Archive for January, 2013

01/24/2013

GIVEAWAY: Luxurious Spa Treatments from L. Spa

Enter to win a spa package from downtown Sarasota’s L. Spa. Is there a better month than January to treat yourself? We don’t think so–and to help you out, we’re giving away a package of treatments from downtown Sarasota’s L.Spa, featured in our “Bring Back The Bliss” story in our January issue. Simply fill out […]

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01/1/2013

WEB EXTRA: Carmel Cafe’s Salted Caramel Sauce

Carmel Cafe‘s salted caramel sauce adds the perfect luxe twist to the restaurant’s poached pear dessert,  above, this month’s Hot Dish. Below is the recipe for this decadent sauce–trust us, you’re going to want to make it. Carmel Cafe’s Salted Caramel Sauce 2 cups granulated sugar ½ lb. butter (2 sticks) 2 cups heavy cream, […]

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01/1/2013

From The Editor: I Don’t Think So

After almost three decades in Sarasota, I’m hearing another generation make the same old statements, and I’m starting to lose my patience. I’ll admit it—I used to believe many of these things myself. But after the wisdom (and wrinkles) that only age can bring, I now take a contrary view. When I called some other […]

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01/1/2013

My World: Rehab therapist David Stevenson

Rehab therapist David Stevenson on what hurts and what helps. What are the most common issues you treat? Most are orthopedic, musculoskeletal problems, and probably 50 percent are post-surgical—spinal surgery, shoulder surgery, hip replacement, fracture. That’s where our medical training comes into play, because we need to understand what the limitations are after surgery. What […]

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01/1/2013

The Luxury Home: Our Design Roller Coaster

Having your house redone as a Designer Showcase is scary, tumultuous—and thrilling.   Ever jump when you hear yourself say something and think, “Who just said that?” That’s what happened when my husband, David, and I dashed through the Jewels on the Bay Showhouse at the Powel Crosley Estate on a bitter-cold Sunday morning in […]

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01/1/2013

Home of The Month: January 2013

Bachelor Pad Suave and sophisticated, this Sandy Hook compound defines Sarasota style. This is a house Frank Sinatra would love. It has a rich bachelor chic, perfect for entertaining a crowd around the 16-by-44-foot pool—or for more intimate entertaining in the many elegant nooks and cubbyholes inside. And when it comes time to scramble up […]

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01/1/2013

Town Hall: January 2013

Will a wave of huge new rental homes ruin Anna Maria Island? “They’re just monsters,” Jean Peelen says, gesturing toward a pair of three-story, snow-cone-colored vacation homes. “I don’t know how else to put it. They just loom.” We’re driving through the town of Holmes Beach, on Anna Maria Island, and the rest of 69th […]

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01/1/2013

What I’m Drinking: Ocean Breeze

Maybe we owe it to Don Draper and his fellow Mad Men, but cocktails are bigger today than ever. Classic revivals, artisanal alchemy and seasonal concoctions abound, and not just in Manhattan. One cocktail, however, Ocean Breeze, was created just for you, our readers, and celebrates the sublime month of January in Sarasota. Here’s how […]

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01/1/2013

Party Girl: January 2013

Veronica Pastore on sex, stilettos and turning lives around at Wine, Women & Shoes. Why do you think women love high heels? I mean, aside from the sex appeal—that much is obvious, right? We know they make us taller and appear slimmer, that they sculpt the calf and lift the butt and arch the back […]

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01/1/2013

Mr. Chatterbox: January 2013

THIS MONTH: Celebrities like Manasota Key. I figure out why. The most surprising thing about the death of disco queen Donna Summer was the news that she died at her home on Manasota Key. Donna Summer lived on Manasota Key? Yes, she did, along with Bobby Vinton, Mel Tillis and Martina Navratilova (although not necessarily […]

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01/1/2013

Top of The Market: January 2013

A 8,433-square-foot Harbor Acres home that sold for $7.5 million was not only the highest-priced residential sale in October, it was the highest of 2012 to that date. The four-bedroom, two-story Mediterranean-style home at 1486 Hillview St., built in 2008, sits on 100 feet of bayfront and boasts several beautiful mature oak trees. It was […]

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01/1/2013

Trend Watch: January 2013

Design pros and builders on what we’ll see in the year ahead. A lot of those happy cheers you heard bringing in the New Year came from the region’s homebuilders, real estate agents and designers. All the signs indicate that real estate sales and new homebuilding are rebounding in Sarasota and Manatee, and those long-awaited […]

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01/1/2013

10 Best: Healthy Dishes

The most delicious—and nutritious—entrées in town. 1 Spicy, fermented Korean kimchi is high in nutrients, loaded with healthy bacteria, and low in calories, fat and sugar. As J-Pan Restaurant owner Jane Dokko says, “It’s the Korean version of chicken soup for the soul.” When you need a kimchi fix, J-Pan’s kimchi sampler (cabbage, cucumber, radish […]

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01/1/2013

Highlights: January 2013

Art Art Center Sarasota. Continuing through Feb. 17: For the Love of Art (featuring Florida Division of Cultural Affairs award winners), ASALH Black Muse, an ACS instructors show, and Point of View, an all-media juried exhibition. 365-2032. Ringling Museum of Art. Continuing here through April 14 is Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in […]

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01/1/2013

Hot Dish: Caramel Café’s Poached Pear with Salted Caramel Sauce

At Carmel Cafe, where chef Steven Cook is creating an intriguing array of Med-Mod small plates, the poached pear with salted caramel sauce is our current favorite. First, Cook strikes a classic chord with a fresh pear poached with star anise, cranberry and pomegranate juice and orange zest and spiced with cinnamon and cloves. Then […]

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01/1/2013

Feed Your Head

Retiring boomers don’t want to stop learning. And with our city’s amazing array of lifetime learning classes, they don’t have to. For several generations, retirees have been flocking to the Sunbelt, where sunshine and year-round outdoor activities await. But in the last decade, college towns—even some in wintry climates—have ranked high with retiring boomers. Along […]

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01/1/2013

The New Us

The recession hit Sarasota hard. But we’re back, with some surprising changes in our population and character. Wake up, Sarasota. The recession is over. At least it’s starting to seem that way. They’re building houses again, and if people aren’t exactly opening new businesses, they’re thinking about it. You don’t see as many “Room for […]

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01/1/2013

Sarasota’s Top Spas

Ilene Denton is rubbed, scrubbed and soaked at some of Sarasota’s top spas.

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01/1/2013

Upping My Game

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01/1/2013

Top Tickets: January 2013

Ringling Town Hall Longtime editor and writer Walter Isaacson, whose recent biography of the late Steve Jobs has been a best seller, kicks off the Ringling’s Town Hall series with two appearances at the Van Wezel on Jan. 15. To see if any tickets remain, call 925-1343. Circus Sarasota The circus is back! Among the […]

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