Archive for December, 2012

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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12/1/2012

Vacation Guide: Beaches

Castles in the Sand There’s an excellent reason Dr. Beach (aka world-renowned beach expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman) named Siesta Beach America’s No. 1 beach in 2011: the sugar-white, silky smooth sand, of course, made of 99 percent quartz crystals. (Once a beach attains that No. 1 distinction, it is “retired” from further competition, joining […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Hot Spots

A few of the area’s free WiFi locations. First Watch 1395 Main St. Sarasota; (941) 923-6754. Whole Foods 1451 First St., Sarasota; (941) 955-8500. Barnes & Noble Booksellers 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; (941) 923-9907. Books-A- Million 4225 14th St. W., Bradenton, (941) 748-3911. Melinda’s Cafe 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, (941) 779-2131. Downtown Unplugged […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Sarasota Must-Sees

Don’t leave town without experiencing these iconic attractions. Go to the Circus! In 1997, Pedro Reis, a 25-year veteran circus performer, and his wife, Dolly Jacobs, a celebrated, world-class aerialist and daughter of the legendary clown Lou Jacobs, created Circus Sarasota, a one-ring, European-style circus. Expect amazing performers from around the world. Circus Sarasota’s winter […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Guide: Arts & Entertainment

All-American Arts From the Asolo Rep’s rousing production of 1776 to the Sarasota Opera’s powerful Of Mice and Men and a Sarasota Orchestra pops series that highlights Broadway, Dixieland jazz and the Great American Songbook, this is a red, white and blue cultural season that celebrates all things American. Among the highlights: Gloria Musicae presents […]

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