Archive for November, 2012

11/1/2012

My World: Mary Bensel

Van Wezel executive director Mary Bensel on hot tickets, pre-show panic and picky performers. What shows are often requested? I get Barbra Streisand all the time. I would book her in a hot minute, or Michael Bublé and Josh Groban. They would be perfect for the Van Wezel, but they’re still performing in arenas, and […]

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11/1/2012

Insider: Showtime!

Florida Studio Theatre’s Richard Hopkins will welcome fans to the grand opening of the expanded Gomperz Theatre at the Next Act Gala on Nov. 29. The theater now includes a full-service café and bar along with new lobby space, restrooms and more seats. With the building’s expansion (and a new cabaret space opening in January), […]

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11/1/2012

Insider: Hot Dish November 2012

Sun Garden Café’s Green Flash Salad While I’ve never seen the legendary “green flash” on the horizon at sunset, I can tell you the Green Flash Salad at Sun Garden on Siesta Key will make you a true believer in all things green. Fresh baby arugula and baby spinach, with a generous portion of sliced […]

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11/1/2012

Mr. Chatterbox: Ultimate New York Experience

This Month: The ultimate New York experience? If you ask me, it’s Bergdorf Goodman. Related Articles: The Ultimate Experience Guide Your Ultimate Guide to Gulf Seafood Letter From New York

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11/1/2012

Fashion I.Q.: November 2012

Genius looks and loot from our style blogger. It’s future couture for the siren who wants to create instant drama. Hand-sewn, the sultry corseted dress with fringed black fishbone skirt, named La Rose Noire (Black Rose), was designed by Nicole Mabalot of Sarasota’s Wicked Betty Designs. $495, punkrockbettyonline.com Your little one will cut a dapper […]

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11/1/2012

Sarasota After Dark: Up All Night

Meet some people who keep Sarasota buzzing while the rest of us sleep. “When I first started, I talked between every song to show it wasn’t a computer—I’m an actual person! I tell stupid stories, silly jokes, and play great freakin’ music. My regulars call every week—paper carriers, cabbies, a drunk couple that always wants […]

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11/1/2012

Limelight: Party Girl

Veronica Pastore reports on the Guide to Giving launch and the ALSO Gala. With this new column, I invite you to journey with me deep into the wilds of Sarasota’s social circuit. Like big-game hunters, we’ll traipse through the flora and fauna of the not-for-profit world, seeking to capture our subjects’ passions (and fashions)—as opposed […]

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11/1/2012

Shopping: Our retailers’ holiday wish list

Want to find Sarasota’s dreamiest gifts? Look no further than this wish list prepared by the toughest customers in town: owners and managers of great Sarasota stores. To stock those stores, retail buyers sift through thousands of possibilities, ending up with a curated collection of products they love. So when we asked them what single […]

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11/1/2012

The Luxury Home: November 2012

On The Homefront Charlene Neal on interiors that appeal to homebuyers. What pushes a prospective homebuyer’s “buy” button when he or she tours a model home? We asked interior designer Charlene Neal of Charlene Neal PureStyle, who last summer bested other designers from 12 states to win a prestigious Southeast Building Conference Aurora Award. Her […]

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11/1/2012

Pin It

1 Remodeling estate pins into pendants is so chic in Sarasota, and this circa 1850 brooch with .25 cts. of rose-cut diamonds ($1,650) is a great example, shown with triple-strand necklace of 69K black diamonds ($6,678). Coffrin Diamond Jewelers, 1829 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-6871. 2 Pin or pendant? She gets two gifts in […]

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11/1/2012

Restaurant Review: Selva Grill

Founding chef Darwin Santa Maria established Selva Grill on Main Street as one of the hippest destinations on a street resplendent with good eats. Chef Darwin moved on to new ventures a while back, but Selva remains a culinary destination of distinction, its dining room still one of the coolest around with its color-swirled and […]

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11/1/2012

Insider: Home of the Month – A Penthouse At The Plaza

Our Real Estate Junkie’s home of the month. Other downtown buildings may be near the center of the action, but the Plaza at Five Points is the center. You look down from your balcony at the opera, the restaurants on Main Street, Whole Foods, a pretty little park and so many sidewalk cafes—from gourmet to […]

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11/1/2012

Saranova and Me

Novelist and screenwriter Adam Davies takes a late-night tour with Sarasota’s greatest Lothario.

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11/1/2012

Health Report: November 2012

The latest 3-D imagery for your body, a yummy Thanksgiving recipe, and fitness tips from a pro. A Balanced Feast Add this healthy alternative to your Thanksgiving menu. Thanksgiving’s classic sweet potato casserole doesn’t have to be loaded with butter and excess sugar. This slimmed-down version, from chef Sisavath Keovilay and student Zuleynka Llinas of […]

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11/1/2012

Sarasota After Dark: Here’s Looking At You

The right bar makes a good night great. From raucous to romantic, these are some of our favorites. Michael’s On East Soft music and heavy hitters mingle at the piano bar at Michael’s On East restaurant. Great spot for late-night nosh. 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. Bahi Hut A kitschy, smoky throwback to ’60s Sarasota, the […]

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11/1/2012

What I’m Drinking: Japanese Sake

Call it rice wine if you like, but the Japanese alcoholic beverage called sake is more akin to beer than wine, because it is brewed rather than fermented. We know some collectors who cellar premium sake along with their prize wines, but then some of them do the same with hand-rolled cigars. Everything in one’s […]

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11/1/2012

Foodologist: Sirard’s Chocolate Cafe

A new chocolate café offers sweet treats from morning to night. Carol Sirard, 48, is a homegrown chocolatier and proprietor of a unique culinary venture: Sirard’s Chocolate Cafe at 5170 Palmer Parkway Blvd., near Clark Road. In addition to handmade chocolates at retail and a morning coffee and pastry bar, Sirard’s sweet cafe serves lunch […]

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11/1/2012

Town Hall: November 2012

How Victoria Brill kept 150,000 Sarasotans from voting this year. Maybe it wasn’t surprising Victoria “Vickie” Brill entered the race for Sarasota Supervisor of Elections. Brill, 24, has all sorts of talents. She played softball at George Mason, where she hit .357 in 2008. She loves Sonic and the beach. And as it turned out, […]

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11/1/2012

Who’s In Store: Sheri Hennard

Sheri Hennard says J. McLaughlin’s is a perfect Sarasota fit. Sheri Hennard is surrounded by a colorful mélange of bold, bright patterns at J. McLaughlin, Sarasota’s newest source for preppy-chic clothes. As store manager, she exudes the brand’s fun, classic, comfortable style. “My background is marketing with Estee Lauder and Triple A [in Chicago] and […]

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11/1/2012

Fashion: Night Magic

Cast a spell over the party in these enchanting gowns. Black Halo dress, $328, L. Boutique; cuff bracelet, $450, Saks Fifth Avenue; pink, white and yellow diamond earrings, $12,500, milky quartz ring, $1,120, both from Diamond Vault. Shot at Ivory Lounge.   Diane von Furstenberg Menaro dress, $545, The Met; 14K rose gold bracelet set […]

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