resistant SPF 30 and UVA High, a beach bag staple. $45.50 at shop.janeiredale.com or The Ritz-Carlton Members Spa Club, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, (941) 309-2090. 2 Defy humidity (including Sarasota’s) with the award-winning Remington Style Frizz Therapy Iron ($50). It outperforms […]

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06/1/2012

Who’s In Store: Tilden Ross Jewelers

Low-key is high fashion today, according to Richard and Gail Ross, owners of St. Armands Circle icon Tilden Ross Jewelers. And they should know: Richard is a third-generation jeweler, and Gail a fine arts major. The combination is unbeatable when it comes to interpreting trends and ferreting out rising star designers. “Gail and I go […]

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06/1/2012

Shopping: Bon Voyage

Seasoned travelers always have an eye out for great-looking gear that makes life easier, safer and worry-free. We scoured Sarasota for the best ideas local retailers have to offer and found an array of stylish must-haves, from wrinkle-proof silk dresses and chic French walking shoes to statement handbags with lots of secure compartments and zippers. […]

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06/1/2012

Arts Capital: June 2012

Despite Offstage Drama, Banyan Is Still in Business Some offstage drama last fall had fans of the Banyan Theater Company fearing that the organization’s days were numbered. But the company, known for performing challenging, provocative works in the summer, will once again present a three-play season, opening June 28 with Athol Fugard’s A Lesson from […]

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06/1/2012

June 2012 Top Tickets

Sarasota Music Festival For nearly 50 years this chamber music festival has brought together top students, top faculty and appreciative audiences for concerts featuring works by legends of classical music, plus classes, lectures and more. Dates for major concerts are June 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 21 and 22, but the student recitals get […]

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06/1/2012

Insider: Going the Distance

When Sarasota Y Sharks swimmer Danielle Valley, 16, competes, "All I think about is beating the person next to me, getting my hand on the wall first," she says. Coach Steve Brown says Danielle has three winning assets: a high pain threshold, "mind-numbing" consistency, and—most important—she hates to lose. Heading to the Olympic trials in […]

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06/1/2012

Sarasota’s Best: Pancakes

We polled our 4,800 Facebook fans and, based on their passionate responses, set off to find who makes the best pancakes in Sarasota. Who says research can’t be fun? Best overall: Station 400’s blueberry and almond with vanilla bean butter and blueberry syrup, topped with lemon zest. “Rich, sweet and tangy all at once,” said […]

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06/1/2012

Good Deal: 9th Street Bistro

The place: 9th Street Bistro, inside Renaissance on 9th at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, (941) 749-0100. The fare: Fresh and satisfying weekday lunches, and a portion of sales benefits Meals On Wheels Plus and Manatee Food Bank. The bottom line: There is a chef driving this small-scale operation. If he isn’t planning and preparing […]

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06/1/2012

What I’m Drinking: Mini Martinis

Where I come from, a martini used to be a pretty narrowly defined cocktail, consisting mostly of vodka or gin with a hint of dry vermouth, shaken with ice and strained into a classic martini stem garnished with an olive or a twist. That was then. Now, just about any cocktail that’s served in a […]

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06/1/2012

Food & Wine: State Street Eating House & Canta Rana

The place was packed on a Thursday evening, but our helpful hostess at State Street Eating House downtown made room for two at the bar, which suited us just fine. The bar often is our first choice at a restaurant, both for the entertainment value a seat there affords and for the attentive personal service […]

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