Archive for December, 2012

12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Specialty Markets

A fooodie’s guide to gourmet goodies. Morton’s Gourmet Market Where: 1924 S. Osprey Ave, Sarasota; (941) 955-9856. What: This upscale market features a superb bakery, topnotch meat and seafood, great cheeses and produce, gourmet meals to-go, boutique wines and more. Recommended: Delicious to-go entrées include crabmeat quiche, beef Stroganoff, and the various soups. Bakery must-haves […]

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12/1/2012

Wish We Were Here

A design-savvy couple creates a sophisticated guesthouse for friends and family. Wayne and Mindy Rollins—who bought a 2.8-acre slice of Longboat Key paradise a few years ago with the intent of transforming the existing 1960s-era residence into their “grow-old home”—are such good hosts, they rebuilt the beachfront guesthouse first. The Rollins are a busy young […]

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12/1/2012

Queen of the Beasts

Just a few miles east of downtown, big-hearted circus matriarch Kay Rosaire rules over a menagerie of rescued animals at her Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Evening is settling across a green and sweltering swatch of tropical, savanna-like land. The ibis are coming home to roost in their white-winged flocks, while the frogs […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Make Mine Meatless

Stay in swimsuit shape at these five vegetarian-friendly eateries. Vegans, vegetarians and carnivores break bread together at Simon’s Coffee House, an unfussy deli/restaurant with a wholesome variety of vegan, vegetarian and raw dishes, along with fresh seafood and meat. Specialties include the crisp n’ crunchy veggie burger, vegan lasagna (made with sundried tomato sauce and […]

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12/1/2012

Party Girl: Veronica Pastore

Veronica Pastore gets inspired at the opening night gala for the Ringling International Arts Festival. My first concern was what to wear. The assignment was simple—but sublime: dinner in the galleries of the Ringling Museum with Mikhail Baryshnikov and his peers, part of the “RIAF Inspires” opening night event for the 2012 Ringling International Arts […]

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12/1/2012

Discover Our Downtowns

Retail editor Carol Tisch unearths food, fun and shopping finds in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and Englewood.

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12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Sun and Beach Basics

Winter in the subtropics is like summer everywhere else. Don’t forget these basic precautions.   Sun protection: Protect your skin from skin cancer (and wrinkles and aging spots) by using sun-protective clothing and sunscreen on exposed areas. Look for a waterproof sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 […]

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12/1/2012

Top Tickets: December 2012

The best shows to see this month. Catch Me If You Can The Steven Spielberg movie turned-Broadway-musical shows up at Van Wezel Dec. 6 and 7, telling the tale of charming con man Frank Abagnale Jr. and his determined FBI agent pursuer. 953-3368; vanwezel.org   Perlman Music Program/Suncoast The renowned program returns for its winter […]

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12/1/2012

Mr. Chatterbox: Swimming in the Gulf

THIS MONTH: Swimming in the Gulf—the perfect exercise regimen. I hate exercising. I hate everything about it. The effort it takes, the time it consumes, the soggy atmosphere in the gym that reminds me of so many unhappy times in junior high. Imagine—people spend good money to go to a place and exhaust themselves on […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Where’s the Brew?

Top pubs for craft beers. The Cock & Bull Pub Open the fire engine-red front door of Sarasota’s first craft beer bar and you may hear angels singing as you stare at seven tall glass coolers filled to the brim with beers from around the world. Bartenders will educate your palate while local bands jam […]

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